This adventure will leave you wanting more!
Minimum Age: 12 Year(s)
Ausangate mountain, Sibinacocha lagoon, remote mountain scenery, high mountain passes location: About 4 hours drive east of Cusco, leaves from village of Tinqui. Returns from Phinaya duration: 7 days/ 6 nights level: Difficult/ challenging with some high passes adventure rating: adventurous and few visitors. You should be prepared for the cold.
Day 1: Cusco - Tinqui - Pacchanta
You will be collected from your hotel in private transport and drive along the Cusco - Puerto Maldonado truck road in the direction of Tinqui (3800 m/ 12464 ft). On the way, we stop in Urcos (major bus road junction) for some pictures of the colorful market. We then go on to Cattca, an agricultural and cattle raising community where we can appreciate the region's spectacular views and finally pass through Ocongate, the capital of the district with the same name and only half an hour away from our destination. After an approximated 4hrs drive, we arrive in Tinqui where we will have lunch and then start walking for 3 hours towards Pacchanta (4100 m./ 13448ft), where we stop to camp. Pacchanta is a rural community that boasts some well-known thermal baths where we can enjoy a nice dip, offering very nice views of Ausangate Mountain.
Day 2: Pacchanta - Qomerqocha Lagoon
We continue our hike with a slight climb the Pacchanta valley, having the chance to spot llamas and alpacas until we reach the beautiful Qomercocha lagoon where we set our camp and have dinner. Our campsite is a spectacular spot with amazing views of Ausangate, Santa Catalina, Maria Huamantiqlla, Pucapunta and Colquecruz snow-capped mountains. We will camp around Qomerqocha, or a little further on.
Day 3: Qomerqocha Lagoon - Yanamayo
After breakfast continues on towards the first mountain pass of our trek, the Abra de QÂ´ampa at 5000 m./ 16400ft, which we will reach after about 4 hours We then descend towards the Ticllaqocha Lagoons, a beautiful group of little turquoise lagoons which will be a beautiful setting for lunch. In the afternoon, we continue our hike for an additional 2-3 hours until we reach Yanamayo where we set our camp in an impressive valley overlooked by the huge and awesome Tres Picos, Colquecruz and Pucapunta peaks.
Day 4: Yanamayo - Condor Paso
We leave camp after breakfast and start a gradual climb towards Yanaqocha or "Black Lagoon" its name being due to the dark color of its waters. In this area we can appreciate a soil of volcanic origin, its color turning from dark red and black, showing the previous presence of glaciers in this region. We will go over Yanaqocha mountain pass (5050 m./15564 feet) to discover a surprisingly beautiful valley with an explosion of colored mountains, three spectacular lagoons and the presence of llamas and alpacas, which we will cross to head towards our next mountain pass (5100 m./ 16728ft). From this point, another hour of hiking takes us to Condorpaso, our next campsite, located very close to the mountain pass of the same name which will be our
challenge for the next day.
Day 5: Condorpaso - Source of Sibinacocha Lake
After breakfast, we continue on a gradual climb the valley that takes us to the mountain pass Abra del Condor (5200 m./ 17056 ft) after an approximated two-hour walk. From the pass, the highest point of our trek, we may not only enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range and the Sibinacocha Lagoon, our next milestone but also hopefully see vicuÃ±as. Immediately, we continue our hike for an additional 3 hours, crossing another mountain pass on the way and then descending into the valley of the Sibinacocha Lake 's source. We will camp next to the lagoon and very close from its source, where an impressive glacier stands and nourishes the Lake with its turquoise waters that contrast with the dark blue pure color of the lagoon. The lagoon boasts a wide bio-diversity, and with any luck, we will most be able to spot Andean Coots, "Huallatas" or Andean Geese as well as Andean Ducks from our camp.
Day 6: Source of Sibinacocha Lagoon - Ccascana
Today, we depart early to walk along the shores of the Sibinacocha Lagoon for 3 hours until we reach the Yayamari community, next to the mountain of the same name, an impressive rocky peak overlooking the lagoon (5500 m./ 18040 ft). We then continue crossing a Pampa where we will most probably see hundreds of llamas, alpacas and hopefully vicuÃ±as, to follow then
towards the Abra Ccascana at 5000 m./ 16400 ft, which will lead us to the lagoon of the same name, in which area we will set our last camp. In this spot, surrounded by impressive snow-capped peaks such as Montura and Chumpi and inhabited by small rural communities, we may have the chance to spot Â¨HuallatasÂ¨ or Andean geese and maybe even flamingos.
Day 7: Ccascana - Phinaya Cusco
After our breakfast, we leave Ccascana to walk for three and a half hours towards Phinaya. This is a small Andean community with a beautiful little church and no presence of vehicles except bikes and horses, where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, we drive back to Cusco (approximately 6 hours), where we expect to arrive after dark.
Day 1: Cusco - Upis
4 hours by bus trough the wonderful Andes mountains. The views are spectacular. From Tinqui a taxi to the school of Urpis and then 2 hours walk to the campsite. In Urpis you will find thermal baths and a wonderful view of the Ausangate. People live their simple life in traditional clothing with their lamaâ€™s and alpacaâ€™s.
Day 2: Urpis-logo Jatun Puga Qâ€™acha (5/6 hours) Max height: 4850 m., Total distance: 13 km.
In the morning we will cross the Arapa pas (4850 m.) and in the afternoon we continue down to the valley. On the way we will enjoy the beautiful lagunes in different colors. We will pass the green lagune of Puqa Qâ€™ocha to the second night camp at the turquoise lagune Jatun Puqa Qâ€™ocha.
Day 3: lago Jatun Puga Qâ€™acha-Pampacancha (4/5 hours) Max height: 5.200 m, Total distance: 10 km.
After breakfast, we climb to Apuchata pass (4900 m.) and look down at Laguna Ausangate, fed from the melting snow of Ausangate. As we descend to lake level, we will head uphill again to Palomani pass (5200 m.), the highest point of the trek. The descent into the Final Pampa, for the third camp.
Day 4: Pampacancha-Qâ€™oma Qâ€™ocha (6/7 hours) Max height: 5100 m., Total distance: 12 km.
After the rigorous climbs over the passes, the trek past Tres Picos and Puca Punta is an easy trail along Pampa Jutunpata valley where the Rio Qâ€™ampa Valley provides a home for wildlife. We might see vizcacha, vicuÃ±as, and other wildlife. We might stop for a break before heading to the final pass of this hike, the Qâ€™ampa pass (5000m.).
From the top we can see several different colored lakes. We will camp beside Lake Qâ€™oma Qâ€™ocha, the last one on the trek. This lake is almost directly opposite Lake Jatun Puqa Qâ€™ocha on the other side of Ausangate.
Day 5: Qâ€™oma Qâ€™ocha-Pachanta (2/3 hours) Max hight: 4400 m., Total distance: 7 km.
After breakfast, a 2Â½ hours walk takes you to the village of Pachanta and the hot springs. Soak away the cold and sore muscles before getting back to Cusco. We have time to eat a nice lunch from the local people if we are lucky they have the fresh trout from the lagunes. Here you can buy traditional hand made souvenirs what the local people make in this area.
Pachanta-Cusco (3/4 hours by bus)