Ausangate trek, lodge to lodge

Trip Style: Trekking Expeditions

An amazing trekking route through an almost unknown region in the Vilcanota
Mountain Range at the foot of the Sacred Ausangate snow capped Mountain.
The Ausangate trek takes us through extraordinarily beautiful landscapes, inhabited by
shepherd communities. It is a demanding hike, but the opportunity to admire the snow capped mountains, Andean wildlife and small remote Andean villages is well worth the effort.

Day 1 Arrival to Lima

Upon arrival, we’ll welcome you at Lima Airport and then transfer you to our hotel in Miraflores. We’ll then have a short briefing on the program and the rest of the day is free to relax and wander around at our own pace. Depending on the arrival time we have plenty of suggestions to make the most of our first day in Lima.

 

Meals: None

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel in Lima

Day 2 Arriving to Cusco

After an early breakfast we have a short drive to the airport to take our 55 minute flight to the city of Cusco. If possible we will try to get a seat on the left side of the aircraft as some of the best views of the Andes can be seen from here. Upon arrival to Cusco airport, we will be met by a Peruvian Soul representative who will welcome us and accompany us to our hotel.

This afternoon we’ll strap on our walking shoes as we prepare for a soft hike around Cusco’s Historical City Centre and surrounding countryside! We begin the tour in the outskirts of Cusco with a visit to Sacsayhuaman a huge Inca fortress overlooking the city. Then we’ll start an easy one hour descent walk, part of it through an old Inca road, one of the best preserved in the area until arriving to the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas. Afterwards our walking city tour will take us not only through the most touristic sites in Cusco such as the Main Square, Cathedral and Koricancha “Temple of the Sun”, but also along ancient streets, local markets, and old neighborhoods where we will discover the magic of Cusco. This hike is the perfect way to get a more authentic feel of this amazing city and its people.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel in Cusco

Private Service

 

Day 3 Biking to Maras & Moray

Today we are picked up from the hotel in Cusco and drive to Cruzpata, starting point of our mountain bike adventure.  This tour is perfect for people wanting to enjoy the Sacred Valley actively. During the mountain trail we delight ourselves with the view of Andean peaks and inhabitants of the region working on their daily activities. We visit the Inca experimental agricultural terraces of Moray and afterwards proceed on a downhill dirt road to Maras where we can stop to visit the Salt mines. Our adventure ends in Pichingoto. We’ll the return to our hotel in Cusco for the evening.

 

Meals: Breakfast & box Lunch

Accommodations: Comfortable hotel in Cusco

Shared (Up to 12 passengers)

Day 4 Ausangate trek (Cusco to Chilca)

Morning departure from Cusco and drive along the fertile Vilcanota Valley heading to Chillca. En route we´ll stop in Checacupe to visit its beautiful colonial church. We´ll continue ascending the Pitumarca valley, along the spectacular Japura gorge that leads to Chillca, where we are welcomed by the local people. From Chillca it is a short 45 minutes walk to the first lodge.   Upon arrival we have time to explore the surroundings or relax at the cozy lodge. This first day has almost no difficulties and is perfect to get acclimatized to the altitude. By night and after dinner we can enjoy a local music display with an Andean Harp and a charango as the main instruments in our lodge and next to the wood burning stove.

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Total trekking distance:  3kms/1.90 miles (1 hour)

Highest altitude: 4,300m/ 14,107ft

Accommodation: Comfortable  Lodge in Ausangate

Shared (Up to 16 passengers)

Day 5 Ausangate trek (Chillca to Machuracay)

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

 

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Total trekking distance:  15kms/9.32miles (8 hours)

Highest altitude: 5,000m/ 16,400ft

Accommodation: Comfortable  Lodge in Ausangate

Shared (Up to 16 passengers)

Day 6 Ausangate trek (Machuracay to Anantapata)

Today we have  a demanding hike ascending to the highest point of the trek, Palomani pass at an elevation of 5,200 m. / 17,000 ft with impressive views of Ausangatecocha lake and stunning views of the glaciated south face of the “Apu Ausangate”. Afterwards we continue towards the red sandstone formations of the “Nevado del Inca”. Finally we reach our second lodge where we are pampered to recover energies.

