Ausangate Andean landscape trek 6 Days

 

Program: 6d/5n
Group: 4-8 persons
Category: Moderate to difficult trek
Season: April to November 
Frequency: Daily
Transportation: Bus 
Accommodation: 5 nights of camping
Highlights: Andean landscape, typical communities, 6 days of trekking
 

Introduction and Itinerary:

Located in the heart of the Andes, in Southern Cusco, Ausangate (6.333 above sea level) is considered to be the lord of all the Apus, or mountain spirits and is in fact the largest mountain of any in all of the Cusco area. You need to be in good fitness for this trek and you also need to be well acclimated. It is suggested to have up to a week of acclimation time because this trek goes up to extremely high altitudes. If you do acclimate yourself sufficiently this trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty.

For that reason, and because Machu Picchu is not included in this tour, this trek is not as common as the other alternative treks but it is no less amazing. In fact it has been rated as one of the top ten treks in the entire world. That is due to the beautiful landscapes and the close proximity that you have to the snow caps as well as the Andean experience because of the many typical pueblos found along the way. You will learn about this distinct culture that lives at around 14,000ft and their traditional agricultural practices. You will even get to see them raising their llamas, alpacas and vicuñas on the mountainside, surrounded by immense mountains, glacial lakes, and deep red cliffs. With a little luck, you may even get to see an Andean Condor.

Day 1: Cusco - Tinqui - Upis

At 6am, you will be picked up from your hotel and we will begin the 4 hour bus ride in our private bus to get to the starting point in the small traditional pueblo called Tinqui (3820 meters). On the way there we will through the beautiful Cusco countryside and we will even see several traditional villages including Urcos, Catcca and Ocongate. Along the way, we will also have the opportunity to stop for a while and take some pictures of the beautiful surroundings. 
When we finally arrive to Tinqui, we will have some lunch and meet the rest of our team (handlers and horses/mules). After lunch, we will hike start hiking, going for about 5 to 6 hours to reach the remote village of Urpis (4400m), located at the foot of Mount Ausangate. That is where we will set up the campsite so that we can enjoy the nearby natural thermal hot spring until dinner time.

Day 2: Upis - Arapa Pass - Lake Jatun Puqa Q'ocha

Today will hike for 2 to 3 hours uphill towards the Arapa Pass (4765m), the first pass of the trek. Climbing along the right side of the slope on the rock-strewn area, throughout the morning, we will get some great views of the majestic mountain. Finally, after some hard trekking, we will arrive to the Arapa pass. From that vantage point, you will get spectacular views of the nearby mountain ranges. After spending some time at the pass, we will continue descending towards some beautiful, multicolored lakes and lagoons. When we reach the largest of them, Lake Yanacocha (or, the Black Lagoon) we will have some lunch at a suitable spot with some nice views of the amazing landscapes. 
Around 2pm, we will hike for about 2 hours more to our next campsite at the turquoise, Lake Jatun Puka, which sits at 4,480m beneath a snow cap. If you want, you can climb the small ridge north of the campsite to see the exotically colored Lake Vino Q'ocha. The views of Ausangate are particularly close-up and spectacular from that viewpoint. While camping beside the lake in the night time y, you may find that you are kept awake in the night by the sound of ice falling into the lake. No worries though, it is safe.

Day 3: Jatun Puka Cocha Lake – Palomani Pass – Uchuy Finalla

Today is probably the hardest day, with not one but 2 passes to complete – 1 of them at 5,100m. After a delicious breakfast, we will start the day with a short climb to the 2nd pass of the trek, Apacheta Pass (4850m). From the pass we can see some great views of the nearby mountains as well as the colorful lakes just beneath. On the other side of the pass, we will descend down to the particularly brightly colored, glacial Lake Ausangate (AusangateQ’ocha). That is where we will rest for a while and have our Lunch for the day skillfully prepared by the trekking staff. After lunch we will be taking on the 2nd pass of the day, Palomani Pass, which stands at 5,100m. The views from the top are even more amazing than before. 
From that point we will have a long period (3 hours) of downhill walking as we make our way down into the river valley. Our next campsite will be at the place known as Pampacancha in the beautiful valley.

Day 4: Uchuy Finalla – Ccampa Pass

Today, we depart early to climb for two hours, out of the valley, towards the highest of all the passes on the trek, the Abra of Palomani (5200m). Afterwards it will be 2 hours of pure descent through an area where you frequently see llamas, alpacas and vizcachas. Eventually we will arrive to Pampacancha at the much lower 4,050 meters. From here we follow a trail until that leads us to our campsite in Ccampa (4300m). Along this easy 3-hour portion we will certainly see more llamas, alpacas, and perhaps even a puma, which are known to reside in the area.

Day 5: Ccampa – Q’omer Q’ocha Lagoon - Pacchanta

After breakfast we climb briefly until we reach the final pass, the Ccampa Mountain pass (5000m), where we may have the chance to spot the Andean deer. From here we descend towards the picturesque Q’omerQ’ocha Lagoon to finally arrive at Pacchanta (4100m) after approximately five hours of walking. Pacchanta is a little community with attractive hot springs where we can enjoy a welcome dip in the soothing waters to relax our muscles after a number of days of difficult passes. That is where we will camp and spend the night.

Day 6: Pacchanta - Tinqui

At 8am we leave Pacchanta and start to walk our way back to where the trek started, Tinqui. It will only be one last little bit of about 2 hours to get us back to our private transport, which will take us back to Cusco. We will arrive in the evening time around 6pm.

Included:

  • Official English speaking guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
  • Private transportation from Cusco to Tinqui (R/T)
  • Horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food, cooking and camping gear )
  • Emergency horse
  • Experienced cook
  • Cooking equipment and eating utensils
  • All meals during trek (B - L - D)
  • Water supply (boiled) after every dinner or breakfast
  • Teatime everyday (coffee, tea, popcorn, biscuit)
  • First aid kit and oxygen tank for any participant and our camp staff
  • Kitchen tent and dining tent with camp tables and chairs
  • 4 capacity tent (four season tent) - 2 persons per tent with plenty space for backpacks
  • Tents, meals for our porters, cook and horsemen
  • Trekking price include all local sales tax (19% as know IGV)

Recommended Items to Bring:

  • Original Passport (student + ISIC card valid )
  • Sleeping bag
  • Solar protection & sun glasses
  • Backpack
  • Warm clothing; wool socks
  • Flash lights
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Water purifying pills
  • Toilet paper
  • Rain coat or poncho
  • Bottle of water (water to drink the first day)
  • Extra money

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