Ausangate Trek to Machu Picchu

Duration 5 or 6 day (6 day recommended)

Day 1 – Arrive to Cusco – We Pick you up from the Airport and take you to your hotel
Day 2 – Rest Day or start of trek.
Day 3 – Cusco to Arapa camp at 13,700 feet
Day 4 – Arapa Camp to Gomercocha (green lake) to Lake Ausangate Qocha
Day 5 – Camp Qocha to Abra Palomani pass at 15,534 feet to Kjampa pass at 15,300 feet – Ninaparayoq camp
Day 6 – Trek down the Natural Springs; train to Ollantaytambo connecting to a second train to Aguas Calientes.
Day 7 –​ Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu; Explore Machupicchu

Ausangate is located south east of the city of Cusco and its summit is about 19,000 feet above sea level. It is crowned by majestic glaciers, and since ancient times is considered one of the major deities in this area. In Incan mythology, this city is considered as the keeper of llamas and alpacas, and is revered by the natives as the region is inhabited by llama and alpaca herding communities–one of the few remaining pastoralist societies in the world. High mountain trails are used by these herders to trade with agricultural communities at lower elevations. One of these trails, “the road of the Apu Ausangate”, is considered one of the most renowned treks in Peru.

With trekking heights reaching above 15,000 feet above sea level, this city is one of the best high altitude treks in all of South America. What we offer is more than a tour – we offer a life experience in the Andes. We offer you to be part of this Andean identity, visiting sacred and ancestral places where one gets confused between mountains and gods. You will walk among the Quechua people, among their children wearing dresses and colorful attire as part of the local dress as they have done for hundreds of years. Here in Ausangate it is not about Incan cities or Incan observatories, it is about enjoying spectacular landscapes, it is about enjoying the solitude of being far away from the normal groups of tourists, it is about being part of the magic of trekking in the Andes.

FIRST DAY

We leave from the city of Cusco around 5:00 am and head the southeast towards Tinki (Quechua community 11,000 feet above sea level). After approximately 3 hours we shall arrive at Tinki, where we will introduce you to the support staff including cooks, assistants and horsemen who will accompany us during the trip. We shall start our walk at 9:00 in the morning towards Upis (our lunch place). After about an hour of trekking, we will be absorbed by the immensity of the geography of Ausangate. This mountain appears as a protective guard over us during our entire trip. We will be trekking in a dry mountain climate, and birds such as geese from the Andes (Huallatas), or Andean gulls will be flying all around us.

Our lunch spot at “Upis” sits at 12,300 feet above sea level. Our campsite lies two hours farther ahead. The landscape we will be traversing is mountainous and rocky with glaciers surrounding us at all times. Walking in such natural beauty and amongst the locals makes the experience awe inspiring.

We set up our first campsite at Arapa camp at 13,700 feet (For some of us highest point we have ever trekked) above sea level, this city stands guard as a watchman in the house of the Incas. Estimated time of arrival at our camp is approximately 5:00 p.m. We will prepare for a light dinner and adapt better to the height of these sacred peaks.

SECOND DAY

We start the day at 6:00 am, and after Breakfast we start our trek towards Arapa Pass at 13,950 feet above sea level. During the day we shall cross many lakes filled from glacial water from above, and with natural colors like green, red and crystalline. We shall also come across llama and alpaca shepherds, herdsmen that have lived in the highlands for generations. After 3 hours of trekking we will arrive at Gomercocha (green lake), and on the shores of this magnificent lake our support team will have a hearty lunch waiting for us.

After a short break, we shall start trekking again towards our second campsite on the shores of Lake Ausangate Qocha. We will cover approximately 9 miles in the span of 6 to 7 hours. When we arrive at the camp our support staff will be ready waiting for us with camp already set up. It is now time to enjoy dinner and then retire to our tents.

THIRD DAY

We start our day at 6:00 AM, and after breakfast and morning rituals we shall start trekking towards the highest point of our journey – The Abra Palomani pass which sits at 15,534 feet above sea level. The duration of the climb is about an hour and a half. After reaching the top and exploring the surroundings we shall then descend for roughly two hours until we reach our targeted location for lunch.

Our trek next takes us to Kjampa pass at 15,300 feet above sea level, where we shall be walking in the middle of two mountain ranges, between the Ausangate and the Qolqe cruz (silver cross). Our Campsite is located at Ninaparayoq camp. This third day is the longest and hardest of our trek. We should spend between 8 to 9 hours covering approximately 12 miles. Be assured that all of this hard work will be rewarded my friend! Here you will be privileged to rest under the protection of the snowy spirits. Take the time here to breath in the crisp air and enjoy the sunset from this spectacular vantage point. The intense pinks and crimson hues surrounding the mountain are a feast for the eyes. Be sure not to miss the constellations that rotate through our southern hemisphere which will undoubtedly leave you questioning if this is possibly the most stars you have ever seen in your life.

