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Ausangate Circuit Trek Superb Trekking Tour

Starts: Cusco, Peru
Finishes: Cusco, Peru

Visit: Cusco, Atun Huiscachane, Negro Corral, Hasiacocha, Cauta, Mallma, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Cusco

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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South of Cusco, the Vilcanota is one of the most impressive of Peru's mountain ranges, with several 6000 metre peaks, including sacred Ausangate (6372m), the highest snowy mountain South Peru. This high and wild trekking circuit winds its way through this rarely-visited range, on quiet trails, following lovely alpine valleys that are home to traditional Quechua Indian herdsmen and some of Peru's most rare and spectacular wildlife, including herds of grazing vicunas and the majestic Andean condor. Traversing this pristine and beautiful region, we enjoy a series of unbelievably beautiful lakeside camps and cross several 5000 metre passes, each providing far-reaching mountain views. Descending to the blissful hot springs at Pacchanta, we trek out via remote Laguna Singrenacocha, which provides a final 3 days of simply superlative walking. As part of a pre-trek acclimatisation programme we will also visit all the top Inca sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and spend time exploring colourful Cusco and Sacsayhuaman. Post-trek we will celebrate the end of our holiday with a visit to the the breathtaking lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu! If you are looking for a remote and challenging alternative to the Inca Trail, with outstanding mountain views, then this 2 week trekking holiday is for you!

Highlights

    • A classic trekking holiday in Peru`s rugged and remote Cordillera Vilcanota
    • Escape the crowds on this challenging Inca Trail alternative crossing several high passes
    • Turquoise glacial lakes, Andean wildlife, hot springs and inspiring mountain views
    • Acclimatise pre-trek whilst exploring Cusco, Sacsayhuaman and the Inca's Sacred Valley
    • Celebrate post-trek with a guided tour of the Inca fortress of Machu Picchu

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 62454
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private##Private
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Cusco, Peru
Finishes: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 14 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • A professional and qualified Tour Leader
  • Cusco Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 14
  • Accommodation as described
  • Meals as described in the meal plan
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • When camping a full service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Inflatable sleeping mat while camping
  • All activities/excursions/entrance fees mentioned except where specified as ‘optional’

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $2,315 ($165/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

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Itinerary

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Peru Cusco, Sacred Valley, Pisac, Incaic Walls, Tinqui, Cordillera Vilcanota, Ausangate, Colqe Cruz, Urpis, Arapa Pass, Laguna Pucacocha, Pampacancha, Campa Pass, Pachanta, Laguna Armaccocha, Laguna Singrenacocha, Machu Picchu
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Thomas W  

The trip was as people in the UK say 'brilliant'. I couldn't have asked for a better vacation.

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Jennifer E  

A truly wonderful team - led by the guide who is professional and friendly. His knowledge of the area, history and trek itself was invaluable. Without such an experienced leader the trek would not have been as amazing as it was. The supporting staff were local and therefore knew their environment well and were extremely welcoming/ helpful too.

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Barry W  

Being collected by a friendly face at each airport was excellent and took away any stress involved in arriving in a strange place. Ausengate - our leader was very knowledgeable about Cuzco and the local area. He made an effort to spend time with everyone each day on the trek. Galapagos - the guide was very good. He never rushed us on from one place to the next and was very attentive to the welfare of the clients. I booked with you because a number of our friends had booked with you in the past and had all given good feedback.

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Julie L  

Brilliant, big tents which allowed plenty room for kit bags to stay in tents. The food was great, I was especially impressed with the variety in the vegetarian food. If anything, there was too much food. For lunch we were given soup and a cooked meal alongside a snack pack with 4 chocolate / cereal bars. A lighter lunch and less snacks would have gone down equally well.

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Kathryn C  

Hotel was much better standard than I expected, very luxurious with friendly helpful staff. The only improvement to the itinerary would have been to walk to Sascayhuaman rather than get the bus so that we could do some gentle exercise before the trek to aid acclimatisation. Others in the group also felt that this would have been beneficial. Food on trek was delicious, high quality and plentiful - we had to ask the cook to make us less food. All of the support crew were friendly and helpful. Our guide was helpful and knowledgeable. He had excellent English so there were never any problems with communication. When one of our group struggled with the terrain he was exceedingly patient and supportive, with other crew members also helping the client to overcome any difficulties. He was very familiar with area, and able to offer slight variations from the itinerary so that we had a better experience. I really enjoyed my trip, only wish I could have stayed longer to experience other parts of Peru. I felt that the trip provided a good balance of free time to explore on non-trekking days with guided visits to sites. Most enjoyed climbing to the high point of the trek with spectacular views. I loved the food, and our crew cooked a traditional lamb meal roasted with hot rocks on the final day which was delicious, and a special experience for the whole group.

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Trevor  

We have hiked extensively in the past 11 years around the world's mountainous regions - European alps (France/Italy/Austria/Switzerland/Slovenia), USA Rockies and Sierra Nevada, Canadian Rockies, New Zealand, Patagonia, Annapurna Circuit Nepal and this year Peru - Huayhuash, Santa Cruze/Ulta and Ausangate. Without doubt this Ausangate Trek is truly spectacular and rates as one of the top 4 places we have been. The big deal is that the trek, although high altitude, is "accessible", doesn't take too long (8 nights and shorter and less difficult than the Huayhuash trek), and it's uncrowded and allows the most close-up views of 6000m peaks we have ever come across. Just stunning! If you like mountain vistas - don't waste your time on busy Inca trails to Machu Picchu. Also I'd recommend this one above Mt Kilimanjaro. It's much better "bang for your money". The mountainous and epic valley landscape views are better than the featureless and distant flat horizon seen from the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.

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Mark  

This was a fantastic trek which started with two days acclimatisation / sightseeing in Cusco and Ollantaytambo. Claudio (our guide) was very passionate and informative about Inca culture and history. We then moved to the mountains and spent eight days trekking the Ausangate circuit. This included crossing two passes over 5000m which was a first for me and a great experience. The scenery spectacular and is more beautiful than the photos show on the KE website. The local support crew were very hard working packing and unpacking equipment every day leaving us to concentrate on the walking. The food was excellent and I was amazed at the variety and quality of food produced every day. Claudio and his assistant David were excellent guides making sure we were going informed of the day's plans and nature of the terrain that we would follow. It does go dark early (6.00. / 6.30 pm) and evening meal was served at 7.00pm so I would take book / Kindle / playing cards to occupy this part of the day.

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Graham  

The scenery around the Ausangate Circuit was spectacular - words and pictures really can't do it justice. I've done a lot of trekking and each trip usually has one or two views or particular locations that stick in the mind - the thing that was incredible about this trip was that there were days where every corner you turned would lead to another location more beautiful than the last. The lakes, rivers and mountain vistas were very special! Scenery aside, our Guide, was great - his knowledge about the area and passion for trekking came through and made for an enjoyable trip. Machu Picchu was great, but hard to take a picture without someone in the background because there are so many tourists. On the trek itself, we barely saw another group the entire time we were walking, so if you want peace and tranquillity then this is definitely a trip to consider!

Tour Operator

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