Ausangate Trek 6 Days

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Choquequirao
Trekking
Camping

Details

Duration
6 days / 5 nigths
Tour type
Trekking, Aventure, Camping
Group Size
15 Person
Languages
English and Spanish
Difficult
Challenging

General Information

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The Ausangate Trek spanning 6 days and the mesmerizing Rainbow Mountain are nestled in one of the lesser-explored corners of the Cusco region. However, this hidden gem holds a plethora of enchanting wonders for nature enthusiasts. These include vibrant mountains painted in a myriad of hues, colossal glaciers, pristine turquoise, crimson, and ebony lakes, and the charming presence of alpacas, llamas, untamed vicuñas, chinchillas, and remote villages inhabited by welcoming locals who continue to embrace a way of life passed down through centuries. Of course, this unforgettable journey also grants you the opportunity to marvel at the astounding Rainbow Mountain and the breathtaking Red Valley.

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Ausangate Trek 6 days Itinerary

We will be ready to pick you up promptly at 6 am, and we’ll embark on a journey in a private van to reach the trailhead, situated at the foot of the magnificent Ausangate Mountain. Our hiking adventure commences from Upis Pampa. During the hike, you’ll traverse numerous remote villages, encountering several stream crossings along the way until we reach the Upis Campsite. This exclusive site offers cozy private Cabins that directly face the Ausangate glacier. Inside these cabins, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Ausangate Mountain, especially during the enchanting sunset. Our skilled cook will prepare a delectable lunch for you to relish. Following your meal, you have the choice of embarking on a 2-hour hike to Upis Lake or luxuriating in the soothing hot springs for the remainder of the afternoon. As night descends, you’ll have the extraordinary opportunity to witness a star-studded sky, an experience that will etch itself into your memory for a lifetime.

  • Distance: 7 km/ 4.34 mls.
  • Campsite elevation: 4400 m / 14,450 ft.
  • Hiking time: 3 hours.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Accommodation: Cabins.

Day 2: Upis – Puca Cocha

At 5 am, we will provide you with coca tea or coffee, and you will be served a delectable breakfast to energize you for the day ahead. We will embark on a hike to Arapa Pass (4968m) while admiring the local farmers and alpacas. A stunning backdrop of Ausangate’s snow-capped peaks will be on your left as our English-speaking guide enlightens you about the flora, fauna, and landscape. If we are fortunate, we might get a glimpse of the condor, chinchillas, or vicuñas. We will also relish in the colorful lakes and arrive at our Pucacocha campsite. Surrounded by towering mountains and breathtaking hanging glaciers that occasionally crash into the tarns below, we will change clothes and have our lunch and dinner prepared by our professional chef in tents inside the Mountain huts. In the afternoon, hiking to the viewpoint of Pucacocha provides an opportunity to capture an awe-inspiring picture of the Ausangate Mountain with the picturesque lakes below.

  • Distance: 15 km.
  • Campsite elevation: 4600 m/ 15,100 ft
  • Hiking time: 7-8 hours.
  • Difficulty: moderate.
  • Accommodation: Camping in huts

On this excursion, we will embark on a challenging route starting with Puca Qocha Pass (5051) which showcases stunning, colorful mountains and a breathtaking view of Mount Ausangate and pristine glacier lakes. Our journey continues through the Red Mountain valley, where you can observe an untouched landscape with vivid colors and llama grazing in close proximity. En route to our lunch destination at Ananta, we will be mesmerized by some rocky mountains with wonderful views. After lunch, we will begin the uphill climb to Surini Pass (15,090ft-4500m-14,000 feet) where you will be able to witness the spectacular Rainbow Mountain at a distance. From that point, we will descend to circle the lake and walk the Peruvian flat until we reach our designated campsite where we have comfortable shelter. For a chance to capture an unforgettable sunset, there will be an optional trip to Rainbow Mountain.

  • Distance: 14km / 8.65 miles.
  • Campsite elevation: 4900 m/ 10,090 ft.
  • Hiking time: 7-8 hours.
  • Difficulty: difficult.
  • Accommodation: Camping in huts

Greetings! The anticipated day of our trek has finally arrived. We will provide coca tea, delivered to your tent at 06:00am, to energize you for the 45-minute hike to Rainbow Mountain. Upon arrival, you will have ample time to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area and capture stunning photographs. Depending on your pace and weather conditions, we estimate a duration of 30 minutes to 1 hour to explore RAINBOW MOUNTAIN. Afterwards, we will venture to the RED VALLEY, which will require an additional 1 hour of hiking. The descent towards Alqatari campsite will require an estimated 3 hours and will conclude with a delicious lunch at the campsite followed by an overnight stay in our comfortable shelter.

