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solo hiker trekking the ausangate trek
andean lagoon during the ausangate trek
ausangate mountain of peru snowed
lagoon surrounded by llamas during ausangate tour
girl on her back in front of rainbow mountain in peru
group of llamas in front of the apu ausangate mountain in peru
scenery during the 5 day ausangate trek in peru
andean landscape during ausangate
seven colors mountain in peru
group of llamas in front of vinicunca mountain in peru
andean mountain range during the ausangate trek
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Ausangate Trek

A 53 km guided trek around Nevado Auzangate

(2 reviews)
Cusco
5 days
Spanish and English
Starts: From your accommodation in Cuzco at 6:30 a.m.
Ends: To your accommodation in Cuzco at 9:00 p.m.
Free cancellation!
Briefing

Join the Ausangate Trek 5 days and enjoy one of the highest altitude treks you can do in the Andes. You will trek a total of 53 km around the Nevado Auzangate in the company of a professional mountain guide.

Get ready to spend 5 days among colorful lakes, glaciers, wild llamas, Andean villages and the highest mountain in Cuzco with 6384 masl always in the background. In addition, the fourth day of the trek, the route will take you to the insolite Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca mountain 🌈. Do you want to know all the secrets that this Andean route hides? 👇

Tour details

Included

  • Bilingual guide
  • Access ticket to Ausangate Park
  • Access ticket to Rainbow Mountain
  • Chef to prepare meals
  • Two-person camping tent (with mattress
  • sheet
  • pillows)
  • Mules to carry luggage up to 6 kg (approx. 13 lbs) per person
  • Oxygen bottles and first aid kit
  • Portable toilet
  • Waterproof bag to protect your backpack
  • Private transport Cusco – Cachora – Cusco

Not included

  • Sleeping bag (rent for 50 soles)*
  • Individual camping tent (rent for $30 USD)*
  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Dinner on the last day

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation! If you cancel at least 48 hours before the tour starts, you will receive 100% of the amount paid. After this time, or in case of no-show, no refunds will be given.

Tour itinerary

DAY 1 Cusco - Tinki - Pajchanta - Qomerqocha

Tinki ➡ Qomercocha
Difficulty: Moderate - 4,34 mi. (7 km.)
Initial altitude: 12467 ft. (3.800 m.)
Maximum altitude: 13451 ft. (4.100 m.)
Campsite altitude: 13451 ft. (4.100 m.)

Pick up in Cuzco

We will be picked up from our hotel in Cuzco at 7:00 a.m. and we will head to Pajchanta. We will travel by bus and it will take 3 and a half hours. Before lunch, around 12:00, we will have time to relax in the hot springs before stopping for lunch.

city of cusco in peru

⛺Qomerqocha Camp

After this rest we will begin the trek to Qomerqocha camp, where upon arrival we will make ourselves comfortable and enjoy a delicious dinner before going to rest and replenish our strength for the next day.

A 53 km guided trek around Nevado Auzangate

DAY 2 Qomerqocha - Jhampa Pass - Jhampa Pampa - Huchuy Phinaya

Qomercocha ➡ Huchuy Phinaya
Difficulty: Moderate - 8,7 mi. (14 km.)
Initial altitude: 13451 ft. (4.100 m.)
Maximum altitude: 16437 ft. (5.010 m.)
Campsite altitude: 15420 ft. (4.700 m.)

6 : 00 AM

Paso Jhampa (Jhampa Pass)

Today we will wake up early and after a delicious breakfast prepared by our chef we will start the trek to the Jhampa pass which is at an altitude of more than 16404 feet (5,000 me.) and is the first highest point of this 5 day trek.

Jhampa Pass during the ausangate trek 5 days
12 : 00 PM

⛺Camp Huchuy Phinaya

At 12:00 p.m. we will stop for lunch in Jhampa Pampa and after this short break we will continue the trekking route to our campsite in Huchuy Phinaya, where we will rest after this hard day and where we will enjoy a tasty dinner.

front-facing llama looking into camera during ausangate

DAY 3 Huchuy Phinaya - Palomani Pass - Ausangate Qocha - Ananta

Huchuy Phinaya ➡ Ananta
Difficulty: Moderate - 8,7 mi. (14 km.)
Initial altitude: 15420 ft. (4.700 m.)
Maximum altitude: 17060 ft. (5.200 m.)
Campsite altitude: 15420 ft. (4.700 m.)

5 : 30 AM

Paso Palomani (Palomani Pass)

Today we will wake up very early and after breakfast start the hike to Palomani Pass which is located at 5,210 meters above sea level and is the highest point of this entire 5-day trek.


⛺Ananta Camp

We will stop for lunch and rest at Ausangate Qocha and continue until we reach Ananta, where we will spend the night. Upon our arrival at the camp we will enjoy a comforting dinner and retire to our tents to rest and replenish our strength until the next day.

snow-capped mountains in peru during the ausangate trek

DAY 4 Ananta - Vinicunca Mountain - Ananta - Yana Qocha

Ananta ➡ Yana Cocha
Difficulty: Moderate - 7,45 mi. (12 km.)
Initial altitude: 15420 ft. (4.700 m.)
Maximum altitude: 16568 ft. (5.050 m.)
Campsite altitude: 16076 ft. (4.900 m.)

5 : 00 AM

Vinicunca Mountain

We will wake up early and after breakfast we will start the hike to the spectacular Vinicunca Mountain, also known as the Rainbow Mountain. From there we will also have an incredible panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

Vinicunca Mountain during the ausangate trek

⛺ Yana Camp

After enjoying this iconic place we will return to the camp at Ananata where we will have lunch. After this break we will continue for a few more hours until we reach Yana Qocha camp where we will have dinner and spend the night.

views of Andean mountains from Yana camp

DAY 5 Yana Qocha - Abra Arapa - Upis Community - Cusco

Difficulty: Moderate - 3,72 mi. (6 km.)
Initial altitude: 16076 ft. (4.900 m.)
Maximum altitude: 16076 ft. (4.900 m.)

Upis Community

Today is our last day of this amazing trek and after having our breakfast we will start our hike until we reach Upis Community where we will have lunch.


🚐Return to Cuzco

After lunch we will have time to relax in the hot springs, after which we will head back to Cuzco to put an end to these unforgettable 5 days of trekking.

andean mountain range during the 5 days ausangate trekking

What to bring to Ausangate Trek

  • Original passport (the same one used to book trip)
  • Medium backpack of 30 or 40 liters
  • Canteen or refillable water bottle
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain jacket or waterproof poncho
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Leisure footwear for the campsite
  • Quick dry towel
  • Portable battery charger
  • Personal hygiene items

Ausangate Trek tour reviews with Howlanders

Amber
My husband and I wanted to know more about Andean mountains and villages so we decided to follow Howlanders advice and take this tour. I must say we enjoyed it a lot and we hightly recommend it for travelers who don't mind to walk in exchange for seeing beautiful landscapes and experiences.
May 9, 2019
Gimena
Un trek espectacular, pillamos mucho frío pero como íbamos a la marcha fue todo perfecto. Tuvimos algún que otro dolor de cabeza por el mal de altura, pero menos mal que hicimos caso a los de Howlanders y nos quedamos unos días en la ciudad antes de empezar el trek sino no creo que hubiéramos podido...
May 7, 2019

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