Though not well known as the renowned Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Ausangate Trek is a remarkable hike through the areas those are rarely visited in Southern Peru.

This picturesque trek runs through some of the prettiest places in the country. It goes through many high passes descending to classic Peruvian villages through alpine valleys. On the route, you will be rewarded with remarkable sights, notably herds of Andean camelids, vicuñas, alpacas and llamas, turquoise lakes and snow capped peaks. Ausangate Trek passes through Vinicunca – the iconic Rainbow Mountains of Cusco.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Cusco Hotel Transfer
WEAR Comfortable clothing, hat, hiking boots, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Transport from hotel in Cusco to Upis
Transport back to Cusco from Quesinouno town at the end of the trek
Four season tent
Camping equipment such as dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff
Mattress and pillow.
Entrance tickets
Bi-lingual certified trek leader. Our leaders are trained to administer oxygen and on first aid.
Meals: Breakfast (4), lunch (4), dinner (3) and snacks
A professional chef
Horses, and muleteers; horses carry your 7-kgs / 14-pound personal items
Emergency Horse to escort us during the trek
First-Aid Kit, Oxygen tank
NOT INCLUDED
Sleeping bags
Hiking poles
Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot Springs
Travel Insurance

How difficult is Ausangate Trek?

Ausangate Trek has many passes that are higher that 5,000 meters above sea level.

The Trek is categorised as “C”, meaning it is fairly longer. The trek requires an adequate amount of stamina and fitness. Many parts of the trek are quite steeper and the altitude would be constantly differing.

Day1

  We will pick you up from your hotel within the historic centre of Cusco at around 05:00 in the morning. Our journey to Upis would take about three hours. Upis is located at 3,800 meters above sea level. In Upis we will have a short briefing here as we will be meeting our muleteers here.  We will start our hike through the highland valley. A valley inhabited by herds of Andean camelids – Vicuña, alpacas and llamas. Hiking through the picturesque way, we will be reaching the hot springs of Upis (4199 meters). Upon our arrival, a freshly prepared lunch will be served. We will then setup our camp here. You can later take a dip in the hot springs (10 Soles to be paid at the entrance). You can also walk around to get a view of the sun setting over the highest mountain in Cusco – Ausangate. We will later meet for dinner.

Hiking Time: 5 Hours (approx.) | Hiking Distance 10 kms/6.21 miles

Day2

As you wake up we will serve you with a hot cup of coca tea followed by a nutritious breakfast to kick-start the day. We will start hiking up through winding path towards the first pass of the trek, Arapa (4,798 meters). From here, we will start descending to a plain next to Yana Qoca, a glacial lake.  We will stop here for lunch. After lunch, we will continue trekking through the highland plain towards our second night’s camp site, Puka Qocha. At night you will have a pristine sight of the Milky Way. All meals included.

Hiking Time: 7-8 Hours (approx.) | Hiking Distance 11 kms/6.83 miles.

Day3
Once you wake up, we will serve you with a healthy and adequate breakfast. We will start hiking towards the second pass (4998 meters) through a steep switch back trail. From here, you will have an awe-inspiring 360 degrees sights of the snow capped peaks and highland red valleys. We will then start our descend to the third camp site (4599 meters) enjoying the amazing views around. Once we arrive the campsite, a freshly cooked lunch will be served. You will then have the rest of the evening for yourself to relax and unwind while having a well-deserved rest. At night, we will meet for dinner. All meals Included.

Hiking Time: 4-5 Hours | Hiking Distance 7 kms/4.35 miles.

Day4

“Auqui

We will be trekking through some of the most scenic spots of Cusco region. After the breakfast, we will hike up the valley from where we will start to get sights of some seven coloured hills, no, those are not the Insta famous Rainbow mountains. After hiking for about an hour and half from here we will reach our next pass at 4598 meters from where you will have the first glimpse of the iconic Rainbow Mountains at a distance. We will continue with our down-hill hike through the uneven plain inhabited by local residents, and the Andean camelids.  We will be continuing with our hike till we reach the picturesque and the final stop of the trek – Rainbow Mountains. Upon reaching the summit, we will have enough time to get the most of this pristine place. Once you have throughly enjoyed the enchanting views from here, we will gradually start descending down the valley to our lunch spot. After having lunch, our muleteers and cooks will wind up their journey with us as we will start our drive back to Cusco city.

Hiking Time: 5-6 Hours | Hiking Distance 10 kms/6.21 miles.

Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
A daypack to carry your things.
Torch or headlamps.
Hiking sticks ( or you can rent one pair from us).
Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
Sturdy pair of hiking boots and a pair of flip-flops.
Sunblock and sunglasses.
Water bottle or canteen.
American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.

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