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Ausangate Climb 6 Days / 5 nights

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Ausangate, Moraine
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The Cordillera Vilcanota is an impressive range of mountains which includes the highest glacier Ausangate (6,385m) and three others over 6000m. It’s an excellent trekking area offering travellers more than you could ask for, spectacular mountains and glacier scenery, snow-capped peaks, hot springs, turquoise lakes, glaciers, flora (most of the plants are medicinal used by locals) and fauna like Condors, llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and chinchilas. Picturesque villages and traditionally dressed Indians. It is high, windy and cold so be prepared.

Ausangate Climb 6 Days / 5 nights Ausangate Climb 6 Days / 5 nights Map
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Recommendations
  • Faqs
  • Pricing
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  Overview

Ausangate is the 5th highest peak in Peru at 6,384m, and the highest of the seven 6,000m peaks in the Cusco Region. The first ascent to the main summit in 1953 was led by the famous Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer, part of the first team to conquer the north face of the Eiger and from the book/movie “Seven Years in Tibet”. Ausangate is by far the most well-known big peak for mountaineering in Cusco since the normal route is not so technically difficult, although a good amount of stamina is needed for trail breaking on the summit plateau. Ausangate is the principal Apu of Cusco and can be seen from many places in the city. There are less tourists that visit this province of Cusco but it is becoming more popular as a destination for the circuit trek in the dry season.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day01

    Cusco - Pacchanta

  • Day02

    Pacchanta - Base Camp

  • Day03

    Base Camp - Moraine

  • Day04

    Moraine Camp - Summit - Base Camp

  • Day05

    Base Camp - Pacchanta

  • Day06

    Pacchanta - Cusco

  Itinerary
Day 01

Cusco - Pacchanta

We leave Cusco at 5:00am in an express van and arrive to Tinqui . From there we take a taxi to the herding community of Pacchanta(4236m) and spend the night in a local house close to geothermal baths.

Day 02

Pacchanta - Base Camp

At 7am we start our trek to base camp with our arriero carrying the equipment on a horse. The trail (22km) passes through several green-blue lagoons at the foot of NevadoAusangate and then crosses the Jampa Pass (5100m). We reach Base Camp (4800m) on the south side of the mountain at 3pm.

Day 03

Base Camp - Moraine

CampAfter breakfast we will go up more than 700m to Moraine Camp at 5476m. The hike should take 3-4 hours, which gives us plenty of time to rest before the climb.

Day 04

Moraine Camp - Summit - Base Camp

We awake at 12:30am and leave the tent by 1am. After traversing crevasses we arrive to a 200m wall at 60-70 degrees. After the wall, a glacier hike of about 4 hours brings us to the summit. We descend the same route and rappel the 200m wall. At Moraine Camp we rest, pack up and then go down to Base Camp to spend the night.

Day 05

Base Camp - Pacchanta

We return to Pacchanta by walking 22km in about 7-8 hrs. Here we will stay by the thermal baths in a local house.

Day 06

Pacchanta - Cusco

After enjoying the thermal baths, we take our transport back to Tinqui and then Cusco, arriving in the afternoon.

  Inclusions

At Vidal Expeditions we are transparent and provide the specific details of what is included and excluded in our tours. We know this is very important so that you know what exactly to bring and you don’t miss anything. We provide this information to ensure that you have an incredible experience during your trek and climbing.

WE INCLUDE

Vidal Expeditions Team Provide

  • Pre-departure briefing

    Once you book the tour with us, you will get a notification about the pre-departure briefing, where you will meet with your high mountain guide and the tour group in our office the night before your Ausangate climb departure. During this briefing, you will receive important details of the climbing. After this time, you will receive your duffle bag for your extra luggage, which will be carried by the horses while you are hiking

  • Professional High Mountain Guide

    All our high mountain guides have a great reputation in customer service, our climbing guide have graduated with Mountaineer guide from AGMP of Huaraz, they have also studied English in a private language institute. Through to their patience, responsibility, knowledge, passion for climbing and proud to have been born surrounded by mountains, we ensure our guides provide an excellent experience for you when you’re exploring the Ausangate.

