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Ausangate Trek 5D

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5 Days / 4 Nights
Availability : We depart any day during dry season with 2 people; not available Dec-March.
Difficulty : ★★★ Moderate
Adventure : ★★★★ Very adventurous
Solitude : ★★★ Off the beaten path
Min Age : 10
Max People : 12

The Ausangate trek route boasts one of the most renowned treks in Peru, yet the trek to Ausangate mountain is still way off the beaten track. On a clear day, Apu Ausangate dominates Cusco’s southern skyline. Situated in the Vilcanota Mountain range about 100km southeast of Cusco, Ausangate mountain is the biggest and most impressive in the region, reaching 6,380m (20,926 ft). On the other side of the range is the Sinakara valley, where the Qoylloriti pilgrimage takes place. Every spring, thousands of pilgrims make the midnight trek by the light of the full moon, and spend four days enjoying the festivities.

Our unique 5-day Ausangate trek itinerary gets you into the remote, untouched wilderness of the Ausangate route, long famous for its stunning high altitude scenery, turquoise lakes, and herds of roaming alpacas. 

Note: due to the high altitude, you must have at least 3 days of acclimatization at high altitude before embarking on the Ausangate trek.

What to Expect on the Ausangate Trek 5D

Expect to see a wide array of wildlife on the 5D Ausangate Trek, including soaring condors, llamas, alpacas and vicuñas, and possibly an elusive bobcat or puma! You’ll also see majestic snow-capped peaks, glaciers and crystalline turquoise lakes – often right beside your campsite! The chance to bathe in several hot springs along the way will be a welcome trail luxury. 


Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private trek, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

2 people


4-6 people


7-8 people


9-12 people


What is Included?

  • Pre-trek briefing
  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of your Ausangate trek departure
  • Private transport from Cusco to the trailhead and return at the end of the trek
  • Entry fee to Ausangate Mountain
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide, plus an assistant guide for groups over 8
  • Tent: 2 people in a 4-person tent, allowing for greater comfort and backpack storage!
  • Basic foam mattress. If you require greater comfort during the trek we can rent you an inflatable mattress. See Optional Extras & Upgrades below.
  • Cook and cooking equipment, plus assistants for larger groups.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary. Our professional cooks prepare a combination of traditional Peruvian and Western cuisine. Talk to your guide if you have certain preferences! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. When served, salads are washed in boiled water.
  • Toilet tent
  • Horses and horsemen, who carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7kg/15lbs per person).
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if you are a little slower
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs, and kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
  • Tents, sleeping bags and mattresses for our staff to sleep in, plus a budget for their meals
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

What is Not Included?

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Sleeping bags. Available for rent if you don’t have one with you. Sleeping bags good to at least -15˚C are recommended.
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Additional horses for your personal luggage

You Should Bring

    See What To Bring for our comprehensive recommendations on what to pack for your trek. Note: it gets VERY cold in the Ausangate Region! You should be prepared for extra cold temperatures during the evenings. For more great suggestions, check out our blog about How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru.

Optional Extras & Upgrades

    We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trek and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.

    • Extra horse to carry luggage exceeding the allowed 7kg (15lbs) per person
    • Extra horse for you to ride, and horseman to lead it. This is in addition to the emergency horse provided for the group.
    • Sleeping Bag suitable for -5˚C
    • Deluxe sleeping bag suitable for -15˚C
    • Light-weight aluminum walking stick. Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
    • Thermarest inflatable mattress
    • Thermarest inflatable pillow
    • Single-occupancy tent supplement
    • Comfort Camping Upgrade
    • Combine with Machu Picchu Trek Extension


    • When calculating the cost of renting equipment, calculate using the length of the entire trip, not just the number of trekking days.
    • Please be careful with rented equipment! You are responsible for the cost of replacement if something is damaged or broken.
    • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.

Available Discounts

  • Students: USD $30 off, in certain circumstances. Please enquire for details about eligibility.
  • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 5-11: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 0-4: Free. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group. This discount does not apply to train fares. Children under 2 will not be considered to occupy a seat on any train or bus, and instead must ride on a parent’s lap.

Trekkers Wanted

    Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone! Read More about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Important Info

  • Each guide has their own preferred route and so the route you trek might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
  • The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group, and the guide may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.
  • The Ausangate trek is at very high altitude, and you’ll be hiking close to glaciers and snow-covered mountains. Translation: it’s very cold! Temperatures can fall well below freezing at night. We strongly recommend using a sleeping bag good for at least -15˚C (5˚F).
  • This is a totally off-the-beaten path trek, and tourist infrastructure is very limited. Instead, we’ll be making use of local facilities where possible.
  • Please note: this is a true adventure and things may not go exactly according to plan! Keep an open mind and let yourself enjoy the cultural differences you may experience. There is always an opportunity to learn something!

Ready to Book?

    Does this trek sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.

Day 1Cusco – Tinqui – Upis

    We depart Cusco early in the morning for our three hour ride in private transport to the small village of Tinqui (3800 m / 12,464 ft). We pass through beautiful countryside and several traditional villages including Urcos, Ccatcca and Ocongate. After lunch in Tinqui, our Ausangate trek begins! The first 3 hours on the trail are a wonderful prelude to the magnificent scenery of the Cordillera Vilcanota, with great views of Ausangate. From here, we will trek for two hours more until we reach the hot springs at Upis (4400 m / 14,432 ft) which offer fantastic views of Ausangate at the end of the valley. We will camp here for the night.

