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Ausangate Peru hike


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Ausangate Peru hike

Experience this Ausangate Peru hike with us as we take you to one of the most pristine landscapes in the country, visiting the most sacred and highest peaks of the Cusco´s region. The trek leads you to the Ausangate Mountain or Apu Ausangate; “apu” means a natural deity or Spirit of the mountain. It is considered the most sacred of the whole region.  In the Inka´s mythology, male energy is born exactly from the mountain and the near lagoons to fertilize Pachamama (the Mother Earth).

 

The Ausangate reaching 6,372 m.a.s.l. is the fifth highest peak of Peru! It is situated about 100 kilometres south of the Cusco City in the Cordillera Vilcanota. It lies in the heartland of the Q'eros people, probably the only contemporary culture of the Inca´s culture that has survived until nowadays!!

On the way, you can observe stunning snowy peaks, turquoise mountain lagoons, numerous hot springs, herds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas (Andean cameloids) and vizcachas (a rodent specie belonging to the family of chinchillas), loads of species of birds such as the Andean Condor or the Andean Geese. We also meet native people of remote Andean communities wearing colorful traditional cloths.

This Ausangate Peru hike is probably the most challenging hike in Cusco! It is designated for those who have already experienced some hiking; it is not recommended to beginners. You need a sufficient dose of adrenaline as you hike up three passes above 4,500 meters above sea level (15,000 feet)! However, the trip is supported by horses for your convenience! To cope with extreme climatic conditions, we provide you with the most modern quality camping equipment and a very balanced and energetic diet. 

If you like to follow a quite different trek in Cusco, then do not hesitate and join the trek! You will not pity!!

 

Quick Itinerary

 

Day 01: Cusco - Ocongate - Tinki 

Day 02: Tinki - Upis - Hot Springs

Day 03: Hot Springs - Pucaqocha Lagoon

Day 04: Pucaqocha Lagoon - Palomani Pass - Jampa Valley

Day 05: Jampa Valley - Pachaspata - Qomercocha Lagoon

Day 06: Qomercocha Lagoon - Pacchanta

Day 07: Pacchanta - Tinki - Cusco

 

Highlights of the Ausangate Trek Peru:

  • A 7 day hike to the most sacred mountain of the Cusco´s region - Ausangate
  • A genuine outdoor adventure and the most adrenaline trek in Cusco
  • Meeting people of the ancient Q'eros culture
  • A trek with an experienced Tour Guide, a Cook, a Horseman and horses
  • Enjoying spectacular mountain sceneries of high snowy peaks, glaciers, big turquoise lagoons and high passes over 5,000 metres
  • The most pristine nature of Peru
  • Bird-watching
  • Observation of herds of Andean cameloids such as alpacas, lamas and vicuñas as well as vizcachas (a family of chinchillas)  
  • A refresh in many hot springs along the way

Crew: A Tierras Vivas Representative in Cusco and a professional Tour Guide, a Cook and a Muleteer.

Accommodation: Campsites (6 nights).

Meals: 6x breakfast, 6x lunch, 6x dinner, 6x afternoon tea (Please allow USD 20 - 40 for meals not included).

Transportation: Transportation by private van as well as by a local bus.

Camping equipment: You can view our Trek camping equipment: personal double tents, Term-a-rest mattress, tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas

 

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Day 01: Cusco - Ocongate - Tinki

We board a private vehicle early in the morning (around 5 am) to set out in travelling to the Andean village of Tinki. First, we follow a road towards Puno passing the Wari´s culture ruins of Pikillaqta and later the colonial towns of Andahuaylillas and Huaro (we may spend some time visiting them). Then, we continue to the village of Urcos (a major bus road junction) where we stop for a while to appreciate a colourful local market. Afterwards, we turn on a dusty road (that leads to Puerto Maldonado) to continue uphill until we reach some highland small villages observing shepherds and weavers there. In the afternoon, we continue towards Ocongate, a capital of the district, passing some pitoresque villages along the Huatanay River and beautiful areas of cultivated fields. Finally, we get to our first campsite at Tinki (3,850 m) completing a 145 kilometre ride like that.

Estimated trekking time: 1 hour
Trekking distance: 1 km
Max. elevation: 3,850 m (12,631 ft)
Min. elevation: 3,399 m (11,152 ft)
Difficulty: Easy

Day 02: Tinki - Upis - Hot Springs

Our today´s trail starts crossing the "puna" or highland meadow approaching the foothill of the impressive sacred Ausangate Mountain (or Apu Ausangate; "apu" is a natural deity in Andean mythology) offering amazing views of a rolling landscape. Below, we can view some lamas, alpacas, vicuñas and paqochas (Andean cameloids). Continuing the hike, the trail take us up passing some Andean villages where we can still see many traditional customs. Later on, we reach a small village of Upis (4,140 m), from where we can enjoy stunning views of the Apu Ausangate (6,372 m/20,906 ft)! Afterwards, we walk to nearby hot springs where we set a campsite and obviously enjoy a dip in thermal waters!!


