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Itinerary

Day: Cusco - Chillca Lodge
In a comfortable coach we head along the Vilcanota River to visit the temple of Checacupe, then the upper valley of Pitumarca. At Japura, we'll trek a short distance to Chillca. Locals and musicians playing Andean instruments greet us in your first “Andean Lodge”, as we sip coca tea. Hot showers and full bathrooms as well as 8 double and matrimonial bedrooms are available. We emphasize tasty and nutritious local cuisine (such as Alpaca meat) but vegetarian and other preferences are welcome.

Day 2: Chillca Lodge - Machuracay Lodge
After breakfast we trek alongside thousands of alpacas and llamas in the glacier valley of Phinaya. On the way to more glaciers at Santa Catalina, we climb by the inspiring Pjachaj waterfalls. Above, our picnic lunch await us. Then, surrounded by moraine walls, glaciers and lagoons we walk about 5-hour to Machuracay Tambo. Our bags, carried by a llama caravan, meet us there and the family that runs the lodge will welcome us.

Day 3: Machuracay Lodge - Anantapata Lodge
Today we take in our first mountain pass (16 587 ft.) with has spectacular panoramic views. Descending alongside the glaciers, we hike to the Ausangate Cocha Lake for lunch.
Here, the landscape dramatically shifts due to the existence of a red sandstone formations where we will see vicuñas and sometimes condors. After a day of great hiking we arrive at the third “Andean Lodge” ready to relax and enjoy.

Day 4: Anantapata Lodge - Huampococha Lodge
After breakfast, we take the trail to another mountain pass. Dropping down, we'll hike by Lake Kayrawiri, surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and the great valley below. Striations of color are imbedded in the hillsides. Then we go on to Cerro Laya Grande via massive glacier del Inca, and find the most striking colors in the sediments of Yauricunca mountain. We eat lunch here while taking in this unique landscape. On our way to the fourth Andean Lodge we may see hundreds of Andean geese nesting in the cliffs of Anta, and the flatiron formations of Apu Labrayani near Huampococha Tambo where we will spend the night.

Day 5: Huampococha Lodge - Cusco
As we hike up; enjoying a great view of the mountains, we reach the top of our final pass. It’s all downhill from here! We encounter some of the most capricious shapes of limestone formations from the Cretaceous age and hike until the end of the trail in Trapiche. Here, we have lunch and return by bus to Cusco while reminiscing on the wonderful experiences we shared in the Andes.

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Overview
The Cordillera Vilcanota offers some of the most challenging yet beautiful trekking terrain in Peru, but reaching the open wilderness requires a great deal of planning and preparation. On this guided 5-day tour, trek through the Peruvian countryside with llamas to carry your heavy equipment. With logistics including accommodation, meals and round-trip travel from Cusco covered, meet local people high in the hills and experience an immersion in Andean culture.
Highlights
  • Trek through the Cordillera Vilcanota with llamas to carry your kit
  • Experience the best of the rugged Andean countryside
  • Accommodation and some meals included on your tour
  • Hassle-free round-trip travel from central Cusco
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Reviewed yesterday
Life changing!

We had the absolute privilege of trekking the Trail of the Apu with the Andean Lodges team. Bruno, our guide, was amazing. He was knowledgeable about the geography, the people, the challenges of altitude, and the amazing history of the region. His pop culture knowledge...More

Thank Naomi M
Reviewed 8 August 2018
Once in a life time experience!

I participated in this amazing excursion together with five other people and can't recommend it enough. We were there in mid-july when Cusco is full of tourists and this trek brings you to the regions away from noise and overcrowded streets. Trek is challenging, all...More

Thank Maria Laura G
Andean-Lodges, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Andean Lodges, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thank you for your comments. The beauty of the Ausangate area is unparalleled, and the inspiring way of life and culture of the local communities, who are in charge of the service, are important components of this unique trip, all of them, perfectly interpreted by...More

Reviewed 6 August 2018
Amazing experience!

This part of our trip to Peru was absolutely amazing. The hiking is second to none with absolutely stunning scenery that changes every day. Hiking in this range is truly breath taking. You will hike for hours sometimes without seeing other hikers and truly immersed...More

Thank Abby G
Andean-Lodges, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Andean Lodges, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Ausangate is definitely a perfect alternative for those who are looking for destinations off the beaten path. The beauty of the mountains, living culture and the comfort of our lodges make of this trip an once in...More

Reviewed 30 July 2018
Beautiful landscape and no crowds

Welcome escape from the crowds on the Inca Trail or Salkantay Trek. Challenging hiking above 14000 ft which is well rewarded with the views. Great guides and great cooks with wonderful food. You will never be hungry. They handled my vegetarian needs very well. Also...More

Thank bigredwombat
Andean-Lodges, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Andean Lodges, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2018

Thank you for your comments. Our circuit certainly allows each of our visitors to enjoy intimately the environment around the Sacred Ausangate Mountain. We always make our best to complement the beauty of this area, with the quality of our services. As you mentioned, there...More

Reviewed 27 July 2018
7 Day Trek

Amazing scenery, friendly and welcoming staff that shared their unique culture with our group, delicious and healthy food, very comfortable beds - everything was really perfect and professionally executed.More

Thank lucygibsonvt
Andean-Lodges, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Andean Lodges, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2018

Thank you very much for your comments, we are glad to know that you had a nice experience with us. We always make the best effort so that the quality of our services are the best complement to the beauty of Ausangate and the culture...More

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