Ausangate Trek 4 Days

The Short walk, which is the most recommended if you want to go around the entire Ausangate mountain taking less time and being able to cross the most important steps in these, such as the Arapa Pass, Palomani Pass and Jampa Pass, will be one of the most incredible adventures if you do this hike.In Cusco there are different companies that are promoting the Ausangate route as a trekking and adventure route, it has among its purpose that visitors manage to surround the Ausangate mountain, although still to date, few visitors have dared to follow it and complete this route. Those who are interested in climbing this snowy mountain, must know that they must have had enough time of previous practice since the Apu Ausangate is not a snowy mountain for beginners or people who do not have the proper experience, so if you is an intermediate level mountaineer, it is recommended to go in the company of an experienced guide in the field to avoid any complications. This snowy mountain is also important at a traditional local tourist level, due to the great annual festival in honor of the Lord of «Qoyllurritti», an Andean Christian celebration, which takes place at the foot of the snowy peak during the months of May to June and which venerates the rock christ that appeared in the year 1780 to which large numbers of people come to the Sacred Apu to worship him, along with typical dances and local people from all parts of the city of Cusco as well as visitors from other regions of our country.It is recommended to visit the snowy mountain between the months of April to November, which is the season when there are not many rains and you can take better advantage of the landscapes, in order to enjoy more of the beauty of the place and the activities it offers.

Why choose the Salkantay to Inca Trail Tour?

You can do the walk-in fewer days and make the most of your time.

The Ausangate Trek is listed as one of the best hikes in Peru, in addition to not being so popular and you will have to go around the mountain alone, which improves the experience.

Ausangate is definitely one of the best hikes you will find in Cusco, if you want to know the highest mountain in the region.

Ausangate is located in the second longest mountain range in Peru, the Vilcanota mountain range.

You can find the most beautiful snowy mountain in the region, Lagunas, Valles south of Cusco.

The Ausangate walk is not so commercial, this will be a different experience from all the commercial routes that exist in our city.

QUICK ITINERARY:

DAY 1: CUSCO – OCONGATE – TINQUI – UPIS

05:00 hrs. Depart from Cusco to Tinque.

08:30 hrs. Breakfast

09:30 hrs. Start of the adventure towards the town of Upis

12:30 hrs.We will arrive at the Upis school.

14:30 hrs. lunch

15:00 hrs. We continue to the town of Upis.

16:00 hrs. Dinner and overnight 

DAY 2: UPIS – ABRA ARAPA – YANACOCHA– AUSANGATE COCHA

06:00 hrs. Breakfast

07:00 hrs. Hike to Abra Arapa.

13:00 hrs. Lunch in yanacocha

18:00 hrs. Dinner and overnight at Ausangate Cocha 

DAY 3: AUSANGATE COCHA – PASO PALOMANI – HUCHUYPHINAYA – JAMPA

06:00 hrs. Breakfast

07:00 hrs. Hike until reaching Palomani 5200 masl, highest pass of the route

12:00 hrs. lunch

18:00 hrs. Dinner and overnight at Jampa.

DAY 4: JAMPA – JAMPA PASO– PACHANTA – CUSCO

07:00 hrs. Breakfast

08:00 hrs. Hike to Jampa pass.

13:00 hrs. Lunch at Qomercocha

18:00 hrs. Dinner and return transportation to Cusco.

22:00 hrs. Arrival in Cusco

ITINERARY:

DAY 1: CUSCO – OCONGATE – TINQUI – UPIS

On a not very complicated day we will start the adventure traveling south of the city of Cusco and we will arrive at Tinke where we start the adventure, we will have a lunch with the view of Ausangate, and we will walk in the afternoon until we reach Upis our camping point and also We can take advantage of being able to visit the hot springs in Upis.

