Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
This trek is a shorter alternative to the normal Ausangate circuit trek. The Front Range Trek gives you impressive views of Mount Ausangate and Callangate while on a rarely traveled trail. You can experience all the highlights of the Vilcanota mountain range, including the thermal baths in Pacchanta. To finish, we camp by the large turquoise Lagoon Singrenacocha, more impressive than any lagoon on the normal circuit trek.
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Cusco – Pacchanta (4,300m)
We will leave Cusco at 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 at night.
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.
Laguna Armacocha – Laguna Singrenacocha (4,200m)
We cross a short pass in the morning and then take two hours descending to the shore of turquoise colored Laguna Singrenacocha, an easy day.
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 our car will pick us up. Then we go back to Cusco by bus from Tinki and arrive in the early evening.
- All group camping equipment
- 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
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- Trekking Boots (Waterproof) - Clothing for hiking (light, breathable, quick drying) - Clothing for cold and rain (down jacket and rain jacket/pants) - Gloves (light or fingerless) - Brimmed hat and winter beanie - Sunglasses and sunscreen - Sleeping Bag (0F / -18C) or (20F / -7C) - Air or foam mattress - Water bottle (Nalgene or similar) - Backpack - Duffel Bag
It is very important to acclimatize properly. If you are just arriving to Cusco, I recommend at least 3 full nights in Cusco (3,300mts/10,824ft) before sleeping higher than 4,000mts (13,120ft). It is recommendable to climb a peak of 5,500 meters, before a 6,000 meter peak if you have the time. If you are already well acclimated, it is possible to go directly to climb an easier 6,000mts peak like Ausangate, Chumpe or Yayamari. These guidelines should be regarded as the minimums. Often people have a tight schedule and want to do as much as possible with their time, but acclimatization is important for you to be able to accomplish your goals.