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Ausangate Trekking: 5 Day/4 Night High Mountain Adventure

On this 5 day/4 night Ausangate trek, explore the Andes’ mountain passes, see ice fields and glacier peaks, encounter living Inca communities, spot native wildlife, and more! Travel with a professional bilingual mountain guide and trekking team for a safe, comfortable experience.

USD $450.00USD $550.00

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Encounter Spectacular Landscapes and High Mountain Passes on this Ausangate Trekking Experience

On this 5 day/4 night Ausangate trekking tour, explore Peru’s breathtaking mountains, encounter living Inca communities, spot native wildlife like llamas and alpacas, vicuñas, and chinchillas, and more. Cross the Arapa and Pucacocha Passes and observe glacier peaks, ice fields, and the endless Andes extending as far as the eye can see.

Hike with an experienced English-speaking mountain guide, pack mules, and a professional cook for an safe and comfortable Ausangate trekking experience.

Highlights

  • Travel with a professional team: mountain guide, cook, pack mules, etc.
  • Trek across 3 high-mountain passes
  • Encounter glacier-fed turquoise lakes
  • Observe abundant wildlife
  • Bathe in mineral-rich hot springs
  • Enjoy hassle-free hotel pick-up/drop-off in Cusco

Tour Information

Duration: 5 days 4 nights
Start/End Location: Cusco
Availability: Year-round
Maximum Altitude: 17,400 feet (5,300 meters)

Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Cusco and Begin your Trek
Your Ausangate trekking experience begins with hotel pick-up in Cusco and private transfer to the to the village of Tinqui Ocongate. Here, begin your expedition. Today’s trek will take you high into the mountains, and you’ll get sensational views of the nearby Ausangate Mountain as you climb.

You’ll camp the night at Upis Huarmisaya.

Day 2: Trek across the Arapa Pass
You’ll begin your day at 5:00 am with a hearty breakfast, before continuing your ascent and crossing over the Arapa Pass. Located at 16,266 feet (4958 meters),  the pass provides breathtaking views. You’ll take a short descent to your second camp near Lake Pucacocha. Along the way, you’ll observe glacier peaks, mountain streams, and alpacas and llamas grazing in the high grasslands.

You’ll stay at Lake Pucacocha overnight. In the evening there will be an opportunity to fish for trout introduced to the lake long ago — if someone gets lucky, you’ll enjoy fresh fish for dinner.

Day 3: Reach your Ausangate Trekking Summit at Palomani Pass 
After breakfast you’ll hike to the highest pass of your Ausangate trekking trip. Encounter several turquoise high-mountain lagoons before crossing the Palomani Pass at 17,388 feet (5300 meters). From the summit, you’ll be able to observe impressive glaciers and snowfields as well as the Andes’ massive canyons carved into the mountainous expanse.

From the summit, you’ll hike to the foot of the Ausangate snow range mountain — considered the gatekeeper of water for the mountain’s indigenous people. The massive glacier and snow-pack provides the region with live-giving water year-round. You’ll continue your descent until you reach your campsite at Jampa.

Day 4: Descend into Pacchanta and Sink into Mineral-Rich Hot Springs
Begin your day at 5:45 am with a hearty breakfast before climbing to the last pass located at 16,476 feet (4,900 meters). The ascent will take approximately 3 hours. Upon your arrival to the pass, you’ll encounter two massive snow range mountains on either side, more glacier peaks, and lakes.

After taking a short rest here, you’ll begin your 3-hour descent. Pass by stunning lakes fed by the glacier and ice fields until you arrive at camp Pacchanta. The campsite is located in a small farming village where you’ll enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, relax and soothe your muscles in the naturally-occurring mineral-rich hot springs nearby.

Day 5: Say Goodbye and Return to Cusco
This is your last morning Ausangate trekking. After breakfast, you’ll hike a gradual 3-hour descent. At the foot of the trial, you’ll enjoy one final lunch with your guides and the team before saying goodbye and driving back to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, your driver will drop you off at your hotel.

What’s Included

  • English-speaking experienced professional mountain guide
  • Round trip hotel pick-up/drop-off in Cusco
  • Tent (2 people per tent) and roll pad mattress
  • 13 pound (6 kilogram) porter service for personal items, clothes, mattress, and sleeping bag to be carried by mules (day-pack with all daily necessities to be carried by you)
  • All meals (except last lunch) — professional chef, cooking equipment, and kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Vegetarian, vegan and/or specific diet meals upon request
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank and fingertip pulse oximeter
  • Safe, boiled drinking water to fill your water bottles
  • Free storage in Cusco for your belongings if you would like to leave things
  • Tent toilet: No need for middle-of-the-night hiking. Spotless, environmentally friendly toilet tents will be set up near the camping and lunch sites.

What’s Not Included

  • Sleeping bags (available for rent)
  • Thermal rest roll mattress
  • Gratuities for guide, cook, and staff (optional)
  • Last lunch

What to Bring

  • Comfortable day-pack.
  • Sleeping bag (17º Fahrenheit, – 8º Celsius)
  • Hiking boots and sandals
  • Warm clothes
  • Layers for variable temperatures, especially at night
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen, sun hat, and sunglasses
  • Extra socks, gloves, scarf and woolen hat for cold nights
  • Rain poncho and/or a good rain jacket
  • Toilet paper
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Extra water bottles
  • Extra money for necessities, snacks, souvenirs, etc. along the road

Important Notes

Deposit sent for booking is non-refundable nor transferable to any other date, person, or tours.

A claim letter for your insurance company can also be provided by us upon request.

VERY IMPORTANT (1):We strongly suggest staying at high altitude (above 10,000 feet/3000 meters – in Cusco or another high altitude city) for 3 to 4 days (minimum) before beginning the trip. This is in order to minimize the effects of possible altitude sickness. You can help your body acclimatize by drinking plenty of liquids, adding a bit more sugar to your drinks, eating food rich in carbohydrates, avoiding cigarettes and alcohol, and drinking coca leaf tea. Diamox can also be helpful – please ask your doctor for details.

VERY IMPORTANT (2): It is recommended that travelers arrive in Cusco 48 hours or more before trek departure. Tours may leave early in case of strikes or other external factors.

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