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Ausangate Mountain is the highest mountain in the Cordillera Vilcanota. The Cordillera Vilcanota is an impressive range of mountains which include the massive Nevado de Ausangate (6,385m) and three others tops over 6000m.
It's excellent trekking circuit offering to the traveller 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 Quechua people. This is a moderate to challenging trek, not technical with several high passes and often freezing cold nights so be prepared. This beautiful six day trek starts and finishes at the small Andean village of Tinqui and takes you around the massif of Ausangate mountain and over three high passes (two of them over 5000m).
It is essential to be properly acclimatized for this hike spending at least two or three days in Cusco (or equivalent altitude) before starting.

The peak of Auzangate is considered by the local people to be a sacred Apu and it is the central most powerful point of pilgrimage for today's Quechuas descendents. This fascinated trek can be also combined with famous Inti raymi fest, Sun`s festival in Cusco or the winter solstice fest in Qoyllor rity snow capped mountains opposite from Ausangate.
Distance: 74 km
Duration: 6 Days.

Ausangate 6D/5N

Day 1: CUSCO - TINQUI VILLAGE - UPIS - (Hot springs Camping).
Early transfer from your hotel in Cusco ( 06:30 am ) , 3 hours drive on a new highway to Tinqui 4,000 masl a village 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 Auzangate. 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 snow capped mountains. 6 hours to walk in a acclimatizing hike. There are thermal springs at Upis 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 Jatun Pucacocha 4585m which is at the bottom of one of the Ausangate glaciers, around 6 hours to hike.
Approximate Walking Time: 6 Hours

A beautiful day. We leave camp and climb steadily to Ausangate Pass 4850 masl. We descend to a beautiful lake Ausangatecocha 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. Around 6 to 7 hours to hike.

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. Around 6 hours to hike.

We circle around the lakes Ticllacocha and climb for 2 hours to the last Jampa 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

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.

Tour Included:
- Private 4x4 transportation to Tinqui (day 1) and return to Cusco (day 6)
- Horses to carry all the camping equipment, food, fuel
- Cooking equipment and Passengers belongings (8 kg per person)
- All 15 meals during the trip (5 lunches / 5 dinners / 5 breakfasts)
- Professional English Speaking Guide.
- Cook, assistant,horsemen /assistants
- Camping equipment tents for 2 person and mattress are provided
- Dinning tent
- Toilet tent
- Boiled water is provided during the trek.

Tour Not Included:
- Entrance to Hot Springs
- Extra Horse to carry your bags
- Tips for your crew :cooks, horse herders, guides US$20-25 approx (Every Tours in Machu Picchu`s staff receive a fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip, tips are optional also are a great gesture of esteem to them)

Things that you should bring:
- Change of clothes for the whole period of the trek & a daypack
- Minus 5C down sleeping bag
- Hiking boots, strong footwear, ideally trekking or sport shoes
- Trekking poles: Poles with metal tips are allowed on this trek
- Warm clothes: layers for variable temperature especially at night
- Thermals: Gloves / scarf: wool socks / woolen hat for cold nights minus 9C
- T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for a comfortable day walks
- Flash light or head torch and batteries
- Camera and extra batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
- Sun block / hat to protect you from the sun, rain and cold and sunglasses
- Personal medical kit
- Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
- Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
- 2 liters water bottle: disposable water bottles are not recommended
- Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc (in soles)
- Emergency money at least 200 extra soles
- Bathing clothes for the hot springs. Optional
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, muesli, etc.

TREKKING : ausangate trek 6 days and 5 nights
Posted by tours in machu picchu on 2012/11/19 9:20:00 (6575 reads)

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