  • Entrance Fees to Ausangate park

    Once we receive your details and the deposit for your tour, we purchase all the necessary tickets for your trek it will be for a specific date and will be in your name.

  • Accommodations

    At Vidal Expeditions we include accommodations 4 nights along the Ausangate climb, with a suitable camping equipment to make sure your climbing is an experience of the life time. Our tents are Mountain gear or Doite kaylas , which will be shared only for 2 people to ensure you comfort and enough place for your luggage. The same way we include Inflatable mattress.

Transportations

  • Private Transport

    We included all the transportations during your tour, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and take you to the beginning of the trail, the bus returning from Ausangate to Cusco will drop off you at your hotel.

  • Horses

    We include horses to transport all the duffle bags and equipment during this tour also will be a horse man. At Vidal Expeditions we know safety is first is for that we include an emergency horse in case someone feels tired or get altitude sickness.

Equipment

  • Personal Duffle bag

    We included a personal duffle bag for your 5 days Ausangate climb. You will get this duffle bag at Vidal Expeditions office during your pre-departure briefing the night before of your climb. This bag will be carried by horses during the trek until the base camp. It can be filled with your personal items, sleeping bag and mattress but the maximum allowable weight is 7kg/17lb. The duffle bag must be returned to our office no later than one day after your trek.

  • Climbing Gears

    During the expeditions we will provide all the climbing gear necessary for this climb (Harness, Ropes, Crampons Helmet, Climbing boots, Globes, Gaiters, Pear of Ice axes, Carabiners, Ice screws and stakes)

  • Medical First Aid Kit

    All tour guides of Vidal Expeditions are very well trained in First aid. They received training courses every 6 months how to assist to someone who is in an emergency situation. Also, they are trained how to supply a balloon oxygen in the case if someone requires it.

Meals

  • Meals

    At Vidal Expeditions, we know food is such an important part of any vacation and getting the right fuel on an active holiday is crucial… We include 4 breakfast, 4 lunch and 4 dinner. And of course, we cater to all dietary restrictions Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten free and others just let us know. Our chefs are well-trained to prepare the best food ever you’ve had with local and organic ingredients.

  • Water

    Vidal Expeditions will provide you water from the first lunch to the last breakfast. This water will be filtered, boiled and cooled by our Chef. You must bring your own water container, bottle or camelback that can hold water for hiking for a few hours. We recommend a capacity of 2 liters.

WE NOT INCLUDED

  • Sleeping bag

    Every trekker along the Ausangate trek needs a proper sleeping bag which has to be for -20°C / 2° F. We recommend you bring your own, but if you don’t want to bring your own or you don’t have one, you can rent a sleeping bag from us.

  • Walking Sticks

    Hiking with trekking poles has its benefits, protect your knees while you are hiking downhill, especially on the remote area which are many up and downhill, trekking poles help you during the ascent, increased stability, if you don’t have a pair of trekking poles you can rent them from our office.

  • First Breakfast

    We do not provide breakfast on the day of your departure. However, most hotel offers breakfast during your stay there. In case your hotel does not provide breakfast, we will stop at a restaurant near to Ocongate where you will be available to purchase a breakfast.

  • Travel Insurance

    We recommend to buy a travel insurance before to leave your country in case something happen along your visit to Peru.

  • Tips for our team

    Tips are not included. Tipping the team is usual on any excursion to Ausangate, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, tips are welcome as a token of your appreciation for the team hard work.

  Recommendations

Although technical mountaineering experience is not required; it is preferable that you have some glacier travel experience since there are several crevasses on the route. The steepest part is a 200m snow wall at 60° to arrive up on the summit plateau.

  Faqs

PREPARING FOR YOUR TREK AND CLIMBING

Here some frequently asked question about trekking and climbing

BOOKING SYSTEM

At Vidal Expeditions, we try to make the best of us to booking system works as easy as possible for you, once you decided to do this trek, we will send to you a booking form where you need to complete all the required detail which are important to book your tickets, we need a previous deposit of 50% per person. Once as soon as you paid it, we immediately book a spot for this tour once we have done with it, we will send you your invoice and confirmation form that all the booking process has set up satisfactorily.

