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Ausangate Trek

Trip Styles



5 Days / 4 Nights


5,200 MASL / 17,060 FT.

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Ausangate Trek 5 Days Details

Without a doubt the Ausangate Trek offers some of the most wonderful scenery in the whole of the Cusco area, with many birds and wildlife and also glaciers and high alpine lakes. Its also one of the most challenging in the region with three high passes over 5,000 metres/ 16000 feet. On a clear day, Apu Ausangate dominates Cusco’s southern skyline. As we draw closer to this massive massif (6,380 metres/ 20 926 feet) one becomes increasingly impressed and understands fully why the ancient Incas held this spectacular mountain in such high regard. During the whole Ausangate trek circuit we pass local villages where the people dress in their typical attire – the women in beautiful flatboard hats with trimmings – and llamas graze freely.

  • Accommodation:
    4 Days in Camping
  • Departures Day:
    Daily Departures.
  • Max People:
    12 people
  • Languages:
    English - Spanish
  • Starts:
    Pick up at Cusco: 4:30 AM
  • Ends:
    Drop-off at Cusco: 6:00 PM
Itinerary Ausangate Trek 5 Days


With Cusco behind us, we’ll go in a private car to the community of Upis through the South Valley. When we get there, we’ll have a nutritious breakfast that will give us the strength we need to start our hike. We’ll start slowly to, little by little, get used to the region’s altitude.

On our hike to the Upis Campsite, we’ll catch the first glance of the Ausangate glacier welcoming us to this beautiful place. After a few hours, we’ll get to the place where we’ll have lunch. After enjoying this delicious food prepared by our chef, we’ll rest a bit and then, in the afternoon, go out to explore the surroundings of the Huayna Ausangate Lagoon. We’ll finish the day with tea time and dinner and then be able to get to sleep.

  • Shuttle to Upis:
    5 hour by bus from Cusco
  • Hiking distance:
    10 Km. / 6.21 miles.
  • Hiking time:
    5 hours approximately.
  • Climate:
    Cold in the day and cold in the night.
  • Meals:
    Breakfast, Lunch.
  • Difficulty Levels:
    Moderate 3 of 5
  • Maximum Altitude:
    4,480 masl. / 16,076 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude:
    4,250 masl. / 14,698 ft.


After a restful night, we’ll have an energizing breakfast and leave on our hike, accompanied by the classic chill of the Andean sunrise. We’ll go up to the Arapa Pass (4,800 m / 15,748 f). We’ll hike slowly to save our energy and take in the surroundings, so it will take about two and a half hours. Once we’re at the peak, the horizon will open up, showing us picturesque, Andean landscapes.

We’ll continue moving forward then and, after an hour and a half, we’ll have lunch near the Yanacocha Lagoon. We’ll rest and then continue downhill. The mood will change as we get closer and closer to our campsite. After an hour, we’ll arrive near the Hatun Pucacocha Lagoon, where we’ll spend the night. If you still have energy, you can go to visit the nearby lagoon.

  • Hiking distance:
    11 Km. / 6.83 miles.
  • Hiking time:
    6 hours approximately.
  • Climate:
    Cold in the day and cold in the night.
  • Meals:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Difficulty Levels:
    Moderate 3 of 5
  • Maximum Altitude:
    4,800 masl. / 15,748 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude:
    4,400 masl. / 14,436 ft.


Today, we’ll go up two and a half hours to the Ausangate Pass (4,750 m / 15,584 f), known by natives as the Apacheta Pass. You’ll probably see the picturesque apachetas on the peak, stacked stone columns left by passers by as a way of showing respect to the mountain. After this amazing experience, we’ll hike down for an hour and a half to the Ausangate Cocha Lagoon to have a scrumptious lunch, accompanied by the spectacular views of an impressive canyon.

