AAPTFD06    Trekking around Mount Ausangate          16D/15N

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Located southeast from Cusco, the Vilcanota range is one of the most beautiful cordilleras in Peru. Mount Ausangate (6385m/ 20943ft) is the highest peak in this area and the local Indigenous people consider it as an Apu (a sacred mountain). We will have the opportunity to encounter with small indigenous villages and friendly local people dressed in full color with their traditional customs. This trip also combines with a visit to Cusco and to the world famous 8th wonder of the world: Machu Picchu. 

Day 1: Arrival in Lima.
We will welcome you in Lima airport and transfer to the hotel. Our guide will give you a brief explanation about next day activities. Hotel. 

Day 2: Lima:
Free morning in Lima to relax and rest after the long intercontinental flight. In the afternoon we arrange for you a ½ day city tour of Lima to visit this colonial city, once the Vice-reign of Spain. Visit to the Huaca Pucllana pre-Inca ruins, the Colonial area of Lima: Plaza de Armas and the San Francisco Church and convent, and the tour last visit will be to the modern part of Lima where we find the San Isidro and Miraflores neighborhoods. Tour ends at Larco Mar center. Hotel accommodations. B. 

Day 3: Lima – Cusco.
In the morning we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival at the airport, transfer to the hotel in Cusco. Afternoon shared city tour: Visit Cusco nearby Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Quenko and Tambo Machay, Plaza de Armas, and Korikancha Temple. Hotel. (B). 

Day 4: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes.
In the morning we take the train towards the town of Aguas Calientes. At km 104 we leave the train and start our 6 hours walk up the beautiful Inca Ruins of Wiñayhuayna. After visiting this we continue to the Sun Gate from where we get the first impression of the world famous Machu Picchu citadel. Then we take our bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes. Hotel. B, LB 

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Cusco.
This day we make a full day guided visit to Machu Picchu. Our guide will take us to the main points of the city: the agriculture terraces, the main plaza, the habitation area and to the sacred areas of the Intihuatana. After midday we take our train back to the city of Cusco. Hotel (B) 

Day 6: Cusco – Tinqui – Upis Camp.
A 4 hours drive will take us to the little village of Tinqui. During our drive we will pass several small Indigenous villages. Up on arrival at Tinqui, our mules and horses are ready to transport our heavy equipment towards our first camp. Our 3 hours trek will take us for crossing colorful farming areas in our way to the valley of Upis where we will set our camp at 4600m. We will be right under the magnificent North face of Mount Ausangate. Camp. (B, LB, D) 

Day 7: Upis – Pucacocha.
Trek to the shores of the beautiful Pucacocha Lake for the next camp. Today we walk through the first high pass, Arapa Pass at 4900m. From our camp at 4700m we get an impressive view of the hanging glaciers of the west side of Ausangate. (B, LB, D) 

Day 8: Pucacocha – Machurakay camp.
Today’s trek will take us up to the next high pass, the Palomani Pass at 5100m. During our journey we will enjoy wonderful views over the Ausangatecocha Lake and to some of the beautiful peaks like Surimani and Kampa I. Final arrive at Machurakay camp. (B, LB, D) 

Day 9: Machurakay Resting day.
Day for resting. We might use the time to make a morning hike to observe the impressive glaciers of the south face of Ausangate, or simply relax by the camp. (B, L, D) 

Day 10: Machurakay – Ticllacocha (Kampa Village).
Trek to Ticllacocha Lake at the base of Jatujampa peak. Camp. (B, LB, D) 

Day 11: Ticllacocha – Otorongococha.
Today we will go across the highest pass on the trek at 5200m, the Apacheta Pass, a mystic place in front of the impressive Pucapunta and Punta rocky and icy peaks. Next camp is by Otorongocha Lake at 4700m. (B, LB, D). 

Day 12: Otorongococha – Pacchanta - Cusco.
After visiting the small lakes of Minaparayoc, considered by the locals as a sacred place, we trek towards the little village of Pacchanta where we find some hot water springs at 4400m. Our transport will be here ready to drive us back to the city of Cusco where will be arriving late in the afternoon. Hotel accommodations. (B, LB, D) 

Day 13: Cusco.
Free at leisure in Cusco. Hotel. (B) 

Day 14: Cusco – Lima.
Transfer to the airport and flight to Lima. Transfer to the hotel and free time. (B).


Optional tours in Lima are available. 

Day 15: Lima out.
Transfer to the airport. (B)  

• Included: all transfers; professional English/Spanish speaking guide, noted meals (B=breakfast; L= lunch; D= dinner), complete camping equipment (tents for 2 persons, dining tent, and kitchen tent), complete food services while on the trek, cook, helpers, horses, horse keepers, first aid kit, entrance fee, good 3* hotel accommodations (in twin or double bed room). 

• Not Included: Train ticket Cusco – Km 104 and Aguas Calientes – Cusco (Vista Dome Class us$180. - Expedition Class: us$145.-); extras, international and domestic flights; tips. 

Fix Departure (in pool) Tour:  

Gross price / person: us$ 1695. – pp (Single supplement us$275.-)

• Tour Operators Commission: 10%   

Fix Departures 2015 Dates:  

 AUSANGATE MOUNTAIN RANGE TREK 

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DATES (Begin)

1

May 04

2

June 01

3

June 15

4

July 06

5

July 13

6

August 03

7

August 17

8

September 07

Note: during the trek baggage weight allowance per passenger is 8 kgs (this to be carried by our horses). 

Departures are guaranteed with minimum 2 participants.

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