Day 01: Cusco to Qomer Cocha Lagoon (Ausangate trek )
the first day of the Ausangate trek starts very early. we leave the city of Cusco in a private transport, by the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado road in the direction of Pacchanta (4100m / 13448ft). On the way we pass by Urcos, where we will be able to see a beautiful lagoon with the same name.
We continue to Cattca, a farming and cattle community where we can appreciate the spectacular views of the district of Ocongate, capital of the district with the same name, finally crossing Tinki, a small community, enjoying breathtaking views of the Ausangate mountain.
After an approximate 4.5 to 5 hour drive, we arrive at Pacchanta, a rural community that has some hot springs. where we can enjoy a good dip overlooking the mountains of Ausangate. At this point we meet our muleteers and horses and then enjoy a delicious first lunch.
In the afternoon we will continue our hike through a slight climb up the Pacchanta valley, where we will have the opportunity to observe llamas and alpacas, until we reach the beautiful Qomercocha lagoon where we set up our camp and have dinner. Our campsite will be located in a spectacular place with spectacular views of the snowy mountains of Ausangate, Santa Catalina, Maria Huamantiqlla, Pucapunta and Colquecruz. Food A, C
Day 02: Qomerqocha Lagoon to Yanamayo (Ausangate trek )
We leave at around 7.00 am and continue on towards the first mountain pass of our trek, the Abra Q´ampa at 5000m/16400ft, which we will reach after about 4h. We then descend towards the Ticllaqocha Lagoons, a beautiful group of little turquoise lagoons next to which we have lunch. In the afternoon we continue our hike for an additional 2-3h until we reach Yanamayo where we set our camp in an impressive valley overlooked by the stunning Tres Picos, Colquecruz and Pucapunta peaks. Meals B, L, D
Day 03: Yanamayo to Condor Paso (Ausangate trek )
We leave camp and start a gradual climb up toward Yanacocha or “Black Lagoon” its name being due to the dark color of its waters. In this area we can appreciate a soil of volcanic origin, its color turning to dark red and black, as well as moraines, showing the previous presence of glaciers in this region. We will go over Yanacocha mountain pass (5050m/16564ft) to then discover a surprisingly beautiful valley with an explosion of colored mountains, three spectacular lagoons and the presence of llamas and alpacas, which we will cross to head towards our next mountain pass (5100m/16728ft). From this point, an additional hour of hike leads us to Condor Pasa, our next campsite, located very close to the mountain pass of the same name which will be our challenge for the next day. Meals B, L, D
Day 04: Condorpaso to Source of Sibinacocha Lagoon (Ausangate trek )
After breakfast, we continue on a gradual climb up the valley that takes us to the mountain pass Abra del Condor (5200m/17056ft) after an approximated two-hour walk. From the pass, the highest point of our trek, we may not only enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range and the Sibinacocha Lagoon, our next milestone, but also hopefully see wild vicuñas. Immediately, we continue our hike for an additional 3 hours, crossing another mountain pass on the way and then descending into the valley of the Sibinacocha Lagoon’s source. We will camp next to the lagoon and very close from its source, where an impressive glacier stands and nourishes the lake with its turquoise waters that contrast with the dark blue pure color of the lagoon. The lagoon boasts a wide biodiversity, we will most probably be able to spot Andean Coots, “Huallatas” or Andean Geese as well as Andean Ducks from our camp. Meals B, L, D
Day 05: Source of Sibinacocha Lagoon to Ccascana (Ausangate trek )
Today, we depart early to walk along the shores of the Sibinacocha Lagoon for 3h until we reach the Yayamari community, next to the mountain of the same name, an impressive rocky peak overlooking the lagoon (5500m/18040ft). We then continue across a pampa where we will most probably see hundreds of llamas, alpacas and hopefully vicuñas, to then follow towards the Abra Ccascana at 5000m/16400 ft, which will lead us to the lagoon of the same name, in which area we will set our last camp. In this remote spot, surrounded by impressive snow-capped peaks such as Montura and Chumpi and inhabited by small rural communities, we may have the chance to spot ¨Huallatas¨ or Andean geese and maybe even flamingoes. Meals B, L, D
Day 06: Ccascana to Phinaya and back to Cusco
After our breakfast, we leave Ccascana to walk for three and a half hours towards Phinaya. This is a small Andean community with a beautiful little church and no presence of vehicles except bikes and horses, where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, we meet our private transport that will drive us back to Cusco, where we expect to arrive after nightfall. Meals B, L.
make unforgettable your trip to the city of Cusco. enjoy the ausangate trek and many others like: trek salkantay to machu picchu and classic Inca trail with the terraquechua team and, take a beautiful experience of the sacred APU of the Incas.
Included / Not Included
Group Size: 02 min – 10 max.
What is Included
- Pre-departure briefing
- Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Tinki, starting point of the trek
- Tinki visitor fee
- Campsite fees
- Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. The tents employed for treks around the Ausangate area are 4-season Kailas, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field
- One inflatable sleeping pad per person
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- Kitchen tent
- Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities
- English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
- Chef and cooking equipment
- Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
- Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 9 kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag)
- 1 emergency horse every 6 persons
- Accommodation for all our staff
- Meals (05B, 05L, 05D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
- Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards
- Biodegradable personal hand soaps
- Biodegradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff
- Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Private transport from Tinki to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco
- 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit
What is not Included
- sleeping bags
- One pillow
- Breakfast on the first day
- Dinner on the last day
- Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish
What we Recommend that you Bring
- A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
- Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
- Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
- Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
- Sun block
- After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
- Insect repellent – minimum recommended 10% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
- Toilet paper
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
- Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
- Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
- Small towel
- Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs )
- Cash in soles 300
- Original passport
- Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
- Optional: walking sticks or poles
Appropriate Clothing along this Hike
- Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light rain gear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required along the whole route, down jackets, down sleeping bags and thermal clothes being very recommended. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.
- Cusco’s climate is divided into two differentiated seasons: the rainy season, from November to April (the heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January – March); and the dry season, from May to October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night.
- Along the Ausangate trek, temperatures range from 10-20ºC during the day if it’s sunny, to 05-10ºC during the day if not sunny. Given the high altitude of the campsites, temperatures drop significantly in the evening and especially at night, where they may get down to -10ºC or even lower in the dry season. Warm clothes are therefore especially requested for this hike.
Difficulty: Challenging due to the altitude: we recommend a period of at least 3 days for acclimatization in Cusco or over 3000 m/9840 ft.
Prices & Availability
Price Information: Price per person USD $600
Departure Dates: Departures are available along the year although due to weather conditions, the recommended period for this trek is April to November. All private service departure dates are adapted to your request.
OUR FIXED DEPARTURE 2020-2021
June: 01st, 05th, 09th, 10th,16th,18th,19th,20th,21st,23th,24th,25th