Around The Apu Ausangate
To you all the pumas come with a lot of joy above the rocks, jumping, for us nothing is missing, therefore with all joy we thank you.
You give us gold and silver, you are also mother snow, you are all hills and plants, it is very nice when it starts to rain until the grasses begin to sprout, that is why we thank you big mountain (Native poem to Ausangate).
The Apu Ausangate path is one of the most beautiful in Peru, as it is considered the 4th highest mountain in the country and religiously fulfills a sacred order for local people who live on its slopes who consider it as a protective deity and water source for irrigation and its valleys, during 6 days of walking we will be immersed in the native customs of the area, walking in mountainous areas from 4000 to 5200 meters above sea level and entering in direct contact with animals such as Alpacas, Vicuñas and Llamas which live freely in this area, we will also better understand the lifestyle of its residents without leaving aside the scenic aspect of the place such as lakes, snow, valleys and so on. For the Andean man the Apu Ausangate not only on a mountain but rather is considered as a tutelary God to whom respect, prayer and gratitude are offered.
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Type of Trek Adventure
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Max Group
- Walk on one of the most beautiful circuits in the world
- Visit Puca Cocha lagoon
- Walk in the middle of Llamas, Alpacas
- Starry camp nights
- Enjoy local food
- Duration: 6 days / 5 nigth
- Distance: 73km- 55miles
- Maximum elevation: 5150m.a.s.l
- Difficulty: moderate –challenging
Weather in the Andes can be unpredictable ranging from hot and sunny to rain, wind and cold. Hikers should be prepared with proper gear and be ready for variable weather conditions throughout the day. Small changes in the itinerary are a possibility as well as trip cancellations due to bad weather. We reserve the right to cancel a trip if we feel conditions are unsafe. If this happens you will be refunded your deposit in full (see full Terms & Conditions), however trips still go out when there is rain, snow or fog. Temperatures can range from 0 degrees celcius in the morning to 15 degrees celcius in the afternoon. The sun does get intense in the afternoon and we highly recommend bringing sun protection.
CUSCO – VALLE SUR –TINKI - UPIS
Will be 3 hours of travel in our transport until arriving at the community of Tinki where is the beginning of the road, in this way we will cross everything that is the southern valley of the city of Cusco and then ascend to the top of the mountain where we will be sighting the great part of the local geography and we will already have the first views of the snowy Ausangate that with its size and majesty will captivate us little by little. Once in the beginning we will get to know the personnel who will accompany us on this expedition as they are the muleteers and cooks, it is here also where we will have the option to lighten even more our weight of the backpacks and deliver what we have left over to the horses that will be the loading animals to our next camps.
This first part of the way will be as training and acclimatization as the route is mostly flat and has some unpredictable climbs, we will enjoy the landscape as we will be in front of the same snow, after about 4 hours of walking we will arrive in a small center Camp Upis where we will have lunch, dinner and spend the night.
UPIS - PUCA COCHA
Very early we will leave the camp to start our second day of hiking, which aims to reach Puca Cocha, we will have approximately 3 hours of climb to reach the first step called Arapa (4800 masl) from there we will have a side view of the impressive Ausangate and there will be enough time to eat some snacks and have more energy to continue with the hike, from there the road will be in flat parts and lowered firstly the lagoon of yanacocha (black lagoon) and after 3 hours we will be in front of the Puca Cocha lagoon and take advantage of the moment to have lunch and rest the rest of the afternoon having a spectacular view of the snowy front of our camp.
PUCA COCHA – PASO CHILCA APACHETA - AUNSAGATE COCHA
Our cooks will touch our tents offering us hot water and a coca tea to wake up, after having a varied breakfast we will walk uphill for a period of 2 hours until arriving at the pass Chillca Apacheta (4900 m.a.s.l) this will be a much more demanding journey than the previous as the road is quite steep but do not worry, take the stops to breathe the pure air that surrounds it and take some photos to remember. From there the route will be much simpler, it will be a descent of approximately 2 hours until our next camp located in Ausangate Cocha (4800 m.a.s.l) where we will have a lunch and the rest of the afternoon free to recompose forces.
