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Ausangate Trek Peru: Ausangate Mountain Tour 5 Days

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Ausangate Trek Tour

Visit Ausangate! The Ausangate mountain has been and continues to be one of the most important mountains since Inca times. In the concept of the Andean people, this mountain represents one of the main deities in Andean worship, and it is also significant in contemporary Christian worship. It is also known as Apu Ausangate.

The 5-day Ausangate tour from Cusco that we offer below is designed for you to explore marvelous high mountain landscapes on a route that has not been heavily promoted for tourist activities. You will have the opportunity to appreciate Andean communities, beautiful mountain landscapes, lakes of different colors, and Andean camelids in their natural habitat, such as llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas.

Day 01

CUSCO - TINKE - UPIS - HUAYNA AUSANGATE LAGOON

We start our tour very early in the morning, picking you up from your hotel in the city of Cusco and heading towards the charming town of Tinke (Tinki), approximately three hours of travel. After walking for an additional two hours, you will have the opportunity to admire the diversity of flora and fauna in the region. In Upis, we will have lunch prepared at our camp, and we will relax our bodies with hot drinks during the break. At sunset, we will explore the Huayna Ausangate lagoon, capturing the sunset in photographs. This is where we will camp and end our day.

Ausangate Snowy Tour 5 daysAusangate Foot Lagoon
Day 02

UPIS - YANACOCHA - HATUN PUCA COCHA

We will wake up early for a delicious breakfast before starting the hike to the Arapa pass, at 4800 meters above sea level, where we will enjoy panoramic views of the mountainous landscape and glacial lakes. We will descend towards the Yanacocha lagoon, keeping an eye out for the presence of animals such as chinchillas and vizcachas, with the possibility of spotting deer and, if lucky, Andean condors. After lunch near Hatun Puca Cocha lagoon, we will experience an incredible view of the Andes. If the weather permits, we will contemplate the stars, learn about constellations, have dinner, and rest.

Ausangate LagoonAusangate Mountain Trekking
Day 03

HATUN PUCA COCHA - AUSANGATE COCHA - PALOMANI PASS - SORAPATA

After breakfast, we will continue walking uphill; this is the most demanding day of all, as we will climb two mountain passes. We will ascend for two hours to the Ausangate Apacheta pass, descend to the Ausangate Cocha lagoon where we will have our snacks before climbing the most demanding pass, Palomani, at 5200 meters above sea level. Upon reaching the pass, we will have a unique view of the mountains, being very close to the base camp for the ascent to the Ausangate snow-capped peak and the lakes formed by the thaw. Later, we will descend to the Huchuy Finaya community where we will have lunch. After regaining energy, we will continue towards Sorapata, where our camp will be waiting for us.

Ausangate TourAlpacas In Ausanagate Mountain
Day 04

SORAPATA - JAMPA PASS - PACCHANTA

Completing our breakfast, we will walk towards the Jampa pass. The trail is generally flat, but in the last part, we will have to ascend to 5100 meters above sea level. This journey will take us about three hours. Along the way, we will observe herds of alpacas and llamas in their natural habitat. After the Jampa pass, we will descend to the Pacchanta community, crossing part of the route of the 7 turquoise lakes, with stops for photographs. Upon reaching Pacchanta, we will enjoy its medicinal hot springs, relaxing our bodies in its pools. We will rest in this community.

Pacchanta Ausangate VillagePacchanta Trail
Day 05

PACCHANTA TO CUSCO

On this day, we will briefly visit the town of Tinke to appreciate some of its agricultural customs. Finally, we will return to Cusco, transfer you to your hotel, thus concluding our adventure through Ausangate.

Ausangate TrekkingAusangate Mountain, Alpaca Herd
   Initial altitude3800 m / 12,467 feet.
   Highest altitude5200 m / 17,056 feet.
   Overall difficultyV. Difficult.

