Although it’s still little known, the Ausangate Trek is one of Cusco’s best options for trekking lovers. It’s a journey through the slopes of the most important sacred mountain south of Cusco: the Apu Ausangate (6,372 masl/ 20,900 fasl). You’ll visit remote Andean towns, enjoy relaxing thermal baths and photograph the turquoise glow of beautiful crystalline lagoons. If you’re passionate about mountain hiking and are looking for an intense experience in remote areas, this package is perfect for you.
Apu Ausangate is the most sacred mountain deity in the Cusco region, deserving much respect, reverence, and pilgrimages and offerings. It stands majestically at 6,372 meters (20,905 ft) and is Peru’s second-highest peak. This hike takes you over mountain passes, incredible mountain scenery, remote Andean villages, hot springs, and turquoise lakes.This unforgettable hike is recommended for mountain trekking lovers searching for an intense experience in remote areas and wild nature.
Your journey through the stunning Andean landscapes begins today when we pick you up very early from your accommodation at 5 am. We’ll travel in our private vehicle to the town of Ocongate (3,500 m / 11,482 ft). On the way, we’ll be able to see picturesque villages and beautiful lagoons along the Vilcanota Valley out the window.
We’ll continue to Tinke, where you can make any last-minute purchases before reaching the community of Upis (4,250 m / 13,944 ft), the starting point of our trek. We’ll enjoy a tasty breakfast here and meet the team of cooks and horsemen who’ll join us on our adventure.
Our first day begins on a plain-looking directly at the immense Ausangate glacier (6,372 m / 20,905 ft). As we walk, we’ll meet local people adorned in beautifully colorful traditional clothes. You’ll also spot lots of herds of llamas and alpacas.
We’ll arrive at the thermal baths of Upis (4,400 m / 14,436 ft) to enjoy our first spectacular lunch prepared by our talented chef. Our camp will also be set up here, right in front of Ausangate Mountain.
In the afternoon, we’ll walk to Huayna Ausangate lake and enjoy a stunning sunset that’ll cast its pretty light on the snows of the glaciers around us. In the evening, it’ll be time for a tasty dinner and our first night in the mountains.
We’ll wake up early and savor a delicious breakfast in the middle of the cold, high mountains and then begin walking for about two and a half hours through a beautiful, picturesque Andean valley towards the Arapa pass (4,800 m / 15,748 ft). The spectacular Ausangate glacier will be by our side the whole way.
From the top of the pass, the beauty of the landscape multiplies, and you’ll be blown away by the natural beauty of this part of the world. You’ll be able to observe the sheer size of the mountain range and if you’re lucky, the solemn flight of the condor—the largest flying bird in the world. Our guide will explain a little more about the impressive local flora and fauna as you hike this stretch to help you know more about the area you’re walking through.
Then, we will begin a descent to the beautiful crystalline Yanacocha lagoon (black lagoon); afterward, we will follow the trail for another hour until we reach Hatun Pucacocha to appreciate the scenery and enjoy its glistening waters against the snow-capped mountains.
Later, we will explore the surrounding lagoons and relax with a delicious mate. In the evening, a nutritious dinner will be waiting for you to finally head to your campsite to rest and regain your energy.
Just like every other morning, you’ll get a fantastic boost of energy to start the day, thanks to a delicious breakfast. Today’s hike begins ascending for two and a half hours to the Ausangate Pass (4,750 m / 15,584 ft). From there, the immensity of the mountains will definitely surpass all your expectations.
We’ll continue the route downhill for an hour to the Ausangatecocha lagoon. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy your lunch in the middle of an immense landscape—not a bad way to spend your lunch break!
Later, we’ll ascend for around two hours until we reach the Palomani pass (5,200 m / 17,060 ft), the highest point of the entire route. After a short rest and enjoying some more astounding views, we’ll walk for another hour and a half until we reach the small community of Huchuy Phinaya (4,650 m / 15,256 ft).
We have a lot of respect and consideration for the people of Huchuy Phinaya, who maintain ancient traditions to this day. Learn from them and their admirable lifestyle in complete connection with Mother Nature (Pachamama) and how they respect and live in harmony with her.
Today was the most challenging day, but it was worth it for a real connection with the Andes and Mother Earth. We’ll have a gentle ascend of 2 hours to Sorapata, where our camp will be ready and waiting for your arrival. After a delicious dinner, a peaceful night’s rest awaits.
After another delicious and revitalizing breakfast, we’ll begin our uphill walk over two and a half hours toward Jampa pass.
We’ll cross the Jampa pass (5,070 m / 16,634 ft) from where you can appreciate the detail of several snow-covered mountains. Remember to always have your camera handy. Then we’ll begin our descent for around three hours to our lunch spot at our campsite in Pacchanta. On the way, we’ll connect to the trail of the classical tour of seven lakes.
Next to one of the beautiful and mystical lakes of the place (Qomercocha, Orco Otorongo, or China Otorongo), we’ll have the option to perform a small ceremony on gratitude to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the surrounding mountains, especially the great Ausangate glacier who’s watched us the entire route.
After our lunch, we’ll have the afternoon free and get the opportunity to revitalize and heal our tired bodies in medicinal hot springs.
We’ll finish the day satisfying our taste buds and hungry bodies with another delicious dinner. You really will be astounded by the delicacies our talented chef conjures up in the mountains.
The final day is here, and your epic adventure comes to a close today—but not before an optional last visit to the hot springs and a fantastic day on the trail.
After our last breakfast, we’ll start a three-hour walk to the community of Tinke (3,800 m / 12,467ft). On the way, we’ll visit an Andean family’s home to learn about several traditions that have been kept alive for generations in the middle of the mountains.
Once in Tinke, we’ll have lunch and say goodbye to the entire trekking support team. At the end of this stretch, our private transport will be waiting to take us back to the city of Cusco. Enjoy looking out the window at the mountains and lagoons during this final drive. We’ll drop you off at the door of your accommodation around 6:00 pm.
We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about Ausangate Trek in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.
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All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the (Peru Hike) offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.
ou’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and will deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm / 2 ft. Long x 36 cm / 1 ft. Wide.
A maximum of 5 kg is allowed for each duffel bag that includes the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes and other personal items.
The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.
It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.
Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.
Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.
Peru Hike Company can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.
Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.
Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.
You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.
Every (Peru Hike) camping tour includes a spacious four-person tent that’ll be shared by only two people so you can spread out a bit. These are Eureka Timberline’s all-season tents. Our rentals are top of the line: Black Diamond Adjustable Walking Sticks and Thermarest Luxury Air Matts. Sleeping Bags rented from us are mummy-style down bags and rated for 15C and liners are always included.
Every (Peru Hike) trek includes a chef trained in culinary school. They have learned the skills of mountain cooking which will amaze you. You’ll enjoy a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner served hot. We also include Happy Hour with snacks and some hot tea before dinner. The key to feeling good on a trek like this is eating well and staying hydrated.
Meals are all served family-style with large plates for everyone to take what they like. And all food restrictions are honored. No matter if you are vegetarian or gluten-free you’ll always be well fed.
(Peru Hike) will provide water at every meal. We will boil, filter, and cool all water before distributing it to our clients to ensure that it’s safe for drinking. Because of this process you need to provide water for yourself the first morning of your trek. We won’t have a chance to get you clean water until lunch on Day 1.
Always begin your hike with 2-3 liters of water so make sure you have a large enough water bottle or camelback to store this.
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My wife and I hiked Ausangate last month for 5 days. We did it very happy with www.peruhike.com it was truly an unforgettable experience.