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Apu Ausangate

Apu Ausangate

Summary of the program

Day 1: Cuzco – Southern Valley – Tinki

Day 2: Tinki – Upis

Day 3: Upis – Abra Arapa – Ausangatecocha

Day 4: Ausangatecocha – Abra Palomani – Hatunpampa

Day 5: Hatunpampa – Abra Janca – Pacchanta

Day 6: Pacchanta – Tinki - Cuzco

Vilcanota mountain range

Vilcanota mountain range

Camelids in the heights of Arapa mountain pass

Camelids in the heights of Arapa mountain pass

Difficulty

It is important to remember that this trek is classified as challenging, and so it is necessary to be in good physical condition, as well as having two days to acclimatise in the city of Cuzco.

Apacheta at Arapa mountain pass

Apacheta at Arapa mountain pass

Qomerqocha

Qomerqocha

Pukaqocha

Pukaqocha

Qapaq Apu Ausangate

Qapaq Apu Ausangate

Frozen waterfall

Frozen waterfall

Beautiful high-Andean contrasts

Beautiful high-Andean contrasts

Path to the heights, Palomani mountain pass

Path to the heights, Palomani mountain pass

5125 meters above sea level – Palomani mountain pass

5125 meters above sea level – Palomani mountain pass

Ausangateqocha

Ausangateqocha

Apu Ausangate 6d/5n

Within the Cosmo vision developed by the Incas, the Apu Ausangate is the most important sacred mountain in the area surrounding the city of Cusco, indeed in all of the altiplano, which is also home to Lake Titicaca, the place of origin of the Incas, according to the legend of Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo. This sacred mountain is located to the south east of the city of Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire.

The trek will push us to our physical limits. A high altitude trek, we will cross mountain passes over 5,000 meters above sea level, and our campsites will be at an altitude of over 4,300 meters. The terrain is muddy and rocky.

This trek offers spectacular and beautiful views of the puna region, where the glaciers surround us in all directions. We will walk on the shores of lakes, and Andean cameloids will accompany us on parts of our journey.

The predominant climate will be cold, with nights below 5ºC, and the temperature rising to approximately 20ºC during the day (remember that our Eureka tents are 4 seasons and our sleeping bags from the same brand can handle temperatures as low as minus 10ºC). There is a cold wind during most of the day. The environment is cold and dry, but we know that the climate is unpredictable, so we must be prepared for rain and snow. We will follow weather reports in the days leading up to the trip.

Program itinerary

Day 1: Cuzco – Southern Valley – Tinki

We will leave early in our private transport following the valley to the south out of the city of Cuzco. We will stop at the archaeological park of Tipon with its water fountains, stone water channels; cave paintings; magnificent terraces and high level of hydraulic engineering, which will leave us impressed.

Our next stop will be at the pre-Inca town of Pikillaqta, built by the Wari culture. On this tour we can appreciate the extent of Andean organization, as this city would have housed around 10,000 inhabitants in its different sectors.

We will also visit the beautiful lake Huacarpay, a vestige of the past natural environment of Cuzco valley. Here we will have our lunch and after a short rest we will continue our journey to the town of Andahuaylillas. Here we will appreciate the church, known as the “Sistine Chapel” of the Andes, particularly its beautiful freezes and mural paintings.

We will arrive in the town of Tinki in the evening, after an exciting day getting to know the history and landscape of this beautiful region. We will camp in the outskirts of this town beneath the starry sky in the Vilcanota mountain range.

Meals: lunch and dinner

3778 masl / 12395 ft

3400 masl / 11154 ft

4 hours (by car)

5 hr (by car)

Day 2: Tinki – Upis

We leave the town of Tinki walking towards the south on a gentle gradient, with a magnificent view of the snow-capped peak of Apu Ausangate. The scenery which will surround us is typical of the puna region, where the ichu (local wild grass) and the wind will be our companions.
We will reach the pampas of Upis, where we will advance towards the Apu Ausangate and set up our campsite with a spectacular view.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

4447 masl / 14589 ft

3778 masl / 12395 ft

10 km / 6.21 ml

8 hr

Day 3: Upis – Abra Arapa – Ausangatecocha

We begin our walk uphill under the watchful gaze of the most important Apu of the Andean south. On our way we can appreciate how beautiful and powerful the geography is in this part of the southern Andes. When we reach the abra (high-mountain pass) Arapa we will have a magnificent view of this mountain chain. Crossing the pass, we walk towards Sonccococha, Pukacocha, Ccomercochas, beautiful high-Andean lakes.
After lunch, we will climb uphill briefly to cross the Ausangate pass and descend to our campsite on the beautiful Ausangatecocha.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

