Trekking Ausangate Circuit, is one of the most beautiful treks in Cusco. The Cordillera Vilcanota is an impressive range of mountains which include the massive Ausangate snow capped mountain (6,372m) and three others over 6000m, Contains spectacular mountains, scenery and highland. Unsurprisingly, the Circuit has become a popular hike, one that is possible to complete in a week or as little time as six days:
Day 1: Cusco – Tinqui – Upis
We start with transfer from hotel to bus stop, and depart to Tinqui by bus and travel about six hours to reach the small Andean village of Tinqui. Driving through beautiful countryside, we pass several villages including Urcos, Ccatcca, Ocongate finally we will arrive to Tinqui, and stop forlunch. After lunch we will trek crossing grassy meadows below the jagged stone flanks of Ausangate Mountain 6,350 m.a.s.l. the highest snow peak in Southern Peru. After approximately five hours, we arrive to the hot springs at Upis and camp
Day 2: Upis – Arapa Pass - Jatun Pucacocha
After early and nutritious breakfast, we hike to cross our first pass, (arapa pass). Beautiful landscapes are seen along the way and further-on we climb a rock-strewn area, throughout all the passage we will see the majestic Ausangate Mountain. Finally we arrive to the pass; from where we enjoy wonderful views, we continue down and have the opportunity to see beautiful lakes, multi-coloured lagoons and reach the larger Yanacocha lake (black lake) where we have our lunch, then continue our hike to the camp site near the Jatun Pucacocha
Day 3: Jatun Pucacocha - Palomani Pass - Uchuy Finaya
In the morning, we make a short ascent to our second pass of Apacheta, (4,850 mt. 15,908 ft ) then down hill until Laguna Ausangate cocha.and stop for lunch. After walk up to the highest point of the trek Palomani Pass, on this point we can enjoy fantastic views of Ausangate and the Vilcanota range from this point. After approximately 2 hours of walking down into a valley, we arrive to our incredibly beautiful campsite at Uchuy Finaya
Day 4: Uchuy Finaya - Qampa Pass (5050 mt, 16,564 ft.) - Qomercocha
We depart early morning to climb for two hours towards the third mountain pass, the Abra de Palomani (5200m/17056ft). This is the highest part of the entire hike, from which we then descend for another 2hrs , along the area we may see llamas, alpacas, Vizcachas and reach Pampacancha (4050m / 13284 ft). Then we follow an up hill trail until campsite in Q´ampa (4300m/14104ft). Along this easy 3-hour climb we may have the chance to spot llamas, alpacas, and maybe even pumas. We will camp and dine at this place
Day 5: Q´ampa – Pacchanta
We climb for 2 hours until we reach Q´ampa mountain pass (5000m/16400ft), where we may have the chance to spot the Andean deer. From here we descend towards the Qomerqocha lagoon to finally arrive at Pacchanta (4100m/13448ft) after an approximated five-hour walk. Pacchanta is a little community with attractive hot springs where we can enjoy a relaxing dip. We camp and spend the night at this place.
Day 6: Pacchanta to Tinki
We leave Pacchanta and start to walk our way back to Tinki, which will take us approximately 2 hours. Once in Tinki, we board our transport to came back to Cusco
Departures are available along the year although due to weather conditions, the recommended period for this trek is from April to November.
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