Classic Ausangate Trek
The return to the Apu Ausangate is one of the most interesting hiking trails around the world, since its natural beauty and mixture of its landscapes next to the local life that develops in this place makes it a very important natural destination in Cusco and Peru, accompany us for the next 5 days to explore part of their lagoons, enjoy their fauna and local people living grazing and processing textiles, surpass their own physical limits and conquer the highest steps of This region. We will learn more about Andean culture and its forms of life, its religion and its coexistence with its pachamama or mother earth. It will be 5 days around the highest snowfall of the region of Cusco, snowy that was considered protector of the capital of the Incas and source of water for the irrigation of its fields of culture.
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Type of Trek Adventure
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Max Group
- Hike in the Apu Ausangate
- Visit the lagoons
- Observe Vicuña Llamas Vizcachas
- Get in touch with locals
- Camp nights
- Duration: 5 days / 4 nigth
- Distance: 62km- 45miles
- Maximum elevation: 5150m.a.s.l
- Difficulty: challenging
Weather in the Andes can be unpredictable ranging from hot and sunny to rain, wind and cold. Hikers should be prepared with proper gear and be ready for variable weather conditions throughout the day. Small changes in the itinerary are a possibility as well as trip cancellations due to bad weather. We reserve the right to cancel a trip if we feel conditions are unsafe. If this happens you will be refunded your deposit in full (see full Terms & Conditions), however trips still go out when there is rain, snow or fog. Temperatures can range from 0 degrees celcius in the morning to 15 degrees celcius in the afternoon. The sun does get intense in the afternoon and we highly recommend bringing sun protection.
CUSCO – TINKI –UPIS
At 6 in the morning we will go to the community of tinki located about 100 km south of Cusco, after 3 hours in our transport and some stops to have some photos to the distance of the snowy Ausangate we will arrive at the beginning of the road where part of our personnel including the muleteers and horses will be waiting ready to organize part of our luggage to take to the next camp. Once ready we will start the first part of our trek that will be 9 kilometers in the first day considered relatively easy since we will not make any ascent that warrants a great physical effort this first section is ideal to adapt us to the level of height of the following days , in this section we will have the option to see quite close to many alpacas living freely in their natural habitat, after 4 hours approximately trek we will reach Upis (4100 masl) where we will spend the first night very close to the same snowy.
UPIS – AUSANGATE COCHA
Our second day will be demanding, after having a breakfast rich in protein to have energy in the climbs, we will make our first ascent of two hours until the first pass (Arapa 3750 masl) this first part is a progressive rise without much inclination, once at the top of the road we will have a general view of the whole geography that surrounds us and from there we will continue the journey between flat and lower parts to the sector of Puca Cocha for an average of 2 hours where we will have lunch waiting for us and enjoying the side view of the Apu Ausangate. Already in the afternoon we will continue the trek for 2 hours and we will ascend to the second pass (Chillca Apacheta 4850 masl). This part will be much more physically demanding because it is a much steeper road, but reaching the two step a feeling of tranquility to see us surrounded by mountains and snowy, after a short rest we will continue for another 2 hours of hiking until arriving at our camp in Ausangate Cocha (4700 masl)
AUSANGATE COCHA – ABRA PALOMANI - JAMPA PAMPA
Our third day will be full of spectacular views, as we will climb again to the highest point of our entire crossing, the so-called palomani pass is the highest point where we will arrive on our trek (5200 masl) and we will have the option to be as close to the snowy Ausangate, this first climb will last for 3 hours, once at the top we will have the view of both sides of the valley and from there you can see the low road that we will have to do for about 2 hours until the place of our lunch, and to finish the afternoon we will continue for 1 hour more of trek until the place of camping in Pampa Jampa where we will sleep with the view of the snowy 3 peaks.
JAMPA PAMPA – ABRA JAMPA – PACCHANTA
For this day we have approximately 6 hours of hiking, of which 2 hours will be in ascending until the pass Jampa and we will walk between the snowy Mariposa and three peaks and later we will descend until Pacchanta in a walk of 4 hours approximately, in this passage we will see the formation of some rivers due to snow melting. Already in Pacchanta after lunch you can spend the afternoon in the thermal baths of the place to relax your muscles after the walk.
PACCHANTA –TINKI – CUSCO
It is a 3 hours trek to the town of Tinki, a typical Andean village which you can explore before taking the bus to Cusco, arriving at approximately 5:00 pm.
Cusco is a department located in the south of the Peruvian territory, presents two well-defined seasons, rains and droughts, so the climate is a mixture of intense rains in the months of November to April and sunny days from May to October, temperatures with quite changing in the hilly part of the region, these being able to descend until -5 degrees in the zone of Ausangate during the months of June to July.
The capital of the department, Cusco is located at 3342 meters above sea level, is where the planes arrive and is the basis of all expeditions to Machu Picchu and all tourist sites. On the other hand Ausangate is the highest mountain in the department with 6372 meters above sea level and many of the camps we pass are located on the 4000 to 4850 meters above sea level, therefore a previous acclimation of about 2 or 3 days in the city is more than mandatory.
We start an expedition with a minimum of two participants and we do not exceed a number of more than 8 members. If you have a large group of friends that exceeds our limit, we make a special expedition where we send a second guide to better manage the group.
Our team is trained to complete the highest demands, all our walks merit a physical effort so the food is fundamental to continue our tours, if you have a special diet, We adapt to your needs and design a menu that meets your expectations.
There is no age limit, but we are very strict to demand a good physical condition for our walks. Ausangate for the same location is consider as a very difficult level hike so if you are looking for a pleasant moment, remember the best is that before your trip is prepared physically and mentally and this will help greatly during your vacation.
If you chose one of our walks that are more than 1 day, you will need a sleeping bag for the nights inside the tents, if you do not have one we can rent one that surrenders the comfort conditions for climate and geography of the place and we guarantee cleanliness and warranty.
Considered one of the most beautiful places to walk in Peru, AUSANGATE is considered as a walk from easy to very difficult depending on the number of days you choose in the expedition, we as operators seek to be sincere with our customers, remember that our priority is that you take a nice souvenir and not be a hardship during the days of trek therefore we recommend a lot of physical activity and a good acclimatization in Cusco before any expedition.
We take chemical baths with us for the convenience of our clients and they are installed in each camp where we arrive, we are very careful in handling this equipment with the intention of preserving our environment.
Our guides and all the personnel that accompanies in an expedition receive a payment for the days that passes in the way, the gratuities are not obligatory but they are part of a custom already generalized in South America, if you feel that the service was good and according to your needs a tip will be a good message for all our staff who will feel rewarded in that way.
- Briefing 1 or 2 nights before beginning the expedition
- Pick up from hotel
- Private transport
- All the foods
- Box lunch deluxe
- Local professional guide in English and Portuguese
- Hot water in the mornings and afternoons for personal hygiene
- Camping equipment (dining tent, bath tent, kitchen tent)
- Professional mountain tents (passengers)
- Sleeping’s and mattress
- Duffels bags for personal things
- Emergency horse
- Team of muleteers
- First aid kit
- Oxygen balloon
- Tips for staff (cooks guides, muleteers)
- Extras not specified in the itinerary
- Dinner on the last day
- A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek - prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco .
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
- Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping. * This is a particularly cold trek, you should make sure you have a lot of very warm clothes.