THE AUSANGATE LODGE TO LODGE TREK

We invite you to enjoy the full experience in the vicinity of the Apu Ausangate, which is the 5th highest mountain in Perú. This is a breathtaking five day trek in the Vilcanota´s Cordillera, a route that we call the “Camino del Apu Ausangate”. The “Apu” is the Bearer of Life and Guardian of one of the most pristine mountain ecosystems in the world.

Our treks will be accompanied by llamas and horses that will carry our gear, and are owned by shepherds of the community of Chillca, who are proud to share their land with us, as well as the spirit of their inspiring world. We end our trip amidst one of the most spectacular landscape scenarios in South America while you relax every night in the comfort of four different Andean Lodges with varied amazing views of the Sacred Mountain. Meals are prepared daily by experienced chefs who will introduce you to a great variety of delicious Peruvian dishes and produce authentic local music played by local inhabitants.

IMPORTANT NOTE

To go on the Apu Ausangate’s Trail Trek, one must be in good physical condition, and we recommend a preliminary 3 to 4 day acclimatization stage, for your body to react better during the trek.

 


TOUR CATEGORY
  • Active
  • Trekking
  • Nature
  • Wildlife watching

LOCATION
  • Anantapata
  • Ausangate Cocha Lake
  • Chillca
  • Cusco
  • Huampococha
  • Machuracay

ACTIVITY LEVEL
  • Challenging (Good physical condition required)

DURATION
  • 9 days

WHEN TO GO
  • March to November

CUSCO

  • Wander the capital of the Inca Empire with your guide.
  • Take a horseback ride around archeological sites.
  • Learn how to cook some of the finest cuisine in the world with local chefs.

AUSANGATE

  • Enjoy the trail to the fifth highest mountain in Cusco –Perú.
  • Admire one of the most spectacular landscape scenarios in South America.

DAY 01 ARRIVE LIMA

After arriving Lima and clearing customs, meet our representatives and transfer to your hotel.

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DAY 02- FLY TO CUSCO- WALKING CITY TOUR

Breakfast

After the short flight to Cusco, take some time to relax and adjust to the altitude. Next, it’s time to take a private guided walking tour to see and experience Cusco first hand. Your perfect English-speaking guide will help you explore and discover the Inca capital. Wander through this city of terra-cotta roofs, cobblestone streets, colorful markets and visit the stunning bohemian area of San Blas to meet the locals and take in some of the key sites of Cusco as well as some off the beaten track.

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DAY 03- CUSCO SURROUNDINGS

Breakfast

In a private guided visit, you will get to enjoy one of the best and most renowned examples of Incan architecture, Sacsahyuaman. For those looking for an active itinerary, horseback riding, mountain biking or even whitewater rafting can be arranged. The rest of the evening is free for you to relax, explore and shop with your private guide in this incredible cosmopolitan Inca capital also named “The Navel of the World”. Explore the nightlife in Cusco´s varied and exciting pubs where there is plenty of live folk music and good food to enjoy in a lively atmosphere.

MAKE IT DIFFERENT (OPTIONAL)

Love to Cook? Peruvian Cuisine is widely regarded one of the most delicious and diverse in the world. Our rustic kitchen set in the countryside of Cusco provides the perfect setting for your hands-on cooking lessons and demonstrations with our talented Peruvian chefs. Our products are bought from the local markets and providers, whom you will get to know during our market tour. You can also hand-pick some of your own ingredients from our very own on-site garden and greenhouse.

ASK OUR EXPERTS TO UPGRADE YOUR EXPERIENCE

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DAY 04 - CUSCO - CHILLCA

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

In a comfortable coach we head along the Vilcanota River to visit the temple of Checacupe, then the upper valley of Pitumarca. At Japura, we trek a short distance to Chillca. Locals and musicians playing Andean instruments greet us in your first “Andean Lodge”, as we sip coca tea. Hot showers and full bathrooms as well as 8 double and matrimonial bedrooms are available. We emphasize tasty and nutritious local cuisine (such as Alpaca meat) while vegetarian or other preferences are available.

4 hours by bus / 1 ½ hours hiking / low difficulty

DAY 05 - CHILLCA - MACHURACAY

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast we trek alongside thousands of alpacas and llamas in the glacier valley of Phinaya. On the way to more glaciers at Santa Catalina, we climb by the inspiring Pjachaj waterfalls. Above, our picnic lunch awaits. Then, surrounded by moraine walls, glaciers and lagoons we walk about 5 hours to Machuracay Tambo. Our bags, carried by a llama caravan, meet us there and the family that runs the lodge will welcome us with open arms.

8 hours hiking / high difficulty

DAY 06 - MACHURACAY - ANANTAPATA

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today we take in our first mountain pass (16 587 ft.) with its spectacular panoramic views. Descending alongside the glaciers, we hike to the Ausangate Cocha Lake for lunch. Then we submerge ourselves in the red sandstone sediment formations, a wonderful experience. Here, we see vicuñas and sometimes condors. After a day of great hiking we arrive at the third “Andean Lodge” ready to relax and enjoy.

8 hours hiking / high difficulty

DAY 07 - ANANTAPATA - HUAMPOCOCHA

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast, we take the trail to another mountain pass. We descend by Lake Kayrawiri, surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and the great valley below. Striations of color are embedded in the hillsides. Then we go on to Cerro Laya Grande via the massive glacier del Inca, and the most striking colors in the sediments of Yauricunca and take lunch here in this unique landscape. On our way to the fourth “Andean Lodge”, we see hundreds of Andean geese nesting on the cliffs of Anta, and the flatiron formations of Apu Labrayani near Huampococha Tambo, where we will spend the night at the Camino del Apu Ausangate.

7 hours hiking / high difficulty

DAY 08 - HUAMPOCOCHA - CUSCO

Breakfast, lunch

Walking up, we can take in a great view of the mountains and ascend to our final pass. From here it’s all downhill, and we encounter some of the most quirky and unpredictable limestone formations of the Cretaceous age. We hike here until the end of the trail in Trapiche, have lunch and then return by bus to Cusco, after a unique experience in the Andes.

7 hours hiking / 3 hours by bus / high difficulty

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DAY 09 - FLY CUSCO - LIMA AND RETURN HOME

Breakfast

Transfer to the airport to take your flight to Lima city and catch your international flight.

MAKE IT DIFFERENT (OPTIONAL)

More affordable experience? Choose our camping option. Ask our experts about an extension to impressive Machu Picchu, to the Titicaca the highest navigable lake in the World, the enigmatic Amazon or the mysterious Nazca lines.

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