From US$ 1,400 per person
Our partner is an adventure travel company based in Cusco, Peru that specializes in multi-day treks and tours to Machu Picchu. During their trips they make every effort to minimize negative impacts and maximize the benefits to the local people and natural environments visited.
Their mission is to provide exceptional travel experiences with a strong commitment to environmentally responsible, sustainable, ethical, and socially conscious travel. They are committed to international sustainable tourism guidelines, have aligned their operations with the standard suggested by „leave no trace“ and train their staff in accordance.
They have developed ongoing community projects and charity events supporting local Andean communities, one of these includes building a school at one community.
In 2017 they were awarded with the Luxury Travel Award for Eco Friendly Tour Operator in the Americas.
- Transfer to Tinqui, a village on the high plains “altiplano” and the starting point of the trek
- Hike on a gently ascending path enjoying magnificent views of the surrounding snow capped mountains and Ausangate Glacier
- Encounter traditional houses, local people dressed in their colorful, traditional clothing and grazing llamas and alpacas along the way
- Camp at Upis Hot Springs and enjoy a refreshing soak at the end of the day
- Ascend to Arapa Pass and enjoy a wonderful view of the Maria Huamantilla Mountain and Ausangate Mountain from the top of the pass
- Trek across an arid hillside before descending into a valley of deep blue glacial lakes and waterfalls where you will have a quick lunch by one of the lakes
- Continue on flat trails and gently ascent to your second pass of the day, Ausangate Pass (4,700 m/15,419 ft. )
- Enjoy incredible views of Ausangate Mountain and the lake Ausangatecocha, formed by a melting glacier
- Descend to your campsite by the lake Ausangatecocha at the bottom of one of the Ausangate glaciers
- After breakfast climb steeply on a glacial moraine to the highest point on the trek, Palomani Pass (5,400 m/17,716 ft)
- Enjoy extensive views of all the peaks in the Cordillera Vilcanota
- Descend on a steep trail into the Huchuy Finaya Valley where you will stop for a quick lunch and enjoy the view of “Las dos gemelas” or the two twin mountains
- Continue hiking on a varied path to your campsite in the Pampacancha Valley
- Climb up to the Qampa pass (5,400 m/17,716 ft) enjoying incredible views of The Three Peaks, the Pacchanta Valley, and hopefully get a glimpse of some wild vicuña, deer or condors
- Descend gradually through the Pacchanta Valley, walking between Ausangate Mountain and the Two Twin Mountains
- Continue descending gradually on a rocky trail to your campsite at Pacchanta Valley
- Finish the day with a stunning view of Ausangate Mountain and a bath in the hot springs of your campsite
- Walk on a varied and gentle trail to Tinqui across open fields where you will have your final view of Ausangate, potato crops, and herds of llamas and alpacas
- Enjoy lunch at Tinqui before returning to Cusco
- Relax at your hotel, freshen up and get ready for a celebratory group dinner
- Drive to Maras Village, a beautiful little colonial town, still boasting some colonial architecture
- Visit the Moray ruins consisting of circular agricultural terraces at high altitude with a complex system of irrigation
- Explore the salt mines of Salineras
- Continue to Ollantaytambo to catch the train to Aguas Calientes
- Enjoy an early tour of Machu Picchu with your guide who will unfold the mysteries of this magical site, explaining the history and flora/fauna
- Transfer back to Cuzco
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Ausangate Trek (7 Day Tour)
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