PRICES IN DOLLARS
👥 Minimum number of people: 2
📅 Season: March/November
💪 Difficulty: Medium/High
This 4-day hike takes us through a truly unusual circuit, hidden between the Vilcanota Mountain Range, at the foot of the majestic Apu Ausangate. Explore the heights on a walk that will be smooth and pleasant at times, but that will also require your effort. Escape the tourist crowds and connect with nature in absolute tranquility. You won’t regret it.
Day 1: Cusco - Upis
The first day we’ll leave Cusco very early for our three-hour trip in a private vehicle to the small village of Tinqui (3.800m). We will go by beautiful landscapes and several traditional villages as Urcos, Cattca and Ocongate. After lunch we begin to walk through beautiful mountain landscapes with great views of Ausangate. We walk for an average of 4 hours to reach the hot springs in Upis (4.400m). In this place we will have dinner and spend the night.
Day 2: Upis - Pukaqocha
Early in the morning, we will wake you up with nice coca tea, and then after a big breakfast, we will get started on our hike. We will climb to the Arapa Pass at ana altitude of 4.850m. From this vantage point, we will enjoy the contrast between dry desert-like hills and breathtaking snow-capped views of Mt. Ausangate and Pukaqocha. This area also boasts three beautiful lakes with tones of reds, greens, and turquoise (Pukaqocha, Hatun Pukaqocha, and Qomercocha). Our second campsite is close to Ausangate glacier.
Day 3: Pukaqocha - Ananta
After breakfast, we will start with a steep ascent of Pukaqocha pass. While is partially difficult, this pass boasts incredible views the entire way. The higher you get the more impressive the lake is below and Ausangate mountain sitting directly across from we. Take some time to enjoy these beautiful views. We will have plenty of time to take wonderful and impressive photographs. After conquering the pass we continue through a vivid green valley with llamas grazing everywhere. We will have camp set up for you to enjoy your surroundings and relax.
Day 4: Ananta - Vinicunca - Cusco
We will wake you up extra early in the morning so you will can be the first people to the top of the Rainbow Mountain. After a hot breakfast, and some coca tea we will start with the first uphill climb- Ananta pass. Here you will see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain in the distance. From here you descend to a large valley and continue walking until we are presented with one final climb to the Vinicunca Mountain. After we hike downhill for 1 hour, the car from the company will pick up us to drive back to Cusco for 3 hours to take you back to your hotel.