- duration 6 days
- tour type Private
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 18+ years old
- max group size 12
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Travel to the remote region of Ausangate, three hours away from Cusco
- Trek and ascend the famous Rainbow Mountain (Mount Vinicunca)
- Climb Qampa Mountain and enjoy stunning views of the Vilcanota Range
Encounter a stunning and diverse route that shows you a part of Peru that is largely untouched by tourism. Communities here continue to live traditionally and without many of the modern utilities that are in use today. We will collect you early from Cusco and drive you in our private transport to the starting point of this trek where you will meet our barrieros and mules. They will accompany you for the duration of the trek and climbing expedition.
Following a short, three-day trek through the Vilcanota, you’ll then climb Nevado Qampa (also spelled Campa), the easiest and one of the most popular mountains in the Cusco region that can be summited even by those without any previous experience in mountaineering. Once on the top, you can enjoy an incredible panoramic view that reaches all the way to Salkantay over 200 km in the northwest.
I travelled with my guide in a bed bus from Arequipa to Cotahausi and at 5:00 am the next morning we caught a collectivo to start the first trek. All travel to the distant little villages in the Canyon was by local collectivos and the guide used his knowledge of the timetables to catch the collectivos on their return journeys. Travelling with local people was an extremely interesting glimpse into everyday life.
One morning we caught a bus at 3:00 am to travel to Puyca to walk up to the Wari ruins high above the village at the Archaeological site of Maucallacta, 3925 metres: such a peaceful, pre Inca site high up against the heights of the Canyon overlooking ancient terraces that swept down to the bottom of the valley. There was even a stone bathing area that we recognised as an Inca addition.
Cotahausi Canyon is extremely beautiful, remote, diverse and unspoilt with many interesting attractions to walk to including the impressive tall Cactus Forest and Sepia Falls. One very cold morning we travelled to a village called Huaynacotas high up on the sides of the Canyon. It had snowed the night before and a volcanic crater and the ridges above the snow line were dusted with white. After walking along the ridge road to enjoy the view along the canyon, we took five hours to walk on a narrow track down to the river and then on to Luicho to splash in the local thermal pools.
Cotahuasi Canyon is an amazing place to trek and I am very grateful to James and my guide that I was given the opportunity to have such an authentic experience.”
Day 1: Cusco – Anantapata
Day 2: Anantapata – Huampacocha via Rainbow Mountain
Day 3: Huampacocha – Pacchanta
Day 4: Pacchanta – Qampa Nevado Base Camp
Day 5: Qampa Nevado Base Camp – Summit – Qampa Nevado Base Camp
Day 6: Qampa Nevado Base Camp – Pacchanta – Cusco
- 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
- An experienced, English-speaking guide
- Accommodation in camps as per the itinerary
- Pickup and drop-off transfers from and to your hotel in Cusco
- Machu Picchu Extension
- Travel insurance
- International, domestic flights
- Peru visa
- Anything mentioned optional on the itinerary
- Accommodation in Cusco
- Expenses that are personal in nature like laundry and phone calls
- Earn US$ 18+ in travel credits.
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10% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.Payment
A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.Travel Insurance
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