Adventure Tours

Ausangate trek

Dominating the horizon south of Cusco, the magnificent peak of Ausangate (6,333 meters) is the highest and most sacred mountain in southern Peru. For centuries it has been central to the religious beliefs of the Andean people and pilgrimages to its icy slopes are still made by local people.

Treks in the Ausangate area take from eight to twelve days. The scenery is spectacular. Snow-capped peaks look down on seemingly endless grasslands studded with turquoise lakes and thermal pools. Herds of llamas and alpacas graze under the watchful eyes of their owners, who live in the same isolated and picturesque villages that their ancestors founded countless generations ago.

1

Cusco / Ocongate/ Tinki / Upis

We drive southeast of Cusco, passing Qatca and Ocongate, where we will make brief stops. We arrive to the village of Tinki where we start the trek. An easy first day. We cross the Mapocho River, which is one of the principal sources of the Amazon, and walk across plains of coarse grass. We will camp that night close to the thermal baths at Upis, where we will have the opportunity to bathe in the medicinal waters.

Driving distance (Cusco – Tinki): 96.93 ml/ 156 km (paved road); 3.5 hours

Main altitudes: Cusco 11154 ft/ 3,400 m, Tinki 12,414 ft/ 3,784 m. Upis 14422 ft/ 4,396 m.

Distances: Tinki – Upis 6.03 ml/ 9.7 km (uphill): 6-7 hours

Meals: lunch & dinner

2

Upis / Pucacocha

Accompanied by our own personnel and pack animals we cross the first pass at 4500 metres. From there we head to the Lake Pucacocha at 4459 metres.

Trek length: Upis–Pass 5.8 km/3.60mi. (uphill): Pass–Pucacocha Lake: 3 km/1.86mi. (downhill). 6-7 hours

Main altitudes: Upis 4396m/14422ft. pass 4500m/14763ft. Pucacocha 4459 m/14629ft.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner

3

Pucacocha / Palomani / Chilca

Today we cross the highest pass at Palomani (4800 m). We leave early, keeping Ausangate to our left.and passing groups of grazing llamas and alpacas. As we cross the pass we will be met by spectacular views of the southeast mountain range, including the peaks of Mariposa and Caracol. If we are lucky then we may spot a solitary condor, the world’s largest flying bird, high above us. We then descend towards Pampacancha at 4,650 m, along the Jampamayo River to the community of Jampa, before arriving at Chillca, where we will camp.

Trek length: Pucacocha–Palomani Pass 6 km/3.69mi. (uphill). Palomani Pass-Chillca 5.24km/3.25mi. (downhill). 8 hours

Main altitudes: Pucacocha 4459m./14629 ft. Palomani 5109m./16761ft. Chillca 4437m./14557ft.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner

4

Chilca / Comercocha

Around the shores of Lake Ticllacocha, our route takes us up to the last pass at 4,650 metres among the mountains of the Vilcanota range, before descending towards the beautiful turquoise and green Lake Q’omercocha, where we will camp.

Trek length: Chillca–Pass 9.56km.5.94mi. (uphill). Pass-Q’omercocha 3.44km/2.13mi. (downhill). 8 hours

Main altitudes: Chillca 4437m./14557ft. Pass 4650m/15255ft. Q’omercocha 4,625 m./15173 ft.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner

5

Comercocha / Pajchanta

We continue our descent to the community of Pajchanta, whose residents live from livestock herding and agriculture. We will also pass thermal baths where we will be able to stop to rest and bathe in an extraordinarily beautiful place with views of the surrounding mountains.

Trek length: Q’omercocha–Pajchanta: 8.2km./5.09mi. (downhill) 6 hours

Main altitudes: Q’omercocha 4,625 m./15173 ft. Pajchanta 4144m./13595ft.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner

6

Pajchanta

In the early morning, we will make the short walk to the village of Tinki, where our trek began and where our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to Cusco.

Trek length: Pajchanta–stop of our bus 5km/3.11mi. (downhill). 3-4 hours

Main altitudes: Pajchanta 4144m./13595ft. Cusco 3400m/11159ft

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Driving travel time: Tinki- Cusco: 156 km / 96 miles (paved road) 3.5 hours

Included:

Private bus outbound and return.
4-person tents for every two participants, Single tents (upon request)
Air mattresses
Kitchen set, complete table service, chairs and tables
Dinner tent and kitchen ten
Latrine tent
First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle

Team

English-speaking tour guide
Cook
Pack animals and mule drivers, camp assistant(s). Mules carry up to 8 kg of the items of our passengers

Food

Delicious meals as described in the above itinerary
Drinking water to fill your water bottle (from natural sources, filtered and boiled)
Snacks in the morning and afternoon (fruits, biscuits, chocolate and energy bars, small candies)
Hot drinks such as tea and coffee

Not Included:

Sleeping bags (we can provide some for an additional price of US$30 per person)
Participants are expected to bring their own sleeping bag, clothing and other items of a personal nature, including personal medical supplies
Entrance fee to visit Wayna Picchu (subject to space)
Meals not included in the itinerary
Items of a personal nature including personal medical supplies
Tips to guides and to the staff.

Tipping of our guiding staff is acceptable, at your discretion, when you feel they have gone beyond their normal job requirements and should be compensated by you for it. Tipping for guides, cooks and porters may vary, depending on the type of service, length of trip and group size. Tipping is not compulsory.

What to bring on the trip?

  • Passport (bring additional photocopies of your passport)
  • A small backpack for daily personal items (to be carried by Passenger)
  • Warm clothing for Andean region
  • Rain jacket
  • Long sleeved shirts (cotton)
  • Shorts for walking (optional)
  • Cap and sunglasses
  • Sun block cream
  • Digital camera
  • Binoculars for bird watching enthusiasts
  • Well hiking boots
  • Walking poles (if you are used to walking with poles) ensure they are not metal tipped
  • Bathing suit and sandals (if you wish to visit thermal baths in Aguas Calientes)
  • Flashlight
  • Important detail: To be in good health and shape to be part of this adventure (Try to train by walking each day for at least two weeks before departure).

Travel Details

  • Duration: 6D / 5N
  • Dificulty: Moderate
  • Location: Cusco – Peru
  • Customizable: Yes
  • When to go: Best: March to December
  • Travel Style: Adventure Tours.
  • Destinations: Cusco.
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