More than just Ausagante Trek
At 5,500 meters (18,000 feet) , sparkling white snow, and deep blue glacier ice the Ausangate, a 6,300-meter peak deep in the Peruvian Andes, is a beautiful five- to six-day circuit in its own right, and I highly recommend it for those who are looking for a less technical way of experiencing the Andes.This is one of the most beautiful things in the world. It demands a moment of pause to absorb the beauty framed by the morning sky, the distances visible through the peaks and the lesser ridges and summits still in the shadow of the earth patiently awaiting their turn to be bathed in light.
The Ausangate Trek is best suited for the more experienced traveler since it is the highest and toughest trek in the region. It is much more remote so there will be few, if any, other travelers on this path. Although the trek is tough, the views are worth it. You will have the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful scenery throughout this journey. The trek loops around the Ausangate mountain, the holy mountain, which has been a place of worship since Inca times. The Incas believed that mountains were the connection to a higher realm and were known as Apu (mountain spirits). On clear nights, you will see how the Milky Way (Wilkamayu) lights the sky and creates a direct path to Ausangate.
One of the most magnificent geologic features in the world is the Ausangate Mountain of the Peruvian Andes. The mountain is striped with colors ranging from turquoise to lavender to maroon and gold.
The Ausangate mountain sits at an elevation of 6,384 meters and is located approximately 100 km southeast of the major city Cusco. The local area is rich in geology, from uplifted granitic cliffs to glaciers which have eroded large valleys and the cretaceous limestone "forest" nearby.