Located over the
oriental heart of the Andes, situated in the Cusco south,
Ausangate (6.333 above sea level) is considered an Apu or
tutelary divinity to country towns of the Peruvian Andean south.
We use a track partially asphalted wich is the access to this
amazing mountain, taking the route from Tinki. You need to be in
good fitness for this ramble because it could be around seven or
twelve days and you may feel malaise becuse of the heights and
the sudden change of temperature.
The experience we have as an agency makes us a confident company
and therefore you can always trust in our services in the same
way you feel confident with the local guides. You can see both
an Andean spectacular scene and Quechuas villages that continue
living in a very typical style (developing communal agriculture
and raising llamas, alpacas, vicuñas etc).
Day 1 Cusco to
We leave Cusco about
09.00 for the 7-hour bus ride to the small village of Tinqui. We
pass through beautiful a countryside and several traditional
villages including Urcos, Cattca and Ocangate, where we will
have the opportunity to stop for a while and take some photos.
We spend the first night in a small hostal in Tinqui.
Day 2 From Tinqui to
We'll set off on the
trek at about 09.00. The first 3 hours, until the lunch time.
This stretch will be a great introduction to the magnificent
scenery of the Cordillera Vilcanota, with great views of the
Ausangate mountain. After lunch it is only another 2 hours trek
until we reach the hot springs at Urpis which offer fantastic
views of the Ausangate at the end of the valley. This is,
naturally, a great place for camping to spend the night.
Day 3 From Urpis to
Lake Jatun Puqa Q'ocha:
During the 3 hours
trek in the morning we will hike the first pass, the Arapa pass
(4,850m). From this pass we continue 3½ hours down the valley
until we reach the turquoise Lake Jatun Puqa Q'ocha passing the
green lake of Puqa Q'ocha on the way. We will set up camp here.
From campsite you can climb the small ridge north of the camp to
see the Lake Vino Q'ocha The views of Ausangate are particularly
close up and spectacular. Camping beside Jatun Puqa Q'ocha you
may find that you are kept awake at night by the sound of
dramatic ice falls into the lake, but do not worry there`s
nothing to fear.
Day 4 From Lake
Jatun Puqa Q'ocha to Pampacancha:
In the morning we
ascend the second pass of Apuchata (4,900m) with the turquoise
Laguna Ausangate Q'ocha below. This lake is fed with the melting
snow of the Ausangate. From the lake we ascend to the Palomani
pass (5,200m), the highest point of the trek. From the pass we
follow the trail into the valley where we'll rest and have
lunch. Another hour of trekking brings us to our campsite at
Day 5 From
Pampacancha to Q'omer Q'ocha:
During the morning
we'll see the snowy peaks of Tres Picos and Puca Punta. We will
continue toward the east through the broad green valley of
Pampa Jutunpata and up the Rio Q'ampa valley. After passing
through the small community of Q'ampa we will North west to the
last pass of this hike, the Q'ampa pass (5000m). We will see
several different coloured lakes, the final lake being Q'oma
Q'ocha. We will camp beside this beautiful green turquoise lake.
Day 6 From Qomer
Q'ocha to Pacchanta:
We'll have an easy
day trekking for only about 2½ hours, until we arrive at the
small village of Pacchanta. You will have the opportunity to
rest and relax in the hot thermal springs for a couple of hours,
and even have a well-deserved beer! We will set up our camp near
Pacchanta and you will have the afternoon free to explore this
interesting Andean village.
Day 7 From Pacchanta
It's a 3 hours trek
back to Tinqui where we'll say goodbye to our muleteers and take
the bus back to Cusco, arriving at about 18.00. You'll have just
enough time to have a hot shower and a meal before hitting the
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