Ausangate Trek Tinqui 5 Days/ 4 Nights

  • Destination: Cusco
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Price per person: $600
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Price based on 2 – 4 people.

Over 5 people, US$ 550 per person

As we operate the Ausangate Trek ourselves, we have available departure dates for the whole year. Indeed if you prefer to join a group, here our confirmed reservations for departure dates 2019:

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 arises after the last volcanic activity. Here, the minerals melted in bride colors! Also, you will enjoy the variety of Andean camelids such 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 colorful clothing as well as their beliefs and connection with the Apus (god mountains).
This trek is a lifetime experience and a challenging adventure where your expectations of the beauty of this area are beyond your imagination. We invite you to touch the sky!


Day 1

Cusco – Tinqui – Urpis

On the first day, you will have a 4-hour bus ride through the wonderful Andes. The views are spectacular! From Tinqui we take a taxi to the school of Urpis and then start our 2 hours walk to the campsite. In Urpis we will find natural hot springs and enjoy a wonderful view of the Ausangate. You will also be impressed by how local people live their simple lives with their traditional clothing and llamas and alpacas.

Day 2

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 staff will be waiting for us with warm tea and dinner.

Altitude: 4850 meters
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Total distance: 13 km

Day 3

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
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Total distance: 10 km

Day 4

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
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Total distance: 12 km

Day 5

Qoma Qocha – Pachanta

After breakfast, we will start a 2,5 hour walk that takes you to the village of 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 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
Hiking time: 2-3 hours
Total distance: 7 km


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 its 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.

  • Pre-Trek Briefing
  • 24-hour-support from the company owner
  • Pick-up from your hotel on the morning of the trek departure
  • Public transport from Cusco to Tinqui (the trailhead) and private transport returning from Phinaya at the end of the trek
  • Entrance ticket to the Ausangate mountain
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups of 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
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Cook and Cooking equipment (assistants are provided for larger groups)
  • Toilet tent
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of both the Western and the traditional diet
  • Peruvian delicacies (Please communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for a certain type of dish). 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 that can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if you 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
Not Included:
  • Breakfast on the first morning
  • Sleeping bags (can be rented from us for US$ 5.00 per day) – for this trek you need minus 10 or warmer sleeping bags
  • Tips for the guides, cooks, 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$15 per day
  • Insurance of any kind
Recommendations, what to bring:
  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about US$ 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 breathe in the evenings
  • Warm clothes including jacket, fleece, gloves, and scarf
  • Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Sleeping bag
  • 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
  • Sunblock
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for the face and body
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning
  • 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
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs)
  • extra money (in Soles)
  • Walking sticks or poles
  • 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 sticks 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 backpack with up to 5-10kg. However, if you think that you will have too much luggage and you want a very light backpack (e.g. just a camera and water), then it is 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 scanned copy of your passport)
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Tour departure date
  • Send a deposit of 60% of the total price of your tour. (The remainder of your balance will be due upon your arrival in Cusco.) Payment may be made via *Western UnionPayPalABN AMRO Bank in Holland

Group price US$ 600 per person, 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.

Terms and Conditions

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.

We are looking forward to creating an unforgettable experience for you.