Ausangate trek Snow Mountain tour

Ausangate trek Snow Mountain tour

INTRODUCTION

Ausangate trek Snow Mountain tour is one of the most desolate and fantastic high Andean areas in Peru. The Ausangate is the most religious representative mountain in the Andes of Cusco. It is part of a strong group of mountains whose tops reach up to 6,372 m.a.s.l (20,905 feet) The turquoise lagoons, large fields and stone forests become the area into a moon paradise completely separated from the modern world. Walking around Ausangate is a fantastic adventure in which it is possible to get amazed in front of such beautiful sunset and eternal snow. You often find needles of rocks going up to more than five thousand meters high and also pieces of ice falling giddily and forming glacial lagoons.

We used a track with a part asphalted who is access to this solid, taken the route from Tinki. You need to be in good fitness for this ramble because it could be around seven or twelve days and you suffer heights and temperatures changes too.

The experience as an agency tour operator is becoming into a confident company and you always can trust in our services at the same way as local guides. You can see both an Andean spectacular scene and Quechuas villages that continue living as a typical way (developing communal agriculture and raising llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas).

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Duration of the trek: 07 Days / 06 Nights.
Estimated walking time: 7 to 8 hours.
Distance of the trek: 70 km.
Season: From March to November
Maximum height: 5,200 m.a.s.l (17,060 feet)
Category : Hiking in Cusco

ITINERARY

Ausangate trek Snow Mountain tour

DAY 01: CUSCO/ TINQUI TOWN

We leave Cusco at about 9:00 o’clock in the morning for seven hours bus ride to the small village of Tinqui. We pass through beautiful countryside and several traditional villages including Urcos, Cattca and Ocangate, where we have the opportunity to stop for a while and take some pictures. We spend the first night in a rustic hostel which is in the Andean community of Tinqui (3,800m.a.s.l) (12,470 feet).

DAY 02: TINQUI/ UPIS

We’ll set off on the trek at about 8:00 o’clock in the morning. This days we have direct contact with the local families, where we can appreciate very close the Andean’s life, tradition, costumes, the magnificent scenery of the Cordillera Vilcanota, with great views of the Ausangate glacier (6372 m.a.s.l) (20,945 ft). After lunch we walk two hours reaching the hot springs of Upis (4,400 m.a.s.l) (14,436 ft)

DAY 03: UPIS/ JATUN PUCA Q’OCHA LAKE

During the three hours trek in the morning we hike over the first pass which is named Arapa pass (4,850m.a.s.l) (15,912 feet) from this pass we go down until we reach the turquoise Lake Jatun Puqa Q’ocha passing the green lake of Puqa Q’ocha on the way. We will set up camp in there. From campsite you can climb the small ridge north of the camp to see Lake Vino Q’ocha the views of Ausangate are particularly close up and spectacular. Camping beside Jatun Puqa Q’ocha you may find that you are kept awake at night by the sound of dramatic ice falls into the lake, but do not worry its quite safe.

DAY 04: JATUN PUCA Q’OCHA LAKE/ PAMPACANCHA

In the morning we ascend the second pass of Apuchata (4,900 m.a.s.l) (16,077 feet) with the turquoise Lake Ausangate Q’ocha below. This lake is fed from the melting snow of Ausangate. From the lake we ascend to the Palomani pass (5,200 m.a.s.l) (17,060 feet) which is the highest point of the trek. From the pass we follow the trail into the valley where we’ll rest and have lunch. Another hour of trekking brings us to our campsite at Pampacancha.

DAY 05: PAMPACANCHA/ Q’OMER Q’OCHA

Adventures hike during the morning we’ll see the snowy peaks of Tres Picos and Puca Punta. We will continue east through the broad green valley of Pampa Jutunpata and up the Rio Q’ampa valley. After passing through small community of Q’ampa we will north west to the last pass of this hike, Q’ampa pass (5000 m.a.s.l) (16,405 feet). We will see several different colored lakes, the final lake being Q’oma Q’ocha. We will camp beside this beautiful green turquoise lake.

DAY 06: Q’OMER Q’OCHA/ PACCHANTA

We’ll have an easy days trekking for only about 3 hours, until we arrive at the small village of Pacchanta. You will have the opportunity to rest and relax in the hot 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.

DAY 07: PACCHANTA/ CUSCO

Its three hours trek back to Tinqui where we’ll say goodbye to our arrieros (horse leaders) (muleteers) and take the bus return to Cusco, arriving at about 6:00 o’clock in the evening.

Ausangate trek Snow Mountain tour

THE SERVICE INCLUDES:

  • Pick up at hotel in Cusco
  • Bus to Tinqui village
  • Professional Bilingual tour leader (two leaders for groups over 08 people)
  • Horses to carry company’s equipment (meals & camping equipment)
  • Cook & meals (06 breakfasts / 06 lunches / 06 dinners)
  • Camping equipment (tents, mattresses, tables and chairs, kitchen tent and dinner tent)
  • First aid kit and Oxygen balloon
  • Bus return from Tinqui to Cusco city

SERVICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Breakfast on first day
  • Tips for the crew (tour leader, cook and porters)
  • Sleeping bag (can be hired in our office U$ 03 per day)
  • Horses to carry your personal items 15 kilos (U$ 25 per day)

RECOMMENDATIONS THINGS TO BRING:

  • Backpack and sleeping bag
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Rain coat or poncho
  • Warm 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)
  • Original passport

Price for shared service: US$ 480 per person (adult)

US$ 20 discount with INTERNACIONAL STUDENT CARD (ISIC Card)

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