A Peru Adventure: Trek & Climb Nevada Ausangate

An incredible trek & climb Peru adventure in the Cordillera Vilcanota; on a route known as the “Camino del Apu Ausangate”. The “Apu” is the bearer of life; & guardian of one of the most pristine mountain eco-systems in the world.

Above all; this is a stunning and diverse route showing you a part of Peru that is largely untouched by tourism. Communities here continue to live traditionally; often without many of the modern utilities that are in use today. Collecting you early from Cusco, taking private transport; to meet up with our arrieros and mules at the start point. They will accompany us for the duration of the trek and climb expedition.

Following then; the Apu Ausangate is the fifth highest mountain in Peru; and is part of the Cordillera Vilcanota, Central Andes of South America. At 6,384 masl; it’s the highest peak in the Cordillera Vilcanota.

Similarly; Ausangate is probably the most well-known peak for mountaineering in Cusco. This nevada can be spotted rising from the skyline from many vantage places in the city of Cusco. Trek alongside this amazing nevada; then scale the summit to enjoy rare 360º views of this epic mountain range.


Good aerobic fitness & health, previous high-mountain experience and altitude acclimatization is required.
Also it’s important you are able to use climbing equipment independently. As well as moving across glaciers and crossing ravines; cracks and scaling vertical walls between 60 to 75 degrees of incline; and rappel independently.


  • Climb one of the famous mountains of the Cordillera Vilcanota, Ausangate region.
  • Trek across a glacier & complete a small rock climb to summit nevado Qampa.
  • Climb & ascend on one the easiest mountains for beginners to glacial climbing.


Trek Planning

Trip Planning


Day 1
Welcome to Cusco! Today is a day to arrive into Cusco (by domestic flight from Lima) & acclimatise to the altitude. Walk of approximately 3 to 4 hours. Visit to some of the main archaeological sites like Q'enqo, Tipon & Sacsayhuaman, all of which had some historical significance to the Incas.
  • Meals: Boxed Lunch
  • Overnight: Cusco (3* Quality Hotel)
Day 2
Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa - Cusco
3-hour trip by private transport, passing through the Mollepata district, province of Anta, Department of Cusco. Followed by a 3-hour round trip hike to visit the Humantay lagoon of glacier formation.
  • Start height: 3,850 masl.
  • Maximum height: 4,330 masl.
  • Meals: Boxed Lunch
  • Overnight: Cusco (3* Quality Hotel)
Day 3
Cusco – Ocongate – Tinke – Upis
Leaving early in the morning from Cusco it's a 3-hr trip by private transport to the town of Upis, at 4,230masl. From here you'll trek for about 2 hours to the first camp. Here you'll take lunch near the hot springs of Upis Alto. After lunch it's possible to view one of the lagoons located at the foot of the Apu, North face, 1 hour round trip.
  • Hours of walking: 3h.
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Camp Altitude: 4,420 masl.
  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Day 4
Upis – Arapa pass – Pukacocha Lake – Anantapata
Today you'll discover 4 of the 6 lagoons around the Apu, west face. It's a reasonably long day with about 7 - 8 hrs of walking (18 km) but with plenty of sunshine during the peak season it's a stunning trek route, You'll go through 2 passes the first one at 4,640 masl, and the second one at 4,950 masl.
  • Camp Altitude: 4,600 masl
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5
Anantapata – Winikunka – Ausangate Cocha
Very early in the morning you'll explore Rainbow Mountain (Mt Vinicunca) located at 5,080 masl, then you'll visit the red valley. Returning to Anantapata for lunch and then continue until Ausangate cocha for your campsite for the evening.
  • Walking hours: 8 - 9 hours (20 km)
  • Overnight height: 4,600 masl.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6
Ausangate Cocha – Palomani Pass – Base Camp Ausangate
Today will be a trek of around 4 hrs (8 km). About 2 hrs in you'll reach the Palomani pass at 5,100 masl; from there a further 2 hrs until you'll descend to reach our base camp at 4,800 masl.
  • Camp Altitude: 4,800masl
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Rest Day
Today is a rest & recuperation day at camp.
Day 8
Base Camp – High Camp
Today will be 700 meters of varying terrain, 3 - 4 hrs of gradual ascent until reaching 5,500 masl. You'll carry your climbing equipment to the high camp.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9
High Camp – Summit Ausangate – Base Camp
You'll leave at 11.00 at night to reach the glacier which will take 45 - 60 mins to arrive. Once there with the whole climbing team ready you'll begin the journey through the glacier 1 hr crossing cracks until reaching the wall of almost 200 meters (65º to 75º degrees of incline), 2 hrs ascent, then arriving at the high plateau and from there, 3-4 hrs to the summit; going by cracks and rope always until reaching the summit at 6,384 masl. Once there you'll be able to view other mountains of singular beauty and enjoy 360º views. Once ready to leave you'll descend (4 hours) to the high field, and after packing up, moving to the base camp (2 - 3 hours)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Base Camp – Pitumarca – Cusco
Descending 2 hrs walking to Hatun Chilca, and from there to Pitumarca (2 hrs) private transport. Lunch at a local restaurant and then to Cusco (2 hrs) to celebrate an epic expedition!
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 11
Cusco - Lima
Morning transfer to Cusco airport for connecting international flight out from Lima.

Tour Info

Breakfast x 5
Lunch x 6
Dinner x 5
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
Horsemen & mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Extension trips to Machu Picchu
Tips for crew
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Crampons, Ice Axe, Harness, Helmet (can be hired as part of trip)
Any additional extras
There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured
Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Peruvian food can be spicy, it can be strong and rich for many European diets. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, so please avoid at all costs on arrival and stick to bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request), and a mountain cook. They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude.
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru.
From June through to the end of September, we’re offering one person free on all of our treks for group sizes of 3+. If you are a group of 2 you can add one person for free, or if you’re a group of 3 the third person joins free and so on.

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  • Services of expert guides in high mountain trek & climbing.
  • Private transport to Chillca and back to Cusco.
  • Camping & Climb Equipment (Sleeping bags & Walking Poles additional hire)
  • Waterproof bags for the baggage carried by llamas.
  • Mules, Muleteers & Mountain chefs
  • First aid kit and oxygen
Not Included
  • Flights to and from Peru / Cusco, or any kind of transport before or after completion of the program.
  • Tipping staff
  • Travel & Evacuation Insurance
  • Changes & costs incurred to original itinerary.
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