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Day 1

Time : 6:00 am


Early transfer from your hotel in Cusco with 6:00 am departure. We drive for 4 hours on a new highway to Tinqui, passing Urcos Pass (4,000 m/13,123 ft) along the way. Tinqui is a village on the high plains “altiplano” east from Cusco and is where we will start our trek. We follow a wide, gently ascending path toward the northwest face of the impressive Ausangate mountain.
We will have a small lunch around noon by the side of the trail. We will continue walking through fields and by scattered stone farm houses, and later in the day we will begin to see llamas and alpacas. We ascend gently to the Upis pass (4,435 m/14,107 ft) and camp at Upis Hot Springs (4,250 m/13,779 ft) where we will be surrounded by snow capped mountains (Ausangate and Maria Huamantilla).There are thermal springs at Upis where we can enjoy a soak at the end of the day. Happy hour is around 4:00pm and dinner at approx 6:00pm depending on hiking speed/weather.

  • Walking distance approximately 16 km/9.9 miles (6 hour acclimatizing hike)
  • Meals: Box breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks on the trail
  • 2 people in a 4-person tent
  • Altitude of camp: 4400m (14,435 ft)t

Day 2

Time : 7:00 am


After breakfast we begin our trek at 7:00am. We begin ascending for 3 hours to Arapa Pass 4,800 m/15,748 ft. At the top of the pass we will have a wonderful view of the Maria Huamantilla Mountain and Ausangate Mountain behind it. From the Arapa pass we trek across an arid hillside for 20 minutes and then we descend, sometimes quite steeply, for 45 minutes into a valley of deep blue glacial lakes and waterfalls. We will stop to have a quick lunch by one of the lakes. After lunch we continue for 1 hour on flat trails and then 1 more hour gentle ascent to our second pass of the day, Ausangate Pass 4,700 m/15,419 ft. At the top of the pass we will have a beautiful view of Ausangante Mountain and the lake Ausangatecocha, formed by a melting glacier. We then descend for 40 minutes to our campsite by the lake Ausangatecocha 4,300 m/14,107 ft, which is at the bottom of one of the Ausangate glaciers.
Happy hour is around 4:00pm with dinner at 6:00pm.

  • Walking distance approximately 18 km/11.1 mi (7 hour hike)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks on the trail
  • 2 people in a 4-person tent
  • ltitude of Camp: 4900m (16,076 f)t

Day 3

Time : 6:00 am


After breakfast we leave camp at 7:00am and climb steeply for 3 hours on glacial moraine to the highest point on the trek, Palomani Pass 5,400 m/17,716 ft. From the pass there are extensive views of all the peaks in the Cordillera Vilcanota. We then descend for 2 hours on a steep trail into the Huchuy Finaya Valley where we will stop for a quick lunch. From the valley
and lunch stop we will have a view of “Las dos gemelas” or the two twin mountains. We continue hiking 3 hours on a varied path to our campsite in the Pampacancha Valley (Qampa) 4,300 m/14,107 ft. Happy hour at 4:00pm and dinner at 6:00pm.

  • Walking distance approximately 17 km/ 10.5 mi (7-8 hour hike)
  • Meals: breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks on the trail
  • Tent: 2 people in a 4-person tent
  • Altitude of Camp: 4641m (15,226 ft)

Day 4

Time : 6:00 am


After breakfast we leave camp at 7:00am and begin climbing up to the Qampa pass (5,400m/17,716 ft) for 2 hours. At this pass we have incredible views of The Three Peaks, the Pacchanta Valley, and will hopefully get a glimpse of some wild vicuña and deer, and if we are really lucky, a condor. We then descend gradually through the Pacchanta Valley, walking between Ausangate Mountain and the Two Twin Mountains for 2 hours until we stop for lunch. After lunch we continue descending gradually on a rocky trail for another 2 1/2 hours to our campsite at Pacchanta Valley (4,000 m/13,123 ft). From this campsite we will have a great view of Ausangate Mountain. There are also hot springs at this campsite, which we can enjoy
before dinner.

  • Walking distance approximately 17 km/ 10.5 mi (6-7 hour hike)
  • Meals: breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks on the trail
  • Tent: 2 people in a 4-person tent
  • Altitude of Camp: 4360m (14,304 ft)

Day 5

Time : 4:00 am


After breakfast we walk for 3-4 hours on a varied and gentle trail to Tinqui across open fields where we will have our final view of Ausangate, potato crops, and herds of llamas and alpacas. At Tinqui we will have lunch and meet our private transport and return to Cusco (3 hour drive), arriving around 4 or 5 pm.

  • Walking distance approximately 16 km/9.9 mi (3-4 hour hike)
  • Meals: breakfast, Lunch, Snacks on the Trail
  • Tent: 2 people in a 4-person tent
  • Maximum Altitude: 4360m (14,304 ft)

    • Pre-Trek briefing the night before the trek to go over the itinerary, meet your guide(s) and answer any questions

    • Collection from your Cusco hotel in the morning 


    • Private bus transport to start of the trek and back to Cusco

    • Personal porter to carry your overnight gear up to 8kg/17.6lbs


    • Dry bag in which to put your overnight gear so it won’t get wet or dusty on the trail

    • 3 person, 4 season tents (2 people in large and comfortable Mountain Hardwear Expedition tent)


    • One-Inch thick foam mattress pad


    • Toilet tent and toilet and toilet paper


    • English speaking professional guide


    • Full meals on the trek (3 meals per day, tea time every afternoon, and snacks on the trail)


    • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank and emergency horse


    • Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent


    • Dining and cooking tents with tables and stools


    • Dietary needs: able to cater to any dietary preference/need


    • Horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment, and your duffel bags)


    • Hot water every morning and evening for hand washing purposes


    • Boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and afternoon


    • Entrance to the Ausangate trail


    • Flights
    • Hotel before/after trek
    • Dinner on the last day
    • Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
    • Air Mattress –$20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
    • Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
    • Personal tent- $30 USD – (Tent is for solo travelers only)
    • Entrance to hot springs 
    • Travel interruption & travel medical/evacuation insurance (required)
    • Tip for your guide(s) and trek staff are optional but highly encouraged if you enjoy your trek


    PRICE -$560 USD per person

    • This price includes the extra pack horse which will carry your belongings up to 7kgs, we provide you a duffel bag, in which to put your things.
    • We provideconfortable tent 4 person tents for each 2 trekkers.  


