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5-Day Ausangate Trek

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5 Days
Availability : Jan 17’ - Dec 17’
Cusco
Ausangate
Min Age : 9+
Max People : 14
Overview

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.

Brief Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Cusco – Tinki – Pacchanta (L, D)
  • Day 2: Pacchanta – Laguna Uturunco (B, L, D)
  • Day 3: Uturunco – Marambaqui (B, L, D)
  • Day 4: Marambaqui – Qoyllur Rit’i (B, L, D)
  • Day 5: Qoyllur Rit’i – Cusco (B, L)

Inclusions:

  • 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 sanitizer.
  • 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.

Not included:

  • Meals not mentioned
  • Extra costs

You should bring:

  • Sun block.
  • Handkerchiefs.
  • Copy of your original passport.
  • Cash in Peruvian soles and/or US $.
  • Flashlight or headlamp and spare batteries.
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for comfort at camp.
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented at our agency, see below)
  • Strong footwear; waterproof trekking boots recommended.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Sleeping pad: will be provided by the agency but is to be carried by you.
  • Small towel and swimsuit (if you wish take a dip in the hot springs along the route).
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco).
  • Camera, memory cards and batteries (batteries are consumed more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning. Optionally: water-sterilizing chemicals or device in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered, boiled water.
  • Warm clothes, including a jacket and fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping. A down jacket is highly recommended for this trek since it runs at high altitude and temperatures may easily drop below freezing in the evening and at night.
  • Additional snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very well supplied. (This recommendation applies to all clients who want a specific snack that may not be included in our selection.)
Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Tinki - Pacchanta (L, D)

We leave the city of Cusco in private transport and drive along the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado road towards the village of Tinki (3800m/12464ft). On the way, we stop in Urcos to visit a beautiful lake of the same name. Our next stop is in Cattca, an agricultural and cattle-raising community where we can take in the region’s spectacular views before finally passing through Ocongate, half an hour away from our destination. After an approximately 6-hour drive, we arrive in Pacchanta, a little community with attractive hot springs for us to relax in. From here, fabulous views of all the snow-capped peaks in the area surround us. We’ll have lunch here and afterwards we can walk around or just relax in the hot springs for the rest of the evening. If the group is small, we will spend the night in a local lodge; if they group is large, we will camp at the hot springs near Pacchanta. We will start the trek the next morning. Meals: L, D

Day 2Pacchanta - Laguna Uturunco (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we continue our hike ascending for three hours to reach Quecmoco (4550m/12908ft). We then continue to our lunch spot, crossing an area full of falcons and “vizcachas,” or Andean rabbits. This area also boasts three beautiful lakes with tones of reds, greens, and turquoises (Pucacocha, Uturunco Cocha, and Azul Cocha) and spectacular views of the Ausangate and the surrounding glaciated peaks.
After lunch, we have two optional activities: we can walk to the second mountain pass, the Abra Campo (4900m/16072ft), from which we descend for half an hour to return to our campsite at Uturunco (4440m/14563ft); or, we can walk around the lakes to have a traditional Andean cleansing and flourishing ceremony. Meals: B, L, D

Day 3Uturunco - Marambaqui (B, L, D)

Today, we’ll wake early to give us time for the Offering to Pachamama (Mother Earth) Ceremony. This ceremony will give us the profound feeling of living in reciprocity and harmony with Mother Earth, the universe, and ourselves. From our ceremony site, we descend for four hours through an area of llamas, alpacas and vizcachas to reach Marambaqui (4050m/13284ft). We’ll meet the local people and see their traditional way of life, spotting llamas, alpacas, and maybe even Andean pumas. We will camp and dine at Marambaqui. Meals: B, L, D

Day 4Marambaqui – Qoyllur Rit’i (B, L, D)

We’ll climb for four hours to reach Cerro Ochuycruz, where we may spot the endangered Andean Condor circling above us. From here we descend towards Mahuayani for lunch. After lunch, we ascend for three hours to arrive at the sanctuary of Qoyllu Rit’i where we will spend the night. Qoyllu Rit’i is a sacred pilgrimage site within the Sinakara Valley; tens of thousands of people journey here every year just before Corpus Christi to dance and venerate the Lord of Qoyllu Rit’i. Meals: B, L, D

Day 5Qoyllur Rit’i - Cusco (B, L)

Early morning, we’ll leave for the Qoyllu Rit’i glacier to perform a ceremony honoring the main mountains of Ausangate and Qolqepunku; this ceremony asks for strength, power and protection for us, our family, our friends, and the world at large. The ceremonies will be ministered by a Q’ero Community master priest. (Q’ero is the closest thing remaining to an authentic Inca community in the world; it maintains the ancestral highland traditions.) After the ceremony, we’ll make our way back to Mahuayani, taking approximately 3 hours. Once in Mahuayani, we board private transport back to the city of Cusco, arriving after nightfall. Meals: B, L
* Departure and arrival times are approximate.

