The Peaks of Cusco & Sacred Valley – 15 Days

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15 Days
Availability : Jan 1 - Dec 31
Sacred Valley
Sacred Valley & Ausangate
Min Age : 18
Max People : 12
Tour Details

The Peaks of Cusco: Considered within the 3 giant peaks of Cusco, the snowy Veronica is one of the most important mountains of the Cusco region, even though its summit does not reach 6000, its constancy in the technical aspect of the normal route makes this expedition a committed ascent its proximity to the jungle does not ensure good weather conditions but an impressive landscape.

The Huchuy Qosqo or Lares Valley hiking has different routes that will be chosen depending on the kilometers that you want to travel, all these options cross by steps of more than 4000 meters and then descend to the sacred valley which makes them ideal options for acclimatization, the trekking of Lares will consolidate our acclimatization and allow us to cross the Urubamba Mountain Range.

Ascent to Nevado Veronica:

Psychological aptitude: Medium / High
Physical fitness: High
Technical aptitude: Medium
Factor Acclimatization: Medium / High
Weight of the backpack in the expedition: 12 Kg

What’s Included

Camping – x4 person tents for x2 people
Hostel accomodation for Sacred valley & Cusco – 3*
Professional Bilingual Mountain Guide (English & Spanish)
Mountain Cook
Arriero & Mules
Meals – As detailed in itinerary
Full expedition brief to take place the day before trip departure
Private transport (4×4 vehicle) for collection, location transfers & drop-off to hotel
All camping & high mountain climbing equipment
 

What’s Not Included

International Flights not included
Domestic Flights not included (can be organised as part of trip on request)
Travel & Adventure insurance is the responsibility of the travelling group

Joining Arrangements There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.
Food & Water Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
Special Diets We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
Trekking Crew We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
Acclimatisation
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
Preparation
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru. Trip Planning | Trek Planning
Machu Picchu An excursion to Machu Picchu can be included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco. To be confirmed on reservation.
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.
Covid-19 (Useful Links) World Health Organisation | World Health Organisation – Peru | Covid-19 Data – Peru | Covid-19 Daily Statistics
Available Discounts Throughout 2022 we’re offering a 15% discount for each member of a group larger than 4+
Reservation Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.
Customer Service Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.

 

Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Sacred Valley

Arrival into Cusco & transfer to your accommodation in Calca, Sacred Valley. There will be a quick briefing to discuss your expedition preparation for the following days trek.

  • Overnight: Calca, Sacred Valley.

Day 2Trekking of Lares: Cuncani - Huacahuasi

Leaving very early from Calca to travel 1.5 hours to the town of Cuncani where you’ll start a trek ascending to 4,400 masl and then descend to the 3,800 masl where camp will be organised.

  •     Overnight: Camping Huacahuasi
  •     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3Trekking of Lares: Huacahuasi - Patacancha

You’ll leave at 8am to reach 4600 masl in the Andes mountain range where you’ll see our next targets the Helamcoma and Veronica nevados.

  • Overnight: Ollantaytambo
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4Ascent to the snowfall Helamcoma: Ollantaytambo - Base camp

You’ll leave at 8am and travel for 1 hour to Thastayoc 4,000 meters above sea level, the point where we will begin our approach hike from the Helamcoma snow base camp to 4400 meters above sea level in the Lanlaluyoc lagoons.

  •     Overnight: Base Camp
  •     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Ascent to the Nevado Helamcoma: Summit - Urubamba

Leaving at dawn to begin the ascent during the first hours before dawn we will approach the glacier and already with daylight we will begin the crossing in the glacier and the climbing of the last ridge ridge where we will have a rock III after reaching the summit and have an amazing view of the snowy Veronica and Salkantay descend to the city of Ollantaytambo to continue to the city of Urubamba where we will rest and celebrate our first summit.

  •     Overnight: Urubamba
  •     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6Rest: Optional activities in the Sacred Valley

After having enough sleep to recover your energy, you’ll have the possibility to enjoy the infinite number of activities that the Sacred Valley of the Incas offers us, such as a visit of world-renowned ceramics artists to a short via ferrata that offers us particular views of the valley or just relax in our hotel.

