The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, one of the most important routes of communication from the Inca period, is considered one of the 50 unmissable walking trails worldwide, ranking in 8th place. Access is limited to 500 people per day so it is essential to book in advance so as not to miss this wonderful experience
If you do not get to get a place for the Inca Trail, you have several alternate options to trek in the area such as Salkantay – Machupicchu 5 Days / 4 Nights, Lares – Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 , and the Ausangate trek 6 Days / 5.
On this trek in the Vilcanota range you can hike at heights of above 5000m and have fabulous panoramic views of cristaline lakes and nearby mountains. You can see typical Andean animals such as llamas, alpacas and vicuñas, and meet local Quechua-speaking people and find out about their religion (their contact with the “Apus”, the mountain spirit), customs and life in the Andes. This hike is a long and difficult one (you walk 7-8 hours a day), so we recommend you prepare by doing shorter walks at altitude for 3 days before starting the hike.
||3900 – 5200 m.a.s.l.
||May to November
||06 Days – 05 Nights / 07 Days – 06 Nights
Day 01: Cusco – Ocongate – Tinki (3350 – 3850 m.a.s.l.)
Starting from Cusco we take the road south towards Puno, following the Huatanay and Vilcanota rivers, and passing the ancient Wari site of Pikillacta and the colonial villages of Andahuaylillas and Huaro. At Urcos we take a dirt road steadily uphill until we reach the highland savanna. Late in the afternoon the Cordillera Vilcanota will appear in the distance, with mount Ausangate and mount Jampa clearly visible. We will make camp at Tinki near Ocongate.
- Transportation time: 06 hours.
Day 02: Tinki – Upis (3850 – 4400 m.a.s.l.)
Beginning the trek we cross the Ocongate river and start traversing the puna (highland meadows), until we reach the foot of the Ausangate massif where there the panorama of snowcapped peaks is breathtaking. We camp at Upis, where the thermal baths make a great place to relax after the rigors of the day..
Day 03: Upis – Ausangate Lagoon (4400 – 4650 m.a.s.l.)
This day we ascend the slopes to cross a 4,500 m pass, carrying on to Lake Ausagante with the western ice fall of Mount Ausangate looming over our lake side camp.
Day 04: Ausangante Lagoon – Palomani pass (4650 – 5200 m.a.s.l.)
Passing small turquoise lakes we make the ascent of the Palomani pass (5200 m.a.s.l.) where the view of the south eastern ridge of Mount Ausangate and the Cordillera Vilcanota is absolutely amazing. Then descending to Chilcapinaya we make camp.
Day 05: Jampa – Pacchanta (4700 – 5100 m.s.a.l.)
Hiking up the Jampa valley we are likely to meet highland shepherds tending their sheep and alpaca, spinning and weaving their wool into cloth, with the peaks of Jampa and Colquecruz acting as a backdrop. Circling northwest around Ticllacocha lagoon and over the last pass (4,650 m) we reach the small meadow of Pachaspata. Slowly descending into the valley, we arrive in the village of Pacchanta, where we will make camp.
Day 06: Day 06: Tinki – Cusco (3850 -3350 m.a.s.l.)
On the last day, a short walk across the puna grassland, past small communities of shepherds and weavers, takes us back to the road at Tinki. Here a bus will be waiting to take us to Cusco, where we arrive in the afternoon. End of Our Services.
You should bring:
- Backpack, Sleeping bag.
- Strong, comfortable footwear.
- One complete change of clothing.
- Sweater and jacket (something warm).
- Water bottle.
- Flashlight and batteries.
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, sun block (sun protection cream), insect repellent.
- Toiletries, towel and toilet paper.
- Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc.
- Camera, plenty of fil and spare batteries
- Original passport or student Card ISIC (important)
Sensitization / Social Works / Helping Communities
The Ausangate region is one of the places where poverty is more pronounced, families live mostly from agriculture with their own traditions and customs. We are committed to supporting these communities through social projects and donations, for example clothing, school supplies and food, among others.