This journey combines two trekkings in the wonderfull landscapes of the White Mountain range and the Vilcanota Mountain range. You will also discover the Inca culture with an excursion in the Sacred Valley which ends with the visit of the Machu Picchu. 14 days in beautiful surroundings, at the feet of the high Peruvian summits. A trip made for the lovers of mountains! And for the curious, some legends to be discovered during the hikes in the mountains and on lakes..
Arrival in the airport of Lima, welcome and transfer to your hotel. Night in hotel in Lima.
Departure by bus towards Huaraz, located in the Andes. Upon your arrival, weclome and transfer to your hotel Night in hotel in Huaraz.
Visit of the archaeological site of Chavin of Huantar, important place of pilgrimage for the populations of old Peru. Then return to Huaraz. Night in hotel in Huaraz.
Transfer to Mancos. Upon your arrival, weclome and transfer to your hotel Night in hostel in Mancos.
Early in the morning, meeting with the team of the trekking and transfer to Mamapampa where begins the trek. You go towards the Ulta valley from where you enjoy the first landscapes of the White Mountain range with the summits of Huascarán (6768 m), Huandoy (6160 m). You end your first day of trekking deep in the valley. Night in campement. 5 to 6 hours of hike; +700 m of height diference
You begin this day by hiking in the Cancahuapampa valley, until the lagoon of Yanayacu. You cross the pass with the same name (4850 m). Then you go down towards the Ichiculta valley until the campement in Molinopampa. Night in campement. 6 to 7 hours of hike; +950 m / -1250 m of height diference
By a track crossing the Mountain range and connecting Callejon de Conchucos with Huaylas, you join the Big valley until Colcabamba, then until the valley of Huaripampa where you settle for the night. Night in campement. 7 hours of hike; +600 m of height diference
Today, continuation in the valley of Huaripampa, until the pass of Alto de Pucaraju. Then, you go down in the valley of Comun Pasto until the lagoon of Huecrucocha where you settle for the night. Night in campement. 6 hours of hike; +450 / -650 m of height diference
You join the pass of Tupatupa before going down on the other side, in the valley of Nanayos, until Jancapampa. You arrive at the foot of the cirque, where you camp for the night. Night in campement. 6 hours of hike; +400 / -800 m of height diference
Departure towards the pass of Yanacon via the Sactaycacha lagoon. Then, continuation to Huillcan and the valley of Tayapampa until arriving the Sactaycacha lagoon. From the campement, you enjoy a beautiful view on the summits of Pucajirca (6050m), Tayapampa (5657m), Jancarurish (5578m), and on the North face of Alpamayo. Night in campement. 7 hours of hike; +1200 / -600 m of height diference
You cross a first pass at 4500 m, giving access to the valley of Moyobamba ; then a second pass, those of Cara Cara (4830m). Then, you go down in front of the summits of Santa Cruz (more than 5800m), Quitaraju (6036m), Alpamayo and Jancarurish. Night in campement. 6 hours of hike; +630 m / -80 m of height diference
Descent to the valleys of Alpamayo and Cedros before going up to a pass at 4750 m. Then you go down until the campement. Night in campement. 7 hours of hike; +500 m / -350 m of height diference
You cross the pass of Cullicocha from where you enjoy the views on the summits of Santa Cruz, which one rise at 6259 m. Then you go down towards the lagoons of Cullicocha and Azulcocha before reaching Hualcayan. From here, transfer to Huaraz. Rest in the hotel before taking the night bus to Lima. Night in the bus. 7 hours of hike; +450 m / - 450 m of height diference
Arrival early in the morning in Lima, and flight to Cusco. Upon your arrival, welcome and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free. Night in hotel in Cusco.
Departure to the Sacred valley and visit of the archeological complex of Pisaq, the traditional artisanal market of Pisaq and the salines of Maras. Then, transfer to Ollantaytambo to take the train to Aguas Calientes, a small town located at the foot of the Machu Picchu. Night in hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Very early in the morning, guided visit of the most famous Inca site of the Peru: the Machu Picchu. Then, free time to continue the visit by yourself before taking the train back to Cusco. Night in hotel in Cusco.
