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Ausangate High Peak Trek 6D

Ausangate High Peak Trek 6D
Trip name: High Passes of Ausangate
Trip Length: 6 Days
Type service: Private Tour Type itinerary: Fixed
Destinations: Cuzco & Ausangate
Activities: Trekking and Walking / Culture and History
Difficulty / Physical Activity

****        Challenging – 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily

Comfort

**            Moderate to superior-class accommodations, combined with basic accommodations or camping

Highlights:  Cusco &  Ausangate Mountain, remote mountain scenery, High Mountain passes, quieter trails, less tourists, local villages.

Explore Peru’s mixture of colonial and Inca architecture

This itinerary offers a variety of trekking conditions from the open meadows of the Puna to slopes of boulders and scree. However, most of the walking is on fairly well-defined tracks. Overall, the trekking is straightforward and not very sustained. A remote location and 3 high passes have influenced us in our choice of the demanding grade. During our stay in this enchanting country, we spend time in colorful Cusco.

Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Cusco / Tinqui to Upis

Pick up from your Hotel at 6:00am; we depart from Cusco to Tinqui (3815m/12513ft) in our private transportation and travel about 3 hours to reach the small Andean village of Tinqui at the foot of the Vilcanota range. Driving through the beautiful countryside, we pass several traditional villages including Urcos, Ccatcca, Ocongate finally we will arrive to Tinqui, where we can stop for rests and meet with our horsemen and horses also we’ll put all our things on the horses. Our trek begins around 10:00 crossing the bridge we walk a pampa of grassy meadows below the jagged stone flanks of Ausangate Mountain (6350m/20828ft), the highest snow peak in Southern Peru. After trekking approximately 6 hours, we arrive to the hot springs of Upis (4400m/14432ft). Here we spent the night at a lovely campsite in Upis.

  • Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 – Upis / Arapa Pass to Pucacocha Lagoon

Breakfast; on the next day, we hike around 2 hours to get our first pass, Arapa Pass (4750m/ 15580ft). To be in the pass we will have to walk up the valley along the right slope before climbing a rock-strewn area. A hut and a few corrals form the last settlement we will come across before you climb toward the mountain. Throughout all the passage we will see the majestic Ausangate Mountain. Finally we arrive to the Arapa Pass; from the pass we enjoy wonderful views not only of Ausangate itself. Follow the fence line and cross the ridge by walking to the left of the steep hill between it and Nevado Ausangate. We continue down we have the opportunity to see beautiful lakes, multi-colored lagoons until we reach the larger Yanacocha lake (black lake) where we have our lunch, after the lunch one hour more to the camping site near the Pucacocha Lagoon (4500m/14760ft), We will set up camp here.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Pucacocha / Palomani Pass to Pampacancha

In the morning, we make a short ascent to our second pass of Apacheta, (4850m/15908ft) then down until Ausangatecocha lagoon below where we will have our lunch. After the lunch climb for two hours towards the third mountain pass, the Abra de Palomani (5200m/17056ft). This is the highest part of the entire hike, from which we then descend for another 2 hours through an area of llamas, alpacas and “vizcachas” to reach Pampacancha. We can enjoy fantastic views of Ausangate and the Vilcanota range from this point. Then we walk down into a valley, we arrive to our incredibly beautiful campsite at Pampacancha (4050m/13284ft)

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Pampacancha / Qampa Pass to Qomercocha

After breakfast; we climb gently up the Qampa side valley, criss-crossing a stream, and passing ancient rock falls where Andean vizcachas large rabbit-like rodents leap among the boulders. On this less-populous southern side of the mountain our chances of seeing wildlife are heightened. Condors skim along the slopes, and elusive herds of rare vicuñas may appear on the ridge tops, while keeping a safe distance. Beyond the tiny hamlet of Qampa we traverse a huge, grassy shoulder of Ausangate with the icy crags of Collque Cruz (Silver Cross) and Tres Picos (Three Peaks) to our right, as we ascend to Qampa pass (5000m/16400ft), our fourth and final crossing. The high point is marked by tall cairns (apachetas) built by generations of foot travellers making the north-south traverse of the Vilcanota range. We descend with the broad, rolling plains of the upper Mapacho basin spread out far below us, reaching our camp at the cluster of lakes known Qomercocha, as evening draws near.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – Qomercocha to Pacchanta

Breakfast; we leave this spectacular camp reluctantly, with many a glance back. These lonely lakes, some deep and crystal clear, others shallow and bubbling with exotic algae, lie beneath sharp, towering peaks. Powerful yet peaceful, it is easy to understand how this became a place of ceremony for the Quechua shamans of the Region. We follow a series of rolling ridges across open grassland, encountering child shepherds and women hand-spinning wool as we approach the village of Pacchanta (4100m/13448ft), the biggest settlement on our trek. Here delightful hot springs offer us a sublime soak, with the entire panorama of snow-capped Ausangate filling the southern horizon.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – Pacchanta to Tinqui / Cusco

Breakfast; we leave Pacchanta and start to walk our way back to Tinqui, which will take approximately 2 hours. Once in Tinqui, we board a private transportation that will take us back to the city of Cusco, where we estimate to arrive after nightfall – Overnight at Cusco Hotel

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Includes

Services Included

All mentioned transport, double tents, guided visits and mentioned excursions, English/Spanish speaking guide to accompany visits and excursions, all transfers, meals as indicated in the itinerary, All camping equipment

Services not included

International airfares, domestic flights, airport departure (US$ 30 per person for international flights and US$ 6.5 for national flights) taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature, personal equipment, obligatory personal insurance and meals which are not mentioned, sleeping bag.

Flights

Domestic flights are not included in the price; you’ll need to book the following

Day – Flight to Cusco

Lima to Cusco in the morning; you can buy with StarPeru www.starperu.com

Day – Depart Cusco – Lima International departure

Cusco to Lima; you can buy with StarPeru www.starperu.com

Other companies that you can buy domestic flight tickets will be Peruvian Airlines www.peruvian.pe OR

LAN www.lan.com OR AVIANCA  www.avianca.com.pe

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