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Ausangate Climbing

6 Days / 5 Nights
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6,385 m / 20,948 ft Max. Altitude
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Very Challenging Difficulty

Ausangate Climbing 6 Days 5 nights

Cusco, Pacchanta, Ausangate, Moraine Camp
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Camping Accommodation
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Up to 8 People Group Size
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6,384 m / 20,948ft Max. Altitude
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Very Challenging Difficulty

The Cordillera Vilcanota is an impressive range of mountains that includes the highest glacier, Ausangate (6,385 m), and three others over 6000 m. It’s an excellent trekking area, offering travelers more than they could ask for: spectacular mountain and glacier scenery, snow-capped peaks, hot springs, turquoise lakes, glaciers, flora (most of the plants are medicinally used by the locals), and fauna like condors, llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and chinchilas. Picturesque villages and traditionally dressed Indians It is high, windy, and cold, so be prepared.

  • Overview
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  • Inclusions
  • Recommendations
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  Overview

Ausangate is the 5th highest peak in Peru at 6,384m, and the highest of the seven 6,000m peaks in the Cusco Region. The first ascent to the main summit in 1953 was led by the famous Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer, part of the first team to conquer the north face of the Eiger, and from the book/movie "Seven Years in Tibet." Ausangate is by far the most well-known big peak for mountaineering in Cusco since the normal route is not so technically difficult, although a good amount of stamina is needed for trail breaking on the summit plateau. Ausangate is the principal apu of Cusco and can be seen from many places in the city. There are fewer tourists that visit this province of Cusco, but it is becoming more popular as a destination for the circuit trek in the dry season.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day01

    Cusco - Pacchanta - Pachaspata

    Soak in the thermal baths, explore the local communication of Pacchanta, and discover the fastastic Seven Lakes of Ausangate.
  • Day02

    Pachaspata - Ausangate Base Camp

    Today we will hike through a stunning snow mountain, where you will be amazed by the breathtaking views.
  • Day03

    Ausangate Base Camp - Moraine Camp

    The climb begins by ascending through a rocky path; however, it offers fantastic views of the lake and the mountains around.
  • Day04

    Moraine Camp - Summit - Ausangate Base Camp

    On the most important day of this climbing tour, we will reach the summit of Ausangate Mountain at 6,384 meters (20,944 feet).
  • Day05

    Ausangate Base Camp - Ausangate Qocha - Anantapata

    After a well-deserved rest, we hike through beautiful landscapes and reach our next campsite.
  • Day06

    Anantapata - Rainbow Mountain - Cusco

    On this day, we will visit the Iconic Rainbow, Mountai, Red Valley, and back to Cusco.
  Itinerary
Day 01

Cusco - Pacchanta - Pacchaspata

Our representative will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco between 5:00 and 5:30 a.m. Then we will be heading to Tinqui village after 3 hours of driving. Here we will rest for a little while to buy the last stuff we need. From there, we keep driving for another 45 minutes to reach the community of Pacchanta (4236 m) here you can soak in the thermal baths before starting our hike, We hike through the incredible lakes to reach our campisite at 4,630 meters.

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Breakfast and Lunch Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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15km/9.3miles (6hours hike round trip) Walking Distance
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5 - 6 hours Walking Time
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4100 m / 13,451 ft Starting Elevation
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4620 m / 15,157 ft Highest Elevation
Day 02

Pachaspata - Ausangate Base Camp

At 7 a.m., after an energetic breakfast, we start our trek to base camp with our arriero carrying the equipment on a horse. The trail (15 km) passes through several green-blue lagoons at the foot of Nevado Ausangate and then crosses the Jampa Pass (5100 m). Where you can appreciate the incredible beauty of this mountain range and see the other peaks, Have a lunch around the area with stunning views and explore a little of it, then we will reach our base camp (4740m) on the south side of the mountain about 3 p.m.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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15km/9.3miles (6hours hike round trip) Walking Distance
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7 - 8 hours Walking Time
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4620 m / 15,157 ft Starting Elevation
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5,000 m / 16,404 ft Highest Elevation
Day 03

