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Ausangate to Machupicchu 6d/5n


Trip Overview

Trip Overview

Hiking around the majestic Ausangate Mountain is a challenging alternative (6271 m.a.s.l.). The mountain located southeast of Cusco. Ausangate is one of the most important mountains of the Inca period. For many centuries, the Andean people of Peru have maintained several ancestral elements. One area that has experienced little changes is the Andean community of Ausangate. This trip is designed with the purpose of participating in a fabulous journey which offers a good opportunity to combine culture, customs, and spectacular landscapes; as well as diverse geography, geology, erosion, melting of the white peaks, wildlife, flora, and quaint customs of the settlers of the Peruvian Andes. Here we can appreciate and enjoy the whole tour in the alpine areas of Cusco. The trip will offer experiences that will stay with you forever, to gain insight into the depths of the Peruvian soul and consider the people living in the Andes in their simple lives.



Day 1 : Cusco – Ocongate – Tinqui- Upis (Hot Springs)

We leave Cusco by bus and we head south of the valley down the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado road. We will pass by the archaeological site of Tipon where you can observe the resources: water channels, terraces, and high degrees of hydraulic engineering, which are very impressive. We continue our journey going through another pre-Inca archaeological complex belonging to the Wari culture called Pikillacta where we imagine the greatness of the organization  which opened this city hosted around 10 000 inhabitants in the various sectors. We continue our journey by different communities: Andahuaylillas villages where we can appreciate their church, the famous “Sistine Chapel” of the Andes, with its beautiful friezes and wall paintings. Huaro known as the town of mysticism and cities like Urcos, where we can admire the spectacular scenery of the place. We will then pass through the Ocongate district. We will be able to see the Cordillear Vilcanota with the snow-covered Ausangate, as well as Jampa mountain (5450 m.a.s.l.), very clearly. Just one and a half hours into the evening we arrive at our destination, the community of Tinqui, at 3800 m.a.s.l. After a small break we will begin our trip towards the south in a soft path  with a magnificent view of the peak of the Apu Ausangate (6372 m.a.s.l.), here we have an impressive sight of the beautiful peaks of the mountains which make our trip more interesting and extraordinary. The landscape that surrounds us is natural of the area, where the wind will accompany us during the whole trip. We continue towards the Upis rural community that has a few magnificent steam water baths, it is a great place to relax and where we will be able to enjoy a good bath to throw yourself into, offering us a breathtaking view of the wonderful Ausangate mountain.

Meals: L/D

Maximum Altitude: 3800 mts.
Minimum Altitude: 3400 mts.
Distance Travelled: 2.5 hours (by car)
Approximate Walking Time: 5 hr (11Km)

Day 2 : Upis (Hot Spring) – Pukacocha- Ausangatecocha

After our breakfast we continue our trip up the hill under the almost overwhelming look of the Apu Ausangate. On our way we will appreciate just how beautiful and powerful the geography of the southern Andes is. When we reach the Abra Arapa, at 4950 m.a.s.l. (high mountain pass) we will have a magnificent view of this mountain chain. If we are lucky, we will hear and see falling ice. Above the lake, the rock spier of Mt. Sorimana will stand guard. On the way we have the chance to see llamas, alpacas, and magnificent landscapes as well as different Andean birds, and this area is known as the natural reserve of Huallatas. Then we will descend across an area  full of falcons and vizcachas (Andean Rabbits). This area has 3 beautiful lakes (Pucacocha, Hatun Pucacicha and Comercocha, all beautiful high-Andean lakes. After lunch, we will climb uphill briefly to cross the Ausangate pass and descend to our campsite on the beautiful Ausangate cocha.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Maximum Altitude: 4950 masl.
Minimum Altitude: 3800 masl.
Distance Travelled: 14 km
Approximate Walking Time: 6 -7 hr

Day 3 : Ausangatecocha – Finaya (Jampa)- Pachaspata

We will begin on the 4th with a visit to a group of small lakes, and from there we will trek to the highest step of our trip – the Palomani step at 5200 m.a.s.l. This is the highest part of the entire hike, from where we will have a spectacular sight of the mountain chain of Vilcanota, immediately afterwards we will descend a bit for a valley where we will be able to have lunch in a place called Pampacancha (4050 m.a.s.l). After lunch we follow an uphill trail until that leads us to our campsite in Pacchanta (4400 m.a.s.l.). We will enjoy a high Andean plain surrounded by snow-covered summits.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Maximum Altitude: 5200masl.
Minimum Altitude: 4050masl.
Distance Travelled: 10 km
Approximate Walking Time: 5 -6 hrs

