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What’s included

  • Local leaders for each section of your trip
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (usually 3*) in Cusco on bed and breakfast basis
  • Good standard hotel accommodation, with all meals in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Five nights in luxury lodges on the Salkantay trek with all meals
  • Four nights in Ausangate lodges with all meals
  • Rail fares Machu Picchu to Sacred Valley
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All meals while on trek and in Sacred Valley
  • Costs of all porterage and porter insurance
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

Ausangate & Machu Picchu Mountain Lodge Trek Community Treks

Walking & Trekking

Peru | Walking & Trekking

New for 2017
Ausangate & Machu Picchu Mountain Lodge Trek
Strenuous

Suitable for fit individuals who have regular experience of mountain walking.

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Grade: Strenuous ? Strenuous
Duration:  19 days from the UK  
On trek: 11 days

Flight inclusive from £5,495,
Land only from £4,695

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Explore two contrasting but equally stunning regions of the Andes on this rewarding lodge-to-lodge trek.

Highlights

  • Trek the high Andes in real style, staying in four luxury mountain lodges on the Salkantay Inca trek
  • Follow a beautiful trail, away from the crowds of the Inca Trail, with a unique view of Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy an excellent acclimatisation programme in Cuzco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Cross high passes and see stunning Rainbow Mountain on the spectacular high-altitude Ausangate trek
  • Benefit local communities in Ausangate where the lodges employ local people as cooks, lodge keepers and llama drivers

Reviews          

The acclimatisation and trek were excellent. This was my first trek and my first time in South America and first time travelling on my own! A fantastic experience and well organised!
Miss McC, Kincardineshire

Our itinerary was very well organised and standard of accommodation excellent - particularly the lodges on our trek, which were quite outstanding in every way.
Mr & Mrs Q, West Sussex

A fantastic trek and holiday - all organisation went smoothly - Peru is a fabulous country - the trek and lodges were outstanding.
Mr M, Gloucester

This trip had everything: the spectacular scenery of the trek through the mountains and the luxury accommodation and service we received throughout the holiday.
Mrs O'G, Kendal

The holiday was a great experience. The accommodation at 'Mountain Lodges' is exceptional and made a great end to each day.
Mr & Mrs K, Australia

The trip was brilliant, I loved it all. The Sacred Valley was an unexpected delight, the trek was just heaven, especially the Emerald Lake and Salkantay Pass. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity for such a wonderful experience - thank you for making it possible in such comfort!
Ms W, Edinburgh

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Our first trek follows an ancient pre-Inca trade route through the Cordillera Vilcabamba, crossing a high mountain pass between two snow-covered Andean peaks - Salkantay and Tucarhuay. As a final flourish to our trek, we gain a view of Machu Picchu from a perspective few tourists ever see. We stay in four super-comfy lodges with the emphasis on authentic design, great service and delicious food and they even have jacuzzis!

In the shadow of mighty Ausangate, our second trek is tougher but immensely rewarding. From snow-covered summits to its signature ‘Rainbow Mountain’ and red sandstone hills, we are treated to a constant visual feast. The lodges we use are built to a high standard with good facilities and they also train and employ local people as trek and lodge staff thereby benefiting the communities through which we are trekking.

With time spent acclimatising in Cuzco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas before we start trekking, and a day touring the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu, this is an all-encompassing Andean adventure.


At a glance

Grade: Strenuous
Strenuous

Duration:  19 days from the UK  
On trek: 11 days

Max. Altitude: 5,100m/16,732ft, Palomani Pass, Day 15

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Cuzco

Accommodation types: Hotels, Lodges

Meal arrangements: B&B in Cusco. All meals elsewhere.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Fly to Cuzco.
3-4
Sightseeing and acclimatising in Sacred Valley.
5
Sightseeing in Cuzco.
6-11
Luxury Lodges of Machu Picchu trek. Drive to Aguas Calientes.
12
Full tour of Machu Picchu. Return train to Cuzco.
13-17
Ausangate Lodge trek. Return to Cuzco.
18-19
Fly Cuzco-Lima. Arrive in UK.
Leader: Local leader, Peru
Local leader, Peru

You will be accompanied throughout your holiday by a local English-speaking guide. These leaders are very knowledgeable and extremely charming and friendly and in their company you will enjoy an insider’s view of Peru.