Estimated trekking time: 5 hours
Trekking distance: 16 km
Max. elevation: 4,140 (13,583 ft)
Min. elevation:  3,850 m (12,631 ft)
Difficulty: Difficult

Day 03: Hot Springs - Pucaqocha Lagoon

After early breakfast, we ascend for two and half an hour towards the high Arapa Pass (4,850 m)! From there, we start descending to the Pucaqocha Lagoon, also called Hatun Pucaqocha (4,605 m) enjoying splendid views of the western iced-fall of Ausangate. Then, we set a campsite on the shores of the lagoon where we have a chance to watch many Andean bird species.


Estimated trekking time: 5 hours
Trekking distance: 16 km
Max. elevation: 4,850 m (15,912 ft)
Min. elevation:  4,140 (13,583 ft)
Difficulty: Difficult

Day 04: Pucaqocha Lagoon - Palomani Pass - Jampa Valley

After breakfast, we first ascend to the Alcatani Pass (4,650 m) to later descend to the glacier lagoon of Ausangate qocha. Afterwards, we climb up again, this time to reach the highest point of the entire Ausangate Trek which is the Palomani Pass (5,050 m)!! There, we can enjoy magnific views of the south-eastern ridge of the Apu Ausangate! Finally, we climb down to the Jampa Valley (4,600 m) admiring Andean dwellers wearing typical cloths of this region as well as plenty of sheep, lamas, alpacas and paqochas before we get to a place of our today´s camping laying within the valley.


Estimated trekking time: 7 hours
Trekking distance: 20 km
Max. elevation: 5,050 m (16,568 ft)
Min. elevation: 4,600 m (15,092 ft)
Difficulty: Challenging 

Day 05: Jampa Valley - Pachaspata - Qomercocha Lagoon

Today, we circle northwest along the Ticllacocha Lagoon and over the last pass - Jampa (4,650 m). From there, we continue hiking to the Pacchaspata Pampa where we set up a campsite on the shores of the splendid turquoise lagoon of Q'omercocha (4,580 m). 

Estimated trekking time: 6 hours
Trekking distance: 15 km
Max. elevation: 4,650 m (15,256 ft)
Min. elevation: 4,580 m (15,026 ft)
Difficulty: Difficult

Day 06: Qomercocha Lagoon - Pacchanta

After having breakfast, we start descending towards the small village of Pacchanta (4,300 m) observing spectacular highland sceneries on the way. When we reach Pachanta, we continue to its hot springs to enjoy a dip. From there, we have an opportunity to view the powerful Apu Ausangate. We camp oveernight. 


Estimated trekking time: 7 hours
Trekking distance: 15 km
Max. elevation: 
4,580 m (15,026 ft)
Min. elevation: 4,300 m (14,108 ft)
Difficulty: Moderate

Day 07: Pacchanta - Tinki - Cusco

Just a short hike awaits us today to take us back to Tinki (3,850 m) where we board our vehicle bringing us back to Cusco. You get to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Estimated trekking time: 4 hours
Trekking distance: 8 km
Max. elevation: 
4,300 m (14,108 ft)
Min. elevation: 3,399 m (11,152 ft)
Difficulty: Easy

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Included

  • Pre-trek briefing with your Tour Guide.
  • Transfer by private vehicle to Tinki - the initial point of the trek.
  • Accommodation: Campsites (6 nights).
  • Meals: 6x breakfast, 6x lunch, 6x dinner and 6x afternoon hot beverages (Please advice us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost).
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide.
  • Professional Cook.
  • A Horseman.
  • Horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 7 kg of each passenger's belongings.
  • Camping equipment: personal double tents, Term-a-rest mattress, tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas.
  • Food.
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C).
  • Return transport from Tinki to Cusco

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day.
  • International and domestic flights nor airport departure taxes.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory).
  • Other extras not mentioned.

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single room" option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights.

Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price.

Suggested Items

  • Standard Backpack of 45 liters.
  • 1 coat
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • Hiking Clothes
  • Jacket for rain or poncho
  • Hiking shoes
  • Walking poles
  • Hat or cap
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Sun glasses
  • Tablets for purifying water
  • Extra money
  • Energy bars and chocolates
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Personal medicines
  • Toilet paper
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Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain

The snow-covered trek to Ausangate, is one of the most exciting experiences in walking routes in the department of Cusco. This mountain is the highest in all the Vilcanota mountain range and is located on the 6,392msnm, on the route you can see beautiful lagoons of different colors, due to the minerals that exist throughout this area. The walk to the Ausangate Snow is an indescribable adventure because of the impressive sunsets that make this trip unforgettable. Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain

 

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