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The Cordillera Vilcanota Trek
This beautiful trek southeast of Cusco takes us to the remote highland savannah’s of southern Peru. Loop around the great peaks of Ausangate, Colquecruz and Jampa and others in a region populated only by herders, weavers and alpacas. A spectacular trek.
Note: Two full days of acclimatization in the mountains of Cusco area are mandatory prior to departure, or do another trek before.

Day 1 Cusco /Qoñamuro, 2-5 Trek around Mt. Ausangate, 6 Pacchanta/Tinki/Cusco.
Duration 6 days/5nights
Season April - October
Departures 1st/ 3rd Sunday or upon request

Day by day description

Pick-up at your hotel in Cusco. Leaving by vehicle southwards we arrive at Huambutio and start
our winding ascent. From here we continue over a rolling landscape and at the pass we view the
Cordillera Vilcanota on the horizon for the first time. Descend past the village of Ccatca and
outlying communities to finally reach Ocongate and a chance for last minute purchases. Continue
to Tinki where we set our first camp at 3,800 m. (12,464ft.), near Qoñamuro.

Day 2 QOÑAMURO / UPIS (Monday)
Start the day visiting a local family and their way of life at the community of Q'oñamuro and then
continue across the wide open pampas above the tree line past small settlements of herders and
weavers - their crafts will be on sale. As we slowly approach the northern face of Mt. Ausangate
we will run into herds of alpacas. A crew of packhorses and llamas will accompany us along the
way. Camp at Upis, with snow capped mountains around us at 4,400 m. (14,432 ft.(Trekking: 5-6
hours, Distance: 9kms).

Day 3 - UPIS/PUKACOCHA (Tuesday)
Our campsite is left below us as we slowly ascend up Upispampa, getting closer to the north face
of Ausangate. An ascent up the Inkapampa valley brings us to the Arapa Pass at 4,670 m. (15,318
ft.). We border and traverse the arid rolling landscape to then slowly descend to the small lakes
past the valley of Samacancha to arrive at Lake Pucacocha below one of the Ausangate glaciers -
a beautiful campsite at 4,575 m. (15,006 ft.). If we are lucky, we will hear and see ice falling.
Above the campsite the rock spire Mt. Sorimana will stand guard. (Time: 7 hours, Distance: 8Kms)

Leaving camp, a slow ascent will bring us to the Alcatani pass at 4,650 m. (15,252 ft.). Here we
begin our descent to Ausangatecocha - a beautiful blue lake formed by the melting glacier with a
view of the southern face covered with glacial formations. From Ausangatecocha we start a steep
ascent to the Palomani pass at 5,050 m. (16,564 ft.). As we cross into the valley of Machuraqay
we will see beautiful views of Mt. Mariposa with its cone peak. We descend to Chillcaphinaya at
4,400 m. (14,432 ft.), a valley filled with grazing Alpacas. The surrounding ridges of the Cordillera
Vilcanota have varying hues of rock, sand and reddish earth - a unique Andean panorama. We
ascend to the large pampa of Wanu Wanu where we camp at 4,450 m. (14,596 ft.)
Walking to the headwaters of WanuWanu, with Mt. Acero looming above us (also known as
Huamantilla) we reach the run off from the glacier. As we begin our ascent to the pass of Jampa,
Mt. Callangate, with its jagged spires covered in ice, dominates our trek as we edge our way over
the pass at 4,950m. (16,236 ft) with its retreating glacier and ice-fields beckoning us closer. We
have lunch at Pachapata. The ridge above offers a view of the Lake Qomercocha and
Hamacocha. We traverse the ridge and enter the waterhead of Mt. Ninaparayoc with its lake
below. A nice walk down this valley with Mt. Ausangate behind us - we have now completed
almost a full circle around the mountain (camp and overnight). Rolling hills now extend below us
as we hike into Pacchanta for a chance to visit the hot springs.

Leaving the community by vehicle with a chance to buy local textiles, we head towards Tinki
crossing the vast hills and fields that are settled by local campesinos, until we reach Tinki. From
here we return to Cusco the way we came.

SERVICES INCLUDED: Transportation by vehicle to start and from the end of trek to your city of
departure, two-man tents including sleeping pads, pack animals, kitchen crew and commissary
gear with all meals included as well as a bilingual guide on the trek, who will handle the first aid
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED: Meals in the cities, last hotel night (Day 6), alcoholic beverages,
extras, tips, laundry service, additional tours, insurance and airline tickets (where
applicable),sleeping bags, hiking boots and other personal gear

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