An incredible trek & climb Peru adventure in the Cordillera Vilcanota; on a route known as the “Camino del Apu Ausangate”. The “Apu” is the bearer of life; & guardian of one of the most pristine mountain eco-systems in the world. Trek & climb the revered Nevada Ausangate and revel in the spiritual & climbing traditions of this region.
Above all; this is a stunning and diverse route showing you a part of Peru that is largely untouched by tourism. Communities here continue to live traditionally; often without many of the modern utilities that are in use today. Collecting you early from Cusco, taking private transport; to meet up with our arrieros and mules at the start point. They will accompany us for the duration of the trek and climb expedition.
Following then; the Apu Ausangate is the fifth highest mountain in Peru; and is part of the Cordillera Vilcanota, Central Andes of South America. At 6,384 masl; it’s the highest peak in the Cordillera Vilcanota.
Similarly; Ausangate is probably the most well-known peak for mountaineering in Cusco. This nevada can be spotted rising from the skyline from many vantage places in the city of Cusco. Trek alongside this amazing nevada; then scale the summit to enjoy rare 360º views of this epic mountain range.
Good aerobic fitness & health, previous high-mountain experience and altitude acclimatization is required.
Also it’s important you are able to use climbing equipment independently. As well as moving across glaciers and crossing ravines; cracks and scaling vertical walls between 60 to 75 degrees of incline; and rappel independently.
Improve your mountaineering to level AD.
Climb & ascend the most famous mountain of the Cusco Region and Southern Peru.
Summit to enjoy rare 360º views of this epic mountain range.
Breakfast x 7
Lunch x 9
Dinner x 5
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
Muleteer & Mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Trekking Poles)
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Crampons, Ice Axe, Harness, Helmet (can be hired as part of trip)
Machu Picchu Extension – Entrance Tickets, Transport & Guide (can be organised as part of trip)
|Joining Arrangements||There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.|
|Food & Water||Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.|
|Special Diets||We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.|
|Trekking Crew||We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.|
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
|Machu Picchu||An excursion to Machu Picchu can be included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco. To be confirmed on reservation.|
|Covid-19 (Coronavirus)||We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.|
|Covid-19 (Useful Links)||World Health Organisation | World Health Organisation – Peru | Covid-19 Data – Peru | Covid-19 Daily Statistics|
|Available Discounts||Throughout 2022 we’re offering a 15% discount for each member of a group larger than 4+|
|Reservation||Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.|
|Customer Service||Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.|
Welcome to Cusco! Today you’ll arrive into Cusco (by domestic flight from Lima) & acclimatise to the altitude of 3,350 masl. Walk of approximately 3 to 4 hours.
Visit to some of the main archaeological sites like Q’enqo, Tipon & Sacsayhuaman, all of which had some historical significance to the Incas.
Today you’ll embark on a 3-hour trip by private transport, passing through the Mollepata district, province of Anta, Department of Cusco. This is then followed by a 3-hour round trip acclimatisation hike to visit the Humantay lagoon, formed from the surrounding glaciers.
Leaving early in the morning from Cusco it’s a 3-hr trip by private transport to the town of Upis, at 4,230masl. From here you’ll trek for about 2 hours to the first camp. Here you’ll take lunch near the hot springs of Upis Alto. After lunch it’s possible to view one of the lagoons located at the foot of the Apu, North face, 1 hour round trip.
Today you’ll discover 4 of the 6 lagoons around the Apu, west face. It’s a reasonably long day with about 7 – 8 hrs of walking (18 km) but with plenty of sunshine during the peak season it’s a stunning trek route, You’ll go through 2 passes the first one at 4,640 masl, and the second one at 4,950 masl.
Very early in the morning you’ll explore Rainbow Mountain (Mt Vinicunca) located at 5,080 masl, then you’ll visit the red valley. Returning to Anantapata for lunch and then continue until Ausangate cocha for your campsite for the evening.
Today will be a trek of around 4 hrs (8 km). About 2 hrs in you’ll reach the Palomani pass at 5,100 masl; from there a further 2 hrs until you’ll descend to reach our base camp at 4,800 masl.
Today will be 700 meters of varying terrain, 3 – 4 hrs of gradual ascent until reaching 5,500 masl. You’ll carry your climbing equipment to the high camp.
You’ll leave at 11.00 at night to reach the glacier which will take 45 – 60 mins to arrive. Once there with the whole climbing team ready you’ll begin the journey through the glacier 1 hr crossing cracks until reaching the wall of almost 200 meters (65º to 75º degrees of incline), 2 hrs ascent. Then arriving at the high plateau and from there, 3-4 hrs to the summit; going by cracks and rope always until reaching the summit at 6,384 masl.
Once there you’ll be able to view other mountains of singular beauty and enjoy 360º views. Then descending (4 hrs) to the high field, and after packing up, moving back to the base camp (2 – 3 hrs)
Descending 2 hrs walking to Hatun Chilca, and from there to Pitumarca (2 hrs) private transport. Lunch at a local restaurant and then to Cusco (2 hrs) to celebrate an epic expedition!