Ausangate is the most Important mountain of Cusco.
Its 6.372 on main sea level with large lakes with blue-green glow. There are also stone shrubs, which make the place look like a andean paradise. Walking through the mountain of Ausangate is an indescribable adventure, and it is impossible not to be impressed by the beauty of perpetual snow. You will often find rocks at an altitude of 5000 meters and also with ice rocks which descend in magnificent ways and form lakes of ice. The route of Ausangate is one of the most attractive of Cusco.
Located in the Cordillera Vilcanota and is one of the most difficult to reach 6,350 m.a.s.l.
Ocongat 3,433 m.a.s.l.
Mawayani 4,059 m.a.s.l.
Santuario 4,800 m.a.s.l.
Gruta de la Virgen 4,900 m.a.s.l.
Nevado de Qolquepunco 5,471 m.a.s.l.
The daily distances on the trail vary from around 6 to 11 miles / 10 to 16 km per day. Upon arrival from Cusco by bus on the first day, there is a short hike of about 2 miles / 3 km to the Chillca Tambo.
There are only two seasons in this latitude, a dry one and a wet one with plenty of rain (and snow on high altitude) that last approximately from November to March. We normally only operate from April to October, when there are good chances for excellent weather. Occasional rain-showers can occur at any time of the year.
The temperatures in the Andes vary very little during the daytime, but there can be considerable changes between day and night. Temperature in the dry-season (our wintertime) often drop below freezing during the nights. Although, it can be quite warm and pleasant during daytime. Nights are very long and cold in this latitude.
Flora and Fauna
Agriculture is intensive and focuses on the production of a wide variety of tubers, among which are the goose and potatoes. Many llamas can be seen throughout the circuit, offering a unique touch to the local landscape.