* Campsites are subject to change according to the guide’s criteria and the group’s progress

* This hike is challenging due to the altitude ranging between 3800-5000m (12,500-16,400ft). We recommend a period of at least 3 days for acclimatization in Cusco (or some other place over 3000m/9840ft)

OPTIONAL SERVICES TO BE HIRED:

* An extra horse to carry your personal items: (Peruvian Soles) $25.00 USD per day. A horse can carry up to 15 kg. An extra horse to carry you is $50.00 USD per day.

* Walking sticks or poles: $4.00 USD per pole per day.

* Sleeping bag rental: $20.00 USD / 5 days. Our sleeping bags are –18ºC-comfort (0ºF) and mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use.

* Therm-a-rest inflatable sleeping pad rent: $20.00 USD / 5 days.

* Cleansing & Flourishing Ceremonies: S/. 150.00 per person.

Climate. – Cusco’s climate is divided into two differentiated 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, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night.
Along the Inca Trail, temperatures range from 15-20ºC during the day if it’s sunny, to 05-10ºC during the day if not sunny or 0-05ºC at night in the first 2 campsites. At Wiñaywayna and Machupicchu, at lower altitude, temperatures are usually warmer though warm clothes are still recommended at night.

Appropriate clothing along this hike.- 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 the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the fourth day (if sunny) and in Machupicchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machupicchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list. Good quality, comfortable footwear is essential. Whatever you wear on your feet the most important thing is comfort. It is vital to ensure your boots are well worn in and lightweight. Ankle support and waterproofing is 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. – The Inca Trail is certainly not easy but you do not need to be an athlete or a trekking expert to complete it. Fitness is naturally important but it is the kind of trek that anyone with a positive attitude and determination can do. However the more fit you are the more you will enjoy the trail and the more chance you will have to take in the scenery and appreciate the Inca ruins dotted along the way. If you do not exercise regularly, it is advisable to do some extra walking or some kind of aerobic activity in the months leading up to your trip.
Many people worry whether they will be able to cope physically but complete failure is rare and would usually only result from severe altitude sickness or a person lacking even a basic level of fitness. Adults of all ages (from teenager to pensioner) complete the trek and age itself is no barrier if you are positive minded and live an active lifestyle. Before departing for your tour, we recommend visiting the doctor who will be able to provide you with more information.
If you are planning to take your children to Peru, please be advised that the minimum age for hiking the Inca Trail is 13 years old.

Staff & support. – The trek will be led by an experienced guide with extensive local historical and archaeological knowledge. You will pass many Inca Places along the way and your guide will conduct short tours wherever it is possible to do so. 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 cooking equipment is supplied (except sleeping bags). Each day the porters will overtake the group to arrive in camp well in advance. This gives them plenty of time to set up camp and start to prepare dinner. Tents are two person A-frame style and there is a communal dining tent for eating and staying dry – if it rains. 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 porters usually also provide a small bowl of warm water, soap and a small flannel / towel for every person to wash their hands when reaching camp and each morning. Campfires are not permitted so there is not a lot to do after dinner and most people retire to bed early. Please note that campsites are subject to change depending on availability. You will be advised at the Inca Trail trek briefing of the exact campsites you will be staying at.

Toilets & showers.- There are toilet blocks (with ceramic squat toilets) dotted along the Inca trail.
These little blocks are usually well hidden from view and are surprisingly clean. Between these toilet blocks the only choice is to go ‘behind a bush’! Lunch stops are often made in the vicinity of a toilet block. Toilet blocks are usually available in camp on the second and third night. The location of camp on day one can vary and it is likely that you will have to use a toilet tent or the bush. Taking your own toilet roll is essential but it is important not to flush loo paper away. Showers are available at the campsite on day 3. On this night all trekkers camp at the same place so demand for the showers can be high, however as everyone arrives into camp at different times in the afternoon you may be lucky and not have to queue for too long.

Meals. – The food provided by the porters and 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 is accompanied by hot drinks (tea, coffee, chocolate) and lunch usually by cordial (other drinks e.g. soft drinks or beer are at your own expense and can be pricey on the trail). 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 has been carried in. Trekkers will certainly not go hungry and special dietary requirements can be catered for if specified in advance. You will be able to buy bottled water on day 1 and 2 of the trek at various points along the way, after this 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.

Tipping. – Your porters, guides and cooks have amazing strength, stamina and skill and generally make your trek a thoroughly enjoyable and hassle-free experience. Most people would almost certainly not be able to complete the trek without them. It is therefore commonly accepted that the standard combined tip for guides, porters and cooks on the Inca Trail is US$40 per trekker.

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