Laguna Paron is an easy day hike from Huaraz, Peru. Even though located at 4100m, the trail is relatively flat and straightforward.
Sept 3 update:
Back on the trailhead after our hike, we encountered another group who was looking for a person who shared a cab with them. They had been waiting for 2 hours and the guy never showed up.
We saw the guy on and off during our walks but never thought much of it. And we never saw him again.
It was late in the day and we were the only hikers left. Running late for their flights back home, they decided to leave. We too, left soon after.
The 22 year old guy, of French nationality, was found dead a couple of days later apparently from falling off the steep part of the trail (even though the trail was flat, most of it has a steep drop off on one side). Read the full article here (in spanish).
Which of course raised the question: if we had stayed and looked for him, would he still be alive?
It’s really sad.
How to get to Laguna Paron
– Take a combi (S6 – 1.5 hours) from Huaraz to Caraz. They go very often.
– A collectivo from Caraz to the laguna cost (S100 per car – 1.5 hours) – including a return ride and some hours of waiting while you go hiking.
– The hike to the end of the lake can be done in 1.5 hours – to do the full length of the trail to the glacier would take 4 hours. One way.
– S5 entrance fee per person.