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Ausangate Trek the true image of the high Andes in Peru, the  Apu Asugante is located in the Cordillera Vilcanota (6,342m). In our trek we cross spectacular passes, explore a radiant landscape below ice peaks and enormous glaciers.  Ausangate is  a strong hold of traditional Quechua culture/world immersion, the native who live at 14000ft tending their herds of Llamas and Alpacas surrounded by colourful glacial lakes, deep red cliffs and relaxing hot spring with Andean atmosphere. You will also have a good chance of encountering condors, the largest flying bird in the world, and other Andean fauna.

 

AUSANGATE EXPEDITIONS

 

Type of tour     : Hikking,  Adventure

Duration          : 5 Days / 4 Nights

Starting Point  : Cusco

Ending Point   : Cusco

Price               : $ 550.00

 

GROUP SERVICE: (02 to 08 People Max): Our most popular Ausangate Treks is recommended for everybody who likes the adventure, Families, Honeymooners and Couples.

 

PRIVATE SERVICE: All inclusive for Families with children, Honeymooners and Couples. Special trek program just for you, and you can depart any day you wish and choose the group size, we don´t add any people, is arranged just for you. All private groups include additional services, such as: extra porters, horses to ride and to carry your personal gear (for alternate treks).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TOUR DESCRIPTION:

 

DAY 1.  Cusco - Tinki - Upis

 

We depart  early  from Cusco city traveling for around  three hours by our private transportation to the small village of Tinki (3800 meters/ 12 464 feet). As Tinki is located on the new Interoceanic highway we can now arrive here much more quickly than in previous years. We pass through beautiful countryside and several traditional villages including Urcos, Cattca and Ocangate.  After lunch in Tinki the first 3 hours on the trail are wonderful prelude to the magnificent scenery of the Cordillera Vilcanota, with great views of Ausangate. We will trek for two hours more until we reach the hot springs at Upis (4,400 meters/ 14432 feet) which offer fantastic views of Ausangate at the end of the valley. We will camp here for the night. (total trekking time 4-5 hours).

(L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

 

DAY 2.   Upis - Lake Ausangate Q’ocha

 

During this morning, we will cross the Arapa pass (4,850 meters/ 15908 feet). From here, we continue  three  hours down the valley, passing the green lake of Puqa Q'ocha until we reach the turquoise Lagoon Hatun Puqa Q'ocha. We then ascend the second pass of Apuchata (4,900 metres/ 16 072 feet) with the stunning turquoise blue Laguna Ausangate Q'ocha below. This lake is fed from the melting snow of Ausangate. We will camp here for the second night.

(B) = breakfast / (L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

 

DAY 3.  Lake Ausangate  Q’ocha - Qampa

 

On this day we continue ascending to the Palomani pass (5,200 meters/ 17 056 feet); the highest point of the trek. From the pass we follow the trail into the valley where we'll rest and have lunch. During the afternoon we can enjoy views of the snowcapped Tres Picos and Puca Punta. We will continue through the broad green valley of Pampa Jatunpata and up the Rio Q'ampa valley. We will spent night 3 in this vicinity

(B) = breakfast / (L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

 

DAY 4. Q’ampa - Pacchanta

 

After passing through the small community of Q'ampa we will head North West to the last pass of this hike, the Q'ampa pass (5000 metres/ 16400 feet). We will see several different coloured lakes and lunch beside Q'oma Q'ocha. We hike for several hours before arriving at the small village of Pacchanta. We can soak in the thermal springs for a couple of hours, and even have a well-deserved beer! We will set up camp near Pacchanta and you will have the afternoon free to explore this interesting Andean village. (You have the option of staying in a basic hostal this night)

(B) = breakfast / (L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

 

DAY 5. Pacchanta - Cusco

 

Its 3 hours trek back to Tinki where we will have time to explore this traditional Andean village before taking our private car back to Cusco, arriving at about 18.00.

(B) = breakfast

 

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE.

 

Note: Horses will carry the heavy gear; you will hike carrying only your personal pack, sleeping bag and pad.

