The peak of Chicon is 5,530 meters above sea level. It is a snow covered mountain and glacier that overlooks the town of Urubamba and features a fall of stones in its center that people call its “heart” due to the resemblance to one. Access is through a valley with a beautiful, enchanting forest of Queuña (a typical local tree and the only one that grows at high altitude). From the top of Chicon we have a breathtaking view of the Sacred Valley and Chinchero.
Day 1: Urubamba to Camp
On day one we start the trip early, the car will take us to ” Pampa Corral ” (Corral Field) in the valley of Chicon. After readying our equipment and a brief chat, the guide begins the trek. We begin walking through the Queuña forest, climbing as we go, with incredible views on every side. There will be a stop for lunch, and after approximately 7 hours of walking we reach the camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Camp – Chicon Peak – Camp
An early wake up allows for wonderful views of both Chicon and the entire Sacred Valley, After a hearty breakfast we start our trek to the peak, which takes approximately 3 hours. The whole way features breathtaking views and a variety of landscapes, including crystalline mountain lakes. Once we arrive at the peak we will have time to relax, take pictures and enjoy the summit, which is a lake where the glacier of Chicon is perched. After this we return to the camp and will have dinner and stay again overnight.
Day 3: Camp – Urubamba – Cusco
The next day we begin the descent, which is approximately 5 hours to Pampa Corral. A bit below our bus will pick us up and we will be taken to Urubamba where we will have lunch. From there we return to Cusco.