ATV 08: AUSANGATE TREK (6D-5N)

Departure       :  9:00 a.m., on fixed departure dates
Duration        :  Six days and five nights
Location        :  Ocongate, Department of Cusco
Season          :  April to December.

DESCRIPTION:

It’s a magnificent trek, with the true image of the High Andes and one of the most spectacular Andean trekking adventures. You will have the chance to meet traditional Quechua natives who live at 14,000 feet above sea level, tending their herds of lamas and alpacas. They live in an isolated region of the Vilcanota’s Cordillera, among sparkling glaciers, colorful lakes and relaxing hot springs. You will have a good chance of seeing condors, the world’s largest flying bird, as well as that of having close encounters with the marmotlike vizcacha and other species of Andean fauna, catch a sight of a herd of rare vicuñas, a wild relative of the lama, practically extinct elsewhere and to observe birds of the high Andes, such as geese, pua ibis, caracara hawks, torrent ducks and of course, the majestic Andean condor.

ITINERARY:

1st DAY: CUSCO / TINKI (Lunch + Dinner)  

In the morning, we’ll go to the head of the trail, in the town of Tinki, at 3,800 meters of altitude. There, we’ll join our support team, burden animals and will camp for the night.

2nd DAY: TINKI / UPISPAMPA (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

We’ll start our trek around Mount.Ausangante, camping by the hot springs of Upispampa, with a spectacular view of the highest peak in the Vilcanota Range.

3rd, 4th & 5th DAYS: UPISPAMPA – AUSANGATE COCHA – PACCHANTA (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll continue our trek around this great mountain, regarded as an Apu (Great Spirit) by the local natives. These highlanders speak Quechua, the Incas’ language, dress in traditional colorful clothes and take care of their herds of lamas and alpacas.On the way, we’ll go by pristine lakes, sparkling glaciers and a couple of 5,000 meter passes. The day before the end of the trek, we’ll camp next to the hamlet of Pacchanta, where we’ll be able to relax in the local hot springs.

6th DAY: TINKY / CUSCO (Breakfast & Lunch)

After a 3 hour walk, we’ll be back in Tinki, where our transportation will be waiting to take us to Cusco. Dinner on your own.

INCLUDES:

  • Round transportation from Cusco to the head of the trail and back
  • All meals during the trek
  • Burden animals to carry equipment and luggage
  • Professional English and Spanish speaking guide
  • Professional cook and assistant
  • Double-occupancy “Eureka K-2XT” and “Himalaya Doite” four seasons tents and air mattresses
  • All camping gear (dining, kitchen and bathroom tents)
  • First aid kit and oxigen bottle.

DOES NOT INCLUDE: Sleeping bag, first breakfast and last dinner (6th day).

RECOMMENDATIONS: Hiking shoes & sticks, warm clothes, swimming suit, winter & rain coats, sunglasses, flash light, bottle of water and energy snacks.