Our favourite hike in Peru is still one of the least well known.
It’s wonderful, but dangerous.
Ausangate Circuit is 70km (43.5mi) plus sidetrips. It’s recommended only for confident, self-sufficient hikers experienced at high altitude. If you tolerate cold & altitude symptoms, the trails themselves are little trouble. Some route finding is necessary, but it’s entirely above the treeline with vast views.
Most groups hire pack animals, at least to get them up to the first pass. Worst case scenario â€” altitude sickness â€” you can ride your horse back down to lower elevation.
Why we love it:
PERU, all things considered, offers the best alpine hiking in the world
circle the sacred Ausangate massif (6372m, 20,905ft)