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The Classic Ausangate Trek 5 Days

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The Classic Ausangate Trek 5 Days

  • 5 Days 4 Nights
  • All food on the trail
  • Accommodation: Camps
  • max. Altitude:
    5200m / 17.060 ft
  • Difficulty:
  • Professional guide
    (English and / or Spanish)


Apu ausangate is the Quechua name of this impressive snow-capped mountain located south of Cusco with (6388 masl / 20.958 ft.) meters above sea level. Considered the highest mountain in the Vilcanota mountain range.

For the Andean man this mountain is considered a deity, even today they venerate him offering him offerings such as coca leaves in gratitude for being their guardian and protector of these peoples that is why they call him Apu Ausangate.

Taking a walk around the Ausangate is to be connected with the nature and scenic beauty that the Ausangate trek offers. Throughout your tour we will observe the flora and fauna in the tranquility and peace that this tour offers.

The Ausangate trek is unique and special, an unforgettable trail for mountain trekking lovers looking for something different.


Ausangate Trek 5 Days, it is one of the really fantastic treks that is done around the sacred mountains with more than 55 km of distance and is the best option for lovers who like to do outdoor activities, where you can see impressive snow-capped peaks and clear water lagoons of color blue black green turquoise its flora fauna and after a long day walking along the slopes of the apu ausangate we will also get to enjoy the hot springs that are almost at the end of the walk, with an impressive view of this ausangate tutelary apu.


Day 1Cusco | Tinqui – Upis

In the morning we will pick you up from the hotel at 4:00 am to travel in our private transport for three hours and head south until we reach the town of urcos and then we will continue along the interoceanic highway, towards the town of tinky el starting point of our walk, once we reach the town of tinky (3700 masl / 12,139 ft.) our cook will prepare our breakfast, after enjoying this breakfast we will start with the walk towards upis (4,426 masl / 14,521 ft.) which It will be our first camp, after about three or four hours of walking we will arrive at upis where we will have lunch and camp, after a delicious lunch we will have time for a nap and then after the siesta we have the option of going to huayna ausangate where it is possible to observe a lagoon which is located at the foot of the majestic Ausangate snow-capped mountain, in the afternoon you also have the option of enjoying the thermal baths It is upis which is also optional and at the end of the day in the afternoon we will have our tea time followed by a comforting dinner and then go to sleep under a starry night.

Meals included: breakfast Lunch and dinner.
Minimum altitude: 3,700 masl / 12,139 ft.
Maximum altitude: 4,426 masl / 14,521 ft.
Distance traveled: 9 km / 5.592 miles.
Walking time: 3 to 4 hours.
Difficulty level: Easy.

Day 2Upis | Arapa Pass – Pucacocha Lake

After our breakfast in the open air in upis (4,426 masl / 14,521 ft.) at the foot of the snowy Ausangate we will start our walk with a two-hour ascent and we will cross the Arapa pass (4,750 meters / 15,908 ft.), this being one of the high points in the hike on the second day. From here, we continue two hours descending through the valley, and we arrive at yanaQocha, where we will have lunch, after this delicious lunch we will go to our next camp, along the way we will see lagoons with turquoise waters and of course always accompanied by the ausangate guardian, finally After another two hours of walking we will arrive at our Jatun Puqa Q’ocha camp (4613 masl /15.134 ft.) where we will spend the second night.
Food included:

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Minimum altitude: 4,426 masl / 14,521 ft.
Maximum altitude: 4,750 masl / 15,908 ft.
Distance traveled: 8 km / 4,9709 miles.
Walking time: 5 hours.
Difficulty level: Challenging.

Day 3Pucacocha Lake | Ausangate Cocha – Palomani Pass - Huchuy Phinaya

This day we will get up with the first rays of the sun to be able to have our breakfast which will be prepared by our expert cook and after this good breakfast we will start this day with an ascent of two or three hours of walking towards the Apuchata Pass ( 4,900 masl / 16,076 ft.). From there we will be able to observe the majesty and beauty of the Apu Ausangate, valleys, rivers and the absolute beauty of the Andes.

From the summit of the Apuchata Pass (4,900 masl / 16,076 ft.) we will go downhill for an hour and a half towards Ausangate Qocha which will be the place of our lunch and also be able to enjoy the beauty of this Ausangate Qocha lagoon, after lunch we have three hours of hiking uphill until we reach the highest point of the route the Palomani pass (5,100 masl / 16,732 ft.) from here you will see the beauty of the Andes in all its magnitude and then we will begin with the descent towards our next camp which will last about three hours and finally we arrive at Huchuy Pinaya (4459 masl/14.629 ft.), there we will spend the next night but before we will have a delicious and re-energizing dinner and then go to sleep at the foot of these majestic mountains.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Minimum altitude: 4613 masl /15.134 ft.
Maximum altitude: 5,100 masl / 16,732 ft.
Distance traveled: 11 km / 6.835 miles.
Walking time: 10 hours.
Difficulty level: Challenging.

