Day 1: Cusco – Pitumarca – Qesuno – Kayrawiry Lake.
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 4:00am to begin this incredible Trek! We will for 2 hours until we reach the Pitumarca Village where we will stop to get supplies and then continue for 1 more hour to Qesuno community. Along the way, we view amazing canyons, Inca farming terraces, rugged mountains and some isolated communities. Upon arrival, we meet our horsemen and horses. We begin our hike gradually heading up to the Kayrawiry community where we have lunch. After enjoying lunch and resting, we continue our hike towards RAINBOW MOUNTAIN. Once there, we will enjoy the amazing colored mountain, which is the highlight of the day. We will also see a lot of vicuñas, condors and amazing colored lakes. Finally, we hike downhill to Kayrawiry Lake, where our camping tents will be ready. It is time to enjoy afternoon tea and dinner.
- Elevation: 4,800m/15,748ft
- Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours
- Meals: lunch & dinner
- Accommodations: camping at Kayrawiry Lake
Day 2: Kayrawiri Lake – Ausangate Cocha.
We wake up early with a hot cup of coca tea to start one of the most beautiful days of the trek. You can appreciate the majestic views of some of the highest peaks in the Andes and the depths of the most beautiful valleys. After an early breakfast, we will start with a 2-hour steep climb to Condor pass at (5,100m/ 16,732ft). Along the way, you will always have gorgeous views of the Turquoise lakes and the views of Ausangate Glacier Peaks surrounding you. With any luck, you can see avalanches from the glacial hills with ice crashing into the lakes below. Once you reach the summit, you will be located right in front of Ausangate. There, you can really enjoy the valleys of alpaca grazing in the hills. It is very impressive! After time to enjoy the amazing views, we head downhill and reach our lunch spot. After a little rest, we continue with our hike for 3 more hours to Ausangate Lake where you will enjoy hot drinks and settle into our campsite for the night.
- Elevation: 5,100m/16,732ft
- Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours
- Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Accommodations: camping at Ausangate Lake
Day 3: Ausangate Lake – Jampa
After an early and nutritious breakfast, we will prepare for the third day of the hike. Today, we will be hiking very close to the wonderful views of the Ausangate Glacier Peaks, experiencing amazing views of lakes and waterfalls. You may even see some llamas, alpacas and wild vicuñas (the undomesticated ancestor of the alpaca) as well as condors soaring above. We will have a 3-hour ascension to reach the Abra Campo Pass, which is at (5,000m/16,404ft), where you will discover unbelievable views of the surrounding areas. It is possible that in some months of the year, we will have snow hikes, but mostly in the dry season, you just get great views. There is a good chance you will see vicuñas, which are the most impressive animals still living wild in Peru, which produce the finest and most expensive wool in the world. After taking a few amazing pictures, we continue to our lunch spot, with a gradual descent for another 1.5hours to a beautiful area where you will enjoy your lunch. It will be another 2.5-hour hike to arrive at our campsite in JAMPA.
- Elevation: 5,o00m/16,404ft
- Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours
- Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Accommodations: camping at Jampa
Day 4: Jampa – Pacchanta
Day 4 brings another adventure! We have an early breakfast and begin our hike for approximately 1 hour to reach the base of the glacier and then to the top of the mountain! After enjoying the spectacular views of the Vilcanota Range, we descend back down to enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, we descend towards the Qomerqocha Lagoon just before arriving at Pacchanta after a 5-hour walk. Pacchanta is a little community with attractive hot springs where we can enjoy a relaxing dip. Then we take our transportation back to Cusco.
- Elevation: 4,500m /14,763ft
- Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours
- Meals: breakfast, lunch
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Private transportation to start of the trek
- Professional English speaking Guide
- Meals as indicated
- 7kgs personal luggage allowance to put on the horses
- Personal Duffel Bags for your extra luggage to put on the horses
- Spacious tents ; Sleeping mats ; Dining tent, kitchen tent, latrine tent
- Horses to carry the group’s equipment (food, tents, tables, etc.)
