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The western face of Ausangate Mountain
Highest point
Elevation6,384 m (20,945 ft)
Prominence2,085 m (6,841 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Isolation245.69 km (152.66 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates13°47′19″S 71°13′52″W / 13.78861°S 71.23111°W / -13.78861; -71.23111Coordinates: 13°47′19″S 71°13′52″W / 13.78861°S 71.23111°W / -13.78861; -71.23111
Ausangate is located in Peru
LocationCusco Region, Peru
Parent rangeAndes, Vilcanota mountain range
Ausangate as seen from Vinicunca

Ausangate or Auzangate[1] (in Hispanicized spellings) is a mountain of the Vilcanota mountain range in the Andes of Peru. With an elevation of 6,384 metres, it is situated around 100 kilometres southeast of Cusco in the Cusco Region, Canchis Province, Pitumarca District, and in the Quispicanchi Province, Ocongate District.[1]

The mountain has significance in Incan mythology.

Every year the Quyllur Rit'i (Quechua for "star snow") festival which attracts thousands of Quechua pilgrims is celebrated about 20 km north of the Ausangate at the mountain Qullqipunku. It takes place one week before the Corpus Christi feast.

The region is inhabited by llama and alpaca herding communities, and constitutes one of the few remaining pastoralist societies in the world. High mountain trails are used by these herders to trade with agricultural communities at lower elevations. Currently, one of these trails, "the road of the Apu Ausangate", is one of the most renowned treks in Peru.

The area has four major geological features, the Andean uplift formed by Granits, the hanging glaciers and glacial erosional valleys, the Permian formation with its singular colors: red, ochre, and turquoise and the Cretaceous, limestone forests.

Archaeological sites on the Ausangate and Vinicunca Route[edit]

  • Colonial Bridge of Checacupe
  • Colonial Temple of Checacupe
  • Siwinaqocha
  • Laguna Ausangate
  • Ananiso Canyon
  • Rock Climbing - Huayllasqa
  • Uchullucllo Thermal Baths

The legend of the Ausangate Mountain[edit]

Protagonist of legends told through generations since the Inca Empire, the nevado is still venerated as a divinity (called Apu (god)) by the inhabitants of its surroundings.[2]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b - UGEL map of the Quispicanchi Province 1 (Cusco Region)
  2. ^ "Ausangate Mountain". | Ausangate Mountain.