Created: Emanuel Rocha
Last update: 16 Nov 2017
1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020
|Duration:||6 Day(s) / Tour with flexible start dates|
|Price:||from $860 / Negotiable|
Ausangate is the 5th highest peak in Peru at 6,372m, and the highest of the seven 6,000m peaks in the Cusco Region. The first ascent to the main summit in 1953 was led by the famous Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer, part of the first team to conquer the north face of the Eiger and from the book/movie “Seven Years in Tibet”.
Ausangate is by far the most well-known big peak for mountaineering in Cusco since the normal route is not so technically difficult, although a good amount of stamina is needed for trail breaking on the summit plateau.
PRICE: u$s 860 p/p (min. 2 pax)
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30 years, Peru
Hi! I'm an independent mountaineering guide, native of Argentina.
Cusco is unlike any place in the world. Mountaineering has in Cusco, an incomparable scenery: a unique concentration of mountains without agglomerations of climbers, a benign climate most of the year and a relatively easy access to totally isolated environments. Thanks to this unique combination, Cusco is considered one of the most attractive destinations for mountain climbers from all over the world.
Peru, Cusco, Quispicanchi Province
Difficulty: Moderate/ Challenging
Cusco (3.400m) – Pacchanta (4.250m) – Q’ampa Pass (5.100m)
After a 3-hour drive to Pacchanta, we will start our journey with a 4-hour hike, in which we will enjoy breathtaking landscapes full of the greenish blue ponds and snowy peaks. Meanwhile, in the campsite our team will be waiting for us with the lunch ready and the tents pitched. We will have enough time, in order to eat, rehydrate and get acclimatized the proper way to prepare for the big ascent.
Q’ampa Pass – Base Camp (4.800m)
After a leisurely morning and already acclimatized, we will start our 4-hour hike, at noon, after lunch. Today we will have new amazing sights of other giants in this area.
Base Camp – Camp I (5.500m)
From Base Camp, it will take us 3 hours to get to Camp 1 and this time, we will start the journey after breakfast so we can have time for a last acclimatization and to prepare the equipment. This time, we will wake up at 23:00 hrs. Reason why, we will have an earlier dinner.
Camp I – Summit (6.372m) – Base Camp
Our first challenge is a 180 meters high wall with 60 degrees of tilt. The day before, the ropes will be properly fixed for optimum safety. After the wall, we will trek for 4 hours through the glacier to reach the summit. After enjoying our lunch in Camp 1 and loaded of adrenaline, we will descend until Base Camp.
Base Camp – Q’ampa Pass – Ninapaayoc (4.800m)
Today, we will have a great day full of wonderful landscapes. After going through Q´ampa pass, we will start to descend, approximately for 5 hours, towards Ninaparayoc Pond where we will camp.
Ninapaayoc – Pacchanta – Cusco
Our last day will start after breakfast. Then, we will make a 3-hour hike to Pacchanta. When we get there, we will be able to enjoy the hot springs with the awesome view of the Ausangate Mountain. Afterwards, we will have our farewell lunch. Our return to Cusco City is scheduled for 16:00 hrs. allowing us to have a proper rest during the afternoon and later, be able to enjoy the Cusco nights.
1 Jan 2020 / 31 Dec 2020
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