Ausangate Trek 5 Days Classic

The Classic Ausangate Trek

5 Days 4 Nights Multi-day hike

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The Classic Trek to the Imposing Ausangate

Cusco – Pucarumi – Paqchanta- Jampa Pass – Huano Huano - Laguna Ausangateqocha.- Upispampa -Upis - Cusco
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The Ausangate snow-peak is found 100 kilometres south east of the Cusco region in the Cordillera Vilcanota, forming part of the Peruvian Andes at an elevation of 6,384m. This majestic mountain is inhabited by llama and Alpaca farmers, native to the region who form one of the few remaining high altitude farming societies remaining in the world today. offers us one of the most important and fascinating high altitude treks in the region of Cusco. The trek offers its visitors spectacular mountain scenery and natural beauty, combined with a geography of many contrasts with many glaciers, and colourful blue lagoons, as well as its picturesque valleys. Here live a wide variety of flora and fauna along the way including chinchillas, vicuñas, Andean foxes and the magnificent Andean condor, amongst other species. The perfect scenery and the spectacular starry night skies with the milky way in all its splendour and finally the famous rainbow mountain and its colourful display, called Vinicunca.

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Itinerary

The Ausangate trek 5 days offers an array of wildlife including soaring condors, Alpacas, Viscachas, vicuñas, Condors, bobcats and pumas. Our private campsites are located with amazing view of Ausangate Mountain from different angle and you will also have the chance to take a bath in 2 hot springs along the way and enjoy the trek’s signature rainbow mountains! The colourful mountains in the Vinicunca area is probably the amazing thing you are going to see in our country!

DAY 1 :  CUSCO – PUCARUMI – PAQCHANTA.

Early in the morning our staff from Ausangate Trekking Peru, will collect you from your hotel and we will head off in the direction of Ocongate along the Inter-oceanic highway. Along the way we Will pass through many different villages in the region of Cusco, where you will be able to see the local cultivations and crops of the high Andean communities, until we arrive at the village of Pucarumi. This is the starting point of our hike. Here we will take a pathway to the community of Pacchanta, where we will spend the evening. First we will enjoy a delicious lunch and during the afternoon, you will have some free time to  spend in the hot springs of Pacchanta. In this little village, we will spend the evening in a basic but comfortable hotel, wth a hot shower and private bathroom. We will enjoy our dinner next to a warm oven. Our strategically situated hostel is perfect for appreciating the starry night time sky and the milky way.

 

Hiking distance: 8 km
Starting elevation: 3950 m / ft
Maximum elevation: 4350 m / ft
Campsite elevation: 4350m. / ft
Hiking time: 4 hours aprox.
Daytime temperature: Max. 16°C.
Night time temperature: Min. -10°C.
Difficulty: Moderate.
Accomodation: Hostel
Meals: Lunch and dinner

DAY2: PACCHANTA –  JAMPA PASS – HUANO HUANO

After an energizing breakfast, we will begin our ascent along a trail with a number of coloured lakes at the foot of the Ausangate mountain The lagoons range from blue, to Green, to turquoise and are surrounded by glaciers and snow peaks. Our lunch Will be at the viewpoint where we wil have the perfect view of the mountains in all their splendour We will then continue on our ascent to the JAMPA pass at 5100m elevation. After a short rest to take some photos, we will begin our descent to the campsite at Huano Huano(4700m) where we will spend the night.

 

Hiking distance: 16 km
Starting elevation: 4350 m / ft
Maximum elevation: 5100 m / ft
Campsite elevation: 4700m. / ft
Hiking time: 9 hours aprox.
Daytime temperature: Max. 16°C.
Night time temperature: Min. -15°C.
Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
Accomodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 3: HUANO HUANO –  LAGUNA AUSANGATEQOCHA.

When you hike around the Ausangate mountain, you will be constantly surprised by the spectacular and exceptional panoramas.

After a hearty breakfast, we will head off on an ascent the Red lagoon also called the “chocolate lake” at the foot of the Santa Catalina mountain. After a short rest  to explore the area and take some photos, we will continue on our ascent to the highest pass on the trek, The Palomani pass at 5200m. From this point, we will be able to see a unique panoramic view which will be engrained in your memory forever. You will also be able to see in the distance, part of the Rainbow mountain Vinicunca. As we descend the Palomani pass, we will be able to marvel at the Ausangate cocha lagoon fed by the Ausangate glacier This is also a reserve for vicuñas. We will then head to our campsite at the Ausangate cocha at an elevation of 4720m.

