Ausangate Trek 06 days – 05 nights

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Ausangate Trek 06 days – 05 nights

$560 per person
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Ausangate Trek the true image of the high Andes, the Incas worshipped mountains. Apu Ausangante is located in the Mountain Range of Vilcanota (6,342 masl). In our trek, we’ll cross spectacular passes, explore a radiant landscape below ice peaks and enormous glaciers. Ausangate is a stronghold of traditional Quechua culture/world immersion, the native who live at 14,000 ft. tending their herds of Llamas and Alpacas surrounded by colourful glacial lakes, deep red cliffs and relaxing hot spring with Andean atmosphere. You will also have a good chance of encountering condors, the largest flying bird in the world, and other Andean fauna such as Vizcachas, Andean fox and Vicuña, practically extinct elsewhere. Although, you will be hiking at altitudes of 3,800 masl, once you are acclimatized, the trek is considered as a moderate one. Ausangate is considered one of the highest mountain in south of Peru.

AUSANGATE TREK

Type of Tour

Archaeological, cultural, ecological, hiking and camping

Duration:

06 Days / 05 Nights

Starting point:

Cusco

Ending point:

Cusco

GROUP SERVICE: (2 to 8 people MAX): Our most popular Ausangate Trek is recommended for everybody who likes the adventure, families, honeymooners and couples.

PRIVATE SERVICE: All inclusive for families with children, honeymooners and couples. Special trek program just for you, and you can depart any day you wish and choose the group size, we don’t add any people, is arranged just for you. All private groups include additional services, such as: extra porters, horses to ride and to carry your personal gear (for alternate treks).

Inclusions

  • Transfer in/out from your hotel
  • Tourist Transportation Cusco to the Town of Tinki
  • Professional English-Spanish Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 10 people
  • Horses and muleteer
  • Professional Chef and Assistants
  • Food: 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Afternoon Snacks and 5 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food, please let us know.
  • Vegetarian food option
  • Camping Equipment Tents for 2 people ,dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Emergency horse
  • Oxygen bottle, first aid kit
  • Entrance ticket to Ausangate Park
  • Transport back to Cusco

Not Included

  • Personal trekking gear, sleeping bag, tips to the guide and support staff, city services.
  • First breakfast (first day) is normally provided at your hotel before leaving.
  • Last lunch at the end of the tour on the 6th Day.
  • Extra horse and muleteer: $140 USD
  • Single tent supplement: $25 USD
  • Sleeping bag (optional): $25 USD

We Recommend that You Bring

  • Trekking daypack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
  • Sandals or plastic slips on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf. Thermal wear is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • 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 cream
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 30% 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.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend swimming in hot springs )
  • Enough cash for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
  • Original passport.
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day).
Itinerary

Day 1CUSCO – TINKE – URPI

At 06:00 a.m pick-up from the hotel and 4-hour travel by private bus ride to the small village of Tinki (3,820 masl). We’ll pass through the beautiful Cusco countryside and several traditional villages including Urcos, Catcca and Ocongate where we will have the opportunity to stop for a while and take some pictures, lunch time and meet the rest of our team (handlers and horses/mules). After lunch, we’re gonna hike 5-6 hours to reach the remote village of Upis (4,400 masl), located at the bottom of the Ausangate Mountain. We’ll set up the camping gear and then you could enjoy the natural thermal spring until dinner time.

(L) = Lunch / (D) = Dinner.

Day 2UPIS – ARAPA PASS – JATUN PUKA COCHA LAKE

This day, we will hike 2 or 3 hours uphill to Arapa Pass (4,765 masl). Climbing along the right side of the slope on the rock-strewn area. Throughout all the passage, we will see the majestic Ausangate Mountain. Finally, we’ll arrive to Arapa pass from the top you will get spectacular and wonderful views of the real mountain range. After plenty of time at the top of the pass, we’ll continue descending to have the opportunity to see beautiful lakes, multi-coloured lagoons until we reach the larger Yanacocha lagoon (black lagoon) lunch around this amazing landscape and rest. At 02:00 p.m, we’ll hike close to 2 hours more to the camping place at the Jatun Puka Cocha (4,480 masl), we will set up camp here.

(B) = Breakfast / (L) = Lunch / (D) = Dinner.

