Trekking Ausangate (best seller!)

Trekking Ausangate (best seller!)

Due to two ascents with more than 5000m above sea level the Apu Ausangate trekking has a moderate level of dificulty. It is a ideal way to acclimatize and prepare for the ascent of higher, snow-capped mountains and volcanos. During your journey you will bypass various landscapes, mountains, lakes and sacred places. Furthermore you will dive in the traditional life of the rural population and hike on ancient paths, which ever since connect the ancient villages Upis, Tinqui und Pacchanta


Day 1 : Cusco – Urcos – Tinqui - Upis

We leave the imperial city of Cusco quite early and go to the east. We observe some beautiful and very various landscapes and go through little typical villages, incas and pre-incas archeological sites.
En Tinqui (3850 metres), we meet the donkey-tender and cooks, who will come with us during the whole trek, as well as the animals carrying our camping gear and personal belongings. We start our first day of trekking and climb up to the Upis community (4400 metres). The landscape surrounding us is very typical of the region of puna. There is a lot of ichu (dry grass from the Andean's highlands) and wind. The view on the Ausangate is spectacular. Through our walk and in the village of Upis, we meet local people who will tell us about their textiles handcrafts, but will also explain the symbols in those works and how they are related to nature and to the andeans' beliefs. Discovering those traditions and costums, which come directly from the Incas, is very impressive. In Upis, you also have the opportunity to relax in natural hot springs.

Transport time : 4 hours
Walk duration : 6 hours


Day 2 : Upis – Col de Arapa – Col Extrême Ausangate – Lagune Ausangate

We start by climbing up, with a beautiful sight on the major Apu, the Ausangate. We enjoy the beauty and strengh of the south side of the Andes. When we arrive at the Arapa pass (4800 metres), we can have a look at this incredible montainous region. We go down on the other side of the pass, go through many beautiful lagoons. After having had lunch, we climb again until we reach the Extreme Ausangate pass (4850 metres) then go to another lake, the Ausangate lagoon, where we camp.

Climate : cold
Walking duration : 7 hours


Day 3 : Lagune Ausangate – Col Palomani – Jampa

Today is both the most beautiful and the hardest day of the trek: we climb until we reach the highest peak of our journey, the Palomani pass (5200 metres), from where the view on the glaciers and the Apu Ausangate is a sort of reward for our efforts. Then, we go back to the Pampa Finaya valley and finally arrive in Jampa (4700 metres), where we camp.

Walking duration : 8 hours


Day 4 : Jampa – Col de Campa – Pacchanta

The Campa pass (5100 metres) is the challenge of today ! We walk through magnificent andean landscapes, where lamas, alpacas and vicunas quietly eat, surrouded by glaciers and by the spectacular snow-caped Colqecruz. Then, we go through several lagoons, before arriving to the Pacchanta community (4350 metres), where we will camp and relax in hot springs. We end the day by eating a typical meal.

Walking duration : 8 hours


Day 5 : Pacchanta – Tinqui – Cusco

After having had our breakfast, we slowly go on to reach the village of Tinqui (3900 metres), the final point of our trek. We take our vehicle back to Cusco. On the way back, we stop in Tipon or in Saylla, where we will have the opportunity to taste typical meals of the region, such as cuy (guinea pig) or chicharrón (made with pork)

Walking duration : 3 hours
Transport time : 4 hours



Price per person, based on a tour for at least 2 persons


Included :

-Local Tansport from Cusco to Tinqui
-Local Transport from Tinqui to Cusco
-Entry for the Ausangate park
-Guide professionnal bilingual (spanish, french, english)
-Professional equipment for moutain (tent for two persons, alimentary tent, mastress, bathroom tent, table and seats)
-Meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
-Cookers and assistants
-Horses for all the equipment and your personal luggages
-Emergency necessary with oxygen bottles


Not included :

-Breakfast for the first day
-Sleeping bags (you can rent one if you don’t have one)



What’s necessary to bring ?

-Backpack with a protection from the rain
-Sleeping bags
-Different kind of clothes adapted to the different climates (hot and cold)
-Trekking shoes
-Waterproof clothes
-Hot socks
-T-shirt with short and long sleeves
-Solar protection
-Anti insect cream
-Hygienic paper
-Water bottles and sterilizing tablets
-Snacks as cholocate or fruit bars
-Original passport
-Original study card
-Money in soles


Pay attention to bring enough clothes because it can rain and your clothes won’t have time to dry.