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Ausangate,feel the energy of the Apus

Without a doubt the Ausangate trail offers some of the most wonderful scenery in Cusco area, with many birds and wildlife and also glaciers and high alpine lakes. Its also one of the most challenging in the region with three high passes over 5,000 meters/ 16000 feet. Apu Ausangate dominates Cusco's southern skyline. As we draw closer to this massive.

Ausangate Trek offers you a real taste of the Andean life, as you will find and see little communities where native still speak the Inca language and where traditional methods of life are still used.

Discover the unexpected & enjoy an impressive range of mountains which includes the highest peak “Ausangate”. Observe the spectacular wildlife, including vicuñas & Andean birds.



Ausangate 5 Days / 4 Nights

Ausangate Trek offers you a real taste of the Andean life, as you will find and see little communities where native still speak the Inca language and where traditional methods of life are still used.

Trek Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Trek grade: Moderate - Difficult
Trek Style: Active
Type of Trek : Cultural and Adventure
Altitude: 3,800 m / 12,467 feet 5,200 m / 17,060 feet
Departure Day: Daily

4 nights in tent

Group Size: A minimum of 2 persons is needed for this trek
Short Itinerary Walking Distance 

Day 1: Cusco - Tinqui - Upis
Day 2: Upis - Lake Ausangate Q'ocha
Day 3: Lake Ausangate Q'ocha - Qampa
Day 4: Q'ampa - Pacchanta
Day 5: Pacchanta - Cusco

Day 01: 11 km / 6,835 miles
Day 02: 17 km / 10,563 miles
Day 03: 17 km / 10,563 miles.
Day 04: 14 km / 8,699 miles.
Day 05: 10km / 6,213 miles

Useful Information

Minimum Altitude: 3,800 m / 12,467 feet
Highest Altitude: 5,200 m / 17,060 feet

T° Maximum: 20°C - 25°C
T° Minimum: 0°C


Fantastic enjoying of the spectacular atmosphereDAY 1: Cusco - Tinqui - Upis

We depart Cusco early the morning for our three hour ride in private transport to the small village of Tinqui (3800 meters/ 12 464 feet). As Tinqui is located on the new Interoceanic highway we can now arrive here much more quickly that in previous years. We pass through beautiful countryside and several traditional villages including Urcos, Cattca and Ocangate. After lunch in Tinqui the first 3 hours on the trail are wonderful prelude to the magnificent scenery of the Cordillera Vilcanota, with great views of Ausangate. We will trek for two hours more until we reach the hot springs at Upis (4,400 meters/ 14432 feet) which offer fantastic views of Ausangate at the end of the valley. We will camp here for the night.


Ausangate Lovely night in the Andes

DAY 2: Upis - Lake Ausangate Q'ocha

During our morning's trek, we will cross the Arapa pass (4,850 meters/ 15908 feet). From here, we continue 3½ hours down the valley, passing the green lake of Puqa Q'ocha until we reach the turquoise Lake Jatun Puqa Q'ocha. We then ascend the second pass of Apuchata (4,900 metres/ 16 072 feet) with the stunning turquoise blue Laguna Ausangate Q'ocha below. This lake is fed from the melting snow of Ausangate. We will camp here for the second night.



Ausangate ,third day of trek

DAY 3: Lake Ausangate Q'ocha - Qampa

From the lake we ascend to the Palomani pass (5,200 meters/ 17 056 feet); the highest point of the trek. From the pass we follow the trail into the valley where we will rest and have lunch. During the afternoon we can enjoy views of the snowcapped Tres Picos and Puca punta. We will continue through the broad green valley of Pampa Jutunpata and up the Rio Q'ampa valley. We will spend the night community.



Ausangate children going to the school

DAY 4: Q'ampa - Pacchanta

After passing through the small community of Q'ampa we will head North West to the last pass of this hike, the Q'ampa pass (5000 meters/ 16400 feet). We will see several different colored lakes and lunch beside Q'oma Q'ocha. We hike for several hours before arriving at the small village of Pacchanta. We can soak in the thermal springs for a couple of hours, and even have a well deserved beer! We will set up camp near Pacchanta and you will have the afternoon free to explore this interesting Andean village. (You have the option of staying in a basic hostel this night)


Pachanta Nice Quechua communityDAY 5: Pacchanta - Cusco

After breakfast It is only 3 hours trek back to Tinqui where we will have time to explore this traditional Andean village before taking our private bus back to Cusco.

Included / Not Included

 What is Included?: What is not Included? 
  • Professional guide who speaks English, Spanish
  • Briefing at your hotel before departing
  • Private bus to the start of the trek.
  • Transfer to your hotel on return.
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Meals (Vegetarian option available) & Snacks
  • Camping equipment, dining tents, kitchen, tables, chairs.
  • 4 man tents are provided for 2 people only.
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Horseman and mules (they carry cooking and camping equipment)
  • Entrance ticket
  • First aid kid and oxygen tank.
  • Breakfast the first day
  • Lunch on day 4th
  • Sleeping bags (they can be rented in the office)
  • Entrances to hot springs
 What you Need to Bring?  Optional Items to Take:
  • Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
  • 1 small day backpack to carry the things you need for the day
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand santizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Small towel
  • Bathing suit for hotsprings (not included in price)
  • Water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Bathing suit for hotsprings (not included in price)
  • Emergency extra Cash
  • Shorts
  • sandals
  • Walking stick (with rubber tip)
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Additional horses


* We include a porter that will carry your personal belongings (8kg/16lbs) in all of our treks at no additional cost.
Group Services: Private Service:
Special Price: $.   per person To Open A New “Fixed Departures Date In A Private Service”
We only need 2 paxs
Discounts Optional Extras
  • Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
  • Under 16's Discount: US$20
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain; 
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Air matresses 
  • Inflatable pillow 
  • Pair of Walking poles