Palomani Pass 3d/2n

3Days / 2 Night 12.5 hours 4200 msnm – 5200 msnm easy – difficult Cusco – Pitumarca Valley Ausangate – Cusco

Discover the Apu Ausangate – the highest, sacred mountain in the Cusco region – hiking with the comfort of rest in unique high mountain lodges.

This trek program through Palomani Pass will give you an opportunity to enjoy magnificent views of in the Cordillera Vilcanota range including Apu Ausangate. You will pass beautiful mountain lagoons and waterfalls as well as herds of llamas and alpacas.

This hike is based in lodges where daily meals will be prepared by experienced chefs, introducing you to a great variety of delicious Peruvian cuisine and produce. Some of the nights will include for entertainment, authentic, vernacular music from members of the local communities.



We will pick you up from Cusco in the early morning and go by a private transport along the fertile Vilcanota Valley, all the way to the village of Checacupe. After a visit at the Colonial Church of the Immaculate Conception, we will start ascending the Pitumarca Valley, along the spectacular Japura Gorge that leads to Chillca. We will be greeted there by members of the local community, and from there, it will only be a short and easy walk to the lodge. The total walking time on the first day should be around 1.5 hours. Once at the lodge, there will be time to relax and enjoy the music provided by local community people.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner


On the second day we will start our hike at 8:30 a.m. in the open valley of Upis with impressive views of ice-covered mountains tower high into the sky. The trail becomes narrower, as we make our way towards the waterfalls that come down from Mount Santa Catalina and head towards the small Paloma Lagoon. On the way we can see large amounts of freely wandering lamas as well as large numbers of alpacas. After hiking alongside a second lagoon and crossing a long series of moraines, we will reach the Machuracay Tambo, located right at the foot of Apu Ausangate. The average walking time on the second day is 8 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


We start the day with a demanding ascent to the Palomani Mountain Pass reaching the highest point of our trek at 5,200 m.a.s.l. Then we will descend to Ausangatecocha lagoon accompanied by fantastic views of the ice-covered south face of Ausangate. We will continue along the red sandstone formations to the community of Ausangate. After 3 hours walking, by the time we get down the valley our bus will be waiting for us to return to Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Additional fishing program is available upon request.


  • This is high altitude trek. Previous acclimatisation is necessary.
  • The time of hiking will depend on the group.
  • PALOMANI PASS. This is an adventure trek. To enjoy it in full – bring an open mind, a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.

  • General organization
  • Services of expert guides in high mountain trek
  • Private transport to Chillca and back to Cusco
  • Accommodation in double rooms
  • Breakfast and dinner served in the lodges, snacks and lunches served on the way
  • Waterproof bags for the baggage carried by llamas
  • First aid kit and oxygen


  •  Flights to and from Peru / Cusco, or any kind of transport before or after completion of the program
  • Breakfast the first day
  • Dinner the last day
  • Tips for personnel (according to their job)
  • Hiking boots
  • Shirts or long sleeved shirts (One per day)
  • Walking pants
  • Polar or thermal clothing for the hike, sweater and/or vest
  • Warm coat or jacket
  • Thermal sleeping clothes
  • Cotton pants
  • Wool gloves
  • Scarf
  • Wool socks for sleeping
  • Hat or cap for the sun
  • Waterproof pants and “Gore-Tex” jacket or rain poncho
  • Shoes or sandals, to use inside the lodges
  • Small towel
  • Hiking poles to help you maintain stability along the trek
  • Head lamp or hand flashlight
  • Pocket knife
  • Bottle or canteen
  • Plastic bag to keep your batteries dry
  • Plastic bag for dirty or wet clothes
  • Small backpack for day trips, to carry snacks, water, a change of t-
  • shirt, etc.)
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen with high SPF and lip balm
  • “Memory Cards” and / or film cartridges, spare batteries for your
  • camera, etc. (Batteries can discharge quickly under low temperatures, and it is impossible to recharge them)
  • Toiletries and first aid kit

Palomani Pass 3d/2n

NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE GROUP 1 2 3 3+ single suplement
PRICE PER PERSON IN USD $ 3,400 $ 1,710 $ 1,125 $ 950 $ 210
  • 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 month 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