AUSANGATE: A TREK TO PERU'S MYSTICAL PEAK EXPEDITION:

august 6 - 16, 2016

photo guide: alex kornhuber

$4,995.00 per person based on double occupancy. ADD $1200.00 Supplemental charge for single traveler. $750 deposit per-person reserves your space.

MAXIMUM OF 14 PERSONS ON THIS EXPEDITION.

Arrival Day - Lima, Peru

You arrive in Lima and are transferred to our hotel in Lima’s airport. If you arrive early, explore the city’s fabulous museums, see the changing of the guard in the historic Plaza Mayor or just relax. We will happily provide you with a long list of recommendations.

Day One - Lima, Cusco

We take a morning flight to the “Navel of the Universe,” Cusco. Spend the rest of the morning relaxing and acclimating to the altitude. (11,150 feet above sea level.) Meet up with Michael, Fiorella and Alex for a welcome gathering and a light lunch, and then set off to explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. We then watch a great sunset with spectacular city views and have an epic dinner at Cicciolina, one of the best restaurants in the Andes. (B, D)

 Day Two - Cusco, Sacred Valley

We leave Cusco early and descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First stop is the famous ruins and photogenic market of Pisac. Then it’s a fabulous lunch in Urubamba before spending the afternoon in the other worldly Salar de Maras, terraced salt works that have been operating for centuries. Overnight in Ollantaytambo at the Hotel and restaurant El Albergue, where they grow their own organic produce for their amazing dishes. (B, L, D)

Day Three - Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes

Wake at your leisure and explore the amazing ruins, countryside (on horseback if you wish!) and town of Ollantaytambo, the site of a great battle where the Incas were victorious against the Spanish conquistadors. After a great lunch we board the afternoon train through the Andes to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Remember, Michael and Alex are always on hand to help answer all of your photographic questions. Evening meal at The Treehouse, a sensational location in the high Andean jungle, where we will be spending the night. (B, L, D)

Day Four - Machu Picchu, Cusco

See the sunrise and enjoy an insider’s photographic tour at one of the true wonders of the world: Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Inca. Test your mettle and hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for exhilarating views of the Urubamba River valley or explore the ruins further with Michael and Alex. Spend the rest of the day in the ruins or join us for a late lunch (or a dip in the hot springs!) in Aguas Calientes before returning to Cusco in the late afternoon. (B, D)

Day Five - Cusco, Chillca

Today we set off for the trek to the mystical peak of Ausangate. We leave Cusco in a comfortable coach heading along the Vilcanota River to visit the temple of Checacupe and the upper valley of Pitumarca. At Japura, we trek a short distance to Chillca. Locals and musicians playing Andean instruments greet us upon arrival at our first "Tambo" or “Andean Lodge”, as we sip coca tea. Your chefs emphasize tasty and nutritious local cuisine (such as Alpaca meat) but vegetarian or other preferences are welcome. (B, L, D)

Day Six - Chillca, Machuracay

After breakfast we trek alongside thousands of alpacas and llamas in the Phinaya glacier valley. On the way to more glaciers at Santa Catalina, we climb by the inspiring Pjachaj waterfalls. Above, our picnic lunch awaits us. Then, surrounded by moraine walls, glaciers and lagoons we walk about 5 hours to Machuracay Tambo. Our bags, carried by a llama caravan, meet us there and the family that runs the lodge welcomes us. (B, L, D)

Day Seven - Machurcay, Anantapata

Today, we take in our first mountain pass (16 587 ft.) with its panoramic and spectacular views. Descending alongside the glaciers, we hike to the Ausangate Cocha Lake for lunch. Then we trek through the red sandstone sediment formations, a wonderful experience. Here, we see vicuñas and sometimes condors. After a day of great hiking we arrive at the third Andean Lodge ready to relax and enjoy. (B, L, D)

Day Eight - Anantapata, Huampococha

After breakfast, we take the trail to another mountain pass. Descending, we hike by Lake Kayrawiri, surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and the great valley below. Striations of color are embedded in the hillsides. Then we go on to Cerro Laya Grande via the massive Glacier del Inca, and the most striking colors in the sediments of Yauricunca. We then have lunch in this unique landscape. On our way to the fourth Tambo, we see hundreds of Andean geese nesting in the cliffs of Anta, and the flatiron formations of Apu Labrayani near Huampococha Tambo, where we will spend the night. (B, L, D)

Day Nine - Huampococha, Cusco

We ascend the final pass which has spectacular views of the mountains. From here it's all downhill, and we encounter some of the most capricious shapes of limestone formations created during the Cretaceous age. We arrive at the end of the trail in Trapiche, have lunch and then return by bus to Cusco, ending the trek of a lifetime through the mystical and stunning beauty of the Andes. (B, L)

Day Ten - Cusco

Spend the day in Cusco relaxing after your epic trek through to Ausangate. Do some shopping, enjoy the city's amazing cuisine and rest up for a farewell fiesta at the incredible Chicha restaurant, where we will project some of your favorite photographs on a big screen. Sample the local pisco and if you still have some energy left after the trek, dance to the music of local musicians. A fitting end to your great tour and photographic expedition to this magical part of Peru. (B, D)

Day Eleven - Cusco, Lima

Morning departure from the Andes and back to Lima for your return flight home or onto other amazing destinations.

Price includes:

  • Expedition accompanied by a world class photographer
  • Lectures and expert advice in the field
  • All hotels and lodging
  • All ground transportation and transfers
  • Round trip airfare between Lima and Cusco
  • Photo talk and last night projection/fiesta
  • All admissions and passes to ruins and museums
  • Most meals
  • Water and snacks during road trips

 

not included:

  • International airfare to/from Peru
  • Souvenirs and gifts
  • Alcoholic beverages

Please see Terms and Conditions  for detailed information on what is and is not included.