Circuito Ausangate 6 Días
It is the highest and most sacred mountain in southern Peru and for centuries was essential to the religious beliefs of the Andean people who still make annual pilgrimages to its icy slopes. The mountain’s snow-capped peak is 21,000 feet, or 6,385 meters, and although we will not climb that far, we will get close to nature and the sensational views that the area affords. As we hike closer to this mystical mountain, we will camp around the hot springs and turquoise lakes inhabited by several species of birds, including Andean geese and the almighty Andean condor.
- Pre-departure information
- Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer by private transport to Tinki (starting point of the trek).
- Personal tents: 2 people in each tent with capacity for 4 people, to allow for greater comfort and safe maintenance of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season tents, highly maintained to ensure excellent performance in the field. The Kailas, Pro aconcagua and Rei 4 Outfitter tents are used when double accommodation is required.
- One sleeping pad per person.
- 1 blanket or liner
- One pillow per person
- Dining tent with tables and chairs.
- Kitchen tent
- Professional and official English-speaking tour guide (2 guides for groups of more than 10 people).
- Chef and cooking equipment
- Pack animals (for carrying tents, food and cooking equipment) - days 1 to 5
- Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7 kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) - days 1 to 5
- Lodging for all our staff.
- Meals (04B, 04L, 04D + daily snack + daily tea service except on the last day). Vegetarian or special menus available upon request at no additional cost.
- One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the use of plastic bags that pollute our environment.
- Filtered boiled water from lunchtime on the first day onwards.
- Biodegradable personal hand soaps
- Biodegradable dishwasher detergents used by our kitchen staff.
- Other: hot water every morning and evening for washing up / boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and evening, and at lunchtime if requested well in advance
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Private transportation from Tinki to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
- Sleeping bag
- trekking pole
- First aid kit
- One foam sleeping pad per person
- Inflatable mattress
- Last dinner, drinks are not included in the pax.
- Tips and extra money
- Others not mentioned
We depart early from Cusco traveling by private bus to the small town of Tinqui. We will see the impressive Vilcanota mountain range and pass through several traditional Andean villages along the way and take time to stop along the way to take some photos. Upon arrival we meet our rider and organize our packs for the trek.
We begin our walk through the farming communities and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains. We will hike for about 3 hours and then it is time for a lunch stop. After lunch we continue for another 2 hours approximately to reach Upis. There, we will have the opportunity to soak in the local hot springs before dinner and camp for the night.
Upis - Puca Qocha After a great breakfast, we are ready to leave our camp and begin our hike for the day. We will climb to the high pass of Arapa (4850mts). From this viewpoint we can see the contrast in landscapes: the dry, desert hills reach the glaciers of Mt.
Ausangate, while below the valley is bright green. If we are lucky, we might even see a condor in the skies! We will enjoy the breathtaking snowy views of Mt. Ausangate and PucaQocha. This area also has three beautiful lakes with shades of red, green and turquoise (Pukacocha, Hatun Pukacocha and Qomerqocha). Our second camp is near a glacier.
Early in the morning after breakfast, we will begin our ascent of approximately 2-3 hours over our second mountain pass, Abra de Apuchata (4,900 mts). From here we descend for about an hour and a half to our camp at Ausangate Qocha, where we have a delicious lunch to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. After our lunch we have our second ascent for two hours to our third mountain pass of Palomani (5,100mts), we descend to the small community of Huchuy Pinaya where we spend the night.
Today we ascend to the highest point of our hike: Jampa (5,150mts.) The silence of this remote desert is inspiring! From here we have an excellent view of Mount Tampa. After the pass, we descend for 2 hours through an area of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas to reach Pampacancha (4,050mts). From here we follow an uphill trail for approximately three hours that takes us to our campsite at Jampa (4,300mts).
After our hike and acclimatization on day 4, we are ready for another adventure! We have an early breakfast and then begin our approximately 1 hour hike to reach the base of the glacier and then to the top of the mountain! After enjoying the spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range, we descend for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon we descend towards the Qomerqocha lagoon before arriving in Pacchanta after a hike of approximately 5 hours. Pacchanta is a small community with attractive hot springs where we can enjoy a relaxing bath. We camp and spend the night here.
In the morning we leave Pacchanta and start walking back to the village of Tinqui; our hike lasts approximately two hours. Once in Tinqui, we board our transportation that will take us back to the city of Cusco, where we estimate to arrive after sunset.