Ausangate Trek 5 Days, located in the heart of the Vilcanota mountain range, is one of the highest mountains in Peru with an altitude of 6,398metres above sea level.
It is considered by many to be the most beautiful mountain in this part of the Andes. It is around 4 hours from Cusco, but the enormous peak can often be seen from many parts of the city.
Ausangate Trek 5 Days offers a real outdoors experience, the most difficult offered in Cusco. This is a long trek for nature lovers, with so much natural beauty and wildlife to appreciate.
The scenery is amazing, boasting more snow-capped mountains and blue, green and turquoise lagoons.
The trek passes through a few Andean communities, who have not really suffered much change in their lives between now and the time of the Incas, such is their isolation.
Ausangate Trek 5 Days Itinerary
Day 1: Cusco – Tinke – Upis.
This Day you will be picked up and transported to Tinke, 4 hours away and at 3,900masl, this is a small town, then we will meet with our muleteers and horses, when When we finish putting all the camping equipment, we will begin our walk, we will walk around 3 hours from Tinke to Upis, in-route we will see many small villages where you can see the stresses and strains of traditional rural life, then we will arrive to Upis.
The Upis community is located at 4,400masl and around 5 or 6 families live there. There are also thermal baths from where we can enjoy the afternoon.
In Upis we make camp and spent the night.
Day 2: Upis – Ausangate Pass – Hatun Pucacocha
We start our day with breakfast in Upis, before starting our ascent onto the first part of the mountain, the Arapa Pass at 4,850masl. After reaching this pass we lunch and begin the climb to the second pass, called Ausangate Pass (4,850m).
We set up camp on the mountainside of Ausangate at 4,650m. From here we will enjoy the amazing views of the mountain range and lakes surrounded by impressive rock formations.
In Hatun Pucacocha we make camp and spent the night.
Day 3: Hatun Pucacocha – Palomani Pass – Huchuy Finaya.
Probably the hardest day of the trek; we climb to the highest pass, at 5,200m. From here we will see the most beautiful views of Ausangate and its snow-cap. That night we camp in Jampa at 4,700m.
Day 4: Huchuy Finaya – Q’ampa – Pacchanta.
Today we climb to a different pass – Qampa, located at 5,100m. From this point we start descending, passing many beautiful lakes en-route, towards the Pacchanta community where we spend our last night. There are more thermal baths here where we can enjoy the evening. We also have a large ‘last supper’ of typical Andean food to celebrate getting this far!
Day 5: Pacchanta – Tinke – Cusco.
After breakfast we continue 3 hours walking until Tinke once again, where we have lunch before heading back to Cusco.
- Bilingual English-Spanish guide.
- Transport as mentioned above
- Horses to carry your personal belongings (max 5kg), food, and camping equipment
- Cook and assistant cook
- 2-man tent – new
- Camping equipment: cooking tent, dining tent, seats, tables, sleeping mat, toilet tent.
- First aid kit with oxygen.
- All meals except those detailed below.
- A few meals are not included – Breakfast on Day 1 and Lunch on Day 5.
What to bring with you
- Back Pack.
- Sturdy Hiking shoes.
- Warm clothes – Ausangate Trek 5 Days can be extremely cold at night.
- Rain jacket or a Poncho.
- Plastic bags to store your spare clothes.
- Sleeping Bag (can be rented with Peru Andean Travel).
- Flashlight and batteries, pocket knife, matches.
- Water bottle and purification tablets.
- Hat and / or beanie to protect you from the sun and the cold.
- High factor sun block & insect repellent.
- Toilet paper & antibacterial gel.