Ausangate Trek

5 Days / 4 Nights

Price:

$780 - $955 USD per person

Peak Elevation :

5,200 m / 17,060 ft

Low Altitude:

3,400 m / 11,150 ft

 

Overall Difficulty:

 

Itinerary

Please note that all distances and elevations are approximate. Trek times are estimated; various factors -- such as weather conditions, individual fitness levels, and how each trekker manages at altitude -- may affect the time it takes to reach each point.

PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING

The evening before your trek, you will meet with your tour guide at your place of lodging (hotel, hostel, etc.). Your guide will give you an overview of your trek to help you prepare and pace yourself for the physical and mental challenges that lie ahead. S/he will answer any questions and address any concerns you may have regarding the trek, and can offer suggestions on where you may purchase last-minute supplies. You will receive a duffel bag to hold up to 7 kg / 15 lbs of your personal belongings; this will be carried by the horse that will accompany you on your journey. Your pick-up time will be confirmed.

 

 

DAY ONE

Cusco | Tinqui

You will be picked-up at your place of lodging around 10 am. You will travel by private van for approximately 3.5 hours to the village of Tinqui. Here, you will be introduced to the rest of the team, you'll enjoy your first Banderitas lunch, and you'll settle into camp. You'll spend the rest of the afternoon simply acclimatizing to the altitude. No worries, the following days will be filled with challenge. Before tea is served at 5 pm, you'll be free to wander within the area, and you may even encounter and interact with some curious locals. Dinner will follow at 7 pm. Sleep tight!

DAY ONE OVERVIEW

Hours of Trekking

No trekking today / Only acclimitizing

Elevations for the Day

Cusco - 3,400 m / 11,150 ft  lowest

Tinqui - 3,800 m / 12,470 ft  highest

Meals Served

Lunch / Dinner / Snack + Tea

Accommodations

Camping

Notes

- Over the next few days, you will ascend to 5,200 m / 17,060 ft -- that's about 1,800 m / 5,905 ft above Cusco. Acclimitization is key for a safe and comfortable ascent, so that's what today is all about -- acclimitizing! 

 

- You'll have the opportunity to hike within the area, close to your campsite from where you'll have a breathtaking view of Mount Ausangate.

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DAY 2 OVERVIEW

Hours of Trekking

6

Elevations for the Day

Tinqui - 3,800 m / 12,470 ft  lowest

Upis - 4,200 m / 13,780 ft  highest

Meals Served

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner / Snack + Tea

Accommodations

Camping

Notes

- At the Tinqui campsite you'll have your last chance to purchase items for yourself and for any locals you may encounter along your trek.

 

- Sip your water. In this altitude, we recommend moving slowly and steadily versus moving quickly and stopping to take many breaks.

 

- The temperatures throughout the day will vary significantly, be sure to wear layers!

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DAY TWO

Tinqui | Upis

 

5:30 am wake-up. Breakfast will be served at 6. At 7, you will begin your 6-hour gradual uphill trek to your campsite, Upis. Along the way, you'll have a fantastic view of the Ausangate range while passing small lagoons, streams, and an array of wildlife -- possibly even eagles. Lunch will be waiting for you at the campsite. You're done trekking for the day, so you'll have the rest of the afternoon to may then get settled in your tent and take a dip in the nearby therapeutic hot springs. Take this opportunity to rejuvenate as the following days will be long and challenging. We'll let you know when tea's ready at 5 pm. Dinner will be served at 7. May you sleep soundly under the stars.

DAY THREE

Upis | Apacheta Pass | Pucacocha | Ausangatecocha

 5:30 wake up. Breakfast will be ready at 6. You'll head out at 7 toward Apacheta Pass. It will be a gradual uphill climb. You will then descend gradually to Pucacocha where you will stop for lunch. You'll continue on for about 2 hours on a gradual uphill, then it's a steep 35 minutes downhill to your campsite, Ausangatecocha. Tea will be served at 5, and dinner at 7. Dulces sueños.

DAY 3 OVERVIEW

Hours of Trekking

8.5 

Elevations for the Day

Upis - 4,200 m / 13,780 ft  lowest

Apacheta Pass - 4,850 m / 15,910 ft  highest

Pucacocha - 4,550 m / 14,925 ft  

Ausangatecocha - 4,500 m / 14,765 ft  

 

Meals Served

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner / Snack + Tea

Accommodations

Camping

Notes

- Today's uphill and downhill paths will be gradual, yet still challenging.

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DAY 4 OVERVIEW

Hours of Trekking

7.5

Elevations for the Day

 Ausangatecocha - 4,500 m / 14,765 ft  

Palomani Pass - 5,200 m / 17,060 ft  highest

Phinaya - 4,200 m / 13,780 ft  lowest

Q'ampa - 4,300 m / 14,110 ft 

 

Meals Served

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner / Tea + Snack

Accommodations

Camping

Notes

- This is the most challenging day of your 5-day trek. Be sure to pace yourself.

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DAY FOUR

 Ausangatecocha | Palomani Pass | Phinaya | Q'ampa

5:30 wake up. Breakfast will be served at 6. You'll be burning a lot of calories today, so eat up! You'll depart camp at 7 and begin a steep 3-hour uphill climb to Palomani Pass -- the highest point of the trek. Here, you will stop to pay respects to Pachamama and the Apus with a coca leaf offering. After you've had a few moments to take in the spectacular view, you'll continue on, descending steeply for another 2.5 hours to Phinaya, where the Banderitas team will have lunch ready. Then, you'll ascend gently, 2 hours, to your campsite for the night, Q'ampa. Rest for a while, and you'll meet for tea at 5 pm. Dinner will follow at 7. Muy buenas noches.

DAY FIVE

Q'ampa | Q'ampa Pass | Tres Lagunas | Pacchanta | Cusco

You will begin with an early 5 am wake up. Breakfast will be ready at 5:30. At 6:30, you'll head out on a steep, 3.5-hour uphill trek to Q'ampa Pass. Then, it's 2.5 hours up-and-down to the Tres Lagunas lunch site for your final Banderitas meal. You'll continue for another 3 hours on a gradual downhill path to Pacchanta. Here, you'll part ways with the support staff, and then return on a 3 hour journey by private transport back to Cusco. You can expect to arrive around 8 pm. Please leave your Banderitas duffel at the front desk of your hotel. Thank you!

DAY 5 OVERVIEW

Hours of Trekking

Elevations for the Day

Q'ampa - 4,300 m / 14,110 ft 

Q'ampa Pass - 5,000 m / 16,405 ft  highest

Tres Lagunas - 4,400 m / 14,435 ft  

Pacchanta - 4,100 m / 13,450 ft  

Cusco - 3,400 m / 11,150 ft  lowest

 

Meals Served

Breakfast / Lunch 

Accommodations

Final Day - No Overnight Accommodations

Notes

- It may be your final day, but you'll still manage to squeeze in 9 hours of challenging trekking before returning to Cusco.

- Farewell and thank you, team!