FOURTH DAY

Today we will awaken at 6:00 am and after breakfast will leave our campsite around 7:30 am towards Pacchanta at 11,700 feet above sea level. This will be the final day of our trekking. We will cover the 7.5 miles remaining in a span of around 4 hours.

Along the way we will pass by many naturally formed hot springs, geothermal waters that seep, trickle, or flow from below the surface of the Earth. These springs are rich in minerals that are thought to have health-giving properties and have attracted people with various ailments for hundreds of years. Indulge yourself in the natural wonders, soak your sore, aching muscles and just relax…

Having reached the end of the trek, it is time to say our goodbyes to the support team, and start the 3 hour private van ride back to Cusco. We shall

head to the Cusco train station, in order to take the train to Ollantaytambo from where we shall connect to a second train to Aguas Calientes. This small town is touristy and has a unique charm where your hotel is located.

FIFTH DAY

Very early in the morning we will take the public bus from Aguas Calientes to get to Machupicchu. This ride will take us around 30 minutes. Once our bus arrives, we will start the tour of the magical city of Machupicchu. Our initial tour will take around 3 hours before we climb Wayna Picchu, which is the picturesque mountain on the postcards located at the back of the sacred city. We will start our climb at 10 am reach the top around 1.5 hours later. The view of the city of Machu Picchu from the top of this rugged mountain is quite impressive! You will observe the ingenuity and strength of the Inca architects in the construction of this amazing place. After descending down to Machupicchu we will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes where we will enjoy lunch before taking our train to Ollantaytambo. Here our private van will wait for us and then take us to our hotel in Cusco. The arrival time to Cusco is at 8:00 p.m.

End of our services.

There is a variation of this tour connecting with the famous Rainbow Mountain. One more day would have to be added to the itinerary, but it is definitely worthwhile as this is one of the more uniquely beautiful places in all of the world.

Ausangate Trek:

$500 USD (was $650) per person provided you are going in a group of 4 people.

Ausangate Trek including Machu Pichu:

$1050 USD (was $1275) per person provided you are going in a group of 4 people

Terms and conditions apply, and prices may vary accordingly in case you are travelling in more or less numbers, customized trips, trips including more sights, solo or with family.

Duration 5 or 6 day (6 day recommended)

Day 1 – Arrive to Cusco – We Pick you up from the Airport and take you to your hotel
Day 2 – Rest Day or start of trek.
Day 3 – Cusco to Arapa camp at 13,700 feet
Day 4 – Arapa Camp to Gomercocha (green lake) to Lake Ausangate Qocha
Day 5 – Camp Qocha to Abra Palomani pass at 15,534 feet to Kjampa pass at 15,300 feet – Ninaparayoq camp
Day 6 – Trek down the Natural Springs; train to Ollantaytambo connecting to a second train to Aguas Calientes.
Day 7 – Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu; Explore Machupicchu

Ausangate is located south east of the city of Cusco and its summit is about 19,000 feet above sea level. It is crowned by majestic glaciers, and since ancient times is considered one of the major deities in this area. In Incan mythology, Ausungate is considered as the keeper of llamas and alpacas, and is revered by the natives as the region is inhabited by llama and alpaca herding communities–one of the few remaining pastoralist societies in the world. High mountain trails are used by these herders to trade with agricultural communities at lower elevations. One of these trails, “the road of the Apu Ausangate”, is considered one of the most renowned treks in Peru.

With trekking heights reaching above 15,000 feet above sea level, Ausungate is one of the best high altitude treks in all of South America. What we offer is more than a tour – we offer a life experience in the Andes. We offer you to be part of this Andean identity, visiting sacred and ancestral places where one gets confused between mountains and gods. You will walk among the Quechua people, among their children wearing dresses and colorful attire as part of the local dress as they have done for hundreds of years. Here in Ausangate it is not about Incan cities or Incan observatories, it is about enjoying spectacular landscapes, it is about enjoying the solitude of being far away from the normal groups of tourists, it is about being part of the magic of trekking in the Andes.

FIRST DAY

We leave from the city of Cusco around 5:00 am and head the southeast towards Tinki (Quechua community 11,000 feet above sea level). After approximately 3 hours we shall arrive at Tinki, where we will introduce you to the support staff including cooks, assistants and horsemen who will accompany us during the trip. We shall start our walk at 9:00 in the morning towards Upis (our lunch place). After about an hour of trekking, we will be absorbed by the immensity of the geography of Ausangate. This mountain appears as a protective guard over us during our entire trip. We will be trekking in a dry mountain climate, and birds such as geese from the Andes (Huallatas), or Andean gulls will be flying all around us.

