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Ausangate Trek (5 Days)

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Tour Details

Without a doubt, the 5 days Ausangate Trek is one of the best experiences you can have on your trip to Peru. Set high up in the Andes, this less trodden path offers a fantastic view of the sacred peak “Apu”. It is the highest peak in the region at 6,372 metres. It dominates the southern skyline of Cusco. Infact, it can be seen on a clear day pretty much from most part of the city. 

A true hidden gem in he Cusco region. This trek offers entrancing views right from the start till the end. You will be walking through turquoise lakes and glaciers. It takes you to some untouched wilderness. You will also be visiting many hot springs and different colored lakes.

Moreover, a part of the trek takes you through highland Andean farms. You will have the opportunity to witness the life of Andean people. The local people have preserved their age old traditions and customs. 

Ausangate 5 days Trek is truly a lifetime experience. It makes you feel so close to the nature than you have ever felt before.

It is not the easiest trek though. With most of the mountain passes ranging from 4700 metres to 5200 metres. Although, every effort that you put will be rewarded. This is one of the prettiest 5 day hikes in Cusco

As the trek involves many high passes. We highly recommend you to spend at-least 3 days in Cusco, acclimatising to avoid altitude sickness. While you are acclimatising you may choose to learn about Cusco on our Cusco City Tour or Visit the Sacred Valley of Incas

Best Time to Experience 5 days Ausangate Trek

As Ausangate Mountain is a part of Andes, it is prone to two seasons, Rainy season and Dry Season. It normally rains in Peruvian highlands from December to March. During monsoon, it gets slippery and the chances of landslide exists. It is best to hike from April to November, which is the dry season. 

Why Treks in Cusco?

At Treks in Cusco, we are passionate about high altitude treks and mountaineering. We work with an experienced team of local guides and crew who love what they do. On all high altitude treks, we carry oxygen cans to help our trekkers recover quickly if they have altitude sickness. We are making unforgettable experiences since 2005.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0500 AM

Price Includes

  • Pre-Trek briefing
  • Cusco Hotel Transfer
  • Round Trip Transport
  • Local Guide (English and Spanish speaking)
  • Tent with an extra capacity for added comfort
  • Mattress
  • Cook
  • Meals
  • Mules and Muleteers
  • An extra horse for emergency use
  • First aid kit
  • All entrance fees

Price Excludes

  • Breakfast in the first morning
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Travel Insurance

Ausangate Trek Packing List

  • 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
  • Sturdy hiking shoes with extra pairs of socks
  • 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.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Flashlight
  • Sun Block
  • Original Passport
  • Some Peruvian soles in cash
  • Snacks and Water Bottle

Day 1Cusco - Tinki (Tinqui) - Upis

We will pick you up from you hotel. Then we will drive for three hours to a village called Tinki in our private transport. It is an Andean village at 3800 metres. Tinki is the gateway to Ausangate. 

At Tinki, we will stop for lunch. Also, here we will be meeting our muleteers. So while you are relishing a local meal for lunch, we will organise your things. All set! After lunch, we will start a gradual hike up the hill. The first three hours of the trek is a wonderful introduction to the beautiful view of the Vilcaanota Mountain Range. 

We will be continuing the trek for two more hours to the Upis hot springs. It is at 4400 metres. It offers breath taking view of “Apu” and the valley below. Here we will camp for the night. 

  • Distance: 7 kilometres
  • Duration of Trek: 5 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude: 4400 metres/14435 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 3800 metres/12467 ft. 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea Time and Dinner.

Day 2Upis - Ausangate Q'ocha

You will be waking up to a nice view of the snow capped peaks. We will setup your breakfast. After breakfast, we will be hiking to our first mountain pass of the trek, Arapa Pass (4,850 metres). From here you will get a beautiful view of the valley.

After a short break, we will hike down to the valley. This will take about three and a half hours. On the way, we will be crossing a green coloured lake named, Puqa Q’ocha . We will continue till we will reach the stunning turquoise coloured lagoon, Hatun Puqa Q’ocha. Here we will stop for lunch. 

After lunch, we will climb to the second pass of the trek. Apacheta pass at 4900 metres. This offers a breathtaking view of the turquoise waters of Ausangate Q’ocha. It is a lake that flows on the foot hills of the the Mountain. The melting glaciers of the mountain feeds the lake. Here we will be camping for the night.

  • Distance: 11 kilometres
  • Duration of Trek: 7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude: 4900 metres/16076 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 4750 metres/15583 ft. 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea Time and Dinner.

Day 3Ausangate Q’ocha - Qampa

After a hearty breakfast, we will start the day with a full energy. We will be hiking up to Palomani Pass, the highest point of this 5 Days Ausangate Trek. Palomani pass is at 5200 metres. From here, we will descend to te valley. Here we will stop for lunch. 

After lunch, we will relax for some time with a sight of “Tres Picos” or three peaks. Then we will continue the trek through Pampa Jutunpata, a green valley. We will be trekking to Rio Q’ampa valley and onwards to Sorayapampa. We will be camping at Sorayapampa. 

  • Distance: 12 kilometres
  • Duration of Trek: 7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude: 5200 metres/17060 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 4641 metres/15226 ft. 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea Time and Dinner.

Day 4Sorayapampa - Pacchanta

After breakfast, we will start the trek by hiking through an Andean community of Q’ampa. We will be trekking to the last pass of the 5 Days Ausangate Trek, Q’ampa Pass at 5000 metres. The place is home to different lagoons. Each has different coloured water. We will stop for lunch at our lunch spot on the banks of Nina Parayoc. 

After lunch, we will continue hiking for few hours. On this segment of the trek we will be crossing many settings. You will get to see some Andean camelids (Llamas and Alpacas), along the way. We will then reach Pacchanta, a small village. It is home to natural hot springs. Take a dip in and rejuvenate yourself. 

We will be camping near the village for the night. There are also basic hostel rooms here, so if you wish to have a more comfort stay do let us know. 

  • Distance: 12 kilometres
  • Duration of Trek: 7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude: 5060 metres/16601 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 4360 metres/14304 ft. 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea Time and Dinner.

Day 5Pacchanta - Tinki - Cusco

Last day in Ausangate Peru. After a sound sleep, we will meet for breakfast. It will be then a three hours hike back to Tinki. The place where we started this trek. 

We will meet our private vehicle here for our dive back to Cusco. After three hours of driving, at around 0300 in the evening we will be reaching the city of Cusco. 

  • Distance: 7 kilometres
  • Duration of Trek: 3 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude: 4360 metres/14304 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 3800 metres/12467 ft. 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast.
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Eny Ramos

Solo Traveller

The company guide a day before explained me very well about the tour, was very attentive gave me his number to call if I had any questions or setbacks, the service was excellent.

March 10, 2020