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Ausangate Trek 5 Days

INTRODUCTION

Explore “Deep Peru”, hiking one of Peru’s most picturesque landscapes around Cuzco.  The Ausangate (6,398 m.a.s.l.) is considered to be one of the most beautiful and holiest snow-capped mountains of the Andes. This 5-day trekking expedition will take you at the base of Mt Ausangate. The region around the mountain offers impressive scenery of mountains, glaciers, secluded lagoons, streams and other ecological biodiversity. Furthermore, the Andean people are very hospitable and preserve the respect for nature. The farmers have excellent knowledge in the raising of cattle, vicuñas, alpacas and llamas, which are all valued for their fine quality wool and meat. Spend your days soaking in the massive peaks, and your evenings enjoying the Andean constellations.

In this adventure, you will need a good dose of adrenaline as you hike up a pass above 5,000 meters (17,000 feet). But take heart, the Discover Satori team will cater to your needs for your safety and comfort. The trip is supported by horses for your convenience and we provide you with top quality camping equipment and a very balanced and energetic diet.

Would you like a remote experience in the Andes? If so, then go for it!

Highlights

Peru is a natural wonder, full of tourist attractions and sights that will take your breath away. Ancient indigenous cultures, Spanish colonial influence, the quest for independence, cultural mixture, and an astonishing geography have all shaped Peru throughout the centuries. For that reason:

  • Ausangate trek is considered to be the highest trek in all the region of Cusco and they say that Ausangate Mountain is to be the “Guardian Spirit and realm of Cusco city.
  • Relish every single day with the visit to the absolutely crystalline lagoons nestled at the base of Apu Ausangate Mountain (Days 2, 3 and 4).
  • Hike along the winding Ausangate trail with the mountain’s tallest peak right before your eyes (Days 1, 2, 3 and 4).
  • Enjoy your trekking through the panoramic view of the valleys, countless llamas, Alpcacas, Vicuñas and Andean birds such as Andean geese, Andean flickers and so on ( Days1,2,3,4, and 5).
  • You will enjoy as much as possible your bath in Pacchanta hot spring (Day 5).

Itinerary

Day 1 Cusco – Tinki- Upis

Early morning pick up from your hotel or accommodation at approx. 6:00 am in Cusco, then you will begin the 3-hour drive to the trail head in Tinqui (3900 m.a.s.l). You’ll pass through the small towns of Urcos-Ccatcca-Ocongate and continue to Tinki. Here, your trek will start on foot towards the community of Upis (4,400 m.a.s.l.), where you will get your first views of Ausangate peak and along the way, you will meet locals who will show you some examples of their textile work, created to honor nature and Andean symbols.

On the midpoint of the trail you will have your lunch. .  After enjoying your lunch and siesta you will carry on your journey to the campsite.  Overall, you will hike approximately 5 to 6 hours along a steady gradual uphill and flat terrain. You will spend the night in Upis campsite, and there will be the possibility to enjoy hot springs.

Day 2 Upis –Arapa Pass- Puca Ccocha—Ausangate Lagoon

After an early breakfast, you will get ready to test your physical condition and your mind, because you will ascend towards the first pass, Arapa (4800 m.a.s.l), then you will take your time to appreciate the towering majesty of the glacier cap, some views of the Andes, and others mountain chains. After a well-deserved rest, you will descend the mountain slowly until you reach Puca Ccocha Lagoon and have lunch nearby here. Your route continues ascending towards the extreme Ausangate pass (4,850 m.a.s.l.).  Over the course of the day, you will hike approximately 7 to 8 hours along a steady gradual uphill, steep uphill and downhill. Your day 2 will end at the shore of the Ausangate Lagoon (4,650 m.a.s.l) where you will camp.

