Lake Wilcacocha is a small lake situated at 3700m, high in the Cordillera Negra, where flocks of ducks like to swim and cows, sheep, donkeys and horses munch peacefully on the surrounding grass.
The hike up to the lake passes several small Andean villages, where colourfully dressed local people still follow a traditional way of life.
The highlight of a visit to Lake Wilcacocha is the breath-taking panoramas from a hillock by the lake, with superb views of the Cordillera Blanca, including the perennially snow-capped peaks of Mount Huascaran (6768m), Peru’s highest summit, Huantsan (6395m), the range’s third highest summit, Shaqsha (5703m), Cashan (5716m), Tumarinaraju (5668m), Pongos (5680m), Churup (5495m), Ranrapalca (6162m), and Vallunaraju (5686m).
This spectacular view of the ‘White Range’ is one of the best in the region.
The lake is located only 10km from Huaraz. It is an ideal first acclimatisation hike, and can easily be done in half a day.