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Vinicunca & Ausangate Circuit Trek (6 Days)

Enjoy the trip of a lifetime through the beautiful and famous Ausangate Circuit! Comfort camp under the stars at night and delight in beautiful natural scenery during the day!

USD $595.00USD $895.00

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Vinicunca & Ausangate Circuit Trek (6 Days)

Highlights

  • Trek the gorgeous Ausangate Circuit
  • Let glaciers, enormous peaks, turquoise lakes, and grazing alpacas take your breath away
  • Enjoy a detour to the astounding Vinicinca, aka Rainbow Mountain
  • Challenge yourself physically with this high altitude trek
  • Disconnect from everyday life
  • Sleep under incredibly starry skies
  • Comfort camping included

Overview

Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights

Start of Tour: Cusco – pick up at your hotel

End of Tour: Cusco – drop off at your hotel

Highest elevation reached: 5,200 meters (17,000 feet)

Prices per person: 

Group of 2: $895 USD per person

Group of 4: $715 USD per person

Group of 6: $640 USD per person

Group of 8: $595 USD per person

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco -> Upis

Early in the morning, you will meet at your Cusco hotel to travel to Tinqi, the departure point for our Ausangate Circuit trek. In Tinqi, you’ll meet the muleteers and purchase any last minute snacks or supplies. To begin the hike, you will ascend for about 3 hours on a moderate incline to our first campsite, Upis. Along the way, you pass potato fields, small farms, and groups of grazing alpacas and llamas. As you approach Ausangate and its breathtaking glaciers, the air becomes cooler. Once you arrive in Upis in the late afternoon, you’ll have the option to enjoy the hot springs before dinner. Upis is located at 4,350 meters (14,271 feet) so be prepared for your first night to be a cold one!

Trek duration: 3 hours
Meals: lunch and dinner

Day 2: Upis -> Ausangatecocha

After an early breakfast, the hike continues with a climb to Arapa Pass at 4,750 meters (15,583 feet). The ascent will take approximately two hours, and cross through a scenic valley with little vegetation. As you ascend out of the valley, you will be gifted with panoramic views of the majestic Ausangate mountain and its surroundings. Next, you will descend a cliff that divides the mountain with views of different colored lakes, including Yanacocha (black lake). Break for lunch at Yanacocha. Finally, you will continue on to our campsite at Ausangatecocha at 4,600 meters (15,091 feet).

Trek duration: 8 hours
Meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 3: Ausangatecocha -> Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca-> Illacocha

Today’s the day you cross wide valleys and colorful hills to get to Rainbow Mountain. Arrive at the astounding Rainbow Mountain by noon. You will have lunch here as we enjoy the splendid scenery and relax. The final leg of the hike is to Illacocha, where we will set up camp for the night.

Trek Duration: 8 hours
Meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 4: Illacocha -> Jampa

Today starts by ascending to the Palomani pass (5,200 meters / 17,000 feet) – the highest point of this trek. From the pass, you will follow the trail into the valley where we’ll rest as we eat lunch. During the afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy views of the snow-capped Tres Picos and Puca Punta. You will continue through the wide green valley of Pampa Jutunpata up to the Jampa valley where you will camp overnight.

Trek duration: 5 hours
Meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 5: Jampa -> Pacchanta

After passing through the small community of Jampa, you will head to this trek’s final pass, the Q’ampa pass. Along the way, you will enjoy views of many colorful lakes before we eat lunch by one of the most beautiful ones. From there, you’ll hike about two hours to the village of Pacchanta. In Pacchanta, you can relax in the thermal springs for a few hours, and even have a well-deserved beer! You will also set up camp near Pacchanta and have the afternoon open to explore the Andean village.

Trek duration: 6 hours
Meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 6: Pacchanta -> Cusco

After breakfast, you’ll complete the last segment of our hike, an easy 1 to 2 hours to the village of Tinqi. The van and driver will be waiting for us there. You will be dropped off in the late afternoon at your Cusco hotel.

Trek duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
Meals: breakfast and lunch

What’s Included

  • A professional, experienced English-speaking guide
  • A cook while trekking
  • Fresh, healthy meals
  • Mules and muleteers to carry equipment, supplies, and personal items
  • Round trip, private transportation between your Cusco hotel and the trek departure point
  • All required camping equipment, except sleeping bag (there are bags available to rent – please see “Add-Ons” below)
  • 1 emergency riding horse per 5 hikers

What’s Not Included

  • Flights
  • Traveler’s insurance
  • Optional expenses such as gratuities, snacks, alcoholic beverages, etc.

 

Add-Ons

  • Stargazing, astro-photography, Inca astronomy tour: $39 USD per person
  • -15 C sleeping bag with fleece liner and hot water bottle: $20 USD per person
  • 1 Pair Trekking Poles: $20 USD
  • Additional Riding Horse: $69 each

Luxury Camping Upgrade: $76 per person, includes:

  • -15C sleeping bag with fleece liner
  • Hot water bottle
  • Pair of trekking poles
  • Larger tent with solar lantern
  • Extra thick air mattress
  • Wine served with dinner each night

Description

Trek through some of Peru’s most beautiful scenery! This route combines the famous Ausangate Circuit trek with a stop at Vinicunca, Peru’s incredible rainbow-colored mountain bordered by steep snow-capped peaks.

Spend six days and five nights in the immaculate, high altitude Andes. Take in views of Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) and Apu Ausangate which is covered in enormous glaciers, and colorful lakes. Along the way, we’ll visit remote villages and share the trail with curious alpacas.

Comfort camp under the Southern Hemisphere’s starry skies on this adventurous trip.

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