Over the years, archeologists and historians have been searching for clues, trying to understand more about the traditions, religions and daily lives of ancient Peru’s inhabitants. At the Museo Larco and the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, we’ll see artifacts that tell stories and give us a great deal of insight to these ancient civilizations.
DAY 1 CUSCO – OCONGATE – TINQUI
Today, we’ll leave Cusco by van and head east, driving along the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado route. We’ll pass through the native village of Ocongate before arriving at our destination: Tinqui at 3800 meters above sea level (12,470 ft). Here, we’ll set up camp, have dinner and get a good night’s rest.
DAY 2 TINQUI – UPIS
This morning, we’ll pack up and head out for our first day on the trail as a large herd of alpacas welcomes us to the region. We’ll pass through the communities of Quinsapucyu and Huarmisaya as we forge ahead to Upis, where you’ll experience some spectacular views of the mighty Mount Ausangate.
DAY 3 UPIS – PUKACOCHA
Today, we’ll make our way to the first mountain pass of the journey, Arapa, which stands at approximately 4958 meters above sea level (16,270 ft). After this physically challenging day, we’ll set up camp and relax near the sparkling blue lagoon of Pukacocha.
DAY 4 PUKACOCHA – JAMPA
This morning, we’ll kick off the day taking in the views of several small, brilliantly-colored lakes, serving as a starting point for our trek to the highest pass of the journey, Palomani Pass, which towers at about 5,100 meters above sea level (16,730 ft). At dusk, we’ll arrive to Jampa, where we’ll set up camp for the night.
DAY 5 JAMPA – KOMERQOCHA – PACHASPATA
Trekking along the crest of the Jampa Valley, today we continue heading northwest to the beautiful Ticllacocha Lagoon. We’ll conquer the last pass of the trek at a height of 4,650 m. (15,250 ft) before arriving to the “pampas” of Pachaspata, where we’ll camp on the banks of the pristine Lake Qomercocha.
DAY 6 PACHASPATA – PACHANTA
This morning, we’ll enjoy a pleasant and relaxed hike as we descend into the valley towards Pachanta. Once in Pachanta, we’ll kick back and take a dip in the soothing thermal waters.
DAY 7 PACHANTA – TINQUI – CUSCO
A short walk this morning will bring us back to the highway, where our van will be waiting to bring us back to Cusco, arriving around dusk.
INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS
- Qosqo Expeditions Guide
- 9 kilos of luggage per guest carried by one of our porters
- Three-person Igloo tent per two guests to allow for more comfort
- Other camping equipment (tents, mattresses, camp cooking supplies, etc.)
- Luggage and backpack storage
- First-aid kit, including emergency oxygen tank
- All meals except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 7
- All transportation during itinerary
- Gratuities for porters and drivers
- Sleeping bag (We have them to rent for US$ 5.00 per day. Our sleeping bags are –8ºC-comfort (0ºF) mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.)
- Gratuities for your guide
What you’ll need to bring and carry
- A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
- Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
- Strong footwear, ideally trekking or sport shoes
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece and sweaters
- Flashlight and batteries
- Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain or cold
- Sun block
- Insect repellent
- Toilet paper
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, etc.
- Water bottle and sterilizing tablets (ie. Micropur)
- Small towel
- Swimsuit (if you intend to go to the hot springs)
- Optional: walking sticks or poles.
Ausangate or Auzangate (in Hispanicized spellings) is a mountain of the Vilcanota mountain range in the Andes of Peru. With an elevation of 6,384 metres, it is situated around 100 kilometres southeast of Cusco in the Cusco Region, Canchis Province, Pitumarca District, and in the Quispicanchi Province, Ocongate District.
The mountain has significance in Incan mythology.
Every year the Quyllur Rit’i (Quechua for “star snow”) festival which attracts thousands of Quechua pilgrims is celebrated about 20 km north of the Ausangate at the mountain Qullqipunku. It takes place one week before the Corpus Christi feast.
The region is inhabited by llama and alpaca herding communities, and constitutes one of the few remaining pastoralist societies in the world. High mountain trails are used by these herders to trade with agricultural communities at lower elevations. Currently, one of these trails, “the road of the Apu Ausangate”, is one of the most renowned treks in Peru.
The area has four major geological features, the Andean uplift formed by Granits, the hanging glaciers and glacial erosional valleys, the Permian formation with its singular colors: red, ochre, and turquoise and the Cretaceous, limestone forests.
This region has some great remote trekking options and multi day hiking is generally done from tours departing from Cusco.
Peru Travel information
When to travel to Peru? Considering that Peru is categorized as one of the 17 megadiverse countries on earth, you have a variety of climates and seasons to consider. That being said, you can visit Peru year-round depending on where you would like to visit. However, if you are looking to explore the Amazonian rainforest or traverse through the Andes Mountains, many travelers choose to avoid the rainy season which runs from November to March with its peak between January and February. Visiting from April through October lands you in the generally dry winter season, which is an excellent time to visit Machu Picchu, experience a world-class trek, traverse the exotic Amazon Rain forest not to mention the other amazing destinations Peru has to offer. Speak with a Qosqo Expeditions Designer today to discover the best time for you to experience a luxury tour of Peru.
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Official Languages: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
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