Lake Awak

Difficulty
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Very Hard
Duration
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5.5-7.5h
Distance
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12.0 km
Elevation
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1,150 m
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Overall Rating
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10.0
Physical Difficulty
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Advanced (Diamond)
Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
Technical Difficulty
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Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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Lake Awak

The Lake Awak hike twists to the top of Huaraz—the path follows a steep path layered with traditional remnants—before taking you to the lake blanketed in a blue complexion and cradled by Andean grass, otherwise known as ichus. Lake Awak sits below the Vallunaraju mountain, a snow-capped peak belonging in the Cordillera Blanca. This out-and-back hike may be ranked as tricky, but it’s embroidered with unforgettable views that make the treacherous journey worth it!

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Route Description for Lake Awak

The Lake Awak hike (or Laguna Aguak) beautifully stitches culture, tradition, and out-of-this-world scenery, creating one masterpiece of a journey. Before you go, it’s essential to make sure you come prepared for the high altitude along this challenging hike, it’s a big day out at high elevation! However, with the high altitude aside, this path is easy to follow, making it an excellent hiking option for acclimatized visitors who want to travel without a guide.

This well-marked route zigzags through a collection of different scenery, from plants and flowers to views of Huaraz to peaks laden with snow to the enchanting blue tone covering Lake Awak. To top it off, the path explodes with cultural tales, too. Inhabitants use this trail from this part of the mountain range to carry the crosses that act as protectors at carnival parties.

From the start of the path, it takes around 30 minutes to reach one of the first crosses, adorned in flowers, at the top of the hill.

Continue as the path ascends, meandering along the path with many zigzags. Notice Callejón de Huaylas valley, the city of Huaraz, and the Cordillera Negra peaks painting the view behind you.

When you get closer to Laguna Aguak, the landscape will dissolve in ichus, and eventually, the path will wind between rocks, signaling that you’re close to the lake.

Finally, a hut will come into view, and shortly after, you’ll see the lake. Marvel at the immense valley formed by the White and Black mountain ranges and the peaks lining the south side.

Return along the same path you came.

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Insider Hints for Lake Awak

  • Bring your own food and water from Huaraz. You can also buy necessities at the start of Wilkawain.
  • You may encounter dogs at the beginning of the trail, so consider taking sticks or hiking poles for protection. Even better, hire a local guide who can deal with the dogs for you!

Getting to the Lake Awak Trailhead

Follow a dirt road to Wilkawain, which sits at 3400 m, and start your journey here.

Route Information

  • When to do

    April - October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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