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Carabaya Trek 9 days

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    Carabaya Trek 9 days

    The Carabaya trek is offered by very few companies, making it one of the most off-the-beaten-track and challenging treks in the region. This is a high altitude trek and you should be well acclimatized.

    Itinerary

    Briefing: A few days before your adventure on the rainbow mountain tour, our guide will meet up with you to give you all the necessary information you will need before your hike. This is to ensure that you have the best possible time, ever, on your Vinicunca hike and arrange your pick up time and place.

    Day 1:Cusco –Pacchanta - Upis

    We will begin our incredible journey early in the morning when we collect you from your hotel at 6am. We will then head off to the Vilcanota valley, passing through different picturesque villages along the way, until we arrive at the village of Pacchanta, 3 hours later. We will settle into our hostel and have a hearty breakfast. We will then begin our hike descending gradually for 3 hours towards our campsite of Upispampa at an elevation of 4440 metres. Here we will be able to watch a beautiful sunset and dinner in the wonderful hot springs of Upis. After dinner you can rest or look at the spectacular starry sky from the hot springs.

    Hiking Distance: 10 km
    Starting altitude: 4000 m
    Highest elevation: 4550 m
    Hours walking: 6 hours
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Campsite altitude: 4440 m
    Night-time temperature: –10° C
    Accommodation: Camping
    Included meals: Breakfast– Lunch – Dinner

    Day 2 : UPIS PAMPA – HANANTAPATA

    Today after our breakfast, we will start to hike, ascending up the Pucacocha pass at 4930m. From the summit, we can appreciate the whitest side of the Apu Ausangate mountain in all it’s splendor. The mountain range of snow-caps and endless glaciers with different coloured lagoons, ranging from turquoise to deep blue. From this natural, panoramic lookout point, we will start our descent to the campsite of Hanantapata at 4750m. Along the way, you will be able to appreciate the incredible panoramic views. From one side, we can gaze at the Cordillera and its ice caps and perpetual glaciers and from the opposite side, in the direction of Vinicunca, we can see the red and ochre tones of the mountains. In the evening we will arrive at our campsite for the evening whihc is the perfect vantage point to contemplate the milky way and galaxies above us. Our fully equipped tents are perfect for camping at this elevation.

    Hiking distance: 16 km.
    Starting elevation: 4440m.
    Highest elevation: 4950m.
    Hours hiking: 8 hours.
    Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.
    Campsite altitude: 4750m.
    Night time temperature: – 12° C.
    Accommodation: Camping
    Included meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.

    Day 3 :HANANTAPATA – VINICUNCA - ANANTAPATA

    Our final day we will start off super early at 05:00 am, so that we are the first ones to arrive at The Vinicunca Rainbow mountain at a massive 5050 metres elevation. We will ascend the pass at Warmisaya pass at 5020 metres elevation. From here we can catch our first glimpse of Vinicunca. You can enjoy this work of art produced by Mother nature and take the incredible photos which will accompany your memories of this incredible place. We continue hiking for 2 hours more until we arrive at the Rainbow mountain. We will have plenty of time to enjoy the area and take some photos before we return on the way to our camp side to have lunch.

    Hiking distance: 13 km.
    Starting elevation: 4750m.
    Highest elevation: 5050m.
    Hours hiking: 7 hours.
    Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.
    Campsite altitude: 4750m.
    Night time temperature: – 12° C.
    Accommodation: Camping
    Included meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.

    Day 4 :Ananta Pata – Inka Rakay

    The Sun rise is unique aound the mountain a perfect moment to have a infusion with local herbs, after breakfast time to pack our staff to continue on our expedition on the way to next camp, after 3 hours walking around the mountaig,, finaly we will arrive to the base of Ausangate Mountain; now we will star climbing up the famous Palomani pass, located at 5160 m hours of ascend is 3 hours average, time to rest and enjoy the breath taking scenery going around, then we will be descending to hour camp area.
    Optional. Some hours away is located the red lake under snow caped mountain, talking with your tour guide you can go to visit this place.

    Hiking distance: 15 km.
    Starting elevation: 4750m.
    Highest elevation: 5160m.
    Hours hiking: 8 hours.
    Difficulty: Difficult.
    Campsite altitude: 4600m.
    Night time temperature: – 12° C.
    Accommodation: Camping
    Included meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.

