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ID: 1122
AUSANGATE 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS
Offered by Company : ID 2361
Country : Peru
Destinations : cusco (Cusco), tinquina (Cusco)
Duration : 7 day(s)
Minimum Price : $690 USD ( Per Person)
Maximum Price : $890 USD ( Per Person)
Type : Private,Customized
Season : All Year Round
Trip Categories : Hiking Tour, Mountain Sightseeing
 
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The Vilcanota range is an impressive range of mountains which include the massive Nevado de Ausangate (6,372m) and three others over 6000m. The region is excellent trekking country offering the traveler everything you could want: spectacular mountain scenery, snow-capped peaks and ice fields, hot springs, turquoise lakes rich in birdlife, picturesque villages and traditionally dressed Quechua highlanders tending their herds of llamas and alpacas. It’s also high, tough and cold, so be prepared.
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Day 1: Cusco - Tinqui

We leave Cusco at about 09.00 for the 7-hour bus ride to the small village of Tinqui. We pass through beautiful countryside and several traditional villages including Urcos, Cattca and Ocangate, where we'll have the opportunity to stop for a while and take some photos. We spend the first night in a small hotel in Tinqui.

Day 2: Tinqui – Upis

We'll set off on the trek at about 09.00. The first 3 hours, until lunch, will be a great introduction to the magnificent scenery of the Cordillera Vilcanota, with great views of the Ausangate mountain. After lunch its only another 2 hours trek until we reach the hot springs at Urpis which offer fantastic views of Ausangate at the end of the valley. This is, naturally, a great place to camp for the night

Day 3: Upis - Lake Jatun Puqa Q'ocha

During the 3 hours trek in the morning we will hike the first pass, the Arapa pass (4,850m). From the pass we continue 3 hours down the valley until we reach the turquoise Lake Jatun Puqa Q'ocha passing the green lake of Puqa Q'ocha on the way. We'll set up camp here. From the campsite you can climb the small ridge north of the camp to see Lake Vino Q'ocha The views of Ausangate are particularly close up and spectacular. Camping beside Jatun Puqa Q'ocha you may find that you're kept awake at night by the sound of dramatic ice falls into the lake, but don't worry it's quite safe.

Day 4: Lake Jatun Puqa Q'ocha – Pampacancha

In the morning we ascend the second pass of Apuchata (4,900m) with the turquoise Laguna Ausangate Q'ocha below. This lake is fed from the melting snow of Ausangate. From the lake we ascend to the Palomani pass (5,200m); the highest point of the trek. From the pass we follow the trail into the valley where we'll rest and have lunch. Another hour of trekking brings us to our campsite at Pampacancha.

Day 5: Pampacancha - Qomer Qocha

During the morning we'll see the snowy peaks of Tres Picos and Puca Punta. We'll continue east through the broad green valley of Pampa Jutunpata and up the Rio Q'ampa valley. After passing through the small community of Q'ampa we'll continue north west to the last pass of this hike, the Q'ampa pass (5000m). We'll see several different colored lakes, the final lake being Qomera Qocha. We'll camp beside this beautiful greeny turquoise lake.

Day 6: Qomer Qocha – Pacchanta

We'll have an easy days trekking for only about 2 hours, until we arrive at the small village of Pacchanta. You'll have the opportunity to rest and relax in the hot thermal springs for a couple of hours and even have a well deserved beer! We'll set up camp near Pacchanta and you'll have the afternoon free to explore this interesting Andean village.

Day 7: Pacchanta – Cusco

It's a 3 hour trek back to Tinqui where we'll say goodbye to our arrieros (horsemen) and take the bus back to Cusco, arriving at about 18.00. You'll have just enough time to have a hot shower and a meal before hitting the nightclubs
Notes
The package includes:

Tourist transportation by private bus to Tinqui village.
Bilingual Guide
Accommodation: 1 night hostal, 5 nights camping,
Pack animals for camping equipment and personal belongings including horsemen (horses and mules nomally used. Llamas can be used when 6 or more persons)
Cook + assistant, excellent food (06B,06L,06D),
Equipment: large 4 person igloo tents - 2 persons per tent, double thickness mattress, cooking equipment, Dining/kitchen tent, camp tables and chairs, toilet tent
First aid kit, oxygen bottle & emergency horse.

No included:

Breakfast day 1, lunch and dinner day 7, personal equipment, tips

Essential equipments:

Rock sack or Backpack
Sleeping bag
Day Pack
Cotton Pants, Cotton T-shirts, Cotton Shirts, Socks, Towel.
Hiking shoes.
Rain gear or Rain Poncho.
Insect Repellent, leaps balm, Sun cream, sun glasses, Cap, Camera, Water bottle, Flash light (Spare batteries and bulb).
Passport photocopy
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