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Trek Lodge-to-Lodge to Nevado Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain

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A truly life-changing experience in the heart of the Peruvian Andes !
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March - November
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Eco lodges
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Cusco city
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You’ll need to be fit and capable of hiking for up to 7-9 hours a day
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A five-day breathtaking trek in the Cordillera Vilcanota, Nevado Ausangate, unlike most other treks in the area, is not an Inca ruin but rather a stunning environment with snow-capped peaks, glaciers, vibrant mountain lakes, and rainbow-colored mountains. This hike is for you if you enjoy hiking and gorgeous environment that is off the beaten path.


They are owned by indigenous herders of the communities of Chillca and Osefina, who are proud to share their land and the Spirit of their inspiring world with us.


Our unique trekking circuits are complemented by delicious meals and cozy nights at our eco-friendly lodges, which are handled and cared for by the local community members.

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DAY 1: CUSCO - CHILLCA


We travel in a cozy carriage down the Vilcanota River to the temple of Checacupe and the upper Pitumarca valley. We'll walk a short distance to Chillca from Japura. As we sip coca tea, locals and musicians playing Andean instruments welcome us to your first "Andean Lodge." There are 8 double and matrimonial bedrooms available, together with full bathrooms and hot showers. We have an emphasis on delicious and wholesome regional food, including alpaca meat, but vegetarian and other dietary preferences are welcome.

DAY 2: CHILLCA – MACHURACAY


After breakfast, we hike through the glacial valley of Phinaya with tens of thousands of alpacas and llamas. We hike through the motivational Pjachaj waterfalls on our route to more glaciers at Santa Catalina. Our picnic lunch is waiting for us above. Then we hike for around five hours to Machuracay Tambo, passing by glaciers, lagoons, and moraine walls. There, a llama caravan carrying our luggage awaits us, and the lodge's management family will greet us.


DAY 3: MACHURACAY-ANANTAPATA


Our first mountain pass, at a height of 16,587 feet (5055 m), offers breathtaking panoramic views today. We trek to Ausangate Cocha Lake for lunch before descending among the glaciers. Due to the presence of red sandstone formations where we will occasionally encounter condors and vicuas, the environment here radically changes. We arrive to the third "Andean Lodge" after a day of fantastic hiking eager to unwind and enjoy.


DAY 4: ANANTAPATA-HUAMPOCOCHA


We hike to another mountain pass after breakfast. We will descend and hike around Lake Kayrawiri, which is encircled by rocky mountain peaks and the vast valley below. The hillsides are covered in colourful striations. The most remarkable hues may be found in the sediments of Vinicunca, also referred to as the "Rainbow Mountain," before we continue on to Cerro Laya Grande across the enormous Del Inca glacier. We enjoy our meal here while admiring the distinctive surroundings. In addition to the flatiron formations of Apu Labrayani at Huampococha Tambo, where we will spend the night, we may observe hundreds of Andean geese nesting in the Anta cliffs on our route to the fourth Andean Lodge.


DAY 5: HUAMPOCOCHA-CUSCO


We climb higher and higher till we reach the top of our last pass, taking in a fantastic vista of the Alps. From here, it's all downhill! We climb to the trail's finish in Trapiche, where we come across some of the most erratic shapes of Cretaceous limestone formations. We eat lunch here and take the bus back to Cusco while remembering the amazing times we had in the Andes.

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PHYSICAL PREPARATION


To go on the "Andean Lodges" Apu Ausangate's Trail Trek, one must be in good physical condition, and we recommend a preliminary 3 to 4 day acclimatization stage, as we will be hiking up to mountain passes at altitudes of about 5,000 meters, and it is also important to drink plenty of water and/or coca leaf tea.

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  • General organization.
  • Services of expert guides in mountain trekking.
  • Private transport to Chillca and back to Cusco.
  • Accommodation in double rooms.
  • Breakfast and dinner served in the lodges, and snacks and lunches served on the way.
  • Waterproof bags for the baggage carried by llamas.
  • First aid kit and oxygen.