INCLUDES:

  • Transportation from the hotel to the town of Tinke (Round Trip).
  • Entrance to the Ausangate Park.
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
  • High-quality camping equipment (professional tents, Doite Cima 4 model, extra light / 4.5 kg for two people. Mattresses, dining tent with table and chairs, hygienic service tent).
  • Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks / vegetarian option).
  • Cook and kitchen staff.
  • We have horsemen and mules that will be responsible for transporting all our camping equipment and personal luggage of each participant, with a limit of up to 8 kg per person.
  • First aid kit and oxygen tank.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Sleeping bag (if you do not have a sleeping bag, the agency can rent you a special bag for this route with its respective polar sheet) $20 for the 5 days.
  • Hiking poles (if you don't have them, the agency can rent them to you) $15 per pair for the 5 days.
  • Other services not mentioned.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Backpack with raincoat.
  • Sleeping bag. Clothing for warm and cold weather such as a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants. Trekking shoes, sneakers, or sandals (for showers and hot springs), wool or synthetic socks, and a sweater.
  • Rain poncho and a hat.
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, hand sanitizer, water bottle, and sterilization tablets, toiletries, and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag).
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Some selected snacks such as chocolate bars and dried fruits.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card, and extra money in soles.

NOTES:

  • We will climb up to 5200 m / 17,060 ft. Considering the extreme weather of this trip, it can be tough. We want you to remember this hike with a smile on your face, so please make sure you are well acclimatized, in good shape, and healthy.
  • Due to the weather, which can become very cold and cloudy, it is important to note that wet clothes will not dry overnight. So, pack some spare clothes.

Ausangate Trek Tour Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO - TINKE – UPIS - HUAYNA AUSANGATE LAGOON

We start very early at 4:30 in the morning, picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. We will travel by car to the town of Ocongate, passing through the most popular villages in the southern valley: Huaro, Piquillacta, and Andahuaylillas. Then, we will head to the community of Tinki, where you will have a brief time to buy the necessary items. Keep in mind that this is the last opportunity for these purchases.

Upon arriving at the Tinke camp, our team of muleteers and support will be waiting for us with a delicious breakfast. We will continue our tour by walking to the next camp in the Upis community. The trail is at the foot of Ausangate mountain, providing a privileged view during the hike. Along the way, we will also observe herds of llamas and alpacas grazing freely, and we will make some stops to take pictures with these fantastic animals.

Arriving at Upis, we will enjoy the prepared lunch at our camp, relax the body, and have hot drinks during our break. In the evening, we will visit one of the first lagoons we will see during the 5-day hike, named Huayna Ausangate. Here, we will enjoy the sunset while taking some photographs.

Dinner and overnight at the Upis camp.

DAY 2: UPIS - YANACOCHA - HATUN PUCA COCHA

We will wake up early for breakfast and energize ourselves. After preparing our backpacks and the horses, we will follow the trail around the Ausangate glacier. This time, we will have to walk uphill to reach the Arapa pass at 4800 meters above sea level. From this point, we can observe the mountainous geography combined with different lagoons resulting from the glacier thaw.

Upon reaching the Arapa pass, we will begin to descend until we reach the Yanacocha lagoon, also known as the black lagoon. During our descent, we will be on the lookout for wildlife in the area. It is very likely that we will see chinchillas or vizcachas, and sometimes deer inhabit this area. With luck, we might even see vicuñas. The presence of the Andean condor, the largest flying bird in the world, is possible, so it's good to be attentive to any movement in the landscape.

We will have lunch upon reaching our camp, near the Hatun Puca Cocha lagoon. You will feel the peace that only these Andean landscapes can offer. In the late afternoon and evening, weather permitting, we may observe the stars in all their splendor. We will have a brief talk about constellations before dinner and rest.

