We did the 6 day, 5 night trek around Ausangate with Hike Ausangate and had a wonderful time. Our guides Cirilo and Hector were fantastic, as was the rest of the team who assisted with the tents, packhorses, and cooking (the food was plentiful and delicious!). Cirilo and Hector provided local knowledge, telling us all about the wildlife, history, geology, and culture of the region. The route around Ausangate provides spectacular views of snow-covered peaks, green meadows, some cool rock formations, and of course plenty of alpacas. The stunning scenery is all the better because of the relative solitude – the constant crowds of the Inca Trail and Salkantay are worlds away on this trek, other than the hour or two spent at the popular (and worthwhile) Rainbow mountain. Once-in-a-lifetime scenery, great people, and a fascinating glimpse into Andean culture made this a truly amazing experience!