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