9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS: SUMMIT OF APU AUSANGATE
- DAY 1
- DAY 2
- DAY 3
- DAY 4
- DAY 5
- DAY 6
- DAY 7
- DAY 8
- DAY 9
- PHYSICAL CONDITION
- CLIMBING MATERIALS - REQUIRED TO BRING
- INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED
- DOWNLOAD PROGRAM
DAY 1: CUSCO - HUAMPOCOCHAEarly morning departure by bus along the fertile Vicanota valley to the town of Checacupe from where we start ascending to Pitumarca. Following the spectacular Japura gorge, we reach a place called Congomiri (13,000 ft. / 3900 m.), the trailhead for our unique trekking experience “Camino del Apu Ausangate.” Llamas will carry part of your personal equipment. Gradually we will work our way up through a picturesque valley where you can appreciate some of the highest potato cultivations in the world. The landscapes change dramatically as we leave the last houses behind us until we get to the Anta pass (16000 ft. / 4900 mt.) with first fine views of the Vilcanota range. Overnight stay at the Huampococha Tambo
DAY 2: HUAMPOCOCHA - ANANPATAA spectacular part of the trail finds us hiking in the middle of mountains with red, ochre, and blue strata. This section offers a glimpse of marvelous geological wonder and natural beauty. Frequently groups of gracious vicuñas and deer can be spotted in this isolated area dominated by the mighty Ausangate mountain. Accommodation at the Anantapata Tambo
DAY 3: ANANPATA - MACHURACAYTremendous views of the glaciated south face of the Apu will inspire us as we continue towards the red sandstone formations of the “Nevado del Inca”. After a demanding ascent of the Palomachayoc pass at an elevation of 16,500 ft. / 5,150 m. we will hike down to the Machuracay Tambo, the highest lodge in the world (15,700 ft. / 4,800 m) right at the foothills of the Apu Ausangate.
DAY 4: MACHURACAY - PORTERAGE CAMPO ALTOThe first approach in the foothills of the mighty “Apu”. Following the moraines, we will reach a section of the South East Ridge and after some scrambling, we will negotiate our access to the glacier, which allows us to become more familiar with our ice climbing tools. At approximately 17,700 ft. / 5,400 m we will determine the location of our “high camp” and deposit the equipment. In the late afternoon, we will be back at Machuracay Tambo.
DAY 5: MACHURACAYToday we will rest in the base lodge and prepare ourselves for the accent by checking the equipment, doing some technical training, and observing the route.
DAY 6: MACHURACAY - CAMPO ALTOEarly in the morning, we will take the route that leads us back to the glacier. After reaching the “high camp” and enjoying a picnic, part of the group will install a static fixed rope on the mountain wall, while other members are assigned to prepare the camp for the night.
DAY 7: SUMMIT BID FOR AUSANGATEWe will be getting ready at 3 am and by daybreak, we should start for the accent on the fixed rope. This section will give us access to the high, groundless snowfields (using snowshoes) on our way to the so-called “cumbre falsa” (or “fake summit”), before we finally reach the top of the Ausangate (20,945 ft. / 6,384 m). In the afternoon we will work our way down to lower ground and decide whether to stay another night at the “campo alto” or at Machuracay Tambo
DAY 8: MACHURACAY - CHILCAAccording to our decision on the day before, we will either decent first from “campo alto” to Machuracay and continue to Chilca Tambo, or we could hike directly on rolling hills and pasture lands for alpacas from Machuracay to Chillca, where we can choose to spend the night in our comfortable “tambo”, or to leave for Cusco.
DAY 9: CHILCA TAMBO- CUSCOAfter a final short walk, our bus will be waiting to take us back to Cusco.
PHYSICAL CONDITIONIt is very important that you are aware of the fact that climbing at high altitude is much more strenuous than elsewhere. To get ready for our task, continuous aerobic exercise is necessary (biking is excellent, too). Each member of the party should consult a physician, describing them conditions of the climb and asking him to recommend a training program. We are sure that you are in good physical condition, but this recommendations should suit all members of our team.
Climbing material participants should bring with themIce axe, a general uses one for 30-40 degree slopes. Crampons, 12 point, glacier & snow climb, crampon straps. Carabiners, four in total, preferably locking. Prusic knot or jumar ascender; one per pax, (for use in case of a crevasse rescue) Seat and chest harness Winter sleeping bag Large backpack, 50 -60 liters 2 pairs of boots, one pair for hiking and another pair for climbing (they should be double plastic or leather and hold crampons well) Gaiters and/or over-boots Clothing for trekking, clothing for climbing Sweater, parka with hood, wind/rain jacket, and pants Climbing pants, 2 hiking pants, shorts Thermal underwear, 3 sets of underwear Balaclava hat, sun hat Wool shirts, light shirts Linen sox, 3 pairs of heavy wool sox Fingerless gloves, mittens Personal medical kit, pocket knife, 2 water bottles, glacier glasses, head lamp (spare bulbs and batteries) Other items of personal nature, like camera, binoculars etc.
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