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Ausangate High Peak Trek 6D

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Tour Details

Highlights: Cusco and Ausangate mountain, remote mountain scenery, high mountain passes, quiet trails, fewer tourists, local villages.
Explore Peru’s mix of colonial and Inca architecture
This itinerary offers a variety of trekking conditions from the open grasslands of the Puna to slopes of rocks and boulders. However, most of the foot is on fairly well defined slopes. In general, the trekking is easy and not very sustained. A remote location and 3 high passes have influenced our pick for the demanding rating. During our stay in this charming country, we spent time in colorful Cusco.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Airport Transfer

Departure Time

Depends on your flight’s arrival time

Price Includes

  • All the transport mentioned in the itinerary (tourist bus, etc.)
  • Double tents
  • Guided tours and excursions mentioned
  • English / Spanish speaking guide to accompany the visits and excursions
  • All transfers
  • Food as indicated in the itinerary
  • All camping equipment

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport departures taxes or fees
  • Visas
  • Excess baggage
  • Additional nights during the trip due to cancellations of flights
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls
  • Messages
  • Flight reconfirmation
  • Mandatory personal travel insurance
  • Meals that are not mentioned
  • Guide service for Day 2 in Machu Picchu

Recommended To Carry

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
Itinerary

Day 1Cusco / Tinqui to Upis

Pick up from your hotel at 6:00 am; We depart from Cusco to Tinqui (3815m / 12513ft) in our private transport and travel around 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 reach Tinqui, where we can stop for breaks and meet our riders and horses we will also put all our things on the horses. Our hike begins around 10:00 am from crossing the bridge we walk a pampas of grassy meadows below the jagged stone flanks of Ausangate Mountain (6350m / 20828ft), the highest snow peak in southern Peru.

After trekking for approximately 6 hours, we arrive at the hot springs of Upis (4400m / 14432ft). Here we spend the night in a charming campsite in Upis.

• Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2Upis / Arapa Pass to Pucacocha Laguna

Breakfast; the next day, we hike for about 2 hours to get our first pass, Arapa Pass (4750m / 15580ft). To be in the pass we will have to walk through the valley along the right slope before climbing a rocky area. A cabin and some corrals form the last settlement we will find before going up to the mountain.

Throughout the entire journey we will see the majestic Ausangate mountain. Finally we arrive at the Paso de Arapa; From the pass we enjoyed wonderful views not only of Ausangate itself.

Follow the fence line and cross the mountain range on foot to the left of the steep hill between it and the Nevado Ausangate. We continue down we have the opportunity to see beautiful lakes, multicolored lagoons until we reach the largest Yanacocha lagoon (black lake) where we have our lunch.

After lunch another hour to the camping near the Pucacocha Lagoon (4500m / 14760ft), We will camping here.

• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3Pucacocha / Palomani Pass to Pampacancha

In the morning, we make a short ascent to our second pass from Apacheta, (4850m / 15908ft) and then down to Ausangatecocha lagoon below where we will have our lunch. After the lunch climb for two hours towards the third pass of the mountain, the Abra de Palomani (5200m / 17056ft).

This is the highest part of the entire trek, 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 hike down into a valley, we arrive at our incredibly beautiful campsite in Pampacancha (4050m / 13284ft).

• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Pampacancha / Qampa Pass to Qomercocha

After breakfast; We climb gently up the side valley Qampa, crossing a stream, and passing ancient rock falls into large rabbit-rodents as Andean vizcachas leap between the rocks. On this less populated southern side of the mountain our chances of seeing wildlife are heightened.

Condors skim along the slopes, and rare elusive vicuña herds can appear on the tops, keeping a safe distance. Beyond the small village of Qampa we traverse a huge, grassy shoulder of Ausangate with the icy crags of Collque Cruz (Silver Cross) and Tres Picos (Tres Picos) to our right, as we ascend the Qampa pass (5000m / 16400ft), our fourth and last crossing.

The point is marked by high landmarks (apachetas) built by generations of standing travelers who make the north-south crossing of the Vilcanota mountain range. We descend with the broad, hilly plains of the Upper Mapacho Basin stretching far below us, reaching our campsite in the well-known Qomercocha group of lakes, as night approaches.

• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5Qomercocha to Pacchanta

Breakfast; we leave this spectacular course reluctantly, with more than one look back. These lonely lakes, some others deep and crystalline, shallow and bubbling with exotic algae, lie below sharp, tall peaks.

Powerful and peaceful, it is easy to understand how this became a ceremony site for the Quechua shamans of the Region. We follow a series of ridges rolling through open grasslands, encountering shepherds and child wool women as we approach the hand-spun town of Pacchanta (4100m / 13448ft), the largest settlement on our trek.

Here enchanting hot springs offer us a sublime soak, with the entire panorama of the snowy Ausangate filling the southern horizon.

• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Pacchanta to Tinqui / Cusco

Breakfast; We leave Pacchanta and start walking the road back to Tinqui, which will last approximately 2 hours. Once in Tinqui, we will embark on a private transport that will take us back to the city of Cusco, where we expect to arrive after dark.

• Food: Breakfast, Lunch

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