- 1 Emergency Horse
- Emergency Oxygen bottle and first aid kit
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Breakfast on the 1st day
- Dinner on the 6th day
- Sleeping Bag – $20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
- Air Mattress – $20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
- Walking Poles – $15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
- Personal tent – $30 USD – (Tent for single trekkers only)
- Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of SAM TRAVEL PERU
This trek is available to depart any day of the week as long as we have two people.
|No. OF PEOPLE||PRICE|
|2 to 8 people||$ 577 USD per person|
***This price includes the extra porter who will carry your belongings up to 7kgs, we provide you a duffel bag, to put your things.
***We provide large Eureka 4 man tents for each 2 trekkers.
- Group of 5 or more: $30 USD – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time..
- Sleeping Bag: $20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
- Air Mattress: $20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
- Walking Poles: $15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
- Personal tent: $30 USD – (Tent for single trekkers only)
ADDED VALUES for FREE
- Thick Foam Mattresses
- Small pillow
- Transfer from the airport to your hotel (Cusco only)
- Boiled water for drinking purposes
- Personal porter included
- Duffel bags and trash plastic bags
- Thick warm blanket to put over the sleeping bag
- Hot water bottles to put into your sleeping bag so you can sleep like a baby
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR AUSANGATE TREK
Please read the following information carefully; it will help with your questions about our services and the trek to Machu Picchu
ARRIVAL TO CUSCO
We will pick you up from the Cusco airport and take you to your hotel in Cusco. Please let us know your flight details at least 14 days before arrival. Our representative will be holding an orange sign reading ORANGE Nation outside the arrivals. You must exit the terminal to find our representative as they cannot enter. (Please let us know if your hotel is in the Sacred Valley so we can make the necessary arrangments).
The Briefing takes place in our office the night before the trek at 6pm at our office which is located at Calle Santa Teresa Nº383; 101 (first floor) we are next to SUBWAY restaurant and across the street from Sunat.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE
ABSOLUTELY! During the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are for free.
HOW TO BOOK THE AUSANGATE TREK
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase Ausangate Trek entrance tickets without the following information:
- Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
- Passport number
- D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person ,in order,to purchase a permit for the Ausangate Trek. You can make you deposit by clicking on the PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.
WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?
It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many ATMs within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of email@example.com.
MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
Unfortunately the answer is No. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure dates. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable.
With alternative treks we may be able to change dates for a fee depending on what has been already purchased. Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date.
If you cancel your Ausangate Trek, the deposit is not refundable at all!
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE AUSANGATE TREK
The expected weather in the area of Rainbow Mountain Peru usually is divided in two big seasons: dry and wet. As the zone of Rainbow Mountains Cusco forms part of the Cordillera Vilcanota in the Peruvian Andes, the dry season is considered from May to November mostly sunny days, with minimum percentage of rain or bad days, recommended time to trek to the Rainbow Mountains. But the rainy season usually is from December to April with hail storms, snowy, cloudy days and not much visibility on the mountains. During the winter season (June- August) the places in the proximity of the Rainbow Mountain Peru get warmer days but cold at night; Summer season (December- March) usually the trail gets wet, muddy and difficult to walk. Travelers visiting the Rainbow Mountains Cusco should be prepared for the quick change of temperatures and climates even in winter, but much more in summer season. Due to the global warming the weather conditions in the Andes is becoming very changeable and very unstable. It can be very cold at the high altitudes of this trek.
WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS ON AUSANGATE TREK
For some visitors, the first hours in Cusco can be summarized as: shortness of breath, a discomfort in the body, dizziness, headaches, stomachaches, even vomiting. As great connoisseurs of natural medicine, the Incas used coca leaves to counteract soroche, quechua for high-altitude sickness.
