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AUSANGATE TREK 5 DAYS

Salkantay trail is the second most popular trek to get the iconic city of Machu Picchu; an alternative to the very-crowded classic Inca Trail. It offers adventure, mountains, scenery, and a wider variety of landscapes from rain forest to snowcapped peaks. Since the Salkantay trek has fewer restrictions than the classic Inca Trail, it can provide a “back door” trek to Machu Picchu when classic Inca Trail tickets are sold out. Also, this new itinerary avoids many of the areas that are becoming crowded with other trekkers.

Our new itinerary avoids many of the areas that are becoming crowded with other trekkers.

TRIP DETAILS

DEPARTURE

 daily departures with 2 or more people.

ACLIMATIZATIONS

3-day acclimatization and multi-day trekking experience recommended.

BEST TIME

best from April to November.

SOLITUDE RATING

quiet, remote, off the beaten track.

ELEVATION

4100 m (13,450 ft) – 5050 m (16,568 ft).

CUSTOMIZABLE

yes! private, custom, add-ons all available.

TRIP ACTIVITIES & FEATURES

camping, culture, glaciers, hiking & trekking, lakes, mountains, nature, wildlife, ruins.

TRIP TYPE

Hiking/Trekking.

SEASON

from March 1st to January 31st.

DIFFICULTY

challenging.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Shelter and Tent.

DISTANCE

63 km (39.146 mi).

DAY 1: CUSCO – OCONGATE – TINQUI – UPIS:

We leave Cusco at 06:00 am by private van to the village of Urcos. Driving we pass the district of Urcus until you reach Tinqui Ocongate. We will start our expedition out of the village of Quinsapucyu and will arrive at Upis Huarmisaya, hiking with sensational views including the spectacular Mount Ausangate and meeting local farmers wearing their costumes. Once we get the campsite we have our lunch ready prepared by our chef. And in the afternoon we have free time to rest in the campsite.

DAY 2: UPIS – PUCA COCHA- ANANTA:

Early wakeup call at 5:00 am with coca tea brought to your tent. Afterward, we pack up quickly, enjoy a speedy breakfast and immediately begin hiking up to Arapa pass, which is uphill to 4958 m, then a slight decline to our lunch spot near Lake Pucacocha. After having the delicious food we keep walking uphill get the second pass called Pucacocha pass(5000m) then we will go downhill another couple hours to our campsite called Ananta. Along the way, we will appreciate different glacier peaks, rivers, small lakes, alpacas, local herders, and llamas, of course, you will always be with your guide who will explain the area to you. We will remain overnight at Chillca.

DAY 3: ANANTA – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – AUSANGATE COCHA:

Early wakeup call at 5:00 am with coca tea brought to your tent. Afterward, we pack up quickly, enjoy a speedy breakfast and immediately begin hiking up to Surini pass, which is 5051m. from where you enjoy colorful mountains around you. Then we go downhill to the circle lake then continue walking Peruvian flat until to get Rainbow Mountain, where we will enjoy the amazing colorful mountains and its surrounding. then come back to Ananta where we have lunch. After eating we go through Peruvian flat until to get our campsite called Ausangate Cocha where we have our dinner.

DAY 4: AUSANGATE COCHA– QUINSACOCHA – JAMPA:

Early wakeup call at 5:00 am with coca tea brought to your tent. Afterward, we pack up quickly, enjoy a speedy breakfast and immediately begin hiking up to the highest point of the Ausangate trail of our trip at 5300m called Palomani Pass. You will feel like you are in heaven, higher than all the other hikes in all region Cusco. You will appreciate the great canyons and valleys of the Andes, but be aware because some Condors might be flying nearby. You will be right at the bottom of the Ausangate Mountain which is considered to be the protector by the locals. Along the way, we will appreciate different glacier peaks, bubbling streams, rivers, small lakes, chinchillas, alpacas, local herders, and llamas. We will then walk up and down and arrive at our campsite called CJAMPA(the coldest campsite).