We start the walk early with the pick up from the hotel at 5:00 am and we begin our adventure the first part of the trip will take us from Cusco to Ocongate where we will make a stop to have breakfast (optional) or take a hot drink and use the hygienic services after this stop we will continue to the town of Tinki 3900 masl – 12795 fasl, and then continue the adventure on hike this will be the starting point of the hike and it will be a not very complicated day we begin at 9:30 am after meet with the part of our support team, muleteer, cook and horses which will prepare all the equipment and continue in front of us, the first part of the way will be full of local people who carry out their daily grazing and farming activities as well as Textile in the area, it will be a 3 hour walk to the lunch point at the Tinki school which is 4100 meters above sea level – 13451 fasl, where we will have our Delicious lunch, at this point we will rest a bit and from this point we will have the views of the Sacred Apu of Ausangate, after lunch we will continue for 3 hours towards the next point in our journey the town of Upis 4400 masl – 14435 fasl, upon arrival We will see that this town is only about 10 to 15 families that live in this sector and that most of it is dedicated to the servant of Auquénidos such as llamas and alpacas, also at this point we can visit the thermal baths or pools and take a bath afterwards of our walk.

We will have dinner and overnight at this point very close to the Ausangate mountain, it will be a cold night and at a high point. 

  • Meals: Lunch – Dinner
  • Distance traveled: 9 km – 5.5 miles
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Maximum height: 4400 masl – 14435 fasl
  • Minimum height: 3900 masl – 12795 fasl
  • Difficulty: medium.

DAY 2: UPIS – ABRA ARAPA– YANACOCHA – AUSANGATE COCHA

Second day of walking we will be able to see the lagoons and we will pass two high-altitude steps in addition to reaching Ausangate Cocha at the foot of the snow-capped mountain, it will be an incredible day.

After breakfast at 6:00 am we continue our adventure to Abra Arapa at 4850 masl – 15912 fasl the first part we will hike up to the pass this will take us 3 hours of walking and will be 6 km – 3.7 miles, after to get to the pass we will continue a flat path and then we will descend towards Yanacocha at 4600 masl – 15091 fasl, where we will have our lunch next to the lagoon we will take a break and then we will continue ascending and we will have the best views of the Pukacocha and Hatun Pukacocha lagoons as well as from Qomercocha because then we have on the way 5 km – 3.1 miles, more hiking and this will take 2 hours to the highest point which is the next step of Apuchata 4850 masl – 15912 fasl then we will continue descending for 1 hour we will have the view from the imposing Ausangate to the left side and we will continue towards a new valley to the Ausangate camp point cocha at 4650 masl – 15255 fasl, where we will have dinner and camp s in this majestic place at the foot of the snow-capped Ausangate.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Distance traveled: 11 km – 6.8 miles
  • Time: 6 – 7 hours
  • Maximum height: 4850 masl – 15912 fasl
  • Minimum height: 4600 masl – 15091 fasl
  • Difficulty: medium

DAY 3: AUSANGATE COCHA – PALOMANI – HUCHUYPHINAYA – JAMPA

A long day of hiking the difference in height is noticeable when crossing the highest pass in our trek as well as reaching a low area in Huchuy Phinaya and then climbing again, we will also have the best day to take photos and take advantage of the views from the snowy Ausangate.

We start the day early we will have breakfast at 6:00 am this day will be longer and it will be the day we will arrive at the Palomani pass and descend to Phinaya it will be 8 km- 4.9 miles, so we started our walk for 2 hours from Ausangate cocha 4650 masl – 15255 fasl, to then reach the Palomani pass 5200 masl – 17060 fasl, the ascent will be heavy since we will have a great difference in altitude and the road is steep and the top will probably be covered with snow, in this section we will have the most visible view impressive throughout the tour and we will be able to take the best photos we will also find the apachetas (stone mounds) which were made by local people as a small offering to the great «Sacred Apu» we will have free time for photos and then continue the descent to the next point Huchuy Phinaya 4200 masl will be 2 more hours of walking to reach the point where we will have our lunch next to the river and the community of Phina already, after lunch we will continue to make the way up to Jampa, the way is up skirting a wetland or lake called Ticllacocha with which we will cross, which is full of an immense variety of auquénidos and birds in the area, we will arrive later 3 hours walk, 6 km – 3.7 miles we will arrive at Jampa 4600 masl – 15091 in the afternoon, we will have dinner and camp at this point.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Distance traveled: 14 km – 8.7 miles
  • Time: 7 – 8 hours
  • Maximum height: 5200 masl – 17060 fasl
  • Minimum height: 4600 masl – 15091 fasl
  • Difficulty: medium