Ausangate & Machu Picchu Mountain Lodge Trek Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Cusco

    Fly from London To Cuzco.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Fly to Cuzco (3,353m/11,000ft), 1 hour's drive to Sacred Valley (2,800m/9,200ft).

    You will be met at the hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. On arrival in Cuzco, you will be met and will then head off to your accommodation in the Sacred Valley near the small town of Urubamba, situated at a comfortably lower altitude than Cuzco.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Inkallpa Or Similar
  3. Day 3 - Sacred Valley sightseeing

    After breakfast you will drive to the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas. This is a really beautiful valley and was the breadbasket of the Inca Empire. High above the valley, snow peaks glisten in the sun while in the fertile fields below local people harvest crops such as maize, quinoa and many kinds of potatoes. Everywhere there is evidence of earlier Inca settlement with a host of terraces, walls, temples and burial towers in varying states of repair.

    Firstly you will visit the major Inca temple/fortress of Ollantaytambo at the western end of the Sacred Valley. This amazing edifice was probably built by the great Inca ruler, Pachacuti in the 1460s and it was here that in 1536 Manco Inca temporarily halted the advance of Hernando Pizzaro. The fortress and town represent some of the best of Inca architecture and construction, with fine examples of beautifully carved polygonal stones and monumental, monolithic rocks. Large worked blocks, some weighing as much as 100 tons, were quarried from a site more than a thousand vertical feet above the valley floor using a technique of pecking with hammer stones, then moved down and across the Urubamba River, several kilometres to the temple site. Inclined ramps were built to raise the blocks several hundred feet up hill to the construction area. At ground level below the fortress there are smaller scale ceremonial stonework constructions - here rivulets bubble along cut channels and water tumbles into pools over finely carved rocks.

    You will then travel to Pisac which lies at the eastern end of the Sacred Valley. Here, situated above the town of Pisac, is found an extensive and impressive Inca hill top complex clinging to the mountain top. You will have time to explore on foot for an hour or two with time to take in the best of the ruins and to enjoy the superb scenery. You will have lunch in, or near Pisac and will also have time to visit its interesting artisan market to check out the souvenir shopping. Ask your guide to show you the guinea pig 'castle' located in one of the town's bakeries!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Inkallpa Or Similar
  4. Day 4 - Sightseeing & acclimatisation hike in the Sacred Valley. Drive back to Cuzco.

    In the morning you drive through the mountains and valleys towards the Chinchero Highlands, from where you will enjoy an amazing view over the huge peaks of the Urubamba Mountains. The village of Chinchero is a typical agricultural Quechua settlement with people living a traditional life. Chinchero is famous for its intricate woollen weavings and there is a market for local handicrafts.

    Afterwards you visit the Inca ruins near the village and continue throughout the vast highland to the incredible salt mines of Maras, which are still worked by local people. Maras was formerly famous for its spies - due to its strategic location above the Sacred Valley the local inhabitants were able to keep track of the movement of all travellers in and out of the valley. You will have a walk in Maras for a couple of hours.

    You then head out across the grassy plain to the extraordinary Inca earthworks of Moray. There is no other Inca site quite like Moray - three crater-like depressions are lined with a series of concentric circular terraces disappearing down into the earth. Some think that this may have been the site of sophisticated Inca agricultural experiments with each terrace representing an altitude zone. It is thought that the terraces' containing walls were filled with fertile earth and watered by complex irrigation systems, enabling the Incas to grow more than 250 plant species.

    It is a relatively short drive out of the Sacred Valley, over the top and down into Cuzco City where you will check in to your hotel.

