This is an unforgettable hike recommended for lovers of trekking who are searching for an unforgettable experience in remote areas and untouched nature. If you are able to a handle little more altitude and distance surrounding the snow-capped Sacred Mountain Ausangate (“Apu”), this trek is for you! This trek will takes you past beautiful mountain scenery, remote Andean villages, and breathtaking turquoise lakes.
First Day: Cusco - Tinki - Upis
We will leave the city of Cusco at 5.30am in private transportation. We will head through Cattca, an agricultural community where we can appreciate the region’s spectacular views of the surrounding maountains. After a three-hour drive, we will arrive in Tinki, the starting point of the trek, where we will meet our wranglers and pack horses. Here we will begin our trek and pass through Puna a dry and high area with little vegetation. After three hours of hiking we will arrive at our lunch spot, where we will have beautiful views of the Sacred Mountain Ausangate. After lunch, we will continue walking for another hour and a half to reach our campsite in Upis (4400m/14432ft). From this point, we can appreciate fabulous views of all the snowy peaks in the area. We will eat dinner and camp with a stunning view of Ausangate.
Second Day: Upis- Ausangatecocha
After breakfast, we will continue our hike ascending for 2 hours to reach La Arapa pass. We will then descend to our lunch spot, crossing an area of falcons and ¨vizcachas¨ or Andean rodents. This area have also three beautiful lakes with tones of reds, greens, and turquoises and spectacular views of the surrounding snow peaks. After lunch, we will continue on a long and slow ascent that will take us, after about 2 hours, to the second mountain pass, the Abra de Apuchata at 4900m/16072ft, from which we will descend, for another half an hour, towards our second campsite at Ausangatecocha (4440m/14563ft)
Third Day: Ausangateqocha to Q´ampa
Today, we will depart early to climb for 2 hours towards the third mountain pass, the Abra de Palomani (5200m/17056ft). This will be highest section of the entire hike, from which we will then descend for another 2 hours through an area of llamas, alpacas and ¨vizcachas to reach Pampacancha (4050m/13284ft). From here, we will follow an uphill trail that leads us to our third campsite in Q´ampa (4300m/14104ff). Fourth Day: Q´ampa to Pacchanta
We will climb for 2 hours until we reach the Q´ampa mountain pass (5000m/16400ft), where we may have the chance to see some Andean deer along the way. From here we will descend towards the green lagoon of Qomerqocha and finally arrive at Pacchanta (4100m/13448ft). Pacchanta is a small community with attractive hot springs where we can enjoy a relaxing bath. We will camp and spend our final together here.
Fifth Day: Pacchanta - Tinki - Cusco
We will leave Pacchanta and start on our way back to Tinki, which will take about two hours. Once in Tinki, we will take our private transportation back to the city of Cusco, where we will probably arrive after nightfall.
NOTE: Departure and arrival times are approximated.
Campsites are subject to change according to our guide’s criteria and the group progress
Important: all our departures are available along the year, although the period March to December is recommended to avoid the heart of the rainy season. Groups may be confirmed on any given date provided a minimum group size of 2 people is achieved upon booking and the booking is confirmed at least 1 week prior to departure
What is included in the price?
-Professional guide fluent in English -Private bus to the start of the trail
-Ausangate entrance fees
-Two-people tents with plenty of room for your backpacks
-Meals cooked by an experienced chef: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, and snacks!
–Delicious food rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
Vegetarian/special diet options available
-Weight Allowance: 8 Kilograms /16 pounds per trekker (weights to be carried by horses) -Horse ( to carry the tents and cooking equipments
-First aid kit including emergency horse and oxygen bottle
-Round-trip bus from Cusco to Tinki / Phinaya to Cusco
-Blanket for the chilly nights Not included:
-Breakfast on the first morning.
-dinner on the final day
-Entrance to the thermal springs in Pacchanta (10 soles)
-Tips for the guide, cook and wranglers
What you need to bring:
For students: ISIC card
Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
1 warm winter jacket
1 warm fleece or sweatshirt
Hat and gloves
3 pants (2 for hiking, 1 for camp)
Long underwear for sleeping
Sun hat or cap
Sun protection cream
Water and/or water purification tablets
Camera and film
Torch or headlamp
Cash (in Peruvian Nuevo soles)
Optional items to take:
Plasters and bandages
Bathing suit for hot springs in Pacchanta -not included in price-