Glacier Velo de la Novia – Nestled in the mountain range just behind Urubamba the snow-capped glacier Velo de la Novia is one of the prominent glaciers of the Urubamba mountain range; located to the north-east of the City of Cusco.
Following on; this is a rare location which is virtually untouched by mainstream tourism. Then; you will find peace & tranquility for a few days and uncover the peaceful way of life in rural Peru.
Leaving from Cusco; in private transportation early in the morning with our crew, we’ll drive for 2hrs in a northerly direction into the Sacred Valley. Following our arrival we’ll take our time to check all of our equipment for the climb at the start point in San Isidro.
In the Peruvian Andes, there are a wide variety of peaks that require a good level of technique, and experience. The glacier Velo de la Novia is a great introduction to glacial climbing, it is quite a flat climb with good compact snow that make it a great first experience to this discipline.
You can help to protect these mountains; lagoons, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and the natural environment by the way we approach the mountain climb. We take care to minimise the footprint we leave & fill ourselves with the energy existing in the Sacred Apus that traditions say are sources of immense power. Your ascension will incorporate respect for the whole environment; along with good health and your own experience of high-mountain climbs.
Climb a Glacier and experience rare views of the surrounding Urubamba Mountains.
Visit and adventure a unique rural area of the Sacred Valley.
Contribute to the region in a sustainable way.
Breakfast x 3
Lunch x 4
Dinner x 3
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
High Mountain Cook
Muleteer & Mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
Machu Picchu Extension – Entrance Tickets, Transport & Guide
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Crampons, Ice Axe, Harness, Helmet (can be hired as part of trip)
|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.|
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
|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.|
|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.|
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|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.|
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Leaving at around 7am from Cusco; in private transport, heading to Urubamba. Stopping in Urubamba to collect any further supplies required. From Urubamba it’s another short drive heading to San Isidro, passing through Andean communities and observing along the route; archaeological sites, lagoons and small farms producing potatoes, corn etc.
On arrival into San Isidro you’ll trek for a couple of hours along track until reaching the peaceful and enclosed pampa of Corralpampa. Here cows graze nearby a small fresh stream with Inca Terraces in the background. Here we’ll set-up camp, to allow for acclimatisation, enjoying some traditional local meals prepared by our crew.
Lunch and Dinner will be prepared for the day and there is plenty of time to explore the area and take some incredible photos.
Today leaving Corralpampa; after a good wholesome breakfast, with our crew (including porters) to take our climbing equipment, tents, sleeping bags to the laguna of Juchuycocha which sits at the base of the glaciers above. The trail up is a continual ascent zig-zagging up mountainside; eventually reaching morraine near the laguna. It is a long hard day but with plenty of stops, snacks and water along the way the ascent to the laguna is achieved in around 5-6 hrs.
The reward at the end of the trail is Laguna Juchuycocha, which a cristal clear glacial lake. Here we’ll set up camp, taking lunch & dinner with plenty of time for rest & recuperation and some incredible photo opportunities. An early night will be essential in order to rise in time for the ascent and enjoy the sunrise.
Today you’ll rise early in the morning to take some breakfast before leaving the camp at around 2.30am. Armed with headtorches, ice axes, crampons, harnesses & helmets you’ll head over to the base of the glacier crossing some morraine for about an hour. The first section is a gradual incline, gradually flattening out as the glacial climb advances.
Arriving to the summit in around 3-4 hrs you’ll be greeted by an epic sunrise and the glorious surrounds of the Urubamba mountain range. Having taken as many photos as you like, then you’ll track back to the base of the glacier and back to the campsite by the laguna for a quick respite.
Then; packing up we head back down to Corralpampa and San Isidro where our private will be waiting for us. From here you have the option to return directly to Cusco or opt for the extension to Machu Picchu by heading to Ollantaytambo to take the train to Aguas Calientes.
This day the visit will be according to the schedule of your entrance to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu; duration of around 3-4 hours. Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Incan citadel; located on a ridge between the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains in Peru. It sits 7,970 feet (2,430 meters) above sea level on the eastern slope of the Andes and overlooks the Urubamba River hundreds of feet below. Once you return to Ollantaytambo, our transfer will take you back to Cusco.