DAY 4: JAMPA – JAMPA PASO– PACHANTA – CUSCO.

We will continue towards the Jampa pass and we will arrive to be able to cross to another inter-Andean valley which we will be able to see the most beautiful lagoons almost at the end of the tour, we will be able to know the mystical lagoons of male and female Otorongo and the Qomercocha where we will have lunch, we can rest and relax the body in the thermal baths of Pacchanta.

We will say goodbye to Ausangate to take our Vehicle back to Cusco and we will also say goodbye to the team that accompanied us on the trek.

We will start the trek at 7:00 am after breakfast after a well-deserved rest from the trek the day before, we will start ascending for 2 hours until the Jampa pass 5000 masl – 16404 fasl, it will be 6 km – 3.7 miles and on the way we will cross a small valley to our destination when we reach the highest point we will have some free time to take a photo and possibly we will cross with the llamas and alpacas that cross this pass with their shepherds, then we will start the descent of 3 km – 1.8 miles which will take 2 hours until we reach the Qomercocha, Pukacocha, Azul cocha, Otorongo Macho and Hembra lagoons, we will have lunch at the Qomercocha lagoon 4700 masl – 15419 fasl. After lunch we will continue the walk to Pacchanta 4200 masl – 13779 fasl, this walk will be 3 km – 1.8 miles and will take us 1 hour, we will rest and have the afternoon free to take advantage of and visit the hot springs of Pacchanta (Optional), we We will say goodbye to our work team which accompanied us on the tour. There our transportation will wait for us, which will take us back to Cusco for an average of 4 hours of travel. We will arrive at approximately 22:00 pm

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch.
  • Distance traveled: 12 km – 7.4 miles
  • Time: 7 – 8 hours
  • Maximum height: 5200 masl – 17060 fasl
  • Minimum height: 4200 masl – 13779 fasl
  • Difficulty: low

INCLUDED:

  • Transportation Cusco – Upis
  • Transportation from Pacchanta – Cusco
  • Professional guide service.
  • Arriero and Cook.
  • Food: 03 breakfasts, 03 lunches and 04 dinners.
  • Pack horses and muleteers: For 4 days. (5 kilos per person).
  • Camping equipment: dining tent, kitchen tent, quadruple sleeping tent for double use, mat, table, chairs.
  • Emergency medical kit: Oxygen bottle and first aid kit.
  • Entrance ticket to the Ausangate nature reserve and mountain of colors.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast on the 1st day.
  • Sleeping bag (necessary) and walking sticks.
  • I enter the thermal baths s / 10.00 soles.

Recommendations:

Passengers must personally carry the following: Toiletries, a small first-aid kit containing a couple of bandages, cream for muscle pain, pills for: altitude sickness, fever, upset stomach, pills to purify water, sunscreen , mosquito repellent, bottled water, flashlight, plastic rain ponchos, dark glasses, binoculars, camera, walking stick, trekking shoes, thermal clothing for the night, light clothing for the day, money at your discretion.

Optional:

We offer to rent sleeping bags for the 04 days: Fiber $ 15.00 and pen $ 20.00.

Likewise, for passengers who carry extra (excess) cargo horses during the 03 days in the US $ 90.00 each.

Important:

1.- In the pool system the group is made up of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12 passengers.

2.- The camps can vary depending on the climate and the state of health of the travelers.

3.- We recommend hiring travel insurance which is not included in the program

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