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This is a long hike around the biggest mountain in southern Perú, the broad and majestic Ausangate (6384m), and offers glimpses of high altitude wildlife and pastoral people living with their animals, quietly apart from the turmoil of the modern world. We pass ice walls, a glacier, the cascades of a frozen river, and numerous springs of hot and medicinal underground water.

The mountaineer will also find lovely views over the surrounding countryside, looking down into fertile valleys and across to the Vilcanota mountains. These snow covered ranges arc away to the east, the southeast, then the south, protecting the valley of Canchis. From these high mountains, cold waters whisper through totora swamps south to Lake Titicaca.


Day 1: Cuzco - Tinki

We take the bus for 100 km to the southeast from Cuzco in the morning. The road passes north of Ausangate, and we leave the road a bit west of the mountain. We camp in Tinki at 3,800. As we fall asleep the setting sun lights up the glacier on the NW face of Ausangate.

Day 2: Tinqui - Upis

We break camp and hike up to the Ausangate glacier. We set up camp alongside the Upis thermal springs, about 4 kilometres higher. We bathe in the hot springs and the cold Upismayo, which runs beside our camp.

Day 3: Upis - Pucacocha

We break camp and hike up to a pass at 4,500, which separates Ausangate proper to the east from a spur named Quellacocha to the west. In the afternoon we pass Lake Pucacocha, WSW of the summit and nestled among various minor peaks. The setting sun plays in cascades of coloured ice where we finally make camp.

Day 4: Pucacocha - Chilcapinaya

We continue walking among high-altitude lakes in the valley immediately south of Ausangate, which are unnaturally blue-green. We rise to cross the Palomani pass at 4,800 masl. This is the highest point on the journey. We don't pass between the massif and the spur, but rather rise to take advantage of a gentler slope high on the mountain’s side. Here we can see east over the large hand-shaped Lake Sivinacocha to the jagged, snow capped Vilcanota Mountains, which cradle this valley. We descend from the cold to camp at Chilcapinaya.

Day 5: Chilcapinaya - Pachaspata

We descend into the sunny Jampa valley, which is inhabited by shepherds and their flocks of alpaca and sheep. We lunch in the valley bottom, pass Lake Ticllacocha, then climb over a pass at 4,650 masl. Camp is at the small Lake Q´omercocha if we make it, or at Pachaspata if dusk catches us there.

Day 6: Pachaspata - Pacchanta

We drop into the valley and village of Pacchanta and bathe in their hot springs all afternoon.

Day 7: Pacchanta - Tinki - Cuzco

We pass through increasingly inhabited valleys among the headwaters of the Paucartambo River on the north side of the mountain until the sun sets. We return to the road and our bus. We get back to Cuzco for happy hour and a night at the discos, or a long rest, whichever you fancy.


  • Professional English speaking guides.
  • Private Bus in and out to the beginning of the trail (Cuzco-Tinki, Tinki-Cuzco).
  • Round-trip transfers.
  • Double Occupancy Tents.
  • Camping Equipment: Bathroom tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, chairs, tables and comfortable mattresses.
  • Horses to carry our equipment.
  • Muleteer and Cook.
  • Coffee breaks in the afternoons.
  • All meals (not including breakfast on the 1st day, not including dinner on the 7th day).
  • First aid kit/Oxygen

We recommended to bring:

  • Personal Sleeping Bag.
  • Windbreaker.
  • Backpack and daypack.
  • Hiking shoes or boots.
  • Bottle of water.
  • Rain coat, hat, sun block, sunglasses.
  • Chocolates, candies or other snacks.
  • Camera + Film/Video camera (optional)

Prices (US $):

Private Service
Ausangate 1
6 +
7 Days        

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