Standing high at 20,921 feet, Mount Ausangate is the highest peak in the Cusco region. The hike to Ausangate Mountain is considered to be one of the most stunning and remote hikes in Peru.
This majestic snow-capped mountain is full of natural beauty; with crystal clear blue lakes, vicuñas, llamas, alpacas, vizcachas and condors. You will visit the 12,000 ft high hot springs in which you can soak your body in the relaxing thermal waters while taking in these picturesque surroundings.
On the final day of this incredible experience, you will climb Rainbow Mountain – one of the most extraordinary natural wonders of Peru.
- Free airport Pick up and drop off
- Travel Assistance 24/7 for any questions or recommendations
- Live history shows: our new way to teach you Inca history full of Fun Spiritual ceremonies performed by our Andean healers
- Cooking lessons and PACHAMANCA demonstration
- Enjoy our hot showers after a long day hiking
- Learn and interact with our native Tour Guides
- Meet our multicultural team including women Porters and Chefs
- We promote gender equality and Women´s empowerment
- 2% of the price you pay goes to support our Social Projects
Day 1: Cusco – Tinki – Upis – Hot Springs
We will pick you up from your hotel between 5 and 6 am (depending on your location) and drive towards the community of Tinki – arriving around 8:00 am. After enjoying a delicious breakfast we will start your Trexperience with a 4-hour uphill trek to our lunch spot at the base of Ausangate Mountain – the highest peak in the Cusco region at 20,926 ft. After lunch, we will continue for 2 further hours downhill to the community of UPIS – located at 14,458 ft. Tonight we will be camping close to the medicinal hot springs so you can take your time to relax and enjoy the hot waters in chilly weather of the highlands in the afternoon.
Distance: :13 km / 8 m
Elevation: 14,458 ft
Hiking time: 6h
Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch, tea time & dinner
Day 2: Upis – Pucaccocha
We will wake you up with a hot cup of coffee or coca tea and leave you to enjoy the stunning sunrise in this secluded location. Today is a relatively easy day with gradual up and downhills throughout, so you can relax and enjoy your surroundings. As we hike we will pass by an abundance of flora and fauna including viscachas (a small rodent similar to a rabbit), birds, llamas and alpacas. Our campsite is located at the bank of a beautiful lake called Pucacocha. This campsite is extremely beautiful with stunning views of the lake and astonishing sunsets. If you are lucky enough to camp on a clear night, this is the perfect place to stargaze!
Distance: 12 km /7.5 miles
Elevation: 4,300 m / 14,100 ft
Hiking time: 8 hours
Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch & dinner
Day 3: Pucaccocha– Chillca – Vicuna Pass - Yanaccocha
We will wake you up early in the morning with a hot cup of coffee/coca tea. Today will be the most challenging, yet arguably the most beautiful day of your Trexperience! We will start with a 3-hour uphill hike to Alpaca Pass (16,732 ft), taking in the breathtaking views of the highlands, crystal clear blue lakes and Andean mountains along the way. From the top, we will descend down into the valley of Chillca, where a delicious lunch will be waiting for you. Chillca is a beautiful and traditional village, with thatched roof houses and locals wearing their traditional outfits. From Chillca we will hike uphill for two hours to Vicuña pass, at 17,388 ft. Once at the summit, you can take some time to rest and enjoy your majestic surroundings while your tour guide performs an ancient offering ritual to this sacred mountain. We will then continue for another 2 hours to Lake Yanaccocha where we will spend a second-night camping beside the beautiful lake. Tonight you will have a second chance to stargaze.
Distance: 15 km/9.3 m
Elevation: 4,400 m/ 14,435 ft
Hiking time: 9 hours
Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch, tea time & dinner
Day 4: Yanaccocha – Rainbow Mountain – Cusco
The last day of your Trexperience begins with a 3 hour ascent to Vinicunca mountain (16,466 ft / 5,020 m), along the way we will observe llamas and alpacas, traditional houses and breathtaking landscapes of the Ausangate Mountain (6,398m / 20,991ft). Rainbow Mountain, (or Vinicunca) is located in the Southern Region of Cusco. This a remarkable place that will impress even to most demanding of hikers. The high altitude allows for some of the most incredible views in the region and here you feel completely separated from modern civilization. Rainbow mountain is considered one of the most beautiful one-day hikes in the world. Upon reaching the summit and taking some time to explore and enjoy this extraordinary place we will start descending again. We will break for lunch before taking our private bus back to Cusco, arriving at your hotel at around 6 pm.
Highest elevation: 5,020 m / 16,466 feet
Distance: 7 miles ascent (6 km) / 2 miles descent (3 km)
Approximate duration: 3 hour ascent / 2 hour descent
Level of difficulty: Challenging
|Trip Dates||This trip is available all year round|
|Arrival/Departure Location||Cusco, Peru|
Experienced tour guides
|All taxes and fees
Extras (We are committed to ensuring your trip is as comfortable as possible. We, therefore, provide hand towels, pillows, hand sanitizer, hot water for washing, drinkable water, snacks, daypack covers and rain ponchos.
|Not Included||Sleeping bag: $20 to rent
Inflatable air mattress: $15 to rent
Trekking poles (pair): $15 to rent
|Tips for our staff: Trexperience ensures all staff are fairly paid and therefore tipping is optional and at your own discretion
Travel Insurance: Highly recommended for all hikers
Lunch on the final day
All hikers need a warm sleeping bag for camping during the trek. We recommend a sleeping bag that keeps you warm during temperatures as low as -10C. Air mattresses and trekking poles are optional but recommended. If you don’t want to bring all these bulky items from home, you can rent them from us.
