Ausangate Peru
Ausangate Trek
CLASSIC AUSANGATE TREKCLASSIC TREK

The Classic Ausangate Trek 5 Days

Highlights
  • Join us on this breathtaking five-day trek through the Andes Mountains.
  • Marvel at majestic snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and crystalline turquoise lakes.
  • Get touch with indigenous people in rustic rural villages of the mountains.
  • Spectacular views from high altitudes especially while crossing two passes, the Palomani Pass and the Q’ampa Pass.
  • Catch a glimpse of Andean wildlife – condors, llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and many aquatic birds.
  • Hike with a real direct & official local tour operator based in Cusco.
Description

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.

Ausangate Trek is in the Top Ten highly Recommended Treks in the World. We invite you to explore some of the fantastic parts of this Peruvian country, perfect for experiencing different outdoor activities like trekking, cultural and adventure tours.

Day by Day
DAY 1: Cusco Hotel | Ocongate - Tinki Community - Upis Hot Spring
DAY 2: Upis Hot Spring | Arapa Pass – Yanacocha - Pucacocha Lake
DAY 3: Pucacocha Lake | Ausangate Cocha – Palomani Pass - Huchuy Phinaya
DAY 4: Huchuy Phinaya | Qampa Pass - Qomercocha Lake - Pacchanta
DAY 5: Pacchanta | Tinqui - Ocongate – Cusco Hotel
TREK, ADVENTURE Trip styles
5200 M. / 17060 FT. Max. Altitude
CAMPS Accommodation
CHALLENGING Activity Level

Itinerary

Full Itinerary
Day 1

Cusco | Ocongate - Tinki Community - Upis Hot Spring

We’ll leave Cusco very early, heading towards the small town of Tinqui. We’ll observe the impressive Vilcanota mountain range and pass through several traditional towns. We’ll make some stops so you can take the best pictures. Upon arrival we’ll meet the horsemen who’ll prepare everything necessary to start our adventure. We’ll walk for around 3 hours to the point where we’ll have lunch. Afterwards, we’ll continue with another 2 hours of walking until we reach Upis where our comfortable camp will have already been set up. Here we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the hot springs before our delicious dinner and a peaceful night's rest in the middle of the mountains.

  • Meals included: Lunch and dinner.
  • Minimum altitude: 3,800 masl / 12,467 fasl
  • Maximum altitude: 4,400 masl / 14,435 fasl
  • Distance traveled: 12 km
  • Walking time: 6 to 7 hours.
  • Difficulty level: Easy.
Day 2

Upis | Arapa Pass – Yanacocha - Pucacocha Lake

You’ll enjoy a delicious and nutritious breakfast that will provide you with the necessary energy to continue our adventure. Today we’ll ascend to the Arapa Pass (4,850 masl / 15,912 fasl). From this privileged place you will be able to observe an impressive contrast in the landscape. Dunes that look like they came out of the desert surround the glacial wonder of the Apu Ausangate while, below, the valley extends with its brilliant greenness. From this point, if you’re really lucky, you’ll be able to observe the flight of the condor. Also, let yourself be astounded by the 3 beautiful and crystalline lagoons each with a particular shade: red, green, and turquoise. We’ll soon arrive at the place where our camp will already be set up. There you’ll feel how your heart vibrates in front of the huge glacier while you enjoy a nutritious dinner before bed.

  • Food included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Minimum altitude: 4,400 masl / 14,435 fasl
  • Maximum altitude: 4,850 masl / 15,912 fasl
  • Distance traveled: 12 km
  • Walking time: 6 to 7 hours.
  • Difficulty level: Challenging.
Day 3

