AUSANGATE TREK

$450.00

AUSANGATE A NEW EXPERIENCE

This walk will have as a main companion a Quechua community guide that will introduce us to the Andean worldview of the relationship between Apus and human beings. The local guide is a specialist and knowledgeable about the flora and fauna and its geography. We will also have a tour guide who will help us translate into Spanish, English or other languages.

HALLPAY Andean ceremony to share the coca leaf between humans and beings of nature (Apus) Through this simple but meaningful ceremony we will introduce ourselves to the essence of the Andean cultural tradition, which is the relationship between humans and their sacred places.

At present, the Quechua communities of Cusco make pilgrimage hikes to snow-capped mountains that are considered sacred and the Apu Ausangate walk is focused on this Andean tradition. Our local guide through the “HALLPAY” will introduce us to the relationship with the mountains of the Andean peasant villages surrounding the Apu Ausangate.

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DAY 1 ° CUSCO – PACCHANTA – UPIS

• Food: lunch, dinner
• Minimum height: 3350 m
• Maximum height: 4550 m
Before starting our trip the meeting point will be in the TUPAC AMARU square in front of the POLTUR (tourism police) unit, which is located in the district of Wanchaq, 15 blocks from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco. Schedule of concentration from 7:15 am to 7:45 am, before starting our trip our guide will give us a brief explanation and some recommendations, we will depart from Cusco at 8:00 am along the route that leads to Ccollasuyo (south of the city of cusco) through beautiful villas such as Tipon, Oropesa and Urcos, at this point we will stop to use the bathroom or buy some drinks like water or others. Our trip will continue on the way to the viewpoint of the AUZANGATE located in the pass of Mountain CUYUNI (4100 M, at this point we will observe the AUZANGATE mountain and the valley that crosses the MAPACCHO river.) We will continue traveling and enjoying beautiful agricultural landscapes and villas like CATCA , OCONGATE, TINKI, to finally arrive at PACCHANTA between 12:30 and 13:00 in the afternoon, the final point of our transport, our staff will be waiting for us to ready our luggage on the horses and start the warm-up walk that will last 30 minutes to the home of the local family “chillihuani” they will be our hosts at the lunch of the first day, ending the lunch we will share ritual coca leaves known as “Hallpay” (ceremony to share coca leaves between people and the APU AUZANGATE). After a short break we will continue walking for 3 hours to UPIS (4430 m) where we will spend the night in our camps previously armed Ados by our staff. This first day will be for recognition and adaptation to the walk

DAY 2 UPIS – PUKACCOCHA – AUZANGATE CCOCHA

• Food: breakfast, lunch, dinner
• Minimum height: 4430 m
• Maximum height: 4870 m
After a nutritious breakfast we will begin one of the longest walks along the trails that surround the mountains where we will appreciate the base of the south side of the snow-covered APU AUZANGATE and then we will pass the mountain pass ARAPA (4740 m) where we will appreciate VICUÑAS in its natural habitat . Down the mountain we will find beautiful panoramic views of mountains and gorges that we could imagine the setting of the film the lord of rings, for 5 hours of walking we will arrive at the PUKACCOCHA lagoon to take a light lunch and perform the HALLPAY ceremony ” , after a break we will continue walking uphill to the WINOCCOCHA mountain pass (4870 m) skirting the base of the south side of APU AUZANGATE on the way we will continue enjoying beautiful landscapes and the winoccocha lagoon. During 5 hours of walking we will be arriving between 17:00 pm and 17:30 pm to our campsite AUZANGATE COCCHA (4650 m) for a refreshing dinner and pleasant rest in the light of the stars

