Day 01: Cusco – Ocongate – Tinqui
We left Cusco in a private bus to Urcos town, and drive along the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado route, then passed Ocongate town until we arrive to Tinqui (3 800 m.a.s.l./12 467ft), where we sleep in a local lodge.
Day 02: Tinqui – Upis
This day we will begin our walk, passing by Quinsapucyu, Huarmisaya until we arrive to Upis which offer fantastic views of Ausangate.
Day 03: Upis – Pukacocha
We go toward the pass of Arapa, at approximately 4 958 m.a.s.l/16 266ft, and then we camp near the lagoon of Pukacocha.
Day 04: Pukacocha – Jampa
We will visit a group of small lakes, from then we will direct us to the highest pass of our trekking, the pass of Palomani at meter above sea level, and at dusk we will arrive to Jampa.
Day 05: Jampa – Komerqocha – Pachaspata
We will go toward the valley of Jampa, surrounding it for the northwest until we arrive to the Ticllacocha lagoon. Then we will cross the last pass located at 4 650 m.a.s.l./15 250ft. Passing it we will arrive to the pampas of Pachaspata, where we will camp in the banks of the Qomercocha Lake.
Day 06: Pachaspata – Pachanta
We will descend to the valley until arrive to Pachanta town. In Pachanta, we will take a rest and take a bath in the thermal waters of the place.
Day 07: Pachanta – Tinqui – Cusco
Then of a brief walk, we will arrive to the highway, where a vehicle will be waiting for us in order to drive us to Cusco, arriving at dusk
- Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private bus to Cachora, the starting poing of the trek
- English speaking professional guide
- Meals 4 Breakfasts / 4 Lunches / 4 Dinners
- Cook and cooking equipment
- Horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
- 1 emergency horse
- Transfer to return from Cachora to Cusco
- Igloo tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tents, to allow for higher
- comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks.
- Mattress per person
- Dinner tent
- Toilet tent
- Kitchen tent
- Tables & seats
- Table set
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Breakfast on the first day
- Dinner on the last day
Bring and Carry
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING
- A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
- Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
- Strong footwear, ideally trekking or sport shoes
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece and sweaters
- Flashlight and batteries
- Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain or cold
- Sun block
- Insect repellent
- Toilet paper
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, etc.
- Water bottle and sterilizing tablets (ie. Micropur)
- Small tonel
- Swimsuit (if you intend to go to the hot springs)
- Cash in soles and US$ (no ATM machines in Aguas Calientes)
- Original passport
- Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required)
APPROPRIATE CLOTHING ALONG THIS HIKE
Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, eventually complemented by sweaters, fleeces and jackets in the evening. We recommend convertible hiking pants and / or shorts as some parts of the route run at low altitude and warm weather. It is also very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required along the route. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.
Cusco’s climate is divided into two differentiated seasons: the rainy season, from November to April (the heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January – March); and the dry season, from May to October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night.
Along the route to Choquequirao, temperatures range from 15-25ºC during the day if it’s sunny, to 10-20ºC during the day if not sunny. Temperatures drop in the evening and at night, especially in Choquequirao, at a higher elevation, reaching 5ºC although rarely below. Warm clothes are hence however necessary for this hike.
- An extra horse to carry your additional personal items (above the included 5kg): A horse can carry up to 20 kg.
- If you wish to visit Machupicchu again the following day, the additional cost of the entrance fee will be charged ent.