This great journey will take you to explore the surroundings of the mighty Ausangate Mountain (6.372m/20900ft), passing throughout beautiful Andean villages, amazing turquoise lagoons and natural hot springs. The Ausangate Trek offers you a real taste of the Andean life as you will visit little communities where the native people still speak the Inca language and where traditional methods of life are still used. So if you are wishing to do a genuine Peruvian trek off of the beaten track then this is the right excursion for you. This is a spectacular trip for seasoned trekkers who love a true outdoor adventure. During our adventure we will be well taken care of by our professional team of English speaking guides, cooks and local wranglers with their mules.

Program 6 days / 5 nights

Day 1: Cusco - Ocongate - Tinqui

We set off early from Cusco travelling by private bus for approximately 6 hours to reach the small village of Tinqui. We pass through several traditional Andean villages and take time to stop enrout to take photos, have lunch and stretch our legs. We will spend the first night in a small hostel in Tinqui. (Lunch, Dinner).


Day 2: Tinqui - Urpis

After breakfast we meet our wranglers and arrange our equipment on mules and horses before setting off on our trek. This begins with a gentle climb, crossing a large open plateau covered with ichu grass, the highland vegetation that is used to thatch roofs. After approximately 3 hours of walking we have lunch. From here we take in the beautiful scenery of the Cordillera Vilcanote, with great views of Mt. Ausangate and its impressive glaciers which inspire the locals to worship this mountain as a Sacred God. We continue walking for a around another hour and a half until we reach the hot springs of Urpis – a great place to camp for the night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 3: Urpis - Ausangate Cocha

We continue our hike today ascending for around two hours to reach the Arapa Pass (4,850m). From this vantage point we can see the contrast in landscapes – dry desert-like hills reach the glaciers while below, the valley is a bright green. If we are lucky we might even see a condor in the skies! This area also boasts three beautiful lakes with tones of reds, greens, and turquoises (Pukacocha, Hatun Pukacocha, and Qomerqocha). We have lunch and then continue onward for approximately two hours over our second mountain pass, Abra de Apuchata (4,900m). From here we descend for around an hour and a half towards our campsite at Ausangate Cocha. During the night we might be kept awake by the dramatic sound of ice falling into the lake – don't be concerned, it is quite safe! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).


Day 4: Ausangate Cocha - Qámpa

Today we depart early to ascend for two hours to our third pass of Palomani (5,200m) which is the highest point on our trek. The silence of this remote wilderness is inspiring! From here we have an excellent view of the towering Santa Catalina peak (5,800m). After the pass we descend for another two hours through an area full of llamas, alpacas and vicunas to reach Pampacancha (4,050m). Then we follow an uphill trail of approximately three hours that leads us to our campsite in Q´ampa (4300m). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).


Day 5: Qámpa - Pacchanta

After breakfast we ascend for around 2 hours until we reach the Q´ampa Mountain Pass (5,000m) where we may have the chance to spot the Andean deer. We descend towards the Qomerqocha lagoon before arriving at Pacchanta 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 here. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).


Day 6: Pacchanta - Tinqui - Cusco

In the morning we leave Pacchanta and start to walk back to the village of Tinqui – our trek takes approximately two hours. Once in Tinqui, we board our transportation that will take us back to the city of Cusco, where we estimate our arrival to be after nightfall. (Breakfast, Lunch)
End of the tour.


Included

Our services include

  • Transporte Privado Pick from your hotel in Cusco
  • Guía Profesional Cook and cooking equipment
  • Boleto Turistico Private bus transportation
  • Primeros Auxilios Professional English speaking Guide & all entrance fees
  • Guía Profesional Personal duffle bags for your luggage
  • Boleto Turistico Horses to carry 7kg of personal luggage
  • Primeros Auxilios Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners (we provide generous amounts of nutritious meals and beverages and have vegetarian options available)
  • Guía Profesional Horses to carry the group equipment (food, tents, tables, etc.)
  • Boleto Turistico Dining tent, kitchen tent, latrine tent / Tables and chairs for the group
  • El almuerzo Emergency Oxygen bottle and first aid kit

Not Included

Not included in our tour

  • Boleto Turistico Sleeping Bag - can be hired from our office for $20
  • Guía Profesional Extra horse in case you want to ride – $60 per horse (from 4 passengers upwards we include an extra horse)
  • El almuerzo Extras & Gratuiteis

Recommendations

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
  • Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, ideally trekking or sport shoes.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece and sweaters.
  • Sleeping bag - good ZERO DEGREE bag is required - can be hired from our office.
  • Wet-Wipes to freshen up.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Sun block / Insect repellent / Toilet paper.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, etc.
  • Water bottle and sterilizing tablets (e.g. Micropur)
  • Small towel and swimsuit for hot springs.
  • Personal medical kit (although we do have our own first aid kit)

Additional information

  • All your personal information is required at the moment of your booking.
  • Confirmation of the excursion will be made at time of booking.
  • All tours are operated in English unless otherwise stated.

Travel voucher

  • For every confirmed booking you will be required to print your electronic voucher for presentation at the moment we start the excursion. The electronic voucher acts as a confirmation for all the services you request.

Local Operator Information

  • We will send you complete operator information, including phone numbers at your destination.
  • Our Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.
NOTE: Please note that prices are indicated for a minimum of 2 persons.

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