AAPT11    Trekking around Mount Ausangate         16D/15N


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 costumes. This trip also combines with a visit to Cusco and to the world famous Machu Picchu Citadel.

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 City Tour.

In the morning, we have a rest time to recover after the long flight, and in the afternoon we enjoy a city tour visiting the most important attractions of Lima: Huaca Pucllana pre-Inca ruins, the Colonial part of Lima with the Plaza de Armas, the San Francisco Church and its impressive catacombs, and then we make a final tour of the modern Lima: Miraflores, San Isidro and Larco Mar from where we get a great view of the Pacific Ocean. Hotel accommodations. B.

Day 3: Lima – Cusco – Urubamba - Ollantaytambo.

In the morning, we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival at the airport, we start our first excursion to the Sacred Valley. Our first visit will take us to Cusco nearby Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Quenko and Tambo Machay. In the afternoon, we will visit the Ollantaytambo fortress. Hotel accommodation in Urubamba (or Ollantaytambo). (B).

Day 4: 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 to the beautiful Inca Ruins of Wiñayhuayna. After visiting this place, we continue to the Sun Gate from where we get the first impression of the world famous Machu Picchu citadel. Then we continue to the city and from there 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 village.

A 6 hours drive will take us to the little village of Tinqui. During our drive, we will pass several small Indigenous villages. After passing the small town of Ocongate we already can see the impressive North face of Mount Ausangate. Camp at 3900m. (B, LB, D)

Day 7: Tinqui – Upis.

Crossing colorful farming areas this day we trek to the valley of Upis where we will set our next camp at 4600m. We will be right under the magnificent North face of Mount Ausangate. Camp. (B, LB, D)

Day 8: Upis – Pucacocha.

Trek to 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: Machurakay – Ticllacocha (Kampa Village).

Trek to Ticllacocha Lake at the base of Jatujampa peak. Camp. (B, LB, D)

Day 12: 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 13: Otorongococha – Pacchanta.

We pass the small lakes of Minaparayoc, and then we trek towards the little village of Pacchanta where we find some hot water springs at 4400m. We set camp and our cook will prepare the delicious Pachamanca, a traditional meal of the local people. In the evening, we will have the opportunity to enjoy some local music and dance with the indigenous people from the area. (B, LB, D)

Day 14: Pacchanta – Tinqui - Cusco.

In the morning, our private transport will take us back to Cusco. Hotel (B, L)

Day 15: Cusco.

Free at leisure in Cusco. Hotel. (B)

Day 16: Cusco – Lima out.

Transfer to the airport and flight to Lima where you arrive in time for your connecting flight back home. Hotel. (B).

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Included: All transfers, private transport to/from trek start point, all entrance fees, English speaking trekking guides, noted meals, complete camping equipment (tents for 2 persons, dining tent, kitchen tent, and toilet tent), and complete food services while on the trek, cook, helpers, horses/donkeys for cargo, first aid kit.

Not included: International and domestic flights, airport taxes, extras, personal trekking equipment, tips, Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Cusco (Poroy station) (Vista Dome: us$ 180.- pp; Expedition class: us$150.-), Machu Picchu entrance fee (us$60. - pp. can change).

Grading: Moderate - hard

Personal weight allowance per passenger: 8 kgs (this to be carried by horses)





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