The Ausangate mountain is considered the highest in the Cusco region, many of the inhabitants consider this mountain as a protector God of the city and in turn the local people have a lot of respect for it since they believe that Ausangate is a source of water for crops and irrigation of the fields. The walk around this majestic Apu is full of high Andean landscapes with snow-capped peaks and an infinite number of lagoons that will be appreciated one after the other as we progress on our walk, in many parts of the way we will appreciate an infinite number of Llamas, alpacas and perhaps even vicuñas. in habitat and natural environment.
The trek to the Ausangate mountain is considered one of the most beautiful in all of Peru and also as a trek that requires physical preparation prior to the trip since the conditions can become extreme in a moment due to frequent climate changes in this area.
By booking this trip, you will be helping provide a special Christmas breakfast for low income children in Cusco.
The 4-day Ausangate trek is different from other treks, mainly because it does not visit Machu Picchu, nor any other Inca ruins. Instead, the highlights are the natural attractions, including beautiful glaciers, colorful lakes, gorgeous wildlife, colorful mountains, and on top of that, you'll walk through remote Andean villages that still preserve their traditions.
Day 1: CUSCO – TINKI - UPIS
Our pick up begins at 6 in the morning and we will leave the city of Cusco heading south through small towns for approximately 2 and a half hours, far from the road we will be able to appreciate the imposing Ausangate that will be our destination for the following 4 days.
We will arrive at Tinki, which is a small town where its main characteristic is the trade that is carried out among the local people. We will start the walk from this point towards Upis. The first day's walk is relatively easy since most of the path is flat and there is no climb that requires more physical effort, this first day will be ideal to have and achieve better acclimatization.
After approximately 3 hours of walking, where we will travel around 7 km, reaching a height of 4,200 meters above sea level, we will arrive at our camp in the Upis sector, which is located at the base of Nevado Ausangate. This is where we will spend the rest of the day. the afternoon and the night.
Day 2: TINKI – ARAPA PASS – HATUN PUCACOCHA
Our day will start early with a good breakfast to start the walk, since this day will be much more intense than the first. Approximately we will leave our camp at 6 in the morning, going up the right side of what makes up the entire chain of Ausangate mountains, until we reach the first pass located at 3600 meters above sea level, and from here we can already have a view from the Pucacocha lagoon, considered one of the most beautiful due to its location near the snowy Ausangate, we will continue the path up until we reach the middle part of the mountain where our team of cooks and muleteers will be waiting for us with lunch ready since the rest of the afternoon and the night we will spend in this place.
During the day we will travel approximately 10 km until we reach our camp located at 4500 meters above sea level in approximately 5 hours. The estimated walking time is based on a normal walking pace, this may be less. or more depending on the physical preparation of the clients.
Day 3: HATUN PUCACOCHA – PUCACOCHA PASS – ANANTA PATA - WARMISAYA PASS – SURINECOCHA
After breakfast at 6 in the morning we will leave the camp to continue the ascent for 2 hours to the PucaCocha pass located over 5000 meters above sea level, the climb is quite technical and very steep in parts, however the fatigue ends with the beauty of the landscapes that surrounds us.
We will descend to the other side of the mountain for an additional 1 hour and a half until we reach the Anantapata sector where we will have lunch ready to taste and replenish energy since part of the afternoon we have to continue hiking up the mountain for 2 hours until reach the Warmisaya pass, from here you can already see a small part of the mountain of colors. We descend for approximately 1 hour to our Surinecocha camp located at 4900 meters above sea level.
If you still have energy you can take a walk with our guide to the mountain of colors to see the sunset in the place since the place is only 40 minutes from our camp and when you finish return for dinner and spend the night.
Day 4: SURINECOCHA - RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – RED VALLEY – CUSCO
Would you like to wake up with a hot chocolate served in your tents? Well, our team of cooks will be in charge of bringing you a cup of hot chocolate so that you can warm up and then go to the dining room and have breakfast before starting the walk.
With this tour we give you the option of getting to know the rainbow mountain with as few people as possible since our camp is located just 40 minutes from the rainbow mountain, this last day we will be able to see the sunrise in this place that is considered the second largest destination visited in Peru.
But our day does not end here, after taking the photographs on the mountain we will descend towards the red valley, it is a walk that does not require much physical effort since most of it is downhill, here we can see a group of mountains whose predominant color is Red , we will continue the path until we meet our team of cooks and we will board the return transport to Cusco, arriving at approximately 4 in the afternoon.
WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THIS TREK?
