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Packing List For The Ausangate Trek, Cusco Peru

Written by:
Claire Dean

Published: 06-03-2023

A trek to Ausangate mountain is one of natural beauty, living history, and ancient customs and beliefs, dating back to Inca time and beyond. This 6-day trek is recommended for seasoned hikers only, who have experience hiking at high elevations and are used to camping in extremely cold conditions. Ausangate is actually the 5th tallest mountain in Peru, standing at 6393 meters above sea level and this hike will circumnavigate the mountain itself, and also visit the world-famous Rainbow Mountain.


The Ausangate trek circles the Ausangate Mountain, found at 6384m / 20, 945 ft. This is the highest mountain in southern Peru and can even be seen from Cusco on a clear day. Hiking the circuit around this mountain is the most challenging mountain hike in the region. It generally takes five days and crosses four high passes.

Ausangate Trek


Found 100 km / 62 mi south of Cusco is the impressive Cordillera Vilcanota. This mountain range has several peaks over 6,000 meters high, including the sacred Ausangate peak (6,372m). Ausangate is the highest mountain in the Cusco region and the 5th highest mountain in Peru. The Ausangate mountain itself is considered a sacred mountain or "Apu" by locals. Since pre-Inca times (see Inca trail history), the mountain has been a place of worship. The mountain is also where the Qoyllur Rit’I Festival happens at the end of May. This is held on the opposite side of the Cordillera Vilcanota, in the Sinakara Valley. The festival draws over 10,000 pilgrims each year. This deity of Cusco is celebrated through traditions and offerings. Specifically, the pilgrimage celebrates the reappearance of the Pleiades constellation in the night sky, marking the beginning of the harvest season.  This is what you should pack for this awe-inspiring Ausangate trek!


The Ausangate Trek begins in the rolling grasslands of the Andean region. It is characterized by stunningly varied landscapes, including sacred ice-capped peaks, tumbling glaciers, turquoise lakes and green valleys. The Ausangate trek is definitely one of the most challenging treks to Machu Picchu.

Lake on The Ausangate Trek

Packing List



Comfortable hiking pants
Down jacket or a warm jacket
Fleece top/sweater
Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar.
A pair of flip-flops or light sandals (hiking sandals are recommended).
Hiking long-sleeve T-shirts and shirts. (one for each day)
Thermal base layer
Hiking socks
Sun hat or cap
Warm hat for the nighttime
Gloves for the nighttime

Bathing suit in case you want to go to the hot springs in Pacchanta.
Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March) Goretex jacket, Goretex pants, Goretex boots, Goretex gloves.



Prepare for your Ausangate Trek to Machu Picchu with our extensive packing list. To ensure a safe and enjoyable Ausangate trek, it's crucial to pack the right trekking gear. Comfortable waterproof boots are a must and preparation for high-elevation trekking conditions.

Trekking Gear


Personal Care Items

Hands sanitizer gel.
ChapStick (lipstick)
Biodegradable soap
Wet Wipes
Toilet Paper


Personal items are really important due to the remoteness of the Ausangate trek. There are very few places to buy essential items while on the Ausangate trek so pack wisely!




Day Pack
Sleeping bag liner.
Hiking poles rubber-tipped (or you can rent a pair from us).
Ear Plugs
Reusable plastic bags (to keep everything dry).
Pack liners to waterproof bags
Battery Chargers

The Ausangate Trek is not only famous for its astonishing scenery but also for its spiritual significance. One of the things along the trek are the prayer towers, called "apachetas." These stone cairns are built by local people and trekkers, as offerings to the mountain gods and as trail markers.



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