AUSANGATE tREK pERU
Ausangate trek, the amazing option for those adventurers
looking for achallenging high altitude hike
Where the Central and Western Mountainrange of the Andes of southern Peru meet, in the so-called knot of the Vilcanota, is the Apu tutelary of Cusco, the imposing snow-capped Ausangate. The fifth highest peak in Peru is 6,373 meters above sea level and is venerated since ancient times as the deity that protects water and life, and is that it actually does. Ausangate and the group of snows that accompany it, are creators of the beautiful high Andean lagoons that house dozens of species of flora and fauna, and provide permanent and quality water to the surrounding communities. Today, the roads of this territory also challenge travelers who venture to its extreme climate and rugged geography, with the sole objective of being dazzled by some of the most spectacular landscapes of the Peruvian highlands.
Day 01: Cusco – Tinki – Pacchanta – Qomerqocha
Day 02: Qomerqocha – Abra Janca – Huchuy Phinaya
Day 03: Huchuy Phinaya – Abra Palomani – Ananta
Day 04: Ananta – Rainbow Mountain – Ananta – Yana Qocha
Day 05: Yana Qocha – Upis – Cusco
Highlights of the Inca Trail 2 Days:
- 5 day Alternative Hike on the imposing Ausangate snowymountain.
- Enjoy the landscapes, flora and Fauna of the Ausangate Trek
- Enjoy explanations of a professional Tour Guide,
- Visit Rainbow Mountain Tour,
- Exploration of the mystical Ausangate.
DAY 1: Cusco – Tinki – Pacchanta – Qomerqocha
To start the adventure we will pick you up at 06:30 a.m . Then we will take the road on direction to the south of Cusco. On the way we will make short stops until we reach to Tinki, our first point to see some old buildings and enjoy excellent panoramic views. Tinki is a small town where you will have the opportunity to see the customs and ancient traditions. It is also the last place to stock up on some supplies and from here we will leave the paved road to continue our trip to the community of Pacchanta (4,200 m / 13,776ft).
Once in Pacchanta, while our chef prepares lunch, we will have a moment of relaxation in the thermal waters medicinal springs, this moment will be the only experience in this adventure of Ausangate trek – Mountain of Colors. After our delicious lunch, we will start walking for 2 and a half hours to our Qomerqocha camp (4,400 m/14,432 ft), where we will spend the first night .
DAY 2: Qomerqocha – Janca Pass – Huchuy Phinaya
We will start this day very early (6:30 am). Our challenge will begin, because today we will ascend to the first highest point of our trek, we are talking about Janca Pass(5,015 m / 16,450 ft). From here, we will have wonderful views, then we will go down to Hampa Pampa where we will have our delicious lunch. Undoubtedly, while we have lunch we will enjoy a beautiful landscape of the Andes where llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, etc. They live under the careful care of the snow-covered high mountains, then we will continue descending until we reach Huchuy Phinaya, our second night of camping
Day 03: Huchuy Phinaya – Palomani Pass – Ananta
Today we will have a beautiful sunrise with excellent views towards the high mountains covered with snow. At 6:30 am, we will start our moderate hike until we reach the highest point of hiking, Palomani Pass (5,130 m / 16,825 ft). Here, we will be very close to the glacier and we can take many incredible photographs. After appreciating the scenic beauty, we will descend to the Ausangate lagoon for lunch. After lunch, we will continue our tour until we reach the Ananta camp where we will spend the third night of Ausangate trek Rainbow Mountain.
Day 04: Ananta – Rainbow Mountain – Ananta – Yana
Today, we will visit the busiest and most colorful place of this hike, The famous Rainbow Mountain!!! (5,000 m / 16,400 ft). To be the first tourists to visit, we will have breakfast at 5:30 a.m. At 6 am. We will start 2 and a half hours walk towards the Rainbow Mountain, we will arrive at the viewpoint at approximately 8:30 a.m., we will take many photographs without tourists, then we will go to the red valley (optional). It is another natural wonder and, finally, we will return by the same road to our Ananta camp, where we will have a 1 hour break for lunch.
Passing lunch, we will complete the small part of the walk that we need to get to Yana Qocha, which is the place of our fourth and last camp.
Day 05: Yana Qocha – Upis – Cusco
Today is the last day of our 5-day adventure. We will have breakfast at 6:00 a.m. then we will begin to enjoy the last part of our expedition. Then, we will walk 4 hours to the Upis community, where we can enjoy the thermo medicinal waters, it will be totally healthy to relax after a long walk (no included).
After our last lunch, we will say goodbye to our muleteer and finally we will take our private mobility to the city of Cusco. We will arrive at the city of Cusco – hotel at approximately 6 p.m
- Pre trek Briefing
- Private mobility round trip. Cusco – Pacchanta and Pampachi – Cusco
- Guide specialist in hiking, cook and assistant for groups more than 8 people
- Sleeping bag
- Horses to load all the camping equipment
- Food: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners (vegetarian optional at no extra cost)
- Hot drinks: coffee, tea, coca, etc.
- 1 tent for 2 people plus mats
- Large dining tent, kitchen and bathroom
- Chairs and dining table
- First Aid Kit and Oxygen Balloon
- Entrance ticket to the Ausangate Peru Rainbow Mountain
- Duffel bag
- Travel insurance: it is recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of the walk
- Additional horses if you have more than 6 kilos
- Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day
- Tips (optional)
What should I bring? :
- A lightweight backpack.
- Hiking shoes.
- Warm clothes for winter. Ausangate has a frigid climate at night.
- Pack your extra clothes in plastic bags.
- Jacket for rain or poncho.
- Sleeping bag (you can rent it with Peru Andean Travel).
- Flashlight and extra batteries, pocket knife, matches.
- Water bottle & water purification tablets.
- Hat or cap to protect from the sun and cold.
- Toilet paper, antibacterial gel.
- Some extra snacks (cookies, energy bars, chocolatillos).
- Money in soles.
- Bath linen & towel for the thermal baths.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ausangate Trek, the best alterntive trek for those adventurers trekkers. Come and enjoy this unique opportunity to discover the Sacred mountain of Peru
How difficult is the Ausangate
The Ausangate Trek is considered to be a fairly difficult trek. This is mainly because the trail traverses over several high passes, both of which stand above 5,000 metres. The trek is quite long and much of the trail is at high altitude. However, the trail is well defined and no technical climbing is required. A good level of fitness is needed.
What is the scenery like on the
The Ausangate trek passes through some of the wildest and rarely hiked areas of Peru. The trail traverses the mountainrange Vilcanota, a group of mountains lying south-east of Cusco. Snow-capped peaks, low alpine valleys, stunning blue lakes and traditional Peruvian villages are just some of the things you can expect to see. The highlight is the colourful patterns that can be seen on some of the lower mountains deep into the trek.
Do I need a permit to hike the
No permit is required for the Ausangate trek. But it is important that you bring your original documents as your passport.
What is the distance of the
The total trek distance is 28 miles or 46 kilometres. In which you will enjoy unique views and enjoy the tranquiloty of the route.