The Nevado Ausangate is a mountain of the Vilcanota mountain range and one of the highest in Peru surrounded by greenish and bluish lagoons. With an elevation of 6.372 m (20.905 feet) it is situated around 130 km from Cusco.
This landscape counts to the natural beauty. The hike to Ausangate is in the top 10 best trekking trails in Peru. On this hike you will encounter the representatives of the Andes: a herd of llamas and alpacas and moreover the pretty, elusive vicuña.
Various hikes are undertaken in this mountain range covered in eternal snow. One of the trails is the fervent pilgrimage. Visitants head to the Ocongate mountain. This walk is carried out just once a year. Once a year the Qoyllur Rity mountain (shining mountain) attracts thousands of pilgrims. The Nevado Ausangate is attended more frequently by visitors who love the adventure and like to be in contact with the pure nature.
This place counts also to the kingdom of the magnificent condor, the Andean ibis and Andean geese amongst others.
We will walk a bit further to the mountain Vinicunca or Arcoiris. There are no needs of special athletically skills to do the trekking. Even though it would be an advantage to be in a good physical condition.
We recommend you some days of acclimatization as we will walk between 4,000 and 5,000 m of altitude. In case of emergency there will be a saddle horse available
We set off early from
Cusco traveling by private van to the small village of Tinqui. We will see the
impressive mountain range of Vilcanota and pass through several traditional
Andean villages en route and take time to stop to take some photos. When we
arrive at Tinqui (our trailhead), we will have a delicious breakfast prepared
by our master chef. Then our horsemen will arrange all the group gear and packs
on the horses and our trek officially begins. We begin our walk through farming
communities and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains. We will walk for
around 3 hrs and then its time for a lunch stop. After lunch we continue for
another 2 hours to reach Upis (4,100 m / 13,448 ft). There we will have the
opportunity to soak in the local hot springs before dinner, and camp for the
After a big breakfast
we are ready to leave our camp and get started on our hike for the day. We will
climb to the Arapa Pass (4,850 m / 15,908 ft). From this vantage point we will
enjoy the contrast between dry desert like hills and breathtaking snow capped
views of Mt. Ausangate and Pucacocha. This area also boasts three beautiful
lakes with tones of reds, greens, and turquoises (Pucacocha, Hatun Pucacocha,
and Qomercocha). Our second campsite is close to Ausangate glacier.
Today, you will be woken up with “room service” (a hot cup of coca tea). This is going to be one of the most beautiful days of the trek. We will see the Rainbow Mountains in the distance. Also, on today´s journey, we will pass through Alccatauri Village. This is where we will see their traditional village life. There are no trees in the area, so there is no wood to make houses or build fires. The residents are extremely enterprising and make their adobe houses out of mud and build fires with nature´s fertilizer, a.k.a. manure. J.
The day begins with a 1 ½ hour uphill climb until we reach the Ausangate pass (4,930 m / 16,170 ft). At this pass, we will see red mountains and also have the opportunity to see Vicuñas, chinchillas and alpacas.
After we enjoy the pass, we descend for 1 ½ hours until we reach the Alccatauri Village (4,400 m / 14,435 ft). During our time at the village, in return for their generous hospitality, we will give them offerings of coca leaves. This is extremely valuable because this treasurable Peruvian staple can not be grown in this climate.
Following this incomparable experience, we will hike a further 30 minutes uphill to our lunch spot at a rustic lodge.
After a satisfying lunch, we will begin our voyage uphill to the second pass. After 1 ½ hours, we will follow Llama trail to Minasniyuq Pass. Here we will have our first views of the Rainbow Mountains (5,020 m / 16,469 ft). At this pass, we will make offerings to Pacha Mama (Mother Earth).
The remainder of the day´s journey is a 1 hour downhill hike to our camp, Surine Cocha (4,800 m / 15,748 ft). The camp is on the banks of the gorgeous Surine Lake (pictured above).
After breakfast we hike gradually uphill for 2 hours until we reach the famous Rainbow Mountain (5,020 m / 16,469 ft). Your guide will walk you to the best spots to get the perfect pictures of these incredible mountains and the other surrounding mountains. Your guide will explain what makes these mountains so unique: they are composed of various minerals, which make different colors of stone striations. Not only is this one of the most stunning places in Peru and South America, these type of mountains are seen in only one other country in the world, China.
After taking photos and enjoying the view, we will continue on the trek until we reach Quesiuno Village. This is a 2 ½ hour downhill hike. We will have lunch there.
Our private van will be waiting to pick us up in this village after lunch. We will then drive 3 ½ hours back to Cusco. After one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, we will drop you off at your Cusco hotel. Approximate arrival time is 6 PM.
DESTINATION: Cuzco, Peru
⭐ US $690 per Person
⭐ US $750 per Person