Ausangate Base Camp - Moraine Camp

After a delicious Inca breakfast early in the morning, we will go up more than 700 meters to Moraine Camp at 5476 m. The hike should take 3–4 hours, which gives us plenty of time to rest before the climb. Our high mountain guide will prepare our meals to be in shape, as well as tell us the safety speech and show us how to use all our climbing gear. This afternoon, we will try to go to sleep early according to our plan to wake up super early the following day.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Meals
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Challenging Difficulty
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6km/3miles (4 hours) Walking Distance
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5 - 6 hours Walking Time
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4,740 m / 15,551 ft Starting Elevation
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5,476 m / 17,965 ft Highest Elevation
Day 04

Moraine Camp - Ausangate Summit - Ausangate Base Camp

We wake up at about 12:30 a.m. and leave the tent by 1 a.m. After traversing crevasses, we arrive at a 200-meter wall at 60–70 degrees. After the wall, a glacier hike of about 4 hours brings us to the summit. There, we will enjoy the incredible view and see all of Cusco's region. After enjoying it, we descend the same route and rappel the 200-meter wall. At Moraine Camp, we rest, pack up, and then go down to Base Camp to spend the night.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Meals
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Challenging Difficulty
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12km/7.3miles (9-10 hours climbing round trip) Walking Distance
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9 - 10 hours Climbing Time
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5,476 m / 17,965 ft Starting Elevation
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6,384 m / 20,944 ft Highest Elevation
Day 05

Ausangate Base Camp - Anantapata

This day will be easy after we enjoy the stunning views, we will hike to get closer to the Rainbow Mountain, we hike for several hours climbing Palomani pass 5,200 meters (17,060 ft) and hike to Ausangate Qocha where we sto for our lunch, After well deserved rest we continue hiking to reach our next campsite at Anantapata.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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15km/9.3miles Walking Distance
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6 - 7 hours Walking Time
Starting Elevation Icon
4,740 m / 15,551ft Starting Elevation
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5,200 m / 17,060 ft Highest Elevation
Day 06

Anantapata - Rainbow Mountain - Cusco

Today we wake up early around 4:00am and enjoy our nutritive andean breakfast, then we start hiking up to reach the next pass where we will see the first view of the famous Rainbow Mountain. We continue hiking for a couple hours more, and finally we reach this iconic colored mountain. Your guide will explain to you where all the colors come from, and you will take some time to explore and enjoy the views.

Once we have explored, we continue our hike to the Red Valley, a stunning place that seems like another planet. Then we make our way to the bus, where we will drive to the restaurant and enjoy our final lunch. In the afternoon, we drive back to Cusco.

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Breakfast & Lunch Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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15km/9.3miles Walking Distance
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5 - 6 hours Walking Time
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4,660 m / 15,288ft Starting Elevation
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5,036 m / 16,522 ft Highest Elevation
  Inclusions

At Vidal Expeditions we are transparent and provide specific details of what is included and excluded from our tours. We know this is very important so that you know exactly what to bring and don’t miss anything. We provide this information to ensure that you have an incredible experience during your trek and climbing.

WE INCLUDE

Vidal Expeditions Team Provide

  • Pre-departure briefing

    Once you book the tour with us, you will get a notification about the pre-departure briefing, where you will meet with your high mountain guide and the tour group in our office the night before your Ausangate climb departure. During this briefing, you will receive important details about the climb. After this time, you will receive your duffle bag for your extra luggage, which will be carried by the horses while you are hiking.

  • Professional High Mountain Guide

    All our high mountain guides have a great reputation for customer service. Our climbing guides have graduated as mountain guides from the AGMP of Huaraz, and they have also studied English in a private language institute. Through their patience, responsibility, knowledge, passion for climbing, and pride in having been born surrounded by mountains, we ensure our guides provide an excellent experience for you when you’re exploring the Ausangate.

  • Entrance Fees to Ausangate park

    Once we receive your details and the deposit for your tour, we will purchase all the necessary tickets for your trek. They will be for a specific date and will be in your name.

  • Accommodations

    At Vidal Expeditions, we include accommodations for 5 nights along the Ausangate climb. with suitable camping equipment to make sure your climbing is an experience of a lifetime. Our tents are Mountain Gear or Doite Kaylas, which will be shared only by 2 people to ensure your comfort and enough space for your luggage. The same way we include inflatable mattresses.

Transportations

  • Private Transport

    We included all the transportation during your tour. We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and take you to the beginning of the trail, and the bus returning from Ausangate to Cusco will drop you off at your hotel.

