Ausangate trek, 7 days

Code: 11AUSA07
7 DAYS - 6 NIGHTS
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For many centuries the people of the rural areas of Peru have maintained many ancestral traditions. One of these regions that have undergone little changes are the Andean communities that reside in the mountains of Ausangate. The journey we offer will allow you a glimpse of Peruvian’s living in their natural environment.

A true image of the Andean High Range. You will have the opportunity to meet traditional indigenous Quechua speaking natives, who live at an altitude of 14,000 m / 45,932 ft., herding llamas and alpacas. They live in an isolated region of the “Cordillera del Vilcanota” (Vilcanota Mountain Range) among glaciers, brightly colored lakes and relaxing hot springs.

Along this trek, the likelihood in seeing a condor soar is high (South America’s largest flying bird).  You’ll also, be able to witness Andean fauna such; vicuñas, marmots (Vizcacha), geese, falcons and wild ducks. Although, you will be hiking in high elevations, once you have acclimated, the trek is considered a moderate.

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.
• 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

What’s Not Included
 International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru, airport departure taxes (Approximate cost US$ 31.00 international flights, and US$ 7.40 for each domestic flight)
 Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items
 Pre & post tour accommodation
 Sleeping bag and breakfast on the first day

 

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Day 1: CUSCO – OCONGATE – TINKI

Your adventure to Ausangate begins in Cusco.  We’ll pass through the resting place of the Wari culture called Pikillacta (known as the mystical people / forseers) and the now colonial villages of Andahuaylillas and Huaro.  Upon passing the City of Urcos, we’ll take an uphill road until we reach the foothills of the mountain.

By the afternoon you’ll be able to survey the “Cordillera del Vilcanota” (Vilcanota Moutain Range) with its snow-capped mountains; Ausangate and the Nevado Jampa (5450 M.A.S.L.) Finally, we continue the road trip to rreach the village of Tinki near Ocongate.

DETAILS:

  • Meals:                              Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodations:       Camping facilities
  • Highest Altitude:          3,800 m
  • Hiking Distance:            12km approx.
  • Level of Difficulty:        Moderate

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Day 2: TINKI – UPIS

After a delicious breakfast prepared by our specialized chef, we will begin our trek from the village of Tinki along the “Ocongate River” to cross the Puna (Meadows of the mountain), until we reach the foot of the “Ausangate Nevado”.  At this juncture, you’ll have an impressive view of the beautiful mountain peaks which makes our trip extraordinary.  To top it off, we’ll continue towards the village of Upis where you’ll enjoy a hot springs bath (R & R) after day’s hike.

DETAILS:

  • Meals:                              Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodations:       Camping facilities
  • Maximum altitude:      4,850 m
  • Hiking distance:            12km approx.
  • Level of Difficulty:        Arduous

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Day 3: UPIS – PUCACOCHA

Our adventure continuous after a hearty breakfast.  As we ascend, light paced, heading towards the town of “Pacchanta”.  Here you’ll have several stops (at lookouts) to view the magnificent landscapes and the many variety of Andean birds.  This area is known as the Natural Reserve of Huallatas (4,500 m).  After our break, we’ll continue our hike along the “Pucacocha” Lake, where we can see the Nevado del Ausangate from afar.

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Day 4: PUCACOCHA – PALOMANI

We resume our adventure, after a nutritious lunch, passing alongside stunning turquoise lakes.  As we ascend to 4,800 m, you’ll be absolutely astonished by the grandiose sight of the Nevado del Ausangate and the Cordillera de Vilcanota (below). Then, we’ll descend to “Chilcapinaya to camp for the night.  Dinner at Campsite.

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Day 5: PALOMANI – JAMPA – PACHASPATA

Our trek towards Ausangate continues after breakfast, the humps over the Valley of Jampa.  Here, we’ll can observe the Herders from the region care for their sheep and alpacas.  You’ll also see women spinning and weaving their wool of alpaca and sheep.  Finally, we’ll arrive to “Ticllacocha” just a short hike to (4,650 m) reach “Pachaspata”.  We’ll set for camp and if the weather permits we can reach the “Q’omercocha” Lake.

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Day 6: PACHASPATA – PACCHANTA

After breakfast, we’ll slowly descend through the valley to arrive to Pacchanta Village.  Here, we’ll spend the afternoon for a well-deserved “R & R”.  The Thermal Baths (hot springs) will provide you a much needed therapeutic.

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Day 7: PACCHANTA – TINKI – CUSCO

On our 7th day, we’ll continue our journey to “Tinki”, down the mountains, along enormous grey rocks and observing a variety of plantations like; potatoes, quinoa, beans, etc.  On our hike we’ll pass near several villages of herders and weavers, who only speak the native language Quechua.

In reaching “Tinki” our transportation will take you back to Cusco to your hotel.

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