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Dominating the horizon south of Cusco, the magnificent peak of Ausangate (6,333 meters) is the highest and most sacred mountain in southern Peru. For centuries, it has been central to the religious beliefs of the Andean people and pilgrimages to its icy slopes are still made by local people. Treks in the Ausangate area take from eight to twelve days. The scenery is spectacular. Snow-capped peaks look down on seemingly endless grasslands studded with turquoise lakes and thermal pools. Herds of llamas and alpacas graze under the watchful eyes of their owners, who live in the same isolated and picturesque villages that their ancestors founded countless generations ago.Sleeping bags (we can provide some for an additional price of US$30 per person) Participants are expected to bring their own sleeping bag, clothing and other items of a personal nature, including personal medical supplies Entrance fee to visit Wayna Picchu (subject to space) Meals not included in the itinerary Items of a personal nature including personal medical supplies Tips to guides and to the staff. Tipping of our guiding staff is acceptable, at your discretion, when you feel they have gone beyond their normal job requirements and should be compensated by you for it. Tipping for guides, cooks and porters may vary, depending on the type of service, length of trip and group size. Tipping is not compulsory
Day 1 : Cusco / Ocongate/ Tinki / Upis
We drive southeast of Cusco, passing Qatca and Ocongate, where we will make brief stops. Continuing the trip the landscape begins to change gradually as we climb from the green Vilcanota valley up to the dry arid mountains inhabited by thousands of people who live from livestock herding and agriculture when the rainy season.
We arrive to the village of Tinki where we start the trek. An easy first day. We cross the Mapocho River, which is one of the principal sources of the Amazon, and walk across plains of coarse grass. Along the way we will see a number of homes that will be of interest to photographers as we approach the Ausangate massif, a 6,372 metre peak which has been considered sacred since time immemorial. We will camp that night close to the thermal baths at Upis, where we will have the opportunity to bathe in the medicinal waters.
Driving travel time: Cusco–Tinki: 156 km / 96 miles (paved road) 3.5 hours
Trek length: Tinki–Upis 9.7 km / 6.0 mi. (uphill) 6-7 hours
Main altitudes: Cusco 3400m/11159ft.; Tinki 3,784m./12414ft.; Upis 4,396m./14422ft.
Day 2 : Upis / Pucacocha
Accompanied by our own personnel and pack animals we cross the first pass at 4500 metres. From there we head to the Lake Pucacocha at 4400 metres.
Trek length: Upis–Pass 5.8 km/3.60mi. (uphill): Pass–Pucacocha Lake: 3 km/1.86mi. (downhill). 6-7 hours
Main altitudes: Upis 4,396m./14422ft. pass at 4500m/14763ft. Pucacocha 4459 m./14629 ft.
Day 3 : Pucacocha / Pass/ Quechua Community
Today we cross a high pass (4882m/16012 ft.). We leave early, keeping Ausangate to our left and passing groups of grazing llamas and alpacas. As we cross the pass we will be met by spectacular views of the southeast mountain range, if we are lucky then we may spot a solitary condor, the world’s largest flying bird, high above us. We then descend towards a beautiful Andean Community at 14720 ft/ 4488 m. where we will camp.
Trek length: Pucacocha–Pass 3 km/1.8.mi. (uphill). Pass- Qocha 1.5km/0.93mi. (downhill). 6 hours
Main altitudes: Pucacocha 4459m./14629 ft. Pass 4882m/16012 ft. Community 4488m/14720 ft.
Day 4 : Comunity / Qocha
Today we cross another pass (4977m./16324ft.). We hike among the mountains of the Vilcanota range gradually uphill before descending towards the beautiful Lake Qocha, where we will camp.
Trek length: Community–Pass 5km/ 3.11ml/ (uphill). Pass-Qocha 1.5km/ 0.93 mi (downhill) 6 hours
Main altitudes: Community 4488m/14720 ft. Pass 4977m./16324ft. Qocha 4778m./15671ft
Day 5 : Qocha / Vinicunca / Quesoyuni / Cusco
The sun comes up at around 6 am and it will be time to start the 14 kilometers / 8.70 ml. walk. The first 3 kilometers /1.86 ml. is uphill towards the Rainbow Mountain. Nothing can prepare us for the spectacular sight of Vinicunca with its beautiful colours spreading across the horizon. At 4,999 meters /16,396 feet. We will have a 360 degrees view of the Ausangate snow-caps on one side and the multi-coloured Vinicunca on the other side – it is pure magic!
The descent down the other side will be easy and as the oxygen returns, we will have a chance to breathe deeply and reflect on our amazing experiences over the last days.
The last long but spectacular walk with views of Ausangate and the other snow peaks take us to Qesoyuni the end of the walk, a bus waits us for the return to Cusco, arriving at around 7pm.
Trek length: Qocha–Vinicunca: 3km/ 1.86 mi (uphill) 4 hours. Vinicunca–Qesoyuni 11.1km/6.89mi. (downhill) 3.5 hours
Main altitudes: Qocha 4778m./15671ft. Vinicunca 5100m/16732feet. Qesoyuni End of road 4103m./13460ft.
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