• Peru
  • 5 Days

Ausangate Lodge to Lodge Trek

  • Basecamp Retreat
  • Active Adventure
  • 5 days; 4 nights
  • 2 to 10 travelers
  • Begins & ends in Cusco
Experience a breathtaking, five-day trek in the Peru's Cordillera Vilcanota mountain range. You will journey on a route called the “Camino Del Apu Ausangate” that neighbors the highest sacred mountain in the Cusco region. In the religion and mythology of Peru, “Apu” is the bearer of life and the 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. These 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. On your hikes and in the unique “Tambos” or Andean Lodges, experienced chefs will prepare your daily meals and introduce you to a great variety of delicious Peruvian dishes. Authentic vernacular music, played by local inhabitants, will liven up evenings at the "tambos." Immerse yourself in the local Andean way of life, and learn from the inspiring landscape.read more

At a Glance

Creature comforts

comfortable


Physical activity

significant


Ground support

fully guided

Terrain

  • Mountains
  • Lakes
  • Pastoral

Practicalities

  • For ages 12+
  • Fluent english spoken

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Trekking
  • Horseback riding
  • Digital detox
  • Indigenous culture

Your Local Expert

Andean Lodges

We’re a Cusco-based company, founded in 2006 in association with the people of the peasant communities of Chillca and Osefina. Our goal is to offer unique trekking and lodging experiences on the Apu Ausangate Route, with a focus on community-based rural tourism, and to promote the development of these communities. Additionally, we’re proud to count on an operations team composed of trained community members, including guides, kitchen personnel, housekeepers, security guards, and maintenance personnel. We also work with women weavers of the community, who are keepers of ancestral knowledge. Our team has over 30 years of experience in the tourism and Andean mountaineering market and is a pioneer in creating trekking and climbing routes in this amazing natural setting.read more

The Journey

Day 1

Cusco to Chillca

Early this morning, you'll leave Cusco and travel in a comfortable coach bus along the Vilcanota River to visit the temple of Checacupe, then through the upper valley of Pitumarca. At Japura, you'll trek a short distance to Chillca. Community members and local musicians will greet you at your first Andean Lodge and share their native Andean music as you sip coca tea. The lodge's 8 double rooms have hot showers and full bathrooms. It features tasty, healthy Andean cuisine such as alpaca steak, vegetarian dishes, other dining options.read more

Day 2

Chillca to Machuracay

After breakfast, you will trek along the glacier valley of Phinaya, seeing hundreds of alpacas and llamas. On the way to the glaciers at Mt. Santa Catalina, the trail climbs past the breathtaking Pjachaj waterfall. A picnic lunch awaits you above. Surrounded by moraine walls, glaciers and lakes, you will walk about 5 hours to Machuracay Lodge. Your bags will be carried by llama caravan. You will get the chance to meet the native family that manages the lodge.read more

Day 3

Machuracay to Anantapata

Today you get to take on your first mountain pass (16,587 ft./ 5150 m.) and enjoy spectacular panoramic views. Descending alongside glaciers, you will hike to Ausangate Cocha Lake where you’ll have lunch. Here, the landscape shifts dramatically, with red sandstone formations where you’ll see vicuñas and occasional condors. After a great day of hiking, you will arrive at the third Andean Lodge to relax, take in splendid views, and enjoy a restful night.read more

Day 4

Anantapata to Huampococha

After breakfast you will hike the trail up to the next mountain pass. Dropping down, you will hike past Lake Kayrawiri which is surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and the great valley below. Colorful bands of soil adorn the hillsides. Then, you will continue on to Laya Grande Hill via massive Glacier del Inca to encounter the amazing colors of soil strata at Mt. Vinicunca (the world-renowned “Rainbow Mountain”). You will have lunch there with time for photos and a rest stop in this spectacular landscape. On your way to our fourth Andean Lodge, you might see hundreds of Andean geese nesting in the cliffs of Anta. Hiking past the flatiron formations of Mt. Apu Labrayani, you will arrive at Huampococha Lodge, where you’ll spend the night in comfort.read more

Day 5

Huampococha to Cusco

Today your hike will give you an outstanding view of the mountains as you reach the top of the last pass. It’s an easy downhill from here. You will hike past the strange shapes of a Karst limestone rock forest and continue to the end of the trail at Trapiche. There, you will have lunch and return by bus to Cusco, reminiscing about the unforgettable experiences you've had in the Andes.

Included

  • Lodging

  • Meals

  • Transportation

  • Professional guide service

Not Included

  • Tips for the staff

  • Flights or any transportation before or after the itinerary

  • Travel insurance

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$1600 per person
Moderate cancellation - 100% refund more than 30 days before departure.

Private Departures

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  • 2 travelers$2860 per person
  • 3 travelers$1860 per person
  • 4 travelers$1600 per person
  • 8 travelers$1600 per person
  • 9 travelers$1600 per person
  • 10 travelers$1600 per person
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