IS VIDAL EXPEDITIONS TEAM CONTACTING US BEFORE FLYING TO PERU?

Yes, our work policy is to be in contact with our customers as long as necessary to inform them of all the details and changes that could occur after have confirmed the reservation, please you ask to check constantly your e-mail, also if you have some issue let us know to solve as soon as possible.

WHERE TO STAY IN CUSCO?

Cusco is a big city enough to find different categories of hotels from 2 stars to 5 stars also there are Airbnb places where you can stay without any problem. Cusco streets are narrow especially near to the main square and some streets are pedestrian with some stairs, we will send you a notify for the pick up if is not possible the access with our car and arrange another place to pick you up and drop off also a night before your tour you will meet with your tour guide who will tell you all the details about the tour. In case you want some recommendations please ask to Vidal Expeditions sales team.

ALONG THE TREK AND CLIMBING

IS IT SAFE TO CLIMBING THESE MOUNTAINS?

Yes. We have been climbing for years these mountains and know very well all the routes which we are offering for our customers. Our high mountain guides were born and now living around these areas they are 100% professional formed at High mountain climbing school in Huaraz region and climbing many times those mountains, mostly of our team are local people who grow up near of these mountains and they have incredible respect for these Apus.

IS THERE ELECTRICITY ALONG THE TREK & CLIMBING?

Not, because this trek is located in remote place where there is not electricity some local village located along the trek has solar panels your guide can talk with some of them in extreme cases to recharge your cellphone, we recommend to bring your extra power bank for the days you are on the mountains.

HOW CHALLENGING IS THE TREK AND CLIMBING?

This trek is particularly challenging specially for people who does not has experience hiking and climbing the mountains, we recommend to training with some exercises a few times per week to don’t have problem, also is recommendable to spend some days in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude because part of the segment along this trek are located over 4500m/14123ft. To climb the Ausangate mountain we will provide a previous training course where you can learn the basic and necessary reference about mountain climb, for this you need to be in contact with our sales team.

WHAT HAPPEN IF I GOT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?

No worry, our guide and team are professional and they know how to solve any issue during your trek, your guide will have a first aid kit all the time with some medications for these, also will be there an extra emergency horse to take you to the best place where you can recovery. Our team always has radio and they are trained for any emergency happen during our tours.

DO YOU NEED HIKING BOOTS?

Definitely, it is always recommendable to wear a proper hiking and climbing boots, if possible, ones with ankle support and water proof are extra helpful, especially for the inexperienced hiker. Because you will be climbing up and down so many lost stones, crossing some rivers and glaciers some of them are slippery, now uneven and at varying heights, the extra support helps from twisting your ankles.

SHOULD I USE WALKING STICKS?

Yes. Walking sticks are always helpful to trekkers, especially if is raining along the trek. Using walking sticks can help take the pressure off your knees while doing some portion of the trek over glaciers. Plus they will help you get up the mountain as well.

WHERE DO I STORE MY LUGGAGE?

In case you have extra luggage which you not need to bring to the trail all the hotels in Cusco have storage where you can leave your luggage completely free, if you will change your hotel after the trek, we have available our storage in Vidal Expeditions office, get more info with from our office team.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AS FAR AS WEATHER?

The weather in Cusco regions and part of the Andes is unpredictable even if the weather forecast says it’s sunny, we can’t trust in it. It is an impossible question for us to answer. Historically April through September is the dry season, November through February is the rainy season and March and October and bridge months - a mixture of both. But the clouds have not followed these rules in the last few years. Prepare for sun and rain no matter when you come. As far as temperatures go, that is consistent throughout the year. Mornings and evenings are always cold. Make sure to bring a fleece jacket for the mornings and a down jacket for the evenings. Once the sun is up you should be comfortable hiking in short sleeves. Long pants (yoga or hiking) are encouraged to help from the mosquitos which can be a nuisance in some part of the trail.

  Pricing

From: USD 1,200.00 per person

USD 1100.00: from 3 people to more

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Ausangate Climb 6 Days / 5 nights
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