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Lake Churup

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Lake Churup
Churup is an amazing lake located in one of the most beautiful part of the Peruvian highlands. It is located in the famous Cordillera Blanca near Huaraz. The trek to Churup is one of the most popular in the region, being a one day trek of medium difficulty.

Lake Churup

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Department: Áncash
Province: Huaraz
District: Independencia

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Lake Churup
Summary
Churup is an amazing lake located in one of the most beautiful part of the Peruvian highlands. It is located in the famous Cordillera Blanca near Huaraz. The trek to Churup is one of the most popular in the region, being a one day trek of medium difficulty.
Overview
Churup is an amazing lake located in one of the most beautiful part of the Peruvian highlands. It is located in the famous Cordillera Blanca, in the Huascaran National Park, 12 kilometers northeast of the city of Huaraz, at about 4450 meters. A peculiarity of the lake is that its bottom is formed by rock formations, which gives the water a unique turquoise color. It is fed by the melting of Nevado Churup (5495 m), whose peak is reflected in the lake. Its size varies greatly according to the season and the level of melting snow, but it can reach up to more than 200,000 m2.

The hike to Lake Churup is one of the most popular in the region, being a one day trek of medium difficulty. Be careful though, although you can make it in a single day, it is located at almost 4500 m and the difference of altitude between the town of Pitec (3850 m), starting point of the hike, and the lake, is about 600 meters. It is advisable to be already acclimated to the altitude before doing the trek. It will take you an estimate 2h to 2h30 to walk from Pitec to Churup. The final section, just before reaching the lake, is a bit steeper. You can choose between two ways. On the left side of the creek, you will have to climb. The right side is easier. Count 2 hours to go down to Pitec.

This hike really has many arguments in favor. It can be done in one day, it is not particularly difficult, you will see incredible scenery during the trek and the destination is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Cordillera Blanca.
Location
Lake Churup is located 12 km northeast of Huaraz. The town of Pitec, starting point of the hike to the lake, is located 18 km by road (+/- 45 min).
 
District : Independencia
Province : Huaraz
Department : Ancash
 
Coordinates : -9.48435, -77.42765
Altitude
4450 m
How to get there ?
How to get to Lake Churup ?

The nearest city is Huaraz.

Option 1 :
- Huaraz - Unchus : You can take a van ("combi") at the intersection of Avenida Antonio Raimondi and Agustin Gamarra (line 15, +/- 30 min)
- Unchus - Llupa : 30 to 45 min walking
- Llupa - Pitec/Churup junction : 1h15 to 1h30 walking
- Pitec/Churup junction - Lake Churup : 2h to 2h30 walking

Option 2 :
- Huaraz - Pitec/Churup junction : You can take a van ("combi") at the "Huaraz" gas station (3rd block of the Av. Agustin Gamarra.) directly to Llupa and ask the driver to leave you at Pitec / Churup junction for an extra cost (+/- 1 hour)
- Pitec / Churup junction - Lake Churup: 2h to 2h30 walking

Option 3 :
- Huaraz - Pitec/Churup juntion : You can take a taxi directly to Pitec / Churup junction (+/- 30 min)
- Pitec/Churup junction - Lake Churup: 2h to 2h30 walking

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Nearby cities
The starting point of the trek to Lake Churup is the town of Pitec.

Nearby cities :
Huaraz : 18 km (by road)
Caraz
: 88 km (by road)
Casma : 157 km (by road)

Major cities :
Trujillo : 346 km (by road)
Lima
: 418 km (by road)
Cusco : 1510 km (by road)
Department
Lake Churup is located in the department of Ancash.

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