Ausangate 6 Days and 5 Nights
Hiking Ausangate Mountain Circuit 6 days
Trekking the Ausangate Circuit 6 days is one beautiful treks in Cusco. The Cordillera Vilcanota is an impressive range of mountains which include the massive Ausangate snow capped mountain (6,372m) and three others over 6000m. A hike around the base of Nv. Ausangate contains both spectacular mountains scenery and highland life. Unsurprisingly, the Ausangate Circuit has become a popular hike, one that is possible to complete in a week or as little time as six days.
Freezing cold nights and amazing sun glories around the snow capped top of Ausangate is how many remember a trek to Ausangate. And it is many times freezing at night, but the reward for the cold feet are great days with impressive views of the massive of Ausangate Snocapped Mountain with icy snowpeaks, blue and turquis lakes and a insight to the rugh life of the ancestors of the incas, who still live in small stone houses surrounded by herds of llamas and alpacas. In the trek of Ausanget Circuit you can also enjoy the luxury of a relaxing bath in the hot springs that are found at both the beginning and the end of the trek.
The Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Cusco – Tinqui (3815 mt. 12,513 ft.) to Upis (4400 mt. 14432 ft.).
We will pick you up from your hotel at 5:00 am, we depart from Cusco to Tinqui in our private bus and travel about six hours to reach the small Andean village of Tinqui at the foot of the Vilcanota range. Driving through the beautiful countryside, we pass several traditional villages including Urcos, Ccatcca, Ocongate finally we will arrive to Tinqui, where we can stop for rests, lunch and meet with our horsemen and horses. After the lunch we will put all our things on the horses. Our trek begins around 9 am crossing the bridge we walk a pampa of grassy meadows below the jagged stone flanks of Ausangate Mountain (6,350 m.), the highest snow peak in Southern Peru. After trekking approximately five hours, we arrive to the hot springs of Upis. Here we spent the night at a lovely campsite in Upis. (L+D).
Day 02: Upis – Arapa Pass (4750 mt. 15, 580 ft.) to Jatun Pucacocha Lake (4500 mt. 14,760 ft.)
On the next day, we hike around 2 hours to get our first pass, Arapa Pass. To be in the pass we will have to walk up the valley along the right slope before climbing a rock-strewn area. A hut and a few corrals form the last settlement we will come across before you climb toward the mountain. Throughout all the passage we will see the majestic Ausangate Mountain. Finally we arrive to the pass; from the pass we enjoy wonderful views not only of Ausangate itself. Follow the fence line and cross the ridge by walking to the left of the steep hill between it and Nevado Ausangate. We continue down we have the opportunity to see beautiful lakes, multi-colored lagoons until we reach the larger Yanacocha lake (black lake) where we have our lunch, after the lunch one hour more to the camping site near the Jatun Pucacocha, We will set up camp here. (B+L+D).
Day 03: Jatun Pucacocha - Palomani Pass (5100 mt. 16,728 ft.) to Uchuy Finaya (4550 mt 14,924 ft.).
In the morning, we make a short ascent to our second pass of Apacheta, (4,850 mt. 15,908 ft ) then down until Laguna Ausangatecocha below where we will have our lunch. After the lunch we start to walk up to the highest point of the trek Palomani Pass, we climb to the Palomani pass. We can enjoy fantastic views of Ausangate and the Vilcanota range from this point. After approximately 2 hours of walking down into a valley, we arrive to our incredibly beautiful campsite at Uchuy Finaya. (B+L+D).
Day 04: Uchuy Finaya - Qampa Pass (5050 mt, 16,564 ft.) to Qomercocha
Today, we depart early to climb for two hours towards the third mountain pass, the Abra de Palomani (5200m/17056ft). This is the highest part of the entire hike, from which we then descend for another 2h through an area of llamas, alpacas and ¨vizcachas¨ to reach Pampacancha (4050m/13284ft). From here we follow an uphill trail until that leads us to our campsite in Q´ampa (4300m/14104ft). Along this easy 3-hour climb we may have the chance to spot llamas, alpacas, and maybe even pumas. We will camp and dine at this place.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 05: Q´ampa to Pacchanta
We climb for 2 hours until we reach Q´ampa mountain pass (5000m/16400ft), where we may have the chance to spot the Andean deer. From here we descend towards the Qomerqocha lagoon to finally arrive at Pacchanta (4100m/13448ft) after an approximated five-hour walk. Pacchanta is a little community with attractive hot springs where we can enjoy a relaxing dip. We camp and spend the night at this place.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 06: Pacchanta to Tinki
We leave Pacchanta and start to walk our way back to Tinki, which will take approximately 2 hours. Once in Tinki, we board a private transportation that will take us back to the city of Cusco, where we estimate to arrive after nightfall.
Meals: B, L
B =breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
B =breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
Daily Departures: Departures are available along the year although due to weather conditions, the recommended period for this trek is April to November
- transfer from your hotel and bus to Tinki, .
- Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort. Our
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- Kitchen tent
- Toilet tent
- English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups over 8 people)
- Cook and cooking equipment
- Horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment ).
- 1 emergency horse every 4 people.
- tents for our guides, cook and horsemen
- Others: wake-up tea every morning , boiled water to fill in your water
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
-transport Cusco - Tinki - Cusco.
- Sleeping bag
- Tips: please beware that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not according to your wish.
WHAT TO BRING
- A backpack
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping. A down jacket is especially recommended for this trek since it runs at high altitude and temperatures may easily drop below freezing in the evening and at nights.
- Sleeping bag (it can be hired at our agency for US$ 4.00 / day)
- Flashlight and batteries.
- Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
- Sun block
- After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
- Toilet paper
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please beware that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection.
- water bottle and water purifying tablets.
- Small towel
- Swimsuit (if you intend take a dip at the hot springs along the route)
- Cash in soles and/or US$
- Optional: walking sticks or poles
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