Ausangate Trek

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In Summary

Go do a trek around the Apu Ansangate, highest summit of the region of Cusco!  A sustained trek, but whose stages spread over 5 days are short and therefore accessible. From the green valley to the arid steppes, this itinerary will give you the chance to discover extremely varied landscapes. A guaranteed change of scenery!

The strong points of the trip  « Ausangate Trek »

  • A trek in a high mountain atmosphere
  • Splendid and varied landscapes
  • Accessible to every well acclimatized sportsman



DAY 1: CUSCO (3350 M) - TINQUI (3900 M) - UPIS (4380 M)

Transfer in the morning to Tinqui. On the way, you will make a stop at Urcos, capital of the Vilcanota region. You will then take the road to Ocongate and pass the Pilluyo col, from where you will see the Apu Ausangate. At Tinqui, you will meet your team of mule-drivers who will load the equipment. You trek can begin! After about a 4.5 hour walk, camp will be set at the foot of the Ausangate (6378m), in the Upis hamlet. You will have the possibility to swim in the hot springs and view the sunset behind the summit.

4.5 hours of walk, +480m of height difference


DAY 2: UPIS (4380 M) – PUCACOCHA (4585 M)

You will wake up facing the lord of the Peruvian mountains. After breakfast, you go to the Arapa pass (4700m), using a path on the eastern side of the Ausangate. On the other side, the scenery is extremely different: a moon-shaped colorful valley with an unobstructed view of the Sorimani and Tucusari summits. You will continue walking on a path on the side of the mountain, going by several lakes. You will arrive at Hatun Pucacocha, the “big red lake” facing the Ausangate. Camp is set for the night.

5.5 hours of walk, +420m / -225 m of height difference



This day is physical because you will cross several high passes: first of all, the Apacheta (4860m), where you will make a stop to have lunch facing the entire mountain range. Then, you will descend to the Ausangatecocha lake (4650m), with its turquoise-blue waters rich in trout. After this, you will continue to the second pass called the Palomani col (5190m), highest point of the itinerary. Here, you will discover exceptional landscapes composed of mountains and lakes, with a 360º view. After some rest, you will go back down to to the campsite of the Ausangate (4600m). In front of you, you will gradually discover the plunging Chilca Finaya valley. Here, you will set camp, in the middle of herds of alpacas, llamas and sheep in a landscape of unique beauty.

5.5 hours of walk, + 715m / -  700m of height difference



You will leave the valley and put your back to the Ausangate. With the first rays of sunlight, you will discover the Chilca Finaya village with its herds of sheep, alpacas and horses. On this day, you will take on the southern part of the route, going back up the valley following the river, where you can see populations of viscachas. You will soon reach the last pass of this itinerary, the Paso Campa (5090m). The view of the mountain range is unobstructed. You will head back down towards Pacchanta where you will spend the night. Possibility to relax in the hot springs.

5.5 hours of walk, +500m / - 775m of height difference


DAY 5: PACCHANTA (4315 M) - TINQUI (3900 M) - CUSCO (3350 M)

You will begin the last stage of the trek, which will quickly take you back to Tinqui, from where our private bus will transferred you back to Cusco. Arrival in Cusco late afternoon and check in to hotel.

2.5 hours of walk, -415m of height difference





- Ground transports

- The guide, mule-drivers and cook

- The trek logistics (tents, equipment, etc.)

- The meals during the trek



- Accommodation on the 5th day

- Drinks

- Tips (2 USD/day/person for the guide and 1 USD/day/person for the carriers, mule-drivers, chefs)

- Insurance

- Personal trekking equipment (sleeping bag, shoes, trekking poles)

- Individual expenses

- The entrances to the hot springs of Upis and Pacchanta (2 USD / person)



The trip will be escorted by a Peruvian private English speaking guide.



In Peru, the hotel standards are different to what you may be accustomed to. Here are a few useful details on every type of accommodation:

-              Camping: thanks to the perfect organization of our cook(s) and mule-driver(s), you will be able to truly rest after a good day’s walk, do not worry! We have at your disposal a kitchen tent, a dining tent and a toilet tent. For two people, we will provide a 3 men tent for more comfort. We will also provide a comfortable mattress and a basin of hot water at the beginning and end of the day for your personal toilet. And of course, we will prepare full and hot meals!



During the trek, you will be given cold meals for lunch and hot meals for dinner.



Your transfers will take place in private transport up to your point of departure and to come back to Cusco.