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|
DAY 01: CUSCO / CHILLCA:
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.
DAY 02: CHILLCA / MACHURACAY:
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.
DAY 03: MACHURACAY / ANANTAPATA:
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.
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, in the heart of large rock formations near a lagoon where “huallatas” (Andean geese) make their nests.
DAY 05: HUAMPOCOCHA / CUSCO:
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.
|Location||Distance in Km||Distance in Miles||Altitud Feet||Altitud MTS|
|MolinoViejo Start Point||14077.76||4292|
|Congomire Exit Point||51.94||32.5||12746.08||3886|
- 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
- First Aid
Program does not includes:
- Tips for trekking staff
- Personal equipment and items of a personal nature.
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
- Fishing rods
- Sun glasses
- Lip balm (for sun protection and against the cold)
- Nalgene water bottle (or alternate personal hydration system).
- Small towel
- Extra batteries for your camera equipment (they might last less in low temperature and there are no possibilities to recharge them)
- Memory cards
- Flashlight / headlamp
- Pocket knife
- Energy bars
- Bags for batteries
- Bags for dirty clothes
- Personal medical kit, including:
- Medication for head or stomachache ache