Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
On this rugged trek you explore deeply into the remote Vilcanota mountain range. Our trail circles the 20,000ft mountains anchoring the center of the range, instead of just Ausangate like the normal trek. This route is longer than the normal trek but better because we get far off the beaten path. You hike between the big glaciers of the range, and visit the most impressive lagoons: Sibinacocha and Singrenacocha. You will see vicuñas and many bird species that are not seen on the normal Ausangate trek. The Vilcanota Trek is similar to the Huayhuash Trek in length and beauty.
You can combine this trek with easy climbing peaks like Campa (5,500m) or Chumpe (6,110m).
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Cusco - Pacchanta (4,300m)
The first day we leave Cusco at 9am and arrive to Pacchanta in the afternoon. We will spend the nightin this Andean village at my Compadre Luis’ house.
Pacchanta – Abra Jampa (5,050m) – Suyrucochapampa (4,500m)
We hike to the first pass 4-5 hours, then down the other side for 2 hours.
Suyrucochapampa – Abra Huayrurupuncu (5,300m) – Murmurani (4,900m)
In the morning we hike the second pass of Huayrurupuncu (5,300m) with incredible views of Ausangate and Tres Picos in 4-5 hours. From this pass it is only a short 200m more to climb to the summit of Nevado Huayrurupuncu (5,500m) which does not need mountain equipment, you can do this if you have additional energy. Once we cross the other side we can see the massive lake Sibinacocha spread out below us, where we will descend to camp by its shore.
Murmurani – Headwaters of Sibinacocha (5,000m)
Day four is an easy day of 4-5 hours walking along the lake to reach its headwaters below the large glacier of Nevado Chumpe.
Headwaters – Abra Chumpe (5,400m) - Huayrurumicocha (5,000m)
This day we cross the highest pass of the trek where there used to be a glacier only 5 years ago. Then we descend a bit to a lagoon and the impressive cirque of peaks that surround it.
Huayrurumicocha – Mullucocha (4,600m)
The last two days are relatively easier, only 4-5 hours of trekking each. This day we travel over moraines to a protected campsite next to a few lagoons in between the Callangate and Colque Cruz massifs.
Mullucocha – Marampaki (4,200m) – Cusco
After breakfast we hike out above Lake Singrenacocha and descend to where the car will pick us up to go back to Cusco.
- All group camping equipment and tents
- Arrieros and horse service (will carry all expedition gear)
- Food from Lunch Day 1 until Lunch Day 7.
- Entrance to zone & thermal baths
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- Trekking Boots (Waterproof) - Clothing for hiking (light, breathable, quick drying) - Clothing for cold and rain (down jacket and rain jacket/pants) - Gloves (light or fingerless) - Brimmed hat and winter beanie - Sunglasses and sunscreen - Sleeping Bag (0F / -18C) or (20F / -7C) - Air or foam mattress - Water bottle (Nalgene or similar) - Backpack - Duffel Bag
It is very important to acclimatize properly. If you are just arriving to Cusco, I recommend at least 3 full nights in Cusco (3,300mts/10,824ft) before sleeping higher than 4,000mts (13,120ft). It is recommendable to climb a peak of 5,500 meters, before a 6,000 meter peak if you have the time. If you are already well acclimated, it is possible to go directly to climb an easier 6,000mts peak like Ausangate, Chumpe or Yayamari. These guidelines should be regarded as the minimums. Often people have a tight schedule and want to do as much as possible with their time, but acclimatization is important for you to be able to accomplish your goals.