6 Day Ausangate Trekking is one of the most exciting and challenging trails in Southern Peru, also an important mountain god for the Incas, and is still revered daily by local people.
Seeing very few people on this hike, except for the occasional animal, you will experience something like no other.
The Ausangate circuit explores the Cordillera Vilcanota, weaving around many peaks over 6000m. (Ausangate being the highest at 6,372 meters, 20,905 feet ).
Day 1 - Cusco / Tinqui
We drive to Tinqui (4000m) where we will begin our trek. The drive takes about 4 hours.
We pass through beautiful countryside and several traditional villages including Urcos, Cattca and Oxangate, where we will have the opportunity to take some photos. Our trek
begins by climbing a path towards the northwest face of the massive Ausangate Mountain.
We hike through fields and scattered farmhouses, afterwards, arriving in Upis (4435m). In
Upis we set up camp and you can relax in the thermal springs close by.
Day 2 - Tinqui / Upis
We begin our trek today with a 2.5-hour climb to Arapa Pass (4757m). From the pass we continue down the valley, sometimes quite steep, to a valley of deep blue glacier lakesand waterfalls. We camp nearby lake Jatun Pucacocha (4585m), which is situated at the bottom of one of the Ausangate glaciers.
Day 3 - Jatun Pucacocha / Pampacancha
After breakfast we start our steady climb the Apacheta Pass (4850m). Afterwards, we descend to a beautiful lake called Ausangatecocha, formed by a melting glacier. From herewe begin our hardest climb on glacial terrain to Palomani Pass (5165m). The views of the. Cordillera Vilcanota from here are all worth the hard work of today. When we finish taking in the amazing view, we traverse and descend to camp near the remote village of Pampacancha (4500m).
Day 4 - Huchuy Finaya / Qomercocha
We continue to the Jampamayo River gorge onto a small village called Jampa (4650m), wherewe will see stone houses. On our way here we will view the spectacular peak of Señal Nevado Pico Tres (6093m). From Jampa village, we continue our moderate climb, then the trail starts to climb steeply again to our highest campsite yet near lake Tillacocha
Day 5 -Qomercocha / Pacchanta
We circle around the lake Tillacocha and climb for 1.5 to 2 hours to the last pass -Jampa Pass 4950m. Glaciers, huge mountains, and glacier lakes surround Jampa. We descend down towards the village of Pacchanta (4250m) where we camp and have the opportunity to visit some more thermal springs.
Day 6 – Pacchanta /Tinki /Cusco
Today consists of an easy three-hour walk across open fields. Today is your last chance to have a close view of Ausangate. We arrive back in Tinqui where we meet our transport and return back to Cusco in the late evening.
- Pick up from your hotel in the morning of trek departure
- Private bus transfer from your hotel to the beginning of trek point
- Horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment and 6kgs of personal items)
- One emergency horse
- Cooks for: 6 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners, 5 Lunches (food includes: pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking. Hot drinks: Hot chocolate, coffee, and tea, including coca leaf tea that is excellent for altitude!)
- Tea time/ Snacks: coffee/ tea, popcorn and biscuits
- Bilingual & professional tour guide
- Tents for 2 people (but has capacity for 3), so there is plenty of space for your backpacks
- Accommodation for crew
- Sleeping mats, table(s) & chairs, kitchen tent
- Short bus from Machu Picchu to AguasCalientes (return)
- First Aid including spare Oxygen
- 5 nights in a tent
- Sleeping bags (we have for rent at $4 per day and they are good for -15)
- Lunch on the last day after the guided tour at Machu Picchu
- Tips for guide, cook and porters
What to bring:
- Original Passport (same one you made the reservation with)
- Waterproof hiking shoes or boots recommended
- Backpack and/or Daypack (You may need one for the horse and one to carry. We do have duffel bags available for hire if need)
- Sleeping bag for up to -8 degrees Celsius (available for rent at $4 per day)
- Warm clothing (layers recommended)
- Thermals (woolen hat, socks and scarf are recommended)
- Flashlight Camera and film
- Sun protection (hat, sun screen, sun glasses)
- Insect repellent -minimum recommended 20% DEET (no malaria has been reported
- Rain jacket or Poncho
- Water proof back pack cover
- Water bottle
- Water purifying tablets (in case you want to pick up water from the rivers)
- Personal medical kit
- Passport and ISIC card if you are a student (originals required)
- Money for souvenirs, drinks and tips (easier in smaller change)
- Toilet paper
- Snacks such as chocolate, muesli, energy bars, dried fruit etc.
- Travel towel
- Swim suit
- Walking poles if you think you will want them
Options and Rentals:
Single tent supplement $10 per day
Sleeping bag rental ($4 per day)
Personal horse and horsemen for riding or carrying extra personal belongings while on the trek. Extra cost is $50 for the 4 days
Take advantage of our $20US discount for students if you hold a valid International Student Identity card (ISIC). You must send us a scanned copy of this when making your reservation and present the original to the entrance control office. Failure to do so will result in a loss of permit and denied entrance to the Machu Picchu.
If you are traveling single we will pair you up for sleeping arrangements with someone of the same sex. If you prefer to have your own tent the surcharge is $10 per day.
Trek prices are not stated on this website due to forever changing government and park fee prices. Please email us for more information.