Lake llaca and ranrapalca glacier

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.

Grade: Moderate
2 hours hiking
Maximum altitude = 4460m
Hiking distance approx. = 1.5kms

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