Our Cultural Treks are a mix of culture, landscapes and hospitality. You’ll meet the locals, eat their food, bathe in the hot springs, and venture to a world unlike any you have experienced before. Bring the best camera you can, as these landscapes are something to be cherished forever. Lesser known to tourists, this gem of Ausangate has long been a sacred journey for people of the area, especially during the Qoyllu Rit’i Pilgrimage. We will pass this pilgrimage site during our trek.
Ausangate is the towering, 6372m peak which dominates the skyline to the southeast of Cusco. It is the protector spirit mountain of the city and ranks highest in the pantheon of Apus, the living Mountain Gods worshipped by the people of the Peruvian Andes. As you trek around its snowy slopes, you will climb high mountain passes and visit remote Andean villages. The turquoise lakes and hot springs of this land are a generous gift from Pachamama, the Earth Mother. You will have the opportunity to give thanks to her through a choice of one of our Andean Healing Activities. These are provided at no extra cost and are performed by an authentic Andean Q´ero shaman from the high Andes.
* Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Tinki, starting point of the trek
* Personal tents: 2 people in 3-person tents for better comfort and easier backpack storage. Our tents are 3-season and highly maintained to ensure excellent
performance in field.
* One foam sleeping pad per person.
* Dining tent with tables and chairs.
* Kitchen tent.
* Toilet tent, plus toilet paper and hand
* English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people).
* Chef and cooking equipment.
* Horsemen and horses to carry tents, food and cooking equipment (plus 7kg of your personal belongings).
* One duffel bag which can carry up to 7kg of your personal belongings
* 1 emergency horse every 6 people.
* Accommodation for all our staff.
* Meals (5B, 5L, 5D). A vegetarian menu is available at no extra cost.
* Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes. Boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested in advance. * First-aid kit, including an emergency oxygen bottle.
* Private transport from Tinki to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco. * Healer master Highland Priest (2 Masters for groups of over 8 people).* * Offering Ceremony to Pachamama (the Earth Mother).
* Offering to the Apus (Protector mountains).
* OPTIONAL: Cleansing & flourishing Ceremonies.
|You should bring:
* A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
Optional Services for Rent:
Climate. Cusco’s climate is divided into two distinct seasons: the rainy season, from November to April (the heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January – March), and the dry season, from May to October. The dry season is colder, and temperatures can drop to below 0ºC at night; July and August are the coldest months, and nighttime temperatures of -10ºC are possible.
Appropriate Clothing. Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in your daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rain can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required: down jackets are useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. Convertible hiking pants are convenient as they can be switched into shorts if it gets sunny and hot. The other necessary equipment is included in the “You Should Bring” list. Good quality, comfortable footwear is essential. Whatever you wear on your feet, the most important thing is comfort. It is vital that your boots are well worn in and lightweight. Ankle support and waterproofing are recommended, but if you already have something comfortable with good grip on rocks then don’t go rushing out to buy new boots – you are better off with your well-worn in pair!
Fitness. High altitude and cold are the major physical challenges along this route; the maximum altitude is 5362m, which is nearly 2000m higher than Cusco. It is important to spend several days in Cusco or another high altitude site to acclimatize. Fortunately, the hike itself is not steep; it is gradual along its length.
Staff & Support. The trek will be led by an experienced guide with extensive local historical and archaeological knowledge. The cook will prepare three meals a day while camping, plus provide hot drinks and snacks.
Equipment & Campsites. All camping gear (tents are two-person) and all equipment is supplied (except sleeping bags). Each day the horse wranglers and cook will overtake the group to arrive in camp well in advance. This gives them plenty of time to set up camp and prepare dinner. Tents are two person A-frame style and there is a communal dining tent for eating and staying dry if it rains. Foam sleeping mats are provided, and these will be laid out in the tents by the porters. When you get into camp you will be able to collect your duffle bag and access your clothes/toiletries. The horse wranglers also provide a bowl of warm water, soap and a small towel for every person to wash their hands when reaching camp and each morning.
Toilets & Showers. There is a toilet on the first night, but on the second night we must dig our own toilets. We will bring showers tents for you to bathe in.
Meals. The food provided by the cook is nothing short of amazing. Trekkers can expect a breakfast of omelettes or pancakes, a ‘takeaway’ snack pack of fruit or chocolate to eat mid morning, a two course lunch of soup and meat with pasta or rice, afternoon tea on arrival at camp with biscuits and popcorn and a three course dinner. Breakfast and dinner are accompanied by hot drinks (tea, coffee, chocolate) and lunch usually by cordial. All food is prepared, served and cleared away by the cook and porters and the quality of the meals is quite something when you consider that all the ingredients and basic cooking equipment have been carried in. Trekkers will certainly not go hungry, and special dietary requirements can be catered for if specified in advance. You will refill your empty bottles from boiled water provided by the porters. Boiled water will be provided during the trek when it is possible to make camp.
AUSANGATE TREK MAP