Lodge to Lodge Trek to Ausangate. (5 Days / 4 Nights

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A five day breathtaking trek in the Cordillera Vilcanota, on a route we call the “Camino del Apu Ausangate” (Road of the Apu Ausangate) located in close proximity to the highest, sacred mountain in the Cusco region. The “APUS” 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 carry our gear, which that are owned by the shepherds of the Chillca community whom are proud to share with us their land and the spirit of this inspiring world. On our hikes and in our unique “Tambos” or Andean Lodges, daily meals will be prepared by experienced chefs, introducing you to a great variety of delicious Peruvian cuisine and produce. As for entertainment, authentic, vernacular music from members of the communities will accompany some of our nights in the "Tambos."

Duration 5 Days / 4 Nights
Location South of Cusco
Season April to November
Trekking Level Moderate to strenuous, needs good shape & prior experience in altitude treks
Highest Point 16,892 feet
Lowest Point 12.746 feet
Fixed Departures Fridays
Minimum 2 Passengers
Maximum 14 Passengers


Itinerary Description:


After an early breakfast passengers will depart from Cusco along the fertile Vilcanota Valley to the town of Checacupe (1 hour and a half, 100 km). 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. ( 1 hour and a half, 42 km). From there it is a short and easy walk to the first “Tambo”(45 minutes). Once at the lodge there will be time to relax and enjoy the music provided by the locals of Chillca.



Our hike begins at 08.30 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.



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.



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, in the heart of large rock formations near a lagoon where “huallatas” (Andean geese) make their nests.



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. Upon arrival to Cusco, passengers will be directed to Casa Andina Private collection hotel. Dinner will be served in the hotel.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

NOTE: The average trekking time per day is of 6 top 7 hours, approximately 15 km per day, except for the first day, where we hike for about 45 minutes.

LocationDistance in KmDistance in MilesAltitud FeetAltitud MTS
MolinoViejo Start Point 14077.76 4292
Chillca Tambo 3.3 2.05 14327.04 4368
Laguna Cochajasa 15904.72 4849
Pamapacancha 15232.32 4644
Machuracay tambo 18.2 11.31 15760.4 4805
Palomani Pass 16892 5150
Ausangate Cocha 15252 4650
Anatapata Tambo 29.83 18.5 15416 4700
HuasacochaCcasa 16249.12 4954
Surinicocha 15619.36 4762
Yauricunca 16334.4 4980
Puruauccas 16236 4950
Pucapama 15501.28 4726
Huampococha Tambo 41.43 25.7 15803.04 4818
HuampoCcasa 16098.24 4908
Congomire Exit Point 51.94 32.5 12746.08 3886

Program includes:

  • All organization.
  • Professional bilingual guide (English - Spanish), additional cost for other languages
  • 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 horse).
  • Walking sticks (If requested)
  • All meals on the trek, including a hearty breakfast, picnic style lunch and a
  • 3-course dinners served with wine.
  • Llamas to carry equipment
  • Emergency Horses
  • Muleteers
  • First Aid
  • Oxygen

Program does not includes:

  • Tips for trekking staff
  • Personal equipment and items of a personal nature.
  • Insurance.
  • Laundry.

You should bring:

  • Backpack / daypack
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Long sleeved shirts (one each day)
  • Hiking pants
  • Polar or thermal clothes Sweater or Vest
  • Good socks
  • Tennis shoes or Sandals to wear around town and in the lodges.
  • Gore-Tex jacket and pants
  • Rain gear
  • Long underwear
  • Chullo or warm cap
  • Gloves
  • Flies
  • Fishing rods
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm (for sun protection and against the cold)
  • Hat
  • Nalgene water bottle (or alternate personal hydration system).
  • Small towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Extra batteries for your camera equipment (they might last less in low temperature and there are no possibilities to recharge them)
  • Memory cards
  • Film
  • Binoculars.
  • Flashlight / headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Energy bars
  • Toiletries
  • Bags for batteries
  • Bags for dirty clothes
  • Personal medical kit, including:
  • Medication for head or stomachache ache