Ausangate Trek 6 Days

Ausangate is the ultimate trekking destination in the Cusco area. This beautiful snow-capped peak is one of the main features of the Cusco skyline but very few people actually ever see it up close. The area around Ausangate is full of natural beauty; with azure lakes and the majestic snow-capped peak ever present, the trekking here is truly amazing

 Duration: 6 Days

 Difficulty: Heavy

 Group Size: Max 12 people

 Private Group: 1 to +

Day 1: Cusco  3500m/11483ft– Tinqui  3800m/12467ft– Upis 4400m/14436ft
Day 2: Upis – PucaQocha 4560m/14960ft
Day 3: Qocha – Huchuy Pinayaa 4210m/13812ft
Day 4: Huchuy Pinaya – Jampa 4,45000m114560ft
Day 5: Jampa – Pacchanta 3850m/12631ft
Day 6: Pacchanta – Tinqui 3800m/12467ft– Cusco

* We can arrange a customised itinerary for you to include the Inca Trail Trek, contact us for more information.

 EXPLANATION OF SERVICES:

  1. Group Service– Join other travellers on your trek
  2. Private Service – No other persons except your group

Mount Ausangate (6,380m) is the highest and most sacred mountain in southern Peru, which for centuries has been central to the religious beliefs of the Andean people who still go on annual pilgrimages to its icy slopes.

Hiking completely around this mystical mountain, we camp near hot springs and turquoise lakes inhabited by numerous bird species, including Andean geese and the almighty Andean Condor. We walk among herds of llamas and alpacas in remote native Quechua villages.

With spectacular glacial vistas, uninterrupted beauty and solitude, this is a spectacular trip for seasoned trekkers who love a true outdoor adventure. During our adventure we will be well taken care of by our professional team of English speaking guides, cooks and wranglers with their mules. We also have some supporting saddle horses for the ones who rather ride than hike. With spectacular glacial vistas, uninterrupted beauty and solitude, this is a spectacular trip for seasoned trekkers who love a true outdoor adventure.

April to November. Some say May to October, even though this includes the winter months, when snow and inclement weather is the norm.

DAY 1 Cusco ‐ Tinqui (3,800m)
We set off early from Cusco travelling by private bus to the small village of Tinqui. We will see the impressive mountain range of Vilcanota and pass through several traditional Andean villages enroute and take time to stop enroute to take some photo’s. On arrival we meet our horseman and arrange our packs for the walk. We begin our walk through farming communities and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains. We will walk for around 3hrs and then its time for a lunch stop. After lunch we continue for another 2 hours approximately to reach the hot springs at Upis. We spend the night here. (Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 2 – Upis ‐ PucaQocha
After a big breakfast we are ready to leave our camp and get started on our hike for the day. We will climb to the high pass of Arapa (4850m). From this vantage point we can see the contrast in landscapes – dry desert-like hills reach the glaciers of Mt. Ausangate, while below the valley is a bright green. If we are lucky we might even see a condor in the skies! We will enjoy the breathtaking snow capped views of Mnt. Ausangate and PucaQocha. This area also boasts three beautiful lakes with tones of reds, greens, and turquoises (Pukacocha, Hatun Pukacocha, and Qomerqocha). Our second campsite is close to a glacier. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3 – Qocha – Huchuy Pinaya
Early morning after breakfast we will begin our ascent of approximately 2-3 hours over our second mountain pass, Abra de Apuchata (4,900m). From here we descend for around an hour and a half towards our campsite at Ausangate Qocha where a delicious lunch to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. After our lunch we have our second ascent for two hours to our third mountain pass of Palomani (5,100m), we descend into the small community of Huchuy Phinaya where we spend the night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4 – Huchuy Pinaya – Jampa (4,300m)
Today we ascend to the highest point on our trek – Jampa (5,150m). The silence of this remote wilderness is inspiring! From here we have an excellent view of Mount Tampa. After the pass we descend for 2 hours through an area of llamas, alpacas and vicunas to reach Pampacancha (4,050m). From here we follow an uphill trail of approximately three hours that leads us to our campsite in Jampa (4,300m). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5 – Jampa – Pacchanta (4,300m)

After our walking and acclimatisation on Day 4 – we are ready for another adventure! We take breakfast early and then begin our hike of approximately 1 hour to reach the glacier base and then to the top of the mountain! After enjoying the spectacular views of the Vilcanota range we descend back down to take a delicious lunch. In the afternoon we descend towards the Qomerqocha lagoon before arriving at Pacchanta after an approximated 5 hour walk. Pacchanta is a little community with attractive hot springs where we can enjoy a relaxing dip. We camp and spend the night here. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6 – Pacchanta – Tinqui ‐ Cusco
In the morning we leave Pacchanta and start to walk back to the village of Tinqui – our trek takes approximately two hours. Once in Tinqui, we board our transportation that will take us back to the city of Cusco, where we estimate to arrive after nightfall.

Prices Ausangate Trek 6D 2016

Travellers Group Service (per person) Private Service (per person)
2 people $ 730 $ 760
3 people $ 610 $ 640
4 people $ 570 $ 590
5+ people $ 500 $ 530

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning of departure.
  • Private transport for Pachamama trek  group from Cusco to Tinqui (the trailhead) and return at the end of the trek
  •  Fee entrance  to the Ausangate mountain.
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 8 people)
  • Personal Duffle Bags for your extra luggage to put on the horses
  • 7kg personal luggage allowance to put on the horses
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
  • Foam mattress. If you require greater comfort during the trek we can hire you an inflatable mattress.
  • 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 to carry the group equipment (food, tents, tables, etc.)
  • Emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill
  • 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

 NOT INCLUDED

  • Breakfast on the 1st Day
  • Dinner on the 6th Day
  • Additional horses for luggage
  • Gratuities

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING?

  • A day pack with clothes to change – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. We recomend Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $ 1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear– waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or flip-flops to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings
  • Warm clothes: jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf and hat. Thermal clothing  especially for sleeping. Remember this is a particularly cold trek, make sure you have very warm clothes!
  • Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20%
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise bringing water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require,  second skin for blisters etc.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs)
  • Cash – extra food, Gratuities and souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you)

EXTRAS:

  • Sleeping bag – $40
  • Inflatable mattresses – $20
  • Trekking poles – $20 per pole
  • Extra horse in case you want to ride – $80 per horse for entire journey