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Ausangate Trek 6 Days / 5 Nights

Ausangate Trek 6 Days 5 Nights is considered to be one of the most beautiful snow-capped mountains of the Andes. The region around the mountain offers impressive scenery of mountains, glaciers, lagoons and streams. Furthermore, the Andean people are very hospitable and preserve the respect for nature. The farmers have excellent knowledge in the raising of cattle, vicuña, alpaca and llama, which are all valued for their fine quality wool and meat. The 3 hour drive from Cusco to Tinqui is an excellent preparation for adjusting to the differences in temperature and altitude.

Overview

Overview:

This wonderfull trek will take you to explore the surrounding areas of the mighty Ausangate Mountain, passing throughout beautiful Andean villages, amazing turquoise lagoons and natural hot springs.
Ausangate Trek offers you a real taste of Andean life, as you get to see little communities where they still speak Incan language and where they still have a traditional way of life. If you are wishing to do a genuine Peruvian trek off the beaten track take this trip!

Itinerary

Itinerary:

Day 1: Cusco – Tinqui – Upis

Your guide will meet you in Cusco early in the morning, and take you via private transportation to the starting point of our trek- Tinqui. Here you will enjoy a local lunch, while your gear is being loaded onto pack horses. After lunch you will begin hiking to our first camp. This day we only hike for a few hours until we arrive at the village of Upis. Here you can take a soak in the hot springs, while enjoying coca tea, and relax your muscles until dinner.

  • Distance: 8km/ 3 miles
  • Elevation: 3800m- 4200m
  • Hiking time: 2-3 hours
  • Camp: 4200m/ 13,780ft

Day 2: Upis – Puccacpcha Pass – Anata

With two passes to cross today, we wake everyone up at 5:00 am with coca tea brought to your tent and you will fuel up with a big breakfast for the day ahead. The morning starts with a hike up Arapa pass (4958m) before a slight decline to our lunch spot near Lake Puma cocha- a deep blue lake and a perfect stop for a break. Along the way you will see local herders and llamas, Ausangate mountain to your left, and you will have your expert guide explaining the history of the locals and talking about the landscape along the way. After lunch we continue uphill for our second pass for the day (Pucacocha pass-5000m) where if you’re lucky you may see condors and vicuñas until descending to our campsite of Anata where you will be surrounded by high mountains and incredible hanging glaciers- watch for the glacier crashing into the lake below! As always camp will be set up for you to change and rest your weary legs and dinner will be prepared.

  • Distance: 15km
  • Elevation: 4200m- 4930m- 4700m
  • Hiking time:  7 hours
  • Camp: 4700m/ 15,420ft

Day 3: Anata- Rainbow Mountain – Ausangate Lake

Today starts with Chillca pass (5050m), a very colorful mountain but only a precursor of what is to come. After crossing the pass you enter into a bright red valley, a wildly desert landscape with vibrant colors all around, and llamas roaming the ground below- as you approach the top of the pass you will see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain in the distance, but your not quite there! From here you begin descending to a wide valley and continue walking a Peruvian flat until we are presented with one final climb to the Rainbow Mountain. Soak in the sights and enjoy what you’ve worked so hard for. We will enjoy lunch in the surrounding area, and head back down the valley to make our way to the stunning Lake Ausangate where camp will be set up and waiting for you to take a rest. 

  • Distance: 20km
  • Elevation: 4700m- 5050m – 4650m
  • Hiking time: 7-8 hours
  • Camp: 4650m/ 15,255ft

Day 4: Ausangate Lake – Palomani Pass – Surapampa

Covering less kilometers today, as yesterday was a big day, we pass beautiful glacial tarns, lush green pampas, and follow the edge of the river. Today is a great day for spotting wildlife so keep an eye out for condors, and vicuñas.

  • Distance: 17km (10.5 miles)
  • Elevation: 4650m – 5100m – 4600m
  • Hiking time: 7-8 hours
  • Camp: 4600m/ 15,090ft

Day 5: Surapampa – Qampa Pass- Paqchanta (hot springs/ Camping) 

With only one pass to cross we will take our time today enjoying the deep blue lagoons, and alpine glacial colored lakes along the way. If your brave enough you can even jump in to cool off. Views of the massive Ausangate mountain are still visible, only today you will get to enjoy them from a new angle along with views of Pacchanta Valley. Our goal is the hot springs of Pacchanta where we will enjoy a nice soak and the views of the Ausangate Mountain above. 