Don’t do anything other than rest
If you travel from Lima to Cusco, the effect can be immediate. This lack of oxygen, scientifically known as hypoxia, begins to manifest itself at 7,874 ft (2,399 m) above sea level. That’s why right after landing in Cusco, visitors can feel fatigued and have difficulty walking. Walking one block could feel like walking ten blocks carrying a backpack full of rocks. It is advisable to take it really easy on the first day and, if possible, rest the first few hours to help the body acclimatize to the altitude.
How do people feel after a night of drinking? Thirsty. That’s how you’ll feel when you arrive in Cusco. As already stated, the body dehydrates quickly in high altitudes. It is recommended you drink lots of water before and during your trip to Cusco. Also, avoid heavy meals since your stomach takes longer to digest food at high altitudes. A diet of low proteins and high carbs is advisable.
No one knew better the effects of high altitude than indigenous peoples. Coca is the best natural medicine to combat altitude sickness. It was even considered sacred because of its curative powers and is still used in the same way now as it was in the time of the Incas. It contains iron, vitamins A, B1, B2 and calcium, among other nutrients. Coca makes it easier for your bloodstream to absorb oxygen, suppresses hunger, combats fatigue, headaches and can ease your stomach. If you do not feel like chewing leaves (which can be bitter, apart from numbing your mouth), you can try drinking coca tea, which is most commonly found in the lobby of hotels in Cusco.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?
The maximum group size is 8 people. Our groups are between 2-6 people. Orange Nation Peru specializes in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provides a personalized service.
HOW MANY COOKS/PORTERS FOR THE GROUP?
You will have 1 cook per group. The number of porters depends of the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, they will have 4 porters, 4 trekkers will have 6 porters, 6 trekkers will have 9 porters, 8 trekkers will have 12 porters.
HIKING AUSANGATE TREK
The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFEL BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/14p. Your team of porters will carry your duffel bag for you, together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware, that you will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. A 30 to 50L backpack is sufficient.
IS THE TREK DIFFICULT, DO I NEED TO BE FIT?
Yes, it is a challenging trek with most of the you are over 4,ooo meters or 13,123 feet. You need to be in good physical condition and used to hiking.
In preparation: try walking 15kms a day or go to the fitness club in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatised to the altitude. Try to spend at least 3 days in Cusco (3,350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.
WHAT ABOUT TOILETS ON THE TREK?
Orange Nation Peru toilet facilities have an individual tent and a “camping toilet with a seat.” Check out the picture, which illustrates how we set up our camping toilet on the trek by using this link: picture of toilet tent. Our toilet is always set up a comfortable distance from our campsite. At night if you need to use the toilet it is readily accessible and clean.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE AUSANGATE TREK
This has not happened for years but in the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, Orange Nation Peru will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.
ARE WE GOING TO BE DROPPED OFF AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE TREK?
OF COURSE!! Included in the package and on the last day we will drop you at your hotel in Cusco! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many SAM Travel Peru destinations. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you feel it, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip.
ARE WE SUSTAINABLE?
Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator for that we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.
WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE WITH YOU
- Original Passport: (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
- Valid University card: (if you booked as a student)
- Good Daypack: (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: 2-3L (Camelbaks are encouraged)
- Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
- Sleeping Bag: (can be rented from Orange Nation)
- Headlamp: essential
- Toilet paper
WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR DUFFLE BAG
As a Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14lbs including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.
- 2 t-shirts
- 2 hiking pants at least
- 4 sets of undergarments
- 3 sets of hiking socks
- Bathing Suit for the thermal waters
- Couple Fleece/ Thermals
- Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º C
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger
- Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
- Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
- Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them
- Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us
- Swimming Suit
- Face moisturizer
- Hand Sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Personal medications
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc
WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK
We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40L for hiking in the day. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.
- Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water at every meal time. Please bring your canteens
- Sun Hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Wool Hat
- Rain gear
- Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
- Coca leaves
- Rain plastic poncho (provided by ORANGE Nation)
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips