AUSANGATE TREK 4 DAYS
daily departures with 2 or more people.
3-day acclimatization and multi-day trekking experience recommended.
best from March to November.
quiet, remote, off the beaten track.
4100 m (13,450 ft) – 5050 m (16,568 ft).
yes! private, custom, add-ons all available.
TRIP ACTIVITIES & FEATURES
camping, culture, glaciers, hiking & trekking, lakes, mountains, nature, wildlife, waterfalls.
Hiking / Trekking.
March 01st to January 31st.
Moderate to Difficult.
36 km (22.37 mi).
DAY 1: CUSCO – TINQUI– UPIS:
We will pick you up at 06:00 am and go by private van to the trailhead of our hike at the base of the majestic Mountain Ausangate. We will start the hike From Upispampa. You will hike through many remote villages with many stream crossings until you get the small town of Upis. Here our tents will already be set up. Our cook will prepare a delicious lunch. After eating, you have an option to hike to the lakes which take 2 hours. you will have the chance to enjoy the first starry night, you will remember it for life.
Walking Distance : 7km/ 4,5 miles
pick up: 06:00 am from your hotel
hiking hour: 3 hours roughly
Trailhead Elevation: 4,220 meters / 13,840 feet.
Highest Elevation: 4,320 meters / 15,584 feet.
Altitude Gain: 100 meters / 330 feet
Campsite Elevation: 4,320 meters / 14,100 feet
DAY 2: UPIS – PUCA COCHA:
we will wake you up at 05:00 am with coca tea or coffee delivered to your tent and you are given delicious breakfast for the day ahead. In The morning start hiking up to Arapa pass (4968m) Along the way we are going to observe local farmers and alpacas, Ausangate snow-capped to your left side, and you will have English speaking guide explaining about flora, fauna and talking about the landscape along the trail. if we are lucky we might see condor, chinchillas, and vicuñas. Also, we will enjoy colorful lakes and get our campsite of Puca Cocha where we are going to be surrounded by high mountains and unbelievable hanging glaciers, watch and hear for the glacier crashing into the tarns below! As usual, tents are going be set up for us to change, take a nap and have our lunch and dinner prepared by our professional chef.
Walking Distance : 10 km/ 6,21 miles
hiking hour: 5 hours roughly
Trailhead Elevation: 4,300 meters / 14,100 feet
Highest Elevation: 4,750 meters / 15,580 feet.
Altitude Gain: 400 meters / 1,368 feet
Campsite Elevation: 4,500 meters / 14,760 feet
DAY 3: PUCA COCHA-KAYRAWIRI:
Today is a difficult day, You start with Puca Cocha pass (5051), very colorful mountains which surround you. As well as You have a spectacular view of mount Ausangate and colorful glacier lakes then you will enter into the Red Mountain valley, an intact landscape with vivid colors all around, and llamas eating grass right close to you. Then you will climb the second pass called Warmi Saya pass(15,090ft-4500m-14,000feet)from where, you see this amazing Rainbow Mountain in the distance, but you are not quite there yet! From this place, you go downhill to circle the lake and keep walking a Peruvian flat until we reach our campsite and have delicious lunch and go to rest for the next day.
Walking Distance : 10 km/ 6,214 miles
Campsite Elevation: 4,500 meters / 14,760 feet
hiking hour: 7 hours roughly
Trailhead Elevation: 4,500 meters / 14,760 feet
Highest Elevation: 4,990 meters / 16,375 feet.
Accommodation: Camping in huts
Altitude Gain: 800 meters / 2,368 feet
DAY 4: KAYRAWIRI – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN- RED VALLEY – CUSCO:
Today is the day you have been waiting for. We will wake you up at 04:45 am with coca tea delivered to your tent then you will hike for about 45 minutes until Rainbow Mountain. you will have time to explore the area and take pictures. We will spend approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour (depend on your trekking speed and weather conditions). After enjoying the RAINBOW MOUNTAIN for about one hour, we go to visit the RED VALLEY which takes another 30 minutes. Then we go to the bus station to catch our van. Today after our last supper we say goodbye to our horseman and the chef and get back to Cusco where you will be dropped off at your hotel around 03:00 pm.
