Ausangate Trek 5D/4N
Mount Ausangate (6398m/20990 ft) is not only considered one of the most beautiful snow mountains of the Andes, it is also worshiped as Holy Mountain by the indigenous and most local people. Its surroundings offer impressing mountain landscapes, glaciers, lakes and streams. Also, the native communities are very hospitable, in consideration of that their way of life is based on the respect of nature and of a reciprocal relation between human beings and all components of nature. They also have excellent knowledge about the camelid breeding (vicunas, alpacas and lamas). The level of difficulty of this trek is challenging. Make sure you are well acclimatized to the altitude, and are in good shape and health.
There is also a special version of the Ausangate Trek available which includes the Rainbow Mountain. The itinerary of this trek is slightly different from the classic Ausangate Trek, especially on the third day. If you are interested in this version please let us know.
Day 1: Cusco – Urcos – Tinqui – Upis
You will be picked up early from your hotel and ride from Cusco to Tinqui (3900m). During the 4 hour ride, beautiful high-Andean sceneries of landscapes with traditional peasant farms can be admired. In Tinqui you start a 5 hour walk to the indigenous community of Upis (4400m). On the way, local families are found who show examples of their fine traditional textile work. While In Upis the overnight camp is set up, a bath in the local hot springs can be enjoyed
Walking time: 5 hours
Altitude campsite: 4400 m.a.s.l.
Day 2: Upis – Arapa pass – Yana cocha – Extreme Ausangate pass – Ausangate Lake
At the beginning of your hike, an ascent in a colder climate up to the Arapa Pass has to be achieved (4800m). After getting here, a descent toward Yana Cocha (Black Lagoon) offers recovery. Then the route continues by going up the flanks of Mount Ausangate, up to an altitude of (4850m). A little further down the overnight camp on the shore of the Lake Ausangate (4650m) is set up.
Walking time: 7 hours
Altitude campsite: 4650 m.a.s.l.
Day 3: Ausangate Lake – Palomani pass – Jampa
This day is the most beautiful, but as well the most difficult one. First the hike goes up to the highest pass of the trek (Palomani Pass at 5200m), from which can be cached an exceptional view to the Ausangate mountains and glaciers. Then it descends into the Valley of La Pampa in order to arrive at Uchuy Finaya. Then you will finally reach the campsite of Jampa (4700m).
Walking time: 8 hours
Altitude campsite: 4.700 meters
Day 4: Jampa – Campa pass – Pacchanta
The highlight of this day is definitely the spectacular passage to the Pass of Campa at (5100m). Additionally, on the way to campsite in the village of Pacchanta (4350m), several lovely lagoons are passed by. A reward for the efforts is your stay at Pacchanta, in form of a recovery bath in the hot springs and in form of a dinner accompanied by a folk presentation, which is offered by the local community.
Walking time: 8 hours
Altitude camp site: 4.350 meters
Day 5: Pacchanta – Tinqui – Cusco
From Pacchanta, in a 3 hour walk, the circle to the starting point in Tinqui is achieved, in order to return on a 4 hour ride by bus back to the city of Cusco. During the journey will be made a stop, in order to taste a typical dish of the region (not included).
Walking time: 3 hours