Ausangate

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Ausangate
Ausangate.jpg
The western face of Ausangate Mountain
Highest point
Elevation6,384 m (20,945 ft)
Prominence2,085 m (6,841 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Isolation245.69 km (152.66 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates13°47′19″S 71°13′52″W / 13.78861°S 71.23111°W / -13.78861; -71.23111Coordinates: 13°47′19″S 71°13′52″W / 13.78861°S 71.23111°W / -13.78861; -71.23111
Geography
Ausangate is located in Peru
Ausangate
Ausangate
Peru
LocationCusco Region, Peru
Parent rangeAndes, Vilcanota mountain range
Ausangate as seen from Vinicunca

Ausangate or Auzangate[1] (in Hispanicized spellings) is a mountain of the Vilcanota mountain range in the Andes of Peru. With an elevation of 6,384 metres, it is situated around 100 kilometres southeast of Cusco in the Cusco Region, Canchis Province, Pitumarca District, and in the Quispicanchi Province, Ocongate District.[1]

The mountain has significance in Incan mythology.

Every year the Quyllur Rit'i (Quechua for "star snow") festival which attracts thousands of Quechua pilgrims is celebrated about 20 km north of the Ausangate at the mountain Qullqipunku. It takes place one week before the Corpus Christi feast.

The region is inhabited by llama and alpaca herding communities, and constitutes one of the few remaining pastoralist societies in the world. High mountain trails are used by these herders to trade with agricultural communities at lower elevations. Currently, one of these trails, "the road of the Apu Ausangate", is one of the most renowned treks in Peru.

The area has four major geological features, the Andean uplift formed by Granits, the hanging glaciers and glacial erosional valleys, the Permian formation with its singular colors: red, ochre, and turquoise and the Cretaceous, limestone forests.

Hiking[edit]

This region has some great remote trekking options and multi day hiking is generally done from tours departing from Cusco.

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Ausangate Trek 5 Days, a fantastic and less-known trek are surrounding the snow-capped Sacred Mountain (“Apu”) of Ausangate (6,384 masl / 20,945 fasl) that takes you over mountain passes, impressive mountain scenery, remote Andean villages, hot springs, and turquoise lakes. Ausangate, a five-day trek, is an unforgettable hike recommended for mountain trekking lovers, searching for an intense experience in remote areas and wild nature.

Ausangate Trek is in the Top Ten highly Recommended Treks in the World. We invite you to explore some of the fantastic parts of this Peruvian country, perfect for experiencing different outdoor activities like trekking, cultural and adventure tours.

Itinerary[edit]

  • DAY 1: CUSCO HOTEL - OCONGATE - TINKI COMMUNITY - UPIS HOT SPRING.
  • DAY 2: UPIS HOT SPRING - ARAPA PASS – YANACOCHA - PUCACOCHA LAKE.
  • DAY 3: PUCACOCHA LAKE - AUSANGATE COCHA - PALOMANI PASS - HUCHUY PHINAYA.
  • DAY 4: HUCHUY PHINAYA - QAMPA PASS - QOMERCOCHA LAKE - PACCHANTA.
  • DAY 5: PACCHANTA - TINQUI - OCONGATE - CUSCO HOTEL.

Archaeological Sites on the Ausangate and Vinicunca Route[edit]

  • Colonial Bridge of Checacupe
  • Colonial Temple of Checacupe
  • Siwinaqocha
  • Laguna Ausangate
  • Ananiso Canyon
  • Rock Climbing - Huayllasqa
  • Uchullucllo Thermal Baths

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Ausangate Route: The Way of the Apu. Rumbos de Sol & Piedra. June 14, 2017. Accessed January 24, 2020.
  2. The pilgrimage to the sanctuary of the Lord of Qoyllurit’i. UNESCO Culture Sector. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
  3. Archaeological Sites on the Ausangate and Vinicunca Route.

See also[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b escale.minedu.gob.pe - UGEL map of the Quispicanchi Province 1 (Cusco Region)