Lake Uruscocha

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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4-5.5h
Distance
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12.4 km
Elevation
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640 m
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Overall Rating
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10.0
Physical Difficulty
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Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
Technical Difficulty
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Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Directions to Trailhead
Lake Uruscocha

Travel deep into the forest and farther away from civilization on this relatively off-the-beaten-path. Eventually, you’ll reach the first lake before hiking for another 10 minutes to Lake Uruscocha, nestled in a grove of trees. Among the lakes, expect to marvel at views of the Hualcan Copa, Huascaran, and Urus mountains.

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Route Description for Lake Uruscocha

Hiking to Lake Uruscocha will not only unveil stunning views of two lakes but of mountain ranges towering high. However, it can be tricky trying to find the trailhead. Therefore, it may be best to ask a local for detailed directions before you make the drive to Cochapampa or hire a guide to take you on this route.

This hike takes you to magnificent views of lakes surrounded by flora, while birds chirp in the background. It’s like entering a fairytale storybook, one where the characters discover a quiet spot away from the hustle and bustle of a civilization hundreds of kilometres away.

After following a wide path, the forest will envelop you with its fresh air and hushed atmosphere. Around 2 hours after departing the trailhead, you’ll reach the first lake—admire it before moving onto the second lake. To get there, take a small path from the left side of the first lake. Enjoy the views and go back the way you came.

If you’re planning on driving here from Huaraz, go through the valley Callejón de Huaylas until you reach Paltay, where the paved road transforms into a dirt road. Pass through Pashpa, and eventually, you reach Cochapampa (3,360 m). The drive takes a little over an hour.

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Insider Hints for Lake Uruscocha

  • It is recommended to bring water from the city, some visitors consume it from the lake, but you will need to treat the water first.
  • Pack snacks and lunch before you depart. You won’t find any food stops at the trailhead or en route.
  • It is recommended to visit with a guide or someone who knows the path—it’s not easy to locate the start of the hike.

Getting to the Lake Uruscocha Trailhead

The hike starts in Cochapampa.

Route Information

  • When to do

    April - October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    None

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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