Ausangate day four & five: The last two days of the hike were tough too, this whole hike was hard. It consisted of long days, I walked more than 20k most days, and with the three passes and the high altitude it was often a slow process. The last pass got me more so that the others, and I was stopping every 20m to rest and catch my breath. The views would have been amazing on a sunny day, but the dramatic peaks shrouded in clouds still gave a dramatic result. Right before the pass the rain started, and followed me all the way into the small village of Pacchanta. I was exhausted when I reached the village, and when a kindly Peruvian asked me if I wanted a room in his lodge I didn’t hesitate to accept. I was keen to rest in a dry space and somewhere to dry my tent.
As I settled down onto the steps outside my room, waiting for my host to bring me a pot of tea and cook me dinner, the sun broke out from the skies. It was such a blissful moment, feeling the warmth, the peaks of Ausangate still towering in the horizon, knowing I was getting a full meal, and, most importantly, the hot springs that I would swim in after dinner.
It was almost dark by the time I slipped into the hot spring. The water was so hot it seemed to steep into my muscles. The cool night air was a nice contrast, and made it bearable to stay in the water for as long as I wanted. Stars were appearing, and only 20m away waited a dry bed. The next morning I only had 2.5h to hike along the dirt road to grab the bus back to Cuzco, where a shower and some new friends waited at the hostel.
It was a beautiful hike, with incomparable views. If you are looking for a challenge, and do not underestimate how tough it could be, this is a perfect hike. You should bring a gps and make sure that you’ve acclimatised well before heading out. For an easier time, it is definitely worth looking at going with a tour company, and this hike will often be cheaper that other things around Cuzco. It’s as spectacular as anything else I saw in Peru, and it is still very much off the tourist-radar. I would encourage anyone to come here, but know your abilities and come prepared for the weather and the altitude.
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