On this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, feast your eyes on the colonial beauty of Arequipa and the spectacular Colca Canyon - one of the deepest canyon's in the world and famed worldwide for its condor sightings! Experience the beauty of Lake Titicaca and its dreamy islands, then tackle the legendary Cordillera Carabaya on a multi-day high-altitude trek, camping along the way supported by our experienced team of mountain guides. Marvel at this remote and wild Andean dreamscape of golden pampas, turquoise lakes, and large herds of llamas, alpacas and vicunas all framed by a stunning backdrop of knife-edged, 18,000-foot ice peaks.
Enjoy high-altitude trekking in a wild and remote Andean dreamscape rarely frequented by mountaineers
Cross mountain passes with panoramas of the Andean ice cap, meet traditional Quechua herders, and see herds of vicuña
Visit the ruins of Sillustani, the island villages on sublime Lake Titicaca, and the remarkable Colca Canyon
Arrive in Lima in the morning and transfer to the connecting flight to Arequipa. Upon arrival, set out for a guided tour of this striking city with its elegant colonial architecture and dramatic setting dominated by the cone-shaped volcano called El Misti. Visit the Santa Catalina Convent, a 400-year-old walled compound, and continue on to Colca Valley. Marvel at splendid volcano vistas, Andean birds and, with luck, small herds of vicuña. Arrive to Patapampa Pass (16,076') for pictures of the Chila range, descend to Chivay, and transfer to the hotel.
This morning head out to Cruz del Condor (Condor's Cross), a stellar point for observing majestic condors as they leave their overnight roosts, rising high into the sky on the strong thermal currents which blow up the canyon, one of the deepest in the world (9,800'). Visit a string of villages on the way to the hotel, enjoy lunch and transfer to Coporaque village, the starting point for a 2-hour hike on pre-Incan trails to the archaeological site of Uyo Uyo. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
This morning head out toward the city of Puno, set on the shores of Lake Titicaca. En route pass through the stone forest of Imata, stop at Lagunillas to see flamingos and the Andean caracara, and visit the fascinating ruins of Sillustani, with their chullpas (pre-Columbian funeral towers) on a barren, windswept peninsula jutting out into Lake Umayo. Continue on to Puno and check into the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, depart by boat from Puno to the island of Taquile, en route visiting the floating islands of the Uros people, famous for their totora reed rafts. On Taquile, renowned for its community of traditional weavers and spinners, hike through scenic terraces of fava beans and grains, admiring vistas of Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world (elevation 12,500'), and of snowcapped Cordillera Real on the Bolivian side. Boat ride back to Puno and overnight at the same hotel.
Leave Puno this morning and drive toward the town of Azangaro, on a paved road which is part of the Interoceanic Highway joining the Brazilian Atlantic with Peru´s Pacific coast. Passing the town of Macusani, take a dirt road to the village of Corani, a small community of farmers turned miners. Admire the first views of the glorious Carabaya Cordillera and start the 2-hour hike to the camp at Lake Comercocha.
After breakfast in camp this morning, start the trek through spectacular valleys to the community of Huaroconi (14,928'). Surrounded by incredible mountain views, continue hiking to our campsite at Acoyo (15,370'), the base for tonight.
Today hike over the Chimboya Pass (16,450'), from where you can see the Quelccaya glacier, the largest tropical ice cap in the world. Marvel at spectacular views of Cordillera Vilcanota, a glacier-topped range, and pass small scenic lakes before reaching the campsite at Cero (15,912'), set in a large pasture near Mates River.
This day starts with a steep ascent to a high valley all the way to the Cero Pass (17,273'), showcasing a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains, including Mt. Ausangate (21,063') in the distance. Descend past small lakes with a great view of the Carabaya glaciers to Qasqara Lake, also called Amayani Lake. With luck, witness an exquisite sunset over the lake and the snow-capped peaks as the backdrop. Camp at 16,175 feet tonight, the trip's highest camp.
Leaving the camp, begin the ascent to Sibiria Pass (16,535'), next to Mt. Yayamari, a snow-covered peak surrounded by a beautiful panorama of lakes and glaciated summits. On the way to the pass, take in Lake Sibinacocha below. At 16,076 feet, Sibinacocha is one of the highest lakes in Peru. Camp at 16,076' at Murmurani or Cocha Uma ("headwaters" in Quechua).
Today trek over the highest pass, Huayruro (16,404'), surrounded by snow-capped peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, and unique Andean flora. Look out for more vicuña, wild relatives of the camel. Impressive 19,000- to 20,000-ft peaks such as Jatunjampa, Pico Tres, Puca Punta, Colquecruz, and Acero form an amphitheater all around. From here, descend on the trail leading down to tonight's campsite at Tiqllacocha Lake (15,899').
Today hike uphill for about an hour before reaching the last pass at Jampa (16,580'). Looking north towards the Cusco Valley, see a rolling landscape of pasture land and potato plots - like a quilt blanket - interspersed with small houses and villages. Leaving the Colque Cruz glacier behind, descend past some small lakes and reach the community of Pacchanta (14,366') and the road head where the vehicle awaits for drive to Cusco.
Transfer to the Cusco airport and fly to Lima to connect with your international flight.
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We are the only company in the world that runs this trip, drawing on over 40 years of experience in Peru.
Follow expert local guides to the fabled Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon and a heart-pumping trek through an off-the-radar region of the Andes.
This trip is perfect for active adventurers seeking an alternative to the more frequented mountain treks in Peru - and we are the only company offering this trip.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
A guided city tour, moderate hikes to pre-Incan ruins and on lake islands, and strenuous treks in remote mountain passes, valleys and high-altitude lakes.
A charming boutique lodge, a five-star lakeside hotel, six nights of camping, and a comfortable city hotel.
Weather can be erratic in the mountains at higher altitudes, so you should be prepared for rain, wind and clouds at any time of year. Temperatures can range from the high 60°Fs to the low teens.
U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to Peru but will need to have a valid passport for at least six months from the day of arrival.
On day 8, you will trek over Cero Pass at 17,273 feet and sleep at 16,175 feet.
In June, you can expect temperatures to be in the low 60's F during the day and mid 30's F at night.
Yes, you can rent a sleeping bag if you let us know in advance but we highly recommend that you bring your own.
A representative will meet you upon arrival at the Lima Airport and fly with you to Arequipa to start your adventure.
There will be roomy two-person tents with a dining tent and full kitchen staff at each campsite.
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