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Ausangate Trek To Machu Picchu 7 Days

7 Days and 6 Nights
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Spanish, English
Departure city: Cusco, Peru
Ends in the city: Cusco, Peru
Group Size: 12 PER GROUP
Availability: Daily Departures
Trip Styles: Hiking
Max Altitude: 5200 M. / 17060 FT.
Lodging Type: Camps & Hotel
Difficulty: Moderate

Ausangate Trek 7 Days Experience to Machu Picchu!

Ausangate Trek 7 days is a magnificent adventure to reach Machu Picchu in a very adventurous way through snowy mountains, colorful lakes, landscapes and Andean communities, Ausangate Trek is one of the dream hikes in Latin America. You are about to start an unforgettable adventure.

The Ausangate trek 7 days is without a doubt the best adventure that will take you to Machu Picchu through landscapes and snow-capped mountains that will leave you breathless. Ausangate mountain is surrounded by 20 colorful lakes and we can appreciate wild animals such as wild bicuñas, Andean foxes, chinchillas, the largest bird in the Andes called condor, Andean geese, among others. The most incredible thing about this hike is that we designed a new route where you can enjoy and see the rainbow mountain and the red valley, the view will be unforgettable because you will fully enjoy this adventure of dreams.


DAY 1Cusco ,Upis To Yanacocha Campsite

Visit places
Arapa Pass
Yanacocha Camp

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco from 4:30 to 5:00 AM. in our private bus then travel for 3 hours towards the south of Cusco to the community of Upis (4,200 m / 13,779 ft), on our way we will see picturesque villages and make stops to enjoy nature and take incredible pictures, once we arrive at the village of Upis we will meet our muleteers and horses, they will transport all the equipment for 5 days.

Then as we prepare for the trek our cook will prepare a delicious breakfast to enjoy overlooking the Ausangate mountain (6,372 m / 20,905 ft), surrounded by green valleys and rivers.

After breakfast we will start walking on a sloping path for 2 and a half hours to the village of UpisPampa where we will have lunch in front of the imposing Ausangate. Here we will be much closer to the (Sacred Mountain) Ausangate while having lunch we will enjoy magnificent views in the valley of Ausangate surrounded by mountains and hills.

We will then continue up a trail for 1.5 hours to the Arapa pass (4,850 m / 15,912 ft) where we will rest and enjoy the first magnificent views that will leave you impressed with its natural beauty, then continue walking on a flat trail to our campsite in Yanacocha (4,600 m / 15,091 ft) for 2 hours more.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Walking Distance:7.46 miles
  • Minimum Elevation:4,200 m/13,779 ft
  • Highest Elevation:4,850 m/15,912 ft
  • Campsite Elevation:4,600 m/15,091 ft

DAY 2Yana Qocha To Hananta Campsite

Visit places
Pucacocha Pass
Hananta Pass

Our staff will wake you up with a coca tea, to enjoy the magnificent views, and while we pack our things our cook will be preparing breakfast to enjoy in front of 3 beautiful lagoons.

After breakfast we will continue walking up a trail for 1 hour to the pass called Hananta (4,950 m / 16,240 ft), here we will have 30 minutes to rest and appreciate the magnificent views from the top of the valley and Ausangate and its 4 colorful lakes.

Then we will continue downhill for 1 hour until our camp in Hananta (4,740 m / 15,551 ft) where we will spend the night and have plenty of time to rest and explore, in this beautiful valley surrounded by alpacas and overlooking Ausangate.

If you have Energy we can continue to the rainbow mountain the hike takes approximately 2 hours, that is to say that we will be at 2 o’clock in the afternoon in the rainbow mountain (5,038 m / 16,528 ft )then we will return by the same path that we came, to our Hananta camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Walking Distance:7 km= 4 miles
  • Minimum Elevation:4,600 m/15,091 ft
  • Highest Elevation:4,950 m/16,240 ft
  • Campsite Elevation:4,740 m/15,551 ft

DAY 3Hananta ,Rainbow Mountain To Ausangate Qocha Campsite

Visit places
Hananta Pass
Rainbow Mountain
Red Valley
Ausangate Cocha Camp

Today we will get up very early at 3:30 AM to visit the rainbow mountain. We will have a delicious and nutritious breakfast to have Energies.

after breakfast we will start walking uphill for 1 hour to the pass called Warmiwañusca, we will rest for a moment, then we will continue downhill for 30 minutes passing by the Comercocha lake, and we will start a sloping path for 1 hour, to the rainbow mountain (5,038 m / 16,528 ft), here we will be at 5 in the morning that is to say that we will be alone with our group and we will enjoy the sunrise and the magnificent views of the 7 colored mineral formations, and in front of us we will see the red valley.

