The Ausangate Trek will lead you to one of the highest and most beautiful mountains in the south of Peru while discovering amazing landscapes on this natural Andean level (Puna). You will see a great diversity of mountain formations which make this region unique in the world, so for example the popular rainbow mountain which arised after the last volcanic activity. Here, the minerals melted in bride colours! Also you will enjoy the variety of the Andean camelids as the alpaca, llama, Vicuña and Huanaco (Huanaco is not often seen) in their natural habitat. You will be amazed by the local people, their traditions and colourful clothing as well as tjeir believes and connection with the Apus (god mountains).
This trek is a lifetime experience and a challenging adventure where you expectations of the beauty of this area are beyond imagination. We invite you to touch the sky!
Cusco – Tinqui – Urpis
The first day, you will have a 4 hour bus ride through the wonderful Andes. The views are espectacular! From Tinqui we take a taxi to the school of Urpis and then start our 2 hours walk to the campside. In Urpis we will find natural hot springs and enjoy a wonderful view of the Ausangate. You will also be impressed how local people live their simple lifes with their traditional clothing and llamas and alpacas.
Urpis – Jatun Puqa Qocha
We start our second day very early to enjoy the sunrise over the snow picks. After our breakfast we start our 3 hour hike until we reach Jatun Puqa Qocha, where we meet our cook and enjoy lunch while being blessed with an impressive view of the lagoon and the now picks. After teatime, we will continue our hike for another 3 hours, passing by a pass of 4850 meters and being surrounded by many alpaca herds. We then reach our campsite where our stuff will be waiting for us with warm tea and dinner.
Altitude: 4850 meters
Jatun Puqa Qocha – Puqa Qocha Lagoon – Pampacancha
After our early breakfast, we start to climb up the Apuchata pass (4900 meters) from where we have a breathtaking view over the Ausangate lagoon which is fed from the melting snow directly from the mountain. As we descend to lake level, we will head uphill again to the Palomani pass (5200 meters), the highest point of the trek. We then continue our trek to Finaya Pampa for our third camp.
Altitude: 5200 meters
Pampacancha – Qoma Qocha
After the rigorous climbs over the passes (Tres Picos and Puca Punta), the trek leads us on an easy trail along Pampa Jutunpata valley where the river Qampa provides a great home for wildlife. We might see vizcachas, vicuñas and other local animals. After that, we might stop for a short break before heading to the final pass of this hike, the Qampa pass at 5000 meters. Here, from the very top of the mountain, we can see several different colored lakes. We will camp beside lake Qoma Qocha, the last one on this trek. This lake is almost directly on the opposite side of the Puqa Qocha Lagoon.
Altitude: 5100 meters
Qoma Qocha – Pachanta
After breakfast, we will start a 2,5 hours walk that takes you to the village Pachanta and its hot springs. Here we soak away all the cold and sore muscles before getting back to Cusco. We have time to try a nice lunch from the local people – if we are lucky they serve us the fresh trout from the nearby lagunes. You can buy traditional handmade souvenirs before we start our 4 hour bus ride back to Cusco.
Altitude: 4400 meters
The times cited in this itinerary are approximate – the walking time depends on the group! 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 exactly correspond to the one described here.
The Ausangate region is very high, plus you are close to a snow covered massif. Temperatures are cold, and can fall far below freezing in the nights. You should travel well prepared for cold temperatures. Rent or carry sleeping bags for temperatures less than freezing (minus 10 Degree Celsius or more). If required, riding horses or horses to carry luggage can be arranged at a reasonable daily rate.
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Group price US$ 600 per person.
Price is based on 2 – 4 people.
Over 5 people, US$ 550 per person
Exclusive international transaction fees: The amount of the extra transaction fees depends on how the payment is made and on your bank. For further information please don’t hesitate to ask.
Upon request, with each booked tour with Green Peru Adventures, you will receive a free walking tour of the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. You will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.