Mt. Ausangate Trek and Climb Trip Grade 5
For the year 2014 we have decided not to advertise departure dates, but instead to work with groups of 4 passengers or more. If you would like to develop your own group, with your own departure dates please contact us and we will be happy to organize your trip and provide all of the first class services you desire.
• 7-9 Participants: $2895/person (does not include airfare)
• 4-6 Participants:$3295/person (does not include airfare)
• $120.00 for private room or tent
• 17-Day trip beginning and ending in the USA
• 5 Nights lodging, 10 Nights full service camping
• All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners
“Ausangate is a spectacular mountain, with spectacular campsites, unparalleled wildlife, and challenging climbing. I’d recommend this trip to anyone!”
--Tom Jessor, 2006 Ausangate Trek & Climbing Trip; two-time Peaks & Places traveler (See more testimonials)
A guided trek around and climbing Mt. Ausangate
In Incan times Mt. Ausangate (20,906ft. and the fourth highest peak in Peru.) was revered as a sacred mountain to the Incas. Located about 80 miles to the east of Cuzco and clearly visible from the city, the mountain raises into the sky as a huge massif. Many people do the standard 5-day trekking circuit around Mt. Ausangate, which is quite spectacular in it's own right, but very few people spend the extra time to climb this massif peak.
After spending a few days in Cuzco getting acclimatized, our first goal is to spend 4 days walking around Mt. Ausangate. We will start on the northwest side and walk counter-clockwise around to the south and southeast sides of Ausangate. By the time we reach our base camp, located in a quiet valley on the east side of the mountain, we will have crossed three 16,000ft. passes, which will help tremendously in getting us acclimatize to climb the peak.
Our second goal is to spend the next 4-5 days climbing the east side of Ausangate to its spectacular summit at 20,906ft. This climb will require carrying all our food and equipment up to camp I as another acclimatization day. Then in one push we will go from base camp to camp I and spend the night. The following day we will move everything up to camp II at about 18,500ft. and spend a short night there. From camp II we will depart about 2am and ascend a 50-degree, steep snow slope for 400ft before reaching the summit snow slopes. Our goal is to reach the summit by 8 or 9am, before the clouds move in, and then return to camp II and pack things up and descend either all the way to base camp or at least back to camp I. Then to base camp the following day.
Completing our “Circle” we leave base camp and walk around the west side of the mountain range, crossing one last high pass and then we spend a day beneath the spectacular northwest face of Ausangate before returning to Cuzco. Throughout the entire trek we will visit numerous beautiful mountain lakes, valleys with flocks of Alpaca grazing, occasional local inhabitants, and natural hot springs to soak in, both at the beginning and end of the trek.
This trek and climb will be a unique opportunity to accomplish what few "gringos" get to do and that is to climb Mt. Ausangate.
As with all of Peaks & Places trekking and climbing trips, this will be a full service adventure with all of our equipment being carried for us by animals during the trek and we will be assisted on the mountain by porters helping to carry our gear to camp I. My best cooks Mario Cobos from Ollantaytambo and Bernardo Lluya from Huaraz, will be preparing three meals a day for us. Peaks & Places will provide a dining tent to enjoy all our tasty meals in, personal sleeping tents for two people to share and a sit-down toilet.
This trip can be combined with a two-day vist to Machu Picchu for an additional cost (see detailed itninerary).