Experience this off-beaten track into the Ausangate region before it is discovered by mass tourism! Over two unique days, you will experience the remote, untouched wilderness of the Ausangate mountain. Prepare to camp at high altitude and reach out to touch the stars in the clear night skies
Travel through some beautifully scenic valleys while llamas and alpacas sense our approaching and gaze at us momentarily
Encounter local weavers practicing their craft as we hike through the Quisipicanchis region
End the trek with the amazing Vinicunca and its layers of rock sediment - What a site to see!
Itinerary in Brief
Day 0: Pre-trek Briefing
Day 1: Cusco - Pitumarka - Hanchi Pacha - H'airahuiri Alto
Day 2: K’airahuiri Alto - Ausangate Mountain - Cusco
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Day 0: Pre-trek Briefing
Prior to the trekking program, travelers are required to attend a briefing with the guides to detail the trekking routes and any last minute questions. The location and time of the meeting will be confirmed at the time of the booking with your consultant.
Accommodation and meals are not included on this day.
*Please refer to our inclusions tab for more information regarding altitude and acclimatisation.
Day 1: Cusco - Pitumarka - Hanchi Pacha - K'aoirahuiri Alto
We leave around 7.30 am from Cusco. To start, our trip heads towards Puno, and we travel on an asphalt road section of the altiplano through the fertile Vilcanota Valley. We will turn off after 2 hours and 15 minutes onto an unpaved road, stopping at the picturesque village of Checacupe. After a visit to the Colonial Church of the Immaculate Conception, we´ll start ascending the Pitumarka Valley.
We arrive at Pitumarka town for a brief stop - we can buy some basic refreshments here before continuing through to the village at Hanchi Pacha. From here it’s one hour more, travelling through some lovely picturesque valleys and canyons. Sensing our approach, llamas and alpacas look up from their grazing with curious stares. We will arrive at the village of Hanchi Pacha after approx. a total of 4 hours of travel from Cusco. Here we will tuck into a delicious lunch in the fresh air and meet the local horseman who will accompany us on our short adventure.
Along the route, there also might be the chance to meet one of the local weavers keeping watch over her flocks, while weaving. This region, Quisipicanchis, has a wonderful textile tradition. After lunch, we will hike for approximately 2-2.5 hours, climbing steadily until we reach the village of K’airahuiri Bajo (4550m). Here, we’ll attain great views of the magnificent valley and its surrounding mountains. From here, we will continue another 40 minutes to our campsite, and to the control point in K’airahuiri Alto (4700m), with views across the green, lush valley.
Campsite: K’airahuiri Alto (4550m)
Meals included: lunch, & dinner.
Day 2: K’airahuiri Alto - Vinicunca - Hanchipacha
We’ll have an early breakfast and then begin a walk of about one and a half hours towards Vinicunca Pass. At this point, our breathing will become more and more labored as we gain altitude. Once we arrive at the top of the pass, there may be some cold gusts of wind so please ensure that you are wrapped up warm and that your head is covered with a woolly hat.
You will be rewarded for your efforts when you finally see the amazing Vinicunca, with its colorful layers of rock sediment: turquoise, orange, brown, and red! In addition to the great views of the colored mountain itself, you will have impressive views of the snow-capped Apu Ausangate, when the day is clear.
After some time to rest and take photos and the chance to observe an impressive sunrise, we’ll head back the way we came until we reach the start point of the trailhead. The return hike downhill will be a lot quicker than the ascent, and should take around 2-2.5 hours. There will be plenty of beautiful scenery to feast our eyes upon along the way
We’ll have an early lunch back at Hanchi Pacha, say good-bye to our local crew, and then head back to Cusco in our private transport. We should arrive back in Cusco at approximately 3 pm.
Meals included: breakfast & lunch.
Private Daily Departures
Basic foam mattress
Water resistant duffel bag
4 Star Luxury Camping style with larger tents
Small camp bed (approx. 6 inches off the floor)
Deluxe sleeping bag that is rated at -15 degrees
Comfortable camping chairs
Hot water and shower tent
One high quality 'Black Diamond' walking stick
Meals as specified
Entry fee to the Vinicunca area
English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guides
Horses to accompany and carry equipment and personal items
Dining tent with camp tables and chairs
First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle
What's not included?
International and internal airfares
Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable
Additional horses for passengers luggage
Any items not mentioned as included
Altitude & Acclimatisation
We strongly recommend that our guests spend at least three days in Cusco
prior to departure. This helps with acclimating to the altitude and also
provides an opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Cusco.
Everyone’s tolerance to altitude differs and we encourage our guests to
make exercise and a healthy diet a part of their training program before
Warm clothing that will protect you from wind and rain i.e. coats, cotton pants, gloves, socks
Protection from sun and sweat i.e. thermal clothing, short sleeves, hat/cap, small towel
Appropriate footwear i.e. waterproof trekking boots
Hiking poles, torch/headlights, binoculars, pocket knife, water bottles, day backpacks
Plastic bags for dirty/wet clothes, and for battery storage
Memory cards or reserve batteries for your camera
Sun Protection, insect repellent, and toiletries
You are welcome to hire our range of hiking equipment and camping gear. Please consult our team for a detailed list and the current rates.