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Ausangate 7 Days / 6 Nights

Southeast of Cuzco, the awesome Cordillera Vilcanota includes a number of peaks of which Ausangate is the highest at 20,945 feet (6,384 meters). On a clear day, the peak is visible from Cuzco. The snow-capped peaks of this area are the second largest Peruvian glaciated system after the aptly named Cordillera Blanca. On one side of the cordillera is the Andes and altiplano, on the eastern side, the slopes give way to Peruvian amazonia.

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Difficulty: Maximum Altitude:
Hard 5200 m / 17,060 ft

Season : April-November
Departure Dates: On Request
Prices Start at : $880.00 USD
Minimum :  2 Trekkers

Day 1: Cusco - Tinki

We leave the city of Cusco by local bus and drive along the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado truck road in the direction of Tinki (3,800 m/12,467 ft). On the way we stop in Urcos for some pictures of the colorful market. We then go on to Cattca, an agricultural and cattle raising community where we can appreciate the region's spectacular views. After passing through Ausangate, the capital of the region, we arrive in Tinki after approximately six hours on the bus. In Tinki, we sleep in a local lodge and start the trek the next morning.

Day 2: Tinki - Pacchanta – Qomerqocha Lagoon

After breakfast, we spend some time visiting the Tinki public school. We will meet the children of the neighboring communities that study at this school and will give them some useful presents such as notebooks or pencils, all of which are highly appreciated. We then leave Tinki and start a 2.5 hour walk towards Pacchanta (4,100 m/13,451 ft) where we stop for lunch.
Pacchanta is a rural community that is well-known for some hot springs. You have the option of taking a dip there while enjoying views of Ausangate Mountain. In the afternoon we continue our hike through a slight climb up the Pacchanta Valley, where llamas and alpacas can be spotted. When we reach Laguna Qomercocha, we will have dinner and spend the night. Our campsite will be set in a spectacular spot with amazing views of the Ausangate, Santa Catalina, Maria Huamantiqlla, Pucapunta, and Colquecruz snow-capped mountains.

Day 3: Qomerqocha Lagoon – Yanamayo

After breakfast we leave at around 7:00 AM to begin a four-hour hike to the first mountain pass of our trek, Abra de Q´ampa (5,000 m/16,404 ft). We then descend towards the Ticllaqocha Lagoons, a beautiful group of small turquoise lagoons where we have lunch. In the afternoon we continue our hike for an additional two to three hours. We will reach Yanamayo, a beautiful valley shadowed by the Tres Picos, Colquecruz, and Pucapunta peaks.

Day 4: Yanamayo – Condorpaso

We leave camp after breakfast and start a gradual climb up towards Yanaqocha (Black Lagoon). It is named as such due to the dark color of its waters. In this area the soil is volcanic and varies from dark red to black. Moraines, which are evidence of glacial activitiy, are also found in this area. We will traverse through the Yanaqocha pass (5,050 m/16,568 ft) to discover a beautiful valley filled with vibrant mountains and lagoons. After crossing Yanaqocha, we ascend to our next mountain pass (5,100 m/16,732 ft). An hour after the last mountain pass, we will arrive at our campsite Condorpaso.

Day 5: Condorpaso - Lake Sibinacocha

After breakfast, we begin a two-hour gradual climb up to the Abra del Condor pass (5,200 m/17,060 ft), the highest point of our trek. From the pass, we enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range and Lake Sibinacocha. If we're lucky, we'll also see vicuñas. We then continue hiking for three hours. During that time, we will cross another mountain pass and then descend into the valley of the source of Lake Sibinacocha. We will camp next to a lagoon where an impressive glacier stands and nourishes the lake. The lagoon boasts vast bio-diversity, we will be able to spot Andean coots, geese, and ducks.

Day 6: Source of Lake Sibinacocha – Ccascana

Today, we depart early for a three-hour long walk along the shores of the Lake Sibinacocha. We will arrive at the Yayamari community, which lies next to the mountain of the same name. Yayamari is also an impressive peak that overlooks the lake (5,500 m/18,044 ft). We then cross a pampa where we will likely see hundreds of llamas, alpacas and maybe even more vicuñas. We end the day at Abra Ccascana (5,000 m/16,404 ft). This campsite is surrounded by small rural communities and snow-capped peaks.

Day 7: Ccascana – Phinaya Cusco

After our breakfast, we leave Ccascana to walk for three and a half hours towards Phinaya for lunch. Phinaya is a small Andean community with a beautiful little church and no motorized vehicles. In the afternoon, we drive back to Cusco, where we expect to arrive after nightfall.

Trek Price Includes:

  • Professional, bilingual (English and Spanish) tour guide
  • Collection from your hotel on Day 1 to the start of the trail
  • Return transportation to your hotel
  • Spacious, personal tents
  • Sleeping mat
  • Excellent meals (6 breakfast, 6 lunch, 6 dinner)
  • Horsemen and mules (to carry equipment and 8 kg of your personal items)
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

What You Need to Bring:

  • Original passport
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required)
  • Sleeping bag (also can be rented from us)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended)
  • Insect repellent
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelbak
  • Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with previously-boiled drinking water throughout the trek)
  • Toiletries (including toilet paper)
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
  • Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) for tips for porters

Optional Items to Bring:

  • Shorts
  • Walking sticks or trekking poles. Trekking poles used on this trail are required to have rubber tips.
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Bathing suit for hot springs
  • Sandals

Optional Services (Not Included):

  • Sleeping bag rental, $30
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch/dinner on Day 7
  • 1 extra Horse to carry personal items, $30 per day
  • Walking sticks, $12.00

Prices for 2013:

Number of People 2 3 4 5 6-10
Price per Person ($ USD) $880 $860 $840 $820 $800

Cusco Native is a company comprised of certified and licensed local tour guides. All tours booked with Cusco Native are led and staffed by Cusco Native employees. We will never pass you onto another tour company for your trek. We are a local company with professional employees and guides who are knowledgeable in all of the main (like the Inca Trail) and alternative (Lares to Machu Picchu) treks.

Cancellations

In the event of a cancellation we need to be informed in writing. Cancellation charges plus forfeiture of the non-refundable deposit will be applied as shown below calculated from the day written notification is received by Cusco Native.

Our cancellation table is as follows:

Days Prior to Start of Trek Percentage Lost of Total Trek Price
29 to 22 60%
21 to 9 80%
8 to 0 100%

In the event of partial cancellations, the remaining passenger may have to pay any remaining charges (e.g. single room supplements or double-occupancy).