    Cuzco is a beautiful and vibrant City. Formerly the capital of the extensive Inca Empire, today the foundations and walls of Inca buildings are overlaid by Spanish architecture. Fine Inca stonework has survived centuries of both earthquakes and Spanish colonialism. Wanderlust readers have repeatedly voted Cuzco one of their favourite of all worldwide destinations.

    Your hotel is located in the attractive San Blas area of Cuzco, formerly the artisans' quarter and located not far from the attractive Plaza de Armas with its Baroque Cathedral and fine colonial buildings. There are plenty of excellent little cafés on the main square and in nearby streets, some with balconies overlooking gardens, fountains and cobbled streets. Later you will have the choice of eating in one of the many fine restaurants in the area where really excellent food from a wide range of national cuisines is available. You may find you have the added bonus of sitting alongside a finely worked Inca wall while you eat your dinner.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Casa San Blas Or Similar
  5. Day 5 - Morning sightseeing in Cuzco, afternoon at leisure.

    After breakfast in the hotel, you will start your sightseeing in Cuzco city and the surrounding archaeological sites. During the morning you will visit: the fortress of Sacsayhuaman identified as a great sacred place, from where you enjoy an amazing view over Cuzco; the amphitheatre of Kenko; Tambomachay, with its two distinctive aqueducts that to this day continue to provide clean water to the area; and Puca Pucara, a strategically located "red fortress" that dominates the entire area. You continue with your tour, visiting the historic city centre, strolling through the elegant Plaza de Armas, surrounded by colonial buildings dominated by the majestic Cathedral. You'll visit the Temple of Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, an important site of worship of the Inca Empire.

    In the afternoon, you will have some free time to explore Cuzco on your own, shop for souvenirs, or make final preparations for your trek. There is great shopping in Cuzco and some wonderful restaurants to enjoy and, if you have the energy, you can explore Cuzco's excellent nightlife.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Casa San Blas Or Similar
  6. Day 6 - Drive Cuzco to Mollepata and continue to Marcoccasa. Trek to Soray Pampa (3,850m/12,705ft). Approximately 4 hour's drive and 5 hour's walk.

    Today you will have an early breakfast and then at around 7am you will be picked up from your Cuzco hotel by your guide for the next exciting part of your holiday. On the way you will make a quick stop at the Inca site of Tarahuasi, an ancient Inca tambo or resting place, near the town of Limatambo. You then continue down the Apurimac Valley before leaving the tarmac road and climbing north on a dirt road to the small town of Mollepata. You then drive a further half hour, ascending a bumpy mountain track to a crossroads where you will start your walk. Take care to have plenty of water with you and your sunscreen. You climb in beautiful countryside to an open meadow with fine all round views where you will have a good packed lunch. You then continue climbing on an old trail through farmland and through woodland bright with flowers. Finally you reach the high point of today's walk and will see the snowy peak of Salkantay ahead of you at the end of the valley. You descend into the valley and continue walking to reach Soray Pampa and your lodge for the night. You only see the lodge when you are almost upon it! About 4 hours walking including time for lunch.

    The Salkantay Lodge is situated in a beautiful high alpine pasture, grazed by mules and horses. Your eye is led up to the snowy heights of Mt Salkantay (6,240m/20,472ft) framed at the head of the valley. The lodge takes its name from this majestic peak, the most sacred peak in Inca mythology and the highest in the region.

    On arrival you will be greeted warmly by the lodge staff. They will offer you a welcome mug of coca tea and, while they organise your room keys, will usher you into the warm sitting room with its welcoming log burning stove. You will then be shown to your rooms. Rooms at this lodge, as at the other lodges are exceptionally comfortable and well-appointed with plump duvets and good bathrooms. Many rooms at the Salkantay Lodge have balconies looking out at Salkantay Mountain. Later in the afternoon you will have the opportunity to relax in the hot tub located outside with fabulous views of the mountains. There will be a briefing and aperitifs by the fire before dinner.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mountain Lodges Of Peru - Luxury Lodges
  7. Day 7 - At Soray Pampa with local walks.

