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AUSANGATE TREK 6-DAYS

Tour the highest and most sacred mountain in Southern Peru

Hike remote trails and camp near hot springs and turquoise lakes

Interact with local mountain villages

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Overview of 6 Days Ausangate Trek Tour:

Guiding Peru’s 6 days of Ausangate trek tour will take you to one of the most ancient spiritual paths of the Cusco Region. On this Ausangate trek tour, you will get an opportunity to trek the highest mountain in southern Peru (6384m), Apu Ausangate (the protective god of the Peruvian Andes). This mountain is still believed to be sacred by the local Queschua communities. Throughout our 6-day Ausangate trek tour, you will get a chance to witness some incredible views of the region’s mountains and valleys, as well as also have the opportunity to meet and observe the local communities and learn about their customs and traditions. This trekking tour can prove to be a challenging and adventurous trip for those who love a true outdoor adventure on trails that are seldom visited by other tourists.

Ausangate Trek Tour in Brief:

* Trek the spectacular sacred mountains
* Explore the mountain glaciers and lakes
* View the Andean wildlife – Condors, llamas, vicunas, alpaca
* Experience the spiritual ancient paths
* Natural mountain hot springs
* Proves to be a challenging adventure

Tour Price

  • Pricing: $775.00/person
  • Student (only with active green ISIC card): $750.00
  • 25% deposit required at time of booking

Ausangate Trek Tour
6 days Ausangate Trek Tour Package

Ausangate Trek Tour Details:

Guiding Peru’s Ausangate Trek Tour offers an unforgettable hiking experience, recommended for those who love high mountain trekking for an intense experience through a region still untouched from tourism. Our 6 Day Ausangate Trek’s route is considered one of the few treks in the world that gives our guests the opportunity to spot wild vicuñas in their natural habitat. This spectacular and challenging trip is for trekkers who wish for a true outdoor adventure by exploring the spectacular glacial vistas and solitude.   

*One day before the trek: Your guide will give you the brief details about the trekking trip in your hotel lobby. Time to be determined at the time of booking.

First day: Cusco – Tinqui – Upis

Meals: Lunch and dinner  
Highest Elevation: 4400m  
Walking Distance: 12 km  
Walking Time: 6-7 hours  
Level of Difficulty: Easy  
Deluxe camping

Your first day of the Ausangate Trek tour starts when Guiding Peru’s indigenous English/Spanish speaking guide picks you up at your hotel lobby at 5:00 am. We then board our private van to drive to the small village of Tinqui (“Full Harmony”-4000m). During the drive, we pass by traditional mountain villages, located between the mountains, and observe the breathtaking scenery and panoramic views of the Andes. On arrival at the site, we meet our team of porters and horseman who will assist us over the next several days. We begin our walk through farming communities and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains. Then our trek begins with a 3-hour hike through farming communities where we will enjoy our first lunch spot. After having lunch and taking a short rest, we will continue for another 2 hours through traditional villages where people still maintain their ancient Inca customs. We will then pass by the ecological landscape of Quinsapucyu and the mountain, Huarmisaya, prior to arriving at the campsite of Upis. Before dinner, you will get the opportunity to soak in the mystical hot springs and settle into our tents for the night.

Second Day: Upis – Pukacocha

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner  
Highest Elevation: 4958m  
Walking Distance: 12 km  
Walking Time: 6-7 hours  
Level of Difficulty: Challenging  
Deluxe camping

On the second day, your Ausangate Trek starts after having hot coffee or tea and a delicious chef-prepared hot breakfast. We begin to trek the high pass of Arapa (4958m) by climbing through the moss and lichen-covered broken rocks. After reaching the pass, we can see the Ausangate and the chain of mountains that are surrounding it and many condors that fill the skies. Here, we will take a break for lunch and rest before heading down to our campsite at the lagoon Pukacocha (4,510m) to enjoy the surrounding views of the mountain glaciers.

