Laguna Wilcacocha
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Wilcacocha is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Cordillera Negra at 3600m, offering a scenic view of the Cordillera Blanca, an ideal place to focus the most exciting pictures about uncountable summit of Cordillera Blanca. This lovely half-day hike provides a dramatic view, an excellent warming up before attempting other demanding hikes or multi-day treks in the Cordillera Blanca.


Brief Itinerary

  • Huaraz – Puente santa cruz 3100m (trek start) – Willcacocha lake 3600m – view point 3700 – Puente santa cruz – Huaraz
Is it for me? - (one-day)

  • This lovely day hike is ideal for all people, who want to be involved in an adventure hike and for those who are ready to live a unique experience in nature.
  • It is proper for all adventure lovers (ideal for beginners)


  • Not allowed for pregnant women.
  • Not suitable for hikers with heart problems.

This lovely one-day hike of easy difficulty, ideal for your first-day hike around Huaraz should be done as part of your acclimatization plans before doing other greatest difficulty, altitude, and greatest physical demand hikes.

Best time:

  • January – December. It develops throughout all year with mixed weather; sunny & cloudy, sometimes with abundant rain take your precautions.
  • April - mid-May. Ideal months for flowers & green nature lovers.
  • May – September. Considered the best time, suitable for taking scenic pictures of landscape with blue sky. Besides are ideal months for adventure lovers, who want to practice, trekking, mountaineering & other outdoor pursuits.
  • October - November (intermediate season) months in which sometimes after 2:00 pm you can have rain in the afternoon.
  • December - March (rainy season) mixed weather, sunny & cloudy, which means sometimes sunny during the day and rain in the afternoon. Take your precautions (wear rain clothes & poncho).
The weather is very variable, even in the dry season from May - September it can rain as a result of global warming and the effects of climate change. During the day it can vary from warm to very cold temperatures, including rain and strong wind or snow at more than 4600 meters.

Note: If you have more time, you can extend this hiking program with other longer treks or climbing peaks:

  • Laguna wilcacocha + laguna 69
  • Laguna wilcacocha + laguna churup
  • Laguna wilcacocha + escalada nevado mateo (01 día)
  • Laguna wilcacocha + trekking santa cruz (03 días)
  • Laguna wilcacocha + treking santa cruz (04 días)
  • Laguna wilcacocha + escalada nevado mateo (01 día)

Full trip program all-inclusive from Lima - Huaraz - mountains - Huaraz – Lima available upon request.


Detailed program

Day 01: Huaraz – Santa Cruz bridge 3100 m (begin the trek) – Laguna Wilcacocha (3600 m) – viewpoint (3700 m) – Santa Cruz bridge – Huaraz

Trek Highlights

  • Begin of the program (Huaraz - Peru)
  • Offer a scenic view of Cordillera Blanca
  • A great opportunity to meet with local Quechua people.
  • Laguna wilcacocha is classified as one of the best scenic day hike destinations in the Cordillera Negra.
  • Hikers can observe and interact with friendly Quechua local people.
  • The program ends at (Huaraz - Peru)

Itinerary: Our day hike begins with pick-up from your hotel (Huaraz) with our private transportation (around 8:00 am - 8:30 am), then we’ll drive to the south of Huaraz on the good paved way roughly 20 minutes until Shirapampa bridge. The trail to Laguna wilcacocha begins in a small parking area near to the bridge, after a short break, we will prepare for our day hike. 8:50 am - 9:00 am we will begin our hike toward Willcacocha Lake, The first section of the trail is a gradual ascent upon by footpath when we reach higher and higher the view will be better and better, along the trail we will pass through Santa Cruz village.

Upon arriving at the shallow lake at 3600m to be sure, we will be astonished by the magnificent Mountain View toward the Cordillera Blanca, which is chained to each other. Here we mention some highlighted peaks such as mount Huandoy, Huascaran Copa, Vallunaraju, Ranrapalca, Churup, Huantzan, Shacsha & group of Yanamarey & Caullaraju to the south, all listed peaks are visible from the lake. We will look at the perfect lookout point for appreciating the encircling wondrous views & endless panorama shoots. Where we also have lunch enjoying the overwhelming view.