    Today will be a day for exploration and acclimatisation and free time to enjoy this high mountain region. A recommended activity, both for a lovely walk and to aid good acclimatisation, is to make the ascent up to a beautiful lake at 4,100m/13,452ft beneath the snow face of Humantay mountain (many maps incorrectly label this as Tucarhuay). You will be able to have a leisurely start to the day and enjoy breakfast before setting off at about 9am. You walk toward the head of the valley for a short way before climbing up to reach the lake, a steady climb of a couple of hours in all - a bit of a huff and puff, but you will not be in a hurry so can take your time. At the lake you will have time to enjoy the views and may also walk round to where the glacier descends right down to the water. You may be invited to take a dip in the lake, but be warned that the water is quite exceptionally cold. It is then about an hour's descent back to the lodge for a good lunch. In the afternoon you may again enjoy an al fresco soak in the hot tub or take a walk in the surrounding area to look at birds.

    In the evening the barman at the lodge may lay on a demonstration of pisco sour making and will give you the chance to try out your own cocktail making skills. At dinner your guide will brief you on the itinerary for the next four days.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mountain Lodges Of Peru - Luxury Lodges
  8. Day 8 - Trek from Soray Pampa to Huayrac Machay (3,924m/12,874ft), crossing the Salkantay pass/ Apacheta pass, approximately 4,650m/15,256ft, 6-7 hours trekking.

    This is the big walking day! You will enjoy a good breakfast before bidding farewell to the lodge staff and setting off on your walk. From this point you will have your own cooks and pony men travelling with you as well as a riding horse in case you tire along the way.

    Leaving the lodge you hike up beside the Rio Blanco River towards the head of the valley. Along the way you will sign the book so the authorities can check that you exit safely at the other end of the route. You then ascend alongside a stream, up to Salkantay Pampa (4,164m/13,661ft) which will provide a welcome opportunity to rest for a moment. From here your trail continues up zigzags and then descends a short way to another meadow near a small lake, Soyroccocha at 4,489m/14,728ft. Then it is a just a final 40 minutes up more zigzags to arrive finally at the Salkantay Pass at 4,650m/15,256ft. The ascent is about 4 hours in all.

    At the pass you may pause for photographs and to take in views of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction, with the south face of Salkantay towering above you. Also keep a look out for Andean condors, six of which are known to live in this valley. You then continue your descent toward Huayrac Lodge, 'the place where the wind lives', your destination for the evening. You will be served a hot lunch en route, probably at Ichupata, an alpine pasture named after the coarse grass which is a feature of this altitude. On the way look out for granite rocks covered in bright red lichen.

    On arrival at Huayrac Machay (3,924m/12,874ft) you will again be warmly greeted by the lodge staff and they will probably take your boots away to give them a clean! You will get used to being a little spoiled. Tea will be served on arrival and you will again have the opportunity to soak in the hot tub. Now that you have crossed your pass and descended a little you may feel that you can indulge in a pisco sour, a beer or a glass of wine here.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mountain Lodges Of Peru - Luxury Lodges
  9. Day 9 - Trek from Huayrac Machay to Colpa Pampa (2,844m/9372ft), 3-4 hours trekking.

    You will wake up to spectacular views of the surrounding mountain scenery including Humantay, a beautiful pointed peak of around 5,790m/19,000ft. Alpacas, pigs, horses and mules all graze together in the meadows around the lodge. Following the long first day you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast at here.

    After breakfast you hike downhill above the Salkantay River, through increasingly verdant scenery. There could not be more of a contrast to yesterday's scenery - you soon leave the stark Alpine scenery and walk instead through beautiful lush jungle. You will see tall pampas grasses, creepers worthy of Tarzan, bright orchids and clouds of butterflies flitting amongst the flowers and trees. You also pass by several picturesque settlements. This is a really beautiful walk and as it only takes about 3 or 4 hours you can really take the time to enjoy it. You are now low enough down to encounter occasional biting insects so have the insect repellent handy.

