05D - 04N — Cusco – Mollepata – Sayllapata – Salkantay Pampa – Andenes – Chaullay – La Playa – Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
Day 1 Cusco to Upis
Lunch - Dinner
Very early we leave the city of Cusco in a private transport, and drive along the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado highway in the direction of Tinki (3800m/12464ft). On the way we pass through Urcos, where we may spot a beautiful lagoon with the same name, continue on to Cattca, an agricultural and cattle raising community where we can appreciate the region’s spectacular views and finally cross Ocongate, capital of the district with the same name and only half an hour away from our destination. After an approximated 4-hour drive, we arrive in Tinki, where we meet our wranglers and horses. We start our trek initiating a slight climb that crosses through puna (dry, high area with little vegetation) to then arrive at our lunch spot after a three-hour walk. From here we already have beautiful views of the sacred Ausangate peak (6372m/20900ft). After lunch, we continue walking for another hour and a half to reach our campsite in Upis at 4400m/14432ft. From this point, we may appreciate fabulous views of all the snow peaks in the area. We camp and dine directly in front of Ausangate.
Day 02 Upis to Ausangatecocha
Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
After breakfast, we continue our hike ascending for two hours to reach La Arapa pass (4850m/15908ft). We then descend to our lunch spot, crossing an area of falcons and ¨vizcachas¨ or Andean rodents. This area also boasts three beautiful lakes with tones of reds, greens, and turquoises (Pukacocha, HatunPukacocha, and Qomerqocha) and spectacular views of the surrounding snow peaks. After lunch, we continue on a long and slow ascent that will take us, after about two hours, to the second mountain pass, the Abra de Apuchata (4900m/16072ft), from which we descend, for another half an hour, towards our campsite at Ausangatecocha (4440m/14563ft).
Day 03 Ausangateqocha to Q´Ampa
Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Today, we depart early to climb for two hours towards the third mountain pass, the Abra de Palomani (5200m/17056ft). This is the highest part of the entire hike, from which we then descend for another 2h through an area of llamas, alpacas and ¨vizcachas¨ to reach Pampacancha (4050m/13284ft). From here we follow an uphill trail until that leads us to our campsite in Q´ampa (4300m/14104ft). Along this easy 3-hour climb we may have the chance to spot llamas, alpacas, and maybe even pumas.
Day 04 Q´Ampa to Pacchanta
We climb for 2 hours until we reach Q´ampa mountain pass (5000m/16400ft), where we may have the chance to spot the Andean deer. From here we descend towards the Qomerqocha lagoon to finally arrive at Pacchanta (4100m/13448ft) after an approximated five-hour walk. Pacchanta is a little community with attractive hot springs where we can enjoy a relaxing dip. We camp and spend the night at this place.
Day 05 Pacchanta To Tinki
Breakfast - Lunch
We leave Pacchanta and start to walk our way back to Tinki, which will take approximately 2 hours. Once in Tinki, we board a private transport that will take us back to the city of Cusco, where we estimate to arrive after nightfall.
- Briefing time one or two days before the trek.
- Private Transportation from Cusco to Upis (Beginning of the trail.)
- Professional English speaking guide.
- Entrance fees to Ausangate.
- Assistant guide from more than 9 passagers.
- High Mountain Tents (The North Face), model VE-25 of 03 people of high quality material for two people to offer more comfort and space for the pack of our customers.
- One inflatable sleeping pad per person (Luxury Therma-rest).
- One pillow per person
- One personal blanket to sleep, they are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
- Luxury kitchenware
- Luxury tables and chairs
- Luxury dining tent, with panoramic windows.
- Mules (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
- Mules to carry personal gear up to a Maximum of 8kg per person (including sleeping bag and sleeping pad).
- Duffle bags for personal luggage, per person.
- One emergency horse for each five persons – the days 1 to 6
- All camp waste is hauled out of the park
- Andean chef specializes in exquisite camping meals
- Meals(04B, 05L, 04D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day).
- Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
- One Textile Snack Bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment.
- Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
- Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
- One Hand Towel, per person
- Comprehensive first-aid kit including oxygen bottles.
- Last Lunch in Tinki
- Bus from Tinki – Cusco – 5th day
- Walking poles.
- Sleeping Bag.
- Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Dinner on the last day
- Hotels and meals in Cusco
- Extra Mules
- Extra services not mentioned in the program
- Tips for guides, porters or chefs and extra expenses