    Day 5 : Inka Rakay – Killita

    The view to wake up is so wonderful, time for breakfast, then we will get ready to start the hike, this day the hike will be moderately to easy because the route will be flat not much. On the way we will meet different alpaca herders because this is the only economic activity that the families who live at this altitude carry out. The camp will be located at a different view of the Ausangate Mountain.

    Walking distance: 17 km
    Starting altitude: 4600 m
    Maximum altitude: 4800 m
    Hiking hours: 7 hours
    Difficulty: moderate
    Camp altitude: 4900 m
    Night temperature: – 15° C
    Accommodation: camping.

    Day 6 :KILLITA - Killita - Sibinacocha.

    Ausangate with a privileged view, perfect spot to have a cup of coffee in the morning. After breakfast we will continue walking through a plain scenary surrounded by alpaca herds for 3 hours and suddenly we will be able to see the profile of our objective, the Condor Pass. The ascent in the final part will be a little difficult but once we arrive at our destination, we will be able to enjoy the unique panorama of the area, mountain peaks mostly covered with permanent glaciers and in the foothills herds of Vicuñas watching the hiker, just after crossing the mountain pass, we will have the highest altitude lunch just shortly after the Condor Pass at 5190 m, after lunch we will continue in the direction of our campsite, which is located next to Sibinaqocha Lake at 4930 m.

    Walking distance: 16 km
    Starting altitude: 4800 m
    Maximum altitude: 5260 m
    Minimum altitude: 4930 m
    Hiking hours: 8 hours
    Difficulty: difficult
    Camp altitude: 4930 m
    Night temperature: – 12° C
    Accommodation: camping.

    Day 7 :SIBINACOCHA - QASKARA.

    The night before was probably on of the most cold nights, as each day we will have some hot drinks to appreciate, this mornig with the view to the this magnificent lake, because the sunrises in these places are unique, especially for travelers who want to take a nice memories of their expedition. The whole morning will be spent surrounding the impressive lake, we must be prepared because we will cross barefoot a stream that comes down from the glaciers, on the way we will be watching birds of the area and especially Flamengo and Vizcacha.
    After lunch we will have a moderate ascent until we arrive at the next pass Qaskara 5080m, once we arrive at this place we will have the best view of the whole trip, most of the visitors say that this landscape is very similar to the panorama shown in the movie Lord of the Rings, words are short to explain.

    Walking distance: 14 km
    Starting altitude: 4930 m
    Maximum altitude: 5080 m
    Minimum altitude: 4900 m
    Hiking hours: 8 hours
    Difficulty: moderate to difficult
    Camp altitude: 4900 m
    Night temperature: – 12° C
    Accommodation: camping

    Day 8 :QASQARA - FINAYA - MATES

    We will have rested in one of the best camp grounds described by travelers who have travelled around the world, therefore, the sunrise will bid us farewell to its magical lands with a certain play of colors among its mountains this combination with the lake makes a unique experience the hiker never stops taking picture. After breakfast we will be heading on a 4-hour hike to the village of Finaya, the final point of our expedition, where our car will be waiting for us to take us back to the city of Cusco.

    Walking distance: 10 km
    Starting altitude: 4900 m
    Maximum altitude: 4980 m
    Minimum altitude: 4720 m
    Hiking hours: 4 hours
    Difficulty: moderate
    Accommodation: Camping.

    Day 9 :MATES – QELQAYA – CUSCO.

    Very early we will star our journey to explore this magnificent Glaciar of Qelqaya, we will bw climbing up to reach this massive ice cap found in the border Cusco Puno we will have time to take pictures on this fabulous.

