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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.

With multicoloured mountains, crunching glaciers and thousands of llama and alpaca for company, the Ausangate trek – a few hours out of Cusco – is one of the finest in South America.

Ausangate Trail, Peru

The highlight of the trip for me was on day three, when we reached the landscape of psychedelic multicoloured mountains.

Ausangate, Peru

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.

Ausangate, Peru

Expert English-speaking guides helped me to navigate the trails winding around crumbling glaciers and shimmering lakes.

Ausangate, Peru

Lunch is hearty and the guides sure know how to pick some nice spots to dine in.

Ausangate, Peru

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.

Ausangate, Peru

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.

Ausangate, Peru

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.

Find out about taking the multi-day, lodge-to-lodge Ausangate trek as a part of your Peruvian journey.