$1501 ~ $2000
After an early breakfast passengers will d epart 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.B/L/D
Chillica / 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. B/L/D
Machurcay / Anatapata
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
Anatapata / 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.B/L/D
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 their hotel. B/L
Hiking Experience Required:
Level : 6 to 7 hours Moderate day hikes / Need good shape and prior experience.
Highest lodge : Machuracay Tambo, 4,800 m /15,800 ft . above sea level.
Highest point : Palomachayoc Pass 16,700 ft/5,100 m. above sea level .
For all of us going to the “El Camino Del Apu Ausangate” we should stress the need of an acclimatization period, needless to say is that those in good physical condition, enjoy it more, we will go over a mountain pass of 5150 meters above the sea level, remember to drink lots of water and/ or coca tea, The days normally are beautiful and the air is thin and briskly in the morning the temperatures range from 32° to 75°, In the same day, remember we will be hiking in the heart of the Andes; It could be cold in matter of minutes.
Prior to departure passengers must be in good conditions though trek is designed for non professional trekkers. 1 month before to departure participants must do at least 2 miles of hiking or jogging at least 2 days a week. Swimming is another good option; it will help your lungs capture more oxygen.
For Adventures 8 Nights or LESS:
60 or more days: $150
30-60 days: $400 Advance payment cost
29–8 days: 40% of trip cost
7–0 days No refund
For Adventures 9 Nights or MORE:
60 or more days: $150.00
30-60 days: $400.00 Advance payment cost.
29–8 days: 40% of trip cost.
7–0 days No refund.
We stronly recommend trip cancellation and travel insurance.