- Valid, original Passport (a copy will not be accepted)
- Valid, Student Card (if you booked as a student)
- Immigration Card (given to you on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Hiking boots (light, comfortable and broken in)
- A good quality daypack (light, small and comfortable)
- Water storage for at least 2 liters; either a camel bag or water bottle(s)
For your backpacks:
Below is a list of items that we highly recommend you keep with you at all times in your personal backpack. Remember you will be carrying this with you every day of the trek so we recommend you bring a good quality daypack which is both light and comfortable.
- Hat and sunglasses
- Rain gear
- Warm layers (fleece / long sleeved tops)
- Sunscreen, bug spray
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper
- Personal medication
- Band-aids, moleskin
- Camera, extra batteries
- Head Torch
- Extra snacks, power bars, chocolate
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips (small change is useful for paying to use the villagers’ toilets on the first day)
Additional items for your duffel bags:
Trexperience will provide you with a duffel bag in which you can pack any item that you won’t need to keep with you during the day. Our porters will carry this bag for you throughout the trek. Please note this bag should weigh a maximum of 7 kg including the weight of your sleeping bag and air mattress (if you bring/rent one). When rented from us these two items weigh approximately 3 kg.
During the Inca Trek you will travel through different temperatures as you climb/descend, it can also be cold at night when at the campsite. Therefore layers work best!
- Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
- Air mattress (can be rented from us)
- Some light, comfortable shoes for the camp
- Warm jacket, hat and gloves
- 4-5 t-shirts (wicking t-shirts are best)
- 3-4 hiking pants/trousers
- 5 sets of undergarments
- 5 sets of hiking socks
- 1 Fleece
- 1 Warm, down jacket for the coldest nights
- Quick-dry towel
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Face moisturizer
- Power pack/battery charger
- Plastic bags to keep wet or muddy clothes separate
About TreXperience Peru
TreXperience Peru is a 100% local tour operator that aims to maximize the positive effects of tourism on local communities and the environment. They do this by hiring local staff (including porters, chefs, guides, suppliers) and involving them in a sustainable business model that benefits everyone. Additionally, they organize activities that support the development of local communities and promote environmental conservation. These include cultural exchanges, volunteering, direct donations, and clean-up campaigns. Their go by the “leave no trace” philosophy in every single place that they visit and encourage each and every one of their staff, guides, and guests to follow these principles in order to preserve all those magical places in Peru.
Why TOV loves TreXperience Peru
Better Treatment to their Porters: TreXperience Peru understands that in order to ensure 100% guest satisfaction, it is essential for them to take a good care of their workers, who will, in turn, take good care of the customers. During your hike, they will provide you with the best tour guides and chefs, but it is the porters who are more often forgotten. Porters are the backbone of their business and for so many years they have been fighting for better treatment and working conditions.
”This is a personal battle says the founder of Trexperience Peru – I started out as a porter and my father was a porter before me. Working as a porter on the Inca Trail helped me to study, travel around the world, and start my own company. Therefore, Trexperience Peru pledges a number of commitments to our porters:
- To provide a homestay in Cusco for those porters that travel from far away, leaving their families behind, to earn some extra income.
- To provide all meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is the least we can do given their tireless work and contribution to our company.
- To provide all porters with proper, high-quality equipment including warm jackets, t-shirts, hiking boots, pants, back support, comfortable backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and this year we started to provide a basic insurance to cover against accidents.
- We always make an effort to work with the poorest communities in which individuals have the greatest need for a job or extra income. These include Lares, Ocongate, and Paucartambo. These are farming communities and the opportunity to work as a porter allows families to offer a better future for their children by putting them through education.”
Environmental Commitment and Projects: They are extremely proud to work with local communities and to help protect the environment; they love the places they visit and are dedicated to preserving them.
To ensure this, Trexperience has partnered with other companies to build a greenhouse in the community of Parompampa; located 2 hours from Cusco. They are growing vegetables and native trees and they encourage you to come and visit us!
Some of the vegetables they grow in their greenhouse are: spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, beets , carrots, chives, and mint They then invite members from local villages to take one of each and plant them back in their communities. They also provide them with some basic farming training to ensure it is a successful and sustainable program.
Native trees such as Tara, Queuña, Molle, Chachacoma, Aguaymanto, and Retama: When you plant a new tree, you create new life. Trees help to remove carbon dioxide from the environment, attract native birds and help to maintain a clean water supply. They are working extremely hard to grow new trees that will later be donated to local communities. They also organize a group of volunteers to go and plant them.
Safety and Security: Safety and security is their absolute top priority. They have an excellent record in terms of safety throughout the operation of all their treks. Their team of professional guides has undertaken training with the AHA (American Heart Association) as well as NOLS Wilderness medicine.
Guides carry a first aid kit for basic medical problems and oxygen with them at all times. They are very experienced in dealing with common issues associated with the altitude or the environment and know how to make you feel better. In the extremely rare case that something unexpected happens and you no longer feel you can complete the trek, your guide will figure out the safest and quickest way to get you to the nearest clinic.
You will never be left alone and you will have a member of the team to escort you every step of the way until you are safe with a doctor. When you are feeling up to it, they will make sure that you still have the chance to visit Machu Picchu and re-connect with your group, traveling comfortably by train.