  • Distance: 16k
  • Elevation: 4600m- 5050m – 4300m
  • Hiking time: 6-7 hours
  • Camp: 4300m/ 14,110ft

Day 6: Pacchanta – Tinqui 

Today is another early morning as we make our way back to the starting point of Tinqui walking on flat ground and celebrating our accomplishments. Once we arrive at the village you will have your last lunch while everything is packed up in our private transportation to make our way back to Cusco where. You will be dropped off at your hotel arriving around 5pm.

  • Distance: 16k
  • Elevation: 4300m (descending) 
  • Hiking time: 3-4 hours

Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or other events which are beyond our control. We will always do our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible. 

Machu Picchu Extensions:

Rainbow Mountain and Ausangate treks do not include a final day at Machu Picchu. However, Cusco Journeys offers several Machu Picchu extensions that can be added either before or after your trek.

Our Machu Picchu Tour is an excellent way to relax in comfort after a beautiful yet challenging multi-day trek.
The Machu Picchu and Moray-Salt mine extension combines authentic, off the beaten path experiences along with a visit to Peru’s wonder of the world.
The Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley extension fits all the highlights of the area in a few quick days.
The Machu Picchu and Short inca trail 2 Days / 1 Night extension fits all the highlights of the area in a few quick days.

Customize Your Trip: 

We provide package pricing for any Rainbow Mountain + Machu Picchu combo trip. Please inquire about additional packages if you do not see your desired package listed above.

*Pricing contingent on a minimum of two people

**Group pricing available for 4+ guests- please inquire

***Solo travelers can be matched with existing groups

Includes

What is Included

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation 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.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Kitchen tent
  • English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 9 people)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 6
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 8kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 6
  • 1 emergency horse every 8 persons – days 1 to 6
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • Meals (05B, 05L, 05D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
  • One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
  • Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
  • Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff
  • 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

What is not Included:

  • First Breakfast and last dinner
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water on Day 1, just half day
  • Energy snacks which can very useful such as chocolate and granola bars and dried fruits
  • Spending money – allow approximately US$ 35-50 per day to cover meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, tips and any extras
  • **Tips for Guide, Cook and horsemen

What we recommend 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
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera 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
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route.
  • Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • 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

Prices:

Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2019 through January 2020. All prices quoted are $USD

Price: $669 per person

* We need a minimum of 2 people to run the tour. We guarantee that your tour will be limited to a maximum of 8 people.

Important: Price includes up to 8 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).

Rentals:

  • Hiking poles – US$20.00
  • Sleeping bag – US$25.00
  • Sleeping bag Deluxe Package (+ Pillow & Liners) US$35.00
  • Private Tent – US$30.00

Terms & Conditions

Booking Procedures

Once you have chosen your program, please read this terms and conditions as your booking is subject to the terms listed below. A contract is entered into once Cusco Journeys receives your booking form and deposit, and we accept and confirm the booking. Please note that travel arrangements are not confirmed until stated so in writing by Cusco Journeys.

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An appropriate deposit per person for the chosen program is requested at the moment of the booking. This deposit is non-refundable in case of cancellation by the client. The balance of the program has to be paid prior to departure in a date that will vary according to the program that you are booking and the indications that you will receive from your travel consultant.

Cancellation by Us

Cusco Journeys reserves the right to cancel a program in case any of the following circumstances occur:

Client’s failure to pay the due balance of 60 or 20 days (according the booked program) prior to the departure date. In this case, the client will not have any right for the deposit refund.

Force majeure: Impossibility to operate the program due to unusual or unforeseen circumstances outside Cusco Journeys control. Ie. Delays in departures on travel arrangements caused by technical problems, weather conditions, over-booking or closure of a hotel, strikes, riots, decisions by State Governments or Tourist Organizations altering the itinerary, the duration of the time spent in a city or even omitting a city or part of the itinerary due to the local situation. In such cases, Cusco Journeys will propose viable solutions to operate the program or comparable travel arrangements. If any of the circumstances listed above occur during the course of the tour, we reserve the right to alter the scheduled itinerary accordingly and no compensation will be paid. We will make every reasonable effort to provide you with the booked program arrangements but changes may occur. If they are significant we shall, if possible, inform you before the departure date.

Again, we will offer comparable alternative arrangements. All additional expenses derived will be at the expense of the client. Please note that Cusco Journeys will not be liable to reimburse additional expenses undertaken by the client in preparation for the tour, this including international tickets, used mileage awards and fees, cost of visas, immunizations, shots, among others.

