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The picturesque four days Ausangate Trek is an iconic trek in Cusco. This off-the-beaten-path trek takes you around the most sacred peak in the Cusco region, Mount Ausangate.
Ausangate trek is not as popular as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or Salkantay Trek, which means that it is less touristy and you will be in close contact with mother nature as you hike through many local communities tucked under the snow-capped peak.
At 6372 meters above sea level (20905 ft), Ausangate Mountain is the highest mountain in the region. On a clear day, this snow-capped peak dominates the southern skyline of Cusco. Locals worship the mountain and refer to it as Apu Ausangate.
The trek is dotted with stunning crystalline lagoons and hot springs which is ideal for nature lovers wanting to beat the touristic crowd of Cusco City.
Accompanied by an English-speaking local tour guide, you will be getting an insight into the life and traditions of locals and Andean mythology.
Ausangate is a part of the Peruvian Andes. It is subject to two seasons, the rainy season and the dry season. During monsoon, it rains quite heavily and the trail gets slippery. We highly recommend you experience the trek during the dry season – between March and November when the sun shines brightly and the weather is quite warm.
Kuntur Peru is a fully locally owned tour operating company in Cusco. We take pride in working with young locals on all our treks and trails. Tourism is our passion. Our tour guides are fluent in English and have excellent knowledge of local traditions and customs.
Join us on our signature trek, Ausagate Trek, and get an in-depth insight into the Andean traditions and customs.
Please note that this is a high-altitude experience. You will be crossing many high mountain passes. We highly recommend that you spend a few days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness.
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Cusco Hotel Transfer
Your epic Ausangate Trek begins with a 0600 AM transfer from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you through the South Valley of Cusco to a remote Andean village, Tinqui.
This is the starting point of Ausangate Trek. Here we will be meeting our support crew, muleteers, and cook.
After their introduction and safety briefing, we will begin the trek. We will be hiking gradually up the hill through some remote Andean villages. Our local expert will be explaining to you their way of life.
We will be crossing a few natural hot springs, you can take a dip and relax amidst the natural setting.
For lunch, we will be stopping in Upis. Our chef will prepare a traditional meal here.
After lunch, we will be hiking to Arapa Pass at 4950 meters above sea level (16240 feet). The tour guide will be giving you an insight into the traditions as you would contemplate the awe-inspiring views of the Peruvian Andes.
We will be hiking down the hill to relish the views of the magnificent turquoise water lake, Lake Pucacocha. Here you will have the opportunity of spotting many Andean camelids, Alpacas, and Llamas in their natural habitat.
For the night, we will be camping on the banks of the river amidst the view of the snow-capped Ausangate Mountain.
Our crew will be waking you up early in the morning to a cup of freshly brewed coffee or Coca Tea. We will then serve a traditional Andean breakfast. After breakfast, we will begin the second-day hike of the Ausangate Trek.
We will begin with a three hours hike up the hill to the second pass, Apuchata Pass. It nestles at 4900 meters above sea level (16076 feet). The route offers captivating views of the highland communities tucked under the mighty Ausangate peak.
Along the way, your tour guide will be giving you more insights into the Andean traditions and customs. From the Apuchata Pass, you will be getting staggering views of the valley below. We will be having a brief stop here so you can relish the views.
We will then gradually descend for an hour and a half to Ausangate Qocha. Here we will be stopping for lunch amidst the stunning setting of the Andes.
After lunch, we will be hiking up the hill for two hours to Palomani Pass (5100m/16732ft). You will be able to spot more Alpacas and Llamas along the way. Palomani Pass offers pristine views of the Peruvian Andes.
After catching up with the breath and soaking in the staggering views, we will be descending down the hill to a small community of Huchuy Phinaya. Our crew will be setting up tents here and will welcome you to the campsite with some snacks.
After witnessing the sunset, we will be serving you dinner.
After a nutritious breakfast, we will begin hiking up the hill to Jhampa Pampa. You will be hiking amidst the snow-capped Andean peaks. From Jhampa Pampa we will be hiking up the hill for two hours to Abra Q’ampa. The pass nestles at 5060m/16601 ft. above sea level.
We will be stopping here to contemplate the views of the Peruvian Andes.
Once you are ready, we will be hiking down the hill for three hours to our lunch camp in Ninanparayoc. We will be serving a heavy meal amidst a beautiful setting.
Ninanparayoc is home to a picturesque lagoon that nestles amidst the snowcapped peaks – Santa Catalina, Ausangate, Maria Huamantiqllq, Colquecruz, and Pucapunta. You can spend the evening taking a stroll around the lagoon.
In the evening, after witnessing the sunset, we will be meeting at the campsite for dinner.
The last day of our Ausangate Trek begins with breakfast. We will then begin hiking down the hill to Pacchanta Valley. You will be accompanied by herds of Llamas and Alpacas. Pacchanta is a local community at 4100m/13451 ft. above sea level.
It is home to a few natural hot springs. We will be spending some time here.
Once you have had your fill, we will be hiking down the hill by road for three hours to Tinqui where will be serving lunch. After lunch, we will be taking our transport for our drive back to Cusco City.
We will be reaching Cusco by 0500 PM.