Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Our five day trek around Ausangate (6,384m/20,939ft) takes you through turquoise lagoons and snow capped peaks of the Vilcanota mountain range. This is an authentic Andean experience because you will see the local Quechua Indians and their way of life as alpaca herders. Our compadre Luis Crispin lives in the picturesque village of Pacchanta, nestled at the foot of the high Andes mountains. His family is our team of locals who will take you with their horses on the trail. Another highlight of this route is to enjoy a bath in the the thermal springs at the start and the end of the trek. Don’t miss this timeless landscape!
This is the perfect opportunity to climb an easy summit! You can add on a climb of Campa peak, one of the easiest mountains to climb in Cusco!
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Cusco - Upis (4,400m/14,432ft)
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.
Upis - Laguna Jatun Puqacocha (4,600m/15,088ft)
We hike to the first pass, the Arapa pass (4,850m), in the morning, continuing down the valley you'll pass the green lake of Puqa Q'ocha and in the afternoon, camp at the turquoise Lake Jatun Puqa Q'ocha.
Laguna Jatun Puqa Q'ocha - Abra Palomani (5,200m/17,056ft) - Suyrucochapampa (4,500m)
In the morning we hike the second pass of Apuchata (4,900m) with the turquoise Laguna Ausangate below. From the lake we climb up again to the Palomani pass (5,200m), the highest point of the trek. Hiking down the next valley for an hour or so brings us to the campsite at Pampacancha.
Suyrucochapampa - Campa Pass (5,050m) – Pacchanta (4,300m)
In the morning we will pass through large boulderfields and the snow-capped peaks of Tres Picos and Puca Punta will come into view. After passing through a small community the trail continues northwest to the final pass of this trek, the Campa pass (5,050m). From there we will descend for a few hours to the village of Pacchanta where we will stay at the home of my “Compadres” the Crispin Family. In the evening we can visit thermal baths with beautiful views of Ausangate.
Pacchanta - Cusco
The last day we can sleep in until whenever we like. After breakfast we will go by car and bus back to Cusco.
- All group camping equipment
- Cooks/Arrieros and horse service (will carry all expedition and personal gear)
- Food from Lunch Day 1 until Breakfast Day 5.
- Entrance to zone & thermal baths
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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.
- 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