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Small group ensures personal service
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Day: Cusco - Chillca Lodge 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'll 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) but vegetarian and other preferences are welcome. Day 2: Chillca Lodge - Machuracay Lodge 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 await us. Then, surrounded by moraine walls, glaciers and lagoons we walk about 5-hour to Machuracay Tambo. Our bags, carried by a llama caravan, meet us there and the family that runs the lodge will welcome us. Day 3: Machuracay Lodge - Anantapata Lodge Today we take in our first mountain pass (16 587 ft.) with has spectacular panoramic views. Descending alongside the glaciers, we hike to the Ausangate Cocha Lake for lunch. Here, the landscape dramatically shifts due to the existence of a red sandstone formations where we will see vicuñas and sometimes condors. After a day of great hiking we arrive at the third “Andean Lodge” ready to relax and enjoy. Day 4: Anantapata Lodge - Huampococha Lodge After breakfast, we take the trail to another mountain pass. Dropping down, we'll hike by Lake Kayrawiri, surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and the great valley below. Striations of color are imbedded in the hillsides. Then we go on to Cerro Laya Grande via massive glacier del Inca, and find the most striking colors in the sediments of Yauricunca mountain. We eat lunch here while taking in this unique landscape. On our way to the fourth Andean Lodge we may see hundreds of Andean geese nesting in the cliffs of Anta, and the flatiron formations of Apu Labrayani near Huampococha Tambo where we will spend the night. Day 5: Huampococha Lodge - Cusco As we hike up; enjoying a great view of the mountains, we reach the top of our final pass. It’s all downhill from here! We encounter some of the most capricious shapes of limestone formations from the Cretaceous age and hike until the end of the trail in Trapiche. Here, we have lunch and return by bus to Cusco while reminiscing on the wonderful experiences we shared in the Andes.
Services of expert guides in high mountain trek
Private transport to Chillca and back to Cusco
Accommodation in double rooms
Breakfast and dinner served in the lodges, snacks and lunches served on the way
Waterproof bags for the baggage carried by llamas
First aid kit and oxygen
Flights to and from Peru-Cusco, or any kind of transport before or after completion of the program.
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
We always recommend to all those who wish to book a Trekking Program on the Apu Ausangate's Trail, to give themselves a cautious 3 to 4-day acclimatization time period in Cusco or in places at a similar altitude, which helps them to better enjoy their experience.
Minimum age is 12 years
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
What to take with you in terms of clothing: Hiking boots (If they are new, it is important to use them quite a lot before the hike, because it is common for new shoes to cause blisters). Shirts or long sleeved shirts (One per day). Walking pants. Polar or thermal clothing for the hike, sweater and/or vest. Warm coat or jacket. Thermal sleeping clothes. Cotton pants. Wool gloves. Wool socks for sleeping. Hat or cap for the sun. Waterproof pants and “Gore-Tex” jacket or rain poncho. Shoes or sandals, to use inside the lodges. Small towel.
What to bring in terms of equipment: Hiking poles to help you maintain stability along the trek. Head or hand lantern. Pocket knife. Bottle or canteen. Plastic bag to keep the battery. Plastic bag for dirty or wet clothes. Small backpack (for day trips to enable it to carry snacks, water, change of t-shirt etc.)
Sunglasses, sunscreen with high SPF, lip balm.
"Memory Cards" and/or movies reserve batteries for the camera,etc. (Batteries can be downloaded quickly by low temperatures and there is no possibility to recharge).