DAY 1: CUSCO-OCONGATE-TINKI-UPIS
You will receive private transportation from Cusco. The road goes toward Puno, past the Wari site of Pikillacta ruins and the colonial towns of Andahuaylillas and Huaro (we may spend some time visiting them). Afterwards a road starts winding its way up hill until we reach small villages with shepherds and weavers in the highland puna. In the afternoon the Vilcanota Range will loom in the distance with Ausangate and ColqeCruz mountains dominating the landscape.
The trail starts crossing the puna or highland meadow approaching the base of the impressive Ausangate with amazing views of the rolling landscape. Continuing the hike, the trail takes you up through the Andean villages still traditional in many of their customs and habits. This night we will camp at Upis with a chance to enjoy the thermal baths.
DAY 2: UPIS-PUCACOCHA-LAGUNA AUSANGATE
Ascending the slopes we cross over the pass at 4,500 mts. (14,760ft) and make our way to Lake Pucacocha for lunch with the western ice-fall of Ausangate Mountain dominating the view of this campsite. After lunch we head up to Apacheta pass 4700mts, and afterwards make our way down to Ausangate Lake. From tonight’s camp you can appreciate just why Ausangate has, for centuries, commanded so much reverence for the local people.
DAY 3: PUCACOCHA-PALOMANI-FINAYA (SORAYCUCHO)
We cross the highest pass on our trip at Palomani (4,900mts) (16,076ft), with a spectacular view of the southeastern ridge of Mount Ausangate. We camp at Soraycucho.
DAY 4: SORAYCUCHO-PACCHANTA-CUSCO
We circle northwest over Ticllacocha Lagoon and over the last Pass called Campa (4,650m) (12,250ft) reaching the small meadow of Pacchaspata, along the shores of lake Q’omercocha, the camp for lunch. Today the route is filled with natural beauty; like: deep valleys, alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas being kept in their original natural environment, and if lucky the rare Andean condor will be seen. The trail descends towards the village of Pacchanta where for enthusiasts, thermal baths are available. After lunch we return home to Cusco.
*A minimum of 2 people is needed for this trek
What do I need to bring?
2016 prices per person $ 645.00 USD.
Please contact us, specifying:
-Number of people in the trek
-Train service upon request: Expedition train, Vistadome train, Hiram Bingham (Luxury Orient Express)
– Students: US$ 20.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card.
Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
– Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
– Children: US$ 40.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
– Early bookings: 5% on full program price for all bookings confirmed at least 6 months in advance. This discount may not be applicable in case a promotional price is offered