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Apu Ausangate Trek 5 Days

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Apu Ausangate Trek 5 Days

Apu Ausangate Trek is one of the prettiest treks in Cusco. This high altitude experience takes you around the foothills of the mighty Ausangate mountain. The snow capped peak of Ausangate mountain is locally referred to as Apus. It is sacred to the Andean people. 

Ausangate is the highest peak in Southern Peru. It dominates the southern skyline of Cusco City on a clear day. The renowned Rainbow Mountain of Cusco is closer to Apu Ausangate Mountain. 

This is a high altitude experience with the highest point of the trek at 5200 metres above sea level. The trek also involves hiking to many high passes. We highly recommend you to spend at least 3 days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness. 

The best time to do the Ausangate Trek is in the dry season – between March and November. You will have a clearer view of the landscape.

Why Peruvian Highland Trek?

Peruvian Highland Trek is a fully locally owned tour operating company based in Cusco. We are licensed Ausangate Trek operators. All our tour guides are locals. They have an extensive knowledge about trekking and local culture.

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  • Altitude: 3,900 – 5,200 masl
  • Season: May – November.
  • Duration: 05 Days hike
  • Level of Difficulty: Medium.


Day 1

Day 01: Cusco – Tinki – Upis (3,350 – 3,850 masl)

Departing to the south of Cusco, we will cross the Interoceanian highway, passing through beautiful landscapes and several traditional towns like Urcos, Cattca and Ocongate until reaching Tinqui (3,800 meters / 12,464 feet above sea level).

We will start walking for 3 hours and enjoy the Andes mountain range with stunning snow and views of the Apu Ausangate Mountain. Short rest for lunch, we will walk two more hours to reach the hot springs in Upis (4,400 meters / 14,432 feet), Surrounds us with magnificent scenery and fantastic views of Ausangate.

We will camp here at night (4-5 hours of trekking).

  • Lunch and dinner.
Day 2

Day 02: Upis – Ausangate Q’ocha Lagoon (3,850 – 4,400 m.)

In the morning we will cross the open Arapa (4,850 meters / 15,908 feet). From here, we’ll continue for 3 and 1/2 hours down the valley, passing the green lagoon of Puqa Q’ocha until we reach the turquoise waters of the lagoon Jatun Puqa Q’ocha.

Then, we will ascend the second Apuchata (4,900 meters / 16,072 ft.), overlooking the impressive Ausangate Q’ocha lagoon and its turquoise blue waters. This lagoon feeds on the melting snow of the snowy Ausangate.

We will camp here the second night.

  • Hiking Time: 6 hours.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 3

Day 03: From Ausangate Q’ocha Lagoon to Qampa (4,400 – 4,650 m.)

From the lagoon, we will ascend to Abra Palomani (5,200 meters / 17,056 ft.) – the highest point of the walk. From the Abra, we follow the trail to the valley where we can rest and have lunch.

In the afternoon, you can enjoy the views of the snowy mountain “Tres Picos/Three Peaks and Punta Puca”. We will continue through the wide green valley of Pampa Jutunpata and up through the valley of the Q’ampa River.

We will spend the third night in this area.

  • Hiking Time: 07 hours.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 4

Day 04: Qampa – Chilcapinaya (4,650 – 5,200 m)

Passing through small turquoise lakes, we’ll climb up the Palomani Pass (5,200 m.) Where the view of the south eastern side of the snowy Ausangate and Vilcanota mountain range is simply incredible. After descending to Chilcapinaya, we will make the camp on the fourth day of Apu Ausangate Trek.

  • Hiking Time: 08 hours.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 5

Day 05: From Pacchanta to Cusco (4,700 – 5,100 masl)

After passing through the small community of Q’ampa, we will head northwest to the last opening of this hike – Abra Q’ampa (5,000 meters / 16,400 feet). We will see several lagoons of different colours and we will have lunch next to Q’omer Q’ocha. From here, we will walk for a few hours before reaching the small village of Pacchanta.

We can enjoy the hot springs for a couple of hours and even have a well-deserved beer! We will meet shepherds from the highlands who tend their sheep and alpacas, spin and weave their wool, near the snowy peaks.

After that we will walk through the puna, previously seen communities of shepherds and weavers, takes us back to Tinki road. Here a bus will be waiting to take us back to Cusco, where we will arrive in the afternoon at approximately 06:00 p.m.

  • Hiking time: 08 hours.
  • Breakfast and lunch.



  • Private transportation to Tinqui (day 1) and return to Cusco (day 6)
  • High quality camping equipment.
  • All meals during the trip (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Vegetarian option available)
  • Professional Guide.
  • Chef and assistant.
  • Mules to carry the camping equipment and personal belongings (8 kg per person maximum)
  • Emergency horse
  • Price of the entrance to “Ausangate Park”
  • First aid kit, oxygen and ropes.

Not Include

Not Included:

  • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day.
  • Life insurance against accidental or any other type of insurance.
  • Extra nights due to bad weather.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Personal care items.


 Apu Ausangate Trek Packing List:

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Sturdy walking shoes and comfortable.
  • A complete change of clothes.
  • Sweater and jacket (warm clothing)
  • Water bottle.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Hat or cap to protect the sun
  • Sunscreen (sun protection cream)
  • Insect repellent.
  • Toiletries, towels and toilet paper.
  • Snacks: chocolates, nuts, cookies, etc.
  • Camera and spare batteries.
  • Swimwear.
  • Original passport or ISIC student card (important)
  • Sensitization / Social Works / Aid to communities

The region of Ausangate is one of the places where poverty is most pronounced, families live mainly from agriculture and maintain their own traditions and customs. We are committed to supporting these communities through social projects and donations, for example, clothing, school supplies and food, among others.


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