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Trekking Ausangate: 6 Day/5 Night High Mountain Experience

On this 6 day/5 night trek, discover the high-mountain passes, glacier peaks, and abundant wildlife of the Peruvian Andes! Trek along scenic ridges and through small indigenous villages. Explore safely and learn about Andean culture and history from your professional English-speaking mountain guide.

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Trekking Ausangate: Discover Andean Mountains, Glaciers, Landscapes and Culture

Trekking Ausangate is a must-do experience for adventurous travelers seeking the real Peru — high in the mountains of Los Andes. On this 6 day/5 night trek, hike through mountain passes and scenic ridges, and pass small Andean villages and llama herders setting llamas out to graze in the alpine grasslands. See glacier peaks, ice fields, aquamarine lakes, and more!

Explore safely, and learn about Andean culture and history with your English-speaking mountain guide and trained paramedic. Travel comfortably with a cook, porters, and pack-mules.

Highlights

  • Travel with a professional team: mountain guide, cook, pack mules, etc.
  • Trek across high-mountain passes
  • Pass traditional Andean villages and meet local farmers
  • Observe abundant wildlife
  • Bathe in mineral-rich hot springs
  • Enjoy hassle-free hotel pick-up/drop-off in Cusco

Tour Information

Duration: 6 Days, 5 Nights 
Start/End Location: Cusco
Availability: Year-round

Itinerary

Day 1: Explore Pre-Spanish Archaeological Sites
Your trekking Ausangate experience begins with 7:30 am hotel pick up in Cusco and private transfer to the Tipon Inca archaeological site. Here, you’ll explore the complex and sophisticated water fountains and terraced hillsides and gain a sense of the outstanding architectural capacity of the Inca Empire.

From Tipon, you’ll continue onward to the pre-Inca stone village of Pikillacta. Here, you’ll encounter 2-story stone structures built by the area’s early indigenous peoples, and admire the breathtaking view of the valley below. From Pikillacta, you’ll drive through the Andes Mountains to your camp outside the indigenous village of Tinki (13,000 feet/4000 meters).

  • Low Altitude: 10,300 feet / 3150 meters
  • High Altitude: 13,100 feet /4000 meters
  • Campsite Altitude: 13,100 feet / 4000 meters

Day 2: Trek from Tinki to the Upis Campsite
After enjoying breakfast at camp, you’ll begin trekking Ausangate towards Upis. Throughout the day, you’ll trek along the Huarmisaya ridge with spectacular views of Ausangate Mountain extending along the horizon. Upon your arrival at the Upis camp, you’ll enjoy lunch then have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area. Encounter mystical thermal lakes and massive glaciers.

  • Walking Distance: 5.6 miles (9 kilometers)
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Low Altitude: 13,200 feet (4000 meters)
  • High Altitude: 14,400 feet (4400 meters)
  • Campsite Altitude: 14,400 feet (4400 meters)

Day 3: Trek across the Arapa Pass to Pukacocha Lagoon
After breakfast, you’ll begin your ascent over moss and lichen covered rocks towards the Arapa Pass. From here, you’ll marvel at the “stone forest” where, at such high altitude, the small ground growth dominates the floral landscape. Ahead, you’ll see Ausangate and the Andes Mountains.

After crossing the Arapa Pass, you’ll begin your descent towards your camp at Pukacocha Lagoon. High in the mountains, the village at Pukacocha was once an Inca stronghold against Spanish conquest in the 18th century, and the small village is still home to many descendants of the Inca.

  • Walking Distance: 6 miles ( 10 kilometers)
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Low Altitude: 14,400 feet (4400 meters)
  • High Altitude: 16,300 feet (4958 meters)
  • Campsite Altitude: 14,800 feet (4510 meters)

Day 4: Trek the Open Palomani Pass at 16,000 feet
After breakfast alongside the Pukacocha Lagoon, you’ll begin your ascent to the second pass — Apacheta. Here, you’ll see the snow-capped Ausangate Mountain and observe the outstanding Andes from a new angle. You’ll descend for lunch near Lake Ausangate Cocha. After rehydrating and recharging, you’ll ascend once again to the highest pass on your trek — the Open Palomani at 15,928 feet (5,200 meters).

