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5-Day Andean Lodges Trekking Tour from Cusco

Highlights
  • Trek through the Cordillera Vilcanota with llamas to carry your kit
  • Experience the best of the rugged Andean countryside
  • Accommodation and some meals included on your tour
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5-Day Andean Lodges Trekking Tour from Cusco
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5-Day Andean Lodges Trekking Tour from Cusco
From US$1,600.00
Overview
The Cordillera Vilcanota offers some of the most challenging yet beautiful trekking terrain in Peru, but reaching the open wilderness requires a great deal of planning and preparation. On this guided 5-day tour, trek through the Peruvian countryside with llamas to carry your heavy equipment. With logistics including accommodation, meals and round-trip travel from Cusco covered, meet local people high in the hills and experience an immersion in Andean culture.
What to Expect

Day: Cusco - Chillca Lodge
In a comfortable 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 coca 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 and other preferences are welcome.

Day 2: Chillca Lodge - Machuracay Lodge
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-hour 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 Lodge - Anantapata Lodge
Today we take in our first mountain pass (16 587 ft.) with has spectacular panoramic views. Descending alongside the glaciers, we hike to the Ausangate Cocha Lake for lunch.
Here, the landscape dramatically shifts due to the existence of a red sandstone formations where we will 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 Lodge - Huampococha Lodge
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 find the most striking colors in the sediments of Yauricunca mountain. We eat lunch here while taking in this unique landscape. On our way to the fourth Andean Lodge we may 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.

Day 5: Huampococha Lodge - Cusco
As we hike up; enjoying a great view of the mountains, we reach the top of our final pass. It’s all downhill from here! We encounter some of the most capricious shapes of limestone formations from the Cretaceous age and hike until the end of the trail in Trapiche. Here, we have lunch and return by bus to Cusco while reminiscing on the wonderful experiences we shared in the Andes.

Reviews (78)
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Reviewed 6 November 2018
Nature and Culture Combine in Trek around Ausangate

The three-day trek I did was great. I'd love to do the full five days on another trip. Early on, you're in a river valley, gradually you begin climbing, winding above herds of grazing sheep and llamas, passing small Indian villages. Andean geese, falcons, a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Andean-Lodges, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Andean Lodges, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience. Trekking around Ausangate is a once in a lifetime experience, the beauty of the sceneries, and the inspiring world of the local people make it very special. At Andean Lodges, we always make our best to provide excellent services...More

Reviewed 24 October 2018
The only way to trek high altitude Andes! And a true ecotourism experience.

This trek is definitely one of the best we have ever undertaken and we have experienced many beautiful mountain environments around the world. The unique combination of the 2 local indigenous communities being an integral part of the trip, the very comfortable lodges, small number...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Peter J
Andean-Lodges, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Andean Lodges, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2018

Ausangate is the perfect trekking circuit for those who seek to live memorable experiences in the Andes mountains, the stunning landscapes, and their people make it exceptional. As you mentioned, spending at least two nights in Cusco or cities at similar altitude is necessary to...More

Reviewed 23 October 2018
Amazing!

We had the pleasure of going on this 5-day trek with Andean Lodges. Everything was perfect, the guides, the group doing the trek with us, the community staff, facilities, everything! It was our first multi-day trek and they made it so easy and we always...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Claudia C
Andean-Lodges, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Andean Lodges, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2018

Thank you for your comments. We are very happy that you enjoyed this trek with us. This is a challenging adventure, however, having an adequate acclimatization period guarantees a wonderful experience. Our experienced guides and the charming community members who are in charge of the...More

Reviewed 18 September 2018
Life changing!

We had the absolute privilege of trekking the Trail of the Apu with the Andean Lodges team. Bruno, our guide, was amazing. He was knowledgeable about the geography, the people, the challenges of altitude, and the amazing history of the region. His pop culture knowledge...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Naomi M
Andean-Lodges, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Andean Lodges, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2018

Thank you for your comments. We are really glad that you had a great time with us at Ausangate. We always try to do all our best to make our guests live an authentic life-changing experience. Our knowledgeable guides and the charming local people are...More

Reviewed 8 August 2018
Once in a life time experience!

I participated in this amazing excursion together with five other people and can't recommend it enough. We were there in mid-july when Cusco is full of tourists and this trek brings you to the regions away from noise and overcrowded streets. Trek is challenging, all...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Maria Laura G
Andean-Lodges, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Andean Lodges, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

Thank you for your comments. The beauty of the Ausangate area is unparalleled, and the inspiring way of life and culture of the local communities, who are in charge of the service, are important components of this unique trip, all of them, perfectly interpreted by...More

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