Uruscocha and Yanacocha Lakes

The hidden lakes

Uruscocha Lake FD

Uruscocha LakeTwo beautiful and unknown lakes in the valley known as Urus to the north-east of Huaraz City, located closed to Ishinca Valley and Collón and Pashpa Villages. It is a trail with spectacular views of the south faces of Huascaran, Copa and Hualcan Peaks, where you can appreciate a fascinating quenoal forest (tree that grows between 3500 and 4500 m.a.sl.) It is a peaceful place that counts with few visitors, and it is also one of the easiest and less steep hikes in the White Range, something really to enjoy.



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  • Difficulty: Easy See trekking difficulties
  • Distance: 4 km.
  • Maximal elevation: 4300 m.a.s.l.
  • Maximal temperature: 20°C
  • Minimum temperature: 5°C
  • Departure time: 8:00 AM
  • Duration: 4 – 6 hours
  • Arrival time: 4 – 5 PM
  • Available Service: Private



After breakfast we depart to the north side of the Callejon de Huaylas (Huaylas Valley), 20 minutes from the city we take the rough track towards Ishinca Valley. After 40 minutes we arrive to a spot called Cochapampa, closed to Pashpa Village, our start point to climb up to Urus Valley. During the trail we amaze by the views of Huascaran, Copa and Hualcan Peaks. After an hour walking, we start coming into the Urus Valley, where we can observe the amazing trees called quenoales (Polylepis spp). We continue ascending closed to the river of pristine water for 2 hours more until arriving to the first lake called Yanacocha, and walking for 10 minutes more, we find the Uruscocha Lake surrounded by a beautiful quenoal forest. Here we will have time for lunch, take pictures and enjoy the lake that boasts a shore of white sand. In its waters it is possible to see different species of ducks, Andean seagull (Larus serranus) and huachua or Andean goose (Chloephaga melaptoptera). Then we start the descent through the same trail for about 2 hours to Cochapampa where the transportation is waiting to take us back to Huaraz City.


It includes:

  • Private transportation
  • English Speaking guide
  • Entrance to National Park Huascaran
  • Box lunch


What to Bring




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