Transfer to Tinqui where you meet the team of the trekking where begins the trek. The camp is settled at the foot of the Ausangate (6378 m) in the village of Upis. Possibilty of bathing in the hot sources and attend at sunset on the summit. Night in campement. 4 ½ hours of hike; +480 m of height diference
Wake up in front of the Lord of the Peruvian mountains. Then departure on a path rising along the Ausangate and going up to the pass of Arapa (4700 mètres). On the other side, the scenery is extremely different : a moon-shaped colorful valley with an unobstructed view on the summits of Sorimani and Tucusari, and as a background, a glacier. Continuation towards Hatun Pucacocha, the « big red lake » facing the Ausangate. Then, crossing the pass of Apacheta (4840 m) to reach the frozen water lake of Ausangatecocha. Night in campement. 6 hours of hike; +575 m / -370 m of height diference
Physical day because several passages of high passes wait for you. First, the pass of Apacheta (4860 m) where you make stop for the lunch. Then, you go down to the Ausangatecocha lake (4650 m) with its turquoise blue waters rich in trouts. Then, crossing of the second pass, Palomani (5190 m), highest point of the itinerary. After this, descent on the other side, towards the base camp of the Ausangate (4600 m) in Jampa, in the middle of herds of alpacas, lamas and sheeps. Night in campement. 6 to 7 hours of hike; +1015 m / -800 m of height diference
Direction to the village of Chilca Finaya with its herds of sheeps, alpacas and horses. You reach the last pass of your trekking, Paso Arapa pass (5090 m), from where the view on the Mountain range is unobstructed. Then, going down towards Pacchanta for the night. Night in campement. 7 hours of hike; +290 m / -775 m of height diference
Last stage of your trekking, until Tinqui where you arrive late in the morning. Then, transfer to Cusco. Night in hotel in Cusco. 2 ½ hours of hike; +415 m of height diference
Free day in Cusco. Night in hotel in Cusco.
Flight to Lima, and connection with your international flight.
You will be accompanied by a local private English speaking guide at every stage of the journey. This means you will have a different guide for each region you will visit, depending on their specialization. The level of English of the guides varies from one region to another. A few exceptions: - The trips in public transports (buses, shuttles, trains and internal flights) are not escorted.
In Peru, the hotel standards are different to what you may be accustomed to. Here are a few useful details on every type of accommodation: - Camp: thanks to the perfect organization of our cook(s) and muleteer(s), you could really rest after a good day of walking. We have a tent for the kitchen, another one for to take the meals, another one for the bathrooms. For two persons, you will have a tent with 3 places for more comfort. We also supply you a comfortable mattress and a basin of hot water at the beginning and at the end of the day for your toilet; and of course we prepare you warm and complete meals. - Homestay accommodation: Basic comfort, communal toilets, no hot water and sometimes no running water, simple but clean rooms, sometimes no electricity and the doors do not lock (however, there are no security problems). - 2** and 3*** hotels (local standards): comfortable rooms, simple and clean, private bathroom with hot water; some hotels offer rooms equipped with a safe, heating system, mini bar, … As far as our possibilities, we choose hotels whose geographical location will allow you to fully enjoy the town and its attractions.
In order to allow you more freedom during your trip, only a few meals are included in our programs: these are the meals during the treks (cold at noon and hot in the evening) and during certain excursions when the conditions make it necessary (on the Puno-Cusco road, in the Sacred Valley, etc). For the non-included meals, expect 5 to 10 USD per person. This allows you to choose the time, place and menu according to your desires!
Most of the time of your trip, your travels will take place in private vehicles: you will have at your service a private vehicle with a Spanish speaking driver who will adapt to your rhythm (photo stop, shopping, etc. …). Exceptions: - For the touristic buses Chivay-Puno and Puno-Cusco - Lima trips, you will travel in a comfortable and secure bus line with an English / Spanish speaking colelctive guide.
Thank you for your interest in having a personalized travel experience with Tierra de los Andes Peru.