Ausangate Region: the Nevadas, the Region & it’s People.
The Ausangate Region is a special place in the Andes of Cusco; it’s far enough outside of Cusco to be considered very remote; but it’s also near enough to be accessible for an amazing 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
The traditional trek circuit normally takes 5 days, but there are a number of variations you can do over 3 – 14 days.
To trek in the region of Ausangate is a stunning adventure but also it’s unforgiving if you’re not prepared for adverse weather conditions & the altitude. There are some farmsteads and small communities dotted around this mountainous landscape; often they will help out if you are lost or in need of some assistance.
The Ausangate region is a welcoming place; the people who live there, and in the Andes generally; are some of the warmest most generous people you could ever hope to meet.
There are a number of trek routes you can do, that range from 3 to 14 days. It’s easy enough to incorporate Mt. Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain), the Red Valley & other peaks.
The further in you go to the Cordillera Vilcanota (Quispicanchi & Canchis Provinces) the more remote and wild the conditions become.
Trek some of the most incredible Glaciers in the mountainous region of Ausangate. Climb and explore glaciers Qelccaya, Chumpe, Occhullo Ananta, Qampa, Yayamari & Huayruro Punco.
Bespoke climbing expeditions usually range from 4 – 12 days.
Selected Trek & Climb Plans
Below is a selection of ideas you can consider if you’re looking for an adventure that’s indigenous and away from mainstream tourism.