|Level||Challenge trekking - Need good shape. High altitude trek|
|Duration||5 days / 4 nights|
|Location||Vilcanota Range South from Cusco|
|Season||May - November|
|Departures||Private service every day|
This five-day trek through the Cordillera Vilcanota’s rugged snow-capped peaks offers spectacular scenery and a unique encounter with life in the Andean highlands. Hiking around the mystical Mount Ausangate (6,380 m.), we camp near hot springs and glacier-fed multicolored lakes inhabited by numerous bird species, including Andean geese and the magnificent Andean Condor.
DAY 01: CUSCO OCONGATE - TINKI- UPIS:
Starting from Cusco, taking the road south towards Puno, we will follow the Huatanay and later the Vilcanota River, passing the ancient Wari site of Pikillacta and the colonial villages of Andahuaylillas and Huaro. From Urcos, we will start going uphill until reaching the highland savannah. Later, the Cordillera Vilcanota will appear in the distance, with mount Ausangate and mount Jampa clearly visible until we will pass throw Tinki town. Beginning the trek we will cross the Ocongateriver and start traversing the puna (highland meadows), until we reach the foot of the Ausangate where the panorama of snowcapped peaks becomes breathtaking. We will camp at Upis, where the hot springs will make it a great place to relax after the rigors of the day. (Lunch / Dinner).
DAY 2: UPIS – PUCACOCHA:
Today, first we will ascend the screen slopes to cross a 4,500 m pass, carrying on to Lake Pucacocha with the western ice fall of Mount Ausangate looming over our lake side camp. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner).
DAY 3: PUCACOCHA – PALOMANI PASS – HUCHUY FINAYA:
Passing small turquoise lakes we make the ascent of the Palomani pass (4,800 m) where the view of the south eastern ridge of Mount Ausangate on the Cordillera Vilcanota is absolutely amazing. Then, descending to Chilcapinaya we will make a campsite on HuchuyFinaya. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner).
DAY 4: HUCHUY FINAYA – JAMPA PASS – PACCHANTA:
Hiking up the Jampa valley we will quite likely be able to meet highland shepherds tending their sheep and alpaca, spinning and weaving their wool into cloth with the peaks of Jampa and Colquecruz acting as a backdrop. Circling northwest around the Ticllacocha lagoon and over the last pass (4,650 m) we will reach the small meadow of Pachaspata for lunch, continuing our trek to Pacchanta community. Slowly descending the valley, we arrive in the village of Pacchanta, where we will spend the afternoon resting. You will be able to soothe away from all those aches and pains in the relaxing waters of the hot springs making a campsite nearby. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner).
DAY 5: PACCHANTA TINKI – CUSCO:
On the last day, we will make a short walk across the puna grassland past small communities of shepherds and weavers who will takes us back to the road at Tinki, here a bus will be waiting to take us to Cusco, where we arrive in the afternoon. (Breakfast / Lunch).