DAY 3: HATUN PUCA COCHA - AUSANGATE COCHA - PALOMANI PASS - SORAPATA

This third day, we will recharge with a hearty breakfast, as it is the most demanding of our journey. After breakfast, we will ascend for 2 and a half hours to the Ausangate pass (4750 meters above sea level). From this point, the entire landscape gives us a colossal impression of the geography, making you feel small in comparison to the scenery. Next, we will begin to descend towards the Ausangate Cocha lagoon, where we will enjoy lunch amid the Ausangate and the lagoon. After a short break, we will continue ascending to Palomani pass at 5200 meters above sea level. Upon reaching the summit, we will have a short break to enjoy the scenery before continuing our journey.

After our break, we will continue, this time on a downhill trail, walking until we reach the Huchuy Finaya community located at 4650 meters above sea level. This community still maintains many ancestral traditions from the time of the Incas. We will make a small payment or offering to the mountain alongside its community members, expressing gratitude to Pachamama for allowing us to walk on its lands.

Finally, we will continue our journey with less complex features until we reach Sorapata, where our camp will be waiting for us. We will relax our bodies with hot drinks and rest after an intense day.

DAY 4: SORAPATA - JAMPA PASS - PACCHANTA

As every day, we will start early. After finishing breakfast, we will walk to Jampa pass for about 3 hours. The trail inclines as you progress, so we will have to walk progressively. While walking, we will have an impressive view of the Callangate glacier, the second-highest snow-capped mountain in southern Cusco after Ausangate. During our journey in this stage, we will again observe herds of llamas and alpacas grazing freely on the hills. Once we step on Jampa pass, we will begin to descend, crossing part of the 7 most popular lagoons in the Vilcanota mountain range.

Each lagoon has its peculiar name depending on its characteristics. We will have lunch amid the mountains and later reach a viewpoint that allows us to appreciate a large part of these turquoise lagoons. We will continue walking for about 2 more hours until we reach the community of Pacchanta. We will leave our backpacks and enjoy the medicinal and thermal waters of this village. We will celebrate our achievement of completing the Ausangate circuit and relax our bodies for as long as needed.

Dinner and overnight in Pacchanta.

DAY 5: PACCHANTA TO CUSCO

After a 3-hour walk back to Tinqui, we will have time to explore this charming Andean town. Later, we will head back to Cusco in our private transportation, arriving around 18:00 hours, thus concluding our tour.

INCLUDES:

  • Transportation from the hotel to the town of Tinke (Round trip).
  • Entrance to Ausangate Park.
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
  • High-quality camping equipment (professional tents, Doite Cima 4 model, extra light / 4.5 kg for two people. Sleeping mats, dining tent with table and chairs, toilet service tent).
  • Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks / vegetarian option).
  • Cook and kitchen staff.
  • We have mules and muleteers who will transport all our camping equipment and the personal luggage of each participant, with a limit of up to 8 kg per person.
  • First aid kit and oxygen cylinder.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Sleeping bag (if you don't have one, the agency can rent a special bag for this route with its respective polar sheet) $20 for 5 days.
  • Hiking poles (if you don't have them, the agency can rent them) $15 per pair for 5 days.
  • Other services not mentioned.

RECOMMENDATIONS: WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

  • Backpack with rain cover.
  • Sleeping bag. Essential to bring suitable clothing for both warm and cold weather, including a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants. Don't forget to bring trekking shoes, sneakers, or sandals (for showers and thermal baths), wool or synthetic socks, and a sweater to adapt to different weather conditions during the hike.
  • Rain poncho and a hat.
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfectant gel, water bottle, and sterilization tablets, toiletries, and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag).
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Some selected snacks such as chocolate bars and dried fruits.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card, and extra money in soles.

NOTES:

  • We will climb up to 5200 m / 17060 ft. Considering the extreme weather of this trip, it can be tough work. We want you to remember this hike with a smile on your face, so please make sure you are well acclimated, in good shape, and healthy.
  • Due to the weather becoming very cold and cloudy, it's important to note that wet clothes will not dry overnight. So, take some spare clothes.

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