Descend we will take the same way up or we decide to take a different way down traversing to shansha village and ending in paria bridge (this descent option is just only when your knees are not injured) either option that you can take at end of the trail our private transportation will be waiting to take back your Huaraz. Arrive at Huaraz around (14.00 - 14:30 approx.)

Extend your hike: one more hour
If you feel plenty in fit after arriving at the lake, we can extend our day hike for one more hour to become longer and more demanding. In this option, we will walk up 40 more minutes toward the other superb lookout at 3700m, where the mountains cape is extraordinary with an impressive view, and then we back on the same way up until the shallow lake. From it, we follow walking down until the Shirapampa Bridge.

  • The tour will end at the Huaraz hotel (private service)
  • The entrance fee ticket or hiking permits: foreign visitors s / 00.00 soles per person / national visitor s / 00.00 soles per person (valid for one day).


Hike inclusion & exclusion

What is included in the cost?

  • Huaraz bus station (meeting service) and Transfer from the bus station - ho(s) tel – bus station (arrival & departure day)
  • Pre-departure briefing: one of our members will come to the hotel to give you the hike information. At this time will be solved any questions or requests about the hike. The meeting will be at scheduled time strictly, 24 hours before the trip begins.
  • Private transportation for private groups to hike Laguna Wilcacocha (Round Trip)
  • Free Pick up from your hotel Huaraz (around 5:00 – 5:30 am) We strictly pick up & drop off at the hotel, when the hotel is located downtown, in another way will be extra expenses according to the hotel location.
  • Bilingual qualified local guide for private group. He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your tour or hike so that you can enjoy your time worry-free.
  • We consider an assistant guide if the group is formed more five participants
  • healthy & fresh meals per day (snack & Hearty box lunch) for every participants
  • Snack, before starting your hiking your tour guide will provide you with a snack taper with a couple of local fresh fruits, chocolate, candies, and two sandwiches. In addition, you will receive a bottle of water
  • Medical kit: our crew will bring a Full First aid group kit available.
  • Canister of oxygen bottles for emergencies.
  • The entrance fee ticket or hiking permits: foreign visitor s / 00.00 soles per person / national visitor s / 00.00 soles per person (----------------).
  • Radio communicator and cell phone in places of coverage.
  • Drop off at you hotel (around 14:00 - 14:30 hours approx.) We strictly pick up & drop off at the hotel, when the hotel is located downtown, in another way will be extra expenses according to the hotel location.
  • We will create a lifetime experience for you.
What doesn’t included in the cost

  • Booking bus or flight ticket to transfer from (lima - Huaraz – lima)
  • Booking Ho(s)tel for accommodation in Huaraz
  • Breakfast + Dinner during the stay in Huaraz
  • Extra food on our trip
  • Personal hiking gear.
  • Travel insurance assistance
  • Laundry service
  • Bottled beverages
  • Personal medicines.
  • Personal expenses such as Phone calls, access to internet cabins, etc.
  • other expenses no specified in this program
  • The cost does not include the cost of pre-payment transactions for early booking.
  • Tips for the staff

Extra service available upon Request
  • Booking hotel for accommodation in Huaraz
  • Booking bus ticket to travel (lima - Huaraz – lima)
  • Additional tours, hikes , multi-day treks & climbing expeditions

Cost & Dates

Acclimatization Hike Rates for private groups

Choose and book your adventure travel style & let us take you on it for responsible & sustainable tourism:

  • Season all year (January - December)

We organize this version of a day hike to laguna wilcacocha on a private basis for individual travelers, groups of friends, families, adventure companies & tour leaders. With fully local guides assistance. Please feel completely free to get in touch with us to discuss the itinerary and your preferred dates to send you a quote, with no obligation.

Cost on private service:

N° Participants Cost on USD $
01 $ per person
02 $ per person
03 – 04 $ per person
05 – 06 $ per person
07 – 08 $ per person

  • Trip Length: 01 day
  • Pre- payment: Book your next adventure with only a 25% deposit. Risk free: flexible cancelation

Private Service: we offer the option of private service for better enjoyment for small or big groups because the trip becomes as more comfortable as possible and the itineraries are flexible according to the request of our clients, where the guide adapts to the client's requirements in case of breaks for pictures and rests during the trek. The trip departure is 100% guaranteed.

