Classic Ausangate 5d/4n

5 Days / 4 Nights 60km 3800 msnm – 5200 msnm moderate – difficult if acclimatised Cusco – Tinqui Tinqui – Cusco

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.

Day 1: Cusco – Tinqui – Upis
We depart Cusco early the morning for our three hour ride in private transport to the small village of Tinqui (3800 metres/ 12 464 feet). We pass through beautiful countryside and several traditional villages including Urcos, Cattca and Ocangate. After lunch in Tinqui the first 3 hours are a wonderful walk with the great views of magnificent Ausangate. We will trek for 2 hours more until we reach the hot springs at Upis (4,400 metres/ 14432 feet) which offer fantastic views of Ausangate at the end of the valley. We will camp here for the night. Total trekking time this day is 4-5 hours.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

Day 2: From Upis to Lake Ausangate Q’ocha

During our morning’s trek, we will cross the Arapa pass (4,850 metres/ 15908 feet). From here, we continue 3.5 hours down the valley, passing the green lake of Puqa Q’ocha until we reach the turquoise Lake Jatun Puqa Q’ocha. We will have our lunch above Jatun Puqa Q’ocha lake with very nice mountain views. We then ascend the second pass of Apuchata (4,900 metres/ 16 072 feet) with the stunning turquoise blue Laguna Ausangate Q’ocha below. This lake is fed from the melting snow of Ausangate. We will camp near Ausangate Q’ocha. Total trekking time this day is approximately 7 hours.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 3: From Lake Ausangate Q’ocha to Q’ampa

From the lake we ascend to the Palomani pass (5,200 metres/ 17 056 feet); the highest point of the 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 snowcapped Tres Picos and Puca Punta. We will continue through the broad green valley of Jatunpampa and up the Rio Q’ampa valley. We will spend our night in this vicinity. Total walking time is about 7 hours.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4: Q’ampa to Pacchanta

After passing through the small community of Q’ampa we will head to the last pass of this hike, the Q’ampa pass (5000 metres/ 16400 feet). We will see several different coloured lakes along the way and lunch beside Q’omer Q’ocha lagoon. We hike for 2 more hours before arriving at the small village of Pacchanta. We can soak in the thermal springs for a couple of hours. We will set camp in Pacchanta and you will have the afternoon free to explore this interesting Andean village and buy textiles.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 5: From Pacchanta to Cusco

In the morning we will have about 3 hours trek back to Tinqui where we will have time to explore this traditional Andean village before taking our private car back to Cusco, arriving in the evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


  • The time of hiking will depend on the group. The guide can change the places for having lunch and camping according to the physical condition of the group.
  • Each guide has his own way of leading his groups but always his decisions will be for the benefit of the tourists.
  • The Ausangate region is very high, plus you are close to a snow covered massif. Temperatures are cold, and can fall well below freezing in the nights. You should travel well prepared for cold temperatures. Hire/or carry sleeping bags for temperatures less than freezing (minus 10 celsius or more).
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required for this hike.
  • AUSANGATE. This is an adventure trek. To enjoy it in full – bring an open mind, a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.


  • An explanation two days before departing
  • Transport in private bus to the start of the trek
  • Transfer to your hotel on return
  • Meals according to the program (Vegetarian option available)
  • Boiled water on all days for your bottles
  • Snacks far walking
  • Camping tents for 2 and 3 persons depending on the requirements
  • Inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest)
  • Camping equipment, dining tents, kitchen, tables, chairs
  • Cook and assistant cook
  • Kitchen/eating utensils
  • Pack animals (mules and horses) to carry the baggage and equipment
  • Emergency horse
  • Wranglers to care for the pack animals
  • Professional guide who speaks English, Spanish and Quechua
  • Assistant guide for groups larger than 8 people
  • Entrance tickets to Ausangate area
  • First aid equipment and oxygen tank


  • Breakfast the first day
  • Dinner the last day
  • Tips for personnel: guide, cook, wranglers (according to their job)
  • Sleeping bags (they can be rented in the office)
  • Entrances to hot springs
  • If you would like to rent an additional horse, the cost is $10 per day

  • 1 small nylon reinforced backpack to carry the things you need for the trek (camera, drinks, etc.)
  • 1 large backpack or suitcase to keep the things you don‘t need in your hotel in Cusco until you return from your trek
  • Sleeping bag good for -5°C (which can be rented in Cusco)
  • Small flashlight and extra batteries
  • 1 water bottle (1 liter) or a small plastic throw away bottle
  • Hiking boots
  • Tennis shoes
  • 1 jacket (of nylon with hood and water and wind resistant)
  • 1 Fleece Jacket
  • 1 pair of gloves and hat of wool (they can be bought during your trip)
  • 3 or 4 short sleeved shirts (preferably “dryfit” that don’t retain water)
  • 1 pair of shorts such as bermudas.
  • 1 pair of long trekking trousers
  • Thermal underwear
  • Socks: 4 pairs of wool and 4 of fiber (coolmax) for the trek (avoid cotton as these can retain water)
  • 1 sun hat and sunglasses
  • Binoculars for birdwatching
  • Personal medications and toiletries in small containers
  • Sunscreen for your skin and lips
  • Insect repellent
  • Moisturizer lotion to avoid the drying out of the skin
  • Bathing suit for the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes
  • Energy foods according to your needs: chocolates, granola bars, dried fruits, etc. (they can be purchased in Cusco).


  • Sleeping bags which can be rented in the office for $5 per day and good for – 10°C.
  • Professional walking sticks can be rented in the office for $2 per day

Classic Ausangate 5d/4n – 2015/2016

PRICE PER PERSON IN USD $ 1,115 $ 810 $ 675 $ 585 ask us for prices
  • If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour, letting us know which date you wish to leave, and you must make your reservation a week ahead of time so that we can organize your tour.
  • If you wish to go with other people, check our group departures site to join an existing group.
  • Write to us to make your reservation and we will send you the form and the payment conditions


  • Volunteers in Peru: $20 U.S. (with a confirmation of volunteering activities)