The Incas believed that the Ausangate mountain had a special sprit, nurturing life in the Andes. Today, the locals refer to it as ‘the omnipotent shepherd’ on which their flocks and livelihoods depend.
Reaching an epic 6,372 m (approximately 20905 ft) above sea level, it’s one of the highest peaks in Southern Peru and clad in unearthly looking red, it’s not hard to see why the Andeans have accorded it a mighty, divine soul.
The best way to channel the spirit of Ausangate is with a lodge-to-lodge trek. You’ll walk in the footsteps of the ancients across unimaginable terrain changing from vibrant red to lush green to snow-laden slopes, passing tranquil lakes, hanging glaciers and herds of llamas and alpacas. Follow the Vilcanota River as it meanders through the valley from its birthplace in the high peaks on a journey to the Amazon.
Each night you’ll rest at a comfortable lodge, seeing a new perspective of the mountain with every stay. We’ve selected lodges that have been built in harmony with their natural surroundings, taking into account strict ecological criteria, so you needn’t fear incurring the sacred mountain’s wrath.
When to go
The Peruvian winter is the best time to trek, as you're likely to be rewarded with clear skies and fantastic views. It is not recommended you trek during November to March.