Day 3JATUN PUKA COCHA LAKE – PALOMANI PASS – UCHUY FINALLA

After a delicious breakfast, we’ll climb to the pass of Apacheta (4,850 masl), nice pass from where it is possible to have the best pictures. Descending until Ausangate Cocha Lake, we’re gonna stop for lunch prepared by our chef. After the lunch, we’ll continue hiking up to the highest point of the trek, known as Palomani Pass (5,200 masl). We could enjoy fantastic views of Ausangate and the Vilcanota range surrounding. Three hours more walking down into a valley, we’ll arrive to our incredibly beautiful campsite at “Uchuy Finalla” (4,560 masl). We’ll spend the night in this valley.

(B) = Breakfast / (L) = Lunch / (D) = Dinner.

Day 4UCHUY FINALLA – CCAMPA PAS

Today, we’ll depart early to climb for two hours towards the third mountain pass, the “Abra de Palomani” (5,200 masl). This is the highest part of the entire hike, from which we then will descend for another 2-hour trek through an area of llamas, alpacas and vizcachas to reach Pampacancha (4,050 masl). From here, we’ll follow an uphill trail until that leads us to our campsite in Ccampa (4,300 masl). Along this easy 3-hour climb, we may have the chance to spot llamas, alpacas, and maybe even pumas. We will camp and dine at this place.

(B) = Breakfast / (L) = Lunch / (D) = Dinner.

Day 5CCAMPA – QOMERJOCHA LAGOON – PACCHANTA

After breakfast, we’ll climb for 2 hours until we reach Ccampa Mountain pass (5,000 masl) where we may have the chance to spot the Andean deer. From here, we’ll descend towards the Qomerjocha Lagoon to finally arrive at Pacchanta (4,100 masl) after an approximated five-hour walk. Pacchanta is a little community with attractive hot springs where we can enjoy a relaxing dip. We’ll camp and spend the night at this place.

(B) = Breakfast / (L) = Lunch / (D) = Dinner.

Day 6PACCHANTA – TINKI

At 08:00 a.m, we’ll leave Pacchanta and start to walk our way back to Tinki which will take approximately 2 hours. Once in Tinki, we’ll board our private transport that will take us back to Cusco where we estimate to arrive after nightfall.

(B) = Breakfast.

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Note: Horses will carry the heavy gear; you will hike carrying only your personal pack, sleeping bag and pad.

If you are considering to bring special photography equipment or other heavy accessories, or just simply don’t want to carry anything, please request an additional horse and horse man ($140 USD) to carry your personal belongings, this way you will freely enjoy the hike (This is highly recommended if you have never hiked over 10,000 ft.). Chefs will deal with all the kitchen chores.

Frequently Asked Questions-(FAQ)

How difficult is the Ausangate Trek?

You just need to remember that you are able to go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, pace yourself, and enjoy. Ausangate Trek is considered as a moderate hike; not a technical hike but high altitude may affect some people.

Are trekking poles or sticks necessary?

We recommend the use of trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known knee problems. There are multiple times during the trek that a trekking poles is handy, be it ascending a mountain or walking along the rough trails.

Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Ausangate Trek?

It’s impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full 2-day trip spent in Cusco (3,399 masl), taking it very easy and drinking plenty of water is enough for some people but if you can arrange to have minimum 2-3 days in case of any travel disruptions as well, then this is what we recommend as there is also so much to do here! The highest point you will get to while hiking Ausangate reaches 5,280 masl on the 2nd day.

Will I need to bring water?

We recommend that you purchase a 1.5 – 2 liter bottle of water to take with you on the first day. Every night during the trek, we will boil water so you can refill the same bottle every morning before setting out. If you are planning to drink from any streams or waterfalls, we strongly suggest you bring water purification tablets or filters. Also, you will be able to buy water along the way on Day 1, for the first few hours of Day 2, then again on the afternoon of Day 3, and of course at Machu Picchu.

Is the Ausangate Trek still good during the rainy season?

Some people actually like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists but we say please be prepared for wet weather and have suitable clothes and equipment. Possibly snow, so be prepared for a possible change of route if a pass is deemed impassable by the guide. We do not recommend this trek in the months of January, February and March.

Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Ausangate?

You first encounter Machu Picchu as the sun rises over the high mountains encircling it. It is already dawn but this impressive moment of Machu Picchu coming out of the shadows of the looming mountains is awesome.

Will I need any extra money?

Yes or yes we recommend taking extra money, tips for the trekking staff, souvenirs, snacks, bottled water, drinks, etc. You should take at least 300 soles as emergency money.

Do Tour guides speak English?

Completely fluent in English. Our guides are also one of the most popular aspects of our tours some of them being historians and archaeologists and all demonstrate a great passion for their culture and heritage.

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