How toAusangate Trek
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We started our hike from the tiny village on Pachanta at about 4100m.
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Our backpacks were loaded with stuff for 5 days. We felt super excited to finally start walking.
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The first glimpse of the Ausangate mountain was breathtaking. Literally 😀
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Finding a good pace was tough due to the altitude. We had to take lots of breaks. This is at 4600m
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Finally we reached our first campamento at 4450m. We pitched our tent and enjoyed the afternoon sun.
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As soon as the sun had set, at 17:30, the temperature dropped below zero. Long and cold night ahead!
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Day 2 - Breakfast at around 6am: quinoa-oat porridge, coca tea and coffee. Oh and some Nutella!
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Locals sacrifice coca leaves for Pachamama (mother earth) to ask for safe journey.
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We started slowly walking up the path leading to Passo Arapa at 4750m.
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Sisulla siitä selvitään. Perkele!
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Passo Arapa at 4750m. Feeling lightheaded but no other signs of altitude sickness. Yet 😅
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Selfie time 📷
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Walking down to the next valley we passed turquoise lagoons. And all this for just the two of us.
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We continued climbing up and down for more than 7 hours...
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... before reaching our second campamento just below the Ausangate glacier.
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As soon as we were in the tent, the sky turned black and it started pouring hails.
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Day 3: Another cold and long night at 4650m w just few hours of sleep. Praise the sun ☀️
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Today’s goal was to climb up to Ausangate pass at 4950m. That’s as high as mt Blanc 😅
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Alpacas. Hundreds of Alpacas everywhere.
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Finally we reached the pass at 4950m and could see our next camp down in the valley below.
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Guardian of the campamento Ausangatecocha.
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Warmest day so far... We enjoyed camp life to the max.
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Day4: Pachamama had a ”nice” surprise for us... 10cm of fresh snow!
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As the snow continued to fall, we decided to sleep a bit longer.
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However, soon it was too hot in the tent...
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... and we decided to take a bath in the mountain stream. Even Mirella took a dip!!!
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Change of plans. Continuing up and around Ausangate was too risky due to the snow and white out.
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Day5: We decided to hike down to next valley and up the famous Rainbow mountain.
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We started early as the climb was so long. Here is Mirella close to the top at almost 5000m!!!
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The 7 colors of Montaña de siete colores were all covered in snow 😀 But the view was breathtaking!
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This is the highest place we’ve ever hiked!!! 5036m!!! It’s all downhill from here 😀
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Finally Mirella found an Alpaca to pet.
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After many buses, collectivos and taxis we were back in Cusco. More alpacas, but now on our plates!
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