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Saul Dalens Baca

Saul Dalens Baca was born in Cusco city. He grew up at his grandparents’ house in Vilcabamba, located in the countryside of Cusco. He spent his childhood surrounded by coffee bean fields and tea plantations, where he started to admire and love his grandparents’ traditions and their way of living. Later, he moved to Cusco, and since then he lives there. He studied tourism at the University of Cusco. Moreover, while studying there, he started working on cruise ships, hotels, and travel agencies, these experiences let him know that in fact, working in the tourism industry was something that he really enjoyed. During the last few years, he has worked as a tour guide and tour manager, and on every trip; he discovers his passion for being in contact with nature, sharing, exploring, feeling, and living it.

Manuel Jesus Baca Andía

Manuel Jesus Baca Andía is from Cusco where worked as a tour guide leading groups surrounding mountain ranges and visiting archeological places. He learned from his family about the Andean traditions and social work. This kind of life motivated him to learn to approach human beings and understand their different social codes, which led him to enter the university and study anthropology. A few years later he became a traveler and then returned to his hometown and worked as a tour guide in Spanish, French, and English languages. Nowadays, he enjoys meeting and sharing with people from everywhere. Respect for life is his philosophy.

Trek Lodge-to-Lodge to Nevado Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain


Saul Dalens Baca

Saul Dalens Baca

Saul Dalens Baca was born in Cusco city. He grew up at his grandparents’ house in Vilcabamba, located in the countryside of Cusco. He spent his childhood surrounded by coffee bean fields and tea plantations, where he started to admire and love his grandparents’ traditions and their way of living. Later, he moved to Cusco, and since then he lives there. He studied tourism at the University of Cusco. Moreover, while studying there, he started working on cruise ships, hotels, and travel agencies, these experiences let him know that in fact, working in the tourism industry was something that he really enjoyed. During the last few years, he has worked as a tour guide and tour manager, and on every trip; he discovers his passion for being in contact with nature, sharing, exploring, feeling, and living it.

Manuel Jesus Baca Andía

Manuel Jesus Baca Andía

Manuel Jesus Baca Andía is from Cusco where worked as a tour guide leading groups surrounding mountain ranges and visiting archeological places. He learned from his family about the Andean traditions and social work. This kind of life motivated him to learn to approach human beings and understand their different social codes, which led him to enter the university and study anthropology. A few years later he became a traveler and then returned to his hometown and worked as a tour guide in Spanish, French, and English languages. Nowadays, he enjoys meeting and sharing with people from everywhere. Respect for life is his philosophy.

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XimenaGlez11

Beautiful experience

Highly recommended. We hired the Alto Palomani trail and it was a unique experience, both the landscapes and the people of the Andes are incredible. Our guide was Jose Rodriguez, a very kind, helpful, attentive and objective person. He gave us very good recommendations to avoid altitude sickness and was attentive to us all the time. It was very worthwhile. I am in love with Peru, but the Andean region was the best. The team, like the cooks, the muleteer, the cleaning lady.... They were all very kind and made our experience very pleasant.

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Javier G

Extraordinary

The experience was unique, the Apu Ausangate trail, a 5 day hike between 4800 and 5200m of altitude. The landscapes, the views were incredible. Nothing can compare to being there and seeing it first hand. The attention of our guide Dimas was very good. Kudos for his great customer service. The rest of the team is also very good, Juan Carlos our cook and the whole team took very good care of us. I recommend it

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Penny

Guide Angela is amazing

A must-do adventure for all those who love nature and Peruvian culture. Our lodge was located at an altitude of 15700 feet. I don't know if I was out of breath from the altitude or from the beauty and kindness of the people who live here. My friends and I did the 2 day, 1 night adventure in addition to our classic 5 day, 4 night itinerary on the Inca Trail. We were so glad we did it. By completing the Inca Trail first, we were better acclimated. Angela was our guide. She was exceptional, providing a detailed and rich history of Peru and the incredible indigenous peoples who continue to thrive in this beautiful but hostile environment.

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