Ausangate Trek – 6 Days

Ausangate Trek winds through wonderful scenery throughout the Cusco area, with birds and wildlife, glaciers and high alpine lakes and see the spectacular Ausangate mountains – 20,945 feet (6,384 meters).

Duration – 6 Days
Difficulty – Heavy

Description

  • 6 days walking to Ausangate Cocha from Cusco
  • Professional, Experienced English speaking guides and wranglers
  • Climb Palomani mountain peak to 5,200m
  • An Andean Odyssey!

Short Itinerary

Day 1 Cusco – Tinqui – Urpis
Day 2 Upis – PucaQocha
Day 3 Qocha – Huchuy Pinayaa
Day 4 Huchuy Pinaya – Jampa (4,300m)
Day 5 Jampa – Pacchanta (4,300m)
Day 6 Pacchanta – Tinqui – Cusco

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

Tour Itinerary

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.

When to Go: 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.

Tour Photographs

Tour Prices

Travellers Group Service
(per person)
Private Service
(per person)
2 travellers $750 $790
3 travellers $630 $660
4 travellers $570 $600
5+ travellers $520 $550

Explanation of services:

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

Included

  • Private transportation to start of Trek
  • Professional English speaking Guide
  • Meals (as per itinerary)
  • 7kg personal luggage allowance to put on the horses
  • Personal Duffle Bags for your extra luggage to put on the horses
  • Spacious tents ; Sleeping mats ; Dining tent, kitchen tent, latrine tent
  • Horses to carry the group equipment (food, tents, tables, etc.)
  • 1 Emergency Horse
  • Emergency Oxygen bottle and first aid kit
  • PAYPAL fees – our preferred online credit card payment method

 

Excluded

  • Breakfast on the 1st Day
  • Dinner on the 6th Day
  • Gratuities

Extras

  • Sleeping bag – $40
  • Inflatable mattresses – $20
  • Trekking poles – $10 per pole
  • Extra horse in case you want to ride – $80 per horse for entire journey

 

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