This trek in the Ausangate range reaches heights of over 5,000mt-16,400ft and has fabulous panoramic views of crystalline lakes and the nearby mountains. You will see typical Andean animals as llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Meet local Quechua speaking people and learn about their religion (their relationship with the Apus – mountain spirits), customs and life in the Andes. This hike is quite a long and difficult one (7-8 hours a day), so we recommend that you prepare by doing shorter walks at altitude 3 days before starting the hike.

 

TYPE: Culture
DURATION: 6 Days / 5 Nights
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate
TYPE OF TRIP: Standard and Private
DAYLE DEPARTURES: Everyday
RECOMMENDED DEPARTURES: April to December
INCLUDED: English speaking guide and trip briefing before departure.
Bus transportation
Cook
Meals from first to last day lunch
Mules / horses and handlers. Including back-up horse
All camping equipment

ITINERARY

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Day 1: CUSCO - TINQUI


Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the village of Tinqui (7 hours) and start the trek the following day.
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Day 2: TINQUI - UPIS


After breakfast we started to walk to Upis (6-7 hours). You will enjoy the typical high Andean landscape of glaciers and mountain lakes.
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Day 3: UPIS - QUINSACOCHA


The walk becomes more difficult as we climb higher. We will see more lakes and we will pass near the glacier of Ausangate, that is the highest mountain of the region between the 6.320mt and 20.730ft. After a 7-hour hike, we will camp near Lake Quinsacocha.
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Day 4: QUINSACOCHA - PAMPACAHUA


Another day of climbing! We will see lakes, glaciers, snow covered mountains of 6,000mt-19,680ft and have views of other valleys. It is a 6-7 hour hike to reach the camp at Pampacahua.
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Day 5: PAMPACAHUA - JAMPA


They pass through small villages of people dressed in traditional Andean clothing. The campsite is in the village of Jampa. There may be some time to try your luck at fishing.
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Day 6: JAMPA - PACCHANTA


Today we cross another 5,000mt-16,400ft. Walk with your view of the green lake of Qomercocha. Then walk to the thermal bath in Pacchanta and then a Tinqui for the return to Cuzco, arriving that same night the next day.
Ausangate Trek
Ausangate Trek