The Ausangate Trek 5 days is on Cordillera Vilcanota is an impressive range of mountains which include the massif Apu Ausangate (6,385m) and three others Mountain surrounding over 6000m. It’s excellent trekking option offering the adventures everything you could want: spectacular mountain scenery, snow-capped peaks, hot springs, turquoise lakes, glaciers, herds of llamas and alpacas, picturesque villages and traditionally dressed Indigenous people. Its also high, tough and cold, so be prepared.
This 5 Days Ausangate Trek starts and finishes at the small Andean village of Tinqui and takes you around the massif of Ausangate Peak and over three high Mountain passes (two of them over 5000m). It is essential to be properly acclimatized for this hike spending at least three days in Cusco (or equivalent altitude) before starting your dream adventures.
The mountain has significance in Incan mythology. Every single year the Quyllur Rit’i festival which attracts thousands of local pilgrims which is celebrated about 20 km north of the Ausangate at the mountain. It takes place one week before the Corpus Cristy feast.
best time to Hike the Ausangate trek is in the dry months between May and September. Unlike other popular treks, the Ausangate trek is very quite, even in peak season. In the shoulder months of April and October weather is still pleasant and the trek is very possible. However, because of its altitude you’ll have to contend with freezing nights, even in the dry season.
Trip style: Adventures ,history & cultural immersion
Length: Ausangate Trek Peru 5 Days/ 4 nights
Frequency: from march to january
Group: 2 persons min , max 10 persons
Fhysical Grading: moderate , challenging
Total distance hiked: 61 km /37 miles
Beginning altitude: 3,310mt /12465 ft
Maximun altitude: 5,040mt /16,564 ft
We pick you up from your hotel early and transfer you by bus to Tinki a small countryside community which is the starting point of the Ausangate trek. At Tinki we are going to meet the horseman and horses which will transport our staff during the expedition. On the route we’ll pass picturesque small towns like Urcos. We’ll continue up to Catca and then Ocangate. In these villages we will see people wearing the traditional clothes of the country. Then we continue on through communities until we reach Tinki. The bus trip will last after 2 hours and 30 minutes we will wakl. through spectacular green mountain pastures where Andean People live keeping their traditions and customs. The stunning mountain scenery will make for an extraordinary Ausangate Trek. You will see many llamas and alpacas which are used by people to transport their crops and belongings. We will continue until Upis the campsite.
We leave Upis early and start hiking through the spiky ichu grass of the plains and then the trail climbs up towards the Arapa Pass (4900m). Afterwards we continue the trek between Ausangate and Queullacocha observing attractive lagoons and spectacular mountain scenery with great fauna. After this the trail descends to Lake Hatun Pucaccocha. Then we hike up to the second pass named Pucapunta Pass (5000m). Later we have short descent to the campsite next to the Ausangate lagoon.
A fascinating trekking day. We pass the highest point on our Ausangate Trek (Palomani Pass 5200 m). At this point you’ll be rewarded by splendid views. Afterwards we descend to the ancient farming area of Finaya where people live herding their llamas and alpacas. We will see native crops and see friendly families. Later we will take a short walk until we reach our campsite at Hampa community.
Today the trail climbs up to Hampa Pass the last one of our trek before we descend through the ancient Moraine and rocky site this area is habitat for mountain Chinchillas (Andean rabbits). We continue the Salkantay Trek amidst beautiful lagoon (Qomercocha) until we arrive at our campsite located in a colourful countryside community (Pacchanta) where people live in harmony with nature. At this place there are natural hot springs where you can relax your muscles which will be well deserved after this challenging trek.
We leave our campsite early and continue towards Tinki. Later we continue downhill through a pasture with a beautiful agricultural were we will see natives crops like potatoes, oxalis, beans, quinua, etc. The trail descends passing pastures and several communities of friendly people who will greet you in their native language Quechua. At Tinki the bus will be waiting for us to return to Cusco and transfer you to your hotel
Sleeping Bag (Can be rented from us : US$20.00)
Hiking poles ( can be rented from us : US$15.00)
Air mattress ( can be rented from us : US$ 20.00)
lunch and dinner on Day 4
Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu mountain
Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.
2019 – Price per person US$600.00 (adults)
Private Group Price
2019 – Price per person US$650.00 ( adults)
Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).
Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
Under 18’s Discount: US$20
Sleeping Bag US$20
Walking Pole US$15
Inflatable Mattress US$20
Single Tent Supplement US$35
Optional upgrade (Need to book in advance):
Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 75.00 (Need to book in advance)
Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 75.00 (Need to book in advance)
Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Cusco: USD 50.00 (Need to book in advance)
Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance)
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