Awaken all your senses on this alternative route that's very special and unique. You'll walk impressive paths along the immense sacred mountain of Ausangate (6,372 masl / 20,900 fasl). You'll also know authentic Andean Communities, thermal waters, and crystal clear lagoons. This alternative circuit to the classic Ausangate route offers you the most impressive views of this sacred glacier before deviating towards the amazing Sibinacocha Lagoon, leaving behind tourists' hordes and entering a practically uninhabited area where you can connect with nature.
Our excursion ends in Phinaya, a small and remote Andean community with horses and bicycles as the only means of transportation. Without a doubt, it's an unforgettable route for mountain lovers who are looking for something completely different and far from the traditional circuits crowded with tourists. Join Ausangate Peru and get ready to live an unforgettable adventure.
We'll start the day today at 5:00 am. We will pick you up from your hotel and head towards the town of Tinki (3,700 masl) in our own mobility. Along the way, we'll stop at the Huacarpay Lagoon's viewpoint so that you can take some incredible photos of this colorful landscape. We'll continue our journey to Ccatcca where we'll fill our stomachs with a delicious breakfast while we contemplate, in the distance, the perpetual snows of the sacred mountain of Ausangate. An additional 1-hour drive awaits us to the starting point of the trek where you'll meet our horsemen and horses. We'll begin the walk in front of the impressive glaciers of Ccolque Cruz and Caracol. We'll stop along the way for lunch in the company of our team and, perhaps, some local children. We'll continue the route, and coincidentally we'll meet some residents who still dress traditionally and colorfully of the Andes. You can also see herds of llamas and alpacas. Finally, at approximately 5:00 pm, we'll arrive at our first camp. Don't worry about a thing, the tents and your luggage will be ready and waiting. Before dinner, we'll visit the famous Pacchanta hot springs where you can relax and enjoy a beautiful view of the night sky that opens without reservations for you.
After breakfast, we'll start our trek uphill for 4 hours to our lunch spot. On the way, we'll observe amazing glacier landscapes, adorned by crystalline colored lagoons. Among them is Ccomerccocha, which is characterized by its green waters. During the month of August, special rituals are performed dedicated to the Apu Ausangate and the Pachamama or Mother Earth, where the Andean priests ask for their energy to heal the surrounding communities. At approximately 1:00 pm, we'll arrive at a place called Puka Mocco or Red Knee, where we'll have lunch surrounded by immense snow peaks. Feel the love of the mountains that hug you from all corners. Once we have recharged our energies, we'll continue our journey through Andes's true heart. Open your mind and spirit to nature. Extend your arms to the sky and release any pain you may have brought here. Finally, we will reach the Ccampa Pass (5,000 masl / 16,404 fasl), where we'll perform an Andean ritual ceremony with coca leaves in honor of these impressive sacred mountains. Later we'll begin the descent to our camp located right on the slopes of the Ausangate Mountain.
After enjoying a very nutritious breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to the camp with a spectacular view of the valley, the river, and the falls. You’ll also be able to observe the imposing presence of the mountains, small groups of turquoise lakes, as well as local birds: geese, seagulls, and different types of ducks. After walking for 5 hours, we’ll arrive at the Pampaccawa viewpoint, where an appetizing lunch awaits us accompanied by an infusion of Andean herbs that will help you with digestion. Later we’ll have time to fish in a beautiful river and head along a fantastic valley where we’ll observe hundreds of llamas, alpacas, and sheep returning from the mountains to their corrals. Also, you will be dazzled by the bright colors of the famous Rainbow Mountain in the distance. Finally, we’ll arrive at our camp at approximately 5:00 pm. It will be located near the most impressive waterfall on the route, always under the watchful eye of the gigantic glaciers. After dinner, we’ll organize a campfire to enjoy some mulled wine and sangria while we contemplate the immensity of the night sky of the Andes.
Prepare your body and your spirit because today, we’ll reach the highest point of our excursion. After breakfast, we will start our walk at 7:30 am with a gentle ascent for 2 hours. At that time, llamas and alpacas will already be grazing. You can approach and touch them if you wish. We will continue our ascent for 1 hour on soft sand and snow. If you’re lucky, some wild vicuña will cross your path. Later we’ll reach the Condor Pass at 5,400 masl / 17,716 fasl. You’ll have enough time to enjoy the incredible natural scenery as you’ll find yourself on the other surrounding mountains. A strategic place to get the best photos and awaken the pleasure of your senses! Our team will provide you with a hot tea of coca leaves that will help you withstand the extreme altitude.
Before continuing, we’ll thank the mountains with a brief ritual. Some people leave jewelry or clothing to receive the protection of the mountains and to enjoy an excellent climate. Please participate with respect and affection. During this section, we’ll also see herds of llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas. We’ll arrive at the lunch spot right next to a beautiful waterfall and close to the famous Sibinacocha Lagoon. Here we’ll have time to take a short nap to recover from tiredness. We’ll continue for two more hours until we reach our camp at 4:30 pm. On the way, we’ll see traditional Andean houses and the funny chinchillas, Andean animals similar to squirrels.
