Take a tour of Apu Ausangate, the highest peak in the Cusco region! A committed trekking, but the stages spread over 5 days are short and therefore accessible. From the verdant valley to the arid steppes, this itinerary will make you discover landscapes extremely changing. A guaranteed change of scenery!.
Departure to Tinqui via Urcos, Ocongate. En route, you can admire the Apu Ausangate, sacred mountain for the Quechuas inhabitants of the surroundings. Arrived at Tinqui, your trek starts at the foot of the Ausangate (6378 m), in the hamlet of Upis. Possibility to bathe in the hot springs. Night in camp. 4h30 walking, height difference + 480 meters
Passage of the Arapa pass (4700 m), via the western slope of the Ausangate. Then continue to Hatun Pucacocha, the "big red lake", facing the Ausangate. Night in camp. 5 hours 30 walking, height difference + 420 meters / - 225 meters
A busy day with several high passes: the Apacheta pass (4860 m) first, then down to the Ausangatecocha lake (4650m), with its turquoise waters abounding in trout. Passing the second pass, that of Palomani (5190m), the highest of your route. From there, a magnificent 360 ° view of the mountain ranges and the surrounding lakes. Then descend to the base camp of Ausangate (4600 m) in the midst of herds of alpacas, llamas and sheep in a landscape of unique beauty. Night in camp. 5 hours 30 walking, height difference + 715 meters / - 700 meters
You leave behind the Ausangate and go in the southern part of the tour, going up the valley along the river where many viscaches can be observed. Passage of the last pass of the tour, the Paso Campa (5090m) from where the view on the cordillera is impregnable. Then descend to Pacchanta. You can relax in the hot springs. Night in camp. 5:30 walking, height difference + 500 meters / - 775 meters
The last stop on the tour takes you back to Tinqui and back to Cusco. 2h30 walking, vertical drop - 415 meters
You will be accompanied by a local private English speaking guide at every stage of the journey. This means you will have a different guide for each region you will visit, depending on their specialization. The level of English of the guides varies from one region to another. A few exceptions: - The trips in public transports (buses, shuttles, trains and internal flights) are not escorted.
In Peru, the hotel standards are different to what you may be accustomed to. Here are a few useful details on every type of accommodation: - Camp: thanks to the perfect organization of our cook(s) and muleteer(s), you could really rest after a good day of walking. We have a tent for the kitchen, another one for to take the meals, another one for the bathrooms. For two persons, you will have a tent with 3 places for more comfort. We also supply you a comfortable mattress and a basin of hot water at the beginning and at the end of the day for your toilet; and of course we prepare you warm and complete meals. - Homestay accommodation: Basic comfort, communal toilets, no hot water and sometimes no running water, simple but clean rooms, sometimes no electricity and the doors do not lock (however, there are no security problems). - 2** and 3*** hotels (local standards): comfortable rooms, simple and clean, private bathroom with hot water; some hotels offer rooms equipped with a safe, heating system, mini bar, … As far as our possibilities, we choose hotels whose geographical location will allow you to fully enjoy the town and its attractions.
In order to allow you more freedom during your trip, only a few meals are included in our programs: these are the meals during the treks (cold at noon and hot in the evening) and during certain excursions when the conditions make it necessary (on the Puno-Cusco road, in the Sacred Valley, etc). For the non-included meals, expect 5 to 10 USD per person. This allows you to choose the time, place and menu according to your desires!
Most of the time of your trip, your travels will take place in private vehicles: you will have at your service a private vehicle with a Spanish speaking driver who will adapt to your rhythm (photo stop, shopping, etc. …). Exceptions: - For the touristic buses Chivay-Puno and Puno-Cusco - Lima trips, you will travel in a comfortable and secure bus line with an English / Spanish speaking colelctive guide.
Thank you for your interest in having a personalized travel experience with Tierra de los Andes Peru.
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