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Ausangate Trek 5D/4N

Overview

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.

  • Departure: On request (from May until November)
  • Service: Guided group tour
  • Language guide: English and Spanish
  • Tour Category: Cultural, Historical, Adventurous, Nature, Trekking

Tour description

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.

Difficulty: Challenging

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.

Difficulty: Challenging

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

Difficulty: Challenging

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

Difficulty: Challenging

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

Level: Challenging

Included

Included in the tour:

Professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish).

All transportation: The bus from your hotel to Tinqui and the return to your hotel in Cusco.

Entrance fees: Entrance fees to Ausangate park.

Horseman and mules, for all camping and personal luggage (up to 7kg. per person).

Camping equipment: professional tents big enough for two persons, sleeping mattress, dining tent, cook and cooking equipment.

Meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks / option vegetarian).

First-aid kit, oxygen bottle and emergency horse.

Not included:

Sleeping bag or walking sticks. It is possible to rent these items.

Breakfast on the first day and lunch and dinner on the last day.

Price

Price of this tour is 560 USD per person (minimum 2 persons).

The price of the Ausangate Trek which includes the Rainbow Mountain cost 620 USD per person (minimum 2 persons).

If you wish to hire additional equipment:

Sleeping bag: 30 USD

Walking Sticks (pair): 30 USD

Private Tour

Instead of a group tour it is also possible to do this tour as a private tour. This means more, personal attention from the guide and more flexibility during the tour.

The price of a private tour depends on the number of participants:

$ 795.00 Per person, when booking with 2 people

$ 630.00 Per person, when booking with 3 people

$ 565.00 Per person, when booking with 4 people

If you wish to do the Ausangate Trek which includes the Rainbow Mountain the price is 20 USD per person more.

Practical information

Briefing

The night before your trek, you will have a briefing of your trek at the office of the operator or in your hotel in Cusco city center. Alemana Tours will make sure you will know where to be and at what time. At this briefing you will receive, detailed and important information about your trek.

What to bring

Backpack with rain shelter

Sleeping bag if you didn´t hire this

Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket

Rain pants and lightweight pants

Trekking shoes

Slippers or sandals for showers and hot springs

Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater

Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/t-shirts

Rain poncho and a hat

Bathing suit for the hot springs

Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle or Camelbag, toiletries and toilet paper

Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries

Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles

Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change

Food and Water

You will be surprised about the quality and great taste of the food during a trek. Every trek is accompanied by a cook. It is no problem if you have special diet wishes, or if you are vegetarian or vegan, let us know in advance. During the trek you will also be given a variety of snacks.

During your trek you will be supplied with drinking water. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distributed. You must supply your own water bottles or camel back.

Weather Conditions

It is impossible to predict the weather during a trek. Dry season in the region of Cusco is from April until October. In the other months you can expect a lot of rain. But in the mountains it is not possible to predict the weather accurately. It also can rain during dry season. Because of the many micro-climates you will pass, the weather can change drastically during one day.

You will have to be prepared for all weather conditions: warm and cold, dry and wet. Bring proper rain gear and a warm winter jacket, also bring gloves. Layers are always a good answer on the changing weather conditions.

Altitude

Here in Cusco and during a trek you are at quite a high altitude. This can cause altitude sickness, especially the first days. This is because there is a lot less oxygen in the air than at sea level and your body needs some time to adjust to that. Symptoms are mostly mild like: headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, trouble sleeping and trouble breathing during exercise. If you get these symptoms, they mostly go away after a few days.

What can you do about altitude sickness:

Take your time to acclimatize, take it easy the first days. It is better the first days not to do hard physical activities.

Drink lots of fluids like coca tea or water, but don´t drink alcohol or coffee.

You can visit your doctor before going to Peru and get medication against the altitude.

Health and Fitness

A trek means multiple days, walking longer distances, at a higher altitude. So it definitely will help if you are in a reasonably good shape and bring an adventurous attitude. This especially goes up for the Ausangate Trek, where because of the altitude it can be cold. It is highly recommended to acclimatize to the altitude a few days before you do a trek. If you think you have concerns about your health, we recommend you visit your doctor first. Let us know about any health issues that could affect your trek.

Insurance

We strongly recommend you take a travel insurance going on vacation to Peru and doing a trek. Having a travel insurance will help you and avoid a lot of problems in case you need medical assistance or you lose your luggage for example.

First aid

On your trek there will be an emergency first aid kit available including oxygen. Your tour guide has received a training in first aid.

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