Trekking el Paso del Zorro

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The hiking circuit called “Ruta de las 4 Lagunas” is located in the Cordillera Blanca and its route begins very close to the city of Huaraz.

The hard walk that is a challenge, unites the 4 Lagoons: Ahuac, Mullaca, Carhuac and Radián; with an average unevenness of +1600 meters and more than 20 km of total route, which make this circuit one of the most difficult hikes (full day) in the Cordillera Blanca.

The average route takes around 10 to 11 hours, for which you must have a very good acclimatization and at least have proven experience on some other hiking route at more than 4,000 meters above sea level.

To carry out this circuit it is important to take a transport to the town of Willcahuain (7km from Huaraz) and it is here where the road begins, which in its first sections leads to the first lagoon called AHUAC; This first section is quite steep (+1150 meters) and with pronounced zigzags that rise abruptly in certain sectors.

1.- The Radián Lagoon: is a natural freshwater reservoir of rainwater origin located within the Huascarán National Park, in the Cordillera Blanca on the east side of the Callejón de Huaylas, within the province of Huaraz in Áncash, Peru.

2.- The Mullaca Lagoon: is a natural freshwater reservoir located within the Huascarán National Park in the department of Áncash, Peru. It is a lagoon considered dangerous by the Inaigem.

3.- Carhuac Lagoon: They are lagoons located in the Cordillera Blanca, near Huaraz; It is a strategic point to enjoy the views of the Cordillera Blanca and the valley of the Callejón de Huaylas. The surrounding landscape and the views of the Callejón de Huaylas make this route one of the most special in the Cordillera Blanca.

4.- The Ahuac or Aguak lagoon: is a natural freshwater reservoir located within the Huascarán National Park, in the Cordillera Blanca on the east side of the Callejón de Huaylas, within the province of Huaraz in Áncash, Peru. This lagoon presents clean and crystalline waters similar to a mirror of water with a blue reflection.

Difficulty Condition

Travel Program

Departure from Huaraz towards the town of Recrish for approximately 30 minutes. From there we will start the trekking of approximately 1 hour and a half to the first lagoon called Radián from where you get a wonderful view of the snowy Huascarán, Huandoy, Copa and Hualcán, we will continue along the same path passing through valleys, streams, waterfalls and quenuales until we reach to the Mullaca lagoon where we will set up our camps and enjoy the beauty of the Mullaca and Carhuac lagoons doing recreational activities.

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7:30 am. After having our breakfast we will pick up the tents to start the trekking ascending to the fox pass 4880 meters which is the highest point where we will obtain a spectacular view of the 2 lagoons and the snowy Vallunaraju and then we will descend to the fourth lagoon called Ahuac where we will Get a panoramic view of the city of Huaraz and the Cordillera Negra, then we will continue descending for approximately 1 hour until we reach Wilcahuain where our mobility will be waiting for us but before returning we will enter the Wilcahuain archaeological complex (optional, entrance fee s/.5.00) and at the end of the visit we will return to Huaraz.

Arrival in Huaraz at approximately 2:00 pm.

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Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Private transportation from Hz to Recrish / wilcahuain – Huaraz
  • 1 dinner on the first day and breakfast on the second day in the camp
  • Sleeping tents (3 per tent)
  • Trekking guide
  • First aid kit
  • Sleeping bags / mat
  • Staff to port the tents & meals

Not included:

  • Extra food (chocolates, cookies, fruits, etc.)
  • Trekking/front poles
  • Anything not mentioned in the program
  • NOTE: The client must bring sunscreen, 40L backpack, cap, repellent, sunglasses, trekking shoes.

What to Bring

What to Bring or take fo Day Hiking and Technical Equipment for Climbing Expedition

This equipment list is compiled to provide you with adequate help when choosing your equipment for a climb. Most items are required. Please consider each of them and make sure you understand the function and exclusive use for mountaineering, before substituting or removing items from this list. Please note that this list has been carefully annotated by the organizer. Remember that mountaineering, mountaineering or mountaineering is an extreme, risky sport, therefore everything related to it is of great attention.

These items should be on your hiking checklist:

Hiking backpack for hiking 30 to 40 liters

Light gloves for hiking or (Optional Mittens waterproof)

Medium weight socks

Sleeping bag (-10º to 15ºC)

Small daypack for one day hiking 20 liters

Weather-appropriate clothing (think moisture-wicking and layers)

Hiking boots or shoes

Medium weight parka with fibber fill or down

Rain poncho (or rain gear)

Long-sleeved shirts

Fleece or Wool sweater and/or trousers

Lightweight pants

Cotton short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts

Water bottle for hiking or trekking

Strong waterproof duffel bag

Flashlight with spare batteries and bulb

Towel for personal hygiene each participantFirst-aid kit

Regular and long underwear

Knife or multi-tool

Light cap and wool hat

Sunglasses with UV certification, Sun block, lips

The rest of the list Essentials as appropriate for your hike

Grooming and personal hygiene kit

One Hiking Buff per person

Technical Equipment for High Altitude Expedition Mountains

3 Locking carabiners, we recommended per person

We recommend 2 ice screws for each client

1 Daisy Chain (Life Line) per each person

2 Ice axes (per person) technical, we recommended GRIVEL company

1 ATC descender (Rappel), this is very necessary for technical mountains

2 Cords for prusik, very important (Size Cord 6 mm x 10 m. long)

Gloves(Good gloves) for expeditions over 6000meters

Harness, we recommended GRIVEL company

Sleeping pad / Mattress, we recommend with air or inflatable mattress

Crampons, we recommended GRIVEL company

Walking sticks (optional), a pair per person, we recommended GRIVEL company

Down Jacket for expedition

Very important to have personal clothing such as pants and jacket with GOROTEX certification

First aid kit, for high mountains, because we as guides cannot medicate clients

Backpack Capacity 60 liters, it is better to have a bigger backpack to go comfortably to the high camps, because here you have to carry all your personal things

Gaiters or Leggings, now modern boots already have built-in (Incorporated), but better to have an extra pair

Dressing appropriately for the mountains can make the difference between a pleasant trip and a really uncomfortable one. Clothing must provide the right degree of temperature, perspiration and be well ventilated. Preferably cotton clothing should be avoided, as in humid conditions they absorb body heat.

In general, the weather conditions in in the Andes of South America can vary from day to day and even throughout the day. Therefore, clothing must be versatile.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have regarding the necessary equipment.

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Mountain Guide: Eric Albino Lliuya
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