Suggestion: The price shown in the upper section is not valid for the holy week, which may be in March or April. Besides it is not valid for parties on Independence Day of Peru (from July 27 - 30), in these dates habitually, the trip cost increases due to the high influx of national tourism to our Region.


  • Detailed information in PDF about the hike is available upon request & usually provided at the time of booking.
  • The Peruvian general sales tax (I.G.V) 18% is not included in the rate shown
  • The cost shown does not include the cost of the pre-payment transaction for early booking.
  • How to book this hike, You can make a reservation by sending us an email or using the reservation form provided on this website.
  • To confirm your booking to travel with us you must make a deposit of 25% of the total price, and the balance will pay in cash when you arrive in Huaraz strictly 48 hours before the hike begins.
  • Fast and easy communication: all emails are always answered as soon as possible.
  • We have online chat services, Whatsapp, Messenger can also contact us through via email of our web page. Simply write on reservation form or send us an email that makes easy & personal communication with us.

Thank you for choosing Peru Best Treks! We will do everything possible to ensure you an unforgettable journey.

Why choose P.B.T.?

Reliable Honest Tour Operator

Peru best treks Adventure Company also knows how important it is to trust in a reliable and honest tour operator to develop your adventure plan safely while you are in Peru. For it, in our website, we offer a wide variety of multi-day treks and climbing programs. We not only focus on the classic journeys that everyone else offers. We offer uncommon routes in places where there are no large groups only upon client request.

Responsible travel committed with the environment

The practice of a responsible trip is to respect and benefit local people, and the environment. This can only be done by learning a little about the country, the culture and even learning some words from the local language. Responsible travel is more adventurous rather than "massive tourism" since it requires the closest interaction with the local population and nature. When you book one of our adventure pursuits, we will ensure that you practice responsible and sustainable tourism in remote natural areas. You should protect & conserve the fragile ecosystem and wildlife, furthermore respect the custom, and traditions of the local communities visited.

P.B.T. fully supports the principles of responsible travel and sustainable tourism; we will work hard to demonstrate that it is possible to provide an excellent quality service while remaining culturally sensitive, taking care of our trekking and climbing staff, and promoting environmental preservation. In our viewpoint, the only way to improve the standards of tours, treks, and climbs to reduce the impact of adventure tourism on the environment is providing good quality and current information, charging a fair and reasonable price for the provided services (without unexpected expenses) and showing that our company is working for the environment conservation.
As adventure travel Company, we try to produce the minimum impact as possible to the environment on the path where we walk, because we know clearly about the global warning and climate change, which is the main reason that we have a responsibility as visitors to minimize the impact with our presence.

Tourism is one of the most important industries on the planet, therefore it is a very important option for employment promotion for people around the world, obviously, Benefits are much more direct for people living in developing countries, where the income provided can improve your quality of life.

The responsible way to your adventure mean:

Protection & Conservation: of all-natural resources, flora, fauna, and wildlife.

Respecting: the local culture - tradition, religion, and heritage built in the place where you visit.

Benefits: with your visit, you will generate more job opportunities for local communities.

Minimize pollution: removing our garbage during trekking or climbing expeditions, all garbage must be returned to the city to be properly recycled. Therefore, we use specific places to put on our toilet tents in the camping areas so as not to contaminate the water resource.

Please become part of this practicing responsible & sustainable travel your challenge is important

100% Direct Local Operator Tour placed in Huaraz

P.B.T. We are a 100% local adventure tour operator for multi-day treks, and climbing expeditions based in the picturesque mountain town of Huaraz with many years of professional experience focused on providing quality service. Therefore, we clearly understand that your vacation time is very valuable. Because you worked arduously to save for your vacation, so your holiday should be enjoyable, satisfying, and accessible, therefore our commitment is to provide you with quality service so that your vacation is full of unforgettable memories.