DAY 5: JAMPA – PACCHANTA – CUSCO:

Early wakeup call at 5:30 am with coca tea brought to your tent. Afterward, we pack up quickly, enjoy a speedy breakfast and immediately begin hiking uphill for about 3 hours in order to get to the last pass at 4900m. From here we can appreciate some more glacier peaks and lakes and then we will descend to our lunch spot called PACCHANTA where our cook and porters are going to make our last supper. There is a nice natural hot springs here in the middle of the mountain, so after 4 days of hiking you will love to take a bath in the hot springs and might enjoy some beer and you will have a chance to buy some handmade handicrafts from local people. After we say goodbye to our horseman and cook, we will get our private van and drive back for 3 hours back to Cusco and bring you back to your hotel.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • English speaking guide, plus an assistant guide for big groups.
  • Professional cook and an assistant cook for a big group and horseman for the mules and horses.
  • Mules which carry group gear and large duffels provided by the company, for personal belongings.
  • All food on the trek, which incorporates traditional Peruvian cuisine as well as modern fusion cuisine and specific dietary needs.
  • Boiled water and snacks.
  • Fees to access private land.
  • Large Dining tent, table, stools, all cutlery, and kitchen tent.
  • Tents to overnight, and Thermarest. Two-person tents are provided for single person and three-person tents for double people to provide plenty of space for personal gear.
  • Additional horses for riding can be provided for an additional cost.
  • First aid kit, including oxygen.
  • A pre-trek briefing.
  • Entrance fee to Rainbow Mountain.
  • Private transportation to and from your hotel in Cusco.
  • 7 kilograms of your personal belonging.
  • sleeping bag.
  • swimming suit.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

  • Breakfast on the first day/ dinner on the last day.
  • Personal trekking gear including, backpacks, trekking poles, sleeping bags. However, they may be rented from the company.
  • Personal riding horse. Additional horses may be rented according to the needs of the individual and group.
  • Voluntary Tips for Guide, Driver, and Cook-(Please keep in mind that tipping is common in Latin America and would be greatly appreciated).

Our price is $590 per person.

WHAT WE RECOMMEND TO BRING:

  • Day pack with a Rain cover.
  • Torch/ headlamp.
  • Extra socks (wool is best).
  • Hiking pants and shirts- layers.
  • Rain pants.
  • Camping shoes/ sandals- to wear in the evenings.
  • Camping pillow.
  • Water-resistant trekking shoes.
  • Warm clothing (thermal underwear, fleece, hat, and gloves).
  • Waterproof clothing (poncho).
  • Synthetic or cotton clothing (trousers, shorts, t-shirts).
  • Sunhat and sunglasses.
  • Sun cream.
  • Lip Balm.
  • swimming suit.
  • Camera/ extra battery.
  • Water bottles such as Nalgene.
  • Basic medications.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Personal items.
  • Personal snacks.
  • Cash (if you’d like to purchase souvenirs).

1.- If you have altitude sickness symptoms, descend as quickly as you can. It’s nothing to mess around with.

2.- Our guide always oxygen tanks which are important as you get over 5040 meters/16,500 feet above sea level! Not all travel agencies offer this, so this is definitely something to look out for when choosing the best Rainbow Mountain tour operator.

3.- Make sure you are acclimatized to Cusco’s altitude before you set off on your hike to the Rainbow Mountain. This is by far the best insurance of a smooth and enjoyable trip. We recommend you spend at least 2 days in Cusco prior to the excursion.

4.- batteries tend to die due to cold — keep them in your sleeping bag.

5.- The higher elevation also means colder, nearly freezing temperatures, so be prepared. If you decide to take a multi-day tour, make sure to wear very warm clothes. Also, bring coca leaves to fight off altitude sickness and carry the minimum gear possible to ease the hike.

6.- Our fourth campsite is 40 minutes away from the Rainbow Mountain so We have a better chance to enjoy the Rainbow Mountain in solitude. 

7.- it is easy to rent gear, if you need anything, in Cusco for a few dollars a day for each ítem.

8.- We have huts in some of our campsites. You will be protected from the rain, snow and hail.

9.- No matter the weather conditions, the scenery is still spectacular.

10.- While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Ausangate Trek 4 days. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, e.g, strikes, natural desasters.

11.- You will croos 3 passes which are above 16,000 feet of elevation. Passes are mostly gradual.

12.- Ausangate Trek offers you a real taste of the Andean life, as you will find and see modest communities where natives still speak the Inca language (Qhechua) and where traditional methods of life are still used. Also you will see hundreds and hundreds of alpacas So if you are wishing to do a genuine Peruvian trek out of the beaten track then this is the right excursion for you.

13.- temperatures can fall well below freezing at night and be prepared for snow.