The Vilcanota Range is located 60 miles in a remote area southeast of Cusco and includes beautiful turquoise lakes, glaciers and the massive snow-covered peaks of Ausangate (over 20000 ft). The Vilcanota circuit is a challenging trek which includes four high passes over 1500 ft. This is also an excellent trek for viewing Andean wildlife and communites that live in high elevations. Look for the Condor and Huallata (Andean Goose), the elegant Vicuña and the mountain Viscacha. The Sacred Ausangate (Apu) is a sacred mountain and home to some of the most expressive religious festivals in Peru such as the festival of Qoylluriti, held during the last week of May. This is a magnificent illustration of the unique mixture of Catholicism and Andean religion found indigenous to Peru.
Private Service Only with a minimum of 2 persons
We depart Cusco very early in the morning by transport to Tinqui (3800m/12464ft) passing through Urcos, Cattca and Ocongate. Upon arrival in Tinqui we will eat lunch before meeting our horsemen and horses. Afterwards, we start our hike towards the community of Upis (4400m/14436ft) catching spectacular vistas of the Sacred Ausangate white Peak (6376m/20,900ft). Upis will be our campsite of the night and time to enjoy a hot spring close to the campsite.
Meals: L, D
After breakfast, we will ascend towards the first pass of Arapa (4750m/15583ft). Thereafter, we will descend down the valley to the turquoise Lake Jatun Puqa Q’ocha and have lunch. Our route continues ascending towards the second pass of Apuchata (4900m/16072ft.) with amazing views. Our next campsite is at the shore of the Ausangate Q’ocha Lagoon (4600m/15091ft).
Meals: B, L, D
This morning we will walk up to the Palomani Pass (5200m/17056ft) the highest point of the trek. From the pass we will descend until reaching Pampacanca (4050m/13284ft). We will enjoy lunch before continuing an uphill trail to the Rio Q’ampa Valley (4300m/14104ft) our next campsite.
Meals: B, L, D
Today we will pass through the small community of Q’ampa and climb to the last pass of this trek, Q'ampa (5000m/16400ft). From here we will descend towards the Q’omerqocha Lagoon. Here we will have lunch and relax before continuing to the little community of Pacchanta (4100m/13448ft). Pacchanta will be our last campsite where we can dip into the nearby hot springs to relax.
Meals: B, L, D
We will enjoy our last breakfast together and time to explore the ancestral Andean Village before boarding private transport for the return to Cusco and your hotel.
OPTIONS extra Cost:
On day 5th you can go directly to the Ollantaytambo train station in the sacred valley and take the tourist train to Machu Picchu village around 7pm, overnight there and next day visit Machu Picchu.
Combine this trek with Qoylluriti Pilgrimage (2 days more), ask about the exactly dates between May-June.
Add a visit to Machu Picchu.