Pucacocha | Ausangate Cocha – Palomani Pass - Huchuy Phinaya

Very early in the morning, after satisfying hunger with an exquisite breakfast, we’ll ascend for 2 or 3 hours to the second pass of our excursion, the Apuchata Pass (4,900 masl / 16,076 fasl). From here we’ll descend for 1.5 hours to Ausangate Qocha where we’ll have lunch while enjoying the amazing landscape. After our lunch, we will ascend 2 hours until we reach the Palomani Pass (5,100 masl / 16,732 fasl) and then we’ll go downhill to the small community of Huchuy Pinaya where our camp will already be set up. Here a comfortable night of rest awaits you after savoring the delicious dinner that our chef will have prepared with care.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Minimum altitude: 4,600 masl / 15,091 fasl
  • Maximum altitude: 5,200 masl / 17,060 fasl
  • Distance traveled: 13 km
  • Walking time: 6 to 7 hours.
  • Difficulty level: Challenging.
Day 4

Huchuy Phinaya | Qampa Pass - Qomercocha Lake - Pacchanta

In the morning, we wake up early to have breakfast and then continue walking to the Abra Qampa, a place that is surrounded by several snowy peaks such as steel, Pico three, Huamanticlla. After 3 hours and 1/2 half, you can see the Qomerqocha lagoon, where we will go for lunch. After having lunch, we continue walking for about 2 hours more until reaching the community of Pacchanta (4,000 m / 13,000 ft), this place still preserves many of its traditions. By the way, this community has hot springs, and if you like, you can enjoy a relaxing bath. Here we will stop to build our camp and spend our last night.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Minimum altitude: 4,250 masl / 13,943 fasl
  • Maximum altitude: 5,157 masl / 16,919 fasl
  • Distance travelled: 15 km
  • Walking time: 6 to 7 hours.
  • Difficulty level: Moderate.
Day 5

Pacchanta | Tinqui - Ocongate – Cusco Hotel

In the morning we’ll have breakfast and begin our journey towards the Tinqui community for 2 hours. Once there, we will board a van that will take us directly to the city of Cusco. Our estimated arrival time is at sunset.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.
  • Minimum altitude: 3,800 masl / 12,467 fasl
  • Maximum altitude: 4,250 masl / 13,943 fasl3
  • Distance traveled: 7 km
  • Walking time: 3 hours.
  • Difficulty level: Easy.

Inclusions

What is Included?
  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. The meeting will be at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.
  • Transportation: All your transportation is included in this package. We will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the starting point of the trek. Once you complete the tour, we will take you back to the door of your hotel.
  • Qualified guides: Our guides have dominion of English and Spanish, professional education and official certification. They will explain to you about the history, culture and environment along the trail, as well as lead the group in ancestral rituals and ceremonies. They’ll also take care of your safety, health and comfort during the trip so you can enjoy the trek worry-free.
  • Porters and horsemen: They will be in charge of preparing and transferring the duffle bags of all our passengers.
  • Emergency horse: All our alternative routes include an extra horse if any of our passengers cannot continue the tour on foot.
  • Equipment: Ausangate Peru uses the best equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Every two people will share Eureka Timberline tents with a capacity for four people. Also, you'll have a spacious dining tent where you can enjoy your food problem-free.
  • Camping equipment: We have tents for cooking and eating, as well as tables, chairs and complete kitchen equipment. All of this is transported by horses.
  • 1 duffle bag: There, you can carry your personal belongings (including your sleeping bad) up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15 lbs.
  • Pack mules: Our pack mules will transport all camping equipment, as well as your personal luggage in the canvas bag.
  • Food: Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets, so let us know if you have any particular restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You will enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks. Every morning we will give you your snack so you can enjoy it during the walk.
  • Water: Ausangate Peru will provide you with all the water you need. The water is boiled, filtered, and cooled. You must bring your water bottles or camelback. We recommend a capacity of 3 liters. You'll be able to fill your bottles during each meal.
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners. Special menus such as vegetarian or vegan meals are available without additional costs.
  • Morning tea: Every morning in our campsites, you’ll enjoy a cup of hot coca tea as soon as you wake up. It will be an excellent way to start the day.
  • Tea time: In our campsites, we’ll serve you popcorn, cookies, coffee, chocolate, tea, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won’t have to wait until dinner to fill your stomach.
  • Snacks (Days 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5): We’ll offer you delicious snacks in a cloth bag: local fruits, cookies, chocolates, candy, etc.
  • 1 cloth bag: As we’ve already mentioned, we’ll give you a cloth bag to carry your snacks. In this way, we avoid using plastic bags, which contaminate our environment.
  • First aid: All Ausangate Peru guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, traveler's diarrhea, cuts, scrapes.) and oxygen. If necessary, we'll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.
  • Oxygen bottle
Not Included:
  • 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.
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day
  • Clothing and personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for our team: Keep in mind that our personnel receive payment for their services, so feel free to give tips or not.
  • Additional costs: There could be additional expenses, delays or modifications of the itinerary that are outside of the responsibility of the agency, such as: bag weather conditions, security or health problems, changes in government policies, political instability, strikes, etc.

