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Ausangate Trek 6 Days / 5 Nights

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Overview

The Cordillera Vilcanota is an impressive range of mountains which include the massive Nevado de Ausangate (6,385m) and three others over 6000m. It’s excellent trekking country offering the traveller everything you could want: spectacular mountain scenery, snow-capped peaks, hot springs, turquoise lakes, glaciers, herds of llamas and alpacas, picturesque villages and traditionally dressed Indians. Its also high, tough and cold, so be prepared.

This beautiful six day circular trek starts and finishes at the small Andean village of Tinqui and takes you around the massif of Ausangate and over three high passes (two of them over 5000m). It is essential to be properly acclimatized for this hike spending at least three days in Cusco (or equivalent altitude) before starting.

As with all private treks the cost of the trek depends on how many people there are in your group. E-mail our company first for a price and list of services included in the trek.

Usually the Ausangate trek is undertaken in 6 days, using a combination of trekking and horse riding. Well acclimatized trekkers could complete the trek in 5 days if they want, including all transport to and from Cusco. The best months for doing the trek are April to November.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Tinki

We pick you up from your hotel early and transfer you by bus to Tinki a small countryside community which is the starting point of the trek. At Tinki we are going to meet the horseman and horses which will transport our staff during the expedition. On the route we’ll pass picturesque small towns like Urcos. We’ll continue up to Catca  and then Ocangate. In these villages we will see people wearing the traditional clothes of the country. Then we continue on through communities until we reach Tinki. The bus trip will last 4 hours.

Day 2: Tinki– Upis

Today we leave Tinki and the trail climbs up through spectacular green mountain pastures where Andean People live keeping their traditions and customs. The stunning mountain scenery will make for an extraordinary trek. You will see many llamas and alpacas which are used by people to transport their crops and belongings. We will continue until Upis the campsite.

Day 3: Upis – Ausangate Cocha

We leave Upis early and start hiking through the spiky ichu grass of the plains and then the trail climbs up towards the Arapa Pass (4900m). Afterwards we continue the trek between Ausangate and Queullacocha observing attractive lagoons and spectacular mountain scenery with great fauna. After this the trail descends to Lake Hatun Pucaccocha. Then we hike up to the second pass named Pucapunta Pass (5000m). Later we have short descent to the campsite next to the Ausangate lagoon.

Day 4: Ausangate Cocha – Hampa

A fascinating trekking day. We pass the highest point on our trek (Palomani Pass 5200 m). At this point you’ll be rewarded by splendid views. Afterwards we descend to the ancient farming area of Finaya where people live herding their llamas and alpacas. We will see native crops and see friendly families. Later we will take a short walk until we reach our campsite at Hampa community.

Day 5: Hampa – Phacchanta

Today the trail climbs up to Hampa Pass the last one of our trek before we descend through the ancient Moraine and rocky site this area is habitat for mountain Chinchillas (Andean rabbits). We continue the trek amidst beautiful lagoon (Qomercocha) until we arrive at our campsite located in a colourful countryside community (Pacchanta) where people live in harmony with nature. At this place there are natural hot springs where you can relax your muscles which will be well deserved after this challenging trek.

Day 6: Phacchanta – Tinki – Cusco

We leave our campsite early and continue towards Tinki. Later we continue downhill through a pasture with a beautiful agricultural were we will see natives crops like potatoes, oxalis, beans, quinua, etc. The trail descends passing pastures and several communities of friendly people who will greet you in their native language Quechua. At Tinki the bus will be waiting for us to return to Cusco and transfer you to your hotel

Included / No Included

Included :

  • Local, experienced english speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to Ausangate
  • Cook
  • Food
  • Pickup from your hotel or hostel
  • Transportation to and from Cuzc
  • Horse men and horses (for equipment and food)
  • 9 kilos per person to be carried by the horses
  • Duffel bag
  • Tents ( 4 season tent)
  • Thermarest pad
What is not included:
  • sleeping bags
  • One pillow
  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish

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