Ausangate trek - Climbing the Ausangate mountain in Cusco, Peru


Ausangate Trek

Description

Ausangate Trek Nevado Ausangate, situated in the heart of the Vilcanota mountain range, is one of the tallest mountains in Peru with a height of 6,398m above sea level. It is considered by many the most beautiful mountain in this part of the Andes of Peru. Though 5 hours drive from the Cusco, its snowy massif is visible from many parts of the city.

The Ausangate Trek offers a true wilderness experience. Many call it the most challenging hike on offer in the Cusco region. The Ausangate Trek is a great hike for nature lovers, with lots of wildlife to be seen. The scenery is stunning, white snow capped peaks and bright blue and green lagoons are just some of the scenic highlights. There is also a cultural element to this trek, as it passes through several isolated Andean communities where the way of life has changed little since the reign of the Incas.

The Ausangate Trek is not as popular as the Inca Trail or the Salkantay Trek, but certainly a a great option for the more experienced hiker with special interested in nature and culture.

The popular Rainbow Mountain is part of the Ausangate Trek and it is on the foot of the Ausangate, where the Qoyllur R’iti Festival takes places.

The Ausangate Trek can be done in 4, 5, 6 Days or 7 Days, see below for detailed information on the more popular 6 and 7 Day alternative itineraries.

Itinerary

Itinerary: Ausangate Trek: 6 Days / 5 Nights

Day 1

We will pick you up from Cusco at 1pm and begin our drive to Tinke (3,900m), a small village where we will camp on our first night. On the way we'll see small villages where the traditional Andean way of life can still be seen.

Day 2

We will walk from Tinke to Upis in about 6 hours. During this trail we will visit the community of Upis. Upis is situated 4,400 meters above sea level and there live approximately 5 or 6 families. This day we walk very closely to the mountain Nevada Ausangate. At the end of the day we will have our campsite.

Day 3

We start our day with breakfast in Upis, before starting our ascent onto the first part of the mountain, the Arapa Pass at 4,850masl. After reaching this pass we lunch and begin the climb to the second pass, called Ausangate Pass (4,850m). We set up camp on the mountainside of Ausantgate at 4,650m. From here we will enjoy the amazing views of the mountain range and lakes surrounded by impressive rock formations

Day 4

Probably the hardest day of the trek; we climb to the highest pass, at 5,200m. From here we will see the most beautiful views of Ausangate and its snow-cap. That night we camp in Jampa at 4,700m.

Day 5

Today we climb to a different pass - Qampa, located at 5,100m. From this point we start descending, passing many beautiful lakes en-route, towards the Pacchanta community where we spend our last night. There are more thermal baths here where we can enjoy the evening. We also have a large "last supper" of typical Andean food to celebrate getting this far!

Day 6

After breakfast we continue 3 hours walking until Tinke once again, where we have lunch before heading back to Cusco.


Itinerary: Ausangate Trek: 7 Days / 6 Nights

Day 1 - 3:

See Itinerary Ausangate Trek 6 Days / 5 Nights

Day 4

Probably the hardest day of the trek; we climb to the highest pass, Palomani Pass, at 5,200m. From here we will see the most beautiful views of Ausangate and its snowcap. That night we camp at base camp, Aceropampa, at 4,500m.

Day 5

This is a day to enjoy both the scenery and the climb, as we hike up to a peak facing Ausangate to the South East (Huayrupunku), at a height of 5,450m. Breakfast is served before setting off and lunch on our return. Free afternoon.

Day 6

After an early breakfast we descend for one hour, before climbing up to Jampa Pass, at 5,100m. From this point we start descending, passing many beautiful lakes en-route, towards the Pacchanta community where we spend our last night. There are more thermal baths here where we can enjoy the evening. We also have a large "last supper" of typical Andean food to celebrate getting this far!

Day 7

After breakfast we continue 3 hours walking until Tinke once again, where we have lunch before heading back to Cusco.

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Practical Information

Leaving: please contact us for fixed departure dates
Transport: By bus
Price: Contact us
Others: Please note that all itineraries are subject to change

Bring With You
  • Back Pack
  • Sturdy Hiking shoes
  • Warm clothes
  • Rain jacket or a Poncho, waterproof trousers (especially for rainy season Nov-March)
  • Plastic bags to store your spare clothes
  • Sleeping Bag (can be rented with Dos Manos)
  • Flashlight and batteries, pocket knife, matches
  • Camera
  • Water Bottle (preferably metal so it is more heat-resistant)
  • Hat and / or beanie to protect you from the sun and the cold
  • High factor sun block & insect repellent
  • Toilet paper and personal toiletries
  • Some extra snacks
  • Towel
  • Swimsuit (recommend for the hot springs)
  • Personal medical kit
Included
  • Professional bilingual guide (English - Spanish)
  • Transport
  • Horses to carry the food, camping equipment and your personal belongings (max. 5 kg).
  • Double occupancy tents (all new equipment!) with foam mattresses
  • All meals, snacks and coffee/tea breaks (except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on the last day)
  • First Aid Kit with oxygen
  • Camping Equipment
  • Pre-departure orientation meeting
  • Radios for communication in case of emergencies
Not Included
  • Sleeping bag can be rented with Dos Manos
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and Dinner on the last day
  • Possibly the most important thing to consider: TIPS for porters, guides, cooks
Additional Options

Special Discounts apply on fixed departure dates - Click here to check special departure dates.



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