This peerless Peru trip offers you five days and four nights trekking with spectacular close-range views of Nevado Ausangate (6,384 m / 20,945 ft), the highest sacred mountain in the Andes of southern Peru. This Ausangate trek brings you to one of the most pristine mountain ecosystems on our planet, the home of the "llamichus” and “pacocheros” (llama and alpaca breeders), inheritors of one of the most traditional pastoral societies in the Andes.
You’ll enjoy an unforgettable Peru trip as you visit two indigenous Andean communities through whose land we travel. Discover the beauty of the Cordillera Vilcanota, a remote and unspoiled high mountain paradise. You travel in harmony with nature, welcomed by the isolated Andean shepherds who live in these high valleys. At night you enjoy the comfort of cozy, eco-friendly Andean Lodges, built and furnished to provide comfort and style to satisfy travelers from all over the world.
DAY ONE - TO CHILLCA: We depart from Cuzco with an interesting bus-ride along the valley of the Vilcanota River. After a visit to the beautiful colonial church at Checacupe, we ascend the Pitumarka River valley, past the community of Osefina, to Chillca. We have lunch at 14,077 ft by the ruins of an old mill built by a rushing mountain stream, then begin our trek following the stream up through a ravine and out onto the beautiful pastures of Chillca community. From here it’s a 30 minute walk to the Chillca Tambo (4,368 m / 14,327 ft). After settling in, you have time to explore the surroundings, or just to relax and enjoying the beautiful views. In the evening people from the village entertain our groups with traditional music.
DAY 02 - CHILLCA - MACHURACAY: 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. 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 will reach the Machuracay Tambo (4,805 m/15,760 ft) located at the base of Apu Ausangate.
DAY 03 - MACHURCAY - ANANTAPATA: After a demanding ascent of the Palomani pass at an elevation of 5,150 m. / 16,892 ft., we 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 (4,700 m/15,416 ft).
DAY 04 - ANANTAPATA - 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. Also, be on the lookout for groups of gracious vicuñas, as they are frequently spotted in this isolated area. We will sleep that night in the Huampococha Tambo (4,818 m/15,803 ft) in the heart of large rock formations near a lagoon where “huallatas” (Andean geese) make their nests. 11.6 km.
DAY 05 - HUAMPOCOCHA - CUZCO: After a last climb over the Anta pass (4,908 m/16,098 ft), we 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 to Congomire (3,886 m/12,746 ft), our bus will be waiting for the return trip to Cusco.
Included: Expert leadership on the entire trek package, private transport to Chillca and back to Cusco, Lodging with double occupancy rooms, private bathrooms for each room (running cold and hot water), duffle bag (for the luggage carried by horses), walking sticks, all meals on the trek, including a hearty breakfast, picnic style lunch and a 3-course dinners served with wine. First Aid, Oxygen
Excluded: personal equipment and items of a personal nature, insurance, laundry