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Undoubtedly the Ausangate Trek offers some of the most wonderful scenery in the whole area of Cusco, with many birds and wildlife as well as glaciers and high alpine lagoons. It is also one of the most difficult in the region, with three open passes at more than 5,000 meters / 16,000 feet. On a clear day, Apu Ausangate dominates the southern horizon of Cusco. As we approach this massif (6,380 meters or 20,926 feet) one becomes more and more impressed and fully understands why the ancient Incas so respected this spectacular mountain. Throughout the Ausangate Trek we pass through local villages where people dress in their typical costumes – women with hats with beautiful adornments – and llamas graze freely.

From USD 650

Type Tour

Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture


Those who enjoy hiking and are in good physical shape

Distance - Dificulty

54KM / 33.6 Miles Moderate


Day 1 : Cusco - Tinqui - Upis

We depart from Cusco very early in the morning for our three-hour private transportation trip to the small town of Tinqui (3800 meters / 12,464 feet). As Tinqui is located on the new Interoceanic highway, it can now be reached much faster than in previous years. We pass through beautiful landscapes and several traditional villages such as Urcos, Cattca and Ocangate. After lunch in Tinqui, the first 3 hours of the way are wonderful prelude of the magnificent landscape of the Vilcanota Range, with excellent views of Ausangate. We will walk two more hours until we reach the hot springs in Upis (4,400 meters / 14,432 feet), which offer fantastic views of Ausangate at the end of the valley. We will camp here at night (4-5 hours of trekking).

Day 2 : From Upis to the Ausangate Q'ocha Lake

In the morning we will cross the open Arapa (4,850 meters / 15,908 feet). From here, we continue for 3 1/2 hours down the valley, passing the green lagoon of Puqa Q’ocha until we reach the turquoise waters of the lagoon Jatun Puqa Q’ocha. Then, we will ascend the second Apuchata (4,900 meters / 16,072 ft), overlooking the impressive Ausangate Q’ocha lagoon and its turquoise blue waters. This lagoon feeds on the melting snow of the snowy Ausangate. We’ll camp here the second night.

Day 3 : From Ausangate Q'ocha Lake to Qampa

From the lagoon we ascend to the open Palomani (5,200 meters / 17,056 feet) – the highest point of the trek. From the open we follow the trail to the valley where we can rest and have lunch. In the afternoon you can enjoy the views of the snowy Tres Picos and Punta Puca. We will continue through the wide green valley of Pampa Jutunpata and up through the valley of the Q’ampa River. We will spend the third night in this area.

Day 4 : From Q'ampa to Pacchanta

After passing through the small community of Q’ampa we will head northwest to the last opening of this hike – open Q’ampa (5,000 meters / 16,400 feet). We will see several lagoons of different colors and we will have lunch next to Q’oma Q’ocha. We will walk for several hours before reaching the small village of Pacchanta. We can enjoy the hot springs for a couple of hours and even have a well-deserved beer! We will set up a camp near Pacchanta and have the afternoon free to explore this interesting Andean village. (You have the option of staying in a basic hostel tonight).

Day 5 : FromPacchanta to Cusco

It is a 3 hour trek back to Tinqui, where we will have time to explore this traditional Andean village before taking the private transportation back to Cusco, arriving at about 18.00 hours.


  • Pre-trek information meeting
  • Pick up at your hotel on the morning departure of the trek.
  • Transportation from Cusco to the starting point of the trek by private car.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu.
  • Professional guide who speaks English / Quechua / Spanish (for groups of more than 6 people will have an assistant guide).
  • Tents – 2 people in stores for 4 people which allows for more comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
  • Basic foam mattress. If you need more comfort during the trek we can rent an inflatable mattress (eg Thermarest).
  • Cook and Kitchen Equipment (For larger groups we provide assistants).
  • Sanitary service shop.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Please tell your guide / cook during the trek if you have preference for certain types of dishes). If salads are served, wash them in boiled water.
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including riders. These carry camping gear, food and cooking utensils. We provide canvas bags at our briefing for your personal items (up to 7kg / 15lbs per person).
  • 1 emergency horse which can be mounted if you feel sick or if you go a little slower.
  • Shop to eat with tables and chairs of camping and shop for the Kitchen so that the cook prepares the meals.
  • Shops for our staff to sleep.
  • First aid kit including an emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Bus to and from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu Train ticket (Expedition service) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Train ticket (Vistadome service) from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
  • Private transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes.
  • The lunch on the last day is included in this itinerary.
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a basic hotel. This will be a nice, clean and safe hostel with breakfast included and private bathroom. If you wish to upgrade from this hotel, please check the options listed on the Lodging Page in Aguas Calientes.


  • Breakfast of the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Entrance to the hot springs of Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping Bags – If you do not have a sleeping bag or do not want to take the trouble to bring one to Peru, we have sleeping bags to rent.
  • Tips for the guide, cook and trunk.
  • Additional horses for passenger luggage.


  • A light backpack with a change of clothing for the entire trek – be prepared for a wide range of temperature changes.
  • Rainwear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for about $ 1.
  • Heavy-duty footwear, we recommend waterproof trekking boots. Extra stockings can not be missing.
  • Sandals or plastic flip-flops are also good for giving your feet the opportunity to breathe at night if you want to wear them.
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, polar liners, gloves, scarf and hat. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag (we rented it).
  • Flashlight / Hand lamp and spare batteries.
  • Camera, rolls and batteries (batteries are consumed more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Hat or cap to protect from the sun, rain and cold.
  • Sunscreen
  • Cream for after sunbathing or moisturizing for face and body.
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no risk of malaria has been reported.
  • Toilet paper, inside and outside luggage.
  • Snacks: cookies, energy bars, chocolates, fruit, granola, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We suggest you bring pills to sterilize the water in case you collect water from the streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications you may need, acetaminophen, ampoule protection, etc.
  • Towel small or pareo.
  • Swimsuit (if you intend to take a bath in the hot springs).
  • Cash – enough for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
  • Original passport and ISIC (International Student Identification Card) if you have one.
  • Please bear in mind that metal-tipped sticks can not enter Machu Picchu and must be left at your hotel on the last day).
  • Binoculars (if equipped).

Booking Form

Go to the booking page and fill out our booking form.You make a person fill out the form for the group, so be sure to book all together. Have your passport ready, that is important for us that you enter all your information details.



About Us

Mario Expeditions is a young agency, offers adventure tours throughout Peru and also adventure tour to Machu Picchu through different routes and ways


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