Ausangate Trek and 7 Sacred Lakes
Trek to the sacred mountain Ausangate: emotions in the Cusco region
About a hundred kilometers southeast of Cusco, in the Vilcanota Range, is the Ausangate. From its 6300 m height, this mountain represents an excellent challenge for trekking enthusiasts with quite steep ascending slopes.
Your reward? A magical landscape through little frequented paths, where we cross some isolated villages, rivers, lagoons and splendid valleys dotted with llamas and alpacas.
But before embarking on a walk or any other physical activity at altitude, it is very important to allow your body to adapt.
Before making the trek to Ausangate Mountain:
The mountain sickness, called soroche is not like that, it should be taken lightly, especially since the Ausangate hike is the most demanding in the Cusco region!
Stay a few days in Cusco (alt. 3400m), take the time to walk through the Valley of the Incas and discover Machu Picchu, hydrate well and eat light meals, then you are ready to go hiking in Peru!
Important information about Ausangate 7 lakes in Cusco
This Trekking is designed and special for lovers of mystical tours. Since the snow–capped mountain Ausangate is the most sacred mountain in all of Cusco.
You can see its 7 sacred lakes in Cusco:
These lagoons are the most beautiful in all of Cusco, with a unique colorful and charming blue, light blue and turquoise green; with snowy peaks, natural and picturesque landscapes surrounded by glaciers and impressive rocky outcrops.
As is the case for all walks, there are many variations to the Ausangate. It is usually done in 5, 6 or 7 days with several different route options. Here is a typical example of a proposed route in 5 days:
Trek Ausangate Itinerary – 5 days – Difficulty: intermediate
Day 1 Cusco-Tinqui-Upis (5h hike)
Departure from the Ausangate hike early in the morning from Cusco (5 am) for a 3-hour trip to the town of Tinqui (alt. 3800m).
Along the way, you will have the opportunity to see the beautiful countryside and many small Andean villages.
After lunch (lunch) in Tinqui, it is the departure on a path that offers a splendid view over the Vilcanota Mountain Range and the Ausangate. Arrival to the hot springs of Upis (alt. 4400m) that offer a panoramic view of the surroundings. Camp for the night.
Day 2 Upis- Laguna Ausangate Q’ocha (7h hike)
Departure in the morning and crossing the Arapa pass (alt. 4850m), then descent (3-4h) to the valley.
Along the way, you will cross Lake Puca Q’ocha, then Lake Jatun Puqa Q’ocha with turquoise waters. The hike continues towards the Apuchata pass (alt. 4900m) from where you can admire the Ausangate Q’ocha lake at your feet, fed by the waters of the glacier. Camp by the lake.
Day 3 Lake Ausangate Q’ocha-Qampa (8h hike)
Crossing the Palomani pass (alt. 5200m), the highest point of the hike, then descend to the valley for a moment of deserved rest, accompanied by a lunch (lunch).
Then you can admire the Tres Picos and Puca Punta glaciers while continuing the trek through the green valley of Pampa Jutunpata and the valley of the Qampa river. Night in the surroundings.
Day 4 Qampa-Pacchanta (8h walk)
After leaving the Qampa community, the Ausangate walk continues towards the Qampa pass (alt. 5000m), the last one passed from the walk.
It is an opportunity to admire several lakes and have lunch (lunch) near Lake Qoma Qocha. After gaining strength, the trek continues to the town of Pacchanta, where a very popular reward awaits you: a moment of relaxation in the hot springs that you can accompany with a beer, if you wish. You will have the afternoon free to explore the town and its surroundings.
Overnight in Pacchanta, at an inn or at the camp.
Day 5 Pacchanta-Cusco (3h walk)
The last day is quieter, with a return on foot to Tinqui after breakfast, then a free rest to visit this traditional village. Return by private car to Cusco in the afternoon.
Ausangate trek: practical information
• Includes: Private round trip transportation from the Cusco-Tinqui hotel, entrance ticket to Ausangate, guide, assistant (depending on the size of the group), tent, foam mattress (inflatable mattress on request), cook, toilet tent , meals as indicated in the itinerary (generally excluding breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day), horses carrying the equipment (up to 7 kg per person), 1 additional horse in case of emergency, dining tent with tables and chairs, kitchen tent, first aid kit and oxygen.
• Not included: sleeping bag (at least -15 ° C because it is very cold at night!), Tips for guide / goalkeeper / cook
When to do the Ausangate trek?
Peruvian winter is preferred, that is, from May to September (the rainy season is from December to March).