AUSANGATE COCHA . PASO PALOMANI - HUCHUY PHINAYA
This will be the day we will reach the highest of the whole route, it will be a 3 hour climb from our camp to the Palomani Pass (5200 m.a.s.l) from there the view will be spectacular and rewarding after all these days walking the Vilcanota mountain range , as every climb always has a descent and here is no exception, we descend for about 3 hours to the sector of huchuy Phinaya where our penultimate camp will be there, in this way we will observe animals like Alpacas and Vizcachas and it will not be rare to see local people inhabiting these highlands and carrying out their daily activities such as grazing.
HUCHUY PHINAYA – PASO JAMPA – PACCHANTA
We will wake up a little earlier than usual, and we will climb again for a period of 3 hours and we will be all the time with the view to the front of the snowy 3 peaks, butterfly and snowy jampa as guardians of our route, once in the pass Jampa (5000 masl) we will observe hundreds of stones huddled one after another as towers, these elements are called apachetas and here we will perform a ritual of gratitude to our mountains for having allowed us to carry out our journey with total normality. After the high pass we descend to reach the community of Pacchanta where we will have lunch and afternoon free to relax in the thermal baths of the place.
PACCHANTA – TINKI –CUSCO
After breakfast and before leaving for Tinki we will have a meeting with all the staff that accompanied us on these days of crossing to bid farewell to each one of them. This last trip is quite short and easy, we will be in Cusco at 3:00 pm where our tour ends.
Cusco is a department located in the south of the Peruvian territory, presents two well-defined seasons, rains and droughts, so the climate is a mixture of intense rains in the months of November to April and sunny days from May to October, temperatures with quite changing in the hilly part of the region, these being able to descend until -5 degrees in the zone of Ausangate during the months of June to July.
The capital of the department, Cusco is located at 3342 meters above sea level, is where the planes arrive and is the basis of all expeditions to Machu Picchu and all tourist sites. On the other hand Ausangate is the highest mountain in the department with 6372 meters above sea level and many of the camps we pass are located on the 4000 to 4850 meters above sea level, therefore a previous acclimation of about 2 or 3 days in the city is more than mandatory.
We start an expedition with a minimum of two participants and we do not exceed a number of more than 8 members. If you have a large group of friends that exceeds our limit, we make a special expedition where we send a second guide to better manage the group.
Our team is trained to complete the highest demands, all our walks merit a physical effort so the food is fundamental to continue our tours, if you have a special diet, We adapt to your needs and design a menu that meets your expectations.
There is no age limit, but we are very strict to demand a good physical condition for our walks. Ausangate for the same location is consider as a very difficult level hike so if you are looking for a pleasant moment, remember the best is that before your trip is prepared physically and mentally and this will help greatly during your vacation.
If you chose one of our walks that are more than 1 day, you will need a sleeping bag for the nights inside the tents, if you do not have one we can rent one that surrenders the comfort conditions for climate and geography of the place and we guarantee cleanliness and warranty.
Considered one of the most beautiful places to walk in Peru, AUSANGATE is considered as a walk from easy to very difficult depending on the number of days you choose in the expedition, we as operators seek to be sincere with our customers, remember that our priority is that you take a nice souvenir and not be a hardship during the days of trek therefore we recommend a lot of physical activity and a good acclimatization in Cusco before any expedition.
We take chemical baths with us for the convenience of our clients and they are installed in each camp where we arrive, we are very careful in handling this equipment with the intention of preserving our environment.
Our guides and all the personnel that accompanies in an expedition receive a payment for the days that passes in the way, the gratuities are not obligatory but they are part of a custom already generalized in South America, if you feel that the service was good and according to your needs a tip will be a good message for all our staff who will feel rewarded in that way.
- Briefing 1 or 2 nights before beginning the expedition
- Pick up from hotel
- Private transport
- All the foods
- Box lunch deluxe
- Local professional guide in English and Portuguese
- Hot water in the mornings and afternoons for personal hygiene
- Camping equipment (dining tent, bath tent, kitchen tent)
- Professional mountain tents (passengers)
- Sleeping’s and mattress
- Duffels bags for personal things
- Emergency horse
- Team of muleteers
- First aid kit
- Oxygen balloon
- Tips for staff (cooks guides, muleteers)
- Extras not specified in the itinerary
- Dinner on the last day
- A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek - prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco .
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
- Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping. * This is a particularly cold trek, you should make sure you have a lot of very warm clothes.