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AUSANGATE TREK 6 DAYS: A wonderful hiking around the highest mountain in Cusco

Experience the Ausanagte national park and visit the most beautiful mountains in the Andes of Peru

Ausangate Trek is an exciting route because it affords the classic view of the north and west side of Ausangate Mountain complimented by splendid views and the colorful remote villages, The Ausangate trek wanders through beautiful landscapes composed of snow-covered peaks, lakes, and green Andean vegetation. It crosses many passes and visits a classic high Andean village, Tinki, whose inhabitants lead a traditional way of life maintaining their ancient customs.

The Ausangate Trek is rated from moderate to difficult, but rewards the traveler with a sense of wonder and discovery that will not soon be forgotten. Ausangate trek is considered as the most exciting trekking tour in South America. Book now and enjoy the experience of the Ausangate trek which has been dubbed as the most spectacular peak in the Peruvian Andes. Avoid the crowds on this independent adventure and head off the beaten track; Ausangate Trek considered the most exciting trekking tour in South America; on Ausangate Trek , you’ll trek in the shadows of the impressive Ausangate Mountain, interact with its inhabitants.

Book now the Ausangate Trek and enjoy the experience of the mysterious Cusco city and trek through the Peruvian Andes; join us for this lifetime experience in a comfortable tour and with experienced guide.  

SIX DAYS TOUR

From Cusco to Cusco
$ 590 Per Person
  • Camping equipment
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide,..etc.

TRIP STYLE

Adventure Trekking

MAX. ALTITUDE

5,200 masl

ACCOMMODATION

Tents

DIFFICULTY

Moderate/ Challenge

IMPORTANT INFO – AUSANGATE TREK:

  • Duration: 6 days and 5 nights.
  • Starting Point: Cusco hotel.
  • Ending Point: Cusco hotel.
  • When to go: Best from April to October.
  • Altitude: 3,800 masl to 5,200 masl.
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging.
  • Day Temperature: 15 ºC to 25 ºC / Night temperature: 4ºC to -10º C.
  • Remark : 2-3 day acclimatization required.

Note: If you require assistance to purchase your air tickets from Lima to Cusco, we can assist you on this issue.

BRIEF ITINERARY

DAY 1: Tinki

We’ll leave Cusco at 09:30 a.m and visit Urcos Market, and then we’ll continue over Ccatca pass to Tinki.

DAY 2: Upis

Enjoy the Ausangate trek that passes through small communities where people still speak Inca language: Quechua.

DAY 3: Abra Arapa

Today’s trek will be through the shadows of the Ausangate Mountain.

DAY 4: Palomani Pass  5,200m

Observe the different colours of the lagoons that surround the Ausangate Mountain.

DAY 5: Phacchanta

Observe the wildlife of the Ausangate trek; we will see herd of llamas, alpacas the wild Vicuñas and Chinchillas Mountain.

DAY 6: Cusco

Two-hour trek observing the native agriculture until Tinki; then, we will take the bus to return to Cusco.

This six-day Ausangate Trek from Cusco to the highest mountain of the region visits the best national parks and Native Peruvian lands that the eastern of Cusco has to offer. Travel along the picturesque communities. «Ausangate» (20,940 feet / 6,371 masl) is the highest mountain of Cusco region. On a clear day, the peak is visible from Cusco city. The snow-capped peaks of this area are the second largest Peruvian glaciated system after the aptly named «Cordillera Blanca/White Mountain Range». During the Ausangate Trek we’ll use brand new camping equipment which will be transported by horses; you’ll hike with your small backpack carrying water and snacks and enjoying the marvelous scenery.

Peru offers you a wide range of very famous trekking programmes around the word for their beautiful landscape. Southeast of Cusco, the amazing Vilcanota mountain range includes a number of peaks of which Ausangate is the highest 6,371 masl. On a clear day, the peak is visible from Cusco. The snow-capped peaks of this area are the second largest Peruvian glaciated systems after the aptly named «Cordillera Blanca».

The Ausangate Trek offers travellers everything you want: spectacular mountain sceneries, snow-capped peaks, hot springs, turquoise lakes, glaciers, herds of llamas and alpacas, picturesque villages, and traditionally dressed Quechua people, Ausangate is considered as an «Apu», a holy mountain, traditionally a place of worship and offerings from pre-Inca times. This is a moderate to challenging trek.

FULL ITINERARY – AUSANGATE TREK 6 DAYS

DAY 1: CUSCO – SOUTHERN VALLEY – TINKI

Meals: L & D.
Accommodation: 2 people per tents.
Maximum Altitude: 4,200 masl.
Minimum Altitude: 3,400 masl.
Approximate travelling time: 6 – 7 hours.

DAY 2: TINKI (3,800 masl) – UPIS (4,430 masl)

After breakfast, we’ll leave Tinki trekking towards the south on a gentle gradient with a magnificent view of the snowcapped mountain of Ausangate. The surroundings which will border us are typical of Puna region, where Andean people raise llama and alpaca shepherd; the «ichu» (local wild grass) and the wind will be our companions. We will reach the Upis Pampa and set up our campsite with a spectacular view.

Meals: B, L & D.
Accommodation: 2 people per tents.
Maximum Altitude: 4,400 masl.
Minimum Altitude: 3,800 masl.
Distance Travelled: 10 Km.
Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 hours.

