This dramatic trek is located in the Vilcanota range which comprises six 6000m peaks and several others over 5800m. The highest of the group is Apu Ausangate (6372m), which is the sacred mountain that dominates the northeast skyline of Cusco. Our route basically circumnavigates Ausangate via some of the highest passes in Perú. Two of them climb to over 5200 meters! An advantage of this trek is that it tends to be much less crowded than some of the others. The surrounding country is vast open grassland with lots of grazing llamas and alpacas and it is common to see wild vicuñas as they whistle at us from the high ridges. ABOUT THE VILCANOTA
We do the 4-day Ausangate trek as a part of a 13-day (this can be flexible) guided trip to Cusco. We'll visit the ruins of Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, the Maras salt mines, the circular terraces of Moray, the weaving community of Chincheros, the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, and Cusco itself before we begin or trek. The trek itself begins about three hours from Cusco in Upis. Our first night we camp near hot springs with the most incredible view imaginable. From there our route ascends into the heights passing many lakes and beautiful vistas the whole way. The two high passes, and these are the highest passes used by any established trek in Peru, are approached by gradual ascents so they are not too difficult. We finish near more hot springs in Pacchanta. The full trip itinerary is flexible.
• To do this trip we need a group of at least four people.
• Trip Length: 13 days (12 nights)- Trek length: 4 days
• Difficulty: moderate to strenuous (difficult only due to the altitude) Expect to walk from 6 to 8 hours every day.
• Best time of the year: May-September
• Altitude: 4400m to 5200m
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• All hotels
• All transportation airport to airport
• English speaking guide with Wilderness First Responder certification
• All food during trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks)
• All park entrance fees
• Professional mountain cook and all cooking gear
• Tents (two and three person)
• Inflatable sleeping pads
• Dining tent with chairs, table, and eating utensils
• Burros and burro drivers for equipment
• Emergency horse
• Extensive first aid kit
• Emergency satellite messager
• Transportation to and from trek (Cusco to Cusco)
• Sleeping bag or any other personal camping/trekking items (see packing list)- We can arrange the rental of various items if you need them.
• Any extra costs incurred in an early departure from the trek or evacuation
• Food before or after the trek
• Anything else not listed above in the "includes" section