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
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.
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.