The tour Ausangate is an excellent circuit walk that traveler is offered as a spectacular mountain landscape, snow-capped peaks, hot springs, turquoise lakes, glaciers, herds of llamas and alpacas, picturesque villages and traditionally dressed Andean communities . This is a moderate hike challenging, with several quite some overpasses and often very icy nights. This beautiful six-day hike begins and ends in the small Andean town of Tinqui and leads to very high places around the mountain of Ausangate and more than three flyovers (two of them over 4800 meters). The peak of Ausangate is considered by locals as a sacred Apu and is the most powerful of pilgrimage for today descendants of Quechua central point.
Walking difficulty: Difficult
Camianta Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Starting point: Cusco
Type of trek: Archaeological, Cultural, Camping, Ecological, Hiking
We headed to Tinqui (4000m) where we will begin our trek. The trip takes about 4 hours. We passed through beautiful countryside and several traditional villages, especially in Urcos, Cattca and Oxangate, where we will have the opportunity to take some pictures. Our journey begins climbing a path to the northwest front of the huge mountain of Ausangate. We walked through fields of agriculture dispersed, then, we Upis (4435m). It is stable Upis camp and can relax in the hot springs.
We begin our tour today with a rise of 2.5 hours to Arapa step (4757m). From the pass we continue through the valley, sometimes slowly, into a deep valley of lakes and glaciers. Camp near Lake Jatun Pucacocha (4585m), which is located at the bottom of one of the glaciers of Ausangate.
After breakfast we start our trip to the Apacheta Pass (4850m). Then we descend to a beautiful lake called Ausangatecocha, formed by a melting glacier. From here we begin our hardest climb glacial terrain to step Palomani (5165m). The view of the Cordillera del Vilcanota from here makes it worth the hard work today. When you finish viewing the incredible view, facing and descend to camp near the remote village of Pampacancha (4500m).
We jampamayo follow the river through the gorge to a small town called Jampa (4650m), where you can see stone houses. On the way here we will see the spectacular Signal peak Nevado Pico Tres (6093m). Jampa village, we continue our moderate climb, then the road begins to climb sharply again to our camp even closer to the lake Tillacocha (4800 m).
We walked in a circle around the lake and up Tillacocha 1.5 to 2 hours for the last step Jampa 4950m. Glaciers, huge mountains and glacial lakes surround Jampa. We descend to the village of Pacchanta (4250m) where we camp and have the opportunity to visit the thermal baths.
Today the day consists of three easy walks through open fields. Today is your last chance to have a narrow view of Ausangate. We arrived back in Tinqui where we meet our transport back to Cusco at night.