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Ausangate Trek


Duration 5 Days
Difficulty Hard
Range of Altitude 3,400m to 5,200m / 11,155ft to 17,056ft
Distance Covered Approximately 50km

The 5D4N Ausangate Trek is a lesser-known trek that surrounds the snow-capped Sacred Mountain of Ausangate (6,372m/20,900ft), taking hikers up and over mountain passes, local villages, hot springs, undulating meadows and turquoise lakes.

This less commonly visited trek allows one to gain a deeper, more intimate appreciation of the Andean flora and fauna, highly recommended for outdoor enthusiasts interested in something more remote and pristine.




  • We depart Cusco early in the morning by private transport for an approximately four hour drive to Tinki, the start of our trek

  • We start our trek with a gradual ascent, arriving at our lunch spot after three hours. Enjoy dramatic views of Mount Ausangate (6,372m/20,900ft)

  • After lunch, we continue walking for another hour and a half to reach our campsite at Upis (4,400m/14,432ft), situated directly in front of Mount Ausangate

  • Total hiking is about five hours
  • After breakfast, we continue our ascent for two hours to reach La Arapa pass (4,850m/15,908ft), the first pass of the trek

  • We then descend to our lunch spot, an area consisting of three beautiful lakes of different colours (Pukacocha, Hatun Pukacocha and Qomerqocha) with spectacular views of the surrounding snow peaks

  • After lunch, we continue on a long and slow ascent for another two hours to the second mountain pass, Abra de Apuchata (4,900m/16,072ft)

  • We climb down towards our campsite at Ausangatecocha (4,440m/14,563ft) for the second night

  • Total hiking is about six hours
  • We start early by climbing towards the third mountain pass, Abra de Palomani (5,200m/17,056ft), which is the highest part of the trek

  • After descending for another two hours, we reach Pampacancha (4,050m/13,284ft). From here we follow an uphill trail until we reach our campsite for the third day at Qampa (4,300m/14,104ft). Along this easy three-hour climb, we may have the chance to spot llamas, alpacas and maybe even pumas

  • Total hiking is about eight to nine hours
  • We begin the day with a sustained climb of approximately two hours until we reach Qampa mountain pass (5,000m/16,400ft), the last pass of the trek

  • From here we descend towards the Qomerqocha lagoon to finally arrive at Pacchanta (4,100m/13,448ft) after approximately five hours. Pacchanta is a little community with hot springs where we can enjoy a well-deserved dip

  • Total hiking is about seven hours
  • We leave Pacchanta, making our way back to Tinki which will take approximately 2 hours

  • We board a private transport that will take us back to the city of Cusco, where we estimate to arrive after nightfall.


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