Visit Ausangate! The Ausangate mountain has been and continues to be one of the most important mountains since the Inca era. In the Andean concept, this mountain represents one of the main deities according to Andean worship, and it is also significant in contemporary Christian worship. It is also known as Apu Ausangate.
The 5-day Ausangate tour we offer below is designed for you to explore marvelous high mountain landscapes on a route that has not yet been widely promoted for tourism. You will be able to appreciate native communities, beautiful mountain landscapes, lakes of different colors, and Andean camelids in their natural habitat, such as llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas.
We depart early in the morning, picking you up from your hotel in the city of Cusco and heading towards the town of Tinke (TINKI), approximately a three-hour journey. We will walk for another two hours until we reach the thermal waters in Upis.
In the morning, we will cross the Arapa pass. From here, we will continue descending for 3 and a half hours through the valley, passing by the green lagoon of Puqa Q'ocha, until we reach the Ausangate Q'ocha lagoon with its turquoise blue waters.
From the lagoon, we ascend towards the Palomani pass. From the pass, we continue along the trail towards the valley. We will continue through the wide green valley of Pampa Jutunpata and up along the Q'ampa River valley.
In the morning, we will begin the hike by passing through the small community of Q'ampa. Then, we will head towards the last pass of this trek - Q'ampa pass. We will continue walking for several hours before reaching the small village of Pacchanta. We will set up a camp near Pacchanta, and you will have the afternoon free to explore this interesting Andean village.
It is a 3-hour hike back to Tinke (Tinki), arriving around 18:00 hours, thus concluding this Ausangate Tour in Cusco.
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We depart from Cusco early in the morning, picking you up from your hotel in the city of Cusco, and head southeast of the city. It's approximately a three-hour journey in private transportation to the small town of Tinke (3800 meters/12,464 feet). We pass through beautiful landscapes and several traditional villages like Oropesa, Andahuaylillas, Urcos, Ocongate. After lunch in Tinke (TINKI), we will begin the trek, where the first three hours of the trail will be an unforgettable experience as we cross the mountains in the Vilcanota Mountain Range, and if the weather permits, we may catch a glimpse of the Ausangate glacier or Apu Ausangate. We will hike for two more hours until we reach the hot springs in Upis (4400 meters/14,432 feet). We will camp here for the night (4-5 hours of trekking).
In the morning, we will cross the Arapa pass (4850 meters/15,908 feet), which is one of the highest points on the trek. From here, we continue descending for 3.5 hours through the valley, passing by the green PuKa Ccocha lagoon until we reach the turquoise waters of the Jatun Puqa Q'ocha lagoon. We then climb up to the second pass, Apuchata (4900 meters/16,072 feet), with a view of the impressive Ausangate Q'ocha lagoon and its blue turquoise waters. This lagoon is fed by the melting snow from the Ausangate glacier. We will camp here for the second night.
From the lagoon, we ascend again to the Palomani pass (5200 meters/17,056 feet) - the highest point of the trek. From the pass, we continue along the trail through the valley where we can rest and have lunch. In the afternoon, we can appreciate the Tres Picos and Punta Puca snow-capped mountains. We continue through the wide green valley of Pampa Jutunpata and up the Q'ampa River valley. We will spend the third night in this area.
Early in the morning, we will start the trek, passing through the small community of Q'ampa, then heading northwest towards the last pass of this trek - Q'ampa pass (5000 meters/16,400 feet). Once again, we will have the opportunity to observe lakes of different colors, and we will have lunch near the Q'oma Ccocha lagoon. We
will hike for several hours before reaching the small village of Pacchanta. Here, we can enjoy the hot springs for a couple of hours and even have a well-deserved beer! We will set up a camp near Pacchanta, and you will have the afternoon free to explore this interesting Andean village. (You have the option to stay in a basic hostel tonight).
It's a 3-hour hike back to Tinqui, where we will have time to explore this traditional Andean town before taking private transportation back to Cusco. We will arrive at approximately 18:00 hours, thus concluding this Tour to Ausangate Glacier in Cusco.
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