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Ausangate Trek 5 days, will take you Ausangate mountain itself is considered a holy mountain by local people and is the deity of Cusco. Since pre-Inca times the mountain has been a place of worship and offerings and this tradition continues today.
DAY 1: Cusco - Tinqui - Upis
We depart Cusco early the morning for our three hours ride in private transport to the small village of Tinqui 3800 meters. As Tinqui is located on the new Interoceanic highway. Now we can arrive here much more quickly that in previous years. We pass through beautiful countryside and several traditional villages including Urcos, Cattca and Ocangate. After lunch in Tinqui the first 3 hours on the trail are wonderful prelude to the magnificent scenery of the Vilcanota Cordillera, with great views of Ausangate. We will trek for two more hours until we reach the hot springs at Upis 4400 meters which offer fantastic views of Ausangate at the end of the valley. We will camp here.
DAY 2: Upis - Lake Ausangate Q’ocha
During our morning's trek, we will cross our the Arapa pass 4850 meters. From here, we continue 3 hours and half down the valley, passing the green lake of Puqa Q'ocha until we reach the turquoise Lake Jatun Puqa Q'ocha. We then ascend the second pass of Apuchata 4900 meters with the stunning turquoise blue Laguna Ausangate Q'ocha below. This lake is fed from the melting snow of Ausangate. We will camp here for the second night.
DAY 3: Lake Ausangate Q’ocha - Qampa
From the lake we ascend to the Palomani pass 5,200 meters the highest spot of the trek. From the pass we follow the trail into the valley where we'll rest and have lunch. During the afternoon we can enjoy views of the snowcapped Tres Picos and Puca Punta. We will continue through the broad green valley of Pampa Jutunpata and up the Rio Q'ampa valley. We will spent the third night.
DAY 4: Q’ampa - Pacchanta
After passing through the small community of Q'ampa we will head North west to the last pass of this hike, the Q'ampa pass 5000 meters. We will see several different coloured lakes and lunch beside Q'oma Q'ocha. We hike for several hours before arriving at the small village of Pacchanta. We can soak in the thermal springs for a couple hours, and even have a well-deserved beer! We will set up camp near Pacchanta and you will have the afternoon free to explore this interesting Andean village.
DAY 5: Pacchanta - Cusco
It's 3 hours trek back to Tinqui where we will have time to explore this traditional Andean village before taking our private car back to Cusco, arriving at about 18.00.
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
- Pre departure briefing.
- Collection from your hotel in the morning. (we pick you up from where you are staying).
- Private transport from Cusco to Tinqui (the trailhead) and return at the end of the trek.
- Entry fee to the Ausangate mountain.
- Profesional bilingual Tour Guide.(2 guides for groups of over 8 people).
- Tents - 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
- Thermarest(air mat) sleeping mat.
- Camping equipment (tent, cooking and eating tent. chairs and tables).
- Chef and cooking equipment.
- All meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 4 dinners.
- Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 5
- Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping bag) – days 1 to 5
- Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and night, and also at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Vegetarian/special diet options available.
- Private Transport back from Tinqui to Cusco.
NOT INCLUDED:Sleeping bag.
Breakfast on first day and lunch on the last day.
Extra horse to ride or for any extra backpack.
Additional horses for passengers luggage.
What you need to take
- Original passport
- Insurance card optional.
- Hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors )
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
- Warm jack
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Rain pants
- Sun hat, Bathing suit (for hot springs in santa teresa and Aguas Calientes)
- Sun protection cream ( factor 35 recommended ) sun is strong
- Insect Repellent 40 % deet ( for mosquitos )
- Water bottle
- Water purification tablets (Micropur recommended)
- Toilet paper
- Personal medication
- Camera and extra batteries.
- Torch with spare batteries (flashlight)
- Extra contribution suggested money for tipping porters, cook and guide. and for any emergency.
You can rent in our office:
- Walking sticks ($ 20.00 per person) for the entire hike.
- Sleeping bag ($ 25.00 per person) for the entire hike.