Ultimate value

When you book one of our adventure programs, you will receive updated information, you will get a quality service with the best prices according to your budget.
our programs offer exceptional value for money, ensuring your holidays must be pleasant and affordable, for it, we make bookings in advance for good quality hotels, private transportation, official bilingual trekking guides with international certification (UIMLA & AGOCP) & fully Certified mountain guides (UIAGM – IFGMA & AGMP) both organizations are well recognized internationally. Our guides have extensive experience, incredible local knowledge, and experts in leadership and group management. Besides, we support with varied and fresh foods for multi-days treks and climbing expeditions. All entrance fee tickets are also booked in advance.

Our promise to you is simple:

If you have any problems during your holiday with our service or program, we guarantee, those will be resolved in the best possible way with multiple options. In essence, that is the real value of our service. We understand perfectly that you are here to get away from the routine and to enjoy your holiday experiencing an adventure in nature, so we are here to support you and offer a quality service, guaranteeing a pleasant trip.

Our prices

As 100% qualified local guides and operators, the prices of our programs are based directly on Peruvian current economy rates. Our rate structure is built up cost by cost since we directly manage all our programs. Furthermore, we try to generate local employment for qualified staff. We try to promote a direct job opportunity for our team and us. Our priority is to promote fair wages because we work as the most transparent and honest as possible, with no high cost, no surprises, and no staff exploit.

Quality service at fair prices

Our quality service has nothing to do with quantity, nor with cheap prices and large groups. We have a fair price at the same time that we provide quality service and personalized attention in small or big private groups. Our goal is to provide an appropriate itinerary according to your level of physical training, for gradual acclimatization to the altitude and to enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience in our trekking and climbing programs. All you have to do is to immerse yourself in the striking natural landscape that surrounds you and simply feel the magic of the Andes Mountains. We will take care of all your requirements and details so you can relax and enjoy your itinerary. The qualified professional guide is a key piece of the trip with his extensive experience and incredible local knowledge and his professional leadership will make your trip an unforgettable experience.

Quick and easy communication

Peru Best Treks Always reply to your emails as soon as possible, furthermore, We have online chat services available, such as Whatsapp, and Messenger also could contact us via Instagram Simply write on your booking form or send us an email that makes communication with us easy and personal.

Custom Made Itineraries

You should feel free to build your own adventure travel program according to your preferences & needs, just let us support you with our experience to make an exceptional itinerary day by day. Have complete freedom to choose what you want to see, where you want to go, when you want to do it, and how you can enjoy it with better health. Adjust an existing itinerary & ensuring that you develop responsible and sustainable tourism. Use an actual program as a guide and be sure to develop responsible & sustainable tourism. Here you will get the most personalized journeys and packages for all budgets. Our all-inclusive adventure trips are carefully designed to provide the best travel experience. Our tours are done in private for small groups with an average of 2 - 6 participants & for big groups with 8-12 participants.

A large variety of excursions

We offer a variety of day hikes, multi-day treks & climbing expeditions with many options to choose. We do not just center on the traditional treks or day tours that everyone else offers. We offer uncommon routes in places where there are no large groups only upon client request. Here are some great trip programs, just click on this web page.

Small groups

We are focused on organizing small private groups to give a first-class (personalized) service on tours, multi-day treks, and climbing expeditions to provide a memorable experience for adventure lovers. "You are on vacation - We are here to make your trip something very special." In small private groups, our professional guides can provide each client with the personalized attention they deserve.

No Single Supplements (personal tent)

If you join one of our adventure expeditions as a single person, we will match you with other travelers of the same gender without additional charge. However, if you want an individual occupation or supplement (a personal tent), we can also arrange that for a small additional charge.

We look after our guides, porters, cooks, and muleteers.

