We leave the city of Cusco by bus and drive along the Cusco / Puerto Maldonado road towards the direction of Tinki. On the way, we stop in Urcos, (a major bus route junction), for some pictures of the colorful market. Then, we go on to Cattca, an agricultural and cattle raising community, where we can appreciate the region's spectacular views. Finally, we will pass through Ocongate, the capital of the district with the same name and only half an hour away from our destination. After a 6-hour drive, we arrive in Tinki, where we will spend the night in a local lodge to be well rested for our trek the next morning.
After breakfast, we spend some time visiting the Tinki public school, to meet the children of the neighboring communities and give them some useful and much-appreciated gifts such as school supplies. We then leave Tinki to start a two and a half hour walk towards Pacchanta (4100m/13451ft) where we stop for lunch. Pacchanta is a rural community that boasts some well-known hot springs. Where we can enjoy a nice dip while enjoying breathtaking views of Ausangate Mountain. In the afternoon, we continue our hike and climb up the Pacchanta valley, spotting llamas and alpacas, until we reach the beautiful Qomercocha lagoon, where we will camp and have dinner. Our campsite is set in a spectacular spot with amazing panoramic views of the Ausangate, Santa Catalina, Maria Huamantiqlla, Pucapunta and Colquecruz snow-capped mountains. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included.
After having breakfast, we leave at 7:00 am and continue to the first mountain pass of our trek, the Abra de Q´ampa (5000m/16404ft). We will reach this point after about four hours. Then, we descend towards the Ticllaqocha Lagoons, a beautiful group of little turquoise lagoons where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, we continue our hike for another 2 to 3 hours until we reach Yanamayo, where we set our camp in an impressive valley overlooking the grand Tres Picos, Colquecruz and Pucapunta peaks. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included.
After breakfast, we leave camp and start a gradual climb up towards Yanaqocha or "Black Lagoon", named after the dark color of its waters. In this area, we can appreciate a dark volcanic soil, its color turning to dark red and black, as well as moraines, showing the previous presence of glaciers in this region. We will go over Yanaqocha mountain pass (5050m/16568ft) to discover an astoundingly beautiful valley with an explosion of colored mountains, three spectacular lagoons and the presence of llamas and alpacas. We will cross this valley heading towards our next mountain pass at 5100m/16732ft. From this point, an additional hour of hiking leads us to Condorpaso and to our next campsite. It is located very close to the mountain pass of the same name that will be the challenge for the next day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included.
After breakfast, we continue on a gradual 2 hour climb up the valley that takes us through the mountain pass of Abra del Condor (5200m/17060ft). From this pass, the highest point of our trek, we will enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range and the Sibinacocha Lagoon, which is our next milestone, and hopefully see vicuñas! We will then, continue hiking for three hours, crossing another mountain pass and then descending into the valley of the Lake Sibinacocha’s source. We will camp next to the lagoon and very close to its source, where an impressive glacier stands nourishing the lake with its turquoise waters that contrast with the pure dark blue color of the lagoon. This lagoon boasts with a wide bio-diversity. We will probably be able to spot Andean Coots, "Huallatas" or Andean Geese, as well as Andean Ducks. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included.
On day 6, we depart early and walk along the shores of the Sibinacocha lagoon for three hours until we reach the community of Yayamari, alongside the mountain of the same name. It is an impressive rocky peak overlooking the lagoon at an impressive (5500m/18044ft) above sea level. Then, we cross a pampa, where we will likely see hundreds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. We will then head towards the Abra Ccascana at 5000m/16404ft, which will lead us to the lagoon of the same name. Where we will make our last camp. This spot is surrounded by impressive snow-capped peaks of Montura and Chumpi and inhabited by small rural communities. We may have the chance to spot ¨Huallatas¨ or Andean geese. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included.
After breakfast, we leave Ccascana and walk for three and a half hours towards Phinaya, where we will have lunch. This is a small Andean community with a beautiful little church and no presence of vehicles except for bikes and horses. In the afternoon, we drive back to Cusco, arriving after nightfall. Breakfast and lunch are included.