Ausangate Trek

Ausangate Trek Packing List

During the Ausangate Trek your main luggage will be stored in Cusco. You will receive a small duffle bag at your Ausangate Trek briefing (which will be held the evening before you start the trek) to pack your clothes and sleeping bag for the 5-6 days. Your team of horsemen will carry these bags together with the food and equipment for the trek.
  • Passport – You MUST take your passport on the trek! A photocopy is not sufficient. (Keep it in a plastic bag in case of rain).
  • Sleeping bag - You will need a good warm sleeping bag for the Ausangate trek—adequate ones can be hired locally (for approximately US$5 per day) but we can take no responsibility for the standard or your rental. If you are planning to hire a bag, it is a good idea to bring a silk sleeping bag liner to use inside for added warmth and comfort. A four-season (or -10 degree) bag is recommended for the winter months. At other times, you will probably be fine in a three-season (or -7/-10 degree) bag although this depends on how much you feel the cold and is given as a guideline only. Roll mats are provided on the Ausangate trek, however, for greater comfort and warmth a Thermorest style mattresses can also be hired in Cuzco for US$30 (all hike). If you are travelling in winter and you do not wish to invest in a 4 season bag you may want to consider purchasing a three-season bag plus a sleeping bag liner and bringing additional clothing.
  • Silk sleeping bag liner – Especially recommended if you plan to hire a sleeping bag but can also give your own bag added warmth.
  • Waterproof, well worn-in walking boots - Good quality, comfortable footwear is essential. Whatever you wear on your feet the most important thing is comfort. It is vital to ensure your boots are well worn in and lightweight. Ankle support and waterproofing is recommended but if you already have something comfortable with good grip on rocks then don’t go rushing out to buy new boots – you are better off with your well-worn in pair!
  • Waterproof clothing - A plastic poncho is recommended and can be purchased locally for approximately US $1. Some trekkers also like to bring waterproof pants/trousers, however a poncho will usually be sufficient if it covers your bag, body and most of your legs.
  • Small lightweight umbrella – Light umbrellas which pack away to almost nothing can be useful to keep away drizzle.
  • Plastic bags - to keep your belongings and clothes dry (wrap everything in plastic bags).
  • Toilet paper - Most important! Also, small plastic bags for rubbish which can then be thrown in the main rubbish bag provided by the porters.
  • Small towel and basic personal toiletries - there is an opportunity for a shower at the campsite on the third night so bring travel size shampoo and shower gel if you would like to use it, plus wet-wipes for the rest of the trek.
  • Water bottle – bring one large (1.5 litre) or two or three small water bottles that can be refilled on the trail with boiled water, which, will be supplied when possible.
  • Warm clothing for night time - Fleece, long pants, woolen hat, gloves, etc.
  • Thermal underwear – If trekking in winter or you feel the cold
  • Walking clothing in layers – e.g. zip off pants/trousers, fleece, T-shirts
  • Personal medication and basic first aid kit - Bandaids, Imodium, Panadol, rehydration sachets, etc.
  • Camera and spare batteries, memory cards or film - Please note: there are no electrical outlets on the hike so make sure you fully charge and/or have spare batteries!
  • Snacks - Chocolates, chips, biscuits, energy bars. Snacks are provided during the trek but you may like to bring one or two extras just in case.
  • Torch (flash-light) - Very Important! With spare batteries.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and sunhat
  • Antiseptic hand gel
  • Swimwear for the hot pools in Aguas Calientes- Towels can be hired there for 3 soles.
  • Flipflops / thongs / jandals – If you wish to have a shower on the third night.