7day Ausangate Trek

Trek with us the Ausangate Circuit and enjoy beautiful Snow Mountains, several lakes, natural hot springs that are found along this circuit. The Ausangate Snow Mountain is the highs in the region of Cusco; besides landscapes in this trek you can also observe several species of animals including the Vicuña.

  • Tour Package: Ausangate Trek
  • Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Type of Tour: Alternative tour in Cusco
  • Group Size: Tour starting with 2 people
  • Departures Day: Daily departures are available between May to October.
  • Difficulty degree of this Trek: Challenging due to the altitude, we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco -or over 3000m/9840ft.

ITINERARY:

Day1: Cusco to Tinki

We leave the city of Cusco in a private transportation, and drive along the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado highway in the direction of Tinki (3800m/12464ft). On the way we stop in Urcos, where we may visit a beautiful lake with the same name. We then go on to Cattca, an agricultural and cattle raising community where we can appreciate the region’s spectacular views and finally pass through Ocongate, capital of the district with the same name and only half an hour away from our destination. After an approximated 6-hour drive, we arrive in Tinki, where we sleep in a local lodge and start the trek the next morning.
Meals: L, D

Day2: Tinki to Pacchanta to Qomerqocha Lagoon

After breakfast, we spend some time visiting the Tinki public school and have the chance to meet the children of the neighboring communities that study at this place and eventually give them some useful presents such as notebooks or pencils which are highly appreciated. We then leave Tinki and start a 2,5h walk towards Pacchanta (4100m/13448ft), where we stop for lunch. Pacchanta is a rural community that boasts some well-known hot springs where we can enjoy a nice dip, offering awesome views of Ausangate Mountain. In the afternoon we follow our hike through a slight climb up the Pacchanta valley, having the chance to spot llamas and alpacas, until we reach the beautiful Qomercocha lagoon where we set our camp and have dinner. Our campsite will be set in a spectacular spot with amazing views of Ausangate, Santa Catalina, Maria Huamantiqlla, Pucapunta and Colquecruz snow-capped mountains.  Meals: B, L, D

Day3: Qomerqocha Lagoon to Yanamayo

We leave at around 7.00 am and continue on towards the first mountain pass of our trek, the Abra Q´ampa at 5000m/16400ft, which we will reach after about 4h. We then descend towards the Ticllaqocha Lagoons, a beautiful group of little turquoise lagoons next to which we have lunch. In the afternoon we continue our hike for an additional 2-3h until we reach Yanamayo where we set our camp in an impressive valley overlooked by the impressive Tres Picos, Colquecruz and Pucapunta

Day4: Yanamayo to Condorpaso

We leave camp and start a gradual climb up toward Yanaqocha or “Black Lagoon” its name being due to the dark color of its waters. In this area we can appreciate a soil of volcanic origin, its color turning to dark red and black, as well as moraines, showing the previous presence of glaciers in this region. We will go over Yanaqocha mountain pass (5050m/16564ft) to then discover a surprisingly beautiful valley with an explosion of colored mountains, three spectacular lagoons and the presence of llamas and alpacas, which we will cross to head towards our next mountain pass (5100m/16728ft). From this point, an additional hour of hike leads us to Condorpaso, our next campsite, located very close to the mountain pass of the same name which will be our challenge for the next day. Meals: B, L, D

Day5: Condorpaso to Source of Sibinacocha Lagoon

After breakfast, we continue on a gradual climb up the valley that takes us to the mountain pass Abra del Condor (5200m/17056ft) after an approximated two hour walk. From the pass, the highest point of our trek, we may not only enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range and the Sibinacocha Lagoon, our next milestone, but also hopefully see wild vicuñas. Immediately, we continue our hike for an additional 3 hours, crossing another mountain pass on the way and then descending into the valley of the Sibinacocha Lagoon’ssource. We will camp next to the lagoon and very close from its source, where an impressive glacier stands and nourishes the lake with its turquoise waters that contrast with the dark blue pure color of the lagoon. The lagoon boasts a wide bio-diversity, we will most probably be able to spot Andean Coots, “Huallatas” or Andean Geese as well as Andean Ducks from our camp.
Meals: B, L, D

Day6: Source of Sibinacocha Lagoon to Ccascana

Today, we depart early to walk along the shores of the Sibinacocha Lagoon for 3h until we reach the Yayamari community, next to the mountain of the same name, an impressive rocky peak overlooking the lagoon (5500m/18040ft). We then continue accross a pampa where we will most probably see hundreds of llamas, alpacas and hopefully vicuñas, to then follow towards the Abra Ccascana at 5000m/16400ft, which will lead us to the lagoon of the same name, in which area we will set our last camp. In this remote spot, surrounded by impressive snow-capped peaks such as Montura and Chumpi and inhabited by small rural communities, we may have the chance to spot ¨Huallatas¨ or Andean geese and maybe even flamingos.
Meals: B, L, D

Day7: Ccascana to Phinaya and back to Cusco

After our breakfast, we leave Ccascana to walk for three and a half hours towards Phinaya. This is a small Andean community with a beautiful little church and no presence of vehicles except bikes and horses, where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, we meet our private transportation that will drive us back to Cusco, where we expect to arrive after nightfall. Meals: B, L

Departure and arrival times are approximated.

** Campsites are subject to change according to our guide’s criteria and the evolution of the group.

What is included:

  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private bus to Tinki, starting point of the trek
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, 2009-new, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field.
  • One foamy sleeping pad per person
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Kitchen tent
  • English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups over 8 people)
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 persons
  • Accommodation for our guides, cook and horsemen
  • Meals (05B, 06L, 05D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day)
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit
  • Private transportation from Tinki to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco

Not included:

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Tips

WHAT WE RECOMMENED THAT YOU BRING.

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Sleeping bag (it can be hired at our agency for US$ 5.00 / day)
  • Mattress: will be provided by the agency but is to be carried by you
  • Flashlight and 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
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please beware that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning. Optionally: water sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far.
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you intend to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Cash in soles and/or US$ (no ATM machines in Aguas Calientes) 

Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)

DEPATURES: Private Tours any day.

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