We’ll wake you up with a delicious hot tea of coca leaves to warm the body and start the day in the best way. Take the opportunity to contemplate the beautiful sunrise over the lake and the glacier from your tent. After a tasty breakfast, we’ll start the trek at 8:30 am. We’ll walk along the Sibinacocha Lagoon banks, which is the most famous and most extensive body of water in the area. We’ll make several stops to watch the birds that you’ll find around there. You will also have the opportunity to fish with the permission of local people. We’ll arrive at our lunch place where after satisfying your stomach, you can take a short rest. We’ll continue with a slight ascent for 2 hours to the Vicuña Mountain (5,350 masl / 17,552 fasl). The weather changes dramatically from here. The wind blows very strongly, so it’s necessary to have some precautions. It’s essential that you don’t leave the group. From there, you can see the abundant potato crops made by local farmers and strange rock formations. They enjoy a calm and full life in deep connection with nature! At approximately 4:00 pm, we’ll arrive at our camp near the Ccasccara Lagoon (5,000 masl / 16,404 fasl). You can relax at ease after five days of the excursion! Some local people will come to our camp and invite you to fish alongside them. Break down the barriers of your mind, make new friends, and enjoy fresh fish for dinner. This is the best camp on the route because, you will sleep in front of the lagoon and the glacier. Pure magic in the middle of the Andes!
Today we'll wake up at 7:30 am. We'll have breakfast and visit the home of local families to appreciate and understand their lifestyle at 5,000 meters above sea level: mud and stone walls, guinea pigs in the kitchen, and intimate relationship with nature. Generally, the boys and girls in this area have restricted access to education due to their community's remoteness. Therefore, it's not wrong to bring them some gifts: colored pencils, markers, paints, toys, or any item that can brighten their days. Textiles are one of the main economic activities of local people due to a large number of llamas, alpacas, and sheep that they own. The fiber they produce is of high quality, and they use natural dyes to obtain beautiful tones. Take this opportunity to buy beautiful hand-woven garments. In this way, you will not only take away a unique memory but also help the community move forward.
Once the visit is finished, we will continue our downhill walk for 3 hours to our lunch spot. You'll see the last glaciers, rivers, waterfalls, and red and green mountains that were once covered in white. Unfortunately, climate change is to blame for the disappearing of those perpetual snows. Perhaps when you appreciate your own eyes, the terrible impact of global warming, you'll understand the gravity of the matter. Your heart will be filled with gratitude to the Andean people who still practice ancestral rites in honor of the mountains and the Pachamama, or Mother Earth. Finally, at 3:30 pm we will arrive at our last camp in the small community of Phinaya (4,000 masl / 13,123 fasl) where we will have the rest of the day as free time. We'll organize some activities such as cooking classes with our chef or a visit to the community.
Today concludes our exciting excursion through the realms of the Apu Ausangate. In the morning, we'll take an extra walk to the viewpoint from where we can see the town of Phinaya. You can decide to stay there, walk through its streets, make new friends among its residents, or visit the school where boys and girls learn in their mother tongue: the ancient Quechua language. Don't forget to bring some gifts for them! At 10:30 am, we will carry out a brief ceremony for you to say goodbye to our horsemen and porters, and you'll share the last lunch with them. At 11:00 am, you'll board a bus that will take you on an unpaved road for 4 hours to the city of Sicuani. You will board another bus heading to Cusco where you will arrive between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Don't worry about a thing, and we'll leave you at the door of your hotel.
Thank you for choosing Ausangate Peru!
We will do everything in our power to take care of you and ensure an enjoyable trip of a lifetime in Peru!
Your tour will be led by a trained and highly experienced professional with a very solid guiding background, years of hiking and wilderness experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into unforgettable adventures.
After a challenging trek we know how important a good hot meal can be to prepare your body and warm you up. That’s why on every trek with Salkantay Trekking we employ chefs with years of experience cooking on the trails so that they provide filling.
All of our hiking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola.
Our Horseman and his horses are in charge of all our gear and will always await us within the safe and comfortable camp sites.
So you are planning to trek the famous Ausangate?
This Ausangate Packing List will help you to prepare for your outdoor adventure in one of the most stunning regions of South America.
In it we have provided as much detail on every piece of kit you will need for a safe and successful trekking. The packing list includes personal recommendations on gear that we own and use. We believe these recommended items of gear provide the best value for money and deliver the best performance.
To book any tour/trek through with Ausangate Peru, we do require a $200 deposit per person. PayPal does charge us a fee of 8% which we ask the client to cover. This taxes is just for deposits, the remaining, you will pay in cash(briefing day) without taxes.
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Ausangate Trek 5 Days, a fantastic and less-known trek are surrounding the snow-capped Sacred Mountain (“Apu”) of Ausangate (6,384 masl / 20,945 fasl) that takes you over mountain passes, impressive mountain scenery, remote Andean villages, hot springs, and turquoise lakes. Ausangate, a five-day trek, is an unforgettable hike recommended for mountain trekking lovers, searching for an intense experience in remote areas and wild nature.
This is a 6-day intense route through the base of the huge Apu Ausangate. It’s one of the highest mountains in the region, as well as being an important spiritual center for Andean culture. For this reason, year after year for centuries, massive pilgrimages are made to its icy slopes.
The Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain + Machu Picchu extended tour is a truly epic adventure. Discover the personality of the Andes on a long-winded trek. Recharge yourself near the most powerful energy points in the Cusco region. Immense sacred glaciers such as the imposing Apu Ausangate