This six day trek on the Ausangate circuit will show you the highlights of the region, from breathtaking snow capped mountains, bright turquoise lagoons to wild and beautiful animals. This once in a lifetime experience is led by expert bilingual guides.
This six day trek will show you some of the most well known sites in the Cusco region. Hiking in Peru is a life changing experience: breathtaking views, exciting physical challenges and a wonderful support staff will make this an incredible, once in a lifetime opportunity.
This six day Ausangate Trek is also known as the Ausangate Circuit as the trail circles around the Ausangate Mountain. Starting and ending in Cusco, this trek will give participants an opportunity to connect with the history, landscapes and culture of Peru.
6 Days/5 Night
CUSCO – TINKI
Via private transportation we will leave Cusco and drive along the picturesque Cusco – Puerto Maldonado highway towards Tinki (3800m/12464ft). Along the way, we will pause in Urcos, to visit a beautiful lake with the same name. From here we will move on to Cattca, a community dedicated to agriculture and cattle raising, to appreciate the region’s spectacular views. Finally, we will head through Ocongate, the capital of the district just a half hour from our destination for the evening. Once in Tinki we will stay the night in a local lodge and prepare for our trek the next morning.
Meals: L, D
TINKI – UPIS
From Tinki we will start a three hour trek with a slight climb through a puna, an arid and high area with little vegetation, to reach our lunch site. Here we will enjoy stunning views of the regal Ausangate peak (6372m/20900ft). Our walk after lunch will take about 1.5 hours and will bring us to our campsite in Upis (4400m/14432ft). Here we will dine and rest among the incredible views of the snowy peaks, directly facing Ausangate.
Meals: B, L, D
UPIS – AUSANGATECOCHA
Following breakfast, we will hike for two hours ascending to the La Arapa pass (4850m/15908ft). After enjoying the views, we’ll descend to our lunch site, along the way crossing an area home to falcons and ¨vizcachas¨ or Andean rodents. Our lunch spot has incredible views of three lakes, Pukacocha, Hatun Pukacocha and Qomerqocha, colored shades of red, green and turquoise as well as the surrounding snow capped peaks. Once we’ve enjoyed lunch we will ascend for two hours to Abra de Apuchata (4900m/16072ft) our second mountain pass and then descend for 1.5 hours to our evening camp at Ausangatecocha (4440m/14563ft).
Meals: B, L, D
AUSANGATEQOCHA – Q’AMPA
We will leave early today for our two hour climb to our third mountain pass of the journey, the Abra de Palomani (5200m/17056ft), the highest point of our entire trek. After soaking in the views, we will descend for two hours through areas filled with llamas, alpacas and ¨vizcachas¨ to Pampacancha (4050m/13284ft). Along our three hour uphill climb to Q’ampa (4300m/14104ft) we will see more llamas, alpacas and perhaps pumas. Once in Q’ampa we will set up our campsite, dine and rest for the evening.
Meals: B, L, D
Q´AMPA TO PACCHANTA
From our campsite we will climb for two hours to reach the Q’ampa Mountain Pass (5000m/16400ft), seeing Andean deer along the way, and then descend to the stunning Qomerqocha Lagoon. From here we will continue on for five hours to Pacchanta (4100m/13448ft). This small community is home to a well known hot springs, where we will enjoy a relaxing dip. We will set up camp here, dine and rest for the evening.
Meals: B, L, D
PACCHANTA TO TINKI
After breakfast we will leave Pacchanta, taking a two hour walk back to Tinki. In Tinki we will board our private transportation to Cusco, arriving after sunset.
Meals: B, L
Campsites are subject to change according to our guide’s criteria and the evolution of the group.
Degree of Difficulty for this Trek: Hiking in Peru is challenging due to the altitude. We suggest an acclimatization period of at least 2 days in Cusco or over 3000m/9840ft.
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