Walking Distance : 1 km/ 0,621 miles
Trailhead Elevation: 4,900 meters / 16,076 feet
Highest Elevation: 5,050 meters / 16,568 feet.
Altitude Gain: 100 meters / 328 feet}
hiking hour: 45 minutes roughly
Drop Off: 03:00 pm in your hotel
- English speaking guide, plus an assistant guide for a big group.
- Professional cook and an assistant cook for a big group and horseman for the mules and horses.
- Mules which carry group gear and large duffels provided by the company, for personal belongings.
- All food on the trek, which incorporates traditional Peruvian cuisine as well as modern fusion cuisine and specific dietary needs.
- Boiled water and snacks.
- Fees to access private land.
- Large Dining tent, table, stools, all cutlery, and kitchen tent.
- Tents to overnight, and Thermarest. Two-person tents are provided for a single person and three-person tents for double people to provide plenty of space for personal gear.
- Additional horses for riding can be provided for an additional cost.
- First aid kit, including oxygen.
- A pre-trek briefing.
- Entrance fee to Rainbow Mountain.
- Private transportation to and from your hotel in Cusco.
- 7 kilograms of your personal belonging.
- sleeping bag.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Breakfast on the first day/ dinner on the last day.
- Personal trekking gear including, backpacks, trekking poles, sleeping bags. However, they may be rented from the company.
- Personal riding horse. Additional horses may be rented according to the needs of the individual and group.
- Voluntary Tips for Guide, Driver, and Cook-(Please keep in mind that tipping is common in Latin America and would be greatly appreciated).
Our price is $490 per person.
WHAT WE RECOMMEND TO BRING:
- Day pack with a Rain cover.
- Torch/ headlamp.
- Extra socks (wool is best).
- Hiking pants and shirts- layers.
- Rain pants.
- swimming suit.
- Camping shoes/ sandals- to wear in the evenings.
- Camping pillow.
- Water-resistant trekking shoes.
- Warm clothing (thermal underwear, fleece, hat, and gloves).
- Waterproof clothing (poncho).
- Synthetic or cotton clothing (trousers, shorts, t-shirts).
- Sunhat and sunglasses.
- Sun cream.
- Lip Balm.
- Camera/ extra battery.
- Water bottles such as Nalgene.
- Basic medications.
- Walking sticks.
- Personal items.
- Personal snacks.
- Cash (if you’d like to purchase souvenirs).
- While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Ausangate Trek 4 days. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, e.g, strikes, natural disasters.
- This tour is not recommended for children because they may have trouble walking, but if the child enjoys hiking at high altitudes, they can do it.
- If you have medical problems, you should consult your doctor and indicate that you want to or are planning a hike in the Peruvian Andes and the height is 5040 m (16,400 ft) above sea level. If you have medication, you must bring it with you to continue your treatment.
- The higher elevation also means colder, nearly freezing temperatures, so be prepared. If you decide to take a multi-day tour, make sure to wear very warm clothes.
- You will spend every night in shelters.
- Our third campsite is 40 minutes away from the Rainbow Mountain so We have a better chance to enjoy the Rainbow Mountain in solitude.
- If you have altitude sickness symptoms, descend as quickly as you can. It’s nothing to mess around with.
- Our guide always oxygen tanks which are important as you get over 5040 meters/16,500 feet above sea level! Not all travel agencies offer this, so this is definitely something to look out for when choosing the best Ausangate tour operator.
- Make sure you are acclimatized to Cusco’s altitude before you set off on your hike to the Ausangate. This is by far the best insurance of a smooth and enjoyable trip. We recommend you spend at least 3 days in Cusco prior to the excursion.
- batteries tend to die due to cold — keep them in your sleeping bag.