Ausangate - Machu Picchu
|| Ausangate Trek + Machupicchu Tour
||9 Days / 8 Nights
|| Cultural, and Andean Trek Peru
||To suit group requirements
|Difficulty degree of this hike:
||Challenging due to the altitude: we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco or over 3000m/9840ft
- Daily departures are available along the year although due to weather conditions, the recommended period for this trek is April to October.
- All private service departure dates are adapted
to your request.
An amazing and less-known trek surrounding the snow-capped Sacred Mountain (“Apu”) of Ausangate (6.372m/20900ft) that takes you over mountain passes, awesome mountain scenery, remote Andean villages, hot springs and turquoise lakes. This is an unforgettable hike recommended for lovers of mountain trekking searching for an intense experience in remote areas and wild nature.
Day 1: Cusco to Tinki
We leave the city of Cusco in a private transport, and drive along the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado highway in the direction of Tinki (3800m/12464ft). On the way we stop in Urcos, where we may visit a beautiful lake with the same name. We then go on to Cattca, an agricultural and cattle raising community where we can appreciate the region’s spectacular views and finally pass through Ocongate, capital of the district with the same name and only half an hour away from our destination. After an approximated 6-hour drive, we arrive in Tinki, where we sleep in a local lodge and start the trek the next morning.
Day 2: Tinki to Upis
We leave Tinki initiating a slight climb that crosses through puna (dry, high area with little vegetation) to then arrive at our lunch spot after a three-hour walk. From here we already have beautiful views of the sacred Ausangate peak (6372m/20900ft). After lunch, we continue walking for another hour and a half to reach our campsite in Upis at 4400m/14432ft. From this point, we may appreciate fabulous views of all the snow peaks in the area. We camp and dine directly in front of Ausangate.
Day 3: Upis - Ausangateqocha
After breakfast, we continue our hike ascending for two hours to reach La Arapa pass (4850m/15908ft). We then descend to our lunch spot, crossing an area of falcons and ¨vizcachas¨ or Andean rodents. This area also boasts three beautiful lakes with tones of reds, greens, and turquoises (Pukacocha, HatunPukacocha, and Qomerqocha) and spectacular views of the surrounding snow peaks. After lunch, we continue on a long and slow ascent that will take us, after about two hours, to the second mountain pass, the Abra de Apuchata (4900m/16072ft), from which we descend, for another half an hour, towards our campsite at Ausangatecocha (4440m/14563ft).
Day 4: Ausangatecocha - Huchuy Phinaya
Today, we depart early 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 2h through an area of llamas, alpacas and ¨vizcachas¨ to reach Pampacancha (4050m/13284ft). From here we follow an uphill trail until that leads us to our 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: Huchuy Phinaya - 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 - Tinki - Cusco
We leave Pacchanta and start to walk our way back to Tinki, which will take approximately 2 hours. Once in Tinki, we board a private transport that will take us back to the city of Cusco, where we estimate to arrive after nightfall.
Day 7: Cusco - Aguas Calientes - Putucusi Mountain
After your 05:00 a.m. breakfast, you will be escorted to Cusco's rail road station where you will board the train which will take you to the town of Aguas Calientes aproximaly you will arrive to aguas Calientes Town 11:30am. checking into the hotel. You will have a free morning, after lunch we are going to ascent the Putucusi Mountain where you will see a lot of type of flowers(orchids), and birds, later you return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Wake up will be 5:00 a.m. beacuse we have to take the first bus to Machu Picchu citadel where you will see the magic and majestic Sun rise. Beautiful Hummingbirds that sing give welcome to another day. After that, you will have a guided visit to the citadel of Machu Picchu (3 hours), after the guided tour you will have free time to visit and take pictures Machu Picchu, after Machu Picchu you have to take the bus and return to the Aguas Calientes town, where you have to take your train to Ollantaytambo where our transfer will be waiting for you to come back to Cusco(Hotel).
Day 9: Cusco - Airport
Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your departure to your next destination.
End of our service.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Tinki, starting point of the trek
- Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field
- One inflatable sleeping pad per person
- Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities
- English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
- Chef and cooking equipment
- 1 emergency horse every 6 persons
- Meals (05B, 06L, 05D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
- Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Private transport from Tinki to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco
- Pick you up from you hotel to train station (Cusco - Aguas Calientes)
- Entrance to Machupicchu
- Guided service by an knowledgeable and friendly official tourist guide fluent in English, and other languages.
- Hotel 3 stars (1 night)
- Train cusco - Aguas Calientes / Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo)
- Tourist bus transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Dinner in Touristic Restaurant (Day 7) and Breakfast (Day 8) in your hotel ***
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Breakfast on the first day
- Dinner on the last day
- Sleeping bag
WHAT WE RECOMMENDED THAT YOU BRING
- A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
- Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping. A down jacket is especially recommended for this trek since it runs at high altitude and temperatures may easily drop below freezing in the evening and at nights
- Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
- Sun block
- After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack.
- Small towel
- Swimsuit (if you wish take a dip at the hot springs along the route)
- Cash in soles and/or US$
- Copy of original passport
- Optional: walking sticks or poles
- Prices per person depend on the group size, the larger the group the lower the price per person.
- You want private service