Photo by Brad Amer
|Difficulty:||Basic Snow/Ice Climb|
|Best months for climbing:||May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1953|
|First successful climber(s):||H. Harrer, H. Steinmetz, F. Marz, J. Wellenkamp|
|Nearest major airport:||Cuzco, Peru|
|Convenient Center:||Cuzco, Peru|
Ausangate is the highest mountain in the Cordillera Vilcanota, towering in the southeast sky from the city of Cuzco. It is a long, rugged mountain, with two high peaks rising from its jagged summit crest. The lower peak rises just east of the high peak, and is separated by a small saddle. There is no easy route to the summit of Ausangate, and the normal route is a technical climb up the steep icefall of the south face.