Leaving from the Lake Titicaca area we cross over the highland savannah (puna) with beautiful views of the roof of the world and the snow-capped craggy peaks in the horizon until we drop into the glacial valley at Corani and start our 8 day trek into the Cordillera Vilcanota and the beautiful high Andean scenery culminated by a couple of days below Mt. Ausangate the highest peak in the area finishing our trip in the city of Cusco. Note: Two days of acclimatization in the highlands of Cusco or Puno are mandatory to undertake this trip.
1 Puno / Corani / Pajra Kunka, 2 Chullopampa, 3 Chimboya, 4 Mates, 5 Qasqara, 6 Sibinacocha / Cochauma, 7 Killita, 8 Acordo, 9 Pacchanta, 10 Pacchanta/Tinki/
Duration : 10 days / 9 nights Season : All Year
Departures : On Request
Price : On Request
Minimum : 2 Passengers
Day 1 PUNO / CORANI / PAJRA KUNKA
We drive from Lake Titicaca across the grassland savannah (or Puna) surrounded by small villages and rolling hills some sprinkled with forests of queñuales (Polylepis) a typical Andean tree. We cross a few passes befores reaching Macusani following a narrow road until we reach a rim overlooking a glacial valley, below us the charming thatch roofed town of Corani. Splendid views from the passes – open pampas, flanks of steep carved mountains, the deep gorge of the Rio Corani and the Peruvian icecap called Quelqaya. Camp near Pajra Kunka.
Day 2 CHULLOPAMPA
Travel west through spacious pampas and lava flows that appear as stone forests. We will be continually at altitudes over 4,500 m./14,760 ft. from now until Day 9. We will follow a grass valley and continue slowly uphill passing a few communities. Camp at Chullopampa.
Day 3 CHIMBOYA
Short hike to the village of Viluyo to visit with the local people. After lunch, head southwest toward the Peruvian icecap. Camp in an isolated shepherds valley splashed with colorful rocks and ringed with ice at Chimboya. Possibility of seeing vicuña herds.
Day 4 MATES
Early start to cross a 5,182 m/17,000 ft. pass and enter the Departamento de Cuzco where the mountain range is now called the Cordillera Vilcanota. Descend past ice-covered 20,000-foot (6,097 m.) peaks. Great views of the extensive ice cap and pampas. Pass countless llama and alpaca herds. Camp at Mates (4,786 m./ 15,700 ft.), a marshy plateau in the midst of rolling hills.
Day 5 QASQARA
Cross high rolling hills with splendid 360-degree views of ice peaks. Possibility of seeing vicuna and Andean flamingo. Lunch at a 16,500-foot (5,030 m.) pass with some of the most spacious views on the trip. Reach the Qasqara lake with its hundreds of waterbirds and camp on its shores at about 4,878 m./ 16,000 ft., surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
Day 6 SIBINACOCHA / COCHAUMA
Cross over the Yanamani Pass at (4,900m./16,072 ft) and reach Lake Sibinacocha, where buff-necked ibis, Andean geese and gulls can be observed. Incredible views of the lake and towering ice peaks all around. Camp at the upper inlet (4,786 m./ 15,700 ft,).
Day 7 KILLITA
Pass the headwaters of Sibinacocha, where glaciers reach the valley floor, ascend a 16,300-foot (4,969 m.) pass where deer and vicuña, a camelid known for its fine wool, are often seen, and explore the Rincon with its peaks and valleys to the north. Cross Vicuña Pass at 5,152 m./ 16,900 ft., and Condor Pass at 5,304 m./ 17,400ft. before we descend to camp at 4,725 m./ 15,500 ft., near Killita.
Day 8 ACORDO
A very difficult hiking day with stunning views of beautiful lakes and the Cordillera Vilcanota and Carabaya. We will cross two more passes at 5,152 m./ 16,900 ft., and 5,256 m./ 17,240 ft. and camp at Acordo at 4,908 m./ 16,100 ft.
Day 9 PACCHANTA
Cross moraines below the icy massifs of Colque Cruz and Comerqocha, then climb to Campa Apacheta Pass at 5,030 m./ 16,500 ft. Descend, to Pachapata and head down a valley past two lakes, raching Pacchanta, a community where hot springs can be found.
Day 10 PACCHANTA/TINKI/CUSCO
Vehicle pick-up at the roadhead near Pacchanta. From here a five hour ride the way we came, will bring us back to Cusco. (Overnight at hotel not included).
What is included:
• Transportation by vehicle to start and from the end of trek to the city, 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 kit.
What is not included:
• Hotels and meals in the cities, 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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