Andean Lodges offers us one of the best lodge-to-lodge trekking experiences in the Peruvian Andes. Together with the communities of Chilca and Osefina, they have four ecological shelters that provide an unforgettable experience, near the Apu Ausangate, the most important and highest snowy in the Cusco Region, located 100 km away from the city of Cusco.
5D/4N: THE APU'S TRAIL
This is a breathtaking five day trek in the Vilcanota´s Cordillera, on a route we call the “Camino del Apu Ausangate” located in close proximity of the highest Sacred Mountain in the Department of Cusco. The “Apu” is the Bearer of Life and Guardian of one of the most pristine mountain ecosystems in the world.
Our treks will be accompanied by lamas and horses that will carry our gear, and are owned by shepherds of the community of Chillca, who are proud to share their land with us, as well as the Spirit of their inspiring world.
On our hikes and in our unique “Tambos” or Andean Lodges, daily meals will be prepared by experienced chefs who will introduce you to a great variety of delicious Peruvian dishes and produce, and for our entertainment, authentic, vernacular music, played by local inhabitants, will liven up some of our evenings at the "tambos."
DAY 1: CUSCO - CHILCA
In a confortable 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 cooca 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 or other preferences are welcome.
DAY 2: CHILCA - MACHURACAY
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 hours 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 - ANANTAPATA
Today we take in our first mountain pass (16 587 ft.) with its panoramic, spectacular views. Descending alongside the glaciers, we hike to the Ausangate Cocha Lake for lunch. Then we submerge ourselves in the red sandstone sediment formations, a wonderful experience. Here, we 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 - HUAMPOCOCHA
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 the most striking colors in the sediments of Yauricunca. We lunch here in this unique landscape. On our way to the fourth “Andean Lodge”, we 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 at the Camino del Apu Ausangate.
DAY 5: HUAMPOCOCHA - CUSCO
Walking up a great view of the mountains, we ascend to our final pass. From here it's all downhill, and we encounter some of the most capricious shapes of limestone formations of Cretaceous age. We hike here until the end of the trail in Trapiche, have lunch and then return by the bus to Cusco, after an experienceof the unique time and space of the Andes.
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, for your body to react better during the trek, as we will be hiking up to mountain passes at altitudes of about 5,000 meters, and it also is important to drink plenty of water and/or coca leaf tea.
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU:
- Hiking boots (If they are new, it is important to use them quite a lot before the hike, because it is common for new shoes to cause blisters).
- Shirts or long sleeved shirts (One per day).
- Walking pants.
- Polar or thermal clothing for the hike, sweater and/or vest.
- Warm coat or jacket.
- Thermal sleeping clothes.
- Cotton pants.
- Wool gloves.
- Wool socks for sleeping.
- Hat or cap for the sun.
- Waterproof pants and “Gore-Tex” jacket or rain poncho.
- Small towel.
- Head lamp or hand flashlight.
- Pocket knife.
- Bottle or canteen.
- Plastic bag to keep your batteries dry.
- Plastic bag for dirty or wet clothes.
- Small backpack for day trips, to carry snacks, water, a change of tshirt, etc.).
- Sunglasses, sunscreen with high SPF and lip balm.
- "Memory Cards" and / or film cartridges, spare batteries for your camera, etc. (Batteries can discharge quickly under low temperatures, and it is impossible to recharge them).
- Toiletries and first aid kit.
- General organization.
- Services of expert guides in high mountain trek.
- Private transport to Chillca and back to Cusco.
- Accomodation in double rooms.
- Breakfast and dinner served in the lodges, snacks and lunches served on the way.
- Waterproof bags for the baggage carried by llamas.
- First aid kit and oxygen.
DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Flights to and from Peru / Cusco, or any kind of transport before or after completion of the program.
- Tipping staff.