Day 3 Ausangate Lagoon— Palomani Pass-Suraypata camp

After a healthy breakfast, you will get ready for your big day, because today is the most arduous and challenging albeit rewarding trek, since your day will be the most wonderful and remarkable day as well. First you will hike up towards the dizzying highest pass of this trek called the Palomani pass (5,200 m.a.s.l.). From here, you will have an exceptional view of the mountains and glaciers of Ausangate then we descend to the valley of Finaya Pampa and finally arrive suraypata, (4,700 m.a.s.l.), where we will camp for the night. Remember you will hike between 7 to 8 hours all third day along a steady gradual uphill, steep uphill and downhill.

 

Day 4 Suraypata Camp- Jampa Pass-Pacchanta Hot Spring)

Like previous mornings, after your delicious breakfast you will be ready to enjoy your day four and your highlight will be definitely the spectacular ascend to the Campa pass (5,100 m.a.s.l.). Following, you will pass by several lovely lagoons on the way to our camping site in Pacchanta (4,350 m.a.s.l.) where we will visit and enjoy your bath in hot springs and have a typical dinner before to go to sleep. Your hiking time in all day will be approximately 7-8.5 hours.

DAY 5: Pacchanta-Tinqui. Return to Cusco

After breakfast, your trek will continue for 3.5 hours more towards the village of Tinqui (3,900 m.a.s.l.) that is surrounded by landscapes of farmlands and local houses. Here, you will have lunch. Right now, it is time to say good bye the most appreciated Mt Ausangate. Once you get to Tinqui you will take a bus to back to Cusco, following the Interoceanic windy highway and you will arrive back to Cusco at 18.00 pm approx.

 Options:  If you think you are not able to hike to Tinki Village because you feel sick or worn out then you can take one private car from Pacchanta to Tinki, but it will be an extra cost.

 Important note:

  1. Total distance: 53 km very challenge because the altitude but the journey is also extremely enjoyable; enough reason to take our notice to get all of the recommendations previous to do this trek with Discover Satori.
  2. We will climb up to 5,200 m.a.s.l. and as it is combined with extreme or bleak weather, this trek is really hard work. We want you to remember this trek with a smile on your face, therefore, please ensure that you are well acclimatized, in good shape and healthy.

MAP (Cusco, Urcos, Ocongate, Tinqui, Upis Arapa pass, Yana Ccocha, Puca Ccocha, Ausangate pass, Ausangate Lagoon, Palomani pass, Suraypata Camp, Jampa Pass, Pacchanta, Hot Spring, Tinqui).

Inclusions

INCLUDED

  • Pre-departure briefing in our office or your hotel. Time to be determined by the Company.
  • Private Accommodation: 4 nights camping on the Ausangate trek.
  • Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, Portable toilet tent, tables, chairs, and cooking equipment (all carried by the horses).
  • Inflatable mattress: Thermarest air mattresses that are 3 inches thick and add a lot of comfort to sleep and rest.
  • Pillow, rain ponchos and duffel bag.
  • Transportation: You will be provided with all transportation for this trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 6: 00 A.M, and brought to the trail head. When you arrive back to the end of your trek, our van will take you back to your hotel in Cusco (Day 5).
  • Professional Guides: English speaking, professionally educated guides. All of our guides studied English and tourism at Cusco National University. They all grew up in the Cusco region, and are committed to teaching others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional and will ensure you are safe and sound and happy so you can enjoy your time worry-free!
  • Trekking Chef: A chef and his assistant, specialized in cooking on the trail, will prepare all of your delicious meals to replenish your energy along the trail.
  • Cargo Mules: On days 1, 2, 3 and 4 cargo mules will carry all camping equipment and your personal baggage allowance (7 kgs/15.4 lbs). On days 1 and 5 your duffel bags will be carried by car to your destination.
  • 1 Saddle-horse or emergency horse: This service will only be available on the hard sections of the trek, as those are the most challenging ones.
  • Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners (Vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost), 5 Snacks, 4 happy hours. All these meals are prepared by our Chef.
  • Water: We will provide you water for your morning hike every day and again during lunch. We suggest to bring your camel bag and extra energy drinks for this trek, because being well hydrated is the key to feeling great in the mountains.
  • Products for hygiene: You will be provided with a small towel, soap and hand sanitizer before each meal to clean your hands.
  • Entry ticket to Ausangate trail.
  • Hot Springs in Pacchanta.
  • First-Aid Kit: Our guides have received training in first aid from physicians. Our guides will bring an emergency oxygen bottle, as well.
  • Satellite Phones: Our top priority will always be the safety of our clients and our team. While all our guides are prepared and trained to deal with most issues clients have on the mountain. Being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps everyone feel assured that they are safe. Radios, which all our guides have, are limited in how far they can reach, so Discover Satori has added Satellite Phones to every trek. Every guide will have a fully charged phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to connect us anywhere in the world. And they can be used by our clients for non-emergencies as well.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Sleeping Bags:You can rent one from our company if you do not have your own. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect from temperatures as low as -18ÂşC (0ÂşF). They are mummy form and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips. (Cost: USD $20).
  • Walking Sticks:You can rent a set from our company if you would like (Cost: USD $15/pair).
  • Last Day: Dinner in Cusco.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Tips for our staff:Tipping is of course 100% voluntary and should only be done if you feel like your guide, porters, horse men and Chef have done an amazing job for you.
  • Option:If you feel tired and sick after your previous days trek, then from Pacchanta, you have the option to take a local car to Tinki (Cost: USD $20.00).
  • Additional costsor delays out of control of the management (landslides, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, altitude sickness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.).

