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US$ 1,245 Price based on group departure dates (every Friday from Mar to Nov). See the "Prices" tab or ask us about private service prices. Airfares not included.
Duration: 5 Days
Destination: Cusco - Ausangate Mountain (MOUNTAIN LODGES)

Ausangate Trek Description

The Ausangate Trek or “Camino del Apu Ausangate” is an off the beaten path trekking experience, in the Cordillera Vilcanota, a remote and unspoiled high mountain paradise in the Andes department of Cusco. It offers a rare opportunity to enjoy a few days in harmony with nature and isolated Andean shepherds, combined with the comfort of cozy, eco-friendly “Tambos” or Andean Lodges.  This is a hiking-route with four mountain lodges to satisfy travelers from all over the world in search of a challenge with comfort and style.

The llamas and horses that carry our gear are owned by the shepherds of the Chillca community who take pride in sharing their land and the spirit of this inspiring world. Experienced chefs will prepare delicious meals daily, introducing you to a variety of Peruvian dishes and produce. As for entertainment, authentic, vernacular music from members of the communities will accompany some of your nights in the “tambos.”

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Challenging. We strongly recommend acclimatizing to the altitude by staying in Cusco Peru for at least 2-3 days prior to the trek.

Itinerary

DIFFICULTY: CHALLENGING

DAY 1

Cusco to Chillca (3,800 m/12,500 ft)

Departure at 08:30 am to take a bus from Cusco along the fertile Vilcanota Valley to the town of Checacupe (1½ hr). After a visit to the colonial temple of the Immaculate, you will begin ascending the Pitumarca valley, along the spectacular Japura gorge that leads to Chillca, where you will be greeted by the community. (1½ hr, 42 km). From there, it is a short and easy walk to the first “Tambo” (45min). Once at the lodge there will be time to relax and enjoy the music of the locals of Chillca.

Estimated Trekking Time: approx. 15km.
Trekking time: 6 hrs

Overnight at Andean Lodge.
(L, D)

DAY 2

Chillca to Machuracay

The hike begins at 08:30am in the wide valley of Upis where impressive glaciated mountains loom above the valley offering majestic views. The trail narrows as you make your way towards the waterfalls descending from the Santa Catalina Mountain. This path is mostly used by the wandering llamas of the area and once you reach the small Paloma lagoon the countryside will be dotted with these animals, and also a large number of alpacas. After hiking along a second lagoon and crossing a long series of moraines, you will reach the Machuracay Tambo, located right at the bottom of the Apu Ausangate.

Estimated Trekking Time: approx. 15km.
Trekking time: 6 hrs

Overnight at Andean Lodge.
(B, L, D)

DAY 3

Machuracay to Anantapata
After the demanding ascent to the Palomani pass at an elevation of 5,200 m. / 17,000 ft., you will descend to Ausangatecocha. Tremendous views of the glaciated south face of the “apu” will inspire you to continue towards the red sandstone formations of the “Nevado del Inca”.

Estimated Trekking Time: approx. 15km.
Trekking time: 6 hrs

Overnight stay in the Anantapata Lodge.
(B, L, D)

DAY 4

Anantapata to Huampococha
A spectacular part of the trail finds you hiking in the middle of mountains with red, ochre, and blue strata. This section offers a glimpse of a marvelous geological wonder and natural beauty. Also, be on the lookout for groups of gracious vicuñas, as they are frequently spotted in this isolated area. You will sleep that night in the Huampococha Tambo, in the heart of large rock formations near a lagoon where “huallatas” (Andean geese) make their nests.

Estimated Trekking Time: approx. 15km.
Trekking time: 6 hrs

Overnight at Huampococha Lodge
(B, L, D)

DAY 5

Huampococha to Cusco
After a last climb over the Anta pass, you will gradually make your descent. In this section, the first crops and houses come into view. The landscape changes quickly as the red sandstone formations are followed by the carsten erosion of limestone, forming a one of a kind stone forest, and a perfect habitat for “vizcacha” (members of the chinchilla family). By the time you get down the valley, your bus will be waiting for the return trip to Cusco.

Estimated Trekking Time: approx. 15km.
Trekking time: 6 hrs

(B, L, D)

LEGEND
B Breakfast
S Snack
L Lunch
D Dinner
BL Boxed Lunch

Notes:

  • Recommended period: April to October.
  • Minimum age permitted: 14.
  • Private Service Fixed Departures Dates: every day except Friday.
  • Group Service Fixed Departure Dates: every Friday from April to October

Prices

Trek Ausangate – Mountain Lodges Price per person / Double occupancy tent
Group Departure Dates: every Friday from Mar to Nov US$ 1,450
Price based on 04 people or more in private service US$ 1,450
Price based on 03 people in private service US$ 1,850
Price based on 02 people in private service US$ 2,850
Price based on 01 person in private service US$ 5,750
Single Supplement US$ 350

Included

Included in Trek Price Not included in Trek Price
Pre-trek briefing in Cusco International and domestic flights
General organization of the trek Visas required to enter Peru
Expert guides the whole trip Airport taxes
Private transportation to Chillca and back to Cusco Hotel accommodation
Lodging with double occupancy rooms Drinks
Bathrooms in each room (cold and hot running water) Tips
Duffle bag (for the luggage carried by horse) US$ 50.00 entrance fee
Walking sticks Personal trekking equipment (boots, clothing, sleeping bag, walking poles)
All meals on the trek, including a hearty breakfast, picnic style lunch and a 3-course dinner served with wine Tips for trekking staff
First aid, oxygen Personal equipment and items of a personal nature
Sales taxes and payment transaction fees Insurance
Laundry
Backpack / daypack
Comfortable hiking boots and good socks
Tennis shoes or sandals to wear around town and in the lodges
Gore-Tex jacket and pants / Rain gear
Long underwear / Gloves
Sun glasses, sunscreen, lip balm, hats (for sun protection and against the cold)

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