Ausangate Circuit Trek

We only offer quality run treks to the Ausangate region of Peru. We have added some additional acclimatization in Cusco along with our private Sacred valley tour to our itinerary to give you the best experience possible for your Peruvian adventure trip. The Ausangate Trek is a six-day hike around the base Mount Ausangate which stands at 6,385m/ 20,948 feet. Ausangate is the highest and most sacred mountain in Southern Peru, and for centuries has been central to the religious beliefs of the Andean people who still go on annual pilgrimages to its icy slopes.

How should you be training for your Ausangate trek

Read some REVIEWS from our trips. You just need to come with good physical conditioning, we will help you get prepared. If you are used to trekking at altitude and fit trekker then this trek is for you. If you are thinking of trekking in Peru and not used to any sort of mountain walking you need to train harder and be ready for amazing trek at high altitude. You should be aiming to training 4/5 times a week and be used to training with a back pack on and building your endurance and strength for this type of adventure. Although the Ausangate trek is not a technical trip, for your safety and success you need more acclimatization and you need to come with the correct training.

More acclimatization is needed for this trek

We have two nights in Cusco added into the itinerary before the trek to give you optimal acclimatization. The more days you have the better. People are continually underestimating the high altitude and trying to cut out days with little understanding of how the lack of oxygen effects the body. That is why we choose to have more days to be safe and successful. From 20 years of leading expeditions at high altitude the two key components are coming with the right training and having more acclimatization.

Tips, gear and our available climbing date

If you are interested in big mountain viewing the Ausangate Circuit Trek has the most beautiful in this region of Peru. We have the best route in place to give you the best possible experience. If you sign up to one of trips we will send you a full itemized kit list along with further information on renting gear. We normally only run private group treks to this region but if you have 2 people we can run this itinerary for you.  Get in CONTACT with us and we can give you further information on trekking this amazing circuit.

More about the Ausangate Circuit Trek

Although we will not be climbing the mountain, we will get up-close and personal with the spectacular glaciers, lakes and Ausangate is really interesting from all sides. We know the best viewing points and will try and spend more time in the best areas of the region.  While hiking completely around this mystical mountain, we will camp near hot springs and turquoise lakes inhabited by numerous bird species, including Andean geese and the almighty Andean Condor. We walk amongst herds of llamas and alpacas in remote native Quechua villages. This Ausangate trek has really spectacular glacial vistas, uninterrupted beauty and solitude, this is a spectacular trip for trekkers who love a true outdoor adventure.

The Ausangate region is proabably not even on your radar for trekking and should be on the list of every trekker and walker that love high alpine hiking. This trek is worth it, the journey is beautiful and unique.  We usually send in groups of 10 people and we have our own full time staff member on the ground in Peru to help you have access to a top professional ready to lead you through this amazing region of Peru. Also check out our otherTreks in South AmericaPrices start from $2,050. Depending on service and number of trekkers.

What people said about our Ausangate Treks

“In October of last year, I joined a local group for the 5 day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu which was amazing. I wanted to say on and do more hikes and Ian recommended the Ausangate trek and it really was an amazing hike. I had trekked the Huayhuash area of northern Peru and this trek really similar and great additional to hiking in this region of Peru. The service, food chefs and every aspect of the trip was perfectly run. The hotel in Cusco was great and the Ian Taylor Trekking team really know what it takes to put on a great trekking experience. ” Martin Roche, Ausangate Trek 2014

“Ian Taylor Trekking always put on a great show. This was my fourth trip with them, including the amazing 5 day classic Inca Trail trek that was by far the best way to experience the Inca Trail. The Ausangate trek was a surprisingly great experience. I had visited Rainbow mountain which was highly over rated. This trek was a beautiful trekking experience. I love wilderness camping and this trek is a must if you are in Peru and wanting to experience more. ” Ger Russell, Ausangate Trek 2015

” I wanted to take on an additional challenge in Peru a friend of mine referred me to Ian Taylor Trekking saying they had a wide range of trekking options in Peru and I wanted to spend a month exploring some of the different trekking regions of Peru.  Ian has developed a professional team on the ground in Peru. I first trekking the Huayhuash circuit, then the Choquequirao trek and visited Machu Picchu and then the Ausangate region which really is worth a visit. The whole experience was very professional from start to finish. Looking forward to planning my next Ian Taylor Trekking experience in a few years.” Rick Johnson, Ausangate Trek 2015

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Itinerary

 

Day 1

Arrive into Cusco airport.  Our team will pick you up from the airport and bring you to a nice comfortable hotel for your stay in Cusco.  There are options to visit the world heritage Sacsayhuaman, wonder the streets of Cusco and enjoy  this wonderful city at your own leisure.  You will need to take it easy and stay well hydrated on this day as you are at high altitude 3,400m/ 11,152 feet above sea level.

