Ausangate FAQ

When is the best time to visit Ausangate ?

Best undertaken between the dry months of May and September. However, treks here are still ran in April and October.

What is an Apu and why is Ausangate Mountain one?

Apu is the name given to a mountain which is believed by the Quechua people to be where an ancient God now resides. Ausangate is the Apu of fertility and birth of the land and camelids.

What is the highest point on the trek?

The highest point during the Ausangate trek is during a high mountain mass at 5,165m (17,274 feet).

Will I need different equipment for the snow?

This trek unlike most is predominantly in or near snow. For this reason we suggest you bring warmer clothing and mountaineering shoes. We still provide you with expert non clothing equipment such as tents, sleeping bags etc which can withstand the alpine conditions. Please look to our Ausangate 5D/4N for more details on what you will need to bring.

Why is this trek less taken by Tourists?

It as at parts a more challenging hike physically due to the terrain and the high altitude. It is a more remote part of Peru and as such a commitment of 5 days is needed. This is no day trip.

Will I need to carry all my equipment for the whole trek?

No you don’t, we hire traditional ways to carry our packs in the form of Llamas and horses. All you will need to carry on your back during the day is your essentials that you need to hand.

Will I get Altitude sickness on this trek?

There is a chance as this is the highest Trek you can do in the area. However, take a look at our altitude sickness section to learn the symptoms and precautions both you should take and ones Southern Peru does.