Huascarán National Park

Huascarán National Park, Huascaran National Park: Address, Huascarán National Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Huascarán National Park
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danijelabrecko
Ljubljana, Slovenia10 contributions
Huascaran National Park
Aug 2019 • Friends
A lot of wonderful lagunas on the altitude more than 4.000 meters, a lot of wonderful mountains, who deserves to trek or to climb on them.
Written 18 August 2019
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Alex B
Tarma, Peru20 contributions
Santa Cruz Trek (3-4 days) is perfect!
Jul 2019 • Friends
The whole national park is gorgeous, but I would recommend the Santa Cruz trek for those who would like to do some backpacking. We did it in 3 days and 2 nights which was tiring but saved time. We went without a guide and followed the trail (was not hard), but of course you can hire a guide to carry your things and cook for you.
Written 22 July 2019
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Iris S
Shanghai121 contributions
May the force be with you.
Aug 2018 • Friends
I was on Santa Cruz trail and Laguna 69 inside the national park. We did the reverse way so building climax with Laguna 69 as last stop. The mountain is magnificent as his name “stronger”. The lakes and lupine blossoms in valley and on slope are rewarding as you walk up the skyline. I am in love with it and feel the strength from within.
Written 23 August 2018
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petitpuce
France36 contributions
Santa Cruz trekking from Caraz
Jul 2018 • Couples
We did a 4 days trekking from Caraz by our own. A lot of people start the trek from Yungay. The trek from Caraz is more difficult, on the first day there is about 900meters of ascend, and the last day after finishing the trek, we need to ascend again to reach Vaqueria to catch a public transport to Yungay.

However, we didn't regret to start the trek from Caraz. We love Caraz, it's a lovely small town surrounded by the mountains. We stayed at Grand Hotel Cordillera Blanca, it was very confortable and the owner is very helpful and friendly. The market just in front of the hotel is very lively and interesting, we bought most of our food for the trekking there. There is a shop call Pony's Expeditions in the city center, we bought our gas and rented hiking poles. We have our own tent, sleeping bag, ground sheet and necessary things for cooking.

From Caraz, we took a collectivo to Cashapampa (around 1 hour 15 minutes) to start the hike. We get a 3 days pass there for 60 soles.

The trekking is safe and easy to do by your own. You can hire donkeys at the starting point Cashapampa to carry your things. The cost is 50 soles for the donkey driver and 30 soles for the donkey. The donkeys can carry up to 40kgs. You could hire the donkey for only 1 day until the first campsite so the first day could be easier for you.

After you quit the national park, it'll take around 1.5 hour to get to Vaqueria. The last collectivo (public van) from Vaqueria to Yungay is 2pm. It's around 15 to 20 soles and it's a 3 hours ride. If you arrive there after 2 pm, you could overnight in Vaqueria, or taking a taxi down to Yungay (around 180 to 200 soles), or if you are lucky; sometimes there could have van even after 2 pm. Very less vehicles pass this road.

During the night, it was under 0°C and humid (in end of July), during the day it's very sunny. So prepare something warm for the night, and light long sleeve for the hike to protect from the sun, you'll also need hat and sun glasses. Walking poles help a lot.

Before putting your tent, check the ground properly because we saw a lot of toilet papers near the campsite of the organised tours. The people shouldn't throw toilet paper like this, they should dig a small hole and burry them properly.

We get water easily but do have enough water with you as sometimes we hike during hours before getting near to the stream.

The scenery is awesome and we are happy to do the hike by our own despite this high altitude :)!
Written 13 August 2018
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jesstraynor
Canonsburg, PA4 contributions
Huascaran national park
Jun 2017 • Solo
Beautiful park with bright blue lakes and beautiful mountains and streams. Definitely recommend! It can be expensive to get a taxi driver (they have to stay there and wait for you). Also be prepared for altitude sickness
Written 16 December 2017
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BonkersExplorer
Philippines119 contributions
Spectacular landscapes
Jun 2017 • Solo
I was in awe of the landscapes in Huascaran National Park. While I did not hike the mountain, I was more than happy to enjoy the sights, clean atmosphere and take tons of photos. Look for the sweet dog in Querococha Lake who will happily pose for pics.
Written 12 December 2017
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rapha_y_nici
Zurich, Switzerland5,968 contributions
Santa Cruz trek & Laguna 69
Oct 2017 • Friends
This park offers very good hiking options in high altitudes. We did the standard hikes like one day trip laguna 69 and the convenient 4 day Santa Cruz trek. The landscapes are great and it's nice to explore it by tour so you don't have to organize everything by yourself. On the santa cruz trek there are also donkeys which carry most of the things (on this altitude it's hard to carry all camping gear by yourself).
These are very convenient and nice options for people travelling on a budget, prices arw moderate for what you get. Entrance for several days for the Huascaran NP was 65soles pp and is valid for about 10 days or more.
We liked Huaraz because the price performance ratio was very good, the landscapes just beautiful. There are in general tons of options around Huaraz, depends on your fitness level and budget.
Region overall highly recommended!!
Written 27 October 2017
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SG_hiker
Bilbao, Spain323 contributions
Astonishing peak
Sep 2017 • Solo
You can have a good look at this peak from the village of Catac, but it's best appreciated while hiking back from Lake 69. You'll want to hike as slowly as possible to admire it and engrave it in your memory.
Written 19 September 2017
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Kathy K
loomis ca903 contributions
Cojup day hike
Jul 2017 • Couples
We stayed at the Lazy Dog Inn and did this hike right out the front door. Once you reach the entrance to the park, you must "hop over" a short fence. There are sometimes locals there asking you to pay. Current pricing is 10 soles per person per day to enter the park, but if they do not give you a receipt, do not give them money. Evidently this happens quite a lot.
The trek itself can be long for a day trip,but you can easily go as far as you want traveling on a well defined path skirting the river. Pleasant hike, livestock along the way. Not much shade. Bring plenty of water. Worth doing if you are in the area. Also good for an acclimatizing hike without being too strenuous.
Written 2 August 2017
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cmbtraveller
Canada501 contributions
Breath-taking (in more than one way)
May 2017 • Friends
We were fortunate that a friend has a good friend in Huaraz who is an expert on the local mountains. He took us up this god-awful dirt road to the mountaineering school that is just inside the park near glacier fronting the three mountains (Vallunaraju, Ocshapalca and Rima Rima. We did a bit of a walk around the lake but the real treats were the views of the glaciers, the wildflowers, general vegetation, rock formations, multiple water falls and precious little brooks running hither and yon. If you go take a walk up the narrow valley to the left of the lake. It's just such a treat!
Written 27 May 2017
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