    • Overnight: Urubamba
    • Meals: Breakfast

Day 7Ascent to the snowy Veronica: Ollantaytambo - Base camp

You’ll leave at 7 o’clock in the morning towards the Malaga pass, where we will enter the reserved communal area of ​​Thastayoc and from 4,400 masl we will descend at 4,200 masl and then we will climb to 4,800 masl to the base camp in a steep ascent and dominated by the characteristic forests of “Queñas”, the trees that grow highest in the world.

  •     Overnight: Base Camp
  •     Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner

Day 8Ascent to the snowed Veronica: Base camp - Advanced course

We will leave at 6:30 in the morning heading towards the advanced camp where we will cross some unstable moraines and climb small sections of III ° of rock not bigger than 20m as well as slopes of snow and ice between 45 ° to 60 ° until we reach the north ridge where you’ll look for a platform to be able to establish our advanced camp at 5,300 masl.

  •     Overnight: Advanced Camp
  •     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9Ascent to the snow-capped veronica: Advanced course - Summit - Base camp

Very early in the morning, we will begin our ascent crossing important cracks and progressing on slopes between 45 to 60 ° to the summit which we will arrive with the first hours of the morning When the clouds of the jungle are still down in the valley and the views from the 5,900 meters are simply wonderful, we will begin the descent doing some rappels to the advanced camp where we will eat and continue our ascent to the base camp to spend the night there.

  •     Overnight: Advanced Camp
  •     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10Ascent to the snowed Veronica: Base camp - Thastayoc communal protected area - Cusco.

Not so early we will begin our descent through the Thastayoc ravine trying to visualize part of the unique fauna of this valley as the “Churrete real” of which there are only approximately 300 individuals in the world and this privileged valley in its habitat. At noon our transport will be waiting for us on the road at the exit of the valley to drive to the sacred valley where you’ll have a celebration lunch then transfer to the city of Cusco.

  •     Overnight: Cusco
  •     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11Rest & Recuperation

 Rest Day in Cusco

  •     Overnight: Cusco

Day 12Cusco - Tinke - Pacchanta - Campo Base

Around 7 am you’ll be collected from your hotel. Heading south-east by the Interoceanic highway that goes to Puerto Maldonado, we pass through the town of Urcos and within about 3 hours arriving at Ocongate, where you’ll be able to purchase anything that you forget in Cusco.

Then taking a detour to Pacchanta, 45 minutes from Ocongate, in Pacchanta we meet the muleteers and cook of the expedition. After lunch we start the hike 4 hours to the base camp, with impressive views of the main snow-capped Cusco region such as: Ausangate (6384 masl), Cayangate (6110 masl) and others, always accompanied by llamas and alpacas.

Already at the base camp, the personal high mountain equipment (harnesses, crampons, ice axes, helmets, leggings, gloves) will have been delivered. Our high mountain guide will teach you the correct way of using the equipment, how to act on a glacier and have them ready for promotion.

  •     Dinner is at 6pm, allowing plenty of time for everyone to rest afterwards.
  •     Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13Qampa Base Camp - Summit - Base Camp

Leaving at 3am, you’ll have a light breakfast, it is essential to attack a mountain at dawn. You’ll leave the base camp and in approximately 2 hours of ascent by moraine arriving at the glacier, where we prepare ourselves with the mountain equipment to enter the glacier.

After another 3 hours on the glacier you’ll reach the summit of the Qampa mountain which is 5,500 meters above sea level. Taking half an hour on the summit restng and enjoying the high Andean landscapes, surrounded by much of the snowy mountains of the Cordillera Vilcanota. The descent to the base camp will take a further 3 hours, where lunch awaits and you’ll have the whole afternoon free to rest after an intense day.

  •     A special dinner will be prepared ready for 6pm.
  •     Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14Base Camp - Pacchanta - Cusco

Leaving at 9am for Pacchanta after breakfast, arriving at Pacchanta in about 3 hours where there’ll be the option to enter the thermal baths and buy handicrafts from Pacchanta and then have lunch and return to the City of Cusco where by around 6pm you’ll be dropped to your hotels, and you can spend the evening relaxing and recalling an incredible adventure!

  •     Overnight: Cusco
  •     Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15Departure

Collection & transfer to Cusco Airport for onward departing flight.
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