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Ausangate (6385m), 10-day Expedition with acclimatization near Cusco

Join Daniel, a local IFMGA certified mountain guide, on this unforgettable 10-day expedition to the summit of Ausangate near Cusco.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration10 days
Offer periodMar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Climb the largest summit in the Cusco region

  • Challenge yourself both mentally and physically on this expedition

  • Experience the local Chequan villages and visit local hot springs

Description

At 6385m, Ausangate is the tallest and perhaps the most impressive mountain in the entire Cusco region. The locals regard Ausangate as “Apu“, or holy, here in Peru. On this journey, perhaps you’ll discover why!

Departing from Cusco, we’ll spend 10 days trekking and climbing until we reach the summit of the mighty Ausangate. Along the way, we’ll come across traditional Quechua communities, hot springs and amazing alpine scenery. This is a challenging journey, but one that will surely remain with you for years to come. 

The first section of our trip is the journey towards the mountains. We’ll travel to the Pacchanta community, where we can enjoy the local hot springs. Then, we’ll pass beautiful glacier lakes at Ninaparayoq as we continue hiking towards Pachaspata.

Mount Campa Ascent

From Pachaspata, we’ll ascend to Mount Campa. This mountain sits at around 5,350 m. This climb will give us a good opportunity to acclimatize for our big goal. We’ll also get an awesome panoramic view of the Cordillera Vilcanota.

Ausangate Ascent 

From Mount Campa, our next stop with be the Ausangate Base Camp. After resting at base camp, we’ll rise nice and early and continue on to the summit. When we reach the summit, we’ll have time to take in the spectacular scenery and enjoy our achievement before making the descent back down.

This trip is really a must-do for experienced mountaineers. Request to book now and complete the trip of a lifetime.

If you’re interested in a shorter trail, make sure you take a look at my hiking trip in the Cordillera Huayhuash.

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Cusco

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Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco to Tinky

The first leg of our expedition is a drive to Urcos, then towards Pilluyo. En route, we’ll get our first view of Cordillera Vilcanota. We’ll pass local Quechua communities such as Colluni, Ccatca and Ocongate. Finally we’ll reach Tinky. From here we’ll walk to Pacchanta community  where we can enjoy the local hot springs.

Day 2: Journey to Pachaspata

Our day will start with a short hike to our next camp spot: Pachaspata at 4,750 metres. On the way, we’ll pass the beautiful glacier lakes of Ninaparayoq. As we gradually gain height, we’ll begin to acclimatize. We’ll then camp overnight at Pachaspata.

Day 3: Ascent of Mount Campa

Here we begin our journey towards the summit of Mount Campa at 5,350 m. This is a relatively easy climb and it will further help us to acclimatize before we attempt mount Ausangate, from the summit we’ll be able to admire and take photos of the amazing views of Cordillera Vilcanota. We’ll set up camp and stay overnight.

Day 4: Journey to the base of the base of Mount Ausangate

This is a big walking day and we’ll spend more time hiking than the previous days. We’ll pass more Quechua communities such as the Huano and Chillca. Here they raise llamas and alpacas. We’ll then cross the Campa pass at 5,000 metres. We’ll keep going until we reach our camping spot: Machuraqay which sits at 4,800m at the base of Mount Ausangate.

Day 5: Rest day

This is a day for rest. We’ll check all of our tools and equipment too, to make sure that we’re ready for our ascent of Ausangate.

Day 6: Hike to the Mount Ausangate high camp

On this day, we’ll move to the Mount Ausangate high camp which sits at 5,400m. We’ll camp here for the night.

Day 7: The climb to the summit

We have an early start on this day. We’ll leave camp at 3:00 am and hike toward the summit. The first part is around 200 metres with 60° or 65° incline. After that, we’ll enjoy good glacier conditions until we reach our final destination: the summit at 6,385 metres above sea level! When we’re ready we’ll go back the same way we came towards basecamp.

Day 8: The start of the descent

On this day we’ll cross the highest pass of the entire route: Palomani Pass at 5100 metres. From there we’ll descend to Lake Ausangate Cocha which sits at 4630 metres. We’ll have lunch then climb another pass: Puca Punta. We’ll then descend until reach camp at Hatun Pucacocha.

Day 9: The final pass and hot springs

Our final pass happens on this day before we reach Urpis. In Urpis we’ll camp for the night and be able to take advantage of the amazing restorative hot springs, as we take in the spectacular views around us.

Day 10: The return to Cusco

On our final day, we’ll walk to Tinky. From there we’ll return to Cusco in the car.


About the guide

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IFMGA/UIAGM guide from Perú.

I was born in the Huaraz city, which is located between cordillera blanca & cordillera negra neighbor of huayhuash mountain range.

My passion for the mountain was born since I was a child, because I watched my father going to the mountain. When I was 13 years old I started going on treks with my father and clients, and as soon as I finished my high school I applied to the high school mountain center studies (CEAM) in 2001 and I graduated as an official mountain guide in 2005.

I have a wide guiding experience in trekking and climbing, organizing, trekking and climbing expeditions into cordillera Blanca & huayhuash in the Peruvian mountains.

I guided successfully in Mexico, Argentina where I climbed conquering the mount Aconcagua at (6959 m).

In Peru I have climbed the most beautiful mountain in the world mount "Alpamayo", and the Peruvian highest peak "mount Huascaran south peak". In 2005 I made a speed record climbing mounts "Alpamayo" & "Quitaraju" in 32 hours 16 minutes. I also opened some new routes to climbing in cordillera Blanca.

Aside from the AGMP / IFMGA certification, I also have the WFR certification.


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