Ausangate Lodge to Lodge Trek
At a Glance
- An extraordinary trek through one of the world’s most pristine mountain ecosystems, away from the crowds of the Inca Trail and Peru’s more well-trodden trekking routes
- Follows in the footsteps of ancient mountain tribespeople on this lodge-to-lodge trek, past magnificent glaciers, colourful rock formations, mountain lakes and alpine meadows
- Stay in luxurious yet authentic lodges along the route, each in a unique and spectacular location amongst the cordillera
- Enjoy delicious, freshly prepared Peruvian cuisine after a long day of trekking
With no electricity, as night falls the lodges are lit by candlelight and lanterns allowing the Andes’ mesmerising blanket of stars and constellations to take centre stage
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A spectacular high-altitude trek through the Vilcanota’s Cordillera to Peru’s most sacred mountain, Mount Ausangate, staying at four unique lodges, or ‘tambos’, amongst the breath-taking scenery of the high Andes.
At the end of a long day of trekking, your lodge (or ‘tambo’) will be a welcome sight, lit by candles and lanterns with the warmest of Andean welcomes from your local Chillca hosts. Constructed from local stone and eucalyptus logs from the Cusco valley, each of the eco-lodges is an inviting refuge from the wilds of the mountains, complete with comfortable beds, hot showers and delicious home cooked food. Their extraordinary locations amongst the Vilcanota ranges ensures you wake up to mesmerising views, before you set off on your next day’s trek. By night, your hosts will regale you with tales of their ancestors and share traditional music of the Andes.
Ausangate Andean Lodges comprise four unique mountain lodges in spectacular locations along the trekking route. Each of the four ‘tambos’ (Incan for ‘resting place’) offering comfortable beds with thermal feather duvets and stunning views of the Vilcanota mountain range. Bathrooms with flushing toilets and running cold and hot water tapped from nearby springs make these mountain sanctuaries a welcome retreat after a long day of trekking.
The trek to Ausangate Mountain is challenging and takes you to high altitudes in places, notably the Palomani Pass, at 5,150 meters above sea level, so we do not recommend this trek for young children.
There is no electricity at the lodges. They are heated by firewood and lit by candles and lanterns, creating a magical atmosphere after dark, allowing you to enjoy the blanket of stars and constellations visible in the Andean sky. Local chefs prepare fresh and nutritious dishes to nourish hungry trekkers, before you retire to the cosy heated living space to listen to traditional music or hear stories of the ancient Incas.
The trek to Apu Ausangate requires between 7 and 8 hours of trekking each day, through constantly changing altitude. We therefore suggest that a good level of fitness is required to undertake this trek. 3 to 4 days spent acclimatising to the altitude in Cuzco or the surrounding areas should combat any altitude sickness.
Location & directions
The four Ausangate Andean Lodges are spread out across ancient mountain pathways on a pilgrimage route to Mount Ausangate. The first tambo, Chillca Lodge, is a 2-hour drive from Cuzco, followed by a 90-minute trek.
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