AUSANGATE TREK PERU – AUSANGATE TOUR
The Ausangate Trek is a 70km hike designed for a smoother and quieter hike compared with others in the Peruvian Andes. This extraordinary hike offers stunning views including that of the iconic snowy mountains of the Vilcanota Range.
Are you an experienced trekker looking for your next challenge? Or are you looking for an exhilarating adventure that promises spell-binding natural sights? Then you must check out our Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek.
Planned to let you indulge in absolute serenity and have an incredible experience of the Peruvian Andes, our scenic 4-dayAusangate Trekis accompanied by an English-speaking local mountaineering expert. We have also designed theAusangate Tour to take you off the touristic crowd and relish a memorable and smoother hike in the Andes.
At 6384m/20956 ft. Ausangate Mountain is the highest peak in the region and is considered a sacred deityto the local communities living in the area. Every year,locals embark on atrek up the Ausangate, often referred to as a pilgrimage called Qoyllurit’I.
This pilgrimage is offered in honor of Lord Qoyllurit’I’s, representing a collision of different Andean communities and traditions melding together, binding culturesand practices in new ways. It includes day-long processions that involvemusic, worship, and, most prominently, traditional dances, all of which you can experience should you plan your visits accordingly.
Although not as popular as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, our Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trekis one of the most beautiful hikes in Peru, offering stunning views at every turn, the likes of which you won’t have ever witnessed before. From views of snow-capped peaks and highland turquoise lakes greeting you at every turn, you’ll encounter hidden gems all along the route.
So, book your travels to this magnificent site with our Ausangate trekking company and enjoy its spellbinding views as you travel all the way to the top!
Why hike Ausangate Trek Peru with us?
As one of the handfuls of local Ausangate tour operating companies, we have exclusive campsites designed to offer you extreme comfort after exhilarating full-day hiking. All our campsites are located in scenic settings.
Each of our campsites is exclusive to our guests. They feature roomy tents, dining tents, toilet tents, and, delightful cuisine!
Your ultimate reward is an exploration of the ethereal Rainbow Mountains, an impressive natural formation of colored hills.
Best time to hike Ausangate Trek:
Although you can hike Ausangate Trek any time of the year, the best time to hike is between May and October. During the dry season, you will often have pleasant weather and clear skies. During the rainy season (December to February), it’s often cold, cloudy ad slippery.
How long to acclimatize in Cusco for Ausangate Trek Peru?
With many high mountain passes, Ausangate Tour is a high-altitude trek. We highly recommend you spend at least 4-5 days in Cusco to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness.
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DAY 1: CUSCO – TINKI – PUMACCOCHA
At 0400 AM, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco and embark on a three hours drive to Tinqui. Here we will be stopping for breakfast. Our guide will be introducing you to our porters and chef before we begin our four hours of hike to Upis.
The trek offers an introduction to the local traditions and customs. You will get an insight into their way of life, traditions, and culture.
Upis is home to the hot springs. Here you can take a rejuvenating dip to relax your muscles and enjoy the place before lunch with a beautiful panoramic view of the mountain Ausangate 6.372m.
After lunch, we will continue hiking between valleys, mountains, and lagoons. On this section of the trek, you will be rewarded with sights of stunning Andean landscapes. Our campsite for the night will be in Pumacocha (3950m).
Our Andean chef will be serving a traditional meal.
DAY 2: PUMACCOCHA – HUCHUY PHINAYA
At 0600 AM, after relishing a typical Andean breakfast, we will begin with a four-hour hike up the hill to Ausangate Lagoon.
The hike offers stunning and panoramic views of the Andean lagoon alpacas and llamas.
Also, the second day is somewhat challenging as we will be crossing two high passes. The first is Ausangate Mountain Pass or Arapa Pass at 4,780m and the second one is Palomani Pass at 5,121 meters above sea level.
We will be stopping for lunch at Palomani Pass, the highest point of the Ausangate Trail.
Our mountaineering expert will be sharing some interesting facts about the pass and its prominence in Andean mythology.
Once you have had your fill of this, we will be descending to the small town of Huchuy Phinaya. This will be our campsite for the night.
DAY 3: HUCHUY PHINAYA – AZUL COCHA LAKE
After relishing an Andean breakfast, at 0600 AM, we will start with a six hours hike to Laguna de Tika Cocha. This is another site on the trek that offers stunning views of high-altitude peaks and colorful lagoons. You will also get to see Vicuñas and Andean Birds here.
We will also be hiking through the picturesque high elevation lake, Laguna Jampaccasa which nestles at 5,084 meters above sea level right in the middle of beautiful and mysterious mountains. This will be the last pass of our trip.
From here, we will begin our descent to Laguna Tikacocha where we will be stopping for lunch. After lunch, we will hike to Laguna Azul Cocha where we will be camping for the night.
DAY 4: AZUL COCHA LAKE – TINKI – CUSCO
We will be serving breakfast at 0630 AM. Then we will start with an easy hike for four hours to the village of Tinqui. The last day of the Ausangate Trek Peru is easy, beautiful, and interesting. You will see many natives dressed in their traditional attires and doing their daily chores.
Our local expert will be introducing you to their traditions and cultures. We will be stopping here for lunch.
After lunch, we will be driving back to Cusco city. We will be reaching by 0500 PM.
- Pick up from your hotel.
- Private bus to palccoyo(around trip).
- Professional Tour Guide(English and Spanish speaking).
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch(buffet).
- First-aid kit.
- Oxygen tank.
- Alcoholic drinks and others not mentioned on the list.
- Rain poncho (can be bought anywhere in the city or along the trail).
- Entrance fee.
- Daypack, warm clothes (scarf, sweaters, rainjacket, gloves)
- Walking boots.
- Walking sticks
- Rain poncho
- Sun hat + sunglasses.
- Toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
- Sun cream
- Camera & Extra Film & Batteries
- Personal medical kit