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Ausangate Trek 6 Days

The snowy Ausangate Mountain was and is currently one of the most important mountains since the Inca era, because in the concept of the Andean man this mountain represents one of the main deities according to the Andean cult and also in the contemporary Christian cult. It is also known as Apu Ausangate. The Ausangate Cusco tour of 6 days that we offer below is designed for you to get to know wonderful landscapes of this high mountain on a route that has not yet been highly promoted for tourism; you can appreciate native communities, beautiful mountain landscapes, lagoons of different colors, and Andean camelids in their natural habitat as llamas, alpacas and vicuñas

  • 6 DAYS/ 5 NIGHTS

First Day: Cusco – Tinqui

In the morning, we pick you up at the hotel and start a 5 1/2 hour drive to the trailhead of the Ausangate circuit, in the highland village of Tinqui at 3750 m. /12,310 feet. We drive by the Andean towns of Andahuaylillas, Urcos, Ccatca and finally Ocongate before reaching the village of Tinqui and stay overnight in a basic hostel. (L, D).

Second Day: Tinqui – Upis

We start our uphill trek crossing the Mapacho river. The terrain turns into open arid grasslands known as puna. Scattered clumps of coarse grasses, collectively called Ichu characterize the treeless puna. This highland grass is used for roof thatch and fodder for grazing llamas and alpacas. We will trek over rolling hills, passing by stone walls and a few thatched houses. The trail continues up toward the north face of Mount Ausangate (6370 m. /20,905 ft.), considered by these highlanders as a sacred Apu “Mountain spirit”. We camp by the thermal pools at Upis Camp (4390 m./14,400 ft.). (B, L, D).

Third Day: Upis – Ausangatecocha

We start early in the morning crossing the green Upismayo valley, filled with grazing llamas and alpacas. We begin our climb up to the Arapa pass at 4750 m. /15,585 ft. and descend  to Laguna Pucacocha at 4600 m. /15,080 ft. We see excellent views of the surrounding lakes and the glaciated west face of Mount Ausangate. We will then continue up the Apacheta pass at 4800 m./15,750 ft. and descend to our camp in Lake Ausangatecocha at about 4560 m./14,950 ft. (B, L, D).

Fourth Day: Ausangatecocha – Jampa

We start the day going up Palomani Pass at 5150 m./16,896 ft. our highest pass. From the southern face of Ausangate we will have a fantastic view of Ausangate 6370 m./20,905 ft. and Santa Catalina 5800 m./19,055 ft. In these high mountains, we might see the giant condor soaring high in the blue skies, and a variety of highland birds like coots, Andean goose, Caracara, hawks, puna ibis as well as the marmot-like Vizcacha and others. These remote mountains areas is also a refuge for the vicuña. We descend towards Pampacancha at 4550 m./14,900 ft. We continue our descent to Uchuy Finaya on the south side of Mount Ausangate, passing the remote village of Jampa. The views are overwhelming with the glaciers and the snow-capped mountains surrounding you. Mount Yanajata, Maria Huamantilla on our left and Colque-Cruz (5960 m./19,554 ft.), Puca Punta and Tres Picos (6090 m./19,990 ft.) on our right. A short climb brings us to Jampa, our highest camp at 4730 m./15,500 ft. (B, L, D).

Fifth Day: Jampa – Pacchanta

Today we climb the Jampa pass (5000 m./16,400 ft.), where we will be surrounded by spectacular views of glaciers and ice covered peaks. Looking down on our descending trail, we will see Lakes Comercocha and Caycocha. From the pass, we descend to Lake Minaparayoc. A moderate downhill walk takes us to the village of Pacchanta at 4250 m./13,950 ft. We will enjoy a specially prepared traditional “Pachamanca” dinner feast, prepared in an ancient Quechua method of cooking meat and vegetables underground with heated stones.(B,L,D).

Sixth Day: Tinqui / Cusco

Our last day on the circuit we continue to enjoy magnificent alpine scenery, with views of Mount Ausangate and the nearby snow-capped peaks of the Vilcanota range. We will visit the small communities of Cullpacata, Yanama, Mojonpata and Quimsapuccio giving us our last chance to see remote Andean villagers. Herds of llamas, alpacas and their herders, in their colourful traditional clothing, work along the hillsides. Most people here do not speak Spanish, only the ancient Quechua language. After returning to Tinqui we drive to Cusco. (B, L).

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The Tour Includes

  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch on last day.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Extra mule or porter (for asking before departing).
  • Entrance to the thermal springs.
  • Any extra entrance fee.
  • Emergency transport Horse.

The Tour Does Not Include

  • Comfortable clothes for travel
  • Smart clothes for night life
  • Shorts – T-shirts
  • A warm fleece or down jacket
  • Thermal underwear
  • Warm hat, gloves, scarf
  • Sweater (Available in Cusco)
  • Waterproof coat & trousers (poncho)
  • Socks / underwear
  • Trekking trousers
  • After trekking trousers & t-shirt
  • Good, well walking boots
  • After trek shoes (sandals)-optional
  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottle & purification tablets (optional)
  • Sunglasses
  • Swim suit
  • Sun-hat
  • Head torch & spare batteries
  • Book, notepaper & pen (optional)
  • Sun block
  • Lip balm
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera & batteries
  • Pocket knife
  • Insect Repellent
  • Camera & batteries
  • Pocket knife
  • Insect Repellent
  • Walking sticks & protective rubber (optional)
  • Personal toilet kit
  • Money belt
  • Day sack & rain-cover
  • Personal first aid kit to include: painkillers, plasters (band-aids), general anti-biotic, after-bite, anti-diarrhoea tablets, re-hydration salts & personal medication
  • We carry an extensive first aid kit & Oxygen on all trips, but these are generally for emergencies only)
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