We show you the route every day to reach the majestic mountain of 7 colors in Cusco.
Without a doubt, the Ausangate hike is beautiful and offers some of the most wonderful scenery in Cusco. It is not required to be a walking expert, but to be well and very well acclimated, because the ascent can reach up to 5150 masl.
The long walk is five days in the Cordillera del Vilcanota, on a route called “Camino del Apu Ausangate”. You leave Cusco very early in the morning by bus to the village of Checacupe, you pass the spectacular canyon of Japura and continue along the Pitumarca Valley to the first hostel in Chillca (2 hours of trekking).
The second day begins in the wide valley of Pampa de Uyuni, where you can appreciate the glaciers of the Cordillera reaching the waterfalls that descend from the Santa Catalina mountain, here is the Paloma Lagoon (4 hours). After 2 more hours to reach the hostel that is at the foot of the Apu Ausangate.
The third day is the steepest and therefore the most difficult, as you reach the passage of Palomichayoc at 5100 masl. You will then descend to the beautiful Ausangatecocha lagoon, with breathtaking views of the glacier of the southern part of the “Apu” that inspire you on the hike, while you approach the reddish sandstone formations in the “Inca Snow”.
The fourth day is definitely the most beautiful. Here you get a spectacular view of the mountain of colors, with red, yellow, ocher, gray, blue, turquoise layers, among others. The view leaves you astounded by its enveloping beauty.
On the fifth day, we make a brief ascent to the Anta pass and then a descent where the first houses begin to be seen.
The Ausangate route is one of the few walks, next to the one of Salkantay, that can be realized in camps or through comfortable shelters strategically located along the way.