Alpamayo and Ausangate, close to the summits

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In Summary

This trip combines two trekkings in the wonderfull landscapes of the White Mountain range and the Vilcanota Mountain range. You will also discover the Inca culture with an incursion in the Sacred Valley which will end with the visit of the Machu Picchu.

14 days in beautiful surroundings, at the feet of the high Peruvian summits. A trip made for the lovers of mountains!

And for the curious, several legends to be discovered during the hikes in the mountains and on lakes.

The strong points of the trip  « Alpamayo and Ausangate, close to the summits »

  • 14 days of trekking in two of the most beautiful cordilleras in Peru
  • Two days of acclimatization before the first trekking
  • Combination with the cultural highlights of Cusco region



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Upon your arrival in the airport of Lima, you will be welcomed and brought to your hotel. You will have the evening free in the dynamic neighborhoods of the Peruvian capital.


DAY 2: LIMA - HUARAZ (3100 m)

After a short transfer to the bus terminal, you will take a bus to Huaraz. During this day of travelling, you will be able to enjoy the transition between the landscapes of the arid coast of the Pacific and the scenery of the Andes mountain range. On the way, you will stop at Barranca, charming colorful coastal city. When you will arrive in Huaraz, our team will drive you to your hotel and explain the organization of the next few days.


DAY 3: HUARAZ (3100 m) - CHAVIN DE HUANTAR (3250 m) – HUARAZ (3100 m)

You will go to the archeological site of Chavin of Huantar to discover what was over 2500 years ago a significant place of pilgrimage for the populations of ancient Peru. These populations came to bring offerings to the oracle of the Temple who, in exchange, predicted their future. After the visit of the museum, you will go back to Huaraz.


DAY 4: HUARAZ (3100 m) – MANCOS (2530 m)

Early departure to Mancos. Upon your arrival, checking in your hotel, and rest of the day free in order to acclimatize you.


DAY 5: MANCOS (2530 m) – PUENTE ULTA (3900 m)

Early in the morning, you will meet the team for the trekking and departure to Mamapampa where you will begin the trek. You will go to the valley of Ulta though the middle of the nature. You will see the first landscapes of the Cordillera Blanca with the summits of Huascarán (6768 m) and Huandoy (6160 m). Then you will enter in the valley et will see the impressive Contrahierbas mountain with its 5960 m. While the hike, you will enjoy the views over the mountains around : Chopicalqui (6354 m), Ulta (5536 m) and the east face of Huascarán. You will end your first day of trekking deep in the valley where you will camp.

*5 to 6 hours of hike, +700 meters of height difference


DAY 6: PUENTE ULTA (3900 m) – PUNTA YANAYACU (4850 m) – MOLINOPAMPA (3600 m)

You will begin this day by walking in the Cancahuapampa valley, passing by the Quenuales forest. You will arrive at the lagune of Yanayacu and cross the pass with the same name (4850 m). Then you will go down in the valley of Ichiculta until reach the camp for the night, in Molonopampa. You will be on the other side of the Cordillera Blanca, and benefit views over Contrahierbas, Chopicalqui and Yanapaqcha (5347 m).

*6 to 7 hours of hike, +950 meters / -1250 meters of height difference


DAY 7: MOLINOPAMPA (3600 m) – TUCTO (4200 m)

You will join a trail which crosses the Mountain range and connects Callejon of Conchucos with that of Huaylas. Then you will continue in the Grande valley until Colcabamba. You will then arrive in the valley of Huaripampa where you will have on your left the summits of the Cordillera: Chacraraju (6001 m), Píramide (5885 m), Paria (5510 m). You will camp in this valley.

*7 hours of hike, +600 meters of height difference


DAY 8: TUCTO (4200 m) – ALTO OF PUCARAJU (4650 m) – HUECRUCOCHA LAGUNA (4000 m)

Today you will continue in the valley of Huaripampa, in the direction of the pass of Alto of Pucaraju, with the view of the Taulliraju Summit (5830 m). You will go up the path in laces, and arrive at the pass from where you will a magnificent view over the Cordillera. Then you will go down in the valley of Comun Pasto until the Huecrucocha laguna, where the you will camp.

*6 hours of hike, +450 / -650 meters of height difference



You will begin this day in a valley before going up to the Tupatupa pass. You will go down in the other side, in the valley of Nanayos, until Jancapampa. You will arrive at the foot of the cirque, where you camp for the night.

*6 hours of hike, +400 / -800 meters of height difference


DAY 10: JANCAPAMAPA (3600 m) –YANACON PASS (4600 m) – SAFUNA LAGUNA (4200 m)

You will continue in the valley before climbing the mountain pass. On the way, you will pass by the Sactaycacha laguna before arriving on the pass. Then you will continue in the direction of Huillcan and you will pass through the Tayapampa valley until arriving at Safuna laguna. This camp offers a wonderfull view on the summits of Pucajirca (6050 m), Tayapampa (5857 m), jancarurish (5578 m) and on the north face of Alpamayo.

