Ausangate Peak 6384 m – Cordillera Vilcanota

PER-20 / 6-day trip / Grade: PD

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