After exploring and enjoying the wonders of nature, we will return by the same road we came to our camp called Hananta for lunch.

Then we will continue on a flat trail for 2 hours with magnificent views of the green valleys full of alapacas and llamas, until our camp in Ausangatecocha (4,450 m / 14,599 ft)in this magnificent place we will spend the night right at the base of ausangate and 5 meters from our camp will be located Ausangate lake, and you can enjoy this beautiful lake drinking your coffee on the shore.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Walking Distance:15km/9 miles
  • Minimum Elevation:4,740 m/15,551 ft
  • Highest Elevation:5,068 m/16,627 ft
  • Campsite Elevation:4,450 m/14,599 ft

DAY 4Ausangate Qocha To Sorapata Campsite

Visit places
Ausangate Cocha
Palomani Pass
Sorapata Camp

Today in the morning you will wake us up with the sounds of birds and the roars of the glaciers that break off and fall into the lake.

as we enjoy our breakfast overlooking Ausangate, our Guide will go to explain and give you recommendations for our walk today. After breakfast we will start walking uphill for 1 hour and a half the highest pass of our circuit called Palomina (5,200 m / 17,060 ft), here we will rest 30 minutes to enjoy the magnificent views and then we will have a small offering to the Apu Ausangate this step is sacred and in the form of respect an offering is given.

Then we will continue a path down for 1 hour and arrive a beautiful valley full of alapacas, llamas, Andean Geese, Andean Ducks, Chinchillas, and Rock Forest, and walk along a sloping path for 1 hour and a half our camp in Sorapata (4,400 m / 14,435 ft). here we will spend the night overlooking another snowy one called Butterfly, 3 peaks, colquecruz, covered with glacier, this place is magnificent and rewarding amazing views.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Walking Distance: 14 km/8 miles
  • Minimum Elevation: 4,450 m/14,599 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 5,200 m/17,060 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 4,400 m/14,435 ft

DAY 5Sorapata To Pacchanta Campsite

Visit places
Azul Cocha Lake
Otorongo Lake
Pacchanta Camp

Today we will wake up with a coca tea, and get ready for the hike, enjoy a delicious breakfast with a magnificent view of snow-capped mountains and green valleys.

After breakfast we will continue the hike for 2 and a half hours to the Qampa pass (5,000 m / 16,404 ft), here we will rest for 30 minutes to enjoy the magnificent views, then we will descend downhill for 1 and a half hours to the town of Pacchanta (4,580 m / 15,026 ft), here we will have lunch and enjoy the hot springs.

Here we will spend the night in our private camp, with magnificent views of the small town of Pacchanta, a native and colorful village .

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Walking Distance: 14 km/8 miles
  • Minimum Elevation: 4,400 m/14,435 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 5,000 m/16,404 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 4,600 m/15,091 ft

DAY 6Pacchanta ,Ollantaytambo To Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Visit places
Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Today we will wake up with a cup of coffee and enjoy the beautiful sunrise, today our Private Bus will come to pick us up at our campsite in the meantime, we can enjoy the hot springs while our cook prepares breakfast.

After breakfast we will say goodbye to our Muleteer and our Cook, and then we will travel in our Private Bus back to Cusco and ollantaytambo to the train station.

We will board our train to the town of Machu Picchu, and at the train station in the town of Machu Picchu one of our Staff will be waiting for you and take you to your Hotel, you will have time to shower and change your clothes.