    Total Walking Distance –
    Total Walking Time – 3 hours
    Minimum Altitude – 2,700m (8990 ft) / Maximum Altitude – 4,400m (14,432 ft)
    Altitude of camp – 4,400m (14,432 ft)
    Approx. night temperature – 10˚C (50˚F)

Day 2Upis – Ausangate Q’ocha

    After a hearty breakfast to fuel our morning’s hike, we start walking, eventually crossing the Arapa pass (4850 m / 15,908 feet). From here, we continue 3½ hours down the valley, passing the green lake of Puqa Q’ocha (which actually means “Red Lake” in Quechua!) until we reach the turquoise Lake Hatun Puqa Q’ocha (“Big Red Lake”). We then ascend the second pass of Apacheta (4900 m / 16,072 ft) with the turquoise blue Ausangate Q’ocha (Ausangate Lake) below. This stunning lake is fed from the melting snow of Ausangate. We will camp here tonight, under a million stars.

    Total Walking Time –
    Total Walking Distance – 11kms (6.8 mi)
    Minimum Altitude – 3,100m (10,000 ft) / Maximum Altitude – 4900m (16,072 ft)
    Altitude of Camp – 4900m (16,072 ft)
    Approx night temperature – 6˚C (43˚F)

Day 3Ausangate Q’ocha – Q'ampa

    Today, we fix our gaze upwards as our morning trek takes us up to Palomani Pass (5,200 metres/ 17 056 feet), the highest point we’ll reach on this 5-day Ausangate trek. From the Pass we follow the trail into the valley where we’ll rest and have lunch. During the afternoon we can enjoy views of the snow-capped Tres Picos (“3 Peaks”) and Puca Punta (“Red Point”). Then, we will continue through the broad green valley of Pampa Jutunpata and up the Rio Q’ampa valley, where we will spend the night.

    Total Walking Time –
    Total Walking Distance – 12km (10.5 mi)
    Minimum Altitude – 2,670m (8760 ft) / Maximum Altitude – 5,200m (17,056 ft)
    Altitude of Camp – 2,670m (8760 ft)
    Approx night temperature – 12˚C (54˚F)

Day 4Q’ampa – Pacchanta

    We begin today passing through the small community of Q’ampa. From here, we will head NW to the last pass on this hike, the Q’ampa Pass (5000 m / 16,400 ft). Along the way, we will see several different colored lakes and lunch beside one of them, Q’oma Q’ocha. After lunch, we will continue for several hours, arriving at the small village of Pacchanta in the afternoon. Indulge yourself as you soak in the hot springs for a couple of hours, and even enjoy a well-deserved beer! We will set up camp near Pacchanta and you will have the rest of the day free to explore this interesting Andean village. Note: If you prefer, you have the option of staying in a basic hostel tonight.

    Total Walking Time –
    Total Walking Distance – 12km (10.5 mi)
    Minimum Altitude – 2,670m (8760 ft) / Maximum Altitude – 5,000m (16,400 ft)
    Altitude of Camp – 2,670m (8760 ft)
    Approx night temperature – 12˚C (43˚F)

Day 5Pacchanta – Tinqui – Cusco

    Our last day on the Ausangate trek, it’s time to take it easy. After a good night’s sleep and another great breakfast, it’s a 3 hour trek back to Tinqui and the trailhead where our journey began. Here, take the time to enjoy this traditional Andean village before we jump back in our private vehicle for trip home to Cusco, arriving back to your hotel around 6pm.

    Total Walking Time – 3h
    Total Walking Distance – 12km (10.5 mi)
    Minimum Altitude – 2,670m (8760 ft) / Maximum Altitude – 5,000m (16,400 ft)

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619angiek from US

Couple Traveller

I didn’t know what to expect on a guided trek. I expected it to be great, but the five-day trek around Ausangate exceeded anything I had imagined.
I can’t say enough about the professionalism of Apus Peru. My traveling is limited, so I greatly appreciated knowing what to expect.
Our guide, what can I say? He was great. He has a remarkable sense of people. I never had to worry about a decision that was made on our behalf. On our last night he even had to help a trekker from another group who didn’t hire a professional guide and was struck with altitude sickness. He did everything he could to help. Including sharing oxygen and anti-nausea medication. He took great care of someone who he had no responsibility for. It just highlights the kind of caring person he is.
I have actually been having a hard time writing this review because whenever I think about what I want to say, it always sounds way too ” över the top”with gushing compliments. However, it was that kind of trip. Surrounded by an amazing team of people.
Thank you Apus Peru, it just doesn’t get any better!

22 October, 2016

trekkercollins from US

Group Traveller

The five-day trek around Ausangate stands out as the best single expedition of my long life* of hiking in the Rockies, Appalachians, Alps, volcanoes of Mexico and Andes. From the beginning to the end their excellent staff was in touch with us and responsive to every need or imagined need.

Our guide who nearly always leads the Apus Ausangate treks. He therefore knows every village, villager, trail and pass. Our plan was to hike around the mountain but heavy snowfall meant that our guide had to adjust the route for our safety and that of the crew and horses. We still hiked for five days (four nights) and at every turn the scenery changed and a new experience awaited us. There were four of us and it was the first Peru trip for two of us. I peppered our guide with questions about Peru – its history, culture, languages, economy. There seemed to be no topic he was unfamiliar with. His humor and warmth were a constant presence; his concern for our welfare and that of the two horsemen and the cook reflected his thorough groundedness as a guide.

Our three meals a day were delicious, nutritious, innovative and abundant. The cook, was joyful and entertaining. Apus equipment is top of the line.

*Since I am 75 I had to have “special dispensation” to sign up for the trip. I’m told I’m the oldest Ausangate trekker they have handled. I’m planning another trek with my three grandsons as soon as they are old enough!

3 October, 2016
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