Hike to Huchuy Qosqo - Little Cusco 1

The Classic Trek Around Sacred “Apu” Auzangate Mountain 6D5N

This trek is considered as one of the most rewarding mountain experiences you can have in the southern Andes of Perú. Auzangate is the highest mountain in the Cusco region. Rich and colourful traditions are alive amongst the people that live near the Sacred “Apu Auzangate”. Natural hot springs are available next to two of our campsites where we can luxuriate and relax after a hard day’s walk, in the midst of incredible mountain views

Day 1: Cusco to Upis We pick you up early from your hotel in Cusco to drive south on a paved road for about one hour to the town of Urcos: A busy colonial town with a lively open market. From here we head east soon to reach a winding road up the mountains to a high pass with rewarding views of the Auzangate glacier in the distance. We drive for a total of about three hours to the traditional town of Ocongate, also a busy colorful town filled with street vendors selling all kinds of products and food to the local people that come from nearby villages. Not far beyond we reach Tinki and take a detour from the main road to follow a dirt road to the picturesque village of Lauramarca: A community that developed from the large farm of the same name dedicated to raise Alpacas and Llamas since colonial times; this community is also known for its outstanding high quality weavings. We arrive at Lauramarca and we meet our crew and pack animals to begin a one-hour hike to the hot springs at Upis, here you can luxuriate in the natural hot spring water pools right bellow the impressive Auzangate massif. Our crew will set up camp and after we accommodate ourselves we´ll have Dinner before we retire for the night. L, D.

Day 2: Upis – Pukaccocha As we leave the Upis Valley, we climb uphill with greater views of Ausangate on our left and find scattered peasant homes with stone walled corrals on the way. We arrive at the Arapa Pass at 15, 250 feet, enjoying the long vistas and the Apacheta stone pyramidal piles left by previous travelers in gratitude to the mountain gods. We pass high sand dunes near the pass, and continue traversing down the long valley before turning up towards the Pukaccocha lakes. The glacier melt gives each lake its own coloration, making them a glistening treat to the eyes. In the evening, you may hear the roaring sound of avalanches of snow feeding the lakes. Camp at 15,000 feet…BLD

Day 3: Pukaccocha – Uchuy Finaya After ascending alongside the glacier for several hours in the morning, we go over a pass and descend near the clear aqua lake called Auzangatecocha. A short rest before making the long and spectacular ascent to our highest pass: Palomani Pass at 16,600 feet. The long, distant views from the high pass are worth the effort, with fantastic vistas towards the Carabaya Range, Colquecruz (19,550’), Tres Picos (19,990’), and other snow-capped Vilcanota Range massifs. On our descent, we follow the southeast side of the Ausangate glacier as we arrive into a high valley with huge herds of curious alpacas and llamas. We end our day’s journey at Uchuy Finaya, with its lovely pink stone houses and friendly families. We camp here at 14,500 feet…BLD

Day 4: Uchuy Finaya – Ninaparayoq We ascend slowly from Uchuy Finaya, passing waterfalls and entering a high valley with large rock outcrops that are home to numerous Vizcachas (Marmot like rodents). After passing the small Jampa village, we slowly wind up at the long Jampa Pass at 16,400 feet, with grand views of ice-clad peaks and glaciers with huge icefalls. As we descend, we enjoy views of the lake called Alkacocha, then cross over to the spectacular lakes at Ninaparayoq, where we camp at 15,500 feet…BLD

Day 5: Ninaparayoc – Pacchanta In the morning, we descend gradually to the village of Pacchanta at 14,500 feet. Local weavers will come to show their llicllas, bags, and kaypina textiles they have for sale. There is a rural school here, and we have the community hot springs close to camp. In the late afternoon, our crew will prepare a special Pachamanka dinner for our last dinner at camp. Pachamanka is a traditional Quechua-style earthen oven with chicken and vegetables cooked slowly underground by hot stones…BLD

Day 6: Pacchanta – Tinki – Cusco We ascend slightly to climb out of the Pacchanta Valley, then hike steadily downhill for about three hours with more strikingly impressive views of Machu Picchu terraces Observatory Temple of the three windows Machu Picchu ruins Machu Picchu ruins Ausangate. The trail ends at Tinki in the late morning, where we bid farewell to our crew, meet our vehicles, and drive back to Cusco, arriving in the late afternoon. Overnight at your Hotel in Cusco…BL

