Ausangate Trek Traditional 6 Days 5 Nights.
Ausangate Trek Traditional 6 Days 5 Nights.
Description of the experience.
The “Ausangate” Mountain (6,377mts) is the highest and most sacred mountain in southern Peru, which for centuries has been fundamental to the religious beliefs of the Andean people who still make annual pilgrimages to its icy slopes.
Our hike are completely around this mystical mountain, we camp near hot springs and turquoise lakes inhabited by numerous species of birds, including Andean geese and the all-powerful Andean Condor. We walked among herds of llamas and alpacas in the remote native Quechua villages.
With spectacular views of the glaciers, uninterrupted beauty and solitude, this is a spectacular trip for experienced hikers who love a true outdoor adventure.
During our adventure, we will be well served by our professional team of English-speaking guides, cooks and wranglers with their mules. We also have some support saddle horses for those who prefer to walk rather than tour. With spectacular views of the glaciers, uninterrupted beauty and solitude, this is a spectacular trip for experienced hikers who love a true outdoor adventure.
Ausangate Trek Itinerary
We leave Cusco early in the morning traveling by private bus to the small town of Tinqui. We will see the impressive “Vilcanota” mountain range and pass through several traditional Andean
villages in route and take the time to stop in route and take some pictures. On arrival we meet our rider and organize our packages for the walk. We began our tour of the farming communities and enjoyed the breathtaking views of the mountains. We will hike around 3 hours and then it is time for a stop for lunch. After lunch we continue for another 2 hours approximately until we reach the hot springs in “Upis”. We spent the night here.
After a big breakfast, we are ready to leave our camp and start our hike for the day. We will ascend to the high pass of “Arapa” (4850mts). From this point of view we can see the contrast in the landscapes: the dry desert hills reach the glaciers of the mountain. “Ausangate”, while below the valley there is a bright green color. If we are lucky, we might even see a condor in the sky! We will enjoy the breathtaking snow-covered views of the “Ausangate and PucaQocha” mountains. This area also has three beautiful lakes with shades of red, green and turquoise (Pukacocha, Hatun Pukacocha and Qomerqocha). Our second camp is near a glacier.
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will begin our ascent of approximately 2-3 hours in our second mountain pass, “Abra de Apuchata” (4,900 mts). From here we descend for about an hour and a half to our camp at “Ausangate Qocha”, where a delicious lunch is served to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. After our lunch, we have our second ascent during two hours to our third mountain pass of “Palomani”(5,100 mts), we descend to the small community of “Huchuy Phinaya” where we spend the night.
Today we ascend to the highest point of our trek – Jampa (5,150mts). The silence of this remote desert is inspiring! From here we have an excellent view of Mount “jampa”. After the pass we descend for 2 hours through an area of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas to reach “Pampacancha” (4,050mts). From here we follow an uphill trail of approximately three hours that takes us to our camp in “Jampa” (4,300 mts).
After our hike and acclimatization on day 4, we are ready for another adventure! We have an early breakfast and then begin our hike of approximately 1 hour to get to the base of the glacier and then to the top of the mountain.
After enjoying the spectacular views of the “Vilcanota” mountain range, we descend for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon we descend towards the “Qomerqocha” lagoon before arriving at “Pacchanta” after approximately 5 hours of hiking. “Pacchanta” is a small community with attractive hot springs where we can enjoy a relaxing bath. We camped and spent the night here.
In the morning we leave “Pacchanta” and start walking back to the village of “Tinqui”; our walk takes about two hours. Once in “Tinqui”, we board our transport that will take us back to the city of Cusco, where we estimate to arrive after dark.
Included in the Tour
- Pick up from your hotel in the morning
- Transportation by bus to the beginning of the hike (Cachora)
- English Professional guide (2 guides for groups of more than 7 people)
- 2 people in each tent
- Kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs of field
- Accommodation: 3 nights camping
- Accommodation for our Staff
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Income to Choquequirao and Machupicchu
- Hot water every morning and afternoon for washing (during an excursion)
- Cook and kitchen equipment
- Excellent meals (03B, 03L, 03D + 04 morning snacks)
- food includes pancakes, tortillas, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, rice, meat, all rich in carbohydrates needed for trekking, hot drinks including coca mates that are excellent for altitude.
- We supply boiled water to fill your water bottle all the time, (during a tour) if it is possible that you need more, please request it in advance.
- Tea time for the first three days (tea, coffee, cookies, popcorn)
- Horses: (for equipment and personal use items, , will be carried by horses, means you will only carry one small bag, 01 emergency horse.
