Ausangate Trek


    What's Included?

  • Pre-departure briefing in your hotel.
  • Collection from your hotel and transfer in private transport to Tinki, starting point of the trek.
  • Tinki visitor fee.
  • Campsite fees.
  • 3 - people-capacity-tents, that will be used by 2 persons only.
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person
  • One sleeping bag per person: our sleeping bags are -18ºC-comfort (0ºF).
  • One pillow per person.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities.
  • English speaking professional.
  • Chef and cooking equipment.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 9kg per person.
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 persons.
  • Wranglers.
  • Accommodation for all our staff.
  • Meals (04B, 05L, 04D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day).
  • Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
  • One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags.
  • Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards.
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff.
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Private transport from Tinki to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
  • 24 hours guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit.

This is an amazing and less-known trek surrounding the snow-capped Sacred Mountain of Ausangate (Apu Ausangate - 6.372m/20900ft). We will get over mountain passes, enjoy magnificent mountain scenery and visit remote quaint Andean villages. Not to mention amazing hot springs and turquoise lakes. This is an unforgettable hike recommended for lovers of mountain trekking searching for an intense experience in remote areas and wild nature.

Full Itinerary

Day 1 - Cusco to Upis Inc L.D

Very early we leave the city of Cusco in a private transport, and drive along the Cusco - Puerto Maldonado highway in the direction of Tinki (3800meters/12464feet). On the way we pass through Urcos, where we may spot a beautiful lagoon with the same name, continue on to Cattca, an agricultural and cattle raising community where we can appreciate the region’s spectacular views and finally cross Ocongate, capital of the district with the same name and only half an hour away from our destination. After an approximated 4-hour drive, we arrive in Tinki, where we meet our wranglers and horses. We initiate our trek with a slight climb that crosses through puna (dry and high area with little vegetation) to then arrive at our lunch spot after a three-hour walk. From here we already have beautiful views of the sacred Ausangate peak (6372meters/20900feet). After lunch, we continue walking for another hour and a half to reach our campsite in Upis at 4400meters/14432feet. From this point, we may enjoy fabulous views of all the snow peaks in the area. We camp and dine right in front of Ausangate.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner.

Overnight: Camping in Upis.

Day 2 - Ausangate Trek - Upis to Ausangateqocha Inc B.L.D

After breakfast, we continue our hike ascending for two hours to reach La Arapa pass (4850m/15908ft). We then descend to our lunch spot, crossing an area of falcons and "vizcachas" or Andean rodents. This area also boasts three beautiful lakes with tones of reds, greens, and turquoises (Pukacocha, HatunPukacocha, and Qomerqocha) and spectacular views of the surrounding, worshiped for centuries, snow peaks. After lunch, we continue on a long and slow ascent that will take us, after about two hours, to the second mountain pass, the Abra de Apuchata (4900m/16072ft), from which we descend, for another half an hour, towards our campsite at Ausangatecocha (4440m/14563ft).

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch, Dinner.

Overnight: Camping in Ausangatecocha.

Day 3 - Ausangate Trek - Ausangateqocha to Q'ampa Inc B.L.D

Today, we depart early to climb for two hours towards the third mountain pass: Abra de Palomani (5200m/17056ft). This is the highest part of the entire hike, from which we then descend for another 2 hours through an area of llamas, alpacas and "vizcachas" to reach Pampacancha (4050m/13284ft). From here we follow an uphill trail until that leads us to our campsite in Q´ampa (4300m/14104ft). Along this easy 3 hour climb we may have the chance to spot llamas, alpacas, and with a bit of luck, even the elusive pumas. We will have our dinner and overnight at camp.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch, Dinner.

Overnight: Camping in Q'ampa.

Day 4 - Ausangate Trek - Q'ampa to Pacchanta Inc B.L.D

We climb for 2 hours until we reach Q´ampa mountain pass (5000m/16400ft), where we may have the chance to spot the Andean deer. From here we descend towards the Qomerqocha lagoon to finally arrive at Pacchanta (4100m/13448ft) after an approximated five-hour walk. Pacchanta is a quaint little community with attractive hot springs, where we can enjoy a relaxing dip. We camp and spend the night at this place.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch, Dinner.

Overnight: Camping in Pacchanta.

Day 5 - Pacchanta to Tinki & Return to Cusco Inc B.L

We leave Pacchanta and start to walk our way back to Tinki, which will take approximately 2 hours. Once in Tinki, we board a private transport that will take us back to the city of Cusco, where we estimate to arrive after nightfall.



  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Tips