Ausangate, one the highest and most beautiful mountain in the south of Peru, with amazing landscapes on this natural Andean level call Puna, with a diversity of mountain formation make the this region unique in the world, the last volcanic activity gave colourful hills. One of them is the popular rainbow maintain, where the minerals melt in bride colours, also is the habitat of the Andean camelids as the alpaca, llama Vicuña and Huanaco (Huanaco is not often seen). You will be amaze by the people of the area and their tradition and colourful cloth. Their believes and connection with the Apus (mountains god).
This trek it a lifetime experience and challenging adventure, where you expatiation are beyond imagination of the beauty of this area. We invite you to touch the sky
Cusco – Upis
4 hours by bus trough the wonderful Andes mountains. The views are espectacular. From Tinqui a taxi to the school of Urpis and then 2 hours walk to the campside. In Urpis you will find thermo baths and a wonderful view of the Ausangate. People live their simple life in traditional clothing with their lama and alpaca.
Urpis – Jatun Puga Qacha (5/6 hours) Max hight: 4850 m., Total distance: 13 km.
We star our day early to enjoy the sunshine over the snow picks , after breast we star to hike up to 3 hours to meet our cook at Jatun Puga Qocha (lagoon) we will enjoy the lunch with a impressive view of the lagoon and the now picks. After teatime, we will continue the hike for another 3 hours passing by a pass of 4820 m. To meet our campsite, where our stuff it will be waiting with warm tea and diner. In the way you will be surrounded by alpacas and their shepherd with colourful ponchos.
lago Jatun Puga Qacha-Pampacancha (4/5 hours) Max hight: 5.200 m, Total distance: 10 km.
After breakfast, we climb up to Apuchata pass (4900 m.) and look down at Laguna Ausangate, fed from the melting snow of Ausangate. As we descend to lake level, we will head uphill again to Palomani pass (5200 m.), the highest point of the trek. The descent into the Finaya Pampa, for the third camp.
Pampacancha-Qoma Qocha (6/7 hours) Max hight: 5100 m., Total distance: 12 km.
After the rigorous climbs over the passes, the trek past Tres Picos and Puca Punta is an easy trail along Pampa Jutunpata valley where the Rio Qampa valley provides a home for wildlife. We might see vizcacha, vicuñas, and other wildlife. We might stop for a break before heading to the final pass of this hike, the Qampa pass (5000m.).
From the top we can see several different colored lakes. We will camp beside lake Qoma Qocha, the last one on the trek. This lake is almost directly opposite Lake Jatun Puqa Qocha on the other side of Ausangate.
Qoma Qocha-Pachanta (2/3 hours) Max hight: 4400 m., Total distance: 7 km.
After breakfast, a 2½ hours walk takes you to the village of Pachanta and the hot springs. Soak away the cold and sore muscles before getting back to Cusco. We have time to eat a nice lunch from the local people, if we are lucky they have the fresh trout from the lagunes. Here you can buy traditional hand made souvenirs what the local people make in this area. Pachanta-Cusco (3/4 hours by bus)
The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group and the guide can change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group. Each guide has their own preferred route and it might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
The Ausangate region is very high, plus you are close to a snow covered massif. Temperatures are cold, and can fall well below freezing in the nights. You should travel well prepared for cold temperatures. Hire/or carry sleeping bags for temperatures less than freezing (minus 10 celsius or more). If required, riding horses or horses to carry luggage can be arranged at a reasonable daily rate.
Pre Trek Briefing
Local cell phone
24 hour support from company owner
Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.
Public transport from Cusco to Tinqui (the trailhead) and private transport return from Phinaya at the end of the trek.
Entry fee to the Ausangate mountain
English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 8 people)
Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks. All tents were purchased in 2015
Cook and Cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks
prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional
Peruvian delicacies. (Please communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water
Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 6 kg per person). If you wish to take more, you can hire an extra mule at a cost of US$ 15.00 per day
1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower
Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
Tents for our staff to sleep in
First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Breakfast on the first morning
Sleeping bags (can be hired from us for US$ 5.00 per day) For this trek you need minus 10 or warmer sleeping bags
Tips for the guides, cook and porters
Additional horses for passenger luggage. If there are any substantial items or backpacks, passengers will need to hire an additional mule at a cost of US$15 per day
We recommend that you bring the followin:
A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek -prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about US$ 1.00 in Cusco.
Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf
Thermal clothing is also recommended, specially for sleeping.
Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
Torch / Flashlight and spare batteries.
Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
Snacks:biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first
We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you
collect water from streams.
Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
Small towel or sarong
Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs)
Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you.)
Binoculars (if you have them)
Sleeping Bag suitable for -10deg. (US$ 5.00 per day)
Deluxe Sleeping Bag suitable for -15deg. (US$ 7.00 per day)
RECOMMENDED FOR THIS TREK!!!
Walking stick lightweight aluminum (US$ 1.00 per day) Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
Mule – US$ 15.00 per day Most people carry their own day pack with up to 5-10kg of their things a change of clothes and wet weather gear etc. However, if you think that you will have too much luggage and you want a very light day pack (eg. just camera and water) then it advisable that you hire an extra mule
What we need when you make a reservation:
Full name as it is written in your passport (please include a scan copy of your passport)
Date of birth
Scan copy of your ISIC student card (if you have one its $18 US less)
Departure date for the trail
60% deposit of the tour´s price by western union, PayPal, ABN AMRO bank in Holland, the remainder of the balance is paid at our office in Cusco.
Group price US$ 600 per person, Price is based on 2 to 4 people.
Over 5 people, US$ 550 per person
Next departure dates, group price:
Exclusive international transaction fees The amount of the extra transaction fees depends on how the payment is made and on your bank. For further informations please don’t hesitate to ask.
With each tour you book with Green Peru Adventures, you are a free walking tour offered by the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. Here you will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.
We look forward to an unforgettable experience of your trip.