The Ausangate Trek is an incredible multi-day hike in the Peruvian Andes. It is one of the most beautiful and challenging treks in the region, and one of the most popular hikes in all of South America. The trek takes you through some of the most stunning landscapes in the world, including vast Andean meadows, snow-capped peaks, and turquoise glacial lakes. Along the way, you’ll pass through small villages, meet friendly locals, and get a glimpse into traditional Andean life.
The Ausangate Trek typically takes 4-5 days to complete, depending on your fitness level and how much time you want to spend exploring the area. The highest point on the trek is the Ausangate Pass, which sits at an elevation of 5,000m (16,400ft). The trek is considered to be moderately difficult, with some sections of steep climbing and long, steep descents.
Peru Vive Travel is an experienced tour operator that specializes in customizing unique and memorable trips to the region of Cusco, Peru. We offer a wide range of services, from planning personalized itineraries and providing knowledgeable guides to arranging transportation and accommodation. Our experienced team of travel experts are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and creating unforgettable journeys.
Cusco hotel transfer
Early in the morning, we will pick you up from your accommodation in Cusco. After that, we’ll go by car to Tinki Town, which is situated 3800 meters (12467 feet) above sea level. We will set up our camping gear for the walk once we arrive.
We’ll climb to Upis town after that. Walking across the serene Andean valleys will be our route. The massive mountains of the Vilcanota mountain range encircle them. The absence of forests and big plants is a defining feature of the Andean ecosystem. So, while out on a walk, you may take in the clear, blue skies.
We’ll make a lunch stop once we get to Upis town. After that, we’ll go to Upis Hot Springs. You will have enough time to take a bath in these waters’ mineral content and unwind. After dinner, we’ll pitch our tents and spend the night.
We will depart Upis early in the morning following breakfast. After that, we will go for around three hours to our campground, which is 4650 meters (15255 feet) above sea level and close to Yana Cocha. It is a tiny glacier lagoon called Yana Cocha. Because of its ominous waters, it is known as “Yana Cocha,” which translates to “black lagoon” in Quechua.
We will halt for lunch once we arrive to Yana Cocha campground. We’ll then climb to Puca Cocha lagoon. Another glacial lagoon, this one with the moniker “red lagoon.” We’ll pitch our tents close to Puca Cocha. After that, we’ll eat dinner and retire for the evening.
After breakfast, we’ll leave the Puca Cocha campground. The Puca Cocha mountain pass, which is 4900 meters (16076 feet) above sea level, is the next destination on our walk. We will descend to Ananta Pata after enjoying the neighboring Red Valley for a while while on the mountain pass. We’ll halt there for lunch.
We’ll climb to the Cocha Pata campground after lunch. Once there, we’ll make a pit break for dinner before retiring to our camp tents for the evening.
We’ll start the day with a standard breakfast. To gain energy and complete the final day of the walk, we shall sip coca tea. We’ll then trek up to the well-known Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. Before reaching this peak, we shall walk for around 1.5 hours.
Once you are to Vinicunca, our tour guide will go through Vinicunca’s history and ecological significance with you. You will have free time to go about Vinicunca’s breathtaking surroundings and snap pictures.
On our way to Cusipata town, we will then hike through the Red Valley of Peru. There are other mountains that resemble Vinicunca in the Red Valley. The majority of the valley’s surface is dominated by the color red. This location’s distinctive hues are the consequence of many years of geological activity.
We will halt for lunch when we get to Cusipata town. After that, we will get in our private car and go back to Cusco. We’ll get to Cusco at 5:00 o’clock.