On the trekking paths of Huaraz
Huaraz is located in the northern part of Peru, at the doors of the Cordillera of Andes. This is the start for many walkers through the Cordillera. Huaraz itself has nothing interesting. There is only one place and few restaurants for tourists, a artesanial market and that’s it. We are coming here for its treks ! Warning, the city is located at 3500m above sea level but all trekking paths are done at more than 4000m of altitude. You have to be well acclimated. I refer you to my article here for my tips and advices about altitude sickness.
As for me, I stayed there 3 full days. I made 2 treks. The first one is the Glacier Pastouri one. This is not a proper trek but more a walking path at 5000m above sea level to go see this glacier ! The path is well made, but there are anyway some tiny ups where taking your time is necessary.
The glacier is really beautiful to see, this is the first time I saw a glacier. Despite what we could think, this is more likely the sky is covered to enjoy all the shades of blues the glacier can offer ! When it is sunny, he is all white and distinguish all the formations can be hard.
Tips : do not forget the beanie and the gloves, the wind can be icy !
The second trek is the Panorama’s one. This is the alternative option of the classical trek of Laguna 69. This trek is exclusively offered by Akilpo agency, that I strongly recommend ! The Laguna 69 trek is a round trip on the same path with a positive elevation gain of 700 meters. The Panorama one starts on a different trail to meet the Laguna 69’s one at 2/3 of the way, then the return is made by the same classic trail. And clearly, the trek of the Panorama is easier in term of physical condition than the classic one. You will see stunning landscapes and of course, the Laguna 69 ! Once again, to be at its best physical shape, you need to be acclimated ! You can suffer physically and respiratory speaking to walk those trails of 14 km each.
How to go to Huaraz ?
Unfortunately, there is no flight to Huaraz. The easiest and fastest way is to take the bus from Lima. You can catch the night bus one to arrive the next morning day. But apparently, during day time, the view is amazing. It takes about 8 hours !
Huaraz is a not-to-miss destination for those of you who like to walk in big open spaces mountains ! I loved this quick stop in the Cordillera of Andes with such exceptional breathtaking views !