Ausangate Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6 Days

ABR 2022 - DEC 2023 Price from $ 980 USD pp $ 1020 USD
Trip Type Walking & Trekking
Difficulty Level Challenging/Tough
Group Size 2-8 people
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The Ausangate Trek tour to Machu Picchu is one of the most spectacular circuits, due to its scenic beauty. This tour is located in Cusco, one of the most visited cities in South America.
The Ausangate trekking circuit is rarely visited, but it is worth doing it since you will be rewarded by the great diversity of snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes of blue, green, turquoise colors. Towns full of ancient culture, with a profound wisdom of the Andean religion inherited from the Incas.
You can also enjoy an incomparable sunrise in the Vinicunca mountain of colors, surrounded by the largest Apus or sacred mountains for the Andean peoples.

And to continue our journey, you will explore the route of the short Inca trail to the citadel of Machu Picchu; This trail is very special due to its most famous archaeological attractions, such as the royal palace of Wiñaywaya, a place where the most powerful families of the Inca empire spent their days, within the exuberant cloud forest, with a view of the Veronica mountain and the great vilcanota river. Finally, to complete this great trip, you will visit the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu, where you will be able to explore the greatest wonders of engineering and architecture left by the splendid culture of the Incas.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE AUSANGATE TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 6 DAYS

  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. The meeting will be day before the trip begins.
  • Transportation: All your transportation is included in this package. We will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the starting point of the trek. Once you complete the tour, we will take you back to the door of your hotel.
  • Qualified guides: Our guides have dominion of English and Spanish, professional education and official certification. They will explain to you about the history, culture and environment along the trail, as well as lead the group in ancestral rituals and ceremonies. They’ll also take care of your safety, health and comfort during the trip so you can enjoy the trek worry-free.
  • Porters and horsemen: They will be in charge of preparing and transferring the duffle bags of all our passengers.
  • Emergency horse: All our alternative routes include an extra horse if any of our passengers cannot continue the tour on foot.
  • Equipment: Andean Great Treks uses the best equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Every two people will share Salewa tents with a capacity for four people. Also, you’ll have a spacious dining tent where you can enjoy your food problem-free.
  • Camping equipment: We have tents for cooking and eating, as well as tables, chairs and complete kitchen equipment. All of this is transported by horses.
  • 1 duffle bag: There, you can carry your personal belongings (including your sleeping bad) up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15 lbs.
  • Pack mules: Our pack mules will transport all camping equipment, as well as your personal luggage in the canvas bag.
  • Food: Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets, so let us know if you have any particular restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You will enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks. Every morning we will give you your snack so you can enjoy it during the walk.
  • Water: Andean Great Treks will provide you with all the water you need. The water is boiled, filtered, and cooled. You must bring your water bottles or camelback. We recommend a capacity of 3 liters. You’ll be able to fill your bottles during each meal.
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners. Special menus such as vegetarian or vegan meals are available without additional costs.
  • Morning tea: Every morning in our campsites, you’ll enjoy a cup of hot coca tea as soon as you wake up. It will be an excellent way to start the day.
  • Tea time: In our campsites, we’ll serve you popcorn, cookies, coffee, chocolate, tea, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won’t have to wait until dinner to fill your stomach.
  • Snacks (Days 1, 2, 3 & 4): We’ll offer you delicious snacks in a cloth bag: local fruits, cookies, chocolates, candy, etc.
  • First aid: All Andean Great Treks guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes.) and oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.
  • Oxygen bottle
  • Entrance tickets for Machu Picchu and Short Inca Trail
  • 1 night Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Tran tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes round trip
  • Bus tickets to Machu Picchu from  Aguas Calientes

