Ausangate Trek It is one of the spiritual hikes, of magical – religious nature due to the presence of the Cordillera del Vilcanota where the highest peak of Cusco is imposed, the APU AUSANGATE (6384 m.s.n.), the protective god in the Peruvian Andes. During the highest Ausangate trek there is the presence of llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, complementing the presence of human groups.
The region is inhabited by llama and alpaca herding communities, and constitutes one of the few remaining pastoralist societies in the world. High mountain trails are used by these herders to trade with agricultural communities at lower elevations. Currently, one of these trails, “the road of the Apu Ausangate”, is one of the most renowned treks in Peru.
The best time to make the ausangate trek in this part of Peru is from May to December, the dry season, the route of the Ausangate circuit and rainbow mountain trek. It is very rugged of earth and stones, but this trek will offer us a spectacular and beautiful landscape of the Puna region, where glaciers and mountains of colors will surround our visual field, border lakes and Andean camelids will accompany us in parts of our route.
Day 01: Cusco – Tinki Village – Upis (Camping at the hot springs)
Day 02: Upis – Arapa Pass – Pucaccocha camp.
Day 03: Pucaccocha – Puca Pass – Chillca Valley – Anantapata camp.
Day 04: Anantapata – Yanacocha – Rainbow Mountain – Chillca Village – Cusco city.
Our Ausangate trek starts early with transfer from your hotel in Cusco with 6:00 am departure. We drive for 4 hours on a new highway to Tinqui, passing Urcos Pass (4,000 m/13,123 ft) along the way. Tinqui is a village on the high plains “altiplano” east from Cusco and is where we will start our trek. We follow a wide, gently ascending path toward the northwest face of the impressive Ausangate mountain.
Along the way we will have magnificent views of Ausangate Mountain (6300m/21,000ft). On this trail we pass a few traditional houses and may meet some local people dressed in their colorful, traditional clothing while accompanying their grazing animals which are indigenous to this area – llamas and alpacas. We will eat our lunch surrounded by stunning mountains and an excellent view of Ausangate Glacier.
Then we then continue walking through fields and by scattered stone farm houses, for another 2 hours. We ascend gently to the Upis pass (4,435 m/14,107 ft) and camp at Upis Hot Springs (4,250 m/13,779 ft) where we will be surrounded by snow capped mountains (Ausangate and Maria Huamantilla).There are thermal hot springs at Upis where we can enjoy a soak at the end of the day. Happy hour at 4:00pm and dinner at 6:00pm.
After an early breakfast we begin our second day of the Ausangate Trek in Peru. You will hike very close to the Ausangate glacier peak and will have incredible views of this mountain as well as beautiful lakes and waterfalls. We may see some llamas, alpacas and wild vicuñas (the undomesticated ancestor of the alpaca) and perhaps a rare condor soaring above. We will have a 3-hour uphill hike to reach the first pass (4800m/15,748ft) where you will have magnificent views of the surrounding area.
After taking a few amazing pictures we continue hiking gradually downhill for another 1½ hours to our beautiful lunch spot. After lunch we hike for another 2½ hours to arrive at our campsite at Puca Ccocha (Red Lake). This spot is one of the most beautiful campsites located at the skirt of the Ausangate peak and at the bank of the lake.
Wake up early with a hot cup of coca tea to start one of the most beautiful days of the Ausangate Trek, enjoying majestic views of some of the highest peaks in the Andes and depths of the beautiful valleys. This morning we will summit the Puca Pass. After an early breakfast we begin our 2-hour steep climb to the Puca Pass at (5050m/16,568ft). Along the way we have gorgeous views of turquoise lakes and the Ausangate glacier.
Once you reach the summit of this mountain, you will be located right in front of the Ausangate Mountain in Cusco and you can enjoy the views of Chillca Valley, with alpaca grazing along these hills. Also from this pass you will see the beginning of the Rainbow Mountain range with their strikingly striated colors. After taking some great pictures we continue gradually downhill for another 2 hours until we reach our lunch spot located in Chillca Valley with amazing views of green hills and snow-capped peaks.
After enjoying your lunch and a little rest and relaxation, you will continue on to the Anantapata campsite at 4400m/14,435ft. To reach camp we will hike along a gentle trail for 2-hours with a short climb at the end. Along the way we may see some condors and vicuñas if we are lucky.
After an early breakfast, we hike gradually uphill for 1½ hours until we reach the highest pass of the Ausangate Circuit, the Warmisaya (previously known as Pitumarca) pass 4985m/16,3544ft. After enjoying the views at the top we descend for 20 minutes to Yanacocha lake.
Then we continue for 1 hour to the famous RAINBOW MOUNTAINS (Vinicunca Mountains) and the Red Mountain Valley located at 5050m/16,568ft elevation. Your guide will walk you to the best spots to get the perfect postcard pictures of these incredible mountains and the other surrounding peaks.
Your guide will explain what makes these mountains so unique: they are composed of various minerals, which make different colors of stone striations. This is definitely one of the most stunning places in South America and one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Peru.
There are Rainbow Mountains in only a few other locations in the world. After taking photos and enjoying the view, you will continue on your expedition downhill along the Chillca Valley for about 3 hours where we will enjoy an early lunch and meet our private transport.
We will then drive back to Cusco – about a 4-hour drive that provides nice views of the Andes, passing some traditional villages along the way. Once in Cusco we will go to our hotel to freshen up and relax before our celebratory group dinner.
USD $ 680.00 per person.