Day 4Huchuy Phinaya | Qampa Pass – Pachaspata

This day like every morning we will get up with a coca tea to start the day with great enthusiasm and then we will have a very good breakfast so that in this way we will start with our day’s journey, this day we will continue with a gradual ascent uphill through two to three hours and we will arrive in Suracucho, place of lunch, from we can also see the imposing snowy Qayangate and other mountains around there and finally after lunch we will go uphill towards the last pass Qampa (5000 masl / 16.404 ft.). there we will be in the middle of these two enormous mountains Ausangate and Qayangate, after contemplating the beauty of this place we will leave behind the Qampa pass and we will go downhill for two hours to our camp of Pachaspata (4781 masl/ 15.685 ft.) where we will spend the night there at the foot of the great Apu Ausangate.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Minimum altitude: Huchuy Pinaya (4459 masl/14.629 ft.
Maximum altitude: 5000 masl / 16.404 ft.
Distance travelled: 13 km / 8.077 miles.
Walking time: 6 to 7 hours.
Difficulty level: Moderate.

Day 5Pachaspata | Pacchanta Hot Spring – Cusco

This day will be the last day of our journey, in the morning we will have our breakfast with an impressive view of these sacred mountains, after breakfast we will continue with the last three hours of walking until we reach the community of Pacchanta (4300 masl / 14.107ft.), where we will have our last lunch , and then after lunch you will have the opportunity to enjoy the thermomedicinal waters located at more than 4000 miters of altitude which will be very comforting and relaxing after having walked for five days through the mountains, after all this we will take our transport from Pacchanta to Cusco which will take about three hours of travel back to Cusco and finally arrived in Cusco we will leave you close to your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.
Minimum altitude: 4781 masl/ 15.685 ft.
Maximum altitude: 4300 masl / 14.107 ft.
Distance traveled: 7 km / 4.3496 miles.
Walking time: 3 hours.
Difficulty level: Easy.

Price Includes

  • Pre-departure briefing with the guide
  • Pick up at your hotel on the morning of trek departure
  • Transportation from Cusco tinky cuscok
  • Professional guide (English and / or Spanish)
  • Entrance Ticket for Ausangate Trek
  • Tents
  • Basic foam mattress. If you need more comfort during the trek we can rent you an inflatable mattress ( Thermarest)
  • Cook and kitchen equipment
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including riders. These carry the camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at our briefing for your personal items (up to 7kg / 15lbs per person)
  • Tent for eating with camping tables and chairs and tent for the Kitchen for the cook to prepare meals
  • Tents for our staff to sleep
  • First aid kit including an emergency oxygen bottle

Price Excludes

  • Sleeping bag: However, you can rent one from us. We have sleeping bags that will protect from down to -18 °C (0 °F)
  • Trekking poles: You can also rent these from us
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for our team
  • Additional costs

You must bring

  • A light backpack with a change of clothes for the entire period of the trek - be prepared for a wide range of changes in temperature
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or a rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco
  • Resistant footwear, waterproof trekking boots are recommended. The extra stockings can not be missing
  • sandals or flip flops are also good to give your feet a chance to breathe at night if you want to wear them
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and hat. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flashlight / Handlamp and extra batteries
  • Camera, film and batteries (batteries consume more quickly in cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect yourself from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper, inside and outside the luggage
  • Snacks: cookies, energy bars, chocolates, fruit, granola, etc
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications you may need, paracetamol, blister protection, etc.
  • Small towel
  • Bathing suit (if you intend to bathe in the hot springs)
  • Cash - enough for snacks, tips and souvenirs
  • Original passport
  • Binoculars (if you have)
Before You Go:

How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Trek?

It is very important to be well acclimatized to the altitude before pushing yourself on a hike. We recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least two to three days before the trek begins to help you adjust and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness during the trek. You may have already been to another area of Peru at high altitudes before arriving in Cusco. In that case, we recommend that you have a full day in Cusco to rest, recover from your trip, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before leaving for the trek. Here are some suggestions of activities to do in the vicinity of Cusco before starting your adventure trip:

  • City Tour
  • Sacred Valley
  • Rainbow Mountain

Briefing or Informative Meeting

All meetings and briefings are very important, which takes place at our office or at your hotel at 5:00 p.m. one night before the tour starts. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If for any reason you cannot attend our informative meeting, you must contact Ausangate Explore by email or by Whatsapp.

Trek Balance Payment (in Cusco)

The hike must be paid in full. one day before your departure (usually after the briefing). It would be greatly appreciated if you pay the balance of the trek in cash in US dollars or local currency at our Office. You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay a 5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance in traveler’s checks.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are common in Peru, and this can interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and railway tracks can be taken. However, we will try to make your trip as smooth as possible. originally planned, even if it means going out the night before the scheduled date. under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you and our operations staff. Your safety is our top priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

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