5 Days / 4 Nights
$780 - $955 USD per person
Peak Elevation :
5,200 m / 17,060 ft
3,400 m / 11,150 ft
Please note that all distances and elevations are approximate. Trek times are estimated; various factors -- such as weather conditions, individual fitness levels, and how each trekker manages at altitude -- may affect the time it takes to reach each point.
The evening before your trek, you will meet with your tour guide at your place of lodging (hotel, hostel, etc.). Your guide will give you an overview of your trek to help you prepare and pace yourself for the physical and mental challenges that lie ahead. S/he will answer any questions and address any concerns you may have regarding the trek, and can offer suggestions on where you may purchase last-minute supplies. You will receive a duffel bag to hold up to 7 kg / 15 lbs of your personal belongings; this will be carried by the horse that will accompany you on your journey. Your pick-up time will be confirmed.
Cusco | Tinqui
You will be picked-up at your place of lodging around 10 am. You will travel by private van for approximately 3.5 hours to the village of Tinqui. Here, you will be introduced to the rest of the team, you'll enjoy your first Banderitas lunch, and you'll settle into camp. You'll spend the rest of the afternoon simply acclimatizing to the altitude. No worries, the following days will be filled with challenge. Before tea is served at 5 pm, you'll be free to wander within the area, and you may even encounter and interact with some curious locals. Dinner will follow at 7 pm. Sleep tight!
Tinqui | Upis
5:30 am wake-up. Breakfast will be served at 6. At 7, you will begin your 6-hour gradual uphill trek to your campsite, Upis. Along the way, you'll have a fantastic view of the Ausangate range while passing small lagoons, streams, and an array of wildlife -- possibly even eagles. Lunch will be waiting for you at the campsite. You're done trekking for the day, so you'll have the rest of the afternoon to may then get settled in your tent and take a dip in the nearby therapeutic hot springs. Take this opportunity to rejuvenate as the following days will be long and challenging. We'll let you know when tea's ready at 5 pm. Dinner will be served at 7. May you sleep soundly under the stars.
Upis | Apacheta Pass | Pucacocha | Ausangatecocha
5:30 wake up. Breakfast will be ready at 6. You'll head out at 7 toward Apacheta Pass. It will be a gradual uphill climb. You will then descend gradually to Pucacocha where you will stop for lunch. You'll continue on for about 2 hours on a gradual uphill, then it's a steep 35 minutes downhill to your campsite, Ausangatecocha. Tea will be served at 5, and dinner at 7. Dulces sueños.
Ausangatecocha | Palomani Pass | Phinaya | Q'ampa
5:30 wake up. Breakfast will be served at 6. You'll be burning a lot of calories today, so eat up! You'll depart camp at 7 and begin a steep 3-hour uphill climb to Palomani Pass -- the highest point of the trek. Here, you will stop to pay respects to Pachamama and the Apus with a coca leaf offering. After you've had a few moments to take in the spectacular view, you'll continue on, descending steeply for another 2.5 hours to Phinaya, where the Banderitas team will have lunch ready. Then, you'll ascend gently, 2 hours, to your campsite for the night, Q'ampa. Rest for a while, and you'll meet for tea at 5 pm. Dinner will follow at 7. Muy buenas noches.
Q'ampa | Q'ampa Pass | Tres Lagunas | Pacchanta | Cusco
You will begin with an early 5 am wake up. Breakfast will be ready at 5:30. At 6:30, you'll head out on a steep, 3.5-hour uphill trek to Q'ampa Pass. Then, it's 2.5 hours up-and-down to the Tres Lagunas lunch site for your final Banderitas meal. You'll continue for another 3 hours on a gradual downhill path to Pacchanta. Here, you'll part ways with the support staff, and then return on a 3 hour journey by private transport back to Cusco. You can expect to arrive around 8 pm. Please leave your Banderitas duffel at the front desk of your hotel. Thank you!