From the top of the Llaca Valley we hike to the face of the glacier coming from the enormous mountain Ranrapalca (6162m). This is an easier option for a day hike, and there are few other places in the Cordillera Blanca where you can be so close to the ice.
The Llaca Valley is a narrow valley with impressive rock walls popular for rock climbing. From the end of the road we hike up easily 1 ½ hours to the top of the valley to the glacial lake with the glacier at the head (4460m at the lake) After a picnic lunch, we walk easily down the valley stopping on the way to see the Llaca Lake. We return to Huaraz in the car a different way through the Cojup Valley, driving down through the villages of Llupa and Unchus.
2 hours hiking
Maximum altitude = 4460m
Hiking distance approx. = 1.5kms
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