Please note: The following day (Day 6) most people visit Machu Picchu (please see options bellow). Please let us know and we will send you options and prices. PRICES PER PERSON (minimum 4 people)

Price Trek Around Sacred

Note: If less than four people sign up you need to add US$220.00 each to cover costs

Price Includes:

  • Services from DAY 1 to DAY 6
  • All meals mentioned as B, L, D at the end of each day in the itinerary.
  • Service of local official tour guides.
  • Service of camp staff: Cook, assistants and mule skinners.
  • Horses or Mules as pack animals
  • All group camping and cooking equipment: Passenger 4 man tents used in double occupancy. Dinning tent with tables, silverware and chairs. Toilet tent.

Price Does Not Include:

  • Optional visit to Machu Picchu the next day after the trek (unless you have contracted options for Day 7).
  • Hotels
  • Meals not specified after each itinerary day.
  • Optional tipping to staff.
  • Additional hotel nights needed for any reason.
  • Expenses such as medical immunizations (if any).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (liquor, laundry, and others).
  • Trip member must provide sleeping bag and pad (rentals available).

OPTIONALS FOR DAY 7 TO ENHANCE AND COMPLETE YOUR VISIT

OPTION 1: HIKE KM 104 TO MACHU PICCHU

Note: This day you only take a daypack with you on the train and hike. The rest of your luggage will be taken to Ollantaytambo and will be picked up when you go by on your way to Cusco.

After a very early breakfast, a short hike will take us to the local Train Station to take an early train and travel to Km. 104. Here we leave the train, cross the Urubamba River at the hanging bridge built on the foundations of an old Inca bridge. On the other side of the river, we register at the checkpoint and then visit the “Chachabamba” Inca remains: A well-preserved Inca site next to the river. Afterwards, we begin our ascent following a steep original Inca trail to the beautiful Inca ruins of “Wiñay Wayna” or Forever Young. Masterful Inca engineering is today’s highlight along the trail, we will visit this spectacular Inca remains that houses a series of Inca baths that also helps pressurize water for an efficient irrigation of the numerous agricultural terraces that produced food for its inhabitants and for nearby Machu Picchu. A several miles long stone channel also brought water from Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu. We will have a picnic lunch nearby and later continue on the Inca trail until we reach “Inti Punku” or Gate to the sun. At this point, we are overwhelmed with the first Intihuatana Machu Picchu ruins view of the spectacular city of Machu Picchu below us. We take a little time for photos and to catch our breath to later begin a quick descent along the wide royal Inca road and we enter the mysterious citadel for an in depth tour of the site and to spend some time wandering and wondering in the midst of its eternal beauty. After the visit it will be time for Machu Picchu to close and we’ll take the bus down to the train station to board our return train to Cusco. B, Box Lunch. (Dinner is on your own.)

  • Total distance: 7 Km aprox.
  • Maximum altitude point: 2680m (9512 ft)
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6 – 7 hours.

PRICE: US$190.00 (only if bought in conjunction with a trek).

Price includes:

  • Breakfast at our Camp Km. 82.
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Box Lunch
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Bus down to the train station.

Price does not include:

  • Round trip train from Km 82 to Machu Picchu and back to Cusco. (US$173.00)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary.
  • Optional tipping to staff.
  • Medical expenses for any emergency.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (liquor, laundry, and so on.)

OPTION 2: THE GUIDED VISIT TO MACHU PICCHU

Your trek guide will accompany you to Machu Picchu and provide an in-depth guided tour of the site.

A short hike will take us to the train station across the river. At the station we board the train that will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes, here we disembark and board a bus that will take us on a winding road up the mountain to Machu Picchu. We enter the citadel with our guide to enjoy an in depth tour of this famous Inca site. In the afternoon we board the bus that will take us back down to the train station where we take the train back to Cusco.

PRICE: US$150.00 (only if bought in conjunction with a trek).

Price includes:  

  • Breakfast at our Camp Km. 82.
  • Buses up and down from train station to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu.

Price does not include :  

  • Round trip train from Km 82 to Machu Picchu and back to Cusco. (US$173)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary.
  • Optional tipping to staff.
  • Medical expenses for any emergency.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (liquor, laundry, and so on.)

Note: Lunch at Sanctuary Lodge is US$45.00 per person

Ausangate Peak
Auzangate
Highlights
Machu Picchu Citadel

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