Ausangate Trek 5D/4N
The Vilcanota river is 60 kilometers in a remote area southeast of Cusco, where you will find beautiful turquoise lakes, glaciers and the snow-capped Ausangate massive (over 20,000 feet). Vilcanota circuit is a challenging trek that includes four overpasses over 15,500 feet. This is a excellent walk to observe the wildlife and Andean communities living at high elevations. Find the Condor and Huallata (Andean goose), the elegant and mountain Vicuña Vizcacha. The sacred Ausangate (Apu) is a sacred mountain and home to some of the most significant religious festivals in Peru, as Qoylluriti festival, held during the last week of May. This is a great example of the unique blend of Catholicism and indigenous Andean religion found in Peru.
DAY 1: Cusco – Tinque – Upis
We leave Cusco early in the morning to Tinqui (3,800mt), passing through Urcos, Cattca and Ocongate. On arrival at Tinqui, we willhave lunch before meeting our horses. Then we begin our trek to the community of Upis (4,400mt), capture spectacular views of the White Peak Sacred Ausangate (6,376mt / 20,900ft). In Upis will be be our night camp and time to enjoy hot springs near the campsite.
Day 2: Upis – Laguna Ausangate Q’ocha
After breakfast, we climb to the first step of Arapa (4,750mt). Thereafter, we will descend through the valley of the turquoise lake Jatun Puqa Q’ocha and have lunch. Our route continues to rise until the second step of Apuchata (4,900mt), with incredible views. Our next campsite is on the shores of the Laguna Ausangate Q’ocha (4,600mt / 15,091ft).
Day 3: Laguna Ausangatecocha – Q’ampa
This morning we hike to the passage of Palomani (5,200mt), the highest point of the walk. From the pass we descend to Pampacanca. We will enjoy lunch before continuing on a path uphill for Q’ampa River Valley (4,300mt / 14,104ft), our next camp.
Day 4: Q’ampa – Pacchanta
Today we will pass through the small community of Q’ampa and climb to the last pass of this hike, Q’ampa (5,000MT / 16,400ft). From here we will descend towards the Laguna Q’omerqocha. Here we will have lunch and rest before continuing to the small community of Pacchanta (4100mt). Pacchanta will be our last camp, where we can relax in the nearby hot springs.
Day 5: Pacchanta-Tinqui-Cusco
Let’s enjoy our last breakfast together and time to explore the Andean ancestral village, before boarding the private transport to return to Cusco and your hotel.
On the fifth day you can go directly to the train station of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley and take the tourist train to Machu Picchu village around 19:00PM. The next day visit Machu Picchu. Combine this trip with Qoylluriti Festival Pilgrimage (2 more days), ask about the exact dates between May and June.