Ausangate Trek 5 Days
Ausangate Trek 5 Days is one of the routes most advertised abroad. It combines landscapes of extraordinary beauty and Ausangate mountain, the higest in the Cusco region. The mountain is far from the city of Cusco but is still visible.
Ausangate Mountain is part of a large mountain range whose peaks reach up to 6,372m (20,905 feet). In Inca times the mountains were known as Apus (Gods), to whom a great deal of respect and gratitude was offered, a custom that continues to this day.
The Ausangate Trek 5 days has many attractions such as scenic mountains, different colored lakes, picturesque roads as well the mountain dwelling people who still wear their traditional clothes. This is trek is recommended for those who want to get off the beaten-track and experience an unforgettable journey, far away from civilization.
- Duration of the trek: 5 Days / 4 Nights.
- Estimated walking time: 7 to 8 hours..
- Season: From March to November.
- Maximum height: 5,200m (17,060 feet)
Ausangate Trek 5 Days Itinerary:
Day 1: Cusco - Tinke - Upis
Ausangate Trek 5 days starts at 9.00am. You will be picked up and transported from Cusco to Tinke, 5 hours away at 3,900m, a small town where we camp the first night. En-route are many small villages where the stresses and strains of traditional rural life are visible.
Day 2: Upis - Ausangate Mountain Pass - Hatun Pucaqocha
We start our day with breakfast in Upis, before begining our ascent up the first part of the mountain, the Arapa Pass at 4,850m. After reaching this pass we eat lunch and begin the climb to the second pass, called Ausangate Pass (4,850m).
We set up camp on the mountainside and from here we will enjoy the amazing views of the mountain range and lakes surrounded by impressive rock formations. As we descend we see the beautiful lakes of green and turquoise. We set up camp close to the lake Jatun Pucaqocha (Big Red Lake in Quechua).
Day 3: Jatun Pucaqocha - Palomani Pass - Huchuy Finaya
After breakfast we continue our trip through two passes, the second of which is Apuchata at 4900m. Immediately after that is the third pass, the Palomani at 5200m. Finally we arrive at Huchuy Finaya where we will camp for the night. From this point views of the Andeas are spectacular and include one side of the Ausangate mountain. We will also see many Alpaca herds on the way.
Day 4: Huchuy Finaya - Q'ampa - Pacchanta
Today we climb up to a another pass – Q'ampa, located at 5,100m. From this point we begin descending, passing many beautiful lakes en-route, towards the Pacchanta community, where we spend the last night. We can enjoy the evening in the thermal baths and have a large "last supper" of typical Andean food to celebrate getting this far!
Day 5: Pacchanta - Tinke - Cusco
After breakfast, we continue walking for three hours to Tinke. From Tinki we take our private bus back to Cusco, arriving in the afternoon.
Included / Not included
- Hotel pick-up in Cusco
- Bus transportation from Cusco to Tinke (where we starthiking)
- Professional Bilingual tour leader (two leaders for groups over 8 people)
- Horses and mules to carry the company's stuff
- Cook and meals (4 breakfasts / 5 lunches / 4 dinners)
- Camping equipment (tents, mattresses, tables, chairs, kitchen tent and dinning tent)
- First aid kit and Oxygen
- Entrance fees to Ausangate Route
- Breakfast on first day and dinner on day four
- Tips for crew (tour leader, cooks and porters)
- Sleeping bag (can be hired in our office $3 per day)
- Horses to carry your personal items 12 kilograms ($90)
We recommend to bring
- Backpack and sleeping bag
- Hiking shoes or boots
- Rain coat and poncho
- Warmth clothes
- Insect repellent
- Sun block, sun glasses and hat
- Water bottle
- Water purifying tables
- Flash light and knife
- Towel and toilet paper
- Snacks (chocolates, candies, cookies, etc)
- Personal medical kit
- Extra national currency (soles)
- ISIC Card for students