Ausangate Peak 6384 m – Cordillera Vilcanota

PER-20 / 6-day trip / Grade: PD

Ausangate Peak 6384 m

Nevado Ausangate is the 5th highest peak in Peru at 6,384 m, and the highest of the seven 6,000 m peaks in the Cusco Region. The first ascent to the main summit in 1953 was led by the famous Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer, part of the first team to conquer the north face of the Eiger and from the book and movie “Seven Years in Tibet”. Ausangate is by far the most well known big peak for mountaineering in Cusco, since the normal route is not so technically difficult, although a good amount of stamina is needed for trail breaking on the summit plateau. Ausangate is the principal Apu of Cusco and can be seen from many places in the city. There are fewer tourists who visit this province of Cusco, but it is becoming more popular as a destination for the circuit trek in the dry season.

Day 1 Cusco – Pacchanta
Day 2 Ausangate Base Camp
Day 3 High Camp
Day 4 Climb: Ausangate Peak 6384 m
Day 5 Back to Pacchanta
Day 6 Cusco
Day 1

Cusco – Pacchanta
We leave Cusco at 11 am in an express van and arrive at Tinqui in the afternoon. From there we take a taxi to the herding community of Pacchanta (4236 m) and spend the night in a local house close to geothermal baths.
Included meals: Picnic, Dinner

Day 2

Pacchanta – Ausangate Base Camp
At 7 am we start our trek to base camp with our arriero carrying the equipment on a horse. The trail (22 km) passes through several green-blue lagoons at the foot of Nevado Ausangate and then crosses the Jampa Pass (5100 m). We reach Base Camp (4900 m) on the south side of the mountain at 3 pm.
Ascent: 864 m / Descent: 300 m / Highest altitude: 5100 m / Activity duration: 7-8 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 3

Base Camp – High Camp
After breakfast we will go up more than 700 m to Moraine Camp at 5476 m. The hike should take 3-4 hours, which gives us plenty of time to rest before the climb.
Ascent: 700 m / Highest altitude: 5500 m / Activity duration: 4 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 4

Climb: Ausangate Peak 6384 m
We awake at 12:30 am and leave the tent by 1 am. After traversing crevasses we arrive to a 200m wall at 60-70 degrees. After the wall, a glacier hike of about 4 hours brings us to the summit. We descend the same route and rappel the 200 m wall. At Moraine Camp we rest, pack up and then go down to Base Camp to spend the night.
Ascent: 884 m / Descent: 1584 m / Highest altitude: 6384 m / Activity duration: 12-14 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 5

Base Camp – Pacchanta
We return to Pacchanta by walking 22 km in about 7-8 hrs. Here we will stay by the thermal baths in a local house.
Ascent: 300 m / Descent: 864 m / Highest altitude: 5100 m / Activity duration: 7-8 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 6

After enjoying the thermal baths, we take our transport back to Tinqui and then Cusco, arriving in the afternoon.
Included meals: Breakfast

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  • Local English speaking mountain guide during the entire program (guide ratio: 1 guide per 2 clients)
  • Private transportation throughout the entire program
  • High quality mountain tents in campsites
  • Pack animals for common and personal equipment
  • Meals as specified in the day to day itinerary


  • Domestic and international flights
  • Personal climbing and camping equipment
  • Insurances
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list


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Tags: Climbing, Peru, Cusco, PD, PD grade, Ausangate, Cordillera Vilcanota, Pacchanta