The Ausangate trek offers some of the most wonderful scenery in the whole of the Cusco area, with many high mountain birds and wildlife and also glaciers and high alpine lakes. It’s also one of the toughest in the region with two high passes over 5,000 metres/ 16000 feet. As we draw closer to Ausangate mountain (6,380 metres/ 20 926 feet) we become increasingly impressed and can understand fully why the ancient Incas held this spectacular mountain in such high regard. During the whole Ausangate circuit we pass local villages where the people dress in their typical attire and have opportunity to see many llamas and alpacas.