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The Ausangate 5-day trek in Cusco was chosen as one of the best 20 places to visit in 2020, according to the specialized travel publication Frommer’s. It is a territory of more than 66,000 hectares that comprises part of the Ausangate snow chain (the highest mountain in the region with its imposing 6,383 meters above sea level and its white glacial mantle dominates the landscape on the horizon.), The Quelccaya snow mountain (considered the most extensive tropical glacier in the world and which is of great scientific importance to estimate the rate of glaciation of the snow-capped mountains.), the Sibinacocha lagoon, high Andean pasture ecosystems, There are many families of wild vicuñas in their domains, thousands of llamas and alpacas among other animals and birds that inhabit this beautiful ecosystem. And tiny villages that haven’t changed in centuries.
We start the day with an early departure from your hotel at 6:00 a.m. and we head south-east of Cusco in our private bus to the community of Tinqui (3800 meters / 12,464 feet) that will take us 4 hours and you can contemplate the beautiful high Andean landscapes we will pass through traditional towns such as Urscos, Catcca and Ocongate. Once we arrive in Tinqui we will meet our local muleteers and enjoy an Andean lunch and later we will begin our walk with a moderate pace and the ascent will be gradual until the UPIS community (4,400 m / 14,432 ft), which will be our camp and we It will take 4 to 5 hours. Along the way, you will meet local families showing examples of their excellent traditional textile work. Once we arrive at Upis, our muleteers will have the camping tents ready and then one of our muleteers will provide us with a washing machine with warm water for our personal cleaning and later our waiter will offer us hot drinks in our personal tents such as coffee, chocolate, infusions of coca and different types of tea and cookies and popcorn and then we will meet in the dining tent to enjoy dinner and later we will retire to our personal tents for the night.
After a good breakfast we will continue the walk ascending for approx. 3 hours to reach the Arapa pass (4,850 mt / 15,908 ft). In this part of the trek you will appreciate endless snow-capped mountains such as huamantilla, ausangate, crystalline lagoons, herds of alpacas, llamas, many vizcachas (relatives of rabbits) once when we reach the highest point we will take a well-deserved rest and contemplate the chains of mountains while we savor a delicious coca infusion provided by our guide and then descend until we find the appropriate place to have lunch, in this area we will find beautiful lagoons such as Yanacocha, HatunPukacocha, and Qomerqocha. And the Ausangate cocha (4,300 m / 14,107 ft) which will be our next stage to spend the night
The awakening will be with a cup of coca or coffee infusion later you will enjoy a good breakfast and then we will prepare our equipment to start the walk to the highest point of the walk called Abra de Palomani, (5200 masl / 17,060 feet) that will take us 3 hours and From the pass there are wide views of all the peaks of the Cordillera Vilcanota. We will continue the tour descending by gentle slopes that will take us to Huchuy Finaya, which will be 2 hours and later we will have a lunch with the view of the two Twin Mountains. After lunch we will continue with the itinerary we will go to our camp called Pampacancha (Qampa) 4,300 m / 14,107 feet also from here the view is spectacular, since we can see the back of the Ausangate Mountain, we can also see alpacas and vicuñas.
After a good breakfast we will start the walk. On this day we will have the fourth pass called H’ampa (5080 m.a.s.l. / 16,666 feet) that will take us 2 hours. The landscape is indescribable we will be able to observe some birds around the lagoons and if we are lucky a condor, continuing with the descent for 2 hours through the Pacchanta valley and walking between the mountains of Ausangate and the two twins. We will arrive at lunch and have a well deserved then continue the walk for about 3 hours to our Pacchanta camp (4,000 m / 13,123 feet) here we will enjoy the hot springs to relax as this will be our last campsite.
Guide (English – Spanish)
Entrance Thermal Baths “Pacchanta”
Entrance Ticket “Vinincunca”
First aid kit
Lunch on the fourth day in Aguas Calientes
Tips for guides
Tips for the staff