It's a 5 hour bus ride from Cusco to the village of Tinqui, the starting
point of the trek. The night will be spent in a small and very basic hostal
This day you'll spend about 5 hours trekking to the camp close to the
hot springs of Urpis. The springs have great views of Ausangate at the
end of the valley. Other hot springs can be found at Pacchanta on day
5 of the trek.
In the morning you'll hike to the Arapa pass (4,850m), continuing down
the valley in the afternoon to the camp at the turquoise Lake Pucacocha.
It is possible to fish in this lake. From the campsite you can climb the
small ridge north of the camp to see the red Lake Vinococha.
In the morning you'll walk up to the second pass of Apuchata at 4900.
with the turquoise laguna Ausangate Cocha below. Passing the lake you
climb a short but steep path to the Palomani pass at the altitude of 5200.
Surrounded by llamas and alpacas you will walk down from the pass towards
the settlement of Finaya, where we will set up our camp.
From Finaya camp you continue across a marshy plain, along small lakes
that are important ritual sites for the local communities and then head
over another pass to Lake Ninaparayoc where you will camp with views of
the Jampa peaks and mountain Callangate with its immense ice-field.
A trail from the campsite will bring you to the ice-field. Here you will
see the Jampa pass. You'll begin to descent past two lakes, Qomercocha
and Hamarcocha, to reach Pacchanta, a community of herders and potato
growers. A few more hours traversing the high pampas brings you to Tinqui.
From here a five hour ride will bring you back to Cusco.