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  • The Vilcanota Range is located 60 miles in a remote area southeast of Cusco and includes beautiful turquoise lakes, glaciers and the massive snow-covered peaks of Ausangate (over 20,000 ft). The Vilcanota circuit is a challenging trek which includes four high passes over 15,500 ft. This is also an excellent trek for viewing Andean wildlife. Look for the Condor and Huallata (Andean Goose), the elegant Vicuña and the mountain Viscacha. This is also sacred land and home to some of the most expressive religious festivals Peru like the festival of Qoylloriti, held during the last week of May. It is a magnificent illustration of the unique mixture of Catholicism and Andean religion found indigenous to Peru.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days Destinations The Experience
Day 1 Cusco (3,350m/10,990ft) – Tinki (3,800m/12,400ft) – Upis (4,400m/14,400) Walking distance: 10km/7miles L, D included Catch stunning views of the Sacred Ausangate Peak
Day 2 Ausangate Qocha Lake Walking distance: 10km/7miles B, L, D included Pass through the green lake of Puqa Q’ocha until we reach the turquoise Lake Jatun Puqa Q’ocha and Ausangate Q’ocha who is fed from the melting snow of Ausangate
Day 3 Trek to Jampa Walking distance: 12km/8miles B, L, D included We can enjoy views of the snowcapped Tres Picos and Puca Punta them continue through the broad green valley of Pampa Jutunpata
Day 4 Trek to Pacchanta Walking distance: 10km/7miles B, L, D included Enjoy the hot springs where we can soak and relax our bodies
Day 5 Trek to Tinki and private bus to Cusco Walking distance: 7km/5miles L, D included Explore the Ancestral Andean village

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Day 1 Cusco – Tinki– Upis
We depart Cusco very early in the morning by private transport to Tinki (3800m/12,464ft) driving for about 3 hours passing Urcos, Cattca and Ocongate. Once we arrive in Tinki we´ll have lunch before meeting our horsemen and horses. Then we start our adventure hiking towards the community of Upis (4400m/14,436ft) catching stunning views of the Sacred Ausangate Peak (6376m/20900ft) looming in front of us. Finally, we arrive to Upis our campsite for the night.
Lunch and dinner included
Walking Distance – 10Kms or 7 miles
Approximate hiking time – 5-6 hours

Day 2 Trek to Ausangate Qocha lake
After breakfast, we will ascend towards the first pass of Arapa (4750m/15583ft) anc see the cordillera. Afterwards, we will descend down the valley to the lovely turquoise Lake Jatun Puqa Qocha to have lunch surrounded by the mighty mountains. Our route continues ascending towards the second pass of Apuchata (4900m/16072ft.) with amazing vistas. Camp at the shore of the Ausangate Qocha Lagoon (4600m/15091ft).
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Walking Distance – 10Kms or 7 miles
Approximate hiking time – 5-6 hours

Day 3 Trek to Jampa
This morning after breakfast, we will ascend to the Palomani Pass (5200m/17056ft) the highest point of the trek. After we catch our breath we will begin our descent until reaching Pampacanca (4050m/13284ft). Here we will enjoy lunch before continuing on an uphill trail to the Rio Jampa Valley (4300m/14104ft) our next campsite.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Walking Distance – 12Kms or 8 miles
Approximate hiking time – 6-7 hours

Day 4 Trek to Pacchanta
Today we will hike by the small community of Jampa and climb to the last pass of this trek, Jampa (5000 m/16400 ft). From here we will descend towards the Qomerqocha Lagoon to relax and have lunch before continuing to the small community of Pacchanta (4100m/13448ft) our campsite. Pacchanta has alluring hot springs where we can soak and relax our bodies.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Walking Distance – 10Kms or 7 miles
Approximate hiking time – 6-7 hours

Day 5 Trek to Tinki and private bus to Cusco
Today we will enjoy our last breakfast together and then start our trek back to Tinki. We will have time to explore this ancestral Andean Village before boarding our private transport for our return to Cusco.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Walking Distance – 7Kms or 5 miles
Approximate hiking time – 3-4 hours

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Services Included:

  • Professional guide, Chef to cook meals, horses to carry the tents, food, cooking equipment, sleeping pad, kitchen/dining tents, tables, stools, and all kitchen gear.
  • One staff in charge exclusively to keep the bathroom clean.
  • Horses to carry your belongings in the duffle bag we provide 12kilos/24 pounds per person.
  • Emergency horse included.
  • In the city you will have your trip coordinator is available 24/7 for any assistance and needs that you may require. She/He will be in care of the details of your trip: Changing money, check in at the different hotels, what activities you can do on your free time, luggage, local and return flight reconfirmation, translating, etc.
  • Eureka Expedition or North Face V-25 tents for overnight, inflatable thick mattress (Therma rest) 2.5 inches, pillow, dinning tent, kitchen tent, biodegrade soap, portable chemical biodegradable toilet safe for the environment, First-aid kit and oxygen, and walkie-talkies.
  • Satellite phone on trail.
  • Menu to choose before the trek. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, intolerant lactose diets accommodated on request (advance notification required). For other diets, consult your travel specialist before making a reservation.
  • All in-country transfers as scheduled.
  • Comfortable private vehicles with professional drivers.
  • Day by day itinerary improved by you and your ToursTrekperu travel designer.
  • This itinerary is based in 2 people travelling together in double or twin occupancy.
  • All of our treks are operated by ToursTrekperu, we provide almost all the group equipment that you will need.
  • Trek briefing before departure.
  • All trash produced during the trek returns to Cusco.

Services NOT Included:

  • Travel and health insurance (highly recommended)
  • International flights, nor local flights within Peru.
  • Personal items like individual gear, room services, medicines, laundry, telephone calls, airline excess luggage charges, visa fees, vaccinations, etc.
  • US$25.00 per person Walking Pole set
  • US$35.00 per person Sleeping Bag with liner. Top quality Marmot sleeping bags -17C
  • (1.4 F).
  • US$35.00 Single Tent
  • Meals or other services not listed on the itinerary.
  • Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc., shall be covered by the passenger as a whole. If you cannot continue the trek due to physical or health reasons and you would require emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc., will be at passenger’s expense. You will be accompanied by one of our staff members back to Cusco or Machu Picchu. This is why we recommend purchasing travel and health insurance. This is money well invested! Trekperu will help you obtain all the necessary documents for you to file a claim with your insurance company.
  • Tips to the local staff.


Our prices are per person in double occupancy (matrimonial or twin) in US dollars, thus if you want a single room you will need to add a supplement cost.

Occasionally, after coordinating your trip with our travel consultant, there could be slight changes in your itinerary or hotels because you want to spend more time in places that interest you, avoid long distances, have more free time or avoid tourist concentrations. These changes will increase or reduce the final price. It is important to mention that most hotels increase their rates during special holidays but our Travel Consultant will inform you and make other suggestions.

Contact Information:

  • +1-800-566-1305 – Toll-free – (USA/CAN)
  • +51-84-650603 (to Peru).
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