DAY 3: UPIS (4,430 masl) – «ABRA ARAPA» (4,800 masl) – HATUN – CACCOCHA (4,150 masl)

After breakfast, we’ll continue our trek gradually up to Arapa pass (4,800 masl) where we will be rewarded by magnificent views of the nature that combines the snow mountains, red coloured mountains and different coloured lakes; Just after the pass, we will stop for our lunch and then continue the Ausangate trek through this exceptional mountain scenery until Hatun Pucaccocha where we will set up our camp.

Meals: B, L & D.
Accommodation: 2 people per tents.
Maximum Altitude: 4,900 masl.
Minimum Altitude: 4,550 masl.
Distance Travelled: 17 Km.

DAY 4: HATUN PUCACCOCHA (4,150 masl) – PALOMANI PASS (5,200 masl) – PHINAYA (4,300 masl)

Following the trek in the morning, we will cross a small pass named Pucapunta pass (red colour mountain pass) from where we could enjoy Ausangate Lake; then, we’ll descend to the shores of this lake and later we will trek up toward the highest pass of «Abra Palomani» (5,200 masl). From here, our descent will take us 2 hours and 30min to the settlement of Huchuy Phinaya where we will camp, surrounded by an outstanding mountain scenery.

Meals: B, L & D.
Accommodation: 2 people per tents.
Maximum Altitude: 5,200 masl.
Minimum Altitude: 4,500 masl.
Distance Travelled: 16 Km.
Approximate Walking Time: 6 – 7 Hours.

DAY 5: PHINAYA (4,300 masl) – HAMPA PASS (5,000 masl) – PHACCHANTA (4,240 masl)

After breakfast, we’ll continue the Ausangate trek toward Hampa pass, and then descend through the ancient moraine and surrounded by different size of rocks which are the habitat for Chinchillas (Andean rabbit), also colourful lakes and many llamas and alpacas continuing the trek, we’ll arrive to Phacchanta camp where we’re gonna find natural thermal baths and you could go to relax the muscles after this long trek.

Meals: B, L & D.
Accommodation: 2 people per tents.
Maximum Altitude: 4,800 masl.
Minimum Altitude: 4,200 masl.
Distance Travelled: 19 Km.
Approximate Walking Time: 7-8 Hours.

DAY 6: PACCHANTA (4,240 masl) – TINKI (3,800 masl) – CUSCO (3,400 masl)

We’re gonna leave our campsite early and continue towards Tinki; 3 hour-hike downhill through a beautiful agricultural pasture where we will see native crops like potatoes, oxalis, beans, and quinoa. The trail descends, passing pastures and several communities of friendly people who will greet you in their native language, Quechua. At Tinki, the bus will be waiting for us to return to Cusco and transfer you to your hotel.

Meals: B.
Accommodation: 2 people per tents.
Maximum Altitude: 4,200 masl /16,285 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3,800 masl.
Distance Travelled: 12 Km
Approximate Walking Time: 3 hours.

Ausangate trek Include

  • All necessary things that you need for Ausangate trek:
  • Transportation: Private bus from Cusco to Tinki (starting point of Ausangate trek) and from Tinki to Cusco.
  • Guide: English-speaking guide (2 guides for groups over 8 people).
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, 5 afternoon teas; delicious meals prepared by professional chefs. Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, also hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude, we always offer a vegetarian option upon request, and we provide available boiled water each morning for your water bottles.
  • Chef and Chef Assistant.
  • Camping equipment: We provide four people capacity tent for two people, brand new four season tents, therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toiled tent, seats, tables, tent for guides and cooking gear.
  • Horses or llamas: For camping equipment, food and cooking gear as well to carry your personal items (7kg per person) in duffel bags that Sunrise provides.
  • Muleteers.
  • Others: First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle.

Excluded

  • Sleeping bag: Can be rented in our office for $30 USD for the entire trek.
  • Tips for the staff.

Payment details

For the 6-day Ausangate trek, we require a non-refundable trek deposit of $200 USD per person. The deposit can be sent by a WESTERN UNION or to our BANK ACCOUNT by money transfer. This is the fastest and most secure form of payment in Peru. The money transfer should be in the name of «SUNRISE PERU TREK TOUR OPERATOR E.I.R.L». Once you arrive in Cusco, you must pay the remaining balance in cash prior to beginning your tour. We accept both US Dollars and Peruvian Soles (local currency).

PRICE OF THE TOUR

Price: $640 USD  per group service
Minimum 2 passengers

PRIVATE AUSANGATE TREK:

2 people $830 USD each.
3 people $750 USD each.
4 people $670 USD each.
5 people $640 USD each.

Payment facts

We’ll require a non-refundable trek deposit of $250 USD per person. The deposit can be sent by a WESTERN UNION, by PAY PAY or to our BANK ACCOUNT by money transfer. This is the fastest and most secure form of payment in Peru.

The money transfer should be in the name of «SUNRISE PERU TREK TOUR OPERATOR E.I.R.L». Once you arrive in Cusco, you must pay the remaining balance in cash prior to beginning your tour. We accept both US Dollars and Peruvian Soles (local currency).

What you'll see when you hike Ausangate trek

Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain

The Map

Ausangate trek map