Availability

DEPARTURE AVAILABILITY DATES

The Ausangate trek is available most of the year, but closed in February because of heavy rain and landslides.

Peru has many annual festivities, special events and festivals such as: the Feast of the Sun in Cusco city, Easter Sunday procession, Folkloric Parade, Carnival, Christmas day, Bullfighting and many others. A solar or lunar eclipse would also be a special experience for you, this is why we recommend and guarantee your departure dates. All we need to book your adventure is your confirmation that this is the trek for you.

 

CLICK here to check your availability for Annual Festivities, Events, and Ausangate & Machu Picchu.

Packing List

IMPORTANT REMINDER:

For this trek you will need one hold-all or duffel bag, which we will provide. This bag will hold the contents of your packing list and be carried by the horses/crew. You will also need a small daypack that you will pack lightly with essentials for the trek.  A light backpack is key to feeling great.

 

  • Passport (very important)
  • Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbacks or bottles are good for this trek.
  • Water for the beginning of your hike. We will resupply you at lunch.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) and sandals. (very important)
  • 5 Wicking/Hiking T-Shirts & 2 hiking pants
  • Nice shirts and pants for Ausangate Mountain day – remember you will always treasure these photos, wear something you love
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho, warm jacket, down jacket, fleece or sweater, scarf, wool hat, sunglasses, gloves and 5 set of socks.
  • Bathing suits for the hot springs in Pacchanta ( It is optional )
  • Sun protection cream and sun hat (very important)
  • Insect Repellent
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Camera
  • IPhone/IPod for music
  • Flashlight  or head lamp with spare batteries (very important)
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips.
  • TOILETRIES
  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.

Price and Payment

We require a deposit of 50% of the total price per person, in order to book and secure any trek or city tour with Discover Satori. The deposit can be made by PayPal, which will incur a 5.5% merchant fee paid by the traveler, or by wire to Bank of America or Citibank (for free if you are a fellow account holder).

Please notify us if paying by wire transferor Paypal the address to send your deposit to is cusi@discoversatori.com. All deposits are fully non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event that you need to cancel your trip, cancellation fees will be assessed as outlined below under our cancellation policy. If canceling, you may not transfer your deposit to another person’s trek.

Bank Account Number: XXXXXXX (US DOLLARS)

Paying Bank:  Bank of America, TX

Account Holder: Discover Satori

Swift Code: XXXXX

 

NOTE. Non-Refundable, Non-Transferable Deposit

 

WAYS TO PAY

 

1) Credit card Visa, American Express. Diners Club, Mastercard payments will incur an additional credit card merchant service charge of 8%

2) Paypal payments will incur an additional merchant service charge of 5.5%.