    After about 3 hours descent you will see below you, on the other side of the river, the thatched roofs of your lodge. As a bit of a sting in the tail to this walk you descend to the river, cross a bridge and then have to climb, but only for about 10 minutes, to the lodge. Colpa Lodge is located in a beautiful situation on an open promontory at the confluence of three rivers, which here join to form the Santa Theresa River. There is a grassy area in front of the lodge and the hot tub is built so that when you are sitting in it you can enjoy the lovely views over to the village of Colcapampa below. You will have lunch at the lodge which may well be a traditional Andean 'pachamanca' - this meal is cooked in a hole in the ground on hot stones and will be prepared for you by your cooks.

    The afternoon will be free to enjoy the delightful surroundings or relax in the hot tub.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mountain Lodges Of Peru - Luxury Lodges
  10. Day 10 - Trek from Colpa Pampa to Lucma lodge at Lucma Bamba (2,150m/7,095 ft), 4-6 hours trekking.

    After another good breakfast you head off again. You descend down to the river near the hot springs near Colcabamba and cross the Santa Theresa River. Your trail then takes you down alongside this beautiful river through more forest and past the occasional settlement cleared from the surrounding rainforest.

    You stop near the river for a hot lunch and then after lunch descend further to arrive at a road. As nowadays horses are not allowed on the next part of the trail you will say "goodbye" to your horseman and riding horse here - porters will carry the luggage for the last section. A bus will be waiting for you at the road, your staff will load the luggage and you will then drive the short distance to the start of the Camino Llactapata (The Llactapata Inca Trail) just beyond the village of La Playa. This ancient trail which links the Santa Theresa Valley with the Inca ruins at Llactapata and the Aobamba valley has been recently restored and, like the more traditional Inca Trail, no mules or horses are allowed to travel it. From the entrance gate you walk up a well-made trail through coffee plantations - all the coffee in this area is grown organically and is said to be of very high quality - you then follow round an open hillside, with more great views, to reach the Lucma lodge about 30-40 minutes from the road. The lodge is situated near Lucmabamba Village amongst coffee and avocado trees. You will be able to relax here at lower, warmer altitudes. (Note: This lodge currently does not have a hot tub!)

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mountain Lodges Of Peru - Luxury Lodges
  11. Day 11 - Trek from Lucma over Llactapata pass (2,800m/9,186ft) to ‘Hydroelectrica’, 5-6 hours trekking. Train to Aguas Calientes (1,900m /6,270ft), half hour train ride.

    After a fairly early start and a hearty breakfast, you say farewell to the lodge staff and set off on the last trekking day of your trip. You have another beautiful walk today with your first views of Machu Picchu. Heading uphill from the lodge you leave the coffee plantations and farmland and climb round a more open hillside with fine views back up the valley of the Santa Theresa and snow-capped peaks in the distance. You head uphill for about two to two and a half hours, occasionally passing through cool, mossy, lichen hung glades to reach the top of the ridge. Near the top of the climb are some fine Inca stone steps. At the very top, at 2,800m/9,186ft, you are in forest so there are no views from there, however after descending for about 10 minutes you may glimpse your first view of Machu Picchu through the trees on your left. In any case after a further 10 minutes descent you arrive at the Inca ruins of Llactapata from where you look directly across to a stunning view of Machu Picchu from the south west, a perspective that few other tourists ever see.

    Hugh Thomson and Gary Ziegler investigated the ruins of Llactapata in 2003 and discovered more than 80 buildings. They concluded that what appears to be one of the most important buildings there is directly aligned to the ceremonial centre of Machu Picchu and that at the all-important June solstice the sun is seen to rise directly over Machu Picchu from this spot. Possibly Llactapata was a sister site to Machu Picchu, or was a ceremonial offshoot of Machu Picchu. In any case there are still many unexcavated ruins all around, swallowed up in the luxuriant jungle. Lunch will be served at a scenic viewpoint, looking out to Machu Picchu.

    From Llactapata you begin your final descent, down to the Aobamba River, through lush bamboo forests and more orchards and coffee plantations (approx 2 hours descent). You cross a bridge over the Aobamba and then walk down to join the Vilcanota River, passing a tumbling 500ft high waterfall, part of the hydroelectric scheme, and then continue the short distance to the tiny railway station of 'Hydroelectrica'. There will probably be time for a celebratory beer here in a small local café before you board the late afternoon train for the short, scenic train ride to Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly known as Aguas Calientes).

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel El Mapi Or Similar
  12. Day 12 - Tour of Machu Picchu, train to Cuzco.

    After an early breakfast you will drive the short distance up the zigzag road to Machu Picchu to get there before the main crowds and also when the light is better for those all-important photos. Machu Picchu is a place that really lives up to all expectations. The setting is breathtaking and the ruins themselves are sensational.

    If you wish to climb Huayna Picchu the cost of the permit for this is included in the price of your trip, but please let us know in advance because nowadays only a limited amount of people are allowed to climb the peak each day. If you would prefer to climb Machu Picchu peak instead on this day please let us know well in advance so that we can change the permit to this peak instead of Huayna Picchu. You will in any case have a full guided tour of the ruins with time afterwards to walk out to the Inca Bridge, or just wander through the ruins revelling in the amazing atmosphere of this fabulous place.

    You will then descend to Machu Picchu Pueblo to board the afternoon train back along the Urubamba Valley, a really great train journey. You will alight from the train at Ollantaytambo and your waiting bus will speed you back to Cuzco and your friendly hotel. You will then have time for a final meal out in Cuzco.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Casa San Blas Or Similar
  13. Day 13 - Drive from Cuzco to Chilca Tambo (4,300m/14,107ft), 3 hours driving, 1½ hours walking.

    In the morning you drive towards the point where the Ausangate Trek begins. You will follow the highland until the Vilcanota Range Mountain reaching the Abra Pass at an altitude of 4,370 meters. You pass by the city of Sicuani set in the Vilcanota valley, from where you continue on a paved road to the village of Checacupe. You leave the paved road here and drive up to the small Andean community of Chilca from where you start your trek to ChilcaTambo, the first lodge of the Ausangate trek.

    On arrival at your trek start point you walk for an hour and a half to the first lodge situated at 4,300m. Tea, coffee and a light snack will be served soon after your arrival and you will be allocated your room in the lodge.

    Built in 2006, the lodges are very tastefully designed and atmospheric. The rooms are en suite with western-style toilets, a shower and a sink. Bedding and hot water are provided, as is a welcome hot water bottle before you go to bed. Your trekking crew will be with you for the duration of the trek, and this evening you will sample your cook's tasty, nutritious 3-course meal. You may be lucky and have the village president play the harp for you after dinner. You are provided with biodegradable soap, shower gel and lip balm.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Lodge
  14. Day 14 - Trek to Machuracay (4,800m/15,748ft), 6-8 hours.

    After breakfast you begin your day's hike around 7.00-7.30am. You head up the valley of Upis where impressive glaciated mountains loom above the valley. The going is fairly easy and very gently rising for the first couple of hours. Before the head of the valley you turn left and begin ascending more noticeably on a narrower trail which leads after another hour or two to a lake. Another hour of climbing brings you to a 4,880m pass, and the beautiful Pucacocha Lake. You will have lunch here. Spectacular views of Santa Catalina Mountain and Ausangate are to be had in this serene spot. Throughout your walk today the only other companions you are likely to see are alpacas and llamas roaming the hillsides and local shepherds. The crew will usually erect a tent, tables and chairs for you to dine in for lunch. Your walk to the lunch spot usually takes around 5-6 hours, so the snacks you are provided with, plus a full water bottle, will be essential to keep you going.

    After lunch it is an easy 1-2 hour walk to the lodge. As you leave the lake you have a very brief ascent before descending for about 15 minutes. For the rest of the trail to the lodge you are contouring round the hillside and crossing a long series of moraines, taking in the breath-taking views of the surrounding snow-capped summits including the dauntingly technical mountain, Ausangate.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Lodge
  15. Day 15 - Machuracay to Anantapata (4,720m/15,485ft). Cross Palomani pass (5,100m/16,732ft), 6-7 hours.

    Today is a day where the superlatives run out for the scenery. You begin with a demanding, but straight-forward ascent of the Palomani pass (5,100m), which takes approximately 2 hours. This is the highest point of your trek. There may well be snow from the moment you leave the lodge. All throughout your ascent and at the pass you have truly spectacular views of the intimidating, majestic Ausangate and the distinctive Santa Catalina. After taking the obligatory photographs and soaking up the serene atmosphere, you descend 500m to a stunning lake, called Ausangate Cocha - a fabulous place for a lengthy snack break. Here you can marvel at the glaciated south face of Ausangate.

    You now begin ascending very gradually and then the trail contours around the hillside for a couple of hours before you reach a small stone building which will usually be your lunch spot - so a total of approximately 5 hours to lunch. You can see the lodge in the distance from this point. From the moment you descend from the pass, the landscape changes and you can appreciate the red sandstone formations of the "Nevado de Inca". A further 1½ hours of undulating trail brings you to your lodge at 4,720m. This lodge differs from all the others in that it is a single storey building, with a lower roof, which makes it considerably warmer!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Lodge
  16. Day 16 - Trek from Anantapata to Huampococha (4,820m/15,813ft) crossing 2 passes of 4,950m/16,076ft and 5,050m /16,568ft, 6-7 hours.

    A tough day today, with two passes of around 5,000m to tackle in the morning. It is also an absolutely stunning walk with extremely varied scenery. You begin walking uphill towards the pass, often snow-covered. It takes approximately one hour to reach the first pass (4,950m) and you may be lucky enough to spot bobcat trails. You are treated to a different, equally spectacular view of Mt. Ausangate at the pass and the jagged peaks of Alcaturi dominate the immediate landscape.

    The descent from the pass is fairly steep and can be quite icy so caution is required. The llamas which carry your kit bags make short work of this! The descent finishes at an attractive lake where you will probably see ducks and coots skating on the ice. You then begin your ascent towards the second pass. You climb gradually to a saddle and then contour around the hillside until you reach the second pass at 5,050m. Rising directly from the pass is a striking hill with multi-coloured rock strata - often referred to as 'Rainbow Mountain'. It takes approximately 4½ hours to reach this second pass from the lodge. From here on, the scenery changes and you are treated to the red sandstone and copper hillsides - the signature of the Ausangate trek. You now descend for a short while before a gradual ascent and you then contour on the level, where you can see the famous faces of ancient warriors - use your imagination as you look at the jagged sandstone edges on the hillside.

    A 30-minute descent brings you to your lunch spot - which is approximately 6 hours from when you left the lodge, so when you spot the lunch tent, it will be a very welcome sight! From here it is approximately 1-1½ hours to the lodge on an undulating trail, contouring around the hillside. The lodge is in a beautiful situation next to a lake, with a view of snow-capped summits from the dining room. The jagged red sandstone peak above the lodge is called Wayna Anta.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Lodge
  17. Day 17 - Trek from Huampococha to Congomire and Checacupe (4,000m / 13,123ft). Drive to Cuzco, 3 hours.

    You begin ascending to the Anta pass - approximately 45 minutes from the lodge. After the pass you continually descend to the end of your trek. At the Anta pass you wave a final 'goodbye' to Mt. Ausangate. The descent is very beautiful as the sandstone hills change to limestone. You walk past many settlements with dry stone walls as corals used for their animals and crops. This is a perfect habitat for vizcachas (members of the chinchilla family) and you may spot Andean geese. The very scenic walk down the valley takes approximately 3 hours from the pass, and you will find the descent easy compared with the preceding days. Here farmers live a simple life in small communities. Once in Congomine your bus will be waiting to drive you to the magical City of Cuzco (approximately 2-3 hour's drive).

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Casa San Blas Or Similar
  18. Day 18 - Transfer to airport for flight to the UK

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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  19. Day 19 - Arrive UK

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2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Sun 6 Aug - Thu 24 Aug 2017Available£4695 Book£5495 Book

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Optional supplements
  • Single Lodges - MLP
    From £1,195
  • Single Lodges Ausangate
    From £250
  • Single Hotel Cusco & Sacred Valley
    From £335
Insurance
  • Cover starts from £119
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No surcharges will be applied to your holiday after you book. Prices on this website are updated regularly. The Flight Inclusive holiday price, or Land Only holiday price, will be confirmed to you at the time you make your booking. There will be no surcharges after your booking has been confirmed.

Flight inclusive holidays

The 'flight inclusive' holiday prices shown on this website are based upon our preferred airlines and the best priced economy class fares we are able to secure at the time of publication.

We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

What’s included

  • Local leaders for each section of your trip
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (usually 3*) in Cusco on bed and breakfast basis
  • Good standard hotel accommodation, with all meals in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Five nights in luxury lodges on the Salkantay trek with all meals
  • Four nights in Ausangate lodges with all meals
  • Rail fares Machu Picchu to Sacred Valley
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All meals while on trek and in Sacred Valley
  • Costs of all porterage and porter insurance
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch and evening meals in Cusco
  • Tips
  • Salkantay park fee of $50. Normally we include all park fees, but in the past this fee has not always been collected by the local authorities so we do not wish to include it unnecessarily.


Review your holiday

Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 9 reviews)

Peru trek          

What I enjoyed about travelling with Mountain Kingdoms was the good company on trek, excellent guides and spectacular scenery.

Spectacular scenery on Peru trek          

What I enjoyed about travelling with Mountain Kingdoms was the good company on trek, excellent guides and spectacular scenery.

Effective acclimatisation          

Well-organised. Good itinerary with excellent acclimatisation.

A wonderful experience!          

The trip was brilliant, I loved it all. The Sacred Valley was an unexpected delight, the trek was just heaven, especially the Emerald Lake and Salkantay Pass. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity for such a wonderful experience - thank you for making it possible in such comfort!

Exceptional lodges          

The holiday was a great experience. The accommodation at the 'Mountain Lodges' is exceptional and made a great end to each day.


Extend your holiday

Paracas and Nazca Lines, Peru
  • Discover over 150 species of birdlife in the Ballestas Islands
  • Look out for dolphins, sea lions and whales on a boat trip
  • Fly over the enigmatic Nazca lines

More Details

This fascinating extension will introduce you to an area in Peru that is famous for its culture and archaeological remains as well as for its extraordinarily prolific wildlife.

Firstly you drive south out of Lima, down the coast to Paracas. The Paracas peninsula is the site of the famous Paracas Culture, an advanced pre-Inca civilisation, renowned for its fine textiles and ceramics. The Ballestas Islands are famous for their sea birds and sea lions. You may also visit the small museum where some of Paracas’s famous textiles are displayed.

The next morning you will make an excursion by boat to visit the Ballestas Islands, sometimes called the ‘Little Galapagos’. These islands are home to over 150 species of marine birds as well as hundreds of sea-lions. You may see Humboldt penguins, cormorants, boobies and pelicans and on your cruise you may even encounter dolphins or whales. Your Ballestas excursion takes about two hours. Later you will be transferred to Pisco airport where you take a small plane to over-fly the enigmatic Nazca lines. The Nazca Lines are one of mankind’s greatest mysteries. They cover an arid desert plateau some 80kms wide with designs which are a mixture of stylised figures, animals, birds, fish, trees and flowers. Some are simply geometric patterns, or just lines.


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