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!

Hiking Team

Our Hiking Team
Our Tour Guides

Our Tour Guides

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.

Our Cooks

Our Cooks

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.

Meals: What to Expect

Meals: What to Expect

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 Horses

Our Horseman and Horses

Our Horseman and his horses are in charge of all our gear and will always await us within the safe and comfortable camp sites.

Packing List

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.

Essential packing list for trekking
Duffle Bag
Duffle Bag:
Daypack
Daypack
Documents
Original Passport
Original Passport
Clothing
Underwear
Underwear
Base Layer
Base Layer
Trekking Shirts
Trekking Shirts
Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear
Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear
Insulated Jacket
Insulated Jacket
Fleece Jacket
Fleece Jacket
Trekking Shorts and Trousers
Trekking Shorts and Trousers
Headgear
Hat for Sun Protection
Hat for Sun Protection
Head Band or Beanie
Head Band or Beanie
Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
Hands
Inner Gloves
Inner Gloves
Outer Gloves
Outer Gloves
Footwear
Hiking Boots
Hiking Boots
Trainers (Trekking shoes / sandals)
Trainers (Trekking shoes / sandals)
Hiking Socks
Hiking Socks
Thermal Socks
Thermal Socks
Gaiters
Gaiters
Important Accessories
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Bag
Trekking Poles
Trekking Poles
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Headlamp
Headlamp
Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
Camera / Videocamera
Camera / Videocamera
Notebook / Journal and Pen
Notebook / Journal and Pen
Personal Gear and Medications
  • Trekking Towel: A small to medium sized hiking towel can come in great use. LifeVentures or Discovery provide good, quick-drying trekking towels.
  • Small Locks: To protect your belongings in your rucksack or duffle bag
  • Waterproof Ziplock Bags: These come in handy for storing important / valuable items like your money, a passport and electrical equipment
  • Isotonic Powder: Can be used to flavour your water nicely and helps replace electrolytes, improving energy levels and aiding water absorption. Here are some good Isotonic powdered drinks
  • Diamox: Also know as acetazolamide, is a medication that can be used as a prophylactic (preventative) solution for altitude sickness. It does not cure altitude sickness and should never therefore never be used as a method to continue ascending to high altitudes. It can however help prevent the onset of altitude sickness and is commonly used by high altitude climbers and trekkers.
  • General Medications: We recommend taking paracetamol or aspirin for headaches (a common altitude sickness symptom on the Salkantay Trek) and Imodium for diarrhoea (another common problem as food preparation can be a little unhygienic)
  • Basic First Aid Kit: If you are joining an organised trek, your guide will most likely be carrying a first aid kit. If you are hiking unsupported or independently then a first aid kit is a must. Here are some compact and good outdoor first aid kits: Outdoor First Aid Kits
  • Suncream / Lip balm: No one wants burnt skin or cracked lips! Be sure to bring 1 x suncream (SPF 30) and 1 x lip balm
  • Baby wipes: For quick and easy wet washe when no showers are in sight! bring 1 x baby wipes
  • Blister Plasters: The dreaded blisters! We recommend taking Compeed blister plasters
  • Hand Sanitizer: Great for disinfecting hands before and after eating, or when they get dirty during the hike

Dates & Prices

TRIP LENGTH 5 DAYS
2022 LAND COST FROM $450 PER PERSON
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Pre payment per person:
$200
Balance:
$250

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