  • Distance: 14 km / 8.69 miles.
  • Campsite levation: 4500 m / 14,790ft.
  • Hiking time: 5-6 hours.
  • Difficulty: moderate.
  • Accommodation: Camping in huts

Today, we have an exciting hiking schedule ahead of us. Our team will trek to Palomani Pass, which is the highest point of all hikes. After enjoying a delicious breakfast, we commence our journey to Palomani Pass. Along the way, we will witness breathtaking landscapes, such as colorful lakes, green pampas, small villages, and llamas. Additionally, we will encounter the traditional clothing worn by the local people. Once we arrive at Palomani Pass, we will enjoy spectacular views of the red lake and the Vilcanota chain. Afterward, we will trek down to Huchuy Pinaya, where we will indulge in our lunch before embarking on a two-hour journey to Surapampa, our campsite for the night. Surapampa campsite boasts an exquisite rocky environment, and we will spot the beautiful viscachas sitting atop the rocks.

  • Distance: 15 km (9.32 miles).
  • Campsite elevation: 4600 m/ 15,000 ft.
  • Hiking time: 6-7 hours.
  • Difficulty: difficult.
  • Accommodation: Camping in Tents.

We will be waking up early today with a continued focus on our journey back to Cusco, and we have planned to visit the beautiful 7 Lakes of Ausangate. The scenery and landscapes we will encounter on this journey are absolutely breathtaking. You may also have the opportunity to enjoy the lakes by taking a dip. While on your left side, the magnificent Ausangate mount will remain in sight, which will certainly be the highlight of the day.

Our objective today is to also reach the hot springs of Pacchanta, where we will experience a relaxing soak in warm waters and breathtaking views of the Ausangate Mount. In the evening, we will conclude our trip with a final supper as we say farewell to the horseman and chef before making our return to Cusco. You may expect to arrive in Cusco at 06:00 pm.

  • Distance: 12 km.
  • Hiking time: 5-7 hours.
  • Difficulty: moderate/difficult

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IMPORTANT INFO 

  • If you experience symptoms of altitude sickness, descend as quickly as possible. This is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly.
  • We recommend undertaking the Ausangate trek over 6 days between April and October, as the mountain passes are typically snow-covered during the rainy season, which spans from December to March.
  • Ensure you acclimatize to the high altitude in Cusco before embarking on the 6-day Ausangate trek. This is the most effective way to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey. We suggest spending a minimum of 2 days in Cusco prior to commencing the trek.
  • Batteries have a tendency to lose power in cold conditions, so keep them within your sleeping bag to preserve their charge.
  • The elevated terrain also means lower temperatures, often approaching freezing, so come prepared. If you decide to embark on a multi-day excursion, make sure to don warm clothing. Additionally, carry coca leaves to combat altitude sickness and limit your gear to the essentials to make the hike more manageable.
    Our fifth campsite is just a 40-minute walk from Rainbow
  • Mountain, allowing for a greater chance to relish the solitude and beauty of this natural wonder.
  • Three of our campsite locations feature huts, offering protection from rain, snow, and hail.
  • Regardless of weather conditions, the scenery remains truly breathtaking.
  • While we anticipate that the tour will follow the outlined itinerary for the Ausangate Trek over 6 days, participants should be aware that changes may be necessary due to local circumstances such as strikes or natural disasters.
  • Our guide always carries oxygen tanks, a crucial safety measure, especially as you ascend to altitudes exceeding 5040 meters (16,500 feet) above sea level. This is a feature not provided by all travel agencies, so it’s something to consider when selecting the best Ausangate tour operator.

THINGS TO KNOW

  • Individuals with pre-existing back issues are advised against participating in this 6-day Ausangate trek to Rainbow Mountain.
  • Throughout your Ausangate trek over 6 days, you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide.
  • This expedition is scheduled for daily departures with a minimum group size of 2 or more participants.
  • Please note that no departures are available in January and February due to inclement weather conditions. Instead, we exclusively offer the Ausangate Trek over 4 days throughout the entire year, as each campsite provides shelter.
  • Regrettably, wheelchair access is not available for this trek.
  • Beginning in September, our pick-up time has been adjusted to 5 am, as the rainy season commences. Given that rainfall is more prevalent in the afternoon, it is advisable to undertake the hike in the morning.
  • The maximum group size for this trek is limited to 8 travelers.

