Ausangate Trek 5 Days, an amazing and less-known trek surrounding the snow-capped Sacred Mountain (“Apu”) ofAusangate (6.372m/20900ft) that takes you over mountain passes, awesome mountain scenery, remote Andean villages, 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.s,Ausangate Trek is in the Top Ten highly Recommended Treks in the World.
This is an unforgettable hike recommended for lovers of mountain trekking searching for an intense experience in remote areas and wild nature.

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Ausangate is the ultimate trekking destination in the Cusco area. This beautiful snow-capped peak is one of the main features of the Cusco skyline but very few people actually ever see it up close. The area around Ausangate is full of natural beauty; with azure lakes and the majestic snow-capped peak ever present, trekking here is truly amazing. The 5 day Ausangate trek really allows you to see a part of Peru few ever visit, this unforgettable trail is perfect for people who love to get away from it all.
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Useful Information

-Starting Altitude – 3800m / 12.46ft.
-Highest Altitude – 5200m / 17.05ft.
-Walking Distance – ?km / ?miles
-Longest Day – Day ?, approximately ?km / ? miles
-Coldest Night – Days? and ? around ?º celsius
-Overall Difficulty – Very difficult

You will be collected by our transportation from your Cusco hotel at 6:00am and begin our 3-hour journey towards the small Andean village Tinqui (2513ft) located at the base of Vilcanota range. The drive will take you through the beautiful countryside and we will pass many traditional villages such as Urcos, Ccatcca and Ocongate. We will rest for a while after reaching Tinqui while our horses are being prepared/laden with our supplies for the trek which will begin around 10:00. We start the trek by crossing the bridge and green meadows underneath Ausangate Mountain’s uneven stone flanks. We will reach the hot springs of Upis (14432ft) after 6 hours, a wonderful place to camp for the night.

The second day begins right after breakfast as we move ahead with our hike and head for the La Arapa pass (15908ft) where we arrive within 2 hours. We move down to our lunch site after crossing a region known for falcons and “vizcachas” or Andean rodents. Here you can see three magnificent lakes (Pukacocha, HatunPukacocha, and Qomerqocha) with hues of reds, greens, and turquoises, with the beautiful backdrop of snowy peaks. Once we have had lunch, we will carry on our slow & lengthy 2-hour climb to the second mountain pass the Abra de Apuchata (16072ft). From there we will climb down to reach our campsite at Ausangatecocha (14563ft).

The third day begins early morning when we start our 2-hour ascend to the third mountain pass, the Abra de Palomani (17056ft) which is the hike’s highest point. We then begin another 2-hour descent towards Pampacancha (13284ft) which is a site of llamas, alpacas and ¨vizcachas¨. The third day’s final destination will be our campsite in Q´ampa (14104ft). We will reach the camping area after climbing for 3 hours during which time you might see llamas, alpacas, and perhaps even pumas. You can sleep in the camp after dinner to end day 3.

After having breakfast we leave the campsite and tenderly ascend the Qampa side valley, going zigzag through a stream and through ancient rock falls where you can see big rabbit-like rodents, the Andean vizcachas, jump across the boulders. Since this area is less populated we have a better chance of witnessing wildlife such as condors skimming the slopes and rare vicuñas on ridge tops. We then pass through Ausangate’s lush side from where you can see icy crags of Collque Cruz (Silver Cross) and Tres Picos (Three Peaks) on your right while moving up towards Qampa pass (16400ft) which is our 4th and last crossing. The high point is distinguished by the cairns made by the countless travelers through the years. We then climb down to Qomercocha where you can see lonesome lakes of varying depths and shades lie below soaring peaks. You can sense why this strong yet tranquil place became a ceremonial site for Quechua shamans of the Region. We then follow a series of progressing ridge in grassy outdoors, meeting child shepherds and women hand-spinning wool along the way to our trek’s largest settlement, the village of Pacchanta (13448ft). Here you can enjoy the wonderful hot springs while taking in the panoramic view of snow-capped Ausangate.

We begin our 3-hour walk from Pacchanta to Tinqui. From Tinqui we hop on private transport for our return journey to the city of Cusco, where we will probably reach after nightfall.

What is Included?
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Tinki, starting point of the trek
  • Tinki visitor fee
  • Campsite fees
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. The tents employed for treks around the Ausangate area are 4-season Eureka K2XT, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Kitchen tent
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities
  • English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
  • 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 (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag)
  • 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 that contaminate our environment
  • Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
  • Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Private transport from Tinki to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco
  • 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit

  • International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru, airport departure taxes (Approximate cost US$ 31.00 international flights, and US$ 7.40 for each domestic flight)
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items
  • Pre & post tour accommodation
  • Spending money – allow approximately US$ 35-50 per day to cover meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • Sleeping bag and breakfast on the first day

  • Sleeping bag rental for Ausangate trek add US$ 30
  • Walking stick rental for Ausangate trek add US$ 30 (one pairs)

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • A down jacket is especially recommended for this trek since it runs at high altitude and temperatures may easily drop below freezing in the evening and at nights
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients
  • being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route.
  • Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish take a dip at the hot springs along the route)
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Copy of original passport
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles

This will depend on the amount of people coming to the trek and to the kind of accommodation.

  • Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
  • Under 18’s Discount: US$20

  • Sleeping Bag US$35
  • Inflatable Mattress US$30
  • Single Tent Supplement US$35

Non-Refundable, Non-Transferable Deposits for TREKS and Short Tours
There is a $200 per person deposit needed to your trek/tour with Haku Travel. The deposit can be made through PayPal, which will incur a 5.5% PayPal merchant fee paid by the traveler or by a wire directly to our bank (Bank of America or Citibank) for free if you are a fellow account holder. All deposits are fully non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event that you need to cancel your trip, cancellation fees will be assessed as outlined below under Cancellation Policy. It is not possible to transfer your deposit to another person’s trek if cancelling, they will need to send in their own deposit.
If you are booking a full itinerary, including hotels, with Haku Travel, we will require 50% of the total value as a deposit. If you must CANCEL, refunds other than the non-refundable $200 deposit required for all tours, will be returned if your start date is more than 60 days away. Once you are within 60 days of your tour beginning, money will no longer be refundable.
Final Payment Terms
For all treks and small tours, final payment is due at least three days before your tour begins with Hatu Travel. This is normally paid directly in our office, but can be paid in advance by PayPal with a 5.5% fee or wire to Citibank. In the office we accept both US and Peruvian currency, any denomination but NO torn bills.
Cancellation Policy for Treks and Small Tours
Notification of cancellation must be made in writing to If you are within 8 weeks of your tour start date, further payment is needed as follows:
  • If you cancel 8 weeks or more days before departure: Cancellation fees equal the amount of your deposit.
  • 8 weeks to 4 weeks before departure: 60% of the total tour price is due.
  • 4 weeks to 5 days before departure: 80% of the total tour price is due.
  • 5 days to 36 hours: 90% of the total tour price is due.
  • 36 hours or less before departure: 100% of the total price is due.
We charge these fees because there are many expenses that Hahu Travel pays to set up these tours. There are no exceptions unfortunately, but if you need a letter for your insurance company to help recover some of the cost, we would be happy to supply one.
Inca Trail Permits
Inca Trail permits are 100% non-refundable, non-transferable. Permits are issued in the name and with the passport number of the trekker and cannot be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances.

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