Lake Yanacocha 2d/1n

2Days / 1 Night 5.5 hours 4200 msnm – 4850 msnm easy – difficult Cusco – Pitumarca Valley Chillca – Cusco

Discover the Apu Ausangate – the highest, sacred mountain in the Cusco region – hiking with the comfort of rest in unique high mountain lodges.

This short two-day breath-taking hiking program in the Cordillera Vilcanota will take you up through one of the most pristine mountain ecosystems in the world. Our trek will be accompanied by owned by the local community shepherds llamas and horses that carry the gear.

This hike is based in lodges where daily meals will be prepared by experienced chefs, introducing you to a great variety of delicious Peruvian cuisine and produce. Some of the nights will include for entertainment, authentic, vernacular music from members of the local communities.


We will pick you up from Cusco in the early morning and go by a private transport along the fertile Vilcanota Valley, all the way to the village of Checacupe. After a visit at the Colonial Church of the Immaculate Conception, we will start ascending the Pitumarca Valley, along the spectacular Japura Gorge that leads to Chillca. We will be greeted there by members of the local community, and from there, it will only be a short and easy walk to the lodge. The total walking time on the first day should be around 1.5 hours. Once at the lodge, there will be time to relax and enjoy the music provided by local community people.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner


After breakfast, together with our guide we will start ascending to Yanacocha Lake. We will have time to enjoy the lake and the landscape. After a picnic lunch, we will return to the lodge, along the Vista Trail which offers us some of the most spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range. The total walking time during the day will be around 4 hours. We will head back to Cusco, on the bus that will be waiting for us at the indicated place. The return trip will be around 3 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Additional fishing program is available upon request.


  • This is high altitude trek. Previous acclimatisation is necessary.
  • The time of hiking will depend on the group.
  • LAKE YANACOCHA. This is an adventure trek. To enjoy it in full – bring an open mind, a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.

  • General organization
  • Services of expert guides in high mountain trek
  • Private transport to Chillca and back to Cusco
  • Accommodation in double rooms
  • Breakfast and dinner served in the lodges, snacks and lunches served on the way
  • Waterproof bags for the baggage carried by llamas
  • First aid kit and oxygen


  •  Flights to and from Peru / Cusco, or any kind of transport before or after completion of the program
  • Breakfast the first day
  • Dinner the last day
  • Tips for personnel (according to their job)
  • Hiking boots
  • Shirts or long sleeved shirts (One per day)
  • Walking pants
  • Polar or thermal clothing for the hike, sweater and/or vest
  • Warm coat or jacket
  • Thermal sleeping clothes
  • Cotton pants
  • Wool gloves
  • Scarf
  • Wool socks for sleeping
  • Hat or cap for the sun
  • Waterproof pants and “Gore-Tex” jacket or rain poncho
  • Shoes or sandals, to use inside the lodges
  • Small towel
  • Head lamp or hand flashlight
  • Pocket knife
  • Bottle or canteen
  • Plastic bag to keep your batteries dry
  • Plastic bag for dirty or wet clothes
  • Small backpack for day trips, to carry snacks, water, a change of t-
  • shirt, etc.)
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen with high SPF and lip balm
  • “Memory Cards” and / or film cartridges, spare batteries for your
  • camera, etc. (Batteries can discharge quickly under low temperatures, and it is impossible to recharge them)
  • Toiletries and first aid kit

Lake Yanacocha 2d/1n

NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE GROUP 1 2 3 3+ single suplement
PRICE PER PERSON IN USD $ 2,700 $ 1,350 $ 900 $ 675 $ 140
  • If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour, letting us know which date you wish to leave, and you must make your reservation a month ahead of time so that we can organize your tour.
  • If you wish to go with other people, check our group departures site to join an existing group.
  • Write to us to make your reservation and we will send you the form and the payment conditions