Hike Punta Olimpica - BC Olimpica

Hike Punta Olimpica - BC Olimpica

Descent from Punta Olimpica to base camp

I want there
Been there
Rating:Very good
Overcrowding: Very small
Difficulty: Average
Time: 3:00 h

Start of Olimpica trek is in the pass Punta Olimpica (4 920 m asl), which is easily accessible by bus from Carhuaz. It is one of the few treks in the world where you begin the walk with a descent. The destination of this stage of the trek are the meadows above the river Cancahua, about 4 215 meters asl, which is not only a great place for a tent, but also the perfect starting point for the walk to pass Punta Yanayacu, which is the main attraction of this trek.
 

Article
Reviews

View of meadows at BC Olimpica

Once you walk a little down from the pass Punta Olimpica, a nice view into the depth of valley Quebrada Cancahu opens. In the meadows a short walk from the lake is an ideal place for a tent.

 

View of meadows at BC Olimpica

Massif of Huascaran

Almost the entire descent you will have a beautiful view of the massif of Huascaran. You just have to hope for good weather to be shown in all its glory. 

Massif of Huascaran

Descent to the Chacllacocha lake

The basis for success is to find a path descending to the lake Chacllacocha /from the pass is this lake not visible/. Now it is perhaps partially disrupted by the tunnel built here. Faster, but more dangerous option is to descend to the lake directly over the slope from the twist of the road lying most to the north. Meadows are ideal for setting a BC are almost the height of your look.

 

Descent to the Chacllacocha lake

Lake Chacllacocha with cows

Navigate on the map

Lake Chacllacocha (4 200 m asl), which is 720 vertical meters below the pass, is a popular place to drink for local stray cows. From the lake still await you nearly 100 meters of descent to the stream, and from there the first ascent to the meadow.

 

Lake Chacllacocha with cows

The picturesque highland meadow

You finally are at the upland meadow with beautiful view of the pointed mountain Nevado Ulta.

 

The picturesque highland meadow

Olimpica BC

Navigate on the map

The campground itself is not specifically marked, just choose a place at a large meadow. But be aware that you will probably not meet here many people, although there will be plenty of curious cows.

 

Olimpica BC

View of Nevado Ruricocha

Directly above the campsite is icy ridge of Nevado Ruricocha, so the views from the tent are also worth it.

View of Nevado Ruricocha

Author of the article
Surrounding Articles
Nearby attractions
They want there
I want there
Been there
Been there