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Ausangate Front Range Trek 4D/3N

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ausangate front range trek
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In my opinion this trek is more beautiful than the normal Ausangate circuit trek. The reason is that the west and south sides of Ausangate is mostly altiplano and has few mountains to see, it is also a more touristic route. The Front Range Trek allows you to see impressive views of Ausangate but also brings you very close to the Callangate massif and other peaks. To finish it off, we camp by the large Lagoon Singrenacocha which is more impressive than any lagoon the normal circuit trek has to offer. The route can also be done in reverse to the program below.

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The itinerary:

Day 1: Cusco – Pacchanta (4,300m)
We will leave Cusco at about 9am and take a 4 hour ride to Pacchanta. There we will stay the night at my Compadre Luis’ house and enjoy the thermal baths.
Day 2: Pacchanta – Abra Puca Orco (4,800m) – Laguna Armacocha (4,600m)
From Pacchanta we go north along the front of the range over a pass 4 hours and then down the other side a bit to have lunch. After descending into the valley, we go up the other side for 2-3 hours to reach our camp at Armacocha with great views of Nevado Callangate.
Day 3: Laguna Armacocha – Laguna Singrenacocha (4,200m)
A short pass is crossed in the morning and then two hours descending to the shore of turquoise colored Laguna Singrenacocha, an easy day.
Day 4: Laguna Singrenacocha – Mallma – Cusco
The final trek out goes along the shore of the lake for a while and then descends to the town of Mallma where the car will pick us up. Then we go back to Cusco by bus from Tinki and arrive in the early evening.

Included in the package:

  • Transportation (Cusco to Pacchanta & Mallma to Cusco)
  • All group camping equipment and tents
  • Guide
  • Cooks/Arrieros and horse service (will carry all expedition and personal gear)
  • Food from Lunch Day 1 until Breakfast Day 4.
  • Entrance to zone & thermal baths

You will need

  • clothing for cold and rain
  • waterproof hiking boots
  • headlamp
  • sleeping bag
  • backpack
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen

A client should be acclimatized (at least 3 days in Cusco) and in good physical condition. You should have a good backpack and pair of trekking boots (waterproof), along with clothing for rain, cold and hot climates. There are no climbing elements involved but rugged terrain is crossed and unnecessary risks should not be taken.

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