Ausangate is the highest snow capped mountain of the Vilcabamba mountain range. It is imposing and majestic. In the Inca times it was regarded as one of the most important “apus”, or tutelar gods. Its splendor can be seen from the city of Cusco. This trek is done above the 4600 M.A.S.L. All along the route you can enjoy from beautiful views of its glaciers. You`ll also be admire with the formation of lagoons, and take a bath in the natural hot springs which in this cold environment produce a dreamy experience. The Ausangate, nowadays is visited for people from around the world. Its geography allow you to see a great diversity of flora aand fauna.
The stretch Cusco-Aucangate is done at 3850 M.A.S.L. We set off from Cusco at 6:00 A.M. and in seven hours ride we get at the little town of Tinqui. During this stretch you`ll see beautiful fields and many typical villages which include: Urcos, Cattca, and Ocongate, where we`ll stop for a while to take pictures. You`ll spend the night in a hotel in Tinqui, located at 3850 M.A.S.L.
Day 2 Tinqui – Upis (4,200 M.A.S.L.)
After breakfast we`ll start the trekking towards a pass of 4250 M.A.S.L. in order to get on around the Ausangate`s skirt, watching colorful lagoons formed by the defrosting of the snow capped mountain. Along with the muleteers you`ll know the customs of the inhabitants that surround this impressing mountain. Also you`ll admire the beautiness of the llamas and the alpaca, typical animals from this highlands. We`ll visit the little village of Upis at 4140 M.A.S.L., place where we`ll camp. (Breakfast,lunch and dinner).
Day 3 Apis-Pacchanta (4450 M.A.S.L.)
After breakfast we`ll go on the route walking at slow pace towards the villaje of Pacchanta. Along this stretch you`ll see beautiful landscapes, and we`ll pass by the natural reserve of Huallatas, where we`ll admire different species of Andean birds, vizcachas, and other typical animals. We`ll get early at the camp in order to enjoy from the springs.
Day 4 Pacchanta-Tinqui-Cusco (3,950 M.A.S.L.)
After taking breakfast, we`ll walk about 4 hours along the very typical Andean landscape, like saying goodbye to the Apu. Then we arrive at the Tinqui villaje, the place where we`ll take the lunch.