Ausangate Trek 5D/4N
The Cordillera Vilcanota is an impressive range of mountains which include ...
This lovely and varied hike (about 50km) is the “soft option” from Challacancha since the pass is lower (though still a tough 4,750m (15,580ft) and then is mostly downhill through forested valleys, above deep ravines, ending at 1,500m.
The trek on the second day from Soray goes steeply uphill for half an hour, then comes to a series of zigzags (Siete Culebras is the local name of this strech). At the top of the seventh switchback the terrain levels out under Salkantay´s lateral moraine, and drops gently down to
the small laguna Soirococha. The pass you see above is, alas, a false one; the main pass is a little further on, but the view of Salkantay looming above you more than compensates for the effort. The real pass at 4,630masl is reached after 3-4 hours from Soraypampa, and is marked by a pile of stones , “well know as Apacheta by th locals”, which grows daily as each traveller adds his pebble to thank the APUS for a safe trip.
.Then the trail descends to the left –hand side of the valley, becoming indistinct in swampy areas. And then comes a place named Huayrajmachay “eye of the wind”, from here we will have a great chance to see the beautiful Pyramid-shape of Humantay behind as you drop below the tree line, know as LA CEJA DE SELVA (“Eyebrown of the Jungle”), and walk through groves of bamboo with many orchids and other flowers and lots of hummingbirds, spectacular waterfalls, a small hot spring at Collpapampa the right place to lock out for the parakeets that abound in this area as well.and the we go to take a local bus in order to get santa teresa where we will enjoy the hot springs which is 45 minutes from this town .and then will see machupichu and waynapichu mountains and then the last day will see finally the inkan city of machupicchu.
We pick you up from your hotel and travel by bus for approx. 2 hours to Mollepata, where we will have breakfast, this first breakfast must be ordered at a local restaurant in Mollepata. After that, we take the private transport again to Challacancha for about 40 more minutes of travel, where our walk will begin.
The 3-hour trek will take us to Soraypampa where we will have lunch with panoramic views of the beautiful Humantay (4,120m. / 13,500 ft.) and Salkantay (6,271m. / 20,575 ft.) snow-capped mountains. We will begin our trek towards Soraypampa, our first camp (3,800m. / 11,750 feet, the highest and coldest camp of the trip) admiring the beautiful landscape on the way as an optional visit we will go to the Humantay lagoon which is 1:30 minutes walking from Soraypampa, of course, we will spend a night in our tents, we also offer you comfortable mattresses.
We will have breakfast around 5:30 am. and we will start our trek towards the highest pass of this trek (4,650m. / 15,200ft) located midway between 2 huge mountains, Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From this pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible, there is a possibility of seeing snow here.
After a break, we will continue our walk (downhill) through a spectacular cloud forest towards Huayraqpunku, where we will have lunch. Then we walk again after lunch in the direction of the beginning of the jungle until we reach Chaullay or Colpapampa (3,000m. / 9,800ft), where we will take a transport to the camp in Playa, we will roast the night here.
After breakfast, at 6.30 am, we will try to arrive as early as possible in Llaqtapata, we walk a part of the original Inca trail and get some experience of the natives who live here in the area. Have the opportunity to harvest various fruits and have one of the best views of the Urubamba Valley. See the Salkantay mountain in the background and have your first glimpse of Machu Picchu, after arriving at Hidroelectrica where we will have lunch, then continue walking, passing a variety of crop plantations, coca, banana we will be walking approx. 2:30 minutes along the train track until we reach the town of Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a hostel in Aguas Calientes, you can take advantage of the hot springs of the town (entrance 10 soles) a real pleasure after finishing the walk .
We get up early in the morning around 4 am. then to have breakfast and go to Machu Picchu, which takes 1:30 minutes walking, but there is another option to take the first bus that leaves at 5:30 am. towards Machu Picchu (it lasts 25 minutes) to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun rises.
Your guide will give you a 2-hour tour, and then you can explore the mysterious city on your own. If you still have energy, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2,720m. / 8,890ft) It takes 1:45 minutes to reach the top (optional and see availability). Then you will take the train around 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm or 6:20 pm depending on the availability of the train, so you will arrive in Ollantaytambo after 2 hours of travel, so a private transport that will take you from return to Cusco.
Professional bilingual guide (Spanish - English).
Pick up from the hotel.
Transportation (Cusco - Soraypampa and Ollantaytambo - Cusco).
Andean ceremony of the first day, offering to mother earth.
Horsemen and mules to transport equipment, food and personal luggage (7 kilos per person).
A cook to prepare all meals.
Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners and 3 snacks.
Kitchen equipment: dining tent, kitchen with table and chairs.
The capacity of the tent is for 4 people, but it can be used only for 2 people, to have more space for your luggage.
Therma-rest air mattress.
1 night accommodation in Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Tickets to Machu Picchu.
Bus back to Cusco.
First aid kit.
First breakfast and last dinner.
Original passport and student card (ISIC) green card.
Essential insurance card.
Walking boots (with ankle protectors).
Waterproof jacket / rain poncho.
Warm jacket, hat and gloves.
Comfortable shirts and pants.
Sun protection cream (factor 35 is recommended).
Insect repellent minimum 30% DEET.
Flashlight with spare batteries.
Water purification tablets (Micropur recommended).
Suggested extra contribution.
Price per person
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