    Walking distance: 12 km
    Starting altitude: 4800 m
    Maximum altitude: 5300 m
    Minimum altitude: 4720 m
    Hiking hours: 7 hours
    Difficulty: difficult

    Trip Information

    INCLUDED

    • Briefing at your hotel before the trip.
    • Pick up from the hotel in the morning.
    • Private transport Cusco to Beginning point in Tinki and the transportation back from Qelqaya to Cusco.
    • Professional guide leader: English, Spanish and Quechua.
    • Entrance ticket to places to visit.
    • Double 4seasons tents.
    • Dining tent, with table and chairs, kitchen tent for the cook to prepare the food with care and hygiene.
    • Bathroom tent
    • Mattresses
    • Cook and cooking equipment (assistant cook for large groups).
    • Food as indicated in the itinerary, (we have the option of vegetarian food) Our professional cook incorporates international, national and typical food of the region, if you have any dietary restrictions let us know.
    • Pack horses (for camping equipment, food, cooking utensils and passenger’s belongings).
    • We will provide each of our passengers with an extra backpack for their personal belongings (maximum 10 kg), if you wish to carry more you can rent an extra horse for $20.00 USD per day.
    • Emergency horse which can be used when you feel tired or sick only.
    • Tents for the staff working with us and food during the trip.
    • First aid kit and oxygen.

    NOT INCLUDED

    • Breakfast in the morning before departure.
    • Sleeping bag (you can rent at the office $ 4 per day) that if you don’t want to transport from your home to Peru.
    • Tips for the guide, cook and porters and/or muleteers.
    • An additional horse if you have too much stuff. The cost is $10 US per day.

    PACKAGES LIST

    • A light day pack, clothes for all the different periods of the trek. Be prepared for all weather changes.
    • Waterproof jacket and an extra rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for $ 1 US.
    • Good shoes for the trek we recommend that you bring waterproof shoes.
    • Sandals to take a shower in the hot springs and rest your feet after each day.
    • Warm clothes including jackets, gloves, shawls, shawls, chullo, we recommend that you bring thermal clothes, especially for sleeping the nights are very cold.
    • Sleeping bag (rented from the office).
    • Torch, binoculars and walking sticks for the hike.
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    • Hat to protect you from the heat, suncream and a moisturizing cream for your skin lipsticks.
    • Paper for the SS. HH.
    • Snacks: such as chocolates, biscuits, dried fruit, sultanas etc. as well as water purification tablets.
    • Your own emergency kit if you have special medication.
    • Enough cash for lunch in hot springs, tips and to buy some drinks on the way.
    • Original passport. Valid student card.

    Optional extras

    That we can rent for you.

    • Comfortable fibre sleeping bags from our hostel.
    • Comfortable 10 g down sleeping bags below zero ($ 6 US per day)
    • Aluminium spring poles ($ 2 per day)
    • Inflatable mattresses ($ 5 US per day).
    • If you plan to have a lot of stuff you can rent an extra mule ($10 US per day)

    RENTAL POLICY

    When calculating costs for renting walking poles, sleeping bags, they should be calculated using the duration of the tour. Even if you do not use the equipment on the last day, it will still be ‘on the road’ and ‘occupied’.

    •  If you rent equipment and damage it – you are responsible for the cost of replacement and/or repair. (Please do the right thing.
    Importart Information

    Itinerary Notes – Ausangate – Rainbow Mountain – Sibinacocha – Qelqaya.

    • The times quoted in this itinerary are approximate, the time of the trek varies depending on how the group progresses, the guide may change the lunch and campsites depending on the progress of the group.
    • Acclimatization is very important at list 3 to 4 days prior departure, because every day we will be hiking and camping close by 5000m.
    • This is a very adventurous trip. You should be sure to bring an open mind, flexibility and a sense of humor for all of it, you should be physically and mentally prepared.
    • If you require an extra horse to ride or for your extra backpacks you can request it with prior notice.
    • The Ausangate trek is very adventurous, crossing some very high passes, above 5300 m. We do not recommend doing this trek in the rainy months of December, January, February, March. This recommendation is according to the weather conditions in the Andes.
    • If you have ever had an accident with your knees or ankles, we recommend that you carry walking poles.
    • A reasonable level of fitness is required.
    • For travelers who are not experienced trekkers, we recommend extending an extra day to complete the trek at your leisure.
    • This region is remote so it is not saturated by many tourists and therefore the tourist infrastructure is limited, the basics in some cases we will use public transportation and facilities in the area. Visitors might be surprised by the changes in things or maybe it was not in their plan. This is all part of the adventure. !!

    2 PERSONS

    $1,690

    3 PERSONS

    $1,356

    4 PERSONS

    $1,221

    5 PERSONS

    $1,094
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