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Ausangate Peru High Peak Trekking Adventure (6 Days)

Trek to the sacred peak of Ausangate that serves as the most powerful pilgrimage point for today’s Quechua and Inca descendants.

USD $1,427.00

Per Person


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Ausangate Peru High Peak Trekking Adventure (6 Days)

Highlights

  • Trek to the peak of Ausangate Mountain, a sacred place to the local Peruvians
  • See glaciers, high-altitude lagoons, wildlife, and hot springs

Description

Ausangate Peru: Trekking through the sacred Mountain of Ausangate: You will circle Ausangate, pass other peaks, crossing passes and bogs, see glaciers, climb up and down hills, camp by lagoons and witness some of Peru’s most spectacular scenery. It will be high and cold, but there are hot springs along the way to warm you up.

Duration

6 Days/5 Nights

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco / Tinqui to Upis

To begin your Ausangate Peru hike, you will be picked up from the hotel in Cusco at 6:00 am to go to the small Andean village of Tinqui about 3 hours away at the foot of the Vilcanota range. Along the way, you’ll pass through several traditional villages in the countryside including Urcos, Ccatcca, and Ocongate. Once you finally arrive in Tinqui, you will stop to rest and meet with the horsemen and horses. After setting up the horses, you’ll begin the trek around 10:00 am. You’ll cross the bridge and walk in the grassy meadows below the jagged stone flanks of Ausangate Mountain, the highest snow peak in Southern Peru. After trekking approximately 6 hours, you will arrive to the Upis hot springs. Here you will spend the night at a lovely campsite in Upis.

Meals Included: Box-lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Upis / Arapa Pass to Pucacocha Lagoon

After breakfast, you will hike for around 2 hours along the right slope to get to the first pass, Arapa Pass.  You will only come across a mere hut and a few corrals from the last settlement before you climb toward the mountain.

Following the fence line and crossing the ridge by walking to the left of the steep hill between the pass and Nevado Ausangate, you’ll continue downhill to see beautiful lakes and multi-colored lagoons. You will have lunch at the larger Yanacocha Lake (Black Lake). After the lunch, you will have just one more hour of trekking to get to the evening’s campsite near the Pucacocha Lagoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Pucacocha / Palomani Pass to Pampacancha

In the morning, you will make a short ascent to the tour’s second pass of Apacheta before continuing down to the Ausangatecocha Lagoon below where you will have lunch. After lunch, you’ll climb for two more hours towards the third mountain pass and the highest part of the hike, the Abra de Palomani.

Later, you’ll descend for another 2 hours through an area of llamas, alpacas and “vizcachas” to reach Pampacancha. From here, you can enjoy incredible views of Ausangate and the Vilcanota range. Then you’ll walk down into a valley to a beautiful campsite at Pampacancha where you will stay for the night.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Pampacancha / Qampa Pass to Qomercocha

After breakfast, you will cross a stream and pass ancient rock falls filled with jumping Andean vizcachas (large rabbit-like rodents) as you climb gently up the Qampa valley. On this part of your Ausangate Peru hike, you are more likely to spot wildlife as you will be hiking on the less-populous souther side of the mountain. Condors skim along the slopes, and elusive herds of rare vicuñas may appear on the ridge tops, while keeping a safe distance.

Later you’ll pass through a huge, grassy shoulder of Ausangate with the icy crags of Collque Cruz (Silver Cross) and Tres Picos (Three Peaks) to our right, as we ascend to Qampa pass, our fourth and final crossing. The high point has been marked by generations of foot travelers making the north-south traverse of the Vilcanota range. Then, you’ll descend with the broad, rolling plains of the upper Mapacho basin spread out far below. Finally, you’ll a camp at the cluster of lakes known Qomercocha, as evening draws near.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Qomercocha to Pacchanta

After breakfast, you’ll have to leave this amazing campsite with a bit of hesitation. These beautiful lakes, some deep and crystal clear, others shallow and bubbling with exotic algae, lie beneath sharp, towering peaks. Powerful yet peaceful, it is easy to understand how this became a place of ceremony for the Quechua shamans of the Region.

Then, you’ll follow a series of rolling ridges across open grassland, encountering young shepherds and women hand-spinning wool as you approach the village of Pacchanta, the biggest settlement on the trek. Here, you will have the chance to soak in the delightful hot springs with the entire panorama of snow-capped Ausangate filling the southern horizon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Pacchanta to Tinqui

After breakfast, you’ll leave Pacchanta and start to walk back to Tinqui, which will take approximately 2 hours. Finally, as your Ausangate Peru hike comes to a close, you’ll head back to Cusco in public transportation.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Single supplement: $US$ 36

What’s Included

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Pick-up from your hotel on the morning of trek departure
  • Private transportation to Tinqui, starting point of the trek
  • English Speaking Professional Guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
  • Entrance to Ausangate Area
  • Campsite fees
  • 4 Season tents, 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent
  • Therma-Rest self-inflating mattress
  • Horsemen and horses: Carry tents, cooking equipment and also carry backpacks, sleeping bags and mattresses (Max. 12 kilos/ 25 lbs per person)
  • One emergency horse every 2 people
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Dining tent with tables, chairs and Kitchen tent
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
  • Toilet tent
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Private transport from Tinqui to Cusco

What’s Not Included

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented for US$ 36 for all the trek)
  • Extra porter to carry your personal things like sleeping bag, clothes, etc
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Domestic airfare to and from Cusco (+/- US$ 290 per person round trip)
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Passport & Visa Costs
  • Vaccination Costs
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Drinks
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Border taxes or fees

Important Notes

Price based on sharing one tent 2 people

Sleeping bag during the trek ( -15°C): add US$ 36

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