Treks to Ausangate and Salkantay

Trekking to Ausangate

A walk along ancient paths that link traditional farming and Quechua camel-herder villages. The trek begins in Ocongate and goes around the edge of Ausangate (6,372), the highest Apu or peak in the region and and source of the Urubamba river.

General Information

Location: Cuzco Department. Ocongate (3,535 masl), Quispicanchis Province.

Weather: Temperate to cold.

Average temperature: 14 °C.

Season: From April to October.

Access by air: From Lima and Arequipa to Cuzco. By land: Cuzco – Urcos (47 km to the south) and Urcos – Ocongate (78 km).

Access by land: Cuzco – Urcos (47 km to the south) and Urcos – Ocongate (78 km).

Level: Medium and high.

Time: 6 days.

Trekking to Salkantay

Treks to Huamantay (5,917 masl) and Salkantay (6,271 masl), the Apu or sacred peak of the Incas, can begin in Mollepata, on the Apurímac River and end in Chilca (km 76 on the railway line), by the Vilcanota river. Here you can join up with the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu.
Another possible trek starts at km 88 on the Machu Pichu railway line.

General Information

Location: Cuzco Department. Urubamba Province (2,650 – 4,200 masl).

Weather: Cold and semi-dry.

Average temperature: 14 °C.

Season: From April to October.

Access by land: Cuzco – Mollepata (90 km). By train: Cuzco – Qoriwayrachina (km 88) and Machu Picchu – Cuzco (return, 110 km in 4 hours).

Access by train: Cuzco – Qoriwayrachina (km 88) and Machu Picchu – Cuzco (return, 110 km in 4 hours).

Level: medium, high and downhill.

Time: 4 days.

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