    Group of 5 or more: $20 USD. – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.


    • Sleeping Bag: $20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
    • Air Mattress: $20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
    • Walking Poles: $15 USD per pair per trek (Professional poles that can be extended)
    • Personal tent:$30 USD  – (Tent for solo trekkers only)


    • Comfortable foam mattresses
    • Camping pillow
    • Transfer from the airport to your hotel (Cusco only)
    • Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes
    • Personal pack horse included
    • Duffel bags and plastic liner bags
    • Thick warm blanket to put over the sleeping bag
    • Hot water bottles to put into your sleeping bag



    • Original Passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
    • Comfortable daypack (the smaller, the better)
    • Water storage:  2-3 litre reusalbe bottles (please do not bring disposable bottles)
    • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
    • Sleeping bag (can be rented from Nomad In Per)
    • Headlamp: essential
    • Toilet paper


    As a Professional Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and  Include an extra pack horse who will carry up to 7 kgs or 15 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing. By Peruvian law, a duffel bag must not weigh more than 7 kilograms (15lbs). This limit is set to protect the health of the porters or horses. All bags will be weighed before being accepted. If you require more than 7 kilograms, it will then be your responsibility to carry the extra weight with your day pack. In this 7 kilos, please count 2 kilos for your sleeping bag and 1 kilo for your sleeping pad. This leaves you about 4 kilos for your personal gear.

    • 2 t-shirts
    • 2 hiking pants at least
    • 4 sets of undergarments
    • 3 sets of hiking socks
    • Bathing suit for the thermal waters
    • Fleece/ Thermals
    • Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º Celsius.
    • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
    • Comfortable shoes for camp
    • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
    • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
    • Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
    • Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us.


    • Hand sanitizer
    • Wet wipes
    • Toothbrush and paste
    • Personal medications
    • First aid kit: band aids,  etc.


    On the trail you should carry a day pack with your .

    • Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water  at every meal time. Please bring your canteens.
    • Sun hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Headlamp: essential
    • Wool hat
    • Rain gear
    • Fleece
    • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
    • Rain plastic poncho 
    • Gloves
    • Camera
    • Hand sanitiser
    • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
    • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
    • Valuable items

    Please read carefully the following information; it will help with your questions about our services and the Ausangate trek.

    You will be greeted at the Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your flight details at least 14 days prior to trek´s start. Look out for our representative holding a sign of Nomad In Peru at the arrival terminal.

    The briefing will take place the night before the trek at 6pm or 7pm in your hotel.

    Of course! During the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, whichever is more convenient for you.

    FIRST, to book your Ausangate Trek to Machu Picchu, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.

    Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu permits and entrance tickets without the following information:
    .Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
    .Passport number
    .D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
    *** We require copies of each participants’ passport at the booking.

    SECOND, we require a deposit of $200.00 USD per person in order to purchase a permit for the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.

    If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. There are many ATMS within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service fee, charged by VISA and PAYPAL . To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPALaccount.

    The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. But you will have many different seasons as you pass through the numerous microclimates and will depend on the altitude. With the Ausangate Trek, we highly recommend you bring some very warm clothes and good rain gear in your day backpack. It can be very cold at the high altitudes of this trek.

    In general if you exercise regularly and spend 3 days in Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley for acclimatization to the altitude, you may be just fine.

    The recommended medicine for altitude sickness is Water, Coca Tea and Oxygen if needed; our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness. For more detailed information on Altitude Sickness click this link: Altitude Sickness.
    We offer the Cusco City Tour and Sacred Valley tours that you can book while you are acclimatizing. Check out our day tours on our Main Page.

    The evening before you start your Ausangate Trek, you will be given a Small Duffel Bag to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/14p. Your team of pack horses will carry your duffel bag for you, together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day, as the horses will always be ahead of the group. During the Ausangate Trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually a 30 to 40 litre backpack is sufficient.

    Yes, it is a challenging trek with most of the trail over 4,000 meters or 13,123 feet. You need to be in good physical condition and used to hiking.

    In preparation: try walking 15kms in a day or go to the fitness club in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatised to the altitude. Try to spend at least 3 days in Cusco (3350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the Ausangate trekking .

    This has been highly appreciated by most of our clients, especially by our trekkers, who want a private, clean and sanitary toilet! NOMAD IN PERU toilet facilities have an individual tent and a camping toilet with a seat. Check out the picture, which illustrates how we set up our camping toilet on the trek by using this link: picture of toilet tent. Our toilet is always set up a comfortable distance from our campsite. At night if you need to use the toilet it is readily accessible and clean, unlike the dirty facilities supplied by the government.

    In the unlikely scenario that you are unable to finish the Ausangate trekking due to a health issue, Nomad In Per will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the Ausangate trekking .

    If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Nomad In Peru destinations. Of course you are free to tip as much as you feel appropriate, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

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