Amazing Andean Treks

Ausangate Mountain Trek 4 Days

Useful Information

  • Starting Altitude: 3800m / 11020ft.
  • Highest Altitude: 5190m / 15,200ft
  • Walking Distance: 41 km / 25 miles
  • Longest Day: Day 3, approximately 12 km/7.5 miles
  • Coldest Night: Day 2 around 0º celsius
  • Overall Difficulty: Difficult
  • Highlight: Hiking alongside the Ausangate mountain, amazing landscapes full nature and culture.
  • Duration: 4 days/ 3 nights
  • Trek Permits: Not, required for the trek.
  • Departure Dates: any day with 2 people.
  • Acclimatisation: Minimum 2 days at altitude recommended.


Day 1: Cusco - Tinki - Upis Hot Spring

Early morning at 05:30 we leave the city of Cusco in a private transport, and drive  3hrs. along the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado highway  on the way we pass through Urcos, Cattca, Ocongate, after an approximated 3 hours drive, we arrive in Tinki, (3800m/12464ft). then We continue 1 hr. to  Paqchanta where We can enjoy of  the hot springs  and is the lunch place, we meet our wranglers and horses. We start our trek initiating a slight climb that crosses through puna (dry, high area with little vegetation) From here we already have beautiful views of the sacred Ausangate peak (6372m/20900ft).  to reach our campsite in Upis at 4400m/14432ft. From this point, we may appreciate fabulous views of all the snow peaks in the area.

Day 2: Upis - Arapa Pass - Ausangateqocha

After breakfast, our hike begin  ascending for two hours to reach  the Arapa pass (4850m/15908ft). We then descend to our lunch place, crossing an area of vizcachas or Andean rodents. This area also boasts three beautiful lakes with tones of reds, greens, and turquoises (Pukacocha, HatunPukacocha, and Qomerqocha) and spectacular views of the surrounding snow peaks. After lunch, we continue on a long and slow ascent that will take us, after about two hours, to the next  mountain pass, the Apuchata mountain pass (4900m/16072ft), from which we descend, for another half an hour, towards our campsite at Ausangatecocha (4440m/14563ft).

Day 3: Ausangatecocha - Huchuy Phinaya

Today, we  climb up  for two hours towards the third mountain pass, the Palomani mountain pass (5200m/17056ft). This is the highest part of the entire hike, from which we then descend for another 2h through an area of llamas, alpacas and  to reach Huchuy Phinaya (4050m/13284ft) our  lunch place, from here we follow an uphill trail 2 hrs.  until that leads us to our campsite in Q´ampa (4300m/14104ft). We will camp at this place.

Day 4: Huchuy Phinaya - Qampa Pass – Pacchanta - Cusco

We climb up  for 2 hours until we reach Q´ampa mountain pass (5000m/16400ft), where we may have the chance to spot the Andean deer. From here we descend towards the Qomerqocha lagoon to finally arrive at Pacchanta (4100m/13448ft) after an approximated five-hour walk. Pacchanta is a little community with attractive hot springs where we have the lunch and We can enjoy a relaxing dip. In the afternoon at 17:00 We take  the bust to return to Cusco, and transfer to hotel.


  • Private transportation to head of trail
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • and camp staff
  • Meals 3B, 3L, 3D.
  • (Vegetarian option available)
  • Double-occupancy tents and camping equipment

 (includes dining tent,kitchen tent, and latrine tent)

  • Horses to carry personal gear and equipment.
  • Return  bus to  Cusco including transfer to your hotel


  • Tips, and extra spends


  • Original passport
  • Sleeping bag
  • Bottle water
  • Insect repelent
  • Sun block
  • Sun glasses
  • Hat
  • Basic clothes change
  • Flash light
  • Rain coat 

Price per person US$ 420



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