Cusco, Peru

The road less travelled.

Remote and wild, the Ausangate trek is considered by many to be the highest and most breathtaking alternative trail to the famous Inca trail of Peru. Navigating through several high passes for more than 6,000-metres, trekkers will hike past pristine glacial lakes, quaint villages, herds of roaming alpacas, and enjoy spectacular views of the impressive peaks of the Andes amidst the vibrant, colourful rainbow mountains of the Vinicunca cordillera.

Undoubtedly, the Ausangate mountain, considered by local Peruvians to be the deity of Cusco and the holy mountain (or mountain spirit), is the highlight of the difficult but rewarding trail – immerse yourself in local culture and observe the tradition of worship and offerings made by indigenous communities as they celebrate the mountains spirit and the apparition of Christ on the mountainside. The vast natural landscape is also home to a rich array of wildlife, including the Andean condor, vicunas, bobcats, and pumas. Embark on the adventure of a lifetime by trekking through one of the most incredible landscapes at the remote Andes!

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Tips Before You Go
The best time to visit the Ausangate would be during the dry season from April to October, during which paths are dry, reducing the chances of slipping.
No permit is required for the trek, and the trek can be carried out independently or with a guided tour. As the trail is very difficult, less experienced trekkers are recommended to hike the trail with a guided tour during their first time.
The trail is estimated to take the average experienced trekker 5-7days, with campsites and some mountain huts along the way for night accommodation. Visitors are recommended to read up on Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and how to diagnose and treat the sickness prior to beginning the trek.
Basics to bring include a water bottle, sun block, mosquito repellent, some medicines, appropriate clothing for varying weather conditions, and a four-season sleeping bag, as well as toilet paper!
Nevado Auzangate, Peru