Our lunch spot at “Upis” sits at 12,300 feet above sea level. Our campsite lies two hours farther ahead. The landscape we will be traversing is mountainous and rocky with glaciers surrounding us at all times. Walking in such natural beauty and amongst the locals makes the experience awe inspiring.

We set up our first campsite at Arapa camp at 13,700 feet (For some of us highest point we have ever trekked) above sea level, Ausangate stands guard as a watchman in the house of the Incas. Estimated time of arrival at our camp is approximately 5:00 p.m. We will prepare for a light dinner and adapt better to the height of these sacred peaks.

SECOND DAY

We start the day at 6:00 am, and after Breakfast we start our trek towards Arapa Pass at 13,950 feet above sea level. During the day we shall cross many lakes filled from glacial water from above, and with natural colors like green, red and crystalline. We shall also come across llama and alpaca shepherds, herdsmen that have lived in the highlands for generations. After 3 hours of trekking we will arrive at Gomercocha (green lake), and on the shores of this magnificent lake our support team will have a hearty lunch waiting for us.

After a short break, we shall start trekking again towards our second campsite on the shores of Lake Ausangate Qocha. We will cover approximately 9 miles in the span of 6 to 7 hours. When we arrive at the camp our support staff will be ready waiting for us with camp already set up. It is now time to enjoy dinner and then retire to our tents.

THIRD DAY

We start our day at 6:00 AM, and after breakfast and morning rituals we shall start trekking towards the highest point of our journey – The Abra Palomani pass which sits at 15,534 feet above sea level. The duration of the climb is about an hour and a half. After reaching the top and exploring the surroundings we shall then descend for roughly two hours until we reach our targeted location for lunch.

Our trek next takes us to Kjampa pass at 15,300 feet above sea level, where we shall be walking in the middle of two mountain ranges, between the Ausangate and the Qolqe cruz (silver cross). Our Campsite is located at Ninaparayoq camp. This third day is the longest and hardest of our trek. We should spend between 8 to 9 hours covering approximately 12 miles. Be assured that all of this hard work will be rewarded my friend! Here you will be privileged to rest under the protection of the snowy spirits. Take the time here to breath in the crisp air and enjoy the sunset from this spectacular vantage point. The intense pinks and crimson hues surrounding the mountain are a feast for the eyes. Be sure not to miss the constellations that rotate through our southern hemisphere which will undoubtedly leave you questioning if this is possibly the most stars you have ever seen in your life.

FOURTH DAY

Today we will awaken at 6:00 am and after breakfast will leave our campsite around 7:30 am towards Pacchanta at 11,700 feet above sea level. This will be the final day of our trekking. We will cover the 7.5 miles remaining in a span of around 4 hours.

Along the way we will pass by many naturally formed hot springs, geothermal waters that seep, trickle, or flow from below the surface of the Earth. These springs are rich in minerals that are thought to have health-giving properties and have attracted people with various ailments for hundreds of years. Indulge yourself in the natural wonders, soak your sore, aching muscles and just relax…

Having reached the end of the trek, it is time to say our goodbyes to the support team, and start the 3 hour private van ride back to Cusco. We shall

head to the Cusco train station, in order to take the train to Ollantaytambo from where we shall connect to a second train to Aguas Calientes. This small town is touristy and has a unique charm where your hotel is located.

FIFTH DAY

Very early in the morning we will take the public bus from Aguas Calientes to get to Machupicchu. This ride will take us around 30 minutes. Once our bus arrives, we will start the tour of the magical city of Machupicchu. Our initial tour will take around 3 hours before we climb Wayna Picchu, which is the picturesque mountain on the postcards located at the back of the sacred city. We will start our climb at 10 am reach the top around 1.5 hours later. The view of the city of Machu Picchu from the top of this rugged mountain is quite impressive! You will observe the ingenuity and strength of the Inca architects in the construction of this amazing place. After descending down to Machupicchu we will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes where we will enjoy lunch before taking our train to Ollantaytambo. Here our private van will wait for us and then take us to our hotel in Cusco. The arrival time to Cusco is at 8:00 p.m.

End of our services.

There is a variation of this tour connecting with the famous Rainbow Mountain. One more day would have to be added to the itinerary, but it is definitely worthwhile as this is one of the more uniquely beautiful places in all of the world.

Ausangate Trek:

$500 USD (was $650) per person provided you are going in a group of 4 people.

Ausangate Trek including Machu Pichu:

$1050 USD (was $1275) per person provided you are going in a group of 4 people

Terms and conditions apply, and prices may vary accordingly in case you are travelling in more or less numbers, customized trips, trips including more sights, solo or with family.

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