Ausangate Lodge-Based Trek
Moderate/strenuous trek / 5 days from Cusco, Peru
Our Ausangate Lodge-based trek in the Cordillera Vilcanota is a must for trek lovers who want home comforts at night.
After beautiful days spent hiking among the stunning Ausangate mountains, you retire at night to our comfortable and cosy eco-lodges, run by the local mountain communities.
You hike, far off the beaten trekking routes, close to the highest and one of the most sacred mountains in the Cusco region, Ausangate, which locals call the Apu Ausangate.
The Apu is sacred for local communities as it seen as the bearer of life and the guardian of the landscapes. As well as high mountain landscapes of towering ice and rock the trek takes you right through the heart of the stripey coloured rainbow mountains, and through small farming communities, where large herds of llama and alpaca graze and subsistence farmers grow potaotes, beans and quinoa.
This fully-supported hike uses llamas and horses that are owned by the shepherds of two local communities. These Andean people accompany us throughout the route and are proud to share their land and traditions every step of the way.
The Lodges where you spend the nights, are warmed by log burning stoves, they have large double and twin rooms with private bathrooms, and even the luxury of a hot shower. The locals love to sing and play the harp so you can join in with some dancing if you still have energy in the evening. You will be invited to share in the tradition of making an offering to the mountain spirits. A professionally trained chef provides excellent Andean meals.
We have a camping-based trek around Ausangate, a Salkantay Luxury Lodge trek to Machu Picchu, and a Luxury Inca Trail among our Peru treks.
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We had an absolutely fantastic time :-)
The trek was mind blowing, and Holger our guide went far beyond what I'd expected, with detailed discussions on geology and biology etc. It was extraordinary packing so much in, the Sacred Valley tour especially was a high speed dash but we still had enough time to take it all in.
There were no low points. Jesus in Cusco was especially supportive, checking the plane times, giving advice etc.
All the accommodation was beyond what we had been expecting.
In terms of community, it was good to have stayed in the Chillca lodge and be with the staff, I could see how that was benefitting the community.
Everything went like clockwork, all your representatives sorting out transfers etc without issue - perfect.
Thank you very much for all your help in organising such a superb trip foru s. We will certainly return to you - I'm especially keen on a Guyana trek next!James and Jane Grimster
"Speaking for myself, the Ausangate trip, end to end, was superb and was easily my high point.
"The uniqueness of the trip, the quality of the walk, the height of the lodges, the warmth of the fellow guests, the genuine helpfulness and friendliness of the staff and guides all combined to make something extremely special and that I don't think could be repeated.
"The accomodation varied from good to superb. The food was certainly a surprise and was of a much higher standard than expected. The guides were both top class and the overall organisation was exemplary.
"Could not be any better, from intial conversations, which were many, to the booking process, the pre takeoff information and all aspects within the Peru interior.
"Tom provided a service way beyond that expected from a travel company. In fact to expand on this, he was so helpful many years ago when we originally looked into travelling to Peru that i was determined that should we take the plunge then it would be through Tom. Much appreciated indeed.
"I believe the money paid to the local communites allow them to continue a number of things. It provides wages for guides, cleaners, housekeepers, chefs etc and allows them to stay in the mountains rather than having to move to townships but also through tourists buying direct from source the locals can carry on traditional customs like weaving/knitting/fishing etc thus prolonging their heritage."Allan McClure, July 2014, Scotland
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