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AUSANGATE TREK 5 DAYS & 4 NIGHTS

Undoubtedly, the Ausangate Trek offers some of the most wonderful scenery in the whole area of Cusco, with many birds and wildlife as well as glaciers and high alpine lagoons. It is also one of the most difficult treks in the region, with three open passes at more than 5.000 meters / 16,000 feet. On a clear day, Apu Ausangate dominates the southern horizon of Cusco. As we approach this massif (6.380 meters or 20,926 feet) one becomes more and more impressed and fully understands why the ancient Incas so respected this spectacular mountain. Throughout the Ausangate Trek we’ll pass through local villages where people dress in their typical costumes – women with hats with beautiful adornments – and llamas graze freely.

From USD 650

Type Tour

Hiking, Camping, Adventure, History, Culture

Recommended

Recommended to those who enjoy hiking and are in good physical shape

Distance - Dificulty

54KM / 33.6 Miles Moderate

DETAILS

Day 1 : Cusco - Tinqui - Upis

We’ll depart from Cusco very early in the morning, for our three-hour trip heading to the small town of Tinqui (3.800 meters / 12,464 feet). As Tinqui is located on the new Interoceanic highway, it can now be reached much faster than in previous years. We’ll pass through beautiful landscapes and several traditional villages such as Urcos, Cattca and Ocangate. After our lunch in Tinqui, we’ll continue our trip for 3 hours passing by a wonderful prelude of the magnificent landscape of the Vilcanota Range, with excellent views of Ausangate. We will walk two more hours until we reach the hot springs in Upis (4.400 meters / 14,432 feet), which offer fantastic views of Ausangate at the end of the valley. Here, we will camp overnight.

 

Meals: Lunch-Dinner

Area: Prelude to the Vilcanota Mountain Range.

Accommodation: Camp (in Upis (4.400 meters / 14,432 feet)

Distance: km/  miles ( 4-5 hours)

Day 2 : Upis - the Ausangate Q'ocha Lake

In the morning, we will cross the open Arapa pass (4.850 meters / 15,908 feet). From here, we’ll continue walking for 3,5 hours down the valley, passing the green lagoon of Puqa Q’ocha until we’ll reach the turquoise waters of the Jatun Puqa Q’ocha lagoon. Then, we will ascend the second pass, the Apuchata (4.900 meters / 16,072 ft), overlooking the impressive Ausangate Q’ocha lagoon and its turquoise blue waters. This lagoon feeds on the melting snow of the snow-capped Ausangate. Tonight, we’ll camp here.

 

 

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch-Dinner

Area: Vilcanota Mountain Range

Day 3 : The Ausangate Q'ocha Lake - Qampa

From the lagoon we’ll ascend to the open pass of Palomani (5.200 meters / 17,056 feet) – the highest point of our trek. From the open pass we’ll follow the trail to the valley where we can rest and have lunch. In the afternoon, you can enjoy the views of the snowy Tres Picos and Punta Puca. We will continue walking through the wide green valley of Pampa Jutunpata and up through the valley of the Q’ampa River. We’ll spend our third night in this area.

 

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch-Dinner

Area: Vilcanota Mountain Range

Day 4 : Q'ampa - Pacchanta

After passing through the small community of Q’ampa, we’ll head northwest to the last open pass of this hike – the Q’ampa pass (5.000 meters / 16,400 feet). We will see several lagoons of different colors on our way, and we will have lunch next to Q’oma Q’ocha. After lunch, we will walk for several hours before reaching the small village of Pacchanta. There, you can enjoy the hot springs for a couple of hours and even have a well-deserved beer, if you like! We will set up a camp near Pacchanta and have the afternoon free to explore this interesting Andean village. (Tonight, you also have the option of staying in a basic hostel).

 

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch-Dinner

Area: Vilcanota Mountain Range

Day 5 : Pacchanta - Cusco

From Pacchanta it is a 3 hour trek back to Tinqui, where we will have time to explore this traditional Andean village before taking our private bus back to Cusco, arriving there at about 6:00 p.m.

 

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch-

Accommodation: n.a.

Distance: km/  miles (3 hours)

INCLUDED

  • Pre-Trek Briefing.
  • Pick-up from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.
  • Private transport from Cusco to Tinqui (the trailhead) and return at the end of the trek.
  • Entry fee to the Ausangate mountain.
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 8 people).
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
  • Basic foam mattress. If you require greater comfort during the trek we can hire you an inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest).
  • Cook and Cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
  • Toilet tent.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Please communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water.
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7 kg/15lbs per person).
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if you are a little slower.
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals.
  • Tents for our staff to sleep in, sleeping bags & mattresses plus a budget for their meals.
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle – but no blister treatments as known in western countries.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Breakfast the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Entrance to the hot springs.
  • Sleeping Bags – If you do not have a sleeping bag or do not want to take the trouble to bring one to Peru, we have sleeping bags for rent.
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters.
  • Additional horses for passenger’s luggage.

WHAT TO BRING

  • A light day pack.
  • Original passport.
  • International Student’s Card (ISIC, if applicable).
  • A change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping. ** This is a particularly cold trek, you should make sure you have a lot of very warm clothes.
  • Sleeping bag (also for rent at a cost of $ 25 USD).
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries.
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
  • Sun block.
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
  • Small towel or sarong.
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in the hot springs).
  • Cash – sufficient for extra expenses, tips and souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks or poles (also for rent at a cost of $ 20 USD pair).
  • Binoculars (if you have any).

Booking Form

Go to the booking page and fill out our booking form.You make a person fill out the form for the group, so be sure to book all together. Have your passport ready, that is important for us that you enter all your information details.

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