Ausangate trek, 5 days

Code: 09AUSA05
5 DAYS - 4 NIGHTS
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This adventure trip you’ll have the opportunity to view the spectacular scenic places of the Andes.  You’ll marvel at the beauty of the whole region.  You will meet traditional native Quechua speakers (living at an elevation of 14,000 ft.) whom care for their llamas and alpacas in the isolated region of the Cordillera Vilcanota, among the glaciers and colorful lakes.  At this elevation, we’ll have a higher possibility to appreciate Condors at full flight and seeing Vicuñas grazing (Vicunas are now protected by the Peruvian Government because they are on the verge of extinction).

Our Ausangate Mountain was and still is an important glacial mountain in South America.  In Incan time, the famous Chasquis (messengers of the Inca) always left offerings while passing this snowy (sacred Apu) mountain.  And today, local folk still local make special ceremonies for the blessing of a good harvest.

CAUTION:     Please allow a minimum of two (02) days to acclimate before considering to begin your adventure package to Ausangate.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Your Hotel in Cusco
DEPARTURE TIME 5 a.m.

What’s Included
• Pre-departure briefing
• Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Tinki, starting point of the trek
• Tinki visitor fee
• Campsite fees
• Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. The tents employed for treks around the Ausangate area are 4-season Eureka K2XT, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field
• One inflatable sleeping pad per person
• Dining tent with tables and chairs
• Kitchen tent
• Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities
• English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
• Chef and cooking equipment
• Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
• Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 9kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag)
• 1 emergency horse every 6 persons
• Wranglers
• Accommodation for all our staff
• Meals (04B, 05L, 04D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
• One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
• Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards
• Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
• Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff
• Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
• First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
• Private transport from Tinki to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco
• 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit

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Day 1: CUSCO – TINKI – UPIS

We start at 5:00 a.m. (pick-up at your hotel) and leave the City of Cusco via bus.  Heading to the “Cusco-Puerto Maldonado Highway” towards Tinki (3,800 m/12.464 ft.).

On the way we will stop at Urcos, where we can visit a beautiful lake with the same name. Then we will pass to CATTCA, a farming community.  Here, we’ll appreciate several spectacular views of the region and finally pass through Ocongate.

After our 3 hour drive, we finally arrive at “Tinki”.  We begin with light to moderate climb crossing “The Puna” (high dry area with little vegetation) and arrive at our lunch area (3 hour hike).  While enjoying your lunch you’ll have a wonderful view of the Ausangate Peak (6, 372 m/20,900 ft.).

After lunch, we continue hiking for an hour and a half to get to our campsite called “Upis” (Elev. 4,400 m). Here you’ll have a fabulous view of all the snowy peaks in the area. We’ll camp and dine right in front of the Ausangate Mountain.

DETAILS:

  • Hiking Distance:            7 km/4 miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:      4-5 hours
  • Highest Altitude:          4,400 – 14,435 ft.
  • Lowest Altitude:           3,800 m/12,467 ft.
  • Level of Difficulty:        Moderate

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Day 2: UPIS – PASO LA ARAPA – AUSANGATE COCHA

After an appetizing breakfast served by our chef, we ascend hiking for two hours to reach “La Arapa Pass” (4,850 m/15,908 ft.). Then descending to reach our lunch area.  We’ll view Falcons, Vizcachas or Andean squirrels and three beautiful lakes with shades of red, green and turquoise (“Pukacocha”, “Hatun Pukacocha” and “Qomerqocha”).  Let’s not forget the spectacular landscape of the snow-capped peaks.

After lunch, we continue a slow steady climb (2 hours) taking us to the footstep of the “Abra de Apuchata” (4,900 m).   Where we will finally descend to our camp in” Ausangate Cocha” (4,440 m).

DETAILS:

  • Hiking Distance:            17 km/10.5 miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:      8-9 hours
  • Highest Altitude:          4,900 m/16,076 ft.
  • Lowest Altitude:           4,440 m/14,566 ft.
  • Level of Difficulty:        easy

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Day 3: AUSANGATECOCHA – PASO PALOMANI – Q´AMPA

Early morning climb, after breakfast, to the third mountain pass called “Abra de Palomani” (5,200 m). This is the highest part of the trek, which descends down for (2 hours) to an area commonly grazed by Llamas, Alpacas and Vizcachas – “Pampacancha” (4,050 m).

From here, we’ll ascend towards our camp in “Q’ampa” (4,300 m/14,104 ft.). In this 3 hour climb we will have an opportunity to see llamas, alpacas, and maybe even pumas.  We’ll reach our campsite and have dinner.

DETAILS:

  • Hiking Distance:            17 km/10.5 miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:      8-9 hours
  • Highest Altitude:          5,200 m/17,060 ft.
  • Lowest Altitude:           4,050 m/13,286 ft.

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Day 4: Q’AMPA- PACCHANTA

Our hike in the morning is uphill (2 hours) until reaching the “Q’ampa Mountain Pass” (5,000 m/16,400 ft.), where you’ll find Andean deer roaming. From here, we descend towards “Qomerqocha Lake” to finally reach Pacchanta (4,100 m) (5 hour total hike).

Pacchanta is a small community with an attractive hot spring where you can enjoy a soothing swim.  We’ll camp at Pacchanta.

DETAILS:

  • Hiking Distance:            14 km / 8.7 miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:      6-7 hours
  • Highest Altitude:          5,000 m / 16,404 ft.
  • Lowest Altitude:           4,100 m / 13,451 ft.

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Day 5: PACCHANTA – TINKI – CUSCO

We depart from “Pacchanta” hiking towards Tinki (2 hours).  Once we arrive at Tinki, we will board our private transport that will take us back to the City of Cusco, arriving at night.

DETAILS:

  • Hiking Distance:            10 km/6.2 miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:      2 – 3 hours
  • Highest Altitude:          4,100 m/13,451 ft.
  • Lowest Altitude:           3,800 m/12,467 ft.

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