the Ausangate Mountain Loop Hiking Adventure
From 3.800 to 5.200 meters
Your hiking adventure begins at an altitude of 3.800 meters, 12,470 ft. at the small village of T'inqui where we meet our horsemen and horses. Acclimatization guides our itinerary along the spectacular trail circuit around Apu Auzangate (Hispanic spelling). You'll be hiking for 6 hours a day and your first day of this trek offers magnificent views of the Vilcanota range. We arrive at our first campsite at Q'oñi uno (hot springs) at 4400 meter, 14,435 ft which provide for a spectacular view of Ausangate mountain. On the second day we're ascending two high mountains passes. The first pass is at 4850 meters, 15,915 ft and the second pass is at 4900 meters, 16,000 ft. Between the passes we follow a small valley which is the beautiful home of some stunning lakes. Day four of our hiking adventure offers the steepest most challenging sections that leads us to Palomani pass at 5100 meters, 16,735 ft. Our campsite for the night is at a vast and beautiful plateau near the Q'ampa river. On the fifth day of our trek we hike up the highest pass at 5200 meters, 17,000 ft. The mountain pass is called Q'ampa. Beyond the pass the terrain is dotted with precious lakes and hot springs. Specially on this day we get the best chance to see herds of Alpacas or the illusive Vicuñas. On our last day back to T'inqui while we finish our hiking loop the views remain nothing short of spectacular.
For your first two nights and your last night in Cuzco, the two night before and the night after the trek, we offer you two choices. You can either pick your own place to stay or we can book you carefully chosen hotel accommodation, included in your hiking adventure package. The hotels we offer are chosen for their location, cleanliness and charm -not the number of channels available on the television. All the hotel options we can arrange for you to stay at are ideally situated close to the main attractions in Cuzco without being too central, this way allowing you opportunity to explore while avoiding the most touristy and noisy areas when you are ready to relax. During the trek all our nights are spent at locations off-the-beaten track. Our carefully chosen safe campsites with a panoramic display of spectacular mountain scenery and OUTDO's higher-end camping gear ensures you'll rest easy at night. All camping gear is provided except your sleeping bag for the obvious reasons of hygiene. Our private horsemen and animal and human porters carry tents, personal gear and take care of supplies -allowing you the joy of hiking with only a daypack. Our porters prepare the campsites, boil drinking water, take care of everything around the campsite and they make sure when we leave, it is like we've never been there.
Food and 'fuel'
Although we are under canvas on our trek, this camping will feel pretty fancy. Your private cook prepares delicious 4 course meals that not only taste wonderful but also provide the best fuel for 6 hours of hiking each day. All meals are prepared with fresh local produce and products. Our staff is part of the OUTDO family, porters and local welfare are important to us. The Peruvian Porters Union has set very basic rules for the work conditions and minimum wages for the porters. The prices that operators charge for the Ausangate trek can vary considerably as can the rates of porter pay and conditions provided by each company. We are not your cheapest option but we believe in giving our guest a top quality and unique adventure. We built a memory for a lifetime. We proud ourselves in taking real good care of our local staff and porters and ensuring their quality of life is enhanced by working for and with us. We feel we OUTDO and invite you to participate.
Day 1: Cuzco -breakfast and sightseeing
Day 2: Cusco - Q'oni uno ( hot springs )
Day 3: Hot springs - Ausangate pampa
Day 4: Ausangate pampa - Jatun pampa
Day 5: Jatum pampa - Pacchanta community
Day 6: Pacchanta - T'inqui
Day 7: Cuzco