Day 4 : Pachaspata- Pacchanta

We will hike into the Jampa valley and then hike northwest until we arrive at the Ticllacocha Lagoon. Then we will cross the las Jampa step (5100 m.a.s.l), then continue to descent towards the thermal medicinal baths of Pacchanta (4350 m.a.s.l.), where we will have a relaxing bath. During the trek the valley offers us a sight of the Qomercocha and Hamacocha lake. We traverse the ridge and enter the peak of Mt. Ninaparayoc with its lake below. A nice walk down this valley with Mt. Ausangate behind us – we have now almost completed a full circle around the mountain. Rolling hills now extend below us as we hike into Pacchanta for a chance to visit the hot springs.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Maximum Altitude: 5100 masl.
Minimum Altitude: 4350 masl.
Distance Travelled: 15 km
Approximate Walking Time: 6 hrs

Day 5 : Pacchanta- Tinqui- Urcos -Ollanta- Machupicchu

After our breakfast, we leave Pacchanta to hike for three hours towards Tinki, a small Andean community with a small beautiful church and no sight of vehicles except for horses. Here we will take the private bus that will take us back to Cusco city, along the way we will observe fields of culture and small rustic houses with straw ceilings, belonging to the area. Continuing with our program we will go to Ollantaytambo city to take the train to the city of Aguas Calientes. Where we will spend the night in a comfortable hotel.

Lunch and dinner are not provided.

Over night in a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes

Meals: B/L/D

Approximate Time: 6 hrs by bus

Day 6 : Full Day Machuìcchu-Cusco

We wake up early for breakfast take a 30-minute bus ride to the Machupicchu archaeological complex. Where we enjoy a spectacular view of the enigmatic city. Our visit will last around 2 hours all around the archaeological complex where we will find plazas, fountains, sacred tempoles, and an urban and agricultural sector. Later you will have some free time to explore the citadel and also the option to climb up to Huayna Picchu, you must let us know as soon as possible, since under new rules there is a limit of 400 people in the mountain per day. After our visit we will return to Aguas Calientes for lunch. In the afternoon we will take the train back to Cusco, where our private transport will wait for us to bring us back to our hotel in Cusco, we arrive in 4 hours.


  • Campsites are subject to change according to the size of the group.

Included / departures


Private Serv.
Transfer by bus from Cusco to Tinki yes
Profesional Guide (english speaking) yes
Cook  (In charge of meal preparation) yes
Horsemen and Horses to carry tents, food and cooking equipment yes**
Plus 1 emergency horse yes
Horses can carry your backpack for a maximun of: 8 kilos
Meals: 4 breakfast, 4 lunches, 4 dinners yes
Snacks (candies, juice, cookies & fruit) yes
2 people in each 3-person-capacity tent yes
Matress (sleeping pad) yes
Dinner tent, bathroom tent, kitchen tent, tables and chairs, table settings, first Aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle. yes
Tranfer from Tinki to Cusco yes

Not Included / aditionals

Service Price
Feather sleeping bag US$5 per day
Syntetic sleeping bag US$4 per day
Trekking poles rental US$5 per day
Single accommodation US$5 per day

Essential Information

Trip style :

Adventure tourism: Trekking, natural, cultural and archaeological.



Province: Ocongate.

City: Cusco.


6D/5 N


Moderate to Challenging. It does not require previous experience.

Trek distance:

55 km


5200 mts – 2100 mts

When to go :

From April to October.


Beautiful scenic  views, wildlife, nature, archaeological Inca sites and MACHUPICCHU Sanctuary.

Guide :

Professional bilingual guide.


Official papers:

Valid and original passport.

Sleeping Gear:

Sleeping bag (You can rent it in our office if you don’t have one).

Thermal rest mattress (Optional).


  • Mid weight fleece or wool sweater.
  • Fleece pants or tights.
  • Mid weight thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool.
  • Hiking pants.
  • Hiking shorts.
  • Long-sleeve shirts.
  • T-shirts.
  • Underwear and casual socks.
  • Hiking socks.
  • Liner socks, synthetic.
  • Swimminsuit.

Clothing accessories:

  • Cap.
  • Fleece hat.
  • Bandana.
  • Fleece gloves.
  • Footwear:
  • Resistant hiking boots, waterproof, lightweight.
  • Camp shoes such as tennis shoes or sandals or other comfortable footwear to use in our campsites.

Travel Accessories:

  • Bottle of water or Camelback.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries.
  • Watch with alarm or travel clock.
  • 2 roll of toilet paper.
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap.
  • Sun block and lips tick.
  • Personal first-aid kit.
  • Hand sanitizer gel.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Several Ziploc plastic bags.

Rain poncho : a good rain jacket

Original passport and ISIC student card if applicable

Trekking poles optional but with rubber tips


Money for drinks, tips and souvenirs recommended to carry Peruvian soles


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