Duffle Bag

You will receive a kit bag at our office after your briefing. These bags will be transported by our horses, and you will have access to them exclusively at the campgrounds. Use the kit bag to store clothing and personal belongings that you won’t require while hiking. Essentials like water, snacks, a first aid kit, and rain gear should be kept in your daypack. The weight of the kit bag should not exceed 7kg.

Strikes

Protests and roadblocks are common occurrences in Peru and have the potential to disrupt our Ausangate 5-day trek. We will make every effort to ensure that your journey to Ausangate proceeds as planned, although some modifications may be necessary.

If a protest takes place on the initial day of your Ausangate 6-day hike, we will transport you to the trailhead on the evening before your scheduled start date.

In the event of a protest occurring on the day you complete your Ausangate 6-day trek, we will dispatch our vehicles to Kayrawiry one night in advance. This way, you can board the vehicle at 5 pm, as the protest usually concludes after 5 pm. Your arrival in Cusco is anticipated at 11 pm.

Ausangate Weather

The climate in the Andes is highly variable. The dry season in Ausangate spans from April to October, while the rainy season extends from November through March. Nevertheless, rain can occur during the dry season, and sunshine may break through during the rainy season, so it’s wise to be ready for anything. Regardless of when you embark on the Ausangate trek, it’s essential to have rain protection gear such as a rain jacket, rain pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves.

Ausangate’s weather can shift rapidly, and you might encounter all four seasons in a single day. Consequently, thorough preparation is essential. Layering is key since it allows you to easily adapt to fluctuating temperatures. It’s advisable to have a down jacket on hand for the chilly early mornings and evenings.

Travel Insurance

We strongly advise obtaining travel insurance, as it can serve as a safeguard in various situations. If you need to cancel your Ausangate 6-day tour unexpectedly, it can provide reimbursement for your prepaid expenses. Additionally, in the unfortunate event that you become ill or sustain an injury while far from home, travel insurance can offer compensation for necessary medical care during your travels

Physical Requirements

This trek presents a challenging endeavor due to the high altitude, making it highly advisable to be in excellent physical shape. The traditional Ausangate trek involves significant elevation variations, which contribute to the demanding nature of the hike, given the presence of four passes along the route.

Accommodation Options

Throughout the Ausangate trek 6 days, individual travelers will be matched with another traveler of the same gender to share a tent, while couples will have their own private tent.

How To Book The Ausangate Trek 6 Day Hike With Sap Adventures?

To Reserve Your Ausangate Trek 4-Day Experience with Us To secure your spot for the Ausangate trek over 4 days with us, please follow these steps:

  1. Click on the “BOOK NOW” button.
  2. Choose your preferred departure date.
  3. Complete the personal information section for each participant.
  4. The final step is making payment, which can be done using either your Credit Card or Debit Card. A deposit of $100 per person is required.
  5. The remaining balance can be settled in person at our office in Cusco.

On our booking form, you will find optional extras such as walking sticks and sleeping bags. There is no need to pre-book these; you can make arrangements at our office in Cusco just one day before your departure. We always have an ample supply, so availability is not an issue.

Upon receipt of your deposit, we will promptly send you a manual confirmation for your trip, ensuring your reservation is 100% confirmed.

WHAT ABOUT THE OUTSTANDING BALANCE?

The remaining balance can be settled in cash, either in USD or soles, one day before your trip. Alternatively, you have the option to make the payment with a Credit card (a 5% service fee applies). Please inform us of your preferred method. Cash payments MUST be completed one day in advance of your trip.

HOW ABOUT THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

Regrettably, there are no student concessions available for the Ausangate trek.

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE?

Certainly, it can be arranged. However, we kindly request that you inform us with at least a 48-hour notice.

DO I NEED TO BRING MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON THE AUSANGATE TREK 6 DAYS?

Carrying your Passport is not obligatory. However, if you wish to receive a Rainbow Mountain stamp, it is advisable to have it with you. The cost for the stamp on your Passport is 2 soles.

CAN I STAY IN THE SACRED VALLEY FOR MY AUSANGATE TREK?

Not advisable, as our Ausangate tour groups depart from Cusco. If you are staying in the Sacred Valley, we will arrange for a pick-up 1 hour earlier than the Cusco departure time, with an additional transportation fee of $30.

WHAT TIME DO WE RETURN TO CUSCO ON THE LAST DAY?

Our typical return time to Cusco is around 3 pm – 4 pm.

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