Of the many great established hikes in Peru, Ausangate is the least known.
When we were there in 2005 we saw no other hikers and only a few seasonal Alpaca herders once we were on the far side of the mountain.
Why is it not more visited?
The main reason is that public transport is difficult. Plan on a rough bus ride 6hrs or longer one way from Cuzco to reach the trailhead.
Also, this trek is high. The first night we slept at over 4700m (15,419ft). If you suffer altitude sickness â€” it is difficult to descend.
But if you like challenge, this trek is one of the very best in the world: 70km (43.5mi) plus sidetrips, tent 4-5 nights. Hot springs at the start and finish!