Photo Journal: Trekking the Ausangate Trail
Tipping 5,200 metres and still something of a hidden secret in Andean tourism, Ausangate is the ideal Peruvian hike for trekkers looking to escape the crowds.
The highlight of the trip for me was on day three, when we reached the landscape of psychedelic multicoloured mountains.
Each night is spent in a comfortable bed at a purpose built lodge. Playing Jenga with the folks from the local village by a roaring fire is a great way to rest after a day of hiking.
Expert English-speaking guides helped me to navigate the trails winding around crumbling glaciers and shimmering lakes.
Lunch is hearty and the guides sure know how to pick some nice spots to dine in.
The hiking is tough but certainly manageable. Going at your own pace, you can enjoy plenty of rest stops. Being so remote, you’re more likely to spot a llama, vicuna or condor, than another tourist.
Working closely with the local communities is paramount in Ausangate, and trekking with our porters and the chef was a highlight. They were hard to keep up with but a lot of fun.
The people, the scenery and the wildlife combine beautifully here. It was a sacred mountain to the Incas, and it’s well worth exploring yourself.