The Mount Ausangate massif (6385m), located in the heart of the Vilcanota mountain range, is in the Andean cosmovision the most important sacred mountain around Cusco and the Altiplano. In this trip, you will have the opportunity to do this ascent, something that will please the lovers of hiking and mountains: breath-taking landscapes with snowy summits, hot springs, large turquoise lagoons, herds of llamas and alpacas and meeting and exchanges with communities that still live in the ancestral Inca traditions. Finally, this trip has the advantage of including the visit of the most famous Inca site of Peru: Machu Picchu.
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DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN LIMA
Upon your arrival in the airport of Lima, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. You will have the evening free in the dynamic neighborhoods of the Peruvian capital.
DAY 2: LIMA – CUSCO
Flight for Cusco. Welcome and check in to hotel. In the afternoon, you will visit the Inca capital. You will start with the walking guided tour of the city with the Plaza de Armas. Here begins the visit of the Inca capital, starting with the the Cathedral, impressive building that holds many paintings of the Cusquenian School. You will continue your discovery with the Santo Domingo monastery, ancient temple of the Sun, also known as Koricancha. After this, the excursion will continue outside the city to visit the Inca complexes of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the stunning fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a stunning fortress built on a hill dominating the city of Cusco. This site is characterized by its gigantic blocks of stone, accurately interlocked, with some standing over 9 meters tall and weighing more than 550 tons.
DAY 3: CUSCO – PISAQ – CHINCHERO – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
Early morning departure in a private vehicle to visit the main sites of the Sacred Valley. You will discover the ruins of Pisaq, the village of Chinchero, the fortress and the village of Ollantaytambo. Departure in train for a unique trip through the valley surrounded by mountains. You will be able to contemplate the snowy summit of Veronica (5820m). The famous train will take you up to the superb Urubamba canyon and then go down to Aguas Calientes (“hot waters”) at an altitude of 2000m. Night in hotel.
DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Very 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 and then transfer to Cusco.
*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 5: CUSCO (3350M) – TINQUI (3900M)
Early in the morning, we will go towards the Vilcanota mountain range which is much less famous and visited than the White Mountain range. When we arrive in the small village of Tinqui, we will set our first camp.
DAY 6: TINQUI (3900M) – PUÑA
Once the trekking team joins us (mule-drivers and cooks), we will begin the week of preparation and acclimation necessary before starting the ascension. We will set our camp close to San Mateo, towards Puña.
DAY 7: LAGUNA COMERCOCHA
We will go deeper into the mountain range and cross a pass at an altitude of 4800m. Camp close to the Comercocha lagoon.
DAY 8: TICCLACOCHA LAGOONS – NEVADO HUAMANTILLA (OPTIONAL)
To cross the mountain chain, we climb up to a highest plateau at 5000m. The trekkers with the most energy can take this opportunity to have a go at the easy ascension of the Nevado Huamantilla (5450m). Camp close to the Ticcalcocha Laguna.
DAY 9: LAGUNA JAHUAYCOCHA –NEVADO COMERCOCHA – CONDOR COL
We will walk to the Jahuaycocha lagoon and follow the Nevado Comercocha. When we arrive at the Condor pass, we will have the chance to contemplate the impressive icy giant.
DAY 10 AND 11: CONDOR COL (5200M) – LAGUNA SIBINACOCHA (4870M)
Climb up the Condor pass (5200m): we will stay at this altitude before going to the Sibinacocha lagoon at 4870m. Night in the sheepfold of Murmurani.
DAY 12: JAMPAMAYO RAVINE – HACIENDA FINAYA
Long day during which another pass will take us to the Uyuni hacienda, in the Jampamayo ravine. We will go back up the river towards the Finaya hacienda and reach the sides of the Ausangate Mountain, where we will set camp.
DAY 13 TO 16: ASCENSION
5 days are necessary to realize the ascension (6384m). Camp will be set at an altitude of 5450m. We will carry all the necessary equipment. The guide will equip the wall with ropes (45° inclination, 150m high): this is the most difficult part of the trek. This wall has an altitude between 5700 and 5850m. We will climb up the mountain by the normal way, on the South-west face of the mountain from the camp site. The last day will be reserved to rest, or will be a security day if we are subject to bad weather conditions.
DAY 17 AND 18: LAGUNA DE PUCACOCHA
We will walk on the south face of the Ausangate Mountain and reach the little lagoon of Pucacocha (4580m).
DAY 19: TINQUI – CUSCO
Last part of the trip by foot to arrive in Tinqui at the end of the morning, where a minibus will take us back to Cusco.
DAY 20: CUSCO – LIMA – INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
Transfer to the airport to take your flight to Lima (unescorted), and your connection with your international flight.
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THE PRICE INCLUDES:
- Accommodation in hotels and camping
- The meals during the treks, and those mentioned as “included”
- Private and group ground transportation
- The guide, mule-drivers and cook during the trek
- The entrance to the park
- The domestic flights Lima – Cusco and Cusco – Lima
- The group logistic of the treks: mattresses, tents, food …
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- International flights
- Lunches and dinners not mentioned in the program
- Personal trekking equipment: sleeping bags (possibility to rent one on the spot), trekking poles…
- The single supplement (please contact us)
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.