*7 hours of hike, +1200 / -600 meters of height difference


DAY 11: SAFUNA LAGUNA (4200 m) – CARA CARA (4830 m) – JANCARURISH (4250 m)

After leaving the valley of Tayapampa, you will pass a first pass at 4500m giving access to the valley of Moyobamba. After this valley, you will cross the Cara Cara pass (4830 m).You will see the Jancarurish laguna, and then you will come down in front of a the summits of Santa Cruz (more than 5800 m), Quitaraju (6036 m), Alpamayo and Jancarurish.

*6 hours of hike, +630 / -580 meters of height difference


DAY 12: JANCARURISH (4250 m) – VIENTONAN PASS (4750 m) – OSORURI (4400 m)

You will descend all the valleys of Alpamayo and Cedros, before going up the pass which will reach you at 4750 m. You will then come down until the camp.

*7 hours of hike, +500 / -350 meters of height difference


DAY 13: OSORURI (4400 m) – CULLICOCHA PASS (4850 m) – CULLICOCHA LAGUNA (4625 m) – HUALCAYAN (3150 m) – HUARAZ (3090 M) - LIMA

You will leave your camp and cross the Cullicocha pass. From here, you will benefit the view over the summits of Santa Cruz, which one reach a peak of 6259 m, and then you will go down until the Cullicocha laguna. You will continue to come down by going though the Azulcocha laguna and then join Hualcayan. You will leave the team. A transportation will wait for you to bring you to Huaraz. Upon you arrival, you will take advantage of the hotel befor going to the bus station where you will take a night bus to Lima.

*7 hours of hike, +450 / -1700 meters of height difference


DAY 14: LIMA – CUSCO (3350 m)

You will arrive at the bus station of Lima early in the morning, where a vehicle will wait for you to bring you to the airport to take a flight to Cusco. Upon your arrival, checking in the hotel and rest of the day free.


DAY 15: CUSCO (3350 m) – PISAQ (3400 m) – MARAS (3300 m) – OLLANTAYTAMBO (2750 m) – AGUAS CALIENTES (2050 m)

You will leave for the sacred valley and start your discovery of famous sites with the visit of the Pisaq archeological complex; composed of terraces, fountains, observatories and even a necropolis, the largest of the region (about 10000 persons are buried here). It is from here that the Incas controlled and dominated the Sacred Valley. On your way back down, you will stop at the traditional artisanal market of Pisaq before continuing your itinerary towards Ollantaytambo, driving by the sacred Urubamba river. After a stroll through the small paved streets of this singular village of the XVth century almost unchanged since its creation, you will then take the train to Aguas Calientes. Arrival and check in to hotel.


DAY 16: AGUAS CALIENTES (2050 m) – MACHU PICCHU (2450 m) – CUSCO (3350 m)

ery early in the morning, you will take the bus to go up to the most famous Inca site of the country: Machu Picchu, “old summit” in Quechua. You will there discover the architectural complex, still enveloped in the morning mist, built on top of a ridge and surrounded by precipices: a stunning view that evolves with the progression of the sun. You will roam through the streets of the citadel, its areas, squares, royal houses, agricultural zones, paths and observatories. After a 3h guided tour, you will dispose of free time to discover by yourselves, if you wish, the Huayna Picchu (entry at 10AM*), the Sun Gate (“Intu Punku”) situated at 2700m, or even the Inca bridge. For the less sporty, you can wander peacefully in the city. Return to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon to take the train back to Ollantaytambo. Check in to hotel and free evening.


*We have chosen the 10 o’clock trip in order to give you time to visit Machu Picchu with your guide and enjoy a clearer view of the citadel. However, the number of entries to Huayna Picchu being limited, we cannot guarantee the access to this part of the site.


DAY 17: CUSCO (3350 m) – TINQUI (3900 m) – UPIS (4380 m)

Transfer in the morning for Tinqui. On the way, you will make a stop at Urcos, capital of the Vilcanota region. You will then take the road to Ocongate and cross the mountain pass of Pilluyo where you will have the chance to admire the Apu Ausangate, sacred mountain for the Quechua inhabitants living nearby. From the Ocongate village, you will continue until Tinqui, where you will meet your team of mule-drivers who will load your belongings. You can finally start the first stage of your trek! Camp is set at the foot of the Ausangate (6378m) in the Upis hamlet. You will have the possibility to swim in the hot springs and view the sunset from the summit.

*4.5 hours of walk, +480m of height difference


DAY 18: UPIS (4380 m) – PUCACOCHA (4585 m) – AUSANGATECOCHA (4585 m)

You will wake up facing the lord of the Peruvian mountains. After breakfast, you will take a path climbing up the Ausangate and go to the Arapa pass, at an altitude of 4700m. On the other side, the scenery is extremely different: a moon-shaped colorful valley with an unobstructed view of the Sorimani and Tucusari summits with, as a background, a glacier. You will continue walking on a path on the side of the mountain, going by several lakes. You will arrive at Hatun Pucacocha, the “big red lake” facing the Ausangate. Then, you will climb up the mountain pass of Apacheta (4840m) to finally reach the frozen water lake of Ausangatecocha. Set camp for the night.