If you are considering bringing special photography equipment or other heavy accessories, or just simply don't want to carry anything, please request an additional horse and horse man (US$ 120) to carry your personal belongings, this way you will freely enjoy the hike. (This is highly recommended if you have never hiked over 10000 feet). Cooks handle all the kitchen chores.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions-(FAQ)

How difficult is the Ausangate Trek?You just need to remember that you are able to go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, pace yourself, and enjoy. Ausangate Trek is considered a moderate hike, not a technical hike but high altitude may affect some people.Are Trekking poles or Sticks necessary?We recommend the use of Trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known knee problems. There are multiple times during the trek that a Trekking poles is handy, be it ascending a mountain or walking along the rough trails.Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Ausangate Trek?It's impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatizeProperly. A full 2 days spent in Cusco (3399m), taking it very easy and drinking plenty of water is enough for some people but if you can arrange to have minimum 2-3 days in case of any travel disruptions as well then this is what we recommend as there is also so much to do here!. The highest point you will reach while hiking Ausangate reaches 5280m on the 2nd day. Will I need to bring water?We recommend that you purchase a 1.5 – 2 liter bottle of water to take with you on the first day. Every night during the trek, we will boil water so you can refill the same bottle every morning before setting out. If you are planning to drink from any streams or waterfalls, we strongly suggest you bring water purification tablets or filters.Also, you will be able to buy water along the way on Day 1, for the first few hours of Day 2, then again on the afternoon of Day 3, and of course at Machu Picchu. Is the Ausangate Trek still good during the rainy season?Some people actually like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists but we say please be prepared for wet weather and have suitable clothes and equipment. Possibly snow so be prepared for a possible change of route if a pass is deemed impassable by the guide.We do not recommend this trek in the months of January, February and March. Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Ausangate?You first encounter Machu Picchu as the sun rises over the high mountains encircling it. It is already dawn but this impressive moment of Machu Picchu coming out of the shadows of the looming mountains is awesome. Will I need any extra money?Yes or yes we recommend to take extra money, tips for your trekking staff, souvenirs, snacks, bottled water, drinks, etc. You should take at least 300 soles as emergency money. Do Tour guides speak English?Completely fluent in English. Our guides are also one of the most popular aspects of our tours some of them being historians and archaeologists and all demonstrate a great passion for their culture and heritage. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It Is Included:

•  Transfer In/Out from your Hotel

•  Tourist Transportation Cusco to Tinki Town

•  Professional English-Spanish Speaking Tour Guide

•  Assistant Tour Guide for group of 10 people

•  Horses and horse man

•  Professional Cook and asistan

•  Food 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks and 4 Dinners.

•  Vegetarian food optional

•  Camping Equipment Tents for 02 people ,dining tent with tables and chairs

•  Sleeping matress

•  Emergency Horse

•  Oxygen bottle, first aid kit

•  Transport back to Cusco

 

It Is Not Included:

• Personal trekking gear, sleeping bag, tips to guide and support staff, city services.

• First breakfast (first day) is normally provided at your hotel before leaving.

• Last lunch at the end of the tour on 5th Day.

• Extra horse and horse man US$ 120

• Single Tent supplement: US$ 20

• Sleeping bag (optional): US$ 20

 

We recommend to take:

• Trekking day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.

• Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho.

• Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.

• Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath

• Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.

• Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)

• Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries

• Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)

• Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold

• Sun block cream

• After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body

• Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - although no malaria risk has been reported

• Toilet paper, pack in & pack out

• Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.

• Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.

• We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.

• Your own medical kit with any special medications.

• Small towel or sarong

• Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )

• Cash - sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.

• Walking sticks or poles.

 

 

Before booking the Ausangate Trek, please read the following information carefully:

 

BE sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the date that you enter Peru.

 

Fill out the booking information. We will contact you as soon as possible (within 24 hours) to confirm your Ausangate Trek booking and assist you in customizing a unique package.

Please specify if you would require the extra services of an extra horse during the trek.

 

Payment Proceed: You must to paid  the total amont  online with credit card. You will proceed with your payments through our secure server paying by Pay Pal, We also accept money transfer or direct deposits.

 

acclimation Proceed: we recommended you to arrive in Cusco 1 or 2 days before your departure date to ensure that you are well acclimatized to the high altitude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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