The best part of the trek has now arrived! We’ll start off toward our goal, the Palomani Pass (5,200 m / 17,060 f), the highest point on our journey. For the local inhabitants, this part of the mountains is especially important because it’s a place where you can recharge with positive energy. From here, you’ll be able to see other glaciers and high mountains: Santa Catalina or Mariposa (Butterfly), Ausangate and Jampa. After enjoying this outstanding scenic landscape, well descend to the small community of Huchuy Phinaya (4,700 m / 15,420 f) where you’ll get a close-up view at some of the townspeople’s customs and routines, for example taking their animals out to graze on the mountain’s fields.

After that, we’ll gradually go down to Sorapata, where our campsite will be set up. That night, after a pretty long day, we’ll enjoy a well-earned dinner together before getting to bed, excited for what’s coming tomorrow.

  • Hiking distance:
    12.5 Km. / 7.76 miles.
  • Hiking time:
    7 hours approximately.
  • Climate:
    Cold in the day and cold in the night.
  • Meals:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Difficulty Levels:
    Moderate 3 of 5
  • Maximum Altitude:
    5,200 masl. / 17,060 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude:
    4,400 masl. / 14,436 ft.


We’ll start off the day with a two-hour uphill hike to Huanopata. From the first step, we’ll enjoy the view of three peculiar peaks called the Tres Marias, or Three Marias. Next, we’ll continue to our destination – the Jampa Pass (5,070 m / 16,634 f) – on a trail filled with scenic wonders that will leave you breathless.

Then, we’ll be on our way to rest at our campsite. On the way, we’ll see the famous lakes of China Otorongo, Orco Otorongo and Qomer Cocha, respected in the spiritual world of the Andes for their mysticism. Here, we’ll stop for a moment to take part in a small offering ceremony of thanksgiving for the hospitality of the Pachamama (Mother Earth) on this beautiful mountain trail.

After spending time wrapped up in the scenic beauty of this place, we’ll continue on to Pacchanta to spend the night. There, you’ll be able to swim in its refreshing hot springs, and we’ll take advantage to relax our legs and muscles after a few difficult days of trekking. We’ll finish the day with a satisfying dinner.

  • Hiking distance:
    15 Km. / 9.32 miles.
  • Hiking time:
    7½ hours approximately.
  • Climate:
    Cold in the day and cold in the night.
  • Meals:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Difficulty Levels:
    Moderate 3 of 5
  • Maximum Altitude:
    5,070 masl. / 16,634 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude:
    4,100 masl. / 13,451 ft.


Today is the time to say goodbye to the trekking team that’s accompanied us on our journey. Without them, it would have been an overwhelming and impossible trek. We’ll have our last breakfast and then start today’s hike, which will last three hours and take us to the community of Tinke. After spending a bit of time in this picturesque town, we’ll try to strike up a conversation with the townspeople and interact with them, learning about their way of life.

Finally, we’ll say goodbye to the team after lunch and then take one last look at the surrounding landscape, storing all of these pleasurable moments away in our hearts. Our private car will be waiting to take us back to Cusco.

  • Hiking distance:
    7 Km. / 4.34 miles.
  • Hiking time:
    3 hours approximately.
  • Climate:
    Cold in the day and cold in the night.
  • Meals:
    Breakfast, Lunch.
  • Difficulty Levels:
    Easy 2 of 5
  • Maximum Altitude:
    4,100 masl. / 13,451 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude:
    3,800 masl. / 12,467 ft.
Includes Ausangate Trek 5 Days
  • Pre-departure briefing.
  • Pick up at your hotel.
  • Professional bilingual guide (English / Spanish).
  • Private transportation from Cusco – Upis – Cusco.
  • Camping equipment: tents, inflatable mattresses, dining tent, kitchen; tables, chairs, tablecloths.
  • Profesional Cook.
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including muleteers.
  • Meals (4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no additional cost.
  • Snack for the days of walking.
  • water for the walks.
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • Biodegradable dishwashing detergents used by kitchen staff.
  • First aid kit and oxygen cylinder.
Not Included:
  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Dinner on the last day.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Extra Drinks
  • tips
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
  • 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.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
  • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
  • Binoculars (if you have them)
Map Ausangate Trek 5 Days

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