AUSANGATE QUECHUAS EXPEDITIONS

 

Ausangate Trek the true image of the high Andes, the Incas worshipped mountains. Apu Asugante is located in the Cordillera Vilcanota (6,342m). In our trek we cross spectacular passes, explore a radiant landscape below ice peaks and enormous glaciers. Ausangate is a stronghold of traditional Quechua culture/world immersion, the native who live at 14000ft tending their herds of Llamas and Alpacas surrounded by colourful glacial lakes, deep red cliffs and relaxing hot spring with Andean atmosphere. You will also have a good chance of encountering condors, the largest flying bird in the world, and other Andean fauna such as vizcachas, Andean fox and vicuña, practically extinct elsewhere. Although you will be hiking at altitudes of 3,800 meters, once you are acclimatized, the trek is considered a moderate one. Ausangate is considered one of the highest mountain in south of Peru.

 

Itinerary

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TOUR DESCRIPTION:

 

DAY 1 Cusco - Tinki - Upis

 

We depart Cusco early the morning for our three hour ride in private transport to the small village of Tinki (3800 meters/ 12 464 feet). As Tinki is located on the new Interoceanic highway we can now arrive here much more quickly than in previous years. We pass through beautiful countryside and several traditional villages including Urcos, Cattca and Ocangate.  After lunch in Tinki the first 3 hours on the trail are wonderful prelude to the magnificent scenery of the Cordillera Vilcanota, with great views of Ausangate. We will trek for two hours more until we reach the hot springs at Upis (4,400 meters/ 14432 feet) which offer fantastic views of Ausangate at the end of the valley. We will camp here for the night. (total trekking time 4-5 hours).

(L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

 

DAY 2. Upis - Lake Ausangate Q’ocha

 

During our morning's trek, we will cross the Arapa pass (4,850 meters/ 15908 feet). From here, we continue 3½ hours down the valley, passing the green lake of Puqa Q'ocha until we reach the turquoise Lake Jatun Puqa Q'ocha. We then ascend the second pass of Apuchata (4,900 metres/ 16 072 feet) with the stunning turquoise blue Laguna Ausangate Q'ocha below. This lake is fed from the melting snow of Ausangate. We will camp here for the second night.

(B) = breakfast / (L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

 

DAY 3. Lake Ausangate  Q’ocha - Qampa

 

From the lake we ascend to the Palomani pass (5,200 meters/ 17 056 feet); the highest point of the trek. From the pass we follow the trail into the valley where we'll rest and have lunch. During the afternoon we can enjoy views of the snowcapped Tres Picos and Puca Punta. We will continue through the broad green valley of Pampa Jatunpata and up the Rio Q'ampa valley. We will spent night 3 in this vicinity

(B) = breakfast / (L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

 

DAY 4. Q’ampa - Pacchanta

 

After passing through the small community of Q'ampa we will head North West to the last pass of this hike, the Q'ampa pass (5000 metres/ 16400 feet). We will see several different coloured lakes and lunch beside Q'oma Q'ocha. We hike for several hours before arriving at the small village of Pacchanta. We can soak in the thermal springs for a couple of hours, and even have a well-deserved beer! We will set up camp near Pacchanta and you will have the afternoon free to explore this interesting Andean village. (You have the option of staying in a basic hostal this night)

(B) = breakfast / (L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

 

DAY 5. Pacchanta - Cusco

 

Its 3 hours trek back to Tinki where we will have time to explore this traditional Andean village before taking our private car back to Cusco, arriving at about 18.00.

(B) = breakfast

 

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE.

 

Note: Horses will carry the heavy gear; you will hike carrying only your personal pack, sleeping bag and pad.

If you are considering bringing special photography equipment or other heavy accessories, or just simply don't want to carry anything, please request an additional horse and horse man (US$ 120) to carry your personal belongings, this way you will freely enjoy the hike. (This is highly recommended if you have never hiked over 10000 feet). Cooks handle all the kitchen chores.

 

It Is Included:

  • Transfer In/Out from your Hotel
  • Tourist Transportation Cusco to Tinki Town
  • Professional English-Spanish Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for group of 10 people
  • Horses and horse man
  • Professional Cook and asistan
  • Food 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks and 4 Dinners.
  • Vegetarian food Option
  • Camping Equipment Tents for 02 people ,dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Sleeping matress
  • Emergency Horse
  • Oxygen bottle, first aid kit
  • Transport back to Cusco

 

It Is Not Included:

  • Personal trekking gear, sleeping bag, tips to guide and support staff, city services.
  • First breakfast (first day) is normally provided at your hotel before leaving.
  • Last lunch at the end of the tour on 5th Day.
  • Extra horse and horse man US$ 120
  • Single Tent supplement: US$ 20
  • Sleeping bag (optional): US$ 20

 

We recommend to take:

  • Trekking day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block cream
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - although no malaria risk has been reported
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
  • Cash - sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day)

 

 

 

 

Before booking the Ausangate Trek, please read the following information carefully:

 

BE sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the date that you enter Peru.

 

Fill out the booking information. We will contact you as soon as possible (within 24 hours) to confirm your booking, accommodation and assist you in customizing a unique package.

Please specify if you would require the services of an extra horse

 

Payment Proceed: We require a US$200 per person deposit for all treks. The remaining balance must be paid before the starting date of the trek. You can pay the balance requesting the agent in charge of your account an invoice to be paid online with credit card. You will proceed with your payments through our secure server or direct deposits.

 

Acclimation Proceed: you to arrive in Cusco 1 or 2 days before Ausangate Trek departure date to ensure that you are well acclimatized to the high altitude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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