The Ausangatetour circuits is one of the most difficult adventure in the Sacred Valley and Peru. Rising 6372 meters above sea level at its peak, the mountain is the fifth largest in the country.Water from the glaciers that flow into the Vilcanota River East and eventually into the Amazon, but also flows south into the river that runs Azangaro Lake Titicaca. Is located 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Cusco to the Vilcanota mountain range, the proximity of an attractive option for hikers looking for a mountain adventure is certainly off the beaten track.
Past and present, Ausangate is one of the two major mountains near Cusco - Salkantay is the second. According to legend, Ausangate and Salkantay were brothers who lived together near Cusco. A time of scarcity and famine came upon the people and brothers scattered in different places to find food and supplies.Salkantay north into the jungle, where he worked with Veronica and was distracted by romantic activities. Ausangate went south into the highlands, where quantities of potatoes, corn and llamas, which he sent back to Cusco, saving people from starvation.
Today people are on site, who have retained their cultural traditions, an annual migration to the APU or Ausangate mountain spirit, the annual festival in honor of Qoyllur Rit'i which means Snow Star in the Quechua language Local. This festival is held in June in Corpus Christi and thousands of migrant summit climb Quechua, braving the winter, the cold, dry air of the plateau to the church in Qoyllur Rit'i Sinakara, a few miles from the top .
European attempts at the top of the mountain began in 1950 and continued in the 1960s and 70s. The first men in Peru in 1983, the summit and the first Peruvian woman in 2006.
At this point, because of technical elements that most travelers do not visit Ausangate with the attempt to the summit of Mt.Instead, most people do the Camino del Apu Ausangate, or the path of Ausangate, a circuit of 4 days of trekking, glacier tours and the brilliant blue-green lagoons. The ride is pleasant and certainly not for the faint of heart.
In Cusco, there are two ways to go to the mountain. The first way is to take a bus to Chillca, a community of llama and alpaca herders. Hence, there is a drive of 4 or 5 hours to base camp first. The second method is then transported by bus Tinke Pacchanta, followed by an 8 to 10 hours walking through the base Acero throat. Day 2, 3 and 4 are long and tiring climb up and down the passes around Ausangate, some of which reach more than 16,000 feet (5,000 meters). Speed in cold weather is certainly a need for those cold nights. The fifth day of the full loop in the thermal baths of late Pacchanta then back to Cusco. During the trip, the view is unique, beautiful and wonderful.
The tour can be done independently, but it is advisable to go through a trekking company, taking into account the technical aspects of the campaign. It is also quite possible to be at the top of the glacier, but it is a very technical and should not, without training, proper acclimatization and expertise made with the icy conditions.