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Ausangate Trek, 6d/5n

Trek Around Sacred Ausangate Mountain: Ausangate Trek 6d/5n

Without a doubt, this trek is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have in Peru’s southern Andes. Ausangate is the highest mountain and one of the most sacred in the Cusco region. Surrounding this spectacular mountain are a host of communities where centuries old traditions are alive and vibrant. The natural beauty of this area also includes natural hot springs located next to two campsites providing a great way to relax and unwind after a full day of trekking.



Cusco – Upis


After an early morning pick up from your hotel in Cusco we drive south on a paved road for about one hour to the market town of Urcos before heading east on a winding mountain road with rewarding views of the AusDespués de una mañana de principios de recogida desde su hotel en Cusco nos dirigimos hacia el sur por un camino pavimentado durante aproximadamente una hora a la ciudad comercial de Urcos, antes de dirigirse hacia el este por una sinuosa carretera de montaña con vistas gratificantes del glaciar Ausangate en la distancia. Pasamos por el pueblo de Ocongate y hacemos nuestro camino hasta el pueblo de Tinki antes de salir de la carretera principal para llegar al pintoresco pueblo de Lauramarca. Las áreas de la aldea y de los alrededores han estado criando alpacas y llamas desde la época colonial, así como tienen una reputación de tejidos y textiles de alta calidad.angate glacier in the distance. We pass through the town of Ocongate and make our way to the village of Tinki before departing from the main road to reach the picturesque village of Lauramarca. The village and surrounding areas have been raising alpacas and llamas since colonial times as well as have a reputation for high quality weavings and textiles.

Here you will be met by our crew and pack animals and after a light lunch begin a short, one hour, hike to the hot springs of Upis. As our crew works to set up camp you will be able to relax in the nearby hot springs and offer a spectacular view of snow covered Ausangate. Upon your return to the campsite dinner will be ready allowing you to eat well before retiring for the evening. Meals included: lunch, dinner

Upis – Pukaccocha


The second day of trekking is highlighted by passing through many small settlements where the locals are actively working the land and tending to the herds of alpacas, llamas and sheep. Although the trek is at a relatively high altitude (4,200 meters) the terrain is characterized by rolling hills dotted by numerous small lakes under the dominant presence of Ausangate. The days trekking ends at Pacchanta, where you can soak your body in a second set of hot springs while our staff prepares dinner. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Pukaccocha – Uchuy Finaya


The morning trek begins by ascending alongside a glacier for several hours. We then begin a descent near a crystal coloreds lake called Ausangatecocha before making the long and spectacular ascent to our highest pass: Palomani Pass at 16,600 feet. The long, distant views from the high pass are worth the effort, with fantastic views of Carabaya, Colquecruz (19,550′), Tres Picos (19,990′), and other snow-capped Vilcanota peaks. As we begin descending from the pass, we see the southeast side of the Ausangate glacier as we arrive in a high valley that is home to large herds of alpacas and llamas. We end our day’s journey at the community of Uchuy Finaya with its lovely pink stone houses and friendly families. We camp here at 14,500 feet. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Uchuy Finaya – Ninaparayoq


The day begins with a gradual ascent from Uchuy Finaya as we pass waterfalls and enter a high valley with large rock outcrops that are home to numerous vizcachas, a relative of the rabbit. After passing the small village of Jampa, we slowly climb until we reach the Jampa Pass at 16,400 feet, which features grand views of ice-clad peaks and glaciers with huge icefalls. As we descend from the pass, we enjoy views of the lake called Alkacocha, before making our way over to the spectacular lakes at Ninaparayoq, where we camp at 15,500 feet. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Ninaparayoq – Pacchanta


In the morning, we begin a gradual descent into the village of Pacchanta at 14,500 feet. Local weavers will come to show their llicllas, bags, and kaypina textiles they have for sale. There is a rural school here, and we have community hot springs close to camp. In the late afternoon, our crew will prepare a special pachamanka dinner to celebrate our last dinner at camp. Pachamanka is a traditional Quechua-style earthen oven with meat and vegetables cooked slowly underground by hot stones. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Pacchanta – Tinki – Cusco


Our last day on the trail starts with a small climb out of the Pacchanta Valley. Upon exiting the valley, we hike downhill for several hours enjoying the impressive views of Ausangate. Our journey ends when we reach the village of Tinki and are met by the vehicles that will take us back to Cusco. We arrive in Cusco in the late afternoon. Meals included: breakfast, lunch


Number of passengers 2 3 4 5
Ausangate Trek 6 days/5 nights 905.00 650.00 570.00 490.00

Prices are per person and in US dollars and are subject to change around holidays such as Easter, Christmas, New Year and other local festivities.

Price Includes:

• Accommodation in double tent
• Meals indicated
• Transfer Cusco-Lauramarca and Ollantaytambo-Cusco
• Support staff: Cook, assistants and mule skinners
• English speaking guides
• Dining tent with chairs and tables
• Comprehensive first-aid kid including oxygen bottles
• Toilet tent

Price Does Not Include:

• Meals not specified
• Sleeping bags (can be hired at an extra cost of USD 6.00 per day)
• Travel insurance
• Extras, tips and personal expenses