Then we will take you to our Restaurant for dinner and you will meet our guide and he will explain you everything about the next day to Machu Picchu.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Difficulty: Relaxed

DAY 7Machu Picchu -To Cusco Hotel

Visit places
Machu Picchu Pueblo
Machu Picchu
Train To Ollantaytambo
Cusco Hotel

Wake up will be 05:00 a.m. because we need to take the first bus to Machu Picchu citadel where you will watch the magical and majestic sun rise, while beautiful hummingbirds sing to welcome another day. After that, you will have a guided visit to the citadel of Machu Picchu (3 hours), following the guided tour you will have free time to visit and take pictures of Machu Picchu. At the conclusion of your visit to Machu Picchu you have to take the bus back to Aguas Calientes town, where you then have to take the train to Ollantaytambo where our transfer will be waiting to tack you back to your Cusco hotel.

  • Meals:  Breakfast
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Tour in Machu Picchu: 2-3 hours exploring
  • Machu Picchu Site Elevation: 2,430 m / 7,972 ft
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain Elevation: 2,720 m / 8,924 ft
  • Machu Picchu Mountain Elevation: 3,000 m / 9,843 ft
Trip Info
Packing List
Before You Go
High Quality Service & Safety
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Experienced Guide speaks English and Spanish
  • A professional cook only for our group
  • Motorola Talkabout Radio, for communication
  • Medical Kit – First Aid Kit
  • One duffle bag per person
  • Customer Service 24/7
  • Extra oxygen
Private Camping Equipment
  • We also include a large tent with table and chairs for you to enjoy your meal without worry-free, and all the cooking equipment, carried by our porters and horses
  • We also included a portable toilet
Permits & Entrance Tickets
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu Circuit (1 or 2)
  • Entrance ticket to Ausangate Trek
  • Entrance ticket to Rainbow Mountain
  • Private transportation from your hotel in Cusco to the start of the trek.
  • Horses, and muleteers horses carry your 8-kg / 16-pound personal items.
  • Private transportation from the end of the hike to Ollantaytambo train station
  • Day 6: train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Day 7: Bus ticket to Machu Picchu round trip
  • Day 7: Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Day 7: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, and 6 Dinners
  • Meals: vegetarian and vegan
  • Water to drink on the trail every day
  • Wake up tea, every morning
  • Tea Time or Happy Hour, every afternoon
  • Snacks on the trail daily
  • Products for hygiene
  • Personal Accommodation in Private Campsites
  • 4-Person, 4-season tents, destined for 2 travelers
  • 1 Polar sheet per person
  • Pillows throughout the tour
  • Rubber warmers, for the night
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Additional Included
  • Emergency horse to ride
  • PRO Air sleeping pad, Therma-Rest brand
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking stick
What Is Not Included?
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff
  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
  • Original Passport
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film with extra batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Daypack

Information Before leaving for the Ausangate Trek 7 Days

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 & Machu Pichu Trek in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.
Has another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line, and we will get back to you asap!

Briefing or informative meeting

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.

Duffel bag or canvas case

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.

Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

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.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

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.

Pick up of guests

Peru Hike 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.

Return to Cusco

Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!

  • In Machu Picchu you’ll board a bus that will take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to your arrival.
  • In Aguas Calientes you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo or Cusco. Your guide will give you the train tickets where the boarding time will be shown. Make sure you’re on the platform 30 minutes early. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes 2 hours.
  • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Peru Hike clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Plaza San Francisco, in Cusco. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Plaza San Francisco takes 2 hours.
  • In San Francisco, depending on your hotel’s location, we will take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel in Cusco.

Group tours

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

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.

Lost objects

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.

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Christian Hartl

Group Traveller

We liked this tour very much! Before booking we thought about the price and if we should do it on our own. But it was really, really worth it. We had such a good team with our guide Cecilio, the best cook Simion (for us vegetarians also) and the horseman! Also the equipment was very good. Although it was difficult at this time (Dec 22) because of the political situation, roadblocks and sometimes closed Machu Picchu, Franklin does his very best. So we had a really wonderful experience and recommend peruhike very much and this tour! 👏

28 December, 2022


Family Traveller

After completing the 5 day Ausengate Trek we decided to do the one day trek to Machu Picchu. Be prepared for a good 3 hours of uneven stair climbing with an additional 3-4 hours of trekking in the afternoon before reaching the Sun Gate. The end result is all worth it.
We passed one camp site on the way and I have to say I am very glad I was not camping along the trail.
I would highly recommend this option.

10 May, 2021
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