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Ausangate Region: the Nevada, the Region & it’s People

The Ausangate Region is a special place, it’s far enough outside of Cusco to be considered remote but it’s also near enough to be accessible for a wonderful adventure.

Often you will encounter small poblados (small local communities); with many farming llamas for their way of life. Many children will greet you, often after ‘dulces’ (sweets) to savour.

A lot of the houses & shelters in the area don’t have basic utilities such as electricity, gas, tap water; things we take for granted in more developed countries.

It’s a simple way of life out here, hard but no poorer for it in our opinion, being off grid and out in the natural environment must be a great and happy way of life.

Trekking and Mountain Conditions

Trekking through Ausangate

The traditional trek circuit normally takes 5 days, but there are a number of variations you can do over 3 – 8 days.

I recall the first time I went to the region with a friend. It was a stunning adventure but also it’s unforgiving if you’re not prepared for adverse weather conditions.

Having decided we’d go solo with a map to navigate the route around the nevada, after 4 days the conditions turned and snow covered every conceivable track. We lost the route and ended up dramatically off course. Thankfully we found a refugio being built by some locals who allowed us stay while we recuperated from a tough couple of days trekking through snow.

They looked after us and even trekked to the next town to buy some medication for us. It was then I realised what a special place Ausangate is. The people who live there, and in the Andes, are some of the warmest most generous people you could ever hope to meet.

Ausangate Adventures

There are a number of trek routes you can do, that range from 3 to 8 days. It’s easy enough to incorporate Mt Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain),  the Red Valley & other peaks.

Below is a selection of ideas you can consider if you’re looking for an adventure that’s indigenous and away from the growing areas of well trodden routes.

A Peru Adventure: The Peaks of Ausangate – 6 Days

Ausangate Nevada & Rainbow Mountain Trek – 3 Days

Ausangate Nevada – Camping Trek – 5 Days

Trek & Climb – Nevado Qampa (5,500m) – 3 Days




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