We want to make sure that you have a great unforgettable experience during the development of our programs, however, it is also important that everyone involved in the operation of our treks is well treated humanely and cared for (not exploitation), and that the benefits it provides Tourism be shared Throughout the Peruvian communities. All our porters, cooks, and muleteers, sleep in a shared sleeping tent that has a waterproof floor, besides they have access to any first aid equipment if necessary. we consider this to have a humane and fair treatment of human beings, (many companies in the Cordillera Blanca do not practice this important item instead practice it, they try to reduce their salary, and increase their work under non-human treatment, which is visible if you want to decide to make any trek or climb in this region). We can guarantee that our guides, porters, cooks, and muleteers are well treated, receive a fair wage, are well paid according to the price established in each place, where develops the adventure activities, & they have also warm dry accommodation and plenty of nutritious hot meals to eat. This is concerning our program rate is a bit expensive compared to others the reason is here: (fair salary, good client service and humane treatment of staff).
Of course, many other trekking companies in Huaraz will tell you this, just only for selling their programs. However, there are fewer than a handful of companies that genuinely care about their staff.

We take care of our transport animals (donkey, horse)

We focus highly on the protection of our transport animals since they are the other fundamental piece for the correct development of trekking & climbing expeditions, the maximum weight is 35 - 40 kilograms for each animal, therefore we use in our expeditions the necessary amount of animals, according to the number of participants and group luggage. As for the staff, many other trekking companies in Huaraz will tell you this for selling their programs. However, in reality, it is completely different & if you buy with these companies, you will see during the trek those animals are carrying more than 50 kilos, outside the limit of their capacity. Furthermore, you will watch a large group of 10 - 12 people using just only 4 - 5 donkeys for transferring personal and group luggage + and all food supplies, just a day before the departure of your trip, you will be announced that the luggage limit is no more than 5 kilos per person including your sleeping bag. This means if your luggage weight is more than five kilos you need to add an extra payment for extra cargo animals or in another hand, you have to carry in your personal backpack (something that was not planned by you and never was advertised before your booking).

Trip list


  • Hiking boots or hiking shoes: good hiking boots are the most important piece of gear on your hike; badly fitting hiking boots will result in lost nails, painful blisters & sore feet. Here some recommended and reliable kinds of boots. For example, a B0 is advisable whatever brand can be.
  • Socks: We recommend you bring 2 changes of socks for your hiking shoes and 2 changes for your climbing boots. Many people like to wear thin liner socks. This can reduce abrasion and blisters
  • Lightweight Synthetic gloves a pair of polar - Tec is enough
  • Sun hat or baseball cap with bandanna safety pinned to it to keep the sun off your face and neck
  • Warm synthetic or wool hat: synthetic is essential your hat should be light and easy to bend/fold so that it can fit into your daypack.
  • Balaclava or Neck gaiters: can be wool or synthetic, mid-weight, The neck gaiter is more versatile and can serve as an ear band.
  • Lightweight pants or trousers can be of cotton or synthetic to wear for hiking toward the mountains, to hike around camp, Shorts are also can be a good option
  • Light weight cotton t-shirt (long & short sleeved)
  • Fleece jacket
  • Liner pants or trouser (polar Tec)
  • A jackets shell proof ( gore - tex) optional
  • Feather jackets or dawn jackets a micro –down jacket is nice optional
  • A sun glasses 100% UV protection, spectrum two or three (Julbo Explorer or Nomad), you should bring any brand that you want but with good UV protection (a minimum of 80% light reduction).
  • At least a pair of good quality hiking sock (liner sock can be to reduce abrasion and blister).
  • 2 liters water bottle (Nalgene is advisable) or camelback
  • Sun cream for using during the camp
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent

Specific Equipment

  • Hiking sticks or trekking poles are useful a compact 3 section (Leki or black diamond those are lither and durable)
  • A 25 - 30 liters day packs to carry spare clothing, snack, a camera, and water to drink during the day tour.

Entertainment Equipment

  • MP3 players, paperbacks, journals, games or cards, tablets, or an electronic book
  • Camera
  • Mobile phones
  • Solar charging panels

Personal Medicine

  • Personal first aid kid (should include): A small roll of adhesive tape, plasters, antiseptic, cream, sterile gauze and bandage, rehydration sachets, zinc oxide tape, and anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen or aspirin. Bring paracetamol and acetazolamide or Diamox for treating mild symptoms of (AMS). Have loperamide is a good idea in case you get the runs, antibiotic such as ciprofloxacin or Bactrim for bacterial stomach bugs. Bring cough drops.


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