Jun, Jul, Sep
Departure from Paris in the morning. Arrival in Lima in the evening. Transfer and night at a hotel in Lima in a residential area.
Flight Lima / Cuzco. Walking tour of the main sites of the ancient capital of the Inca Empire at 3350 m altitude, Cuzco, the “navel” in Quechua, offers a harmonious architectural mixture, where the Inca constructions are found alongside Spanish Baroque churches. Overnight at hotel in Cuzco.
Excursion to the Sacred Valley along the Vilcanota river where the site of Pisac is. Before going to Ollantaytambo and the small train that takes us to Aguas Calientes, we will visit the famous Maras salt ponds whose evaporation ponds offer a wonderful spectacle. Hotel.
Early morning bus transfer to Machu Picchu and in-depth discovery of the most famous Inca site. Ascent by foot to Huayna Picchu for an amazing overview of the entire site. Return to Cuzco in the evening. Hotel.
Free morning in Cusco. After lunch departure by private bus to Tinki, the starting point of our trek around the Ausangate. Night in a lodge of Tinki at 3800 meters.
Tinki / Upis (4500 m.). First stage in the company of our mule drivers team in Cordillera Vinacota. After five hours walking, close to the first camp, we take a relaxing bath in hot springs.
Upis / Pucacocha (4650 m.). Ascents and descents follow one another with the Arapa pass at 4800 meters. In the end, extraordinary chain of lakes including the Pucacocha lake, where we establish the camp.
Pucacocha / Finaya (4600 m.). We are now under the southern slopes of Ausangate. Two passes in today’s program: Paso Apacheta (4800 m.) and Paso Palomita (5 100 m).
Finaya / Quebrada Acero (4900 m.). After three hours walking, we reach the village Jampa, and we abandon the classic route to engage us in the Quebrada of Acero to establish a camp at almost 5000 meters offering breathtaking views of Ausangate.
Acero / Ticclacocha (4800 m.). From the camp, ascent in three hours walking round trip of Huayruro Punco Sur at 5 400 meters, then two hours walking to reach the shores of Lake Ticclacocha.
Ticclacocha / Pacchanta (4300 m.). In a very high mountain atmosphere, it’s now the north side of Ausangate that awaits our attention. In the evening, bathing in the hot springs near the village of Pacchanta.
Pacchanta / Singrenacocha (4300 m.). Head north for seven hours walking through two passes leading us to the largest lake in the region, deep blue Singrenacocha lake.
Singrenacocha / Mallma (4000 m.). Two-hour walk to complete our route ending at the village of Mallma where we part with our support team. Transfer in the afternoon to Puno, five hours away. Hotel in Lake Titicaca.
Sailing on Lake Titicaca in the morning to reach the Amantani and Taquile islands which we will discover walking. In the afternoon, new navigation to the peninsula Capachica and return to Puno. Hotel.
Five hours driving will be needed to reach Chivay, a small town that marks the entrance to the Colca Canyon. Local hostel facility and walk in the terraces of Chivay which draw sumptuous arabesques on the flanks of the mountain.
From the viewpoint of the Cross, we can observe condors soaring above the Colca Canyon. Transfer in the afternoon by road to reach Arequipa. Hotel.
After three hours driving, where we go by the foot of the Misti volcano, whose glacier gives origin to the Amazon River, we reach the Chachani Base Camp situated at 4900 meters. Two-hour walk.
Ascent of Chachani. Starting with headlamps in the coldness of the night. The efforts will be rewarded with marvelous views from the summit at 6075 meters. Return by the same way to the base camp and transfer to Arequipa in the afternoon. Hotel.
Walking tour of the colonial center of the White City. There are many buildings in white volcanic stone, that gave this nickname to the second city of Peru. Another night in Arequipa.
Flight to Lima in the morning and visit Lima’s city center; the parade ground, the San Martin Square, the San Francisco Monastery, the Cathedral. Transfer in the evening to the airport for the return flight.
Return flight and arrival in Paris in the afternoon.
Accommodation as described, in hotel, double room, transfers necessary for normal development of the trip, boat trips on Lake Titicaca, full board throughout the trip, collective and individual camping and kitchen equipment.
This trip isn't very difficult. It's for anyone in normal fitness, able to endure 6-7 hours of daily walking in the mountains with a light backpack and be comfortable in a group of 7 to 10 participants. Personal belongings, group equipment and supplies are transported by horse / pack mules that we meet every night. So you will wear only a backpack (30 liters) your necessary things for the day (lunch, warm clothes, camera, so 5 or 6 kg).
It is absolutely essential to check that you do not have any restrictions to a prolonged stay at high altitude (4000 to 6000 m). Do not leave home without consulting a doctor, especially if your health condition requires regular treatment. The two peaks (Huayro Punco Sur: 5400 meters and Chachani: 6075 meters) require an extra effort but are two-way trips so they are optional.
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