- Train Return to Ollantantaytambo – Machupicchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
- Private bus back to the city of Cusco
- Transfer to your hotel
Not included in the Tour
- Sleeping bag
- First day breakfast
- Entrance to Hot Springs
- Mineral Water
- Bus Up and Down to Machupicchu
- Last lunch and last dinner in Machupicchu
You must bring for the Tour
- Original Passport (the same one with which you made the reservation)
- Hiking shoes or waterproof shoes are recommended
- Backpack (You may need one for the horse and one to carry.
- Sleeping bags
- Clothing for hot and cold temperatures
- Camera or camcorder
- Sunscreen (hat, sunglasses)
- Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
- Bottle of water or catimplora.
- Water purifying tablets (in case you want to take water from the river)
- Personal medical kit
- Wearing sneakers or shoes without a heel for walks
- Personal toiletries.
- Personal medicine kit (bandages, cotton, bandages, alcohol, aspirin, pills for stomach problems, medicines to prevent altitude sickness).
- Boots or hiking shoes.
- Sleeping bag.
- Trekking pole with rounded rubber tip.
- Hat or cap.
- Long sleeve shirts
- Bottle of water and tablets to purify the water.
- Dehydrated fruits, candies and chocolates.
- Gloves, scarf, wool socks.
- Impermeable in the rainy season.
- Flashlights, batteries and spare bulbs.
- Long pants.
- Insect repellent.
- Sweaters and a jacket
- Backpack (approx. 50 to 70 litres) for hiking.
- Towel and toilet paper.
- Warm clothes in case of cold (jersey and jacket).
- Bathing suit.
- A little local money for the hot shower at the last camp.
- Trekking Poles (with rubber tip).
- Extra money.
- Bathing suit (for the hot springs in “Machu Picchu Pueblo”) where the cost of entrance at the door is US$4.
Preparation for trekking:
The paperwork. – Check if your passport is valid for the duration of your trip. Consult if you require a visa according to your nationality. Passports must be in perfect condition (no stains, staples, paper clips, trademarks, etc.).
Travelling with children. – If you are traveling with your children under 15 years old , you must tell us so that our team can organize according to your condition, it is very important to indicate the age of the minors.
About your health. – Obligatory vaccinations: there is no obligatory vaccination. Recommended vaccines: it is recommended to update the classic vaccines such as: diphtheria, tetanus and polio +/-whooping cough, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, hepatitis A and B. A dental and medical check-up is also recommended.
Acclimatization. – This hike requires an adequate acclimatization according to the levels, it is recommended a good acclimatization in altitude at 3500 m. or make similar tours where we recommend our clients to do the “Salkantay” or Sacred Valley hike.
Physical preparation – To fully enjoy your adventure, don’t forget to stay in shape at least once a week by hiking (15 to 22 km).
Your equipment on the hike – All your equipment must be divided between the backpack for hiking and your light travel bag that must carry a padlock, this will be carried by the horses. For this do not put in the bag your fragile things, because with the load can be broken.
Your Basic Personal Equipment – your equipment must contain the following:
- thermal underwear (quick-drying).
- a warm jacket or polar type.
- a waterproof and breathable jacket.
- a rain cape.
- mountain trousers.
- excellent thermicity socks
- a pair of gaiters.
- a hat, a scarf or hat for the sun, hats for the cold.
- very good sunglasses and glacier protection.
- a pair of warm, impervious glove.
- a bottle or canteen or a bag of pumpkin water.
- It must have a light and ventilated shoe, with good adherence on different terrains
- waterproof footwear of recommended trekking of Gore-Tex.
- Trekking poles with fine tips.
- A sleeping bag (comfort temperature -5° / -10° or -10°/-15° choose according to your comfort).
- we provide a foam mattress to each participant. however, for your convenience, if you have an auto-inflatable Thermarest type mattress, it is recommended that you take it.
- A backpack with straps with a capacity of 30 to 40 liters, for the days of walking.
- A lightweight travel bag of 50 to 80 liters, must be flexible and with a padlock.
- something of clothing, a pair of spare cords, a toilet bag and a towel, a sanitary napkin, a pocket knife, a plastic bag, a needle and thread, a blocking bag, a bathing suit for the hot springs.
- Always carry your identity card, money.
- a photographic or video camera, jacket, a blog of narrations.
Exclusive service: we will only operate on our tourists; we will not pass or join with other agencies. Our groups in average are from 2 to 6 people, the departure is guaranteed 100% even if it is only one person.
Highlights of this tour
We invite you to live a magical experience in the enigmatic paths that flank the Andes one of the most extraordinary highandimas areas. And to appreciate the turquoise waters of the Sibinicocha lagoon, observe the magical sunrises and sunsets and delight with the impressive views of the Vilcanota mountain range and the imposing Ausangate snow-capped peak.