Get to know a little more about the impressive Ausangate

Located in 100 kilometers of the city of Cusco in southeast direction, in the mountain range of the Andes within the Vilcanota mountain range, in the district of Ocongate, province of Sicuani, Region of Cusco, its main peak is located at 6,384 m.s.n.m. what makes it the fifth highest mountain in Peru, not because its summits are able to be seen from the city of Cusco, and also, within this majestic snowfall you can find large lagoons of a bright green / blue, all These reasons added up so that from pre-Inca times it was considered as an apu or protective deity of all the peoples that surround it.

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In this beautiful snowy Cusqueño, carrying one of the most incredible water mirrors such as the "Siwinaqocha", it is also known for its impressive stone forests and glaciers which make it an earthly paradise, especially for those tourists who have interest in extreme sports or adventure, since the geographical features of the Ausangate make it ideal for sports such as rock climbing, ice climbing, trekking among other activities.

The first attempts to conquer its summits occurred at the beginning of 1950, and after two failed attempts, in 1953 a German expedition achieved the great challenge of reaching the summit, climbing its summit through the southern slope, from there more routes were opened for the conquest, although it was not until 1983 (thirty years after its first conquest) when Peruvian feet managed to crown the top of the majestic snow.

Within the legends that this great mountain hides and of all the lakes that are there, it is that this is the main origin from which the masculine energies are born that fertilize the sacred Pachamama land and that after a long time are lost in the waters of the Amazon to finally return to fill the glaciers and snowcapped in the form of a river of stars, also known as Willkamayu or the Milky Way.

The community closest to this snow is the community of Chillca, a town made up of shepherds of llamas and alpacas, this town is in charge of the guardianship of these amazing places, in addition, it is from this town that many expeditions leave, many of them are The well-known mountain walks that can be done after spending the night in small, but comfortable hostels or tambos.

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It is important to emphasize the importance that this snowfall presents in terms of religion, because each year on the northern side of this natural wonder the festival of Qoyllur Rit'i is celebrated, a Quechua word that translated into Spanish would be like the "snow of estrella ", a celebration that takes place days before the feast of Corpus Christi in Cusco; the Qoyllur Rit'i is an uphill pilgrimage festival, which takes place from the area known as Mahuallani to the Qoyllur Rit'i area where the Sinakara temple is located, where the figure of Jesus Christ Crucified is found; At present, this pilgrimage was included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Among the main attractions that can be seen within the Cusco - Ausangate route are the Checacupe Colonial Bridge, the Checacupe Temple, the Siwinaqocha Lagoon, the Ausangate Lagoon, the Ananiso Canyon, the Uchullucllo Thermal Baths, others.

After all the described, you can not miss the opportunity to reach this great mountain, especially if you visit Cusco, and after having known Machu Picchu, this is one of the best ways to finish your Tour, knowing the Ausangate Mountain.

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We recommend you carry the following implements:

  • Sleeping bag.
  • Trekking shoes
  • Backpack with necessary personal things
  • Pills against the soroche
  • Anti-myroid serum
  • Water purification tablets
  • Packaged water
  • Warm jacket
  • First aid kit
  • Trekking poles
  • Warm and thermal clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock
  • Caps or hats
  • Repellent
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