We depart at 5:00am from Cusco and travel to the township of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Inca this ride takes 2 hours. Then, will drive for 30 more minutes to the trek start pint named Patakancha, a Quechua community, where people live very much like their Incan ancestors, in stone and
adobe homes with thatch roofs. The locals weave much of their clothing, work the land with foot ploughs and live off their llamas and alpacas supplementing their income working as porters. We will visit the community and school. After the community visit, you will meet your trekking crew, your kit will be loaded and you will start your hike. As you leave the village, you will enjoy views of alpaca and llama herds grazing along the trail. The scenery is typical of the high Andes with ichu or high altitude grass as well as some polylepis trees. After about an hour and a half of ascent, the trail flattens and you reach Lake Ipsaycocha, a beautiful small lagoon. This afternoon, we cross our first high pass of Ipsaycocha pass at (4,600m / 15,456ft), the rest of your hike will be downhill towards the campsite (4,200m/13,780ft).
Overnight at: The campsite