Ausangate Trek (5 days)
CODE: CT008: Ausangate Trek (5 days)
Hike the Ausangate, the fourth highest mountain of Peru, Peru has more hikes to offer than the Inka trail to Machu Picchu – like the challenging circular trek around the massif of Ausangate, Peru’s fourth highest mountain. The majestic Ausangate, which on clear days dominates Cusco’s skyline, is considered as an “Apu”, a holy mountain, traditionally a place of worship and offerings from pre-Inca times. The Ausangate Trek is considered by to be one of the most stunning and remote treks as it offers some of the most wonderful sceneries you can find in Peru. On our route we’ll make a complete circuit around the majestic mountain, pass stunning glacial lakes, rural highland villages and hike over three high passes. At the end of the days enjoy relaxing baths in natural thermal waters. During the whole trek you will have a private expert guide for you and the people you are traveling with, so you will be more flexible with your time and get full personal attention. Get ready for an unforgettable hike around the Apu Ausangate
Excellent for: Adventure seekers - Couples - Friends - Nature lovers - Intrepid people - Families
Day 1: Cusco – Upis (L, D)
In the morning we pick you up at your hotel and start our journey to the village of Upis, the starting point of the trek, passing several traditional villages and enjoying some of the most beautiful sceneries that Peru has to offer. We arrive in Upis in the afternoon and check in our hotel where you can relax and enjoy a relaxing bath in the thermal waters near the hotel.
Day 2: Upis – Lake Jatun Puqa Q’ocha (B, L, D)
Today we start our hiking to the Arapa pass at 4,850m / 15,900ft. Then we continue the hike down the valley in the afternoon, passing the green lake of Puqa Q’ocha, until we reach our first camp at the beautiful turquoise Lake Jatun Puqa Q’ocha where we spend the night. At night you might hear the sound of ice breaking away from a nearby glacier and falling into the water of the lake – a really special atmosphere.
Day 3: Lake Jatun Puqa Q’ocha – Abra Palomani – Pampacancha (B, L, D)
In the morning we’ll ascend the second pass of Apuchata (4,900m / 16,070ft) with the turquoise Laguna Ausangate below which is fed from the melting snow of Ausangate. From the lake we’ll climb to the Palomani pass, the highest point of the trek, at 5,200m / 17,060ft. We follow the trail into the next valley and arrive our campsite at Pampacancha.
Day 4: Pampacancha – Jampa Pass – Q’omer Q’ocha (B, L, D)
We start hiking with the snow-capped peaks of the Tres Picos and Puca Punta in sight. Along the trail between the broad green valleys of Pampa Jutunpata and the Rio Q’ampa valley you can observe the delightful viscacha, a small rodent that looks like a cross between a squirrel and a rabbit. You may also be lucky enough to see groups of Andean camelids like vicuñas. The trail continues North West to the final pass of this hike, the Q’ampa pass at 5,000m / 16,400ft. We’ll descend for a couple of hours and camp besides the green turquoise lake Q’oma Q’ocha..
Day 5: Q’omer Q’ocha – Pacchanta – Cusco (B, L)
Today we start our last trek for about 2½ hours to the small Andean village of Pacchanta. There you can rest and relax in the hot thermal springs for a couple of hours, maybe have a well-deserved beer and enjoy a nice meal in this interesting Andean village. In the afternoon we’ll return to Cusco by bus.
- Transportation Cusco – Upis
- Transportation Pacchanta – Cusco
- Professional english speaking tour guide
- All camping equipment
- Cook/ Horseman and horse service (will carry all expeditions and personal gear)
- Meals as indicated in day by day itinerary (B-breakfast, L-Lunch, D-dinner)
- Entrance to zone and thermal baths
- International flights
- Domestic flights (Cusco-Lima ; Lima-Cusco)
- Extra snacks and water
- Meals not mentionned in day by day itinerary
- Personal expenses
- Accomodation in Cusco before and after the trek
- Transfert Airport – Hotel – Airport in Cusco
- Sleeping bag
- Backpack to rent (3 liters): US$ 12.00 p.p. for 3 days of trekking
- Sleeping bag to rent: US$ 25.00 p.p.
- High-quality rain ponchos to rent: US$ 15.00 p.p.
- Plastic rain ponchos to buy: US$ 2.00 p.p.
- Extra horse to carry any extra backpack or to ride: US$ 100.00
- Accommodation in Cusco, according to the standard you wish
- Any kind of tours before or after your trip
- Transfer Airport– Hotel – Airport in Cusco:
One way: US$ 6.00 p.p.
Both ways: US$ 12.00 p.p
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