Rurec shaqsha trek
Day 1: Huaraz – Olleros – Portada de Rurec
At indicated time after the breakfast pick up in the hotel and transfer to Olleros 3400m / 11155 ft, where we will meet with the Horseman and his pack animals. From Olleros we start walking through farm valleys and villages like: Huaripampa, Canrey Chico, Canrey Grande where we will meet with many local people; then we continue walking up to get to Portada Rurec 4020m / 13189ft, where we set up our first campsite, from this place we have nice views of mountains such as. Hantsan Grande, Rurec, San Juan and shaqsha. This day we walk around 5 hours.
Day 2: Portada Rurec – Tararhua lake – Portada Rurec
Breakfast around 8:00 AM. We depart from the campsite we walk up and pass near Torres de Rurec (tower shaped mounts), long granite walls, we continue walking through Rurec valley close to the river among forest of Polylepis also it is possible to see animals such as: deers (Hippocamelus antisensis), vizcacha (Lagidium peruanum), Andean geese (Chloephaga melanoptera), Etc. we get to Tarhuara lake 4450m / 14600ft,after to walk around 3 hours,we have lunch on the shores of the lake, while we have lunch we have nice views of peaks such as: Uruhuashraju, Huantsan Chico, Huantsan Grande and Rurec; after to have lunch and have a rest we return for the same trail to tour campsite, where we will spend one night more.
Day 3: Portada Rurec –Pucara pass – shaqsha lake
At indicated time after the breakfast, we start walking up to Pucara pass 4600m / 15092ft, we get there after to walk 2.5 hours from this pointwe can see small herds of vicuñas (Vicugna vicugna), wild Andean camelid family of the llamas, Condors, Etc. Also we can see snow covered peaks like shaqsha, Cashan and others before to go down to the campsite located on the shores of shaqsha lake 4400m / 14436 ft, in this is possible to fish, so we recommend you to take with you a fishing kit.
Day 4: Sacsha lake – Lloclla – Huaraz
After the breakfast, from shaqsha lake we go down for a footpath to the lower site of the mountain range, while we walk down we have panoramic views of the Cordillera Negra (Black mountain range) as well as the South part of the Cordillera Blanca and of the Callejon de Huaylas; we continue walking down through farm valleys close to Jauna, Ututupampa and Yunanapampa villages to get to Lloclla 3350m / 10991 ft, village where a vehicle will wait to take us back to Huaraz.
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