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Verónica & Helamcoma Peaks climb + Machu Picchu, 10-day trip Cusco Region

Climb Helamcoma (5370m) and Nevado Verónica (5910m) in the Andes of Peru, near Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, along IFMGA-certified guide Alfredo. This 10-day trip, starting from Cusco, also takes you to discover the amazing Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration10 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Climb an impressive mountain in the Cordillera Urubamba

  • Visit the archaelogical treasure of Machu Picchu

  • Acclimatise yourself climbing Helamcoma (5370m)

Description

The highest mountain of the Urubamba mountain range is the Veronica peak or Nevado Verónica, lying at 5910 msnm, offering one the more impressive mountain views over the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Join me on this 10-day trip and climb this magnificent peak in Peru, visiting also the amazing archaelogical treasure of Machu Picchu.

Our main objective on this 10-day trip is the ascent of Veronica, a representative peak of the Cusco Region, with an ascent also to the Helamcoma mountain. We will also hike to Huchuyqosqo arqueological site and visit Machu Picchu, in order to get a solid aclimatisasion before climbing Veronica.

Verónica Peak is the most beautiful mountain of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, offering a wonderful access and the possibility of extending the trip to discover the immense cultural and historic treasures of the Cusco region.

The privileged location of this peak make posible to aclimatise ourselves before the ascent with a visit to Machu Picchu and an ascent to Helamcoma (5370m), another beautiful peak in this region. We will be hiking at about 4200 msnm and rest after the climbs in the Sacred Valley, at 2900 msnm. Both ascents Veronica and Helamcoma Peak offer technical routes to get the summit.

I will pick you up in Cusco and we will travel to the town of Siwas, a 2-hour drive. Once there, we will ascend to the Lenpuncu passs (4200m) and following the original Inca trail we will descend to the Huchuyqosqo citadel.

Then we will go down to the town of Lamay at the Sacred Valley were we are going to transfer you to Ollantaytambo we’re we will take a train to Machu Picchu, the amazing Inca citadel we will visit on the next day of our trip.

On the following days, we will climb to Helamcoma summit, as a preparation for our objective. On the eighth day of our trip, after spending one night at Base Camp, and another night at Advanced Camp, we will climb to the summit of Nevado Verónica. This is a demanding mixed climb and a it will be a 12-hour long activity. You can check the day-by-day itinerary below.

So if you want to join me on this unique program in Peru, just contact me and book your place! Come discover the beautiful treasures and stunning mountains of Pery with this great mountaineering and hiking trip from Cusco.

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Cusco

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Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco- Siwas - Huchuyqosqo hike - Train to Machu Picchu

I will pick you up in Cusco and we will travel to the town of Siwas, a 2-hour drive. Once there, we will ascend to the Lenpuncu passs (4200m) and following the original Inca trail we will descend to the Huchuyqosqo citadel.

Then we will go down to the town of Lamay at the Sacred Valley were we are going to transfer you to Ollantaytambo we’re we will take a train to Machu Picchu.

Day 2: Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo

Today we will visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu ( entrance fees not included) and return to Ollantaytambo. Optional ascent to Machu Picchu mountain, depending on the entrances fees.

Day 3: Helamcoma Base Camp (4400m)

Ascent to Helamcoma Base Camp (4400m). We will sleep in tents.

Day 4: Helamcoma summit

Ascent to Helamcoma summit via the north west ridge, grade V alpine rock climbing. Descent to Ollantaytambo (12- hour activity).

Day 5: Ollantaytambo archaelogical site or hike

Optional visit to Ollantaytambo arqueological site or short hike from Pumamarca to Ollantaytambo city.

Day 6: Veronica Base Camp (4600m)

Veronica base camp (4600 m). Hiking time: 5 hours. Porters will carry tent, slepping bag and climbing equipment.

Day 7: Advanced Camp (5200m)

Advanced Camp (5200m), supported by porters.
Rock terrain mainly III degree max. and 3 pitches of 45/60 degrees of snow/ice climbing.

Day 8: Veronica Peak summit

Today we will ascend to the Veronica summit an descend to base camp, mainly by the north ridge. It will be a 12 -hour activity on constant slopes of 45 to 60 degrees on ice and snow with some crevasse crossing .

Day 9: Reserve Day

Day 10: Base Camp - Cusco

We will descend via the Valley of Tastatoc, famous among bird lovers and naturalists because its unique queuña altitude forest.


Equipment you will need to bring

Poles

Helmet

Sunglasses

Crampons

Ice Axe

Harness

Belay device

Backpack

Water bottle


About the guide

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I have been climbing and exploring the mountains in the Cusco region for the the last 15 Years. I am an IFMGA certified mountain guide and a wilderness emergency medical technician.
I really love the mountains, the wildlife and the culture of the Peruvian Andes.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2887 each

Group of 2

USD 1650 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

- Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

- Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)

Price details

The transportations doesn't include the train to Machu Picchu city and the bus to the arqueological site of Machu Picchu.


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