Explore this peak landscapes
Explore this peak landscapes
DAY 1: CUSCO ‐ TINQUI - UPIS BASE CAMP
DAY 2: UPIS ‐ PUCAQOCHA BASE CAMP
DAY 3: PUCAQOCHA – HUCHUY PINAYA
DAY 4: HUCHUY PINAYA – JAMPA
DAY 5: JAMPA – PACCHANTA
DAY 6: PACCHANTA – TINQUI ‐ CUSCO
Lakes, rivers, rural houses, ausangate peak
Departures:Our company has daily departures, since 2 to 10 participants maximum per group, we are a 100% direct trekking tour operator, sustainable and responsible with Nature.
We set off early from Cusco travelling by private bus to the small village of Tinqui. We will see the impressive mountain range of Vilcanota passing through several traditional andean villages and take time to stop to take some photos. On arrival we meet our horsemen and arrange our packs for the walk. We begin through farming communities and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains. We will wander around for 3hrs and then its time to stop for lunch. After that we continue for another 2 hours approximately to reach the hot springs at Upis where we spend the night.
After a big breakfast we are ready to leave camp and get started on our hike for the day. We will climb to the high pass of Arapa (4850mts). From this vantage point we can see the contrast in landscapes: dry desert-like hills near the glaciers of Mt. Ausangate, while below in the valley is bright green vegetation. If we are lucky we might even see a condor in the sky! We will enjoy the breathtaking snow capped views of Mount. Ausangate and PucaQocha. This area also boasts three beautiful lakes with tones of reds, greens, and turquoises (Pukacocha, Hatun Pukacocha, and Qomerqocha). Our second campsite is close to a glacier.
Early morning after breakfast we begin our ascent of approximately 2-3 hours over our second mountain pass of Apuchata (4,900mts). From here we descend for around 1.5hours towards our campsite at Ausangate Qocha where a delicious lunch is waiting for us. This is the time to pause and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. After our lunch we have our second ascent for two hours til our third mountain pass of Palomani (5,100mts). Then we descend into the small community of Huchuy Pinaya where we spend the night.
Today we ascend to the highest point on our trek: Jampa (5,150mts). The silence of this remote wilderness is inspiring! From here we have anexcellent view of Mount Tampa. After the pass we descend for 2 hours through an area of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas to reach Pampacancha (4,050mts). From here we follow an uphill trail for approximately 3 hours and leads us to our campsite in Jampa (4,300mts).
After our walking and acclimatization on Day 4, we are ready for another adventure! We take breakfast early and then begin our hike of approximately 1 hour to reach the glacier base and then to the top of the mountain! After enjoying the spectacular views of the Vilcanota range we descend back down to take a delicious lunch. In the afternoon we descend towards the Qomerqocha lagoon before arriving at Pacchanta after an approximated 5 hour walk. Pacchanta is a little community with attractive hot springs where we can enjoy a relaxing dip. We camp and spend the night here.
In the morning we leave Pacchanta and start to walk back to the village of Tinqui; our trek takes approximately 2 hours. Once in Tinqui, we have lunch and will have time to visit the village and speak with the people. Then we board our transportation that will take us back to the city of Cusco, where we estimate to arrive after nightfall.
• Original ID documents (Passport)
• A good backpack or day backpack to carry your personal things
• Waterproof trekking boots.
• Warm clothes ( you can experience the four seasons in one day).
• 4 T-shirts, sun hat, two pairs of pants for the trek, gloves, 4 pairs of socks, raincoat, 1 warm jacket, extra layers.
• Camera with extra battery.
• Sunblock, sunglasses, insect repellent.
• Essential toiletries, toothbrush, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.
• Swimsuit for swim in thermal baths.
• Water bottle (no need to bring water pills).
• Personal first aid kit.
• Head lamp.
• Some plastic bags in the rainy season.