  • Horses

    We include horses to transport all the duffle bags and equipment during this tour also will be a horse man. At Vidal Expeditions we know safety is first is for that we include an emergency horse in case someone feels tired or get altitude sickness.

Equipment

  • Personal Duffle bag

    We included a personal duffle bag for your 5-day Ausangate climb. You will get this duffle bag at Vidal Expeditions office during your pre-departure briefing the night before your climb. This bag will be carried by horses during the trek until the base camp. It can be filled with your personal items, sleeping bag, and mattress, but the maximum allowable weight is 7 kg (17 lb). The duffle bag must be returned to our office no later than one day after your trek.

  • Climbing Gears

    During the expeditions we will provide all the climbing gear necessary for this climb (Harness, Ropes, Crampons Helmet, Climbing boots, Globes, Gaiters, Pear of Ice axes, Carabiners, Ice screws and stakes)

  • Medical First Aid Kit

    All tour guides at Vidal Expeditions are very well trained in first aid. They received training courses every six months on how to assist someone who is in an emergency situation. Also, they are trained on how to supply balloon oxygen if someone requires it.

Meals

  • Meals

    At Vidal Expeditions, we know food is such an important part of any vacation, and getting the right fuel on an active holiday is crucial. We include 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners. And of course, we cater to all dietary restrictions. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and others—just let us know. Our chefs are well-trained to prepare the best food you've ever had with local and organic ingredients.

  • Water

    Vidal Expeditions will provide you with water from the first lunch to the last breakfast. This water will be filtered, boiled, and cooled by our chef. You must bring your own water container, bottle, or camelback that can hold water for hiking for a few hours. We recommend a capacity of 2 liters.

WE NOT INCLUDED

  • Sleeping bag

    Every trekker along the Ausangate trek needs a proper sleeping bag, which has to be for -15°C or 5°F. We recommend you bring your own, but if you don’t want to bring your own or don’t have one, you can rent a sleeping bag from us.

  • Walking Sticks

    Hiking with trekking poles has its benefits. They protect your knees while you are hiking downhill, especially in remote areas where there are many ups and downs. Trekking poles also help you during the ascent with increased stability. If you don’t have a pair of trekking poles, you can rent them from our office.

  • First Breakfast

    We do not provide breakfast on the day of your departure. However, most hotels offer breakfast during your stay. In case your hotel does not provide breakfast, we will stop at a restaurant near Ocongate where you will be able to purchase breakfast.

  • Travel Insurance

    We recommend buying travel insurance before leaving your country in case something happens during your visit to Peru.

  • Tips for our team

    Tips are not included. Tipping the team is usual on any excursion to Ausangate, and although we pay good salaries to our entire team, tips are welcome as a token of your appreciation for the team's hard work.

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AUSANGATE CLIMB INFO

At Vidal Expeditions, we focus on making your trip an unforgettable experience, and we want to provide all the details you need to know before leaving your country and starting your life experience in Peru.

What you need to pack? Important
  • Passport
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good climbing backpack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelback is encouraged - but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking and climbing boots

FOR YOUR DUFFEL:

Horses will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air mat (if you bring or rent one). From our perspective, these two items weigh 3 kg.

  • 3-4 wicking t-shirts
  • 3-4 hiking pants
  • 4 sets of undergarments.
  • 1 Fleece
  • 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at the evening and morning
  • 1 Rain jacket and pants
  • 1 sun hat
  • Bathers / swimsuit for the hot spring
  • Small towel
  • Walking boots

  • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.

INSIDE YOUR DAYPACKS:

A daypack can be any size for hiking, but we always say the smaller, the better. If it is larger, try to make it as light as possible. Water: We supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning's water only, as we won't have time to filter water until your first lunch.

  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Camera
  • Headlamp or flashlight)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Earplugs
  • Some snacks (Chocolate, fruits, energy bars, etc.)
  • Others extra items important for climbing

TOILETRIES:

  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Small towel
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
  Faqs

PREPARING FOR YOUR AUSANGATE TREK AND CLIMBING

Here some frequently asked question about trekking and climbing

At Vidal Expeditions, we try to make the booking system as easy as possible for you. Once you decide to do this trek, we will send you a booking form where you need to complete all the required details that are important to book your tickets. We need a previous deposit of 50% per person. As soon as you pay it, we immediately book a spot for this tour. Once we are done with it, we will send you your invoice and a confirmation form that all the booking processes have been satisfactorily set up.

es, our work policy is to be in contact with our customers as long as necessary to inform them of all the details and changes that could occur after they have confirmed the reservation. Please check your email constantly, and if you have any issues, let us know so we can solve them as soon as possible.