You’ll end the day descending toward your camp at Qampa.

  • Walking Distance: 9 miles (15 kilometers)
  • Walking Hours: 9-10 hours
  • Low Altitude: 14, 800 feet (4500 meters)
  • High Altitude: 15,928 feet (4855 meters)
  • Campsite Altitude: 15,250 feet (4650 meters)

Day 5: Cross the Final Pass to Lake Qomercocha
After breakfast, you’ll begin your trek along the the snow-covered Qolque Cruz (Silver Cross). You’ll encounter monumentos glaciers, massive ice blocks, and endless ice fields. You’ll continue onward to the turquoise, glacier-fed Ticllacocha Lagoon,  and afterward you’ll cross the last pass at Qampa where you’ll see the “apachetas” stone piles — built for good luck by locals and travelers alike.

You’ll camp for the night on the banks of Lake Qomercocha.

  • Walking Distance: 6 miles (10 kilometers)
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Low Altitude: 14,800 feet (4500 meters)
  • High Altitude: 15,928 feet (4855 meters)
  • Campsite Altitude: 15,250 feet (4650 meters)

Day 6: Trek to Pacchanta, Sink into Hot Springs, and Return to Cusco
After breakfast, you’ll begin your last day’s trek past crystal clear lagoons, flower-filled meadows, and shepherds with their flocks of alpaca and llama. In the mid-morning you’ll arrive at the village of Pacchanta. Pacchanta is home to a small, naturally-occurring hot spring. Sink into the hot, mineral-rich water and soothe your tired, well-worked muscles after 5 full days trekking Ausangate. After lunch, a car will meet you near Pacchanta and drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Walking Distance: 5 miles (8 kilometers)
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Low Altitude: 14,100 feet (4300 meters)
  • High Altitude: 15,000 feet (4580 meters)

What’s Included

  • Round trip transportation from/to your hotel in Cusco
  • Professional mountain guide and trained paramedic
  • Professional chef and dining tent
  • Porter service and pack mules to carry personal belongings up to 17 pounds (8 kilograms)
  • Horse in case of emergency
  • 2-person sleeping tents
  • Bathroom tent/portable toilet
  • First aid kit with oxygen tank and fingertip pulse oximeter

What’s Not Included

  • Sleeping bag
  • Inflatable mattress (available for rent)
  • Hiking poles (available for rent)
  • Extra mule to carry personal belongings weighing more than allotted 17 pounds (8 kilograms) (*each additional 17 pounds/8 kilograms requires an extra mule)
  • Personal saddle-horse
  • Gratuities for guide, cook and porter service team

What to Bring

  • Day pack
  • Sleeping bag (17 degrees Fahrenheit/-10 degrees Celsius) (available for rent)
  • Hiking poles (available for rent)
  • Trekking Clothing: Trekking shoes, waterproof pants, shirts, light jacket, rain jacket, long underwear, pants and hand warmers, socks, sun hat, sunglasses, warm cotton rest-wear, thick coat, gloves, winter hat
  • Swimwear for the hot springs
  • Local currency for beverages, snacks, etc. along the way

Important Notes

Medical Considerations: If you have medical restrictions for some or all the activities detailed in your booking, please contact your doctor and inquire about the risks associated with this trekking experience.

If you have any medical or dietary restrictions, please contact us at info@keteka.com in advance so that your needs may be accommodated.

Altitude Sickness: It is highly recommended that travelers arrive in Cusco at least 3 days before the trek in order to acclimate to the high altitude.

Some of the symptoms of altitude sickness are headache and nausea. Over-the-counter medication such as Glucosa Coramina, Aspirin, Diamox, and Soroichi help to minimize symptoms. If the symptoms persist on the trek, oxygen is available and trained paramedic staff members are ready to assist.

At high altitudes, your body will need at least 3-4 liters of water daily in order to stay hydrated. Hot drinks like coca leaf tea is particularly recommended, as well as soups, vegetables, and clean carbohydrates. Candy chocolates, cookies, fruits, and other foods high in sugar may also help your body acclimate.

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