Trek & Climb: Nevado Qampa: The snow-capped nevado Qampa is one of the mountains of the Vilcanota mountain range; it’s located to the Southeast of the City of Cusco, in the province of Quisipicanchis. A great introduction climb for those without experience of glacial climbs.
Leaving from Cusco; in private transportation early in the morning, we’ll drive 3 hours south to the Ausangate region. Following our arrival we’ll take our time to check all of our equipment for the climb. We’ll meet up with our arrieros and their mules; the arrieros loading all of our equipment onto them before setting off on this epic Peru adventure.
Nevado Qampa (pronounced Jampa, also spelled Campa), is the easiest; and one of the most popular mountains in Cusco and may be climbed without experience in mountaineering. It requires a glacier hike and sometimes a small rock climbing pass depending on the season. Afterwards, on your arrival at the summit the effort offers you an incredible panoramic view; that reaches to Salkantay over 200km in a north western direction.
Afterall it is a majestic landscape where you can observe cultural diversity; along with biological diversity of the high Andean areas such as; Vicuña, Vizcacha, Andean fox, Andean face, Andean carpenter and other native species.
Climb one of the famous mountains of the Cordillera Vilcanota, Ausangate region.
Trek across a glacier & complete a small rock climb to summit nevado Qampa.
Climb & ascend on one the easiest mountains for beginners to glacial climbing.
Breakfast x 2
Lunch x 2
Dinner x 1
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
Muleteer & Mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Trekking Poles)
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)
Machu Picchu Extension – Entrance Tickets, Transport & Guide (can be organised 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. 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.|
Early in the morning, at around 7am, you’ll be collected from your hotel in Cusco. Heading south-east by the Interoceanic highway that goes to Puerto Maldonado, passing through the city of Urcos and within about 3 hours arriving at Ocongate, where you’ll be able to purchase anything that we forget in Cusco. Then taking a detour to Pacchanta, 45 minutes from Ocongate, in Pacchanta we meet the muleteers and mountain cook of the expedition.
After lunch you’ll begin the trek, taking about 4 hours to reach 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 of the region. Already at the base camp, your personal high mountain equipment (harnesses, crampons, ice axes, helmets, leggings, gloves) will have been delivered. Your mountain guide will teach you the correct way of using the equipment, how to act on a glacier and have them ready for promotion when required.
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 you’ll prepare yourselves 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 to rest and enjoy the high Andean landscapes, surrounded by the snowy mountains of the Cordillera Vilcanota. The descent to the base camp will take a further 3 hours, where lunch awaits and then heading back to Pacchanta to take our transport back to Cusco. Arriving late in the evening after an epic trip!
James is one of the most caring and understanding tour provider you would have. I am going to break this review down into mutliple aspects so it would help you pick James and his company without a doubt. The Trek: The trek to Qampa was planned for 2 days with a camping night at base camp. I was foolish enough to think that I would be acclimated to the elevation after a day at Cusco. As I am from Los Angeles (a city at sea level), the hike to base camp proved to be too much for me and I got sick with elevation sickness. James and his team gave me ample opportunity to carry on, took care of me when i got sick (provided meds, oxygen tank and such) and advised me accurately regarding my health. Sadly, I had to turn around to go down in elevation to take care of my health but James and his team did everything to take care of me throughout the process. The hike to Qampa and base camp was immensely beautiful. All the tools and supplies (food and such) was provided and carried by the team. I would highly recommend this trek and I myself will be coming back to achieve this summit. Cusco and everything else: James picked me up from the airport on my first day and took care of most of the logistics regarding booking a hotel and such. Monetarily, everything provided by James and team was luxurious and economical enough to beat the prices of other facilities in Cusco. James helped me with touring the city and provided a personal touch that made me feel valued and cared for. He went above and beyond to make sure that my trip was stress free especially the fact that I dont speak spanish. TL:DR – If you want an adventurous, fun and safe trip…book James and his team. They will do everything to make sure you get the most out of your trip and ensure your safety at each point.
We had a great time on the expedition to the Nevado Qampa. Edu and the crew were all excellent. Thankyou for organising such an amazing climb; it was tiring but the views were well worth all of the effort!
I really enjoyed climbing Nevado Qampa. This was a new experience for me and I am very pleased to have chosen Unu Raymi Expeditions to help me with this incredible adventure. Thankyou to James & Eduardo for this beautiful ascent.