Here’s Why the Ausangate Trek Is Considered Challenging

Several alpacas and llamas in front of the Ausangate Mountain

Are you an adventurer looking for a new challenge to undertake? Then strap on your trekking gear because our Ausangate Trek awaits your enthusiasm! This notorious trek is going to push you both physically and mentally, but the rewards are unlike any other.

Without further ado, here are some reasons why the Ausangate Trek is known as one of the most difficult hiking experiences in the region and what you should do to prepare for it.

High Altitude

To begin with, the high-altitude climate of the Ausangate Trek provides a substantial challenge for novice trekkers. The journey reaches elevations of more than 14,000 feet (4,267 meters), and the quick ascent can cause altitude sickness. Trekkers may encounter symptoms such as shortness of breath, headaches, and weariness, making adequate acclimatization necessary.

Challenging Terrain

The Ausangate Trek’s rocky and hard terrain adds to the difficulties. Trekkers must contend with steep climbs and descents, rocky routes, and uneven terrain. The hike also includes traversing high mountain crossings, like the Palomani Pass at 16,404 feet (5,000 meters), which needs physical strength and endurance.

Remote and Isolated

Another reason for the trek’s difficulty is that it leads trekkers through isolated and lonely areas of the Andean mountains. Because there are no nearby settlements or modern services, hikers must be resilient and prepared to confront unexpected problems. Luckily our tour guides will be there to help you throughout this area, given how well they remember the routes.

Long Distances

The Ausangate Trek is a multi-day trek that covers significant miles. Trekkers must be prepared to walk for long periods each day, with certain portions lasting up to six to eight hours. This endurance level necessitates both physical stamina and mental fortitude.

How To Prepare

Despite its various difficulties, there are some ways you can prepare for this journey.

1. Acclimatize Beforehand

Before beginning the trek, we recommend that you prioritize acclimatization at high altitudes. To do this properly, spend a few days in Cusco, which has an elevation of 11,152 feet (3,399 meters), and helps ready your body for the higher altitudes encountered on the climb. Altitude sickness can be avoided by gradually increasing exposure to higher elevations.

The Ausangate Mountain is shown while covered in snow.

2. Stay Hydrated

In high-altitude conditions like you’d find on the Ausangate Trek, hydration is critical. To avoid dehydration and adjust to the thin air, hikers should consume plenty of fluids and hot drinks like tea. Carrying enough water and filling at mountain lodgings is critical for preserving energy and psychological health during trekking.

3. Limit Alcohol Consumption

While some celebratory drinks may be appealing, alcohol can increase altitude effects and dehydrate the body. To reduce the danger of altitude-related illnesses, trekkers should limit their alcohol consumption or avoid it entirely.

4. Consult a Physician

Before your journey, contact a healthcare expert, especially if sickness at high elevations is a worry. To avoid altitude sickness symptoms, doctors may prescribe drugs such as Diamox. Trekkers can also obtain vital drugs and medical assistance in Cusco.

While difficult, ourAusangate Trek provides adventurers with spectacular Andean vistas, one-of-a-kind cultural experiences, and a sense of success as they complete one of Peru’s outstanding hikes! Join our tour guides on a journey you’ll never forget by booking your tours today!

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