Ausangate is the highest mountain in the Cordillera de Vilcanota this Cordillera is an impressive range of mountains which include the massive Nevado de Ausangate (6,385m) and three others tops over 6000m.
This hike is quite long and a difficult one because you have to walk 7 or 8 hours a day, so we recommend you to prepare well, doing shorter walks at the altitude of Cusco during 3 days before starting the hike. At this part of Vilcanota cordillera we can hike at heights above 5000 meters above sea level, and have a fabulous panoramic view of colorful lakes and nearby mountains.We can see the typical Andean animals as lamas, vizcachas, alpacas and vicunas in droves, we will be in contact with Andean people who speak Quechua and know about their costumes, economy and their way of living, their religion, their gods like the Apus, or sacred mountains considered by them as sacred spirits.
The minimum to open the departure is two people and our maximum is eight so if you guys are two we can do it!
In the morning we pick up from your hotel in Cusco ( 07:00 am ) , 3 hours’ drive on a new highway to Tinqui village 4,000 masl on the high plains “altiplano” east from Cusco where we start our trek. We follow a wide gently climb path towards the northwest face of the massive mountain of Ausangate. We pass through fields and by scattered farm houses, and later in the day we start to see llamas and alpacas. We camp at Upis 4435m where we are surrounded by snowcapped mountains. There are thermal springs where we can enjoy a swim at the end of the day.
Approximate Walking Time: 6 – 7 hours.
Our first pass today. We climb for 3 hours to Arapa Pass 4757masl. From the Arapa pass we first traverse across an arid hillside and then we descend, sometimes quite steeply into a valley of deep blue glacial lakes and waterfalls. We camp by the lake Laguna hatun Pucacocha 4585m which is at the bottom of one of the Ausangate glaciers, around 6 hours to hike.
Approximate Walking Time: 7 Hours.
We leave camp and climb steadily to Apacheta Pass 4850 masl. We descend to a beautiful lake Ausangate cocha formed by a melting glacier. From the lake we climb again steeply on glacial moraine to the highest point on the trek Palomani Pass 5165 masl. From the pass there are extensive views of all the peaks in the Cordillera Vilcanota. We traverse and descend, a steeply dropping into the valley, then follow the valley down to camp near the remote village of Pampacancha 4500 masl.(Huchuy Finaya).
Approximate Walking Time: 9 Hours.
We follow up the Jampamayo River gorge to the small village of stone houses at Jampa 4650 masl. Towards Jampa the valley opens out more and the spectacular peak of Nevado Tres Picos, Qinsapunta “ 3 picks mountain” at 6093 masl. From Jampa we continue rising, then the trail starts to climb steeply to our highest campsite near the lakes Lagunas Ticllacocha 4800 masl.
Approximate Walking Time: 7 Hours.
We circle around the lakes Ticllacocha and climb for 2 hours to the last hampa Pass 4950 masl. which is surrounded by glaciers, huge mountains and glacial lakes. We descend down towards the village of Pacchanta 4250 masl. We camp near the village and we can enjoy the hot springs here.
Approximate Walking Time: 6 Hours.
An easy, 4 hour walk across open fields allows us our final close views of Auzangate, and brings us back to the village of Tinqui, where we meet our transport and return to Cusco. Returning to Cusco around 4 or 5 pm in the afternoon.
The night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office or in your hotel (exact time will be confirmed on arrival to Cusco).
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To reserve your spot on the trail with travel one expeditions, each person must pay a deposit of $200.00 and then pay the rest at our office in Cusco two days before your trek beings. To get the student discount, please send us a scan of both sides of your student card through email at the time you wish to reserve your spot. The only one Accepted by Peruvian Government is the International ISIC card.
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Huaynapicchu Climbing. – You need to book in advance too as the Inca trail because it has a limit capacity of 400 people per day which is divided in to 2 shifts. The first shift is at 7 am, and the second one at 10 am, each shift allows 200 people.
The climb is 50 minutes to an hour, it is a bit narrow but safe, the view of Machu picchu is breathtaking,The sun gate, Urubamaba valley and river.The Price is $70 us dollars.