DAY 01 : Cusco – Tinqui – Upis
We depart Cusco early the morning for our three hours transport to the small village of Tinke (3800 metres/ 12 464 feet). As Tinqui is located on the new Interoceanic highway we can now arrive here much more quickly that in previous years.
Here we start our trek for three hours until we reach the hot springs at Upis (4,400 metres/ 14432 feet) which offer fantastic views of Ausangate at the end of the valley. We will camp here for the night. (total trekking time 4-5 hours)
DAY 02: Upis – Lake Puka Q’ocha
During our morning’s trek, we will cross our the Arapa pass (4,850 metres/ 15908 feet). From here, we continue 3½ hours down the valley, passing the green lake of Lake Jatun Puqa Q’ocha were we gonna have our lunch. By the afternoon we reach the turquoise Puqa Q’ocha. We will camp here for the second night.
DAY 03: Lake Puka Q’ocha – Qampa
From the lake we ascend to the Palomani pass (5,200 metres/ 17 056 feet); the highest point of the trek. From the pass we follow the trail into the valley where we’ll rest and have lunch. During the afternoon we can enjoy views of the snowcapped and Puca Punta or RAINBOW MOUNTAIN. We will continue through the broad green valley of Pampa Jutunpata and up the Rio Q’ampa valley. We will spent night 3 in this vicinity to sorococha lagoon.
DAY 04: Q’ampa – Pacchanta
After passing through the small community of Q’ampa we will head North west to the last pass of this hike, the Q’ampa pass (5000 metres/ 16400 feet). We will see several different coloured lakes and lunch beside Q’oma Q’ocha. We hike for several hours before arriving at the small village of Pacchanta. We can soak in the thermal springs for a couple of hours, and even have a well-deserved beer!
We will set up camp near Pacchanta (Family house) and you will have the afternoon free to explore this interesting Andean village. (You have the option of staying in a basic hostal this night)
DAY FIVE: Pacchanta to Cusco
It’s 3 hours trek back to Tinke where we will have time to explore this traditional Andean village before taking our car back to Cusco, arriving at about 18.0
> Pick up from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.
> Transport from Cusco to Tinke (the trailhead) and return at the end of the trek
> Cook and Cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
> Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Please communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water.
> Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7 kg/15lbs per person). .
> 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
> Breakfast on the first morning.
> Sleeping bags
> Tent & matress
> Tips for the guide, cook and porters
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING
> A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature.
> Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho
> Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
> Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
> Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping. ** This is a particularly cold trek, you should make sure you have a lot of very warm clothes.
> Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
> Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
> Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
> Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
> Sun block
> After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
> Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
> Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
> We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
> Small towel or sarong
> Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs)
> Cash – sufficient for your final lunch in Aguas Calientes, tips and souvenirs.
> Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
> Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day)
> Binoculars (if you have them)