Day 2

Today is your full day private Sacred Valley Tour including: Pisaq remains, Pisaq market, local corn beer brewery, Ollantaytambo remains, Ollantaytambo village and return to Cusco. The Pisaq and Ollantaytambo remains are very special experiences in themselves, along with mixing with the culture, this day will live long in the memory.  This day also gives your body a chance to acclimatize to the lower levels of oxygen.  After a long day of travel, you will return to your hotel in Cusco. The day will start at 8am and finish at 6pm.

Day 3

We set off early from Cusco travelling by private bus to the small village of Tinqui. We will see the impressive mountain range of Vilcanota and pass through several traditional Andean villages en route and take time to stop to take some photos. On arrival, we Will meet our horseman and arrange our packs for the trek. We begin our walk through farming communities and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains. We will walk for around 3 hours and then its time for a lunch stop. After lunch we continue for another 2 hours approximately to reach Upis. There, we will have the opportunity to soak in the local hot springs before dinner, and camp for the night. Today we will hit a highest elevation of 4,400m/14,435ft and will cover approximately 12km in 6-7 hours of walking.

Day 4

Upis – Puca Qocha.  After a big breakfast we are ready to leave our camp and get started on our hike for the day. We will climb to the high pass of Arapa at 4,850m/15,912 feet. From this vantage point we can see the contrast in landscapes – dry desert-like hills reach the glaciers of Mt. Ausangate, while below the valley is a bright green. If we are lucky we might even see a condor in the skies! We will enjoy the breathtaking snow capped views of Mt. Ausangate and PucaQocha. This area also boasts three beautiful lakes with tones of reds, greens, and turquoises (Pukacocha, Hatun Pukacocha, and Qomerqocha). Our second campsite is close to a glacier.  Today we will cover approximately 12km again in 6-7 hours of walking.

Day 5

Early morning after breakfast we will begin our ascent of approximately 2-3 hours over our second mountain pass, Abra de Apuchata at 4,900m/16,076 feet. From here we descend for around an hour and a half towards our campsite at Ausangate Qocha where a delicious lunch to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. After our lunch we have our second ascent for two hours to our third mountain pass of Palomani at 5,100m/16,732 feet, before we descend into the small community of Huchuy Pinaya where we spend the night. Today is a challenging 13km day with approximately 7 hours of walking.

Day 6

Today we ascend to the highest point on our trek – Jampa at 5,150m/16,896 feet. The silence of this remote wilderness is inspiring! From here we have an excellent view of Mount Tampa. After the pass we descend for 2 hours through an area of llamas, alpacas and vicunas to reach Pampacancha at 4,050m/13,287 feet. From here we follow an uphill trail of approximately three hours that leads us to our campsite in Jampa 4,300m/14,108 feet. Today is a touch hike, covering approximately 11km of distance.

Day 7

Today we are ready for another big adventure! We take breakfast early and then begin our hike of approximately 1 hour to reach the glacier base and then to the top of the Jampa Pass at 4,850m/15,912 feet.  After enjoying the spectacular views of the Vilcanota range we descend back down to take a delicious lunch. In the afternoon we descend towards the Qomerqocha lagoon before arriving at Pacchanta (4,100m/13,451 feet) after an approximated 5 hours walk. Pacchanta is a little community with attractive hot springs where we can enjoy a relaxing dip. We camp and spend the night here. Today will cover approximately 13km in 6-7 hours of walking.

Day 8

In the morning we leave Pacchanta and start to walk back to the village of Tinqui – our trek takes approximately two hours. Once in Tinqui, we board our transportation that will take us back to the city of Cusco, where we estimate to arrive after nightfall. Overnight back to our hotel in Cusco.

Day 9

You will be picked you up from your hotel in Cusco depending on your flight time.  We will drive you to the airport in order to take your flight for your onward journey. There are options to join one of our Inca Trail treks, tours to the Amazon, Lake Titicaca and other treasures Peru has on offer.

Ready to go?

Our Ausangate Circuit Trek will give you the best chance of success. Does this information excite you to take the next step towards achieving your goals of trekking more of Peru. If so, get in touch today.  Our team in the US and Peru, pride ourselves in making sure that our clients have every opportunity to succeed on the mountains, including professional training advice, gear lists and video links on how to pack your bag, and much more.  We are always available 5 days a week to answer any questions you may have by email, phone or skype, so contact us today!