Ausangate Expedition

Experience one of Peru’s most pristine landscape and hike around Cusco most sacred and highest mountain peaks in the heartland of the Q'eros people and will provide you with amazing views of the Andean highlands. You will need a good dose of adrenaline as you hike up four passes above 4500 meters (15,000 feet). The trip is supported with horses for your convenience, and help you to cope with climatic conditions, and elevation of the area. We provide you with top quality camping equipment, and very balanced and energetic diet with vegetarian options.
If you want something different and challenging, the Ausangate Expedition is awaiting you!!!


Itinerary


Day 1: Cusco-Ocongate-Tinki-Upis

Day 1: Cusco-Ocongate-Tinki-Upis

Private transportation fro Cusco. The road goes toward Puno, past the Wari site of Pikillacta ruins and the colonial towns of Andahuaylillas and Huaro (we may spend some time visiting them) afterwards a road starts winding its way up hill until we reach small villages with shepherds and weavers in the highland puna. In the afternoon the Vilcanota Range will loom in the distance with Ausangate and ColqeCruz mountains dominating the landscape. 

 

The trail starts crossing the puna or highland meadow approaching the base of the impressive Ausangate with amazing views of the rolling landscape. Continuing the hike, the trail take you up through the andean villages still traditional in many of their customs and habits.  Camp at Upis with a chance to enjoy the thermal baths.

Day 2: Upis-Pucacocha-Laguna Ausangate

Day 2: Upis-Pucacocha-Laguna Ausangate

Ascending the slopes we cross over the pass at 4,500 mts. (14,760ft) and make our way to lake Pucacocha for lunch with the western ice-fall of Ausangate mountain dominating the view of this campsite. After lunch we head up to Apacheta pass  4700mts( and afterwards make our way down to Ausangate lake. From tonight camp you can appreciate just why Ausangate has for centuries commanded so much reverence for the local people.

Day 3: Pucacocha-Palomani-Finaya (Soraycucho)

Day 3: Pucacocha-Palomani-Finaya (Soraycucho)

We cross the highest pass on our trip at Palomani (4,800mts) (15,744ft), with a spectacular view of the southeastern ridge of Mount Ausangate. Camp at Soraycucho

Day 4: Soraycucho-Pacchanta-Cusco

Day 4: Soraycucho-Pacchanta-Cusco

 We circle northwest over Ticllacocha Lagoon and over the last Pass 4,650m (12,250ft) reaching the small meadow of Pacchaspata, or the shores of lake Q'omercocha Camp for lunch. Today the route is littered with natural beauty; like:  deep valleys, alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas being kept  in their original natural environment,  and if lucky the rare Andean condor will be seen. The trail descends towards the village of Pacchanta where for enthusiasts, thermal baths are available. After lunch we return home.

Included

1.-Predeparture briefing
2.-  Early morning  transfer by private transport to trailhead
3.-Meals: 6 breakfasts / 5 lunches / 5 dinners /5 afternoon hot drinks
4.-Drinking water since the day 2
5.- Two-man Tents: (for a personal tent request, there is a surcharge of  $30)
6.- Foamy sleeping mat 
7.-Dining tent, cooking tent, cutlery, folding tables, and stools 
9.-Mules, carrying heavy gear such as: food, tents, gas bottle, and cooking stuff
  And 7kilograms/15 pounds of your belongings
10.- A Chef.
11.-English speaking professional tour guide. (for groups larger than 9 persons, two tour guides)

Not included

1.- First day breakfast
2.-Last day lunch 
3.-First day drinking water
4.- Sleeping bag
5.- Inflatable matt
6.- Tipping your trekking stuff is customary.

Duration 4 days
Difficulty 1
Code UM012


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