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Ausangate: The Majestic Mountain (5 days)

Majestic Ausangate
Code : CP-H6
Duration : 5 days
Category : Alternative Hikes
Destinations : Salkantay Glacier
Difficulty :
From : $ 3161.00
 

 

Dominating the horizon southeast of Cusco, Mount Ausangate (6,372 meters / 20,900 feet) is the highest and most sacred mountain in southern Peru. The high Andean scenery experienced during this five day hike is spectacular. Snowcapped peaks and glaciers rise above seemingly endless grasslands and turquoise lakes. Llamas and alpacas are herded by villagers who live in the isolated communities established generations ago by their ancestors. This is the perfect trip for anyone who loves being in the mountains.

ACTIVITIES: Horse Supported Hiking, Camping, Culture & Nature Exploration


  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Included
  • Prices

Day 01: Cusco - Tinqui - Upis
Day 02: Upis - Ausangatecocha
Day 03: Ausangatecocha - Chilcapinaya
Day 04: Chilcapinaya - Pachcanta
Day 05: Pachcanta - Tinqui - Cusco

INCLUDED SERVICES:

Private transport Cusco-Tinqui (roundtrip), bilingual guide, cook, mule drivers, mules for equipment and support saddle horses, camping equipment (double-, dining-, kitchen- and toilet tents, sleeping mats, etc), meals (4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners and snacks)


NOT INCLUDED:

Sleeping bag, meals not mentioned in the itinerary, extra services and tips.

 

SEASON: April to November
DURATION: 5 Days / 4 Nights (Cusco-Cusco)
FITNESS LEVEL: Very active (heights, long distances)
DEPARTURES: Daily

 

 

Day 1: Cusco – Tinqui - Upis

Leaving Cusco, the morning will be spent on a scenic 5-hour bus ride as far as the village of Tinqui, where our mule drivers will be waiting for us. Our trek begins with a gentle ascent as we head around the base of Mount Ausangate (6372 meters / 20,900 feet). After a good lunch, we will hike for another 3 or 4 hours, gaining altitude and covering a total distance of approximately 10 kilometers. As we walk, we will encounter local farmers working their crops using traditional methods, and pass herds of alpaca and vicuña in their natural habitat. By mid-afternoon we will arrive at our first camp, close to the natural hot springs of Upis.

(L/D)

Day 2: Upis – Ausangatecocha

Today's hike will take us close to the majestic glaciers of the sacred peak of Ausangate, as we ascend to Arapa Pass (4700 meters). From the pass, we will descend to the high plateau and the lakes of Pucacocha, Vinacocha and Hatuncocha. Today’s hike offers spectacular views of the summit and its glaciers. In the afternoon we will cross Apacheta Pass (5050 meters), where we will be met by truly stunning views of the nearby glacier. We will camp for the night on the shores of Lake Ausangatecocha.
(B/L/D)

Day 3: Ausangatecocha – Chilcapinaya

After enjoying a breakfast surrounded by fantastic scenery, we will begin our ascent to the highest point of the trek at Palomani Pass (5100 meters). This is a strenuous climb, but our efforts will be rewarded by the panoramic views of Lake Ausangatecocha and the surrounding snow-capped mountains. After lunch, we will descend into the valley before climbing once more for about an hour to the grasslands at Champa Pampa. Here it is possible to view large herds of alpacas and observe vizcachas (a rabbit-like animal related to the chinchilla) among the rocks.
(B/L/D)

Day 4: Chilcapinaya – Pachcanta

In the morning we will climb to the fourth and final pass on our route, at 5050 meters. On the way we will be able to enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding snow-covered mountains. After stopping to rest and enjoy the scenery from the pass, we will embark on the long, gradual descent. During this descent there will be plenty of time to enjoy the high Andean landscapes, as we pass beautiful glacial lakes and herds of alpacas, on the way to our final camp at Pachcanta. Arriving at the campsite, there will be time to relax in the natural hot springs, from where there are splendid views of majestic Mount Ausangate. In the evening our meal will consist of a traditional Peruvian “pachamanca”; typical local ingredients cooked in the earth.
(B/L/D)

Day 5: Pachcanta - Tinqui – Cusco

After an excellent breakfast, we will begin the undemanding 3-hour hike to the village of Tinki, where we will say goodbye to our mule drivers before boarding our bus for the return journey to Cusco. In the city you will be escorted to your hotel.
(B/L)

Included Services

Private transport Cusco-Tinqui (roundtrip), bilingual guide, cook, mule drivers, mules for equipment and support saddle horses, camping equipment (double-, dining-, kitchen- and toilet tents, sleeping mats, etc), meals (4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners and snacks).

Not Included

Sleeping bag, meals not mentioned in the itinerary, extra services and tips.

Trip Cost 2017 in US$ per participant:

PRIVATE TOUR
1 Participants 2 Participants 3 Participants
4 Participants
Price per person in US Dollars
$ 3,171 $ 1,770 $ 1,075 $ 900
CULTURAS PERU S.R.L.
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