Trek to the beautiful snow-capped Ausangate peak, which is one of the main features of the Cusco skyline. Never miss a chance to witness its natural beauty with scenic views, surrounded by azure lakes.
Depart from Cusco to Tinqui early in the morning. Stop for lunch in Tinqui.
Post lunch, start to hike along the trail for several hours until you reach the hot springs of Upis.
Overnight camping in Upis.
Day 2: Upis to Lake Ausangate to Q’ocha expand_more
In the morning, cross the Arapa pass.
From here, continue to hike for 3½ hours down into the valley, passing the green lake of Puqa Q’ocha until we reach the turquoise Lake Jatun Puqa Q’ocha.
Then ascend the second pass of Apuchata (4,900 m) with the stunning turquoise blue Laguna Ausangate Q’ocha below. This lake is fed by the melting snow of Ausangate.
Overnight camping in Q'ocha.
Day 3: Lake Ausangate Q’ocha to Qampa expand_more
Ascend to the Palomani Pass (5,200m); the highest point of the trek. Follow the trail into the valley where you can rest and have lunch.
In the afternoon have the views of snow-capped Tres Picos and Puca Punta.
Continue to walk through the broad green valley of Pampa Jutunpata and up the Rio Q’ampa valley.
We will spend our third night camping here.
Day 4: Q’ampa to Pacchanta expand_more
After passing through the small community of Q’ampa, head northwest to the last pass of the hike- Q’ampa Pass (5000m). There are several colored lakes here and you can have your lunch beside Q’oma Q’ocha.
Hike for several hours to reach a small village of Pacchanta. Here you can soak in the thermal springs for a couple of hours and have a well-deserved beer!
In the afternoon, explore the interesting Andean village.
You have the option of staying in a basic hostel on this night.
Day 5: Pacchanta – Cusco expand_more
In the morning, trek back to Tinqui, which will take roughly three hours.
You’ll have some time to explore the Andean village before the private car arrives to take you back to Cusco.
Scheduled arrival time at Cusco is 6:00 pm.
Private transport from Cusco to Tinqui (the trailhead) to and fro
Entry fee to the Ausangate mountain
English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (You will have an assistant guide for groups over 8 people)
Tents – 2 people sharing a 4 person tent
Foam mattress. (If you require greater comfort during the trek we can hire you an inflatable mattress like, Thermarest)
Cook and Cooking equipments. (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
All meals except breakfast on Day 1(optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals incorporating the elements of western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water
Horses (for carrying equipment and personal items) and horsemen. Emergency horses which can be ridden if you fell ill
Duffel bags to keep your personal items (up to 7 kg/15lbs per person)
First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Breakfast on Day 1
Tips for the guide, cook and porters. Tips are not mandatory but are a great gesture of gratitude
Additional horses for luggage
Know before you go
Ausangate is a mountain of the Willkanuta mountain range in the Andes of Peru. With an elevation of 6,384 metres it is situated around 100 kilometres southeast of Cusco.
Me and my friends did the inca trail with Eddy and Puma Path. Best experience i ever had. Eddy has so much love for his job and cares alot about everyone learning and having a great time. Even when the trek got tough he was motivating us to do better. The food was amazing as well. Puma path has the best cook in Peru. I would recommend everyone to make sure Eddy is your tour guide. You will leave Peru very happy
Eddy was my guide for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I had made a last minute decision to travel solo to Cusco and secured my Inca Trail permit. It was a great decision and exceeded my expectations and Eddy is a big part of that. Unlike the guides I had for the Cusco and Sacred Valley tours days before the trek, Eddy was passionate about understanding and communicating the history of the trail, and did so speaking very good English. His fun personality fit in with our group of 11 very well. He was very knowledgeable and expressed great respect for our surroundings, the guests, and the team that worked to keep us fed and comfortable along the way. I highly recommend Eddy as a guide, and hope to return again myself for another adventure with Eddy.
Recently trekked with Eddy ,fantastic knowledge of the trek and passed it on very well,he managed to answer any question we threw upon him.
Would love to trek with Eddy again, unfortunately I don't think I will ever get the chance ,and wish him all the luck in the world
I have completed several treks however I can honestly say the Inca Trail is up there as the best, Eddy who was our tour guide is so passionate about his country, he tells you stories about the history, takes time to allow you to enjoy the trail and doesn't rush you, and loads fun and culture along the way , well recommended
I was part of a group trekking the Inca Trail for Macmillan Cancer Support. Eddy was one of our guides. He was excellent, very knowledgeable, friendly and he was so encouraging when the going got tough.