We will begin the day picking you up from your hotel around 6:00 am in our private transport. We will drive for approximately 4 hours through the Urco Pass and the town of Tinqui, located to the south of Cusco. On the drive you will see beautiful views of the surrounding valleys and mountains and the incredible north face of Ausangate Mountain. We will stop and have a delicious lunch in Tinqui and then continue on passing by agricultural lands, fish farms, traditional houses and many alpacas and llamas that the local people care for in this area.
After driving by the Upis Pass (4435 m.a.s.l.) we will arrive at the hot springs of Upis (4250 m.a.s.l.). Here we will relax for about 2 hours and also set up camp, with a great view of Ausangate and the surrounding mountains. We will eat dinner at 6:00 pm which will be prepared for you by our chef.
Today you will wake up to a delicious mug of hot coffee or tea, brought to your tent personally by our staff. Once we are all awake we will enjoy a breakfast together surrounded by the mountains. We will begin our hike through the spectacular Andes while always maintaining an incredible view of Ausangate. And, if we are lucky, we will see condors flying nearby! Your guide will teach you about the mountains, plants, wildlife, and we will of course have time to take many photos as well.
As we begin to descend we will see the beautiful lake Yanaqocha (the blue lake) and Pukacocha (the red lake). Later, we will arrive at our campsite where we will have a light afternoon snack (coffee, popcorn, teas) and we’ll have time to rest and change our clothes. At night, we will have a delicious dinner prepared again by our chef and then we will go to sleep.
Once again you will be woken up with a fresh cup of coffee or tea and have a lovely breakfast waiting for you at the table before beginning today’s excursion. Today we will have the best views of the mountains and valleys as we ascend towards Abra Puca. We will pass by more turquoise lakes too. Once we arrive at the Abra Puca pass we will be face to face with the magnificent Ausangate and your guide will explain more about our incan culture and history and the power of the apus, or spirit of the mountains. We will have plenty of time for pictures and we’ll also see the beautiful Chilca valley as well as the start of the Rainbow Mountain ridge.
Finally, we will descend gradually for 2 hours towards our lunch spot in Anantapata (4400 m.a.s.l.). We will have about a 30 minute rest here and then continue uphill to the Pitumarca pass (5050 m.a.s.l.). We will descend then for 20 minutes towards Yanacocha lake where we will have time to learn more about the area and our culture. We will camp here for the night too. We will take a mini excursion and hike to Rainbow Mountain to see the incredible evening colors of the red valley. After enjoying the views we will return to camp (about 45 minutes to return) and have our dinner together.
We will begin the day very early, waking up around 4:30 am to have our breakfast and return to Rainbow Mountain to watch the sunrise. As we take more pictures your guide will teach you about this incredible place.
Afterwards, we will commence the final leg of the journey with a descent towards the red valley, which few tourists know about. You will be surprised by the breathtaking beauty and immensity of this valley, especially in the presence of so few people. We will continue on for 30 minutes to the lookout spot which will have the best place for photographs.
Finally, we will descend for 1 hour passing by traditional peruvian houses and many llamas and alpacas. We will have our final lunch together and then board our private transport that will take you back to Cusco (about a 4 hour drive). You will be dropped off at your hotel.
Prior to departure you will have a meeting with your guide in our office to go over all the details regarding your tour. The orientation will be at 6:00 pm the night before your trip.
CAMPING EQUIPMENT: :
Tents, sleeping pads, cooking tent, dining tent, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils.
EXPERIENCE OF OUR GUIDES :
All of our guides have a minimum of 3 years of guiding experience. They are professional, responsible, and all have a deep love and respect for mother nature and her mountains. They will make sure your trip is safe and enjoyable.
All of our guides are certified in high mountain first aid training. They always carry a first aid kit on our treks (including pills for altitude sickness, diarrhea, vomiting, cuts, and cream for muscle aches). They also carry extra oxygen in cases of emergency.
Our private transport vehicles will come pick you up at your hotel the morning of your trip and take you to your trek starting point. You will also return in our vehicles to Cusco at the end of the trek.
Ticket to Hot Springs of Upis
Ticket to Ausangate
Ticket to Rainbow Mountain
FOOD: 3 BREAKFASTS, 4 LUNCHES, AND 3 DINNERS:
Our talented chefs will prepare you a delicious and filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout your trek. Our clients have loved the food prepared for them on their treks, and our chefs are also able to accommodate any dietary restrictions (such as vegetarian or vegan) at no extra cost. Please let your guide know at orientation if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies so we can organize them ahead of time.
Beginning on night 1 at dinner, you will be provided 2 Liters of clean drinking water for the following day and refilled 2 L each night at dinner (night 2 and 3). We recommend bringing a refillable water bottle or camelbak to store your water.
Cusco has one of the 7 modern wonders and we are specialists in providing all the logistics so you can know this wonder without problems – KB ADVENTURES TOUR OPERATOR 2021.
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