 

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Total trekking distance: 11.65kms/7.24miles (8 hours)

Highest altitude: 5,150m/ 16,900ft

Accommodation: Comfortable  Lodge in Ausangate

Shared (Up to 16 passengers)

Day 7 Ausangate trek (Anantapata to Huampococha)

A spectacular part of the trail finds us hiking in the middle of mountains with red, ochre, and blue strata. This section offers a glimpse of marvelous geological wonder and natural beauty.  Vicuñas are frequently spotted in this isolated area. We´ll sleep in the Huampococha Tambo, in the heart of large rock formations near a lagoon where “huallatas” (Andean geese) make their nests.

 

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Total trekking distance:  11.6kms/7.20miles (7 hours)

Highest altitude: 4,900m/ 16,076ft

Accommodation: Comfortable  Lodge in Ausangate

Shared (Up to 16 passengers)

 

Day 8 Ausangate trek (Huampococha to Cusco)

After crossing our last mountain pass at Anta we start our descent and 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 we get down the valley, our bus will be waiting for the return trip to Cusco.

 

Meals: breakfast and lunch

Total trekking distance:  10.50kms/6.52miles (7 hours)

Highest altitude: 5,000m/15,700ft

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel in Cusco

Shared (Up to 16 passengers)

Dia 9 Sacred Valley of the Incas; Pisac & Ollantaytambo

Today we´ll be picked up from our hotel at 9:00am and set off to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first destination will be the traditional Indian market of Pisac, a picturesque quechua village, where we shall be able to appreciate many native customs and observe innumerable local products. Afterwards we'll head for Urubamba, traveling next to the Urubamba River. We'll have lunch at a restaurant in Urubamba and in the afternoon we´ll visit the fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to watch over the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from invasions from the Amazon. We'll have the chance to walk by the narrow streets and this way have a clear knowledge of how this military, religious and cultural center functioned during the Inca empire. Finally, we´ll be dropped in our hotel in the valley. The rest of the afternoon will be free for you to relax and get ready for your upcoming adventure.

 

Meals: Breakfast & buffet Lunch

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel in the Sacred Valley

Shared (up to 12 passengers)

Dia 10 Machu Picchu, discovering the lost city of the Incas

Today is the big day! After a very early rise, we’ll board the train from Ollantaytambo Station heading to the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu). The train journey is a spectacle in itself as we’ll be able to appreciate the changing landscape from green fields and eucalyptus forests to lush jungle, always travelling besides the meandering Urubamba River. Upon arrival, we’ll take a bus up the steep zig-zagging road to Machu Picchu located on an impressive mountain setting. Once at the citadel we’ll take a private guided tour to explore every corner of the "Lost City of the Incas" and, after that, we will have some free time to continue exploring the citadel at our own pace or, if you wish, we could hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for spectacular views of the Citadel and its surroundings (these hikes can be included upon request, please inquire about additional prices).

There will be free time for lunch and in the afternoon, we’ll descend back to Machu Picchu Pueblo to board the return train to Poroy Station, where we’ll have a private transport waiting to take us back to Cusco.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel in Cusco

Private Service

Dia 11 Day at leisure in Cusco

Cusco is one of the most interesting cities in Peru and South America. Today we'll have the entire day to explore the streets and plazas of this UNESCO World Heritage City at our own pace.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations: Comfortable Hotel in Cusco

Dia 12 Departure Day

Today, we'll have some free time to maybe take a last walk around Cusco’s shops and markets and then, at the coordinated time, we’ll head to Cusco’s  airport to board your flight to Lima and connect with your international flight home.

 

Meals: Breakfast

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What's Included:

Accommodation

  • 01 night in a Comfortable Hotel in Lima
  • 05 nights in a Comfortable Hotel in Cusco
  • 01 night in a Comfortable Hotel in the Sacred Valley
  • 04 nights in Comfortable Lodges on the Ausangate Trail

  

Transport

  • Private Transfers from/to hotels and airports
  • Tours as stated in program.
  • Expedition Train Service from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu
  • Expedition Train Service from Machu Picchu to Cusco

  

Meals

  • All balanced meals (Breakfast and dinner are served in the lodges, snacks and lunches served on the way)
  • Cook specialized in Andean cuisine

 

Equipment

  • First aid kit with oxygen

 

Guides

  • Expert guides in high mountain trek
  • Llamas to carry equipment and luggage
  • Emergency horses

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Internal flights in Peru
  • Airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips