Vilcanota Mountain Range-Ausangate Circuit Trek


This Beautiful Six Day Circular Trek Takes You Around The Massif Of Nevado Ausangate And Over Three High Passes, Two Of Them Over 16400 Ft. The Trek Begins In The Town Of Upis And Ends In Pacchanta. The Spectacular Mountain Landscape And Unique Wildlife Make This Trek Memorable For A Lifetime.



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Day 1: Cusco – Tinqui- Upis (4,400m/ 14,432ft)

We will leave Cusco at about 9am and take a 4 hour ride to Upis community. We bathe in the hot springs beside our camp.

Day 2: Upis – Laguna Jatun Puqacocha (4,600m/15,088ft)

We hike to the first pass, the Arapa pass (4,850m), in the morning, continuing down the valley you’ll pass the green lake of Puqa Q’ocha and in the afternoon, camp at the turquoise Lake Jatun Puqa Q’ocha.

Day 3: Laguna Jatun Puqa Q’ocha – Abra Palomani (17,056ft) –  Base camp Ausangate (4,800m/15760 ft)

In the morning we hike the second pass of Apuchata (16000 ft) with the turquoise Laguna Ausangate below. From the lake we climb up again to the Palomani pass (17,056 ft), the highest point of the trek. Hiking down the next valley for an hour or so brings us to the campsite at Pampacancha. There is a mountain refuge in this area (optional to our services – you have to book before).

Day 4: Base camp Ausangate –  Suyrucochapampa                               

After a visit to the surroundings and view of the glaciers of the Mariposa and Ausangate, we will begin a trip to the camp Soracuchupampa (15300 ft.) This day there will be free time to relax take photos and contemplate the breathtaking views of our majestic sacred Apu of the Incas.

Day 5. Suyrucochapampa – Pacchanta

We will start an ascent until the Campa pass (5010 m/16400 ft) A spectacular ascent contemplating mountains like Pucapunta or Jatun Huma, over 16500 ft. We will descend to the town of Pacchanta (4260 m/14000 ft). We will have the option of using the wonderful thermal baths in the open air and there are basic accommodations in the village (Optional to our services).

Día 6: Pacchanta – Tinqui- Cusco (3,400m/11100 ft)

This is the last day and we can wake up later than usual during the trek. After breakfast we expect a private transport back to the Cusco city.

Included/ not Included


  • Wait in airport and transfer to the hotel in Cusco
  • Transportation (Cusco to Upis & Pacchanta to Cusco)
  • All group camping equipment and tents
  • Mountain Guide
  • Cooks/Arrieros and horse service (will carry all expedition and personal gear)
  • Food from Lunch Day 1 until Breakfast Day 6.
  • Entrance to zone & thermal baths

Not included:

  • flights (we can manage)
  • Food in Cusco (City)
  • Personal equipment (sleeping bags, warm clothing, etc.)
  • Hotel in Cusco (We can recommend you good places)
  • In Cusco it is possible to rent all kinds of trekking equipment


Recomended to bring

  • clothing for cold and rain
  • waterproof hiking boots
  • headlamp
  • sleeping bag
  • backpack
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen

IMPORTANT: A client should be acclimatized (at least 3 days in Cusco) and in good physical condition. You should have a good backpack and pair of trekking boots (waterproof), along with clothing for rain, cold and hot climates. There are no climbing elements involved but rugged terrain is crossed and unnecessary risks should not be taken.
We can add visits to MACHU PICCHU and VALLEY SACRED in a traditional way before or after the ascents, as well as to prolong the stay in Cusco.

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