 

Hiking distance: 15 km
Starting elevation: 4700 m / ft
Maximum elevation: 5200 m / ft
Campsite elevation: 4720m. / ft
Hiking time: 8 hours aprox.
Daytime temperature: Max. 16°C.
Night time temperature: Min. -15°C.
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.
Accomodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 4: AUSANGATECOCHA – UPISPAMPA.

We will wake up at 06.30am, then after breakfast, we will take the opportunity to get as close to the glacier as we can, near the Apacheta pass, found at 4950m elevation. As we continue, we will be able to appreciate a number of lagoons of all different sizes and colours, ideal for taking photos. The panoramic view behind the mountains is spectacular and with the sensation that here amongst the mountains, we can reflect our own existence and feel the immensity of nature with these incredible mountains on the Ausangate trek.

After crossing the Arapa pass at 4750m elevation, we will begin a 2 hour descent to our final campsite of Upispampa, found at 4440m elevation. Here you can have a well- earned rest and enjoy the thermal springs beneath the starriest of skies.

Hiking distance: 16 km aprox.
Starting elevation: 4720 m / ft
Maximum elevation: 4950 m / ft
Campsite elevation: 4450m. / ft
Hiking time: 8 hours aprox.
Daytime temperature: Max. 16°C.
Night time temperature: Min. -1°C.
Difficulty: Difficult.
Accomodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

DAY 5: UPIS – CUSCO.

This is our final day which Will start at 8am. We will enjoy our breakfast and then we will hike for 3 hours to our hostel in Pacchanta where we will enjoy a traditional lunch of Pacha Manca. We Will give our thanks to the Mother earth for such a fantastic experience and we will say goodbye to the grand Ausangate mountain.

In the afternoon, our car will take us back to the city of Cusco and we will arrive at 4pm  and drop you at your hotel.

 

Hiking distance: 8 km aprox.
Starting elevation: 4450 m / ft
Maximum elevation: 4600 m / ft
Hiking time: 3 hours aprox.
Daytime temperature: Max. 16°C.
Dificulty: Easy.
Meals: Breakfast – lunch (Pachamanca)

Inclusions

At Ausangate Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details to avoid missing anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

INCLUDED:

  • Private transport.
  • Official guide.
  • Meals throughout this rainbow mountain itinerary that are mentioned above.
  • Entrance tickets to the Ausangate circuit .
  • First Aid kit.
  • Oxygen tank
  • Trekking poles
  • Sanitary protocols

 NOT INCLUDED:

  • Entrance to the hot springs
  • Extra drinks.
  • Tips

Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as carefree as possible. In this section, you’ll find the answers to all the questions you have about traveling with Ausangate Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

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WHAT TO BRING

  • 4 disposable face masks.
  • Sun Protection.
  • Alcohol gel
  • Thermals for the evening
  • Extra cash in Soles and small denominations.
  • Bathing suit, towel and sandals for the hot springs.
  • Plastic bag for wet clothes
  • Toilet paper
  • Day pack with the following:
  • Rain poncho
  • Snack
  • Refillable water bottle/camel pack.
  • Sunglasses
  • Torch/ headlamp
  • Extra Batteries

Briefing or Informative Meeting

All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Ausangate Trekking office.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you won’t need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests

Ausangate Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historical Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.

Cusco is an old city, meaning it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route.

It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are usually common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport or restaurant. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.

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WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

At Ausangate Trekking we offer the best service for all our customers and here is what makes us different than others.

  • Small groups: Along our excursion group size is a capped at 8 people. This guarantees that you will enjoy every step of our excursion

  • Hotel: During our excursion to Machu Picchu, we offer a 3 stars hotel stay for the last night. This ensures you are well rested and ready to explore Machu Picchu.

  • Bus to Machu Picchu: To enjoy Machu Picchu, we provide a round trip ticket on the bus from Aguas Calientes to the main entrance of the archaeological site.

  • Local Tour guides: Our team consists of 100% local tour guides, who have expert knowledge in our ancient culture.

  • Best Camping Equipment: We have the state-of-the-art camping equipment for our excursion. The equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after every excursion.

  • Best Trekking team: At Ausangate Trekking we focus to create the best experience during our excursions. Our team that consists of tour guides, cooks, porters, horse drivers are handpicked. We train our team to offer you the best service. We take care of our team by providing them with good equipment and paying them fairly.

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