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Ausangate Trek 6 Days

Ausangate is one of the highest snow mountains of the Vilcanota mountain range of Peruvian Andes, with 6,371 meters located at 100 km. Southeast of the city of Cusco.

The region is inhabited by llama and alpaca herding communities, and constitutes one of the few remaining pastoralist societies in the world. High mountain trails are used by these herders to trade with agricultural communities at lower elevations.

Currently, one of these trails, “the road of the Apu Ausangate”, is one of the most renowned treks in Peru.

Ausangate

Overview

This beautiful six-day Ausangate Trek starts and ends at the small Andean village of Tinki and takes you around the massive of Ausangate and over three high passes (two of them over 5000 masl). It is essential to be properly acclimatized for this hike spending at least three days in Cusco before starting.

 General info – Ausangate Trek 6 days

   Distance: 74 km
   Duration: 6 Days
   When to go: Best from April to October
   Altitude : 3,800 masl to 5,200 masl
   Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
   Modality: Trekking, scenic and Cultural
   Location: Mountain range Vilcanota – Cusco
   Day Temperature: 15 ºC to 25 ºC / Night temperature : 4ºC to – 10º C
   Remark : 2-3 day acclimatization required.

 BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1: Tinki camp
We’ll travel 6 hours by bus, alog the trip we will stop at Urcos market. We will cap at the small comunty of Tinki.

Day 2: Upis
6-7 hour trek of the trail which is gradually up and pass several communities.

Day 3:  Hatunpuca Ccocha camp
7 – 8 hour trek, we will pass over the first pass named “Arapa Pass” (4,900 masl) and camp near the wonderful lagoon with the presence of many birds.

Day 4: Palomani pass 5,200m
Early beginning toward the highest pass named Palomani pass (5,200 masl) from where you will be rewarded with stunning mountain scenery.

Day 5: Phacchanta hot springs
Hike over the third pass named Hampa pass and decent through the rocky valley until Phachanta community where you can bath in the natural hot spring.

Day 6: Cusco
Two-hour morning trek down to Tinki and take the bus to return to Cusco.

Itinerary

 DETAILED TREK ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUSCO – URCOS – TINKI

The six-day Ausangate trek starts once we’ll pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 09:00 a.m and we’ll leave the following valley toward the south of Cusco city. Along the trip, we will stop few times to visit interesting places like Inca ruins, traditional markets and Andean communities. At 04:00 p.m, we will arrive to the town of Tinki and set up our camp in the outskirts of this town under the bright sky of the Vilcanota mountain range.

Meals: L – D
Accommodation: 2 People per Tents
Maximum Altitude: 4,200 masl
Minimum Altitude: 3,400 masl
Approximate travelling Time: 6 – 7 hours

DAY 2: TINKI – UPIS

Early breakfast and we’ll leave Tinki walking towards the south on a gentle gradient with a magnificent view of the snow-capped mountain of Ausangate. The surroundings which will border us are typical of the Peruvian Puna region, where Andean people raise shepherding llamas and alpacas; the “Ichu” (local wild grass) and the wind will be our companions. We will reach “Upis pampa” and set up our campsite with a spectacular view.

Meals: B – L – D
Accommodation: 2 People per Tents
Maximum Altitude: 4,400 m
Minimum Altitude: 3,800 m
Distance Travelled: 10 Km
Approximate Walking Time: 6 – 7 hours

DAY 3: UPIS – “ARAPA PASS” – HATUN PUCA CCOCHA

Continuing with our trek, we’ll leave the camp and start climb up gradually to “Arapa pass” where we will be rewarded by magnificent views of the nature that combines the snowy, red coloured mountains and different coloured lakes; Just after the pass, we will stop for our lunch and then continue the trek through this exceptional mountain scenery until Hatun Pucaccocha where we will set up our camp.

Meals: B – L – D
Accommodation: 2 People per Tents
Maximum Altitude: 4,900 m
Minimum Altitude: 4,550 m
Distance Travelled: 17 Km

DAY 4: HATUN PUCA CCOCHA – “PALOMANI PASS” – PHINAYA

After breakfast, we’ll continue the trek and we will cross by a small pass named “Pucapunta pass” (red colour mountain pass) from where we can enjoy Ausangate Lake; then, we’ll descend to the shores of this lake and later we will trek up toward the highest pass of “Abra Palomani” (5,200 masl). From here our descent will take us 2 hours and 30 min to the settlement of Huchuy Phinaya where we will camp surrounded by outstanding mountain scenery.

Meals: B – L – D
Accommodation: 2 People per Tents
Maximum Altitude: 5,200 m
Minimum Altitude: 4,500 m
Distance Travelled: 16 Km
Approximate Walking Time: 6 – 7 Hours

DAY 5: PHINAYA – “HAMPA PASS” – PHACCHANTA

Early breakfast and we’ll continue gradually up toward “Hampa pass”, and then we’ll descend through the ancient moraine and surrounded by different size of rocks which are the habitat for Chinchillas (Andean rabbits), also colourful lakes and many llamas and alpacas, continuing the trek we’ll arrive to Pacchanta camp where we will find natural thermal baths and you can go to relax the muscles after long trek.

Meals: B – L – D
Accommodation: 2 People per Tents
Maximum Altitude: 4,800 m
Minimum Altitude: 4,200 m
Distance Travelled: 19 Km
Approximate Walking Time: 7 – 8 Hours

DAY 6: PACCHANTA – TINKI – CUSCO

After breakfast, we’ll leave our campsite early and continue towards Tinki; downhill through beautiful agricultural fields where we will see native crops like potatoes, oxalis, beans, and quinoa. The trail descends, passing pastures and several communities of friendly people who will greet you in their native language, Quechua. At Tiinki, the bus will be waiting for us to return to Cusco and transfer you to your hotel.

Meals: B
Accommodation: 2 People per Tents
Maximum Altitude: 4,200 m/16,285 ft
Minimum Altitude: 3,800 m
Distance Travelled: 12 Km
Approximate Walking Time: 3 Hours

What's Included

  AUSANGATE TREK INCLUIDES

  • Transportation: Private bus from Cusco to Tinki (starting point of the trek) and from Tinki to Cusco.
  • Guide: English speaking guide (2 guides for groups over 8 people).
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, 5 afternoon teas; delicious meals prepared by professional chefs. Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, also hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude, we always offer a vegetarian option upon request, and we provide available boiled water each morning for your water bottles.
  • Chef and Chef’s assistant.
  • Camping equipment: We provide four people capacity tent for two persons, brand new four season tents, Therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toiled tent, seats, tables, tent for Guides and kitchen gears.
  • Horses: For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears as well to carry your personal items (7kg per person) in duffel bags that Sunrise provides. Muleteers.
  • Others: First-aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Sleeping bag: Can be rented in our office for US $20 for the entire trek.
  • Tips for the staff.

AVAILABLE DEPARTURE DATES.

We leave every Monday all year round. During what, we don’t offer a waiting list. Also if you want to extend your trip we offer other exciting and beautiful alternative treks like: LARES TREK 4D/3N (includes an alternative route to Machu Picchu + Tour) or SALKANTAY TREK 4D/3N (includes an alternative route to Machu Picchu + tour, see our program for it).

If you require additional information, have any doubts or want to make a reservation, please contact us, you request will be answered immediately. We will very pleased to assist you. PRIVATE GROUPS DAILY DEPARTURES

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