A mix of nature and adventure.

This five day trek takes us through the Cordillera Vilcanota, south east of Cusco. We circumnavigate the mountain Ausangate (Apu Awsanqati) which stands at 6380m (20931ft). A good level of fitness and pre-trek acclimatization is necessary, this trek is not for the fainthearted. Ausangate is the largest and one of the most spectacular mountains in Southern Peru. In total there are three high passes of or above 5000m (16404ft), making it an excellent expedition for those looking for challenge. 


Day 1

Cusco to Tinqui - Upis


Our private transport leaves Cusco early in the morning. We take a three hour drive through the beautiful countryside and small towns in route to the Andean village of Tinqui, which is at the foot of the Vilcanota mountain range. This is where we will meet our team, the mules and where our expedition will begin. On our first afternoon we will walk the plains below the mountain, giving us our first taste of what’s to come, with the ever present Apu Ausangate (guardian mountain) in view. Not an item usually found on a trek packing list, but bring your bathers! Our campsite tonight is in Upis, where we can bathe in the natural thermal springs.


Meals: B, L, D


Maximum Altitude: 4447m / 14589ft                          

Minimum Altitude: 3778m / 12395ft

Distance Travelled: 10 km / 6.21 ml                        

Approximate Walking Time: 5 hours


Day 2

Upis to Ausangate Cocha 


Now well and truly into the trek, there are two high passes to summit today. After walking approximately 2.5 hours we reach our first pass, Arapa at 4850m (15255ft). We begin our circuit around the glacier, passing Lake Jatun Puqa Q'ocha. From here we ascend again until we summit our second pass, Apechata at 4900m (16,076ft). We move through a landscape dotted with turquoise lagoons which are fed from glacial waters. Today we truly enter the quiet simplicity and awe inspiring beauty of the area. After an easier downhill, we arrive at our campsite, near the turquoise Laguna Ausangate Q'ocha, which is close to tomorrow’s mountain pass.


Meals: B, L, D


Maximum Altitude: 4850m / 15255ft                          

Minimum Altitude: 4447m / 14589ft

Distance Travelled: 16 km / 9.94 ml                        

Approximate Walking Time: 9 hours


Day 3

Ausangate Cocha to Qampa


We awake to the silence of man and the sounds of nature, surrounded by views of the mountains bathed in early morning light. Today we conquer the Palomani pass, at a considerable 5200m (17,060ft), it is the highest on the expedition. The ascent is relatively steep and the altitude can affect the pace. On reaching the summit, spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains of Puka Punta and Tres Picos are a gracious reward for our strenuous efforts. Descending through the valley of Finaya Pampa makes for a long downhill day leading us to our next camp at Jampa. Today we should walk amongst free roaming alpacas and llamas grazing on the mountainside. We could see the local farmers as we pass by their stone houses, which may be refreshing after our first two days almost total in isolation.


Meals: B, L, D


Maximum Altitude: 5200m / 17056ft                          

Minimum Altitude: 4447m / 14589ft

Distance Travelled: 10 Km / 6.21 ml                        

Approximate Walking Time: 9 hours


Day 4

Jampa to Pacchanta


Today we walk into the sun, trailing a mountain stream with strikingly bright glaciers ahead of us. Before the Q’ampa Pass the terrain gets very rocky, providing the perfect environment for a game of ‘spot the Viscacha’ (animals similar to chinchillas and from the raccoon family). Our route passes through the small community of Q’ampa before reaching Q’ampa Pass, not quite as high as Palomani but still a respectable 5,000m (16,404ft). Once we reach the summit the landscape alters and from the pass, if the sky is clear, you can see Apu Salkantay, a sight to behold. Gradually entering back into civilization, we walk to the quaint village of Pacchanta for our final campsite. Again your bathers will come in useful for a fabulously hot and well deserved soak in yet more thermal springs. 


Meals: B, L, D


Maximum Altitude: 5000m / 16100ft                          

Minimum Altitude: 4447m / 14589ft

Distance Travelled: 16 Km / 9.94 ml                        

Approximate Walking Time: 10 hours


Day 5

Pacchanta to Tinqui to Cusco


After yet another delicious breakfast in the mountains, we have about a 3 or 4 hour walk downhill, back into the village of Tinqui, thus completing the circuit. On arrival we say good bye to our trek team, meet up with our driver and with a scrumptious boxed lunch we head back to Cusco. At your request we can go straight to Ollantaytambo to catch the train to Machu Picchu, simply mention this at the time of booking for the extra transfer quote.


Meals: B, L


Distance Travelled: 10 Km / 6.21 ml                        

Approximate Walking Time: 3 hours



Services included:
  • Briefing one day before the trek.

  • Collection from your hotel the morning of the trek departure.

  • 3 nutritious meals per day (vegetarian options available, please specify when booking).

  • Drinking water along the trek.

  • Bilingual guide (Assistant Guide for groups over 6 passengers).

  • Chef (assistant chef for larger groups). 

  • Quadruple tents to be used by two people, allowing more comfort and more space to store backpacks. 

  • Mules (for equipment and luggage) and muleteers. 

  • Inflatable mattresses. 

  • Sleeping liner and pillow. 

  • Saddled horse in case of emergencies or if you are making very little progress (this horse is with the group at all times).  

  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle.

  • Kitchen tent and dining tent with camp tables and chairs.

  • Toilet tent.

  • Duffel bags (up to 7Kg/15lbs per person). This will be provided by your guide at your briefing.


Services not included:
  • Breakfast on the first morning.

  • Dinner on the last night.

  • Sleeping bag (we have sleeping bags for hire if you don’t have one, please specify at time of booking).

  • Tips for guides and field staff.


What you should bring:
  • Sleeping bag. (Option to hire)

  • Small and light weight backpack with a change of clothes for when you are hiking during the day, remember to bring all kind of clothes for a vast changes in temperature.  

  • Warm clothes; remember that the temperature can reach below zero during the nights of the winter months. Feather jackets, fleeces, scarf, beanie and gloves.

  • Rain gear (trousers and jackets is possible) plastic ponchos can be bought in Cusco for about USD1.

  • Thermal clothing. Especially for the night.

  • Trekking boots, preferably waterproof.

  • Sandals to let your feet breath at camp. It feels great.

  • Swimsuit for the hot springs.

  • Travel towel.

  • Flashlight with extra batteries.

  • Walking sticks (if desired). You can hire these from us. 

  • Camera (NB: batteries are consumed faster in cold climates). 

  • Special medication you may need. (Second skin for blister highly recommended)

  • Snacks like energy bars, chocolates, dry fruits, etc…

  • Binoculars (if you have them). 

  • Sunscreen and a hat.

  • Sunglasses. 

  • Mosquito repellent. (20% deet minimum recommended)

  • Non-disposable canteen.

  • Toilet paper in your day pack (for use on trail).

  • Cash for snacks, tips and souvenirs.

  • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have it.


Things you can hire from us:
  • Sleeping bag, mummy form, suitable for -9 degrees 

  • Walking stick  











Mayra G. Callo La Jara

Tour Guide & Travel Agent

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Teofilo Benavente K8, Magisterio 2da Etapa. Cusco, Perú.

+51 987422809

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