Alterations by You

If the client requests any amendments to the initial travel arrangements once a booking is confirmed, no amendment fee will be payable unless the program changes its nature significantly. Upon request of additional services such as train tickets, domestic airfare, etc., Cusco Journeys will charge an additional $30.00 for each solicited service. If due to the amendment, Cusco Journeys should have to assume significant communication charges or other expenses, these would be payable by the client. If amendments are requested after the commencement of the tour, Cusco Journeys will do its best to implement them, but we cannot guarantee that it will be possible. In the event of such an amendment being made, the client will be liable for any cancellation/retention charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by Cusco Journeys in attempting to secure any revised arrangement.

Cancellation by You

In case of cancellation by the client, this should be notified to Cusco Journeys in writing. Please note that the program deposit is non-refundable. Such notification will only be deemed to have been given on receipt of your letter or e-mail, since we can only act on receipt. Please state the reason for cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy.

For Custom Programs:

If notification of cancellation is received more than 60 days before the departure, the client will only lose the deposit. For notifications received within 60 days of departure, cancellation charges are as follows:

  • 60 to 31 Days: 50% of program price
  • 30 to 16 Days: 75% of program price
  • 15 to the Day of Departure 100% of program price

For Treks and Expeditions:

If notification of cancellation is received more than 30 days before the departure, the client will only lose the deposit. For notifications received within 30 days of departure, cancellation charges are as follows:

  • 30 to 16 Days: 75% of program price
  • 15 to the Day of Departure 100% of program price

For all cancellations within 30 days of departure, the unused trek permit will be returned as well as the return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco and the bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Cusco. Clients may be able to re-use the tickets by presenting them to the respective authorities and paying an additional amount, which varies depending on the ticket.

Cancellations received Fridays for program departures that weekend (Saturday, Sunday or Monday) will be treated as day of departure cancellation. We cannot give any allowance or refund for meals, rooms, excursions, etc. not taken, when these are included in the price of the tour. No refund can be made on lost, mislaid or destroyed travel tickets or vouchers. There will be no refunds made for cancelled or unused services whatsoever.

Any reimbursement expenses derived from a cancellation by you will not be assumed by Cusco Journeys.

Acceptance of Risk

Some of Cusco Journeys itineraries have been designed to provide participants with an exposure to the true nature of the environment visited. They therefore involve an element of personal risk and exposure to potential, which could result in physical or emotional injury, paralysis, death, or damage to the client, his/her property or to third parties. The client understands that such risks simply cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of the activity and therefore assumes them as part of the tour. The client accepts that he/she is aware of his physical and health condition and that, under the knowledge of this he/she decides to undertake the above mentioned risks. The client excludes Cusco Journeys  from any responsibility linked to any accident or injury that may occur associated to the clients’ health, physical condition or other.

Authority on Tour

At all times the decision of the company’s guide or representative will be final on all matters likely to endanger the safety and well being of the tour group.

The client must at all times strictly comply with the laws, customs, and foreign exchange and drug regulations of Peru. Should the client fail to comply with the above, or should the client interfere with the well being of the group then the guide or company representative may order the client to leave the tour without recourse to any refund.

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It is the responsibility of the individual traveler to secure the proper documentation prior to joining the program. The client must be in possession of a valid passport with at least six-month validity from the date of entry and all visas required for the whole of the journey. Any information or advice given by the company on visas, vaccinations, climate, clothing, baggage, special equipment, etc. is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the company.

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Attributable to the client

Attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of the services contracted for and the event is unforeseeable or unavoidable

Due to unforeseen and unusual circumstances beyond the company’s control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had to be exercised. The company will do its best to minimize the effects of matters outside its control, but cannot accept any liability for these matters which include political disputes, border closures, refusals of visas, industrial action, delayed flights, unforeseeable climate, strikes, war, civil disturbances, natural disasters, government actions, mechanical failures or any acts of God, among others. The client accepts to assume all extra costs derived by any of these factors.

Cusco Journeys directly operates part of the services included in a program but also makes arrangements with airlines, hotels and other independent parties to provide you with the travel services you purchase. We do take all reasonable steps to ensure that organizations providing services maintain our quality standards. However, these parties are independent suppliers over whom we have no direct full control.

Cusco Journeys can therefore not accept liability for negligence of the staff of these organizations. The participant waives any claim against Cusco Journeys for any damage to or loss of property, injury or death due to any act or negligence of any airlines, surface transportation company, hotels or any person rendering any of the services or accommodations included.

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