Day 1 : Cusco - Tinqui
We leave Cusco at about 09.00 for the 7-hour bus ride to the small village of Tinqui. We pass through beautiful countryside and several traditional villages including Urcos, Cattca and Ocangate, where we'll have the opportunity to stop for a while and take some photos. We spend the first night in a small hostal in Tinqui.
Day 2 : Tinqui - Upis
We'll set off on the trek at about 09.00. The first 3 hours, until lunch, will be a great introduction to the magnificent scenery of the Cordillera Vilcanota, with great views of the Ausangate mountain. After lunch its only another 2 hours trek until we reach the hot springs at Urpis which offer fantastic views of Ausangate at the end of the valley. This is, naturally, a great place to camp for the night
Day 3 : Upis - Lake Jatun Puqa Q'ocha
During the 3 hours trek in the morning we will hike the first pass, the Arapa pass (4,850m). From the pass we continue 3½ hours down the valley until we reach the turquoise Lake Jatun Puqa Q'ocha passing the green lake of Puqa Q'ocha on the way. We'll set up camp here. From the campsite you can climb the small ridge north of the camp to see Lake Vino Q'ocha The views of Ausangate are particularly close up and spectacular. Camping beside Jatun Puqa Q'ocha you may find that you're kept awake at night by the sound of dramatic ice falls into the lake, but don't worry it's quite safe.
Day 4 : Lake Jatun Puqa Q'ocha - Pampacancha
In the morning we ascend the second pass of Apuchata (4,900m) with the turquoise Laguna Ausangate Q'ocha below. This lake is fed from the melting snow of Ausangate. From the lake we ascend to the Palomani pass (5,200m); the highest point of the trek. From the pass we follow the trail into the valley where we'll rest and have lunch. Another hour of trekking brings us to our campsite at Pampacancha.
Day 5 : Pampacancha - Qomer Qocha
During the morning we'll see the snowy peaks of Tres Picos and Puca Punta. We'll continue east through the broad green valley of Pampa Jutunpata and up the Rio Q'ampa valley. After passing through the small community of Q'ampa we'll continue north west to the last pass of this hike, the Q'ampa pass (5000m). We'll see several different colored lakes, the final lake being Qomera Qocha. We'll camp beside this beautiful greeny turquoise lake.
Day 6 : Qomer Qocha - Pacchanta
We'll have an easy days trekking for only about 2½ hours, until we arrive at the small village of Pacchanta. You'll have the opportunity to rest and relax in the hot thermal springs for a couple of hours and even have a well deserved beer! We'll set up camp near Pacchanta and you'll have the afternoon free to explore this interesting Andean village.
Day 7 : Pacchanta - Cusco
It's a 3 hour trek back to Tinqui where we'll say goodbye to our arrieros (horsemen) and take the bus back to Cusco, arriving at about 18.00. You'll have just enough time to have a hot shower and a meal before hitting the nightclubs
The package includes:
Tourist transportation by private bus to Tinqui village.
Accommodation: 1 night hostal, 5 nights camping,
Pack animals for camping equipment and personal belongings including horsemen (horses and mules nomally used. Llamas can be used when 6 or more persons)
Cook + assistant, excellent food (06B,06L,06D),
Equipment: large 4 person igloo tents - 2 persons per tent, double thickness mattress, cooking equipment, Dining/kitchen tent, camp tables and chairs, toilet tent
First aid kit, oxygen bottle & emergency horse.
Breakfast day 1, lunch and dinner day 7, personal equipment, tips
Rock sack or Backpack
Cotton Pants, Cotton T-shirts, Cotton Shirts, Socks, Towel.
Rain gear or Rain Poncho.
Insect Repellent, leaps balm, Sun cream, sun glasses, Cap, Camera, Water bottle, Flash light (Spare batteries and bulb).