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Ausangate Eco Lodge Trek

A mountain with great significance in Incan mythology, Apu Ausangate (6,384m) is part of the Cordillera Vilcanota range in the Peruvian Andes. For the Qechua people the 'Apu' is the bearer of life and guardian of one of the most pristine mountain ecosystems in the world. This demanding high trek is unique in that it offers access to pristine natural landscapes and views of the great sacred mountain combined with interactions with the local Quechua who are proud to share their land and culture. One of these trails the 'Camino Del Apu Ausangate' (Road of the Apu Ausangate) has become a renowned trek in Peru for its remoteness and as an unspoilt high mountain paradise. This region is home to llama and alpaca herding communities who use the high mountain trails to herd and trade their stock. While on trek we stay in the comfort of eco-friendly Andean Lodges ('tambos'). Prior to our trek we spend a few days in the beautiful city of Cusco, where we acclimatise, before ascending to the higher altitude of Chillca (4368m), where we acclimatise further by taking a day walk to Yanacocha Lake. All of this acclimatisation lays the foundation for the next 4 days of trekking, as we reach the highest pass of 5,100 metres to be rewarded with spectacular views of the unique and visually astounding Vinicunca 'Rainbow Mountain'. We arrive into our community run eco lodge each evening to a wonderful Peruvian meal and the warm hospitality of our hosts.

Inclusions

8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
airport transfers
expert bilingual city & walking guide
group medical kit
comfortable and central hotel in Cusco
eco lodges on trek
private internal transportation
sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed
the use of a duffle bag and trekking jacket to use during trek
Hightlights
Breathtaking trek in close proximity to Apu Ausangate, the highest sacred mountain in the Cusco region
Commanding view of Peru's famous Vinicunca 'Rainbow Mountain'
Experience the comfort and ambience of eco-friendly Andean lodges ('tambos')
The splendour of Cusco with its churches, cathedrals, plazas, markets and cultural heritage
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
9
Price From
AUD $3,290
Start Location
Cusco, Peru
End Location
Peru
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 12
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Cycling/Trekking
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
02 Oct 201810 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
You'll be met at the airport and transferred from Cusco airport to our hotel located in the historic centre where you will have some time to explore the city and also enjoy a few hours of rest, essential to initiate successful acclimatisation to the altitude. In the evening you will meet with your guide at 6pm at your hotel for an initial trip briefing and receive your kitbags and jackets for your trek. Overnight: Casa Andina Standard Cathedral or similar.
Day 2
Today we have a guided tour of Cusco and its nearby ruins. The city, once capital of the extensive Inca Empire, has seen many changes since Francisco Pizarro's men took the city with such apparent ease in November 1533. We explore the city by foot to appreciate its superbly constructed Inca walls and architecturally extravagant colonial churches and palaces. This also includes a visit of Koricancha, the Golden Temple of the Sun, in ancient times. After this we take a short drive to visit the monolithic walls of Sacsayhuaman along with Tambomachay, better known as 'the bath of the Inca'. Both sites are spectacularly set above the city. In the afternoon you may have time to explore some of the central parts of the city and a chance to look at some of the great varieties of local craft work on sale in open-air artisan markets and shops. Overnight: Casa Andina Standard Cathedral or similar.
Day 3
Early morning departure from Cusco along the fertile Vilcanota Valley to the town of Checacupe. After a visit to the colonial temple of the Immaculate, we start ascending the Pitumarca valley, along the spectacular Japura gorge that leads to Chillca, where we will be greeted by the community. From there it is a short and easy walk to the first "Tambo". Once at the lodge there will be time to relax and enjoy the music provided by the locals of Chillca. Approx time: 4 hrs drive / 1.5 hrs walk
Day 4
After breakfast, escorted by our guide we begin the ascent to Yanacocha lake. After our picnic lunch we will return to the Lodge over the vista trail, which has some of the most spectacular views of the Vilcanota range. We will arrive at the lodge in time to take a hot shower and enjoy a delicious dinner. Approx time / maximum altitude: 5 hrs walk / 5,000m
Day 5
Our hike begins in the wide valley of Upis where impressive glaciated 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 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, we will reach the Machuracay Tambo, located right at the bottom of the Apu Ausangate. Approx time / maximum altitude: 7 hrs walk / 5,150m
Day 6
After a demanding ascent of the Palomani pass at an elevation of 5,200 m (17,000 ft), we will descend to Ausangatecocha. Tremendous views of the glaciated south face of the "apu" will inspire us as we continue towards the red sandstone formations of the "Nevado del Inca". Overnight stay in the Anantapata Tambo. Approx time / maximum altitude: 7 hrs walk / 5,150m
Day 7
A spectacular part of the trail finds us hiking in the middle of mountains with stunning striations of colour imbedded in the hillsides. This unique section offers commanding views of the marvellous geological wonder and natural beauty of Vinicunca mountain also famously known as Peru's 'mountain of seven colours' or 'rainbow mountain'. Also, be on the lookout for groups of gracious vicu as, as they are frequently spotted in this isolated area. We will sleep tonight in the Huampococha Tambo, in the heart of large rock formations near a lagoon where "huallatas" (Andean geese) make their nests. Approx time / maximum altitude: 7 hrs walk / 4,900m
Day 8
After a last climb over the Anta pass, we will gradually make our 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 we get down the valley, our bus will be waiting for the return trip to Cusco. Approx time / maximum altitude: 5 hrs walk / 5,000m / 4 hrs drive
Day 9
You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight where your trip concludes.