We depart from Cusco in the morning towards San Jeronimo district, just over 30 minutes by car to the southeast from the Historic Center of the city. We start our hike in the […]

We depart from Cusco in the morning towards San Jeronimo district, just over 30 minutes by car to the southeast from the Historic Center of the city. We start our hike in the San Jeronimo square. The path goes up the first section, until we reach a small community called Huaccoto, from the top of the mountain we have a breathtaking view of the valley of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and the majestic mountains around, especially Apu Pachatusan, the highest in the area. From that point, the path is flat and then descending, by a narrow road at the end of which is the Shrine of the Lord of Huanca. Thousands of pilgrims use this trail every September 14th, during a night walk towards the Shrine; this place keeps a catholic image, which is, according to the Andean traditions, the spirit of the Apu Pachatusan.

Then we descend by car to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where we will have a delicious lunch. After it, we will take the car back to your hotel in Cusco.

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DAY 1: HIKING TO THE SHRINE OF THE LORD OF HUANCA

We depart from Cusco in the morning towards San Jeronimo district, just over 30 minutes by car to the southeast from the Historic Center of the city. We start our hike in the San Jeronimo square. The path goes up the first section, until we reach a small community called Huaccoto, from the top of the mountain we have a breathtaking view of the valley of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and the majestic mountains around, especially Apu Pachatusan, the highest in the area. From that point, the path is flat and then descending, by a narrow road at the end of which is the Shrine of the Lord of Huanca. Thousands of pilgrims use this trail every September 14th, during a night walk towards the Shrine; this place keeps a catholic image, which is, according to the Andean traditions, the spirit of the Apu Pachatusan. Then we descend by car to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where we will have a delicious lunch. After it, we will take the car back to your hotel in Cusco.

Height

4300 msnm

Duration

5 Hours

Difficulty

Moderate

IT INCLUDES

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Services of expert guides in high mountain hiking

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Private transport to Chillca and back to Cusco

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Accommodation in double rooms

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Breakfast and dinner served in the lodges, snacks and lunches served on the way

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First aid kit and oxygen

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Waterproof bags for the baggage carried by llamas

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RATES

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HEALTH

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WEATHER

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EQUIPMENT

Tarifas

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A climatization period is essential for enjoying adventures in high mountains. We can help you to make the best of your time during this initial phase, and to stay healthy throughout the trip.

All travelers who trek the Apu Ausangate Route must take a prior 3 to 4-day climatization period to allow for enjoying the trek at over 5,000 m. without experiencing any health problems. Additionally, hike participants must be in good health and physically fit to carry out trekking activities. Symptoms of altitude sickness, known in Peru as soroche, can sometimes occur at altitudes above 3,000 meters. The most common symptoms include: headache, loss of appetite, dizziness and difficulty sleeping, among others. To alleviate such ailments, you can follow these simple but important suggestions for the climatization phase: get good rest, take light walks, eat a light diet and drink large amounts of water, along with coca leaf tea; avoiding alcohol consumption during the first few days is also very important.

Prior to your departure, we suggest you consult with your doctor to ask about medicinal products recommended for high altitude, such as Diamox. If you’d like to obtain more detailed information and suggestions regarding medical issues during travel, please contact us

A challenging, and occasionally harsh climate; a perfect setting for adventures in high mountains.

In the high Andean zone, days are mostly beautiful and sunny, with light to swift winds in the mornings. Temperatures range between 0° to 23 ° C during the day, and travelers must be prepared to experience changing temperatures and diverse weather conditions.

At this latitude only two climate seasons occur: dry season from June through September, and rainy season, which is subject to heavy rains from November through April. Due to seasonal conditions, we recommend that you travel between April and November, when you’ll have the best chances for excellent weather - perfect for enjoying hikes and other activities.

During the dry season, temperatures below zero are frequent at night, with milder temperatures during the day.

Maximum daytime temperatures during dry season: Between 12 C° and 20 C°.

Minimum nighttime temperatures: between 5 C° and -5 C°.

Our four ecolodges along the Ausangate Route are well-equipped with all the necessary safeguards and everything our travelers need to enjoy a comfortable rest under most any weather conditions.

Clothing:
  • Hiking boots (it’s important to wear in new boots before hiking, to avoid blisters).
  • Long sleeve t-shirts (one per day).
  • Walking pants.
  • Thermal hiking undergarments.
  • Wool sweater or down vest.
  • Insulated parka or down jacket.
  • Thermal sleeping clothes.
  • Long cotton pants.
  • Wool gloves.
  • Scarf.
  • Wool socks.
  • Wool cap, and hat or cap for shade.
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex jacket and pants, or rain poncho.
  • Comfortable sandals or slippers (for use at the lodges).
  • Small towel.
  • Additional gear: Hiking poles are very useful for providing balance and walking ease on hikes.
Gear:
  • Flashlight or headlamp.
  • Pocket knife.
  • Water bottle or canteen.
  • Plastic baggies, for batteries and other items.
  • Plastic bags for dirty or wet clothing.
  • Daypack for short hikes (large enough for snacks, a change of clothing, water).
  • Binoculars.
  • Spare memory cards and batteries for your cameras (batteries can lose their charge due to low temperatures, and there is no current to charge them along the mountain route).
  • Toiletries and first aid kit.
  • Money belt.

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