*6 hours of walk, +575 m / -370 m of height difference


DAY 19: AUSANGATECOCHA (4585 m) – PALOMANI PASS (5190 m) – CHILCA FINAYA (4600 m) – JAMPA (4800 m)

This day is physical because you will cross several high mountain passes. The first of them is the Apacheta mountain pass (4860m). You will make a stop there to have lunch with a view of the whole mountain range, before going back down to the Ausangatecocha lake (4650m), with its turquoise-blue waters rich in trout. After this, you will continue to the second col, called the Palomani pass (5190m), highest point of the itinerary. Here, you will discover exceptional landscapes composed of mountains and lakes, with a 360° view. You will then go back down to the other side of the col, to the campsite of the Ausangate (4600m), where you will gradually discover the plunging Chillca Finaya valley. The camp will be settled at Jampa, in the middle of herds of alpacas, llamas and sheep.

*6 to 7 hours of walk, +1015 / - 800m of height difference


DAY 20: JAMPA (4800 m) – CHILCA FINAYA (4600 m) –ARAPA PASS (5090 m) – PACCHANTA (4315 m)

You itinerary will take you outside the valley: from the first rays of sunlight, you will turn the back on Ausangate to go to the village of Chilca Finaya, with its herds of sheep, alpacas and horses. On this day, you will take on the southern part of the route. You will climb up the valley following the river, where you can see populations of viscachas coming to warm up in the sun. You will soon reach the last pass of the itinerary, the Paso Arapa (5090m). The view of the mountain range is unobstructed. You will come down towards Pacchanta where you will spend the night.

*7 hours of walk, +290 m / - 775 m of height difference


DAY 21: PACCHANTA (4315 m) – TINQUI (3900 m) – CUSCO (3350 m)

You have reached the last stage of the trek. You will arrive in Tinqui at the end of the morning and take our private transportation back to Cusco. Arrival late in the afternoon and check in to hotel.

*2.5 hours of walk, -415m of height difference


DAY 22: CUSCO (3350 m)

Free day in Cusco.



Transfer to the airport of Cusco, where you will take a flight to Lima, the Peruvian capital. Connection with your international flight.





- Accommodation in 3*** hotels (according to local standards) and in camps as mentioned in the program (To be upgrated, please contact us)

- The meals during the trekking and thoses mentioned as “included”

- Private and group ground transports

- Assistance at airports

- Local English speaking guide as mentioned in the program

- Excursions scheduled in the program

- The domestic flights Cusco – Lima and Lima - Cusco

- The entrances to the national parks, historical sites, museums, churches scheduled in the program (included the National Park of Huascarán and the Vilcanota Cordillera)

- The muleteers and chefs during the trekkings

- The equipment and logistic of the trekkings



- International flights

- Insurance

- Lunches and dinners not mentioned in the program (expect 5 to 10 USD per meal)

- Drinks

- Tips (2 USD/day/person for the guide and 1 USD/day/person for the carriers, mule-drivers, chefs)

- The single supplement (please ask us)

- The personal pharmacy

- The personal equipement for the trekkings : sleeping-bag (possibility to rent one on place), a pair of trekking shoes, backpack …



You will be accompanied by a local private English speaking guide at every leg of the journey. This means you will have a different guide for each region you will visit, depending on their specialization. The level of English of the guides varies from one region to another.

A few exceptions:

- For the Puno – Cusco trip, you will travel in a group touristic bus with an English / Spanish guide

- The trips in public transports (buses, shuttles, trains and internal flights) are not escorted.



In Peru, the hotel standards are different to what you may be accustomed to. Here are a few useful details on every type of accommodation:

- Camp: thanks to the perfect organization of our cook(s) and muleteer(s), you could really rest after a good day of walking. We have a tent for the kitchen, another one for to take the meals, another one for the bathrooms. For two persons, you will have a 3 places tent for more comfort. We also supply you a comfortable mattress and a basin of hot water at the beginning and at the end of the day for your toilet; and of course we prepare you warm and complete meals.

- Homestay accommodation: Basic comfort, communal toilets, no hot water and sometimes no running water, simple but clean rooms, sometimes no electricity  and the doors do not lock (however, there are no security problems).

- 2** and 3*** hotels (local standards): comfortable rooms, simple and clean, private bathroom with hot water; some hotels offer rooms equipped with a safe, heating system, mini bar, …

As far as our possibilities, we choose hotels whose geographical location will allow you to fully enjoy the town and its attractions.



In order to allow you more freedom during your trip, only a few meals are included in our programs: these are the meals during the treks (cold at noon and hot in the evening) and during certain excursions when the conditions make it necessary (on the Puno-Cusco road, in the Sacred Valley, etc).

For the non-included meals, expect 5 to 10 USD per person. This allows you to choose the time, place and menu according to your desires!



Most of the time of your trip, your travels will take place in private vehicles: you will have at your service a private vehicle with a Spanish speaking driver who will adapt to your rhythm (photo stop, shopping, etc. …).


- For the Puno – Cusco / Chivay – Puno and Arequipa – Puno trips, you will travel in a group touristic bus that will make several stops and visits on the way.