AUSANGATE TREK 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS
DAY 1: CUSCO – TINKI.
Early in the morning we leave Cusco and drive along the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado highway toward Tinki (3800 m.a.s.l). On the way we pass Urcos, where we may visit a beautiful lake. The next site is Cattca, an agricultural and cattle raising community. We also pass through Ocongate, the capital of the district, and only half-hour away from our final destination. After an approximate 6-hour drive, we arrive in Tinki where we are going to have dinner and spend the night. The long drive provides spectacular views of the valleys and mountains that have made the region famous for its natural beauty.
DAY 2: TINKI – UPIS
We leave Tinki climbing gradually through puna (dry, high area with sparse vegetation) arriving at our lunch spot after a three-hour walk. From here we already have beautiful views of the sacred Ausangate peak (6372 m.a.s.l.). After lunch, we continue walking for another hour and a half to reach our campsite in Upis (4400 m.a.s.l.). From this point, we can appreciate stunning views of the snow capped peaks in the region. We camp and dine directly in front of Ausangate.
DAY 3: UPIS – AUSANGATECOCHA
After breakfast, we continue our hike ascending for two hours to reach La Arapa pass (4850 m.a.s.l.). We then descend to our lunch spot, crossing an area where it is common to spot falcons and or Andean rodents (vizcachas). This area also boasts three beautiful lakes with tones of reds, greens, and turquoises (Pukacocha, HatunPukacocha, and Qomerqocha) and spectacular views of the surrounding snow peaks. After lunch, we continue two hours on a long and slow ascent that will take us to the second mountain pass, the Abra de Apuchata (4900 m.a.s.l.). After a half hour decent, we make camp at Ausangatecocha (4440 m.a.s.l.).
DAY 4: AUSANGATEQOCHA TO Q´AMPA
Today, we depart early to climb for two hours towards the third mountain pass, the Abra de Palomani (5200 m.a.s.l.). This is the highest elevation reached on the hike, from which we descend two hours through a alpine zone of llamas, alpacas and ¨vizcachas¨ to reach Pampacancha (4050 m.a.s.l.). From here we follow an uphill trail until that leads us to our campsite in Q´ampa (4300 m.a.s.l.). Along this gradual three hour climb we may spot llamas, alpacas, and pumas. Camping at Q´ampa offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
DAY 5: Q´AMPA TO PACCHANTA
We climb for 2 hours until we reach Q´ampa mountain pass (5000 m.a.s.l.), where we may spot the Andean deer. From here we descend 5 hours towards the Qomerqocha lagoon to finally arrive at Pacchanta (4100 m.a.s.l.). Pacchanta is a little community with attractive hot springs where we can enjoy a relaxing dip. We camp and have dinner here as well.
DAY 6: PACCHANTA TO TINKI
We leave Pacchanta early and start the two hour walk back to Tinki. Once in Tinki, we board private transportation that will take us back to the city of Cusco, where we estimate arrival after nightfall.
Pick up from your hotel.
Transfer in private bus to Tinki.
Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-person tent.
Dining tent with table and chairs
English speaking professional guide.
Stove and cooking equipment.
Horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
Horses to carry personal gear up to 6 kg per passenger Meals (05B, 06L, 05D +snack + daily tea service)
Others: boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning, night, and at lunch time.
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Transportation from Tinki to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Breakfast on the first day.
Dinner the last day.
Tips for your guide and porters.
YOU SHOULD 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.
Flashlight and batteries.
Camera, films and batteries.
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
Swimsuit (if you intend take a dip at the hot springs along the route)
Cash in soles and/or US$
Walking sticks or poles.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR YOUR FREE PICK UP
Please send us your flight arrival details (TIME / AIRLINE / FLIGHT #:/ DATE) once you book the flights,that is for your free pick up from the airport.you should send this information at least 5 days in advance.
We need all this information in order to provide you a free pick up service and with guarantee, the transfer will be waiting holding your names at the Airport with big sign of LIZ`S EXPLORER.