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Trekking poles: You can also rent in Cusco.
  • Lunches and Dinner on the last day
  • Clothing and personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for our team: Keep in mind that our personnel receive payment for their services, so feel free to give tips or not.
  • Additional costs: There could be additional expenses, delays or modifications of the itinerary that are outside of the responsibility of the agency, such as: bad weather conditions, security or health problems, changes in government policies, political instability, strikes, etc.
  • Experience world-famous Rainbow Mountain—crowd-free
  • Experience the best trek of the Andes, with fabulous views of the Apu Ausangate, red, turquoise and green lakes.
  • Discover the ancestral paths of the Quechuas with our local guides.
  • Get to know the textile tradition of the Andes of Cusco, learn the process of dyeing, warping and making ponchos, chullos and sweaters with alpaca wool, where the Quechuas embody their sacred symbolism.
  • Exploring the 2 day Inca trail hike to Machu Picchu will take you to the most sacred citadel of the Inca Empire “Machu Picchu”.
  • Visit the citadel of Machu Picchu in small groups, along the longest circuit, with the best local guides  of the short inca trail who will explain everything about Machu Picchu and its mysteries.
  • The great variety of colors and shapes that we see. Certainly, they create experiences that captivate all those who take a break to enjoy the richness of the 2 day  Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.

This trip is rated as Vigorous . Trip members need to be strong, experienced hikers in excellent physical condition. Most days are spent at high altitude (7,000′-17,000’). For the trekking portion, we will remain at elevations between 14,000′-16,986′ and sleeping as high as 15,797′. Most days we hike 5–7.5 miles with average elevation gains of 1500′ and elevation losses of up to 3000′, some of which are quite steep. Upon arrival in Peru, you should be capable of hiking up to 8 miles, averaging 2 miles per hour, without major discomfort over terrain with some steep grades for multiple days in succession. To help combat the effects of altitude, incorporate hills and stairs into your training.

High Mountain Camping Tents:
On our Ausangate trekking adventures, we use the best outdoor trekking gear. Our camping tents have the best technology to withstand the harshest climates in the Andes. They are Tents that have a capacity for three people, but are only used by 2 people. For your comfort, an inflatable mattress and additional blankets are provided to insulate you from the cold. Because it is always different to experience the true spirit of Trekking, our company maintains that idea of not using Lodges or huts as other companies do.

RETAMA MACHU PICCHU:

The Hotel Hotel Retama Machupicchu is located, 700 meters from the hot springs of Machu Picchu, it is the most beautiful and quiet area of ​​the town, in the Wiñaywayna Park located three blocks from the Peru Rail station, overlooking the river and the moutains; It offers free WiFi and a tour desk. The accommodation offers luggage storage and a currency exchange service. Room service, 45-inch plasma AOC TV, 24-hour hot water, Hair dryer, Towels for thermal baths, Buffet breakfast.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 4500 m
Hiking Distance 16 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

We’ll pick you up from your hotel at 6:00 am to start our adventure. We’ll go for 4 hours, in our private transport, to the town of Tinqui, passing the Urcos pass (4,000 masl / 13,123 fasl). Tinqui is located in the middle of the Cusco highlands that will offer you impressive views of the horizon. We’ll head up a wide, ascending path to the north-east face of the impressive Ausangate Mountain. At noon, we’ll regain energy with a light lunch. We’ll continue our walk amidst cultivated fields and beautiful traditional houses. You can see herds of llamas and alpacas grazing calmly.

After passing through the Upis pass (4,435 masl / 14,107 fasl), we’ll arrive at the Upis hot springs (4,250 masl / 13,779 fasl) where we’ll camp surrounded by the sacred mountains of Ausangate and Maria Huamantilla. Relax your body inside the hot springs at dusk. Happy hour will be ready at 4:00 pm and dinner at 6:00 pm.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 4800 m
Hiking Distance 12 km
Approximate walking time 7 hrs

We’ll wake you up very early with an infusion of coca leaves so that you can energize yourself in the middle of the mountains. You’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast and we’ll start the walk. We will walk very close to the Apu Ausangate snowy peak. From there the landscape will take your breath away: the immense white of the mountain in front of you and, in the distance, turquoise lagoons and waterfalls. Today you’ll see llamas, alpacas, and wild vicunas. If you are lucky, also the majestic flight of a condor.

