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Ausangate Trek Full Information

Ausangate Trek This year’s Ultimate Information

Ausangate Trek plus Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley is a new route located south of Cusco. This circuit has a distance of 70 kilometers with high passes of 5200m. Ausangate has the most beautiful landscapes of the Peruvian Andes surrounded by more than 20 colorful lakes and hills where herds of alpacas among other wild animals abound, this adventure was designed by (Peru Hike) to fully see a hidden landscape at the base of the snowy Ausangate, a new route to enjoy unforgettable views and landscapes.

Ausangate trek overview

The highest peak: Ausangate has a height of (6372m/20905ft)

Total Distance: 70km

Activities: Hot springs, hike in the mountains, Adventure

Highest point: Palomani Pass (5200m/17060ft)

How many days Minimum: Ausangate plus Rainbow Mountain 5 Days

Starts at: Upis (4200m/13779ft), Ends at Pacchanta (4600m/15091ft)

Private Camps: located at a height of 4800m

Landscape: Inhabited by llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, Andean geese, Chinchillas

 

Best time to hike on Ausangate Mountain?

Ausangate Mountain

Sunny months

The best times or the best month with enough sun to do trekking in Ausangate are from March to December, these moments are very sunny perfect to see the Ausangate mountain and the colorful lakes are also usually the perfect starry nights for lovers of constellations, since you can see the stars completely and clearly.

Month with a lot of snow and rain.

Ausangate trek It also tends to have times with a lot of snow and rain and quite cold at night, from January to February they are quite rainy times and mountains covered with snow. In these months we cannot see the colorful landscape, it is only possible to see a lot of snow. Perfect for people who love snow and who want to experience a new adventure in the high mountains.

 

I need to know about the Hike

It is a trek at high altitude, a good acclimatization is
essential. Perhaps the best thing would be to acclimatize 2 days in the city of Cusco to do a tour.
Drinking enough water is important when walking in large
height.
There are many streams and rivers on the route, but we recommend bringing
a Lifestraw bottle or tablets to purify the water due
because there are many alpacas that walk through the mountains,
you cannot tell how clean the water is. Nothing can be
worse than getting sick at high altitude or having a bad stomach.

Cell phone reception is very limited / does not exist.

You will be away from the big crowds and you will not see people, the only thing you will see will be great landscapes and many of alpacas or Andean towns of 1 or 2 people.

 

How do we classify Ausangate Trek?

Ausangate Trekking

The hike is very difficult for beginners who have never trekked before in their life. For people who have already trekked earlier, it will be easy to walk, since it takes enough energy and physicality for this walk. The trail is designed at a height of (4200m/13779ft) to (5200m/17060ft), it will be difficult to acclimatize, since at high altitude oxygen is much more difficult to breathe.
Ausangate Trek has one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Peruvian Andes, it is a hidden gem with snowy mountains and 20 colorful lakes, this beautiful circuit is designed to see everything one wants, since it has a wide range of visibility.

 

Guided tour or independent Hike

Ausangate is considered the most difficult and one of the
most beautiful walks in the region. If you are a novice in
hikes at high altitude. We strongly recommend that you hire the company (Peru Hike) and allow them to organize everything and
have a guide through the route. If you are a hiker
experienced, you have hiked at high altitude before and you
you have acclimatized properly, go on your own. Are here
our Pros and cons for an independent walk and
guided.

Independent hike:

Pros

It’s much cheaper
You are very flexible with distances and times; it starts and
end when you want, where you want, etc.
It is a real adventure that you plan on your own.

Cons

You have to carry all your equipment and food.
You can count only on yourself, there is no backup.
It’s not always fun to pitch a tent and set up

Guided Hike

Pros

It’s less stressful, there’s no planning or preparation
involved, just find a good reliable company and
they will take care of everything.
The walk is easier, just carry your backpack, the rest is
transported by horses.
If you travel alone, it is more fun to walk in a group than to walk
only in the mountains (not for everyone).
Some of the money you spend goes to the local community; guides,
cook, muleteer.

 

Ausangate Trek Cost

The normal cost in many agencies is $ 550 to $ 700 per person, the service is group of 10 to 12 people.
Peru Hike has the best costs in the Ausangate Trek tourist market including Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley costs $ 450 per person in a private or group group. If there are more than 4 people, the cost will drop more than $ 300 per person.

It includes:

  • Emergency horse to escort us during the trek.
  • Sleeping bag
  • trekking stick
  • Extra oxygen
  • First Aid kit
  • One foamy sleeping pad per person
  • Inflatable Mattress
  • Tea time = Happy Hour: Every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the cooks will let on the dining table pop-corn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
  • Private transportation from your hotel to Upis.
  • Private transportation back to hotel from Pacchanta
  • Camping Equipment 4 season tent in Black Diamond or North Face Summit Series brand (04 people tent for 02 people)
  • Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
  • Air sleeping pads (Therma-Rest brand) come with pillows.
  • Entrance tickets to the park and camping site fees.
  • Trek Leader.
  • Meals: Breakfast (5), lunch (5), dinner (4),  snacks (5) with option for vegetarians, gluten free, lactose free.
  • A professional chef.
  • Horses, and muleteers; horses carry your 8-kg / 16-pound personal items.
  • Duffel bags where to put the personal items.
  • Oxygen tank and first aid-kits.
1 Response
  1. Excellent blog very good and clear information. We travel a group of students from Germany, 15 people and we will surely be in Peru as we would like to travel to Ausangate, I see that the best option would be to travel with an agency. Ask more than 15 companies the price and I decided to book with https://www.peruhike.com it is the fairest with good recommendations.

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