3) Western union payments will need to be addressed as follows:

Receiver:

Full name: FREDY CUSI HUAMAN

Address: APV. Jardines Del Inca C-10, Cusco – PerĂş

Please don’t forget to send us the tracking code (MTCN) in order to pick up the deposit and confirm your booking.

 

GROUP PRICE  (2020) FROM USD 386 PER  PERSON
Private Tours are based on Group Size (2020)
Number of Trekkers   Price per Person
2 USD  $892
3   USD  $653
4   USD  $515
5   USD  $458
6   USD  $421
7 or more   USD  $386

 

 

Permit permitting, we are excited for this opportunity of a lifetime to guide you through the Ausangate trek.

Important Info

Please read the following information carefully as it will help answer all of your questions about our services and the Ausangate trek.

 

ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

You will be welcomed at the Cusco airport by one of our representatives and taken to your hotel. Please ensure that you inform us of your flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek. Look out for our representative holding an orange board Discover Satori at the arrival terminal. You must exit the terminal, in order to find our representative (they cannot enter inside).

THE BRIEFING

Your briefing will take place at our office at 6:00 or 6:30 P.M. the night before your trek, depending on your confirmation email details.  Our office is located at Jardines Del Inca C-10, Cusco.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

Of course! During Ausangate trek, your main luggage(s) can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are free.  Please pack things you will only need during your Ausangate trek.

HOW TO BOOK AUSANGATE TREK

FIRST, the following personal information is necessary when completing our booking form

  1. Full Name (as it exactly appears on your passport)
  2. Gender
  3. Passport number
  4. Date of Birth (DD / MM / YYYY)
  5. Nationality

 

Note: We require copies of everyones’ passport as they are required when purchasing permits.

 SECOND, we require a deposit of 50% of the total price per person in order to secure your Ausangate trek. Paying by VISA or PayPal online incurs 5.5% service charge. Please pay to the following email address: cusi@discoversatori.com

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

The remaining balance will need to be paid at our office in Cusco no more than 2 days before your tour start date; cash is preferable (we accept both US dollars and Peruvian soles). There are several ATM machines in Cusco city center, otherwise, PayPal and Visa credit card is also acceptable, however, will incur 5.5% service charge.

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu to qualify for a discount.

Note: If you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.

  • 11 to 17 years old, the discount is $30 USD
  • 6 to 11, the discount is $40 USD
  • 0 to 2, they are free

All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of booking to receive the student discount. Email us a copy at: fredy@discoversatori.com

 

MAY I CHANGE THE DATE AFTER MY TOUR HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED AND BOOKED?

Unfortunately the answer is NO. Discover Satori will have already purchased the necessary permits and scheduled and organized our crew for your trip before you have arrived in Peru. If you choose to cancel your Ausangate trek for any reason, your deposit will be forfeited.

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON THE AUSANGATE TREK?

Yes ¡You must bring your original passport. It is very important that it is the same passport you sent us to book your Ausangate trek and other reservations. If you are renewing your passport, go ahead and send us a copy of your old passport to secure your permits and we can change it when you get your new passport. Please send us a copy of your new passport as soon as you receive it.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN EASY, MODERATE, AND CHALLENGING TREKKING?

There is a grading system that classifies the difficulty degree of trekking trails.  Easy, moderate, and challenge. The reason we have categories is to help our client’s choose a trek in the Andes that is suitable for their level and don’t be exhausted. Clients are encouraged to have a good level of physical fitness and adequate physical training ahead of time is necessary.

Easy treks: It could be suitable for all people who love it outdoors this is for the hikers who do not have previous experience, or are not looking for a difficult physical, they typically involve walking up to 6 hours a day.

Moderate treks: Only for those who have previous experience in hike or outdoors activities, these treks usually vary from 1-3 days and can reach up to an altitude of 2,700m to 4,000m. This grade is recommended for any trekker looking for something a little more challenging than just a simple walk. These trekking areas are mostly Lares trek, Inca quarry trek, Huarocondo trek.