4650 masl / 15255 ft

4447 masl / 14589 ft

16 km / 9.94 ml

9 hr

Day 4: Ausangatecocha – Abra Palomani – Hatunpampa

Today is an important day as we will reach the first of the two high passes, abra Palomani. It is a short uphill walk from our campsite to the highest pass of our trek. We will enjoy unique scenery above 5,000 meters above sea level. Our descent will take us to the settlement of Huchuy Phinaya where we will have lunch.
After a short rest, we will continue our trek on a gentle gradient towards our campsite at Hatunpampa. We will enjoy a high Andean flat-land surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Overnight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

5125 masl / 16814 ft

4650 masl / 15255 ft

16 km / 9.94 ml

9 hr

Day 5: Hatunpampa – Abra Janca – Pacchanta

Another challenge today: the second high pass over 5,000masl, abra Janca. Beautiful Andean scenery where the cameloids live together with the mountain peaks, watched over by the spectacular Colquecruz snow-capped peak. We follow the path downhill to our lunch spot, and then continue on to the town of Pacchanta and its relaxing thermal baths. An excellent end to one of the hardest days on our trek.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

5070 masl / 16633 ft

4300 masl / 14107 ft

14 km / 8.69 ml

8 hr

Day 6: Pacchanta – Tinki - Cuzco

We return to the town of Tinki where we enjoy a delicious Pachamanca, an Andean way of cooking. After a typical Andean lunch, we take our transport back to the city of Cuzco, where we will have a transfer back to our respective hotels. End of our services.

Meals: breakfast and lunch

4300 masl / 14107 ft

3778 masl / 12395 ft

10 km / 6.21 ml

5 hr

2017 - 2018 Prices - In American Dollars

Private Service - Price per Person

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Services included

  • Private tourist transportation Cuzco - Tinki
  • Guide service in Spanish/ English
  • Sleeping bag per person (-10 ºC - Eureka - Cimarron - mummy form, our sleeping bags are cleaned after every use)
  • Sleeping liner
  • Pillow
  • Inflatable sleeping pad (Therm A Rest)
  • Cook and assistant
  • Cooking equipment
  • Snacks
  • Daily tea service
  • Dining equipment including chairs and tables (Travel Chair)
  • Cooking, eating and bathroom (The Pett) tents
  • Portable enviromental toilet (The Pett)
  • Food (5 breakfast, 6 lunch, 5 dinner) - nutritionally balanced menu
  • Vegetarian menu at no extra cost
  • Two person tents (3-people capacity tent used as doubles - Eureka - K2 XT - 4 seasons)
  • Single tents available for extra cost
  • Mule-handlers
  • Mules
  • Saddled horse (for every 6 passengers there is one saddled horse)
  • One Pachatusantrek kit of 100% biodegradable products (toiletries)
  • First-aid kit
  • Emergency oxygen bottle
  • Pachatusantrek water resistant duffel bag for carrying personal stuff (on loan)
  • Pre departure briefing
  • Private tourist transportation Tinki - Cuzco

Services not included

  • Extra food
  • Optional tip for field staff
  • Extra costs
  • Evacuation costs

We recommend that you bring

  • Water-resistant trekking shoes and sandals
  • Warm clothing (thermal underwear, fleece, hat, gloves, socks)
  • Waterproof clothing (poncho)
  • Synthetic or cotton clothing (socks, trousers, shorts, t-shirts)
  • Sunhat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream and insect repellent
  • Water bottles such as Nalgene
  • Basic medications
  • Walking sticks
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Personal items
  • Personal snacks
  • Previous acclimatization in Cuzco city, for at least 2 days and general good health. Pachatusantrek offers easy one day and half day routes which can be completed before the main trek
  • DNI / Original Passport

Please note

  • Available from April to October

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Important Environmental Note

Pachatusantrek is committed to following the principles of ecotourism in our operations, and request the understanding and cooperation of trekkers, especially by not contaminating the waters and in the adequate disposal of non-biodegradable waste. We must also respect the customs and traditions of the local people.

“With the protection of mother earth and the permission of the apus …”

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