Ausangate is the highest mountain peak in the Cusco region at 6,384 meters (20,944ft), located in the Vilcanota mountain range on the southern side of Cusco. It offers incredible hiking routes and climbing expeditions to crown its summits.

This is a regular technical mountain. However, to climb Ausangate Mountain, you'll need previous experience using some climbing gear. This mountain has a section of 200 meters of ice wall at 60 degrees and a plateau that will lead you to the summit. We recommend spending a few days in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude, or even better, climbing some other mountains before heading to Ausangate. ,

Yes. We have been climbing these mountains for years and we know very well all the routes that we are offering for our customers. Our high mountain guides were born and now live around these areas. They are 100% professionals, formed at a high mountain climbing school in Huaraz region, they have climbed many times this Ausangate mountain. Most of our team are local people who grew up near these mountains, and they have incredible respect for these Apus.

It will depend on your physical condition. However, you need a minimum of 4 days to crown its summit if you are fit enough and have plenty of experience mountaineering. We offer 6 days because it will help you acclimatize and get good performance during the climb.

The best time to climb Ausangate Mountain is from May to September, which is the dry season in the Andes of Peru. During this period the weather is great to climb any mountains in Cusco, with rare rain during the weeks. Temperatures could vary according to the daytime. Early in the morning and evening could be cold -5° C and during the day it could be 25°C.

No worries, our mountain guides and team are professional, they know how to solve any issue during the climb. Your guide will have a first aid kit with some medication, as well as an oxygen tank. If someone requires it. They will supply it. We also have an emergency horse at the base camp for any emergency. Our team always has a radio, and they are trained for any emergencies that happen during our tours..

Definitely, this is a regular technical mountain that requires the proper climbing gear. Rubber sole climbing boots are Sportiva, Garmont are well recommended, as are the same other proper gears as crampons, harness, ropes, helmet, carabiners and more.

Of course, all the climbing activities involve risk due to the weather conditions, altitude or other issues. However, everyone who is planning to climb Ausangate Mountain needs to have previous experience and plenty of knowledge about some avalanche, crevasses and some rescue techniques.

Yes. Walking sticks are always helpful to trekkers, especially if is raining along the trek. Using walking sticks can help take the pressure off your knees while doing some portions of the trek over glaciers. Plus, they will help you get up the mountain as well.

All hotels in Cusco offers free storage for your luggage, even if you are not staying at the same hotel after the trip, we highly recommend asking them for it, we also have storage available at Vidal Expeditions office. Get more information from our office team.

The weather in Cusco and parts of the Andes is unpredictable, even if the weather forecast says it’s sunny. We can’t trust it. It is an impossible question for us to answer. Historically, April through September is the dry season; November through February is the rainy season; and March and October are bridge months—a mixture of both. But the clouds have not followed these rules in the last few years. Prepare for sun and rain, no matter when you come. As far as temperatures go, that is consistent throughout the year. Mornings and evenings are always cold. Make sure to bring a fleece jacket for the mornings and a down jacket for the evenings. Once the sun is up, you should be comfortable hiking in short sleeves.

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From: USD 1200.00 per person

USD 1100.00.00: from 3 people to more

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At Vidal Expeditions we offer the best service for all our customers and here is what makes us different than others.

  • Small groups: Along our excursion group size is a capped at 8 people. This guarantees that you will enjoy every step of our excursion

  • Hotel: During our excursion to Machu Picchu, we offer a 3 stars hotel stay for the last night. This ensures you are well rested and ready to explore Machu Picchu.

  • Bus to Machu Picchu: To enjoy Machu Picchu, we provide a round trip ticket on the bus from Aguas Calientes to the main entrance of the archaeological site.

  • Local Tour guides: Our team consists of 100% local tour guides, who have expert knowledge in our ancient culture.

  • Best Camping Equipment: We have the state-of-the-art camping equipment for our excursion. The equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after every excursion.

  • Best Trekking team: At Vidal Expeditions we focus to create the best experience during our excursions. Our team that consists of tour guides, cooks, porters, horse drivers are handpicked. We train our team to offer you the best service. We take care of our team by providing them with good equipment and paying them fairly.

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