DAY 3 ° AUZANGATE CCOCHA – QUEBRADA PALOMANI – SURAPATA

• Food: breakfast, lunch, dinner
• Minimum height: 4650 m
• Maximum height: 5200 m
This day will be very demanding in the walk because we will have to ascend to the PALOMANI mountain pass (5200 m), after breakfast and the “HALLPAL”, we will walk for 3 hours and 30 minutes on a steep path until we reach the highest point, where Upon arrival we will appreciate the eastern and western chains of the Andes mountain range and then take a short break. After 20 minutes of rest, we will descend to the place called Broken PALOMANI (4300 m) at this point we will take our lunch and then with the ritual of the coca leaf “HALLPAY”. We restart the trek in descent to cross a plain with alpacas and llamas and where we will also appreciate rivers, waterfalls and the possibility of seeing the majestic condors. Approximately we will be arriving at the SURAPATA camp (4600 m) at 5:00 p.m. where we will camp and enjoy our dinner

DAY 4 SURAPATA – PASO CAMPA – OTORONGO CCHOCHA

• Food: breakfast, lunch, dinner
• Minimum height: 4600 m
• Maximum height: 5060 m
Early in the morning we will have breakfast. We will start this day with the sharing of the coca leaf “HALLPAY” to then ascend a gentle slope but the longest of our journey and we will also cross the QHAMPA pass (5060 m). At this point on the road to our right we will appreciate the snowy COLQUECRUZ or CAYANGATE and on the left the north base of the APU AUZANGATE place we will take lunch and restful rest and of course with our already known “HALLPAY”. We will resume the downhill walk, where we will appreciate the following lagoons QOMERCCOCHA, PUKACCOCHA, OQUECCOCHA, and then arrive at the camp of the famous OTORONGOCCOCHA (4590 m), in this place we will have the options to sleep in our tents or in the huts of our hosts (stone houses and thatched roof) dinner and rest.

DAY 5 ° OTORONGO CCHOCHA – PACCHANTA – CUSCO

• Food: breakfast. lunch
• Maximum height: 4590 m
• Minimum height: 4200 m
After breakfast and its subsequent HALLPAY we will visit the second group of lagoons, starting our farewell to OTORONGO CCOCHA and then we will appreciate the CHINAOTORONGO lagoon, then we will continue with the visit of the NINAPARACCOCHA lagoon and finally AZULCCOCHA in this part we will be a brief stop to appreciate one of the faces APU AUSANGATE more spectacular we will also say goodbye to him with a HALLPAY and then descend to the PACCHANTA volcanic water baths for a comforting and repairing muscle bath. At lunch we will tell about experiences lived on the road, and then we will say goodbye with our sharing of the HALLPAY sheet.
We will take our return transport to Cusco depart from PACCHANTA at 14:00 in the afternoon and we will be arriving at Cusco at approximately 18:00 pm end of our tours.
This service will have two guides, one will be a local Quechua speaker, knowledgeable about the geography and customs of their area and the other with university studies in an official tour guide. This add-on helps for a successful experience in the return to the APU AUSANGATE

In our service we include
• Tourist transport of 6 to 10 passengers round trip
• Admission to the Pacchanta thermal baths
• Food 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners (vegetarian option)
• Professional translator guide
• Local guide for the exploration of the area
• Dining tents, tents for two and flask or mats
• Walking sticks
• Oxygen balloon
• First aid kit
• Horses to load the equipment and feeds and an additional horse for the passengers if in case they feel tired.
We do not include:
• First breakfast
• Extra horses
• Additional costs
• Sleeping bag
• Extra mattresses

For this hike we recommend being in good physical condition and acclimatization in Cusco city by train days. If you do not have this time diet of extracts or juices rich in iron, this recommendation helps the formation of red blood cells for the adequate transport of oxygen throughout the body. If you suffer from heart problems or high blood pressure it is not recommended that you take the walk.
Here are some things you should bring:


• High mountain trekkin shoes
• Sun glasses and snow. Remind them that UV radiation in the Andes is the world’s highest lover
• Block factor 100 solar
• Small backpack for personal items
• Flashlights with extra batteries
• Personal medications
• Photo cameras
• Hats or caps for the sun
• Rain poncho
• Warm windbreaker jackets

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