Coming in at nearly 6400m, Ausangate is the highest peak in the Cusco region and the most sacred apu (mountain deity) in Andean cosmology. Also spelled Auzangate, the Ausangate trek begins about 100 km southeast of Cusco city at the trailhead in Tinki.
The Ausangate hike is a strenuous high-altitude hike in Peru, with many passes reaching close to 5000m. It is also one of the most breathtaking Andean hikes, with stunning crystalline lakes, soaring peaks and an abundance of wildlife, from llamas and alpacas, to the rare and endangered vicuña, and – if you’re lucky – the cute, rambunctious vizcacha, a relative of the chinchilla. Another treat on the Ausangate trek is the chance to bathe in several natural hot springs along the way!
Ausangate is known for the now-famous Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain with its colourful striations, and also for the Qoylloriti festival – an annual pilgrimage that blends Christian and Andean faiths. We have specially crafted hikes to Rainbow Mountain, Qoylloriti and also the classic Ausangate trail, designed to get you off the beaten path – ideal for the adventurous trekker looking to escape the crowds and see the real Peru.