Third Day: Pukacocha – Huchuy Pinaya

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner  
Highest Elevation: 5200m  
Walking Distance: 13.5 km  
Walking Time: 6-7 hours  
Level of Difficulty: Challenging  
Deluxe camping

On the third day of your Ausangate trek tour, you will enjoy a hot breakfast at the campsite, then begin our ascent of 3 hours to our second pass called Apacheta (4855 m). This spectacular pass offers outstanding views of Ausangate. After taking rest and clicking some photos, we continue our trek by descending for another hour to reach our lunch spot near a lake called Ausangate Qocha (4680m). After having the lunch, we will begin our ascent for two hours to the trek the third mountain pass of Palomani (5,200m). From this site, we will quickly descend to our campsite at Huchuy Pinaya to see more clearly the Ausangate and the Cordillera Vilcanota.

Fourth day: Huchuy Pinaya – Jampa

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner  
Highest Elevation: 5150m  
Walking Distance: 10.5 km  
Walking Time: 6-7 hours  
Level of Difficulty: Challenging  
Deluxe camping

The fourth day of your Ausangate trek tour will start with breakfast at 7:00 am and then we will begin our ascent to the third Pass, which is the highest of our entire trip, called the Open Palomani (5200m). From this site, we then quickly descend for 2 hours through an area of llamas, alpacas and vicunas to reach the Pampacancha (4,500m) where we may witness the condors soaring. After having lunch, we will begin the last stretch of today’s hike by going back uphill until we reach the campsite in the Valley of Jampa (4,650m). Here our staff will be waiting for us with hot drinks and appetizers which will be a treat to enjoy before dinner. After dinner you can settle into your tents for the evening.

Fifth day: Jampa – Pacchanta

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner  
Highest Elevation: 4650m  
Walking Distance: 13km  
Walking Time: 6-7 hours  
Level of Difficulty: Easy-moderate  
Deluxe camping

On the fifth day of your Ausangate trek tour, you will have an early morning breakfast and then start a 1-hour hike until we reach the summit of the mountain! Once we reach the top, your guide will lead the group in asking for the mountain’s best wishes and safe travels. We then descend until we reach our lunch spot, after which the adventurous trek will continue to the village of Pacchanta (4,300m). At this site, a hot spring is located, which will prove to be one of the best spots to relax during the 5 days of trekking. This will also be our campsite, where you will enjoy the evening’s discussions with the guides and our chef’s farewell dinner celebration.

Sixth day: Pacchanta – Cusco

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and snacks  
Highest Elevation: 4500m  
Walking Distance: 7km  
Walking Time: 2-3 hours  
Level of Difficulty: Easy

The sixth day is the last day of your Ausangate trek tour, which begins with an early breakfast in order to enjoy our last day together. Compared to other days, today’s hike will be easy and at a relaxed pace to return back to the small village of Tinqui where we began our adventure. After this, early in the evening, you will return back to your Cusco Hotel.

When to Travel

  • High Season (June – August): Dry season in the Andean highlands. Best time for dry conditions for hiking in the Sacred Valley and on Inca Trail.
  • Shoulder Season (September-November and March-May): Occasional rainstorms Trails are less crowded, making for ideal visits with more solitude.
  • Low Season (December to February): Rainy season. Expect persistent daily rains.
  • The Inca Trail is closed in February for trail maintenance and campsite clean up.

Suggested Packing List

  • Original passport
  • Original ISIC international student card if applicable.
  • Daypack for personal items
  • Trekking Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, long sleeve tops, t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket, beanie)
  • Personal Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes, personal medications
  • Sun block
  • Head lamp or flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Two 1 litre water bottled or 2 litre water reservoir
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Bug repellent
  • Bathing suit for hot springs
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles

What’s Included in our Ausangate Trek Tour?

* Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
* Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel
* Professional Chef
* Meals as per itinerary
* Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
* Horse to transport up to 10kg of your personal gear
* Duffle bag for your personal gear
* Emergency horse
* Pick up and return from your Cusco hotel
* Hot water for washing
* Daily drinking water
* Four-person tent for every 2 people.
* Sleeping bag, deluxe air mattress, and pillow
* Kitchen tent
* Dining tent with tables and chairs
* Toilet tent
* Private hot water shower tent
* Oxygen bottle
* First aid kit
* Hot springs entry

Options:

* Travel insurance and tips  
* Solo fee-single tent ($50)