Challenging Trekking: We recommend to our clients that you have previous easy and moderate trekking experience.  Difficult treks include walking through rough trails for 8-10 hours each day and crossing high passes. Challenge treks are both long rugged terrain and altitude increases as you move higher through the scale. These are genuine expeditions where trekking skills, experience fitness and endurance is necessary (Ausangate 5days, Choquequirao to Machupicchu).

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?

The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend to always dress in layers as it is easier to adjust to the different climates.  Remember, we have only two official seasons in Cusco, rainy season from November to April and dry season from May to October.

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Av. Max Temp ÂşC 20 21 21 22 21 21 21 21 22 22 23 22
Av. Max Temp ÂşF 68 70 70 72 70 70 70 70 72 72 73 72
Av. Min Temp ÂşC 5 7 6 3 -5 -4 -1 1 4 6 6 7
Av. Min Temp ÂşF 45 45 45 40 25 28 30 34 40 43 43 45

 

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?

The maximum group size is of 10 people.  Mostly our groups are between 2-6 people. Discover Satori specializes in small and private groups and provide a personalized service.

CAMPING TENTS SHARING

Please note, by default all Camping Tents are twin size.

Couples/partners: When you book for more than one person, we will by default group you together in a Camping Tents (unless you specifically request us not to). If you are unequal numbers (3, 5, 7 etc.) the remaining traveler will be roomed with another passenger of the same gender. Single travelers: If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge – you will share a double tents with another passenger of the same gender. single travelers who wish to have a private tent, if you request in advance you are going to make helpful for logistic staff and then in return they will choose for you a comfortable gear and make you don’t be worried.

ARE WE GOING TO BE PICKED UP AND DROPPED OFF AT MY ACCOMODATION AFTER THE TREK?

Absolutely, Hotel pick-ups and drop-offs are included with all of our packages. If you booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley, we will drop you off there.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE AUSANGATE TREK?

In case you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue or other reasons, Discover Satori will assist you in getting to the nearest town for medical assistance. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems. In extreme cases it is highly recommended to head back to Cusco and take plan B, but you will cover your own expenses (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek. However, Discover Satori may provide you with car transportation. Generally, those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Tinqui or Cusco and if you recover quickly, they then continue the journey to Ausangate (again cost incurred by trekker) according to the original plan.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary, it is of great significance for the staff who will take care of you during the trek.  It inspires excellent service and is an enhanced feature of the tourism industry across many Discover Satori destinations. Of course, you are free to tip as much as you would like, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is just voluntary and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?

Yes! We are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator that incorporates universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know, understand and respect the sacred places and the local people.

Trekking Summary

 

TREKKING SUMMARY
Duration and Trip Type: 5 days/ 4 nights. Hiking, adventure, history, culture and nature
Tour Location: 3-hour drive from Cusco. Departure from Tinqui (trail head)
Good for Moderate physical fitness or better
Distance per Day:

 

Total Distance: 53 km

Day 1: 9 Km /5.5 miles ( 5 to 6 hours )

Day 2: 10 km/6.2 miles ( 7-9 hours )

Day 3: 15 km/ 9 miles ( 7-9 hours )

Day 4: 14km /8.5 miles ( 7-8 hours)

Day 5: 10 km/ 6.2 miles ( 3-5 hours)

Note: Walking times depend on the group’s hiking ability. The guide may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the group’s progress.

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging, but rewarding hike
Elevation: 3,900 m (12,795 ft) to 5,200 m (17,060 ft)
Campsites Altitude: Night 1: 4,400 m (14,435 ft)

Night 2: 4,650 m (15,255 ft)

Night 3: 4,700  m (15,419 ft)

Night 4: 4,350 m ( 14,251 ft)

Season and Weather: May – October: Dry season

November – April: Changeable weather – cold, windy, rainy, warm, hot and humid

Group Size: Fully customized Private Service.
Suppliers’ Services Horses, Bus Transport and Accommodations
Activities: Journey 4 hours by private car to the trail head, hike for 5 days, see Llamas and Alpcas, behold Ausangate mountian and enjoy hot spring in Pacchanta/ Upis.

 

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