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Ausangate is a beast of a mountain. At almost 6,400 meters, it is the tallest mountain on the Vilcanota mountain range in Peru and it’s most imposing. Known as “Apu Ausangate” (Apu means “Lord” in Quechua, the original language of Peru), it has special significance amongst local people and in Incan mythology. Ausangate protects the people of the Andean highlands. It is considered the holiest of the 12 sacred Apus in the Cusco region. For me, the Ausangate Trek meant 4 days among Untouched Beaty, a truly amazing experience.
While not the most well-known trek of the Cusco region and devoid of any Incan or pre-Incan ruins, the Ausangate Trek features breathtaking views. This hike offers travelers the rare experience of coming in close contact with the local Peruvian pastoral societies. The trek is made all the more special by the fact that most of the time you and your travel companions are the only people in sight!
Three weeks ago, two friends and I headed off on the four-day Ausangate trek. Those day were filled with unspoiled nature, loads of alpacas (and the rare herd of vicuña), various ready-made (yet nutritious) meals and the odd beautiful Andean lodge where the caretaker left the keys under the doormat so we, naturally, let ourselves in…
We set off early from Cusco driving to Upis Rainbow mountain by private van to the small village of Tinqui. Where will see the impressive mountain range of Vilcanota and pass through several traditional locals villages on the way we have time to stop to take some photos. When we arrive at Tinqui, Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain start, we will have a delicious breakfast prepared by our master chef. Then our horsemen will arrange all the group gear and packs on the horses and our trek officially begins. We begin our walk through farming communities and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountain. We will walk for around 3 hrs and then its time for a lunch stop. After lunch we continue for another 2 hours to reach Upis (4,100 m / 13,448 ft). There we will have the opportunity to soak in the local hot springs before dinner, and camp for the night.Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
Early morning we wake you up with nice coca tea ,and then time to puck our staff for 40 minutes After a big breakfast we are ready to leave our camp site and get started on our hike to vinicunca rainbow mountain for the day. We will climb to the Arapa Pass which over (4,850 m / 15,908 ft). From this vantage point we will enjoy the contrast between dry desert like hills and breathtaking snow capped views of Mt. Ausangate and Pucacocha. This area also boasts three beautiful lakes with tones of reds, greens, and turquoises (Pucacocha, Hatun Pucacocha, and Qomercocha). Our second campsite is close to Ausangate glacier.Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
Today, you will be woken up with “room service” (a hot cup of coca tea). This is going to be one of the most beautiful days of the trek. We will see the Rainbow Mountains in the distance. Also, on today´s journey, we will pass through Alccatauri Village. This is where we will see their traditional village life. There are no trees in the area, so there is no wood to make houses or build fires. The residents are extremely enterprising and make their adobe houses out of mud and build fires with nature´s fertilizer, a.k.a. manure. J.
The day begins with a 1 ½ hour uphill climb until we reach the Ausangate pass (4,930 m / 16,170 ft). At this pass, we will see red vinicunca rainbow mountain and also have the opportunity to see Vicuñas, chinchillas and alpacas.
After we enjoy the pass, we descend for 1 ½ hours until we reach the Alccatauri Village (4,410 m / 14,455 ft). During our time at the village, in return for their generous hospitality, we will give them offerings of coca leaves. This is extremely valuable because this treasurable Peruvian staple can not be grown in this climate.
Following this incomparable experience, we will hike a further 30 minutes uphill to our lunch spot at a rustic lodge.
After a satisfying lunch, we will begin our voyage uphill to the second pass. After 1 ½ hours, we will follow Llama trail to Minasniyuq Pass. Here we will have our first views of the vinicunca Rainbow Mountain(5,023 m / 16,489 ft). At this pass, we will make offerings to Pacha Mama (Mother Earth).
The remainder of the day´s hike is a 1 hour downhill hike to our camp, Surine Cocha (4,800 m / 15,748 ft). The camp is on the banks of the gorgeous Surine Lake (pictured above).Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
Wake up call with nicce coca tea , After breakfast we hike gradually uphill for 2 hours until we reach the famous Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain (5,030 m / 16,480 ft). Your guide will walk you to the best spots to get the perfect pictures of these incredible vinicunca rainbow mountain and the other surrounding mountains. Your guide will explain what makes these mountains so unique: they are composed of various minerals, which make different colors of stone striations. Not only is this one of the most stunning places in Peru and South America, these type of mountains are seen in only one other country in the world, China.
After taking photos and enjoying the view, we will continue on the trek until we reach Quesiuno Village. This is a 2 ½ hour downhill hike. We will have lunch there.
Our private van will be waiting to pick us up in this village after lunch. We will then drive 3 ½ hours back to Cusco. After one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, we will drop you off at your Cusco hotel. Approximate arrival time is 6 PM.Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
We will do everything within our means to take care of you and ensure an enjoyable trip of a lifetime in Peru!.
|2 PERSON||PRIVATE SERVICE||$500 PER PERSON||4 DAY|
|3-12 PERSON||PRIVATE SERVICE||$450 PER PERSON||4 DAY|
|1-12 PERSON||GROUP SERVICE||$400 PER PERSON||4 DAY|
|2-4 PERSON||GROUP SERVICE||$400 PER PERSON||4 DAY|
|5-12 PERSON||GROUP SERVICE||$350 PER PERSON||4 DAY|
Our 5D/4N AUSANGATE TREK includes extra horse to carry up to 7kg/16lbs of your belongings.
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