Overview Ausangate Trek

The snowy Ausangate is considered one of the most beautiful snow mountains of the Andes. The region around the mountain offers an impressive landscape of mountains, glaciers, lagoons and streams. On the other hand, the Andean people are very hospitable and preserve respect by nature.

The farmers have an excellent knowledge in the breeding of cattle, such as the vicuña, the alpaca and the llama, which are all very appreciated for their excellent quality of wool and meat. The 4-hour transportation trip from Cusco to Tinqui is an excellent preparation for differences in temperature and altitude.

Trip Summary


  • One of the world’s most amazing destinations to hike.
  • Snow-clad Ausangate Mountain with towering snow spires along the range.
  • Enjoy the comforts of our legendary Ausangate Trek camping services—the best on the trail!
  • Amazing natural & cultural history
  • Your own private guide, muleteers, horses, delicious camp cuisine prepared by your personal cook.
  • Small groups, Big adventures (min 2 – max 8 / average 4 people).
  • Explore the unique natural formations on earth the Rainbow Mountains with a specialist guide.
  • Camp along remote mountainsides, where we can savor peaceful nights beneath a star-filled sky.
  • Direct & official local tour operator based in Cusco, managed by locals.

Travel Details

  • Departure Dates: Daily departures
  • Group Size: 2 – 14
  • Destination: Ausangate
  • Max Altitude: 6,380 metres/ 20 926 feet
  • Category: Trekking
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging
  • Walking difficulty: Difficult
  • Hiking Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Type of trek: Archaeological, Cultural, Camping, Ecological, Hiking


This very special alternative trek takes you alongside the spectacular snow-capped “Apu” of Ausangate (6.372m/20900ft) and takes you over mountain passes, through awesome mountain scenery, authentic Andean villages, hot springs and turquoise lakes.

This alternative route to the classical circuit around Mount Ausangate still offers the most spectacular views of this sacred Andean mountain before it deviates towards the impressive Sibinacocha Lagoon, leaving tourist crowds behind and entering an almost uninhabited area where you can truly commune with nature. The hike ends in Phinaya, a small and remote Andean community with just horses and bicycles as transportation. An unforgettable trail for lovers of mountain trekking, or those searching for something different and away from the increasingly popular traditional Ausangate trek.

We will leave Cusco early in the morning by bus. On the way to Tinqui, we will pass by small farms and also enjoy the landscape. Afterwards we will have a small picnic in the valley of Catca, we will continue our trip until finally arriving at Tinqui. There we spent the night in a camp.
(Lunch and dinner)

This day, we go to the Community of Upis. In this small town we will meet local families who show us examples of their textile work, created to honor nature and Andean symbols. In Upis there is also the possibility of visiting the thermal baths.
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

After breakfast, we will ascend to the first pass called Arapa (4800m / 15748f). After that we will descend to Yanacocha and have a Picnic. Our route continues ascending towards the extreme pass Ausangate (4850m / 15912f) and then finish our walk on the shore of the Ausangate Lagoon where we will camp.
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

The 4th day is the most beautiful and the most arduous or heavy; First of all we will ascend to the highest pass of this trip called the Palomani Pass. From here we will have an exceptional view of the mountains and glaciers of Ausangate. After that we will descend to the valley of Phinaya Pampa and finally we will arrive at our camp named Jampa.
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

The highlight of this day is undoubtedly the spectacular ascent of the Jampa Pass (5100m / 16732f). On the other hand we will go through several beautiful lagoons that are on the way to our camp that is Pacchanta (4350m / 14270f). Here we will visit the hot springs and enjoy a dinner.
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

After breakfast, our trip continues to the town of Tinqui (3900m / 12795f), from where we will take our return transport to Cusco. On the way there is possibility to visit Tipon or Saylla to enjoy a typical dish of the region. As the Cuy or Chicharron (Pork).
(Breakfast lunch)

Photo Gallery Ausangate Trek 6 Days / 5 Nights

  • Private transportation from the hotel to the town of Tinqui and vice versa.
  • Entrance to the Ausangate park.
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • High quality camping equipment (We use professional tents, Doite, Model Kailas 3, light / 4.5kgs extra and Doite, Himalaya Model, light / 4.5kgs extra, both are big enough for 2 people.) Mattresses, dining tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent.
  • Food during the excursion (5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners and snacks / vegetarian option
  • Cook and kitchen equipment.
  • Horses and mules for the entire team and 7 kg of the client’s personal equipment (1).
  • Emergency Horse (minimum 4 people).
  • First aid kit, oxygen and safety ropes
  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Sleeping bags – If you haven’t got a sleeping bag or you don’t want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you, then we have sleeping bags for hire.
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Additional horses for passengers luggage.
  • Travel insurance (and some copies).
  • Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
  • Backpack to carry your things.
  • Phone and Camera charger and adapter.
  • Camera.
  • Torch or headlamps.
  • Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
  • Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us).
  • Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
  • Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
  • Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
  • Sunblock and sunglasses.
  • Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
  • Hiking trousers.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Sleeping bag liner.
  • Hiking socks.
  • Ear Plugs.
  • Water bottle or canteen.
  • American dollars and peruvian soles in cash.
  • Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
  • Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
  • Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).

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