- Briefing at your Hotel one day before the trek an aproximatly 6:00pm
- Hotel pick up for leave the city to the begining of the trek
- Private tourist transportation from Cusco to Tinki
- 4 season Doite Kaylas tents
- 1 duffel bag for leave personal ítems to carry the horses (7kl)
- Sea to Summit Comfortable foam mattresses
- Professional English speaking guide
- Meals along the Trail (3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners + tea time every afternoon). (optional: vegetarian, celiatic option upon request)
- First-aid kit, including emergency oxygen tank
- Horses to carry tents, food and cooking equipment
- Emergency horse in case that you Will be sick
- Boiled water to fill in your water bottles or Camelback since second day to the last day after lunch
- Hot water early in the mornings for personal cleanliness
- Entrance tickets to Ausangate park
- Entrance tickets to rainbow mountain and red valley
- Private transportation From Paqchanta / Cusco
- Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs for a group
- Chef and cooking equipment
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THIS TREK?
- Sleeping bag
- Walking poles
- Tips for the Guide, Porters, cook and porters
- Walking Poles – +$15 USD per pair per trek
- Sleeping bag - +$25 USD per trek
- Personal tent- +$30 USD
BENEFITS OF TRAVELING WITH TERRA PERU AVENTURAS
- Assistance 24/7 a week in English.
- Qualified professionals on all tours
- Professional Guides in English on all tours
- Free transfer from the airport to the hotel
Please read the following information carefully. This will help you resolve your doubts and/or questions about our services
ARRIVAL IN CUSCO
All our services start at the airport of the city of Cusco where our driver will be waiting for the arrival of your flight to be able to drive you to the hotel of your choice, this service has no additional cost.
For which it is necessary that you provide us with your flight details and confirmation 1 or 2 days before your arrival in the city, our staff will be waiting with the Terra Peru Aventuras sign which you have to locate.
The briefing is the information that is provided to our clients prior to a trip, this will be done one night before the selected activity at the hotel of their stay. In general, the schedule will depend on the other activities that you have planned to carry out, but many times it usually takes place between 6 and 7 at night.
HOW CAN I BOOK THE AUSANGATE TRAIL 4 DAYS TOUR?
To start a reservation, the first thing we request is your personal data along with the details of the date you would like to do the walk, then we will request an advance payment of 40% of the total value of the walk in order to generate the purchase of the necessary tickets for the tour.
After the deposit, our reservation staff will send you the confirmation of the reservation of the Tour which will include the DATE, NAME OF THE TOUR, PERSONAL DATA OF THE CLIENT, AMOUNT DEPOSITED AND AMOUNT PENDING PAYABLE UPON ARRIVAL IN THE CITY.
Terra Peru Aventuras offers you different payment methods depending on your needs, from bank deposits, transfers via Wester Union, as well as PayPal (consider +8% to the deposit to be made for reasons of bank commissions)
WHEN DO I MAKE THE FINAL PAYMENT OF THE TOUR?
In general, the total payment must be made upon arrival, we recommend making the payment in cash, due to commission issues from international banks that may be unfavorable to you in case you want to make a payment with your credit card. Our staff gives you more details about it.
CAN I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER I HAVE PURCHASED THE TICKETS?
For all our tours with the exception of Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Salkantay, yes! is possible to modify the date without any cost, this must be communicated to our staff as soon as possible in order to carry out the procedures for the modification with a new date.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
Any good experience will depend on a good physical condition, if you practice any physical activity regularly you should not worry about a possible altitude sickness, however as an additional recommendation we suggest acclimatizing, in this sense you should consider spending at least 3 days to do some walk and 1 day to be able to carry out some activity or cultural tour.
There are medications that could achieve better acclimatization, but since we are not doctors, we suggest you drink plenty of water and coca infusions to achieve better acclimatization.
WHEN THE TOUR ENDS, DO YOU TAKE US TO THE HOTEL?
Everything will depend on the style of travel that you chose. Our clients who travel in a private service have the option of ending the tours at their hotel. However, those who opt for a group tour, our tour ends in the Plaza Regocijo or close to it so that you can walk without any worries to your hotel.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING?
- Original passport
- Small backpack
- Water storage: 2-3 litre reusable bottles
- Hiking shoes
- Toilet paper
- 4 t-shirts
- 3 hiking pants at least
- 4 sets of undergarments
- 4 sets of hiking socks
- Bathing suit for the thermal waters
- Fleece/ Thermals
- Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite its the higher and temperture drop to 2 Celius
- Rain jacket
- Waterproof gloves
- Quickdry towel
- Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash
- Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
- Hand sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Personal medications
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc
- Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold
- Boiled water at every meal time. Please bring your canteens
- Sun hat ; Sunscreen
- Wool hat
- Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
- Rain plastic poncho
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips