The ausangate trek, is one of our beautiful trekking programs that brings you by the most remote places in Peru. The trail leads by the knot of the Cordillera Vilcanota (an impressive range of mountains, where Ausangate “6,363m” a glacier mountain is located, most of the mountains here are above 6000m. This trail is mostly trekked by ice climbers, but it is also has a trail that is used by people who are not going to climb up the ice. The area is quiet interesting, has scenic landscape view, there are several glacier lakes, and it is the land of Llamas and Alpacas Sheepherders.
This trail highest point is at 5.200m which is one of the highest trekking trails in peru, there are many colorful mountains which with the glaciers are kind of another world. To trek the ausangate, you have to previously get adjusted to the altitude, the trek itself isn’t really hard, but the high elevation of the place is a challenge for people who are coming from sea level. We always bring emergency horses, first aid kit including Oxygen bottle and a team of expert guides, cooks and muleteers who make you ausangate trek very enjoyable.
Departures: Year around departures available in private service, but advised from April to October.
Day 01. Cusco – Upis: At 06 in the morning, our guide will meet you at your hotel then once everyone is ready, you will depart towards Tinki which is the start point. The road up to here is all asphalted and passes by some interesting villages such as Urcos, which has a little lake nearby, Ccatcca, a highland village and Ocongate. We will meet up with our local muleteers and have slight breakfast, then we will begin our hike towards ausangate mountains, this is going to be a gentle walk, we can see some villagers and kids saying hi along the way, then after about 02 hours, we will reach the place for lunch, from lunch we will reach a grassy meadow land named Upis, the train fantastic and offer the majestic ausangate mountain view. After about two more hours we will reach Upis camp ground, have our tea time at 17:00hrs, then we can have the opportunity to enjoy a natural hot spring water, then after relax we will dinner and spend the night at about 4350m.
(Trek Overview info: difficulty Medium, walking distance 8 km in about 6 hours).
Day 02. Upis – Ausangate Cocha: In the morning a hot tea will be offered in to the tents, then after some time to pack we’ll breakfast and depart towards the 1st summit named Arapa (4750 m), it is a hill below the ausangate mountain, and reddish color make special touch to the place, from here can see nice mountains and the trail lead by almost flat trail towards lagoons, our cook and muleteers who are very fast will be waiting for us to provide us lunch, it will be nearby yanacocha (black lake), it is kind of luxurious picnic lunch, then we continue our hike until we pass a clear water stream, small uphill trail will take us to a highland valley where will see a glacier lake named Hatun Pucacocha 4,500m “big red lake”, our campsite will be set nearby, we will enjoy a walk around the banks of this lake, have tea time and dinner then spend the night.
Info: Trek Difficulty: Medium. Distance 10km “6 miles” and 6 hours of walk.
Day 03: Hatun pucacocha – huchuy finaya: The 3rd day will challenge us with 02 summits, we will start by about 08 hours, after about 2 hours we can reach an small pass named Apacheta (4850 m – 15, 908 ft.), the hike up to here is very gentle, then a downhill trail take us to the banks of a lake named ausangate cocha, we will have early lunch, we may arrive before the cook, so we can have plenty of time to relax and take pictures, then after lunch we can climb up to summit the highest pass of our trek, it is the (Palomani pass 5180 m), then again walk the downhill trail. The scenery at this point is magnificent, we can see the Ausangate Mountain, red color mountains, lakes and valleys, there also some few llamas and alpacas sheepherders at every valley. We will descend for 2 hours, then reach the camp ground named huchuy finaya, and spend the night over 4.500m.
(Info: Difficulty Challenge. Distance: “6 miles” 10 km, walked in about Seven hours).
Day 04. Huchu finaya – Qomercocha: We’ll wake up with our wake tea offered by our team, then have nutritious breakfast, then we will take a trail by a glacier lake below the santa maria glacier, the lagoons in the ausangate trek are very clear and almost all of them has trout, that is also nice to see in the lakes, our trail leads us by an uphill trail, then gentle flat and downhill, it looks a large trail, then after 3.5 hours of walk we will arrive to the spot for the lunch at pampa cancha, then do a large but gentle trail to summit the second high pass named Qampa (5050 mt 16,564ft), it may takes up about 2.5 hours, the trail is just magnificent and hard to describe with words, from here we will descend by a gentle trail to the camp at Qomercocha “green lake”, the trail is nice and the lagoons along the way are nice portraits, we will spend the night under clear starts at a quiet location.
(Medium difficult. 14 km (8 miles average distance) in 8 hours.
Day 05. Qomer cocha to Pacchanta: We’ll have early breakfast, then walk the easy part of the ausangate trek, once we re-start walking, we can pass by glacier lakes and llamas fences, we can also see some villagers, some of them are weavers and found in tourism a business, they will bring to the trail their colorful textiles and offers us to buy. The trail goes all downhill we will shepherds, llamas along the trail and kids expecting candies, straw thatched houses provide the sense or medieval times. After almost 05 hours, we will end our day al pacchanta, we have lunch and have a long siesta. You can walk nearby the village, go the hot spring and or just read a book and enjoy the view of Ausangate Mountain. We will dinner at about 19:00 hours.
(Medium challenge trek, 10 km “6 miles” and 5 hours).
Day 06. Pacchanta – Tinki – Cusco: We sleep until about 06.30 then have breakfast, after nutritious breakfast we take the way back trail to Tinki. The trail is scenic, we will follow a truck road, we will pass a picturesque village, and arrive to tinki (it is the same point where we started the trek, by the time we end we have made a circuit) At tinki we will have our lunch, after lunch we catch our Transport back to Cusco, We will arrive at around 18:00 hours, the guide will bring you to your hotel where the fantastic ausangate trek, Classic Ausangate hike ends.
(Difficulty: Challenge. distance: 8 km “5 miles” in 3 hours)