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Traversing the Cordillera Vilcanota, the Ausangate trek is a less-frequented, high altitude trek that takes hikers over high passes, down into alpine valleys, past turquoise lakes, dazzling glaciers, and through traditional Andean communities. With an average altitude of over 4000meters/ 13,123 feet, the Ausangate Trek is for adventure lovers, looking for a challenging and rewarding experience that is off the beaten path. As Ausangate is one of the tallest mountains in Southern Peru, hikers must have a good level of fitness and pre-trek acclimatization to get the most out of their experience.

Why this tour is

perfect for you?


Live it up in luxury! We are a one off company who provides luxury, private tours. We invest in our equipment, staff and food to bring you simply the best the historical Capital has to offer. We go above and beyond and can provide


Do it properly! Accredited and Peruvian owned, Inca Trail operator with local, qualified tour guides who are with you every step of the way. Eat local Peruvian food, trek the original Inca steps and do it all with the people that know!


Give Back! Southern Peru Explorers is an eco friendly, green company who sources local food and staff. Give something back with your holiday by investing in a company who invests in the environment.


Do more! We make it easy to add on extra experiences and tours to the Inca Trail Trek. Why not take a day trip to the Scared Valley to visit the living towns of the Incas? Or discover the infamous Rainbow Mountain and its awe inspiring colors? 

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Day 01: Cusco- upis

We will depart from Cusco at 4pm and drive for three hours to the trailhead at Tinki, an Andean village near the Ausangate mountain. Upon arrival, you will meet your team: the chefs and porters that will accompany you over the next five days. From T’inki, you will make your way to the starting point of Qoñamuro. The first leg of the hike will be about 6 hours walking, with lunch and breaks. By late afternoon, we will arrive at our first campsite, Upis, a marshland located in the skirt of the Ausangate mountain. At Upis you will have the opportunity to soak in natural thermal baths, which locals claim to be medicinally beneficial.

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Day 02: upis - puka cocha

Departing from Upis, we will ascend to the passage of Arapa at 4800m/ 15,748ft. Accounting for lunch and breaks, we estimate 9 hours of walking on the second day to arrive at the second campsite of Pucacocha. This campsite sits among two stunning Lagunas, on the western side of the mountain. If you are lucky, you will bear witness to some mini avalanches up above. Weather permitting, you will be camping below a bright, starry sky.

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Day 03: puca cocha - Raimbow Mountain -phinaya

We will rise and depart from Pucacocha early to begin a 1-hour climb to the Apacheta Pass (4700) //// Surimana pass at 4900 m/ …… before descending towards the famous rainbow mountain of Vinicunca. After taking some time to appreciate this unique geological phenomenon, we will continue our descent towards the dazzling Ausangate Cocha laguna. There, we will enjoy a hearty lunch, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. With replenished energy, we will press onwards, ascending two hours to the highest pass on our route, the Palomani at 5190m/ 17,030 feet. Upon summiting Palomani, we will descend towards our campsite, located in Phinaya Valley that awaits us on the other side. Our campsite is close to the local village of Phinaya at an altitude of 4500m/ 14,765ft.

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Day 04: Phinaya – Otorongo Cocha

We will have another early departure with a gentle ascent through the Phinaya Valley. After walking for several hours through the valley, we will make the 3-hour ascent to our final pass, Ccampa at 5180 m/ 16,995ft. After crossing Ccampa, we will hike down for two hours towards our last campsite at the Laguna Otorongo Cocha; a breath-taking spot with three large and three small Lagunas considered sacred to the modern and ancient civilizations that have inhabited this area.

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Our final day will be more relaxed with a later departure from Otorongo Cocha. We will hike down for three hours, towards the community of Pacchanta, at 4200m/ 13,780ft. Once we arrive in the village, you will have the option to soak in the natural thermal baths, or immediately return back to Cusco. If you decide to enjoy the thermal baths, there is also the possibility to arrange our final lunch in the village of Pacchanta.

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Slightly different for each of the Inca treks especially with different requests. However below is an overview of what is our basis for all Inca packages

Tour Guides

All of our guides have studied both English and Tourism. They are native to the region and have a true passion for teaching others about their culture and heritage. All our guides are experienced with the Inca Trail and other high altitude treks. They will support you and ensure you are safe and happy throughout your trip.


We are one of the few tour operators authorized to both book your permits and operate on the Inca Trail. Permits are registered in your name with a specific date and cannot be modified after confirmation. Your tickets will be purchased by us and looked after by your guide until the time they are needed. These include:


Our highly trained chefs cook delectable, nutrient-rich meals that honor your food restrictions while surprising you with International and Peruvian flavors. Prepare for a superb culinary experience to accompany this unforgettable expedition. Food is normally served family-style, three times a day


Included with your trek is a team of porters who along with our horses carry all equipment and materials necessary for the trek. They usually walk ahead and set up your camp so everything such as your tent, the kitchen and food is ready for your arrival. Your duffel bag is also carried with the porters.

Duffel Bag

During your briefing, you will receive a personal duffel bag to pack all of your belongings in and will be carried by our porters, and thus should not exceed more than 6kgs /15.4 lbs, including your sleeping bag,  all personal items needed should be packed in a personal day pack.


We consistently maintain and renew 4-season tents to ensure peak performance in the field. To ensure maximum comfort, we provide you with a four-person tent to sleep you and only one other hiker.  Our first class tents designed for two persons for personal use. comfortably


We will always make sure you have clean drinking water at all mealtimes, and enough for you to refill your bottle when needed. We use fresh spring water running down from the mountains. We require that you bring a water bottle/s or Camelbak. To care for our spectacular environment, we humbly request that you use a reusable non-single-use plastic bottle.


Your transportation from and to this trek is included. You will be picked up directly from your hotel in Cusco and taken to start of your trek in Ollantaytambo.  After your return riverside journey on the train, you will reach the train station where you will be picked up by van to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

fisrt aid

Every guide Outdoor first aid trained and carries a first-aid kit and oxygen for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.). In case of emergencies, every guide is equipped with a satellite phone which will allow for a quick exit off the trail to get you directly to a clinic for treatment.


You will receive either our North Face or Therm-a-rest’s down alpine mummy bag which has an impressive temperature limit of -10C. Boasting quilted blanket interior, foot warmer pocket and cinchable fitted design. Best of all, these sleeping bag are certified for responsible, sustainable down manufacturing. We carry extra blankets, pillows and sleeping bags for your comfort


The night before your Machu Picchu hike, we will visit to your hotel (lobby) also flexible in our office for your briefing. During the briefing, you will meet your fellow travelers for the next couple of days, your guides who explain the itinerary in detail and will give you duffel bags where you should pack your stuff and which will be carried by porters later.


We believe it´s the attention to small details that separates us from our competitors. Every hiker receives a small pillow to sleep with, a foam mattress for insulation, a day pack cover to protect their things while hiking, and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best experience for a lifetime



These unforgettable experiences, designed just for you, along any of the available routes, with the possibility of being. So, if you plan to make this hike, take note of all our tips to fully enjoy it.


Travel Info

Embark on an Andean trekking adventure to Machu Picchu. Using all our information you need, illustrated Inca Trail map, discover the attractions and and packing list,etc:


Hiking the Inca Trail requires a Government Issuent Permit for every one obtained by a licensed Inca Trail Tour operators  find here the Availability 


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  • 1 People 1350$
  • 2 People 1300$
  • 3 People 1190$
  • 4 People 990$
  • 5 People 880$
  • 6 People 790$





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