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Discovering the Ausangate Trek: An Andean Adventure

Embark on a thrilling journey through the Andean highlands with the Ausangate Trek. Explore pristine landscapes, and turquoise lakes, and encounter the vibrant culture of Peru’s Quechua people.

The Ausangate Trek is a hidden gem in the world of hiking, offering adventurers an opportunity to explore the remote and stunning landscapes of the Peruvian Andes. In this article, we will take you on a virtual tour of the Ausangate Trek, providing insights, tips, and answers to common questions about this extraordinary trekking experience.


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Our Mules and Horses in Ausangate trek

Animals deserve to be treated with kindness and compassion. GO TREKS PERU treats their packing horses and mules with dignity and respect. (We work with mules and horses for our alternative treks ONLY).

No one is more concerned about animal welfare than our company. Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about mules and horses,  if you have any other questions – please ask!

The Ausangate Trek Guides

Once at the starting point of the Ausangate trek, your well-equipped guides and cooks will come second only to your mental determination, in terms of important factors that contribute to a successful trek attempt. During your trek from Ausangate trek, your guide will be your advisor, take you to famous Ausangate trek with Rainbow Mountain, and bring you back safely. . It will be important that you work closely with him and take note of his advice.

Our chefs on Ausangate trek

Walking through the Peruvian mountains  is a once in a lifetime experience. This will not be possible without our staff. But the staff wouldn’t get anywhere without an expert cook. Cook is the star of our trekking,

Being a cook for the Ausangate trek or any alternative trek to Machu Picchu is not easy. Our cooks must bring all the necessary ingredients for each day’s meals, begin the process to provide the best meals you can imagine.

All meals are prepared within established points on the Salkantay trail and follow the most detailed protocols so that the food is tasty and safe to consume. Our chefs can address any dietary restrictions or allergies without losing any of the flavors that these meals will have. Hiking is better when you know the best food is waiting for you!

Meals on the Ausangate Trek

All of our Ausangate Trek food is prepared with fresh ingredients purchased at the local market in Cusco. Everything is carried by our horses and then prepared by our incredible chef. We do not use any rehydrated or canned foods. Everything is fresh, healthy and tasty!

We train our chef every year in the low season to prepare delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks, all served with a smile! After completing each day’s trek, you will enjoy our happy hour before enjoying a tasty dinner, which will undoubtedly exceed all your expectations about food on the Salkantay trek.

The best equipment and camping on Ausangate trek

For those who are not used to having a bad time for a few days, we offer an the best tent  service to have a much more comfortable experience. , meals are prepared and served and the GO TREKS PERU staff does the washing. This leaves you more time to enjoy your surroundings and is ideal for first-time campers who may be concerned about the challenges such a trip can entail. When camping we are exposed to the elements, and while there are times when the weather is good and temperatures are pleasant, there can be days when it is foggy, rainy, and cool.

In certain locations, there may also be multiple errors. These factors, however, should be seen as minor disadvantages of a camping experience that will allow you to get closer to the beautiful nature that Peru has to offer. All camping equipment is supplied (except sleeping bag and pillow). We supply tents which have mattresses approximately 4cm thick, warm and comfortable

All camping equipment is supplied. All meals on the mountain will be prepared by your group’s cook.


Must-Have Packing List

Hiking Boots: Sturdy and comfortable hiking boots are essential for navigating challenging terrains.

Weather-Appropriate Clothing: Layered clothing to adapt to changing weather conditions.

Backpack: A durable backpack to carry essentials.

Water Purification: Ensure access to clean drinking water.

Sun Protection: Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat for sun protection.

Camera: Capture the breathtaking scenery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a permit required for the Ausangate Trek?

Yes, a permit is necessary to trek the Ausangate circuit, and it’s best to arrange it through a tour operator.

How challenging is the Ausangate Trek?

The Ausangate Trek is considered challenging due to high altitudes and steep ascents. Prior trekking experience and good physical fitness are recommended.

Can I trek the Ausangate Circuit independently?

While it’s technically possible, it’s advisable to go with an experienced tour operator for safety and cultural insights.

Are there opportunities to interact with locals during the trek?

Yes, you’ll have the chance to interact with Quechua communities, learn about their customs, and even participate in local traditions.

What is the highest point of the Ausangate Trek?

The highest point is Palomani Pass, which stands at approximately 17,060 feet (5,200 meters) above sea level.

Are there vegetarian or dietary options available during the trek?

Most tour operators can accommodate dietary preferences, including vegetarian and vegan options. It’s essential to communicate your needs in advance.