Day 1 To Trailhead
From Cuzco we travel east, over a high pass to the traditional highland town of Ocongate. Just beyond is Tinqui, the trailhead for the Vilcanota Range. We camp by the Mapoche River at 3,800 m/ 12,464'. BLD
Day 2 Pacchanta
With the camp gear and personal equipment carried by llamas, we climb gradually through rolling hills dotted with herds of llamas and alpacas. The snows of 6,374 m/20,906' Nevado Ausangate dominate the skyline directly ahead of us. We eat lunch near Upis, then cross a low ridge beneath the west face of Ausangate to our camp at hot springs in the hamlet of Pacchanta. (4,330 m/ 14,202'). 13 km. BLD
Day 3 Jampa Pass
We trek past glacial tarns and isolated shepherds' huts toward the magnificent Jampa Pass (5,081 m/16,666'). The trail follows a moraine above a glacier flowing down from the snowpeaks east of our route. On most treks we see troops of vicuñas (the wild, graceful relative of the llama) amid the rugged scree and glacial ice. We camp beneath the towering west face of the Jatunjampa peaks, at Tiqlliacocha (4,840m/15,875’). 13 km. BLD
Day 4 Acero
We ascend a lateral moraine and drop down into our spectacular Acero camp at the head of the broad Jampa valley. You can take the afternoon off, or join the guide for an optional hike up the drainage to enjoy breathtaking views from a tarn directly beneath the glaciers at the head of the Acero valley. 4,860 m/15,905’; 4 km to camp. BLD
Day 5 Finaya
This morning we offer a challenging scramble, up to the 5,300 m/17,384’ col east of the camp, for spectacular views east toward massive Sibinacocha Lake and the icecap beyond. While we are on the mountain, our crew moves camp a couple of hours down the valley, up a side valley above the hamlet of Finaya, with views toward the east face of Nevado Ausangate. 9 km camp to camp. BLD
Day 6 Return to Cuzco
We enjoy a gentle 9-km. hike down along the Chillca River to the village of Chillca, the first sizeable community since the start of the trek. Our vehicle awaits; we load up, return to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel. BL
Tour Leadership: We pride ourselves on the quality, experience, and wide-ranging skills of our trekking guides. They are Peruvians, born and raised in the Cuzco highlands, who have combined their love of the mountains of their homeland with years of profes¬sional training. They are fluent in English, and bring to their groups a variety of personal interests ranging from birding to astronomy. Most of all, they are caring individuals. They make it their personal goal to see that you have the trip of a lifetime.
Full service trek with all the amenities for which we are famous: delicious food, tables and camp stools, a heated dining tent, spacious sleeping tents; Thermarest sleeping pads; reconfirmation of flights.
International and internal airfare, airport departure taxes; gratuities for trekking staff; hotels and tour services in Cuzco; personal clothing and trek equipment (you receive a detailed equipment list in our pre-departure packet); sleeping bag (you may rent winter-weight, mummy-style sleeping bags from us, subject to availability - please ask!); immunizations, insurance, laundry, telephone, other personal items. Please Note: We will attempt to adhere to this itinerary, but reserve the right to make minor changes where necessary for the safety and comfort of tour participants. Where changes result in increased costs, such costs will be the responsibility of the tour participant.