We’ll make a climb for 3 hours to reach the first pass (4,800 masl / 15,748 fasl) where we’ll stop for a moment to rest and take the best pictures. We’ll begin the gradual descent for 2 hours to our lunch spot. We’ll recover our energy and continue walking for another 2 hours to our camp in Puca Ccocha or Laguna Roja. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful camps on the entire route. At the foot of the Apu Ausangate and on the shore of the lagoon.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 5050 m
Hiking Distance 17 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

There’s nothing better for your body than waking up to a hot herbal tea of coca leaves. Get up early to start one of the most beautiful days of the entire excursion. Be amazed by the stunning views of the snow-capped mountains and deep green valleys. After a hearty breakfast, we will go up to Abra Puca. Feel the impressive presence of the Apu Ausangate and take photos of its beautiful turquoise lagoons. Once you reach the top, you’ll feel that you have the giant face of the Apu Ausangate right in front of you. In addition, you’ll be able to observe the extended beauty of the Chilca Valley where llamas and alpacas will be passing quietly. From this open you can already see the beginning of the Rainbow Mountain range with its striking stripes of colors.

After taking some photos we continue with a gradual descent for 2 hours to our lunch point located in Anantapata (4,400 masl / 14,435 fasl). Once we have filled our stomachs, we’ll take the opportunity to rest and relax before continuing with an ascent to the Warmisaya or Pitumarca pass (5,050 masl / 16,568 fasl). From there you’ll feel like you are a bird and you’ll observe the vastness of the horizon. We only have to descend for 20 minutes to the Yanacocha lagoon where the camp will be waiting for you. Before stopping, we’ll continue our 1 hour walk to the Rainbow Mountain pass to see the majestic sunset show over the Rainbow Valley. Once we have rejoiced in the sunset, we’ll return to the camp in 45 minutes to enjoy happy hour (drinks and snacks) and then a dinner that will surprise you.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 5020 m
Hiking Distance 9 km
Approximate walking time 4 hrs

After a tasty breakfast at 5:00 am we will return to the Rainbow Mountain to contemplate this colourful valley lit by the lights of dawn. You’ll have time to enjoy this paradise for 1 hour before the tourist crowd begins to arrive. Our expert guide will take you directly to the key places so you can get the best pictures.

Your guide will explain in detail why this mountain has such unique colours. It’s one of the most amazing places in South America and one of the main natural attractions in Peru. The only other coloured mountains can be found in China.

After enjoying this gem from the Peruvian Andes, we’ll begin our trek towards the spectacular Red Valley. A place that seems to be taken from another planet and that’s visited by very few tourists. You’ll be surprised not only by its amazing beauty but also by the immense tranquillity that’ll surround you. Breathe and feel the joy of being alive. It only takes 30 minutes of walking to reach the viewpoint from where you will get the best views of the valley.

Finally, we’ll make a 1-hour descent between ancient Andean communities and herds of llamas. After the delicious final lunch, a bus will wait for you that will take you back to the doors of your hotel in the city of Cusco.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2700 m
Hiking Distance 11 km
Approximate walking time 7 hrs

We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 4:00am, in our private transport, then we descend to the Ollantaytambo station, this first stretch lasts 2 hours. Then we will travel by train, our train leaves at 6:40 in the morning. We will travel to the side of the Vilcanota River until km 104 to begin our short inca trail hike. At 8:00 am we will start the trek the first archeological site to visit is Chachabamba (2270 meters). We continue our ascent to Wiñayhuayna, during the journey you will have beautiful views of the Urubamba River. We can observe different species of orchids. After 2 hours, you will reach the ruins of WIÑAYHUAYNA (2,650 meters), this fabulous archaeological site is located on a rocky promontory that dominates the Urubamba Valley and is dominated by a large set of terraces, this place was built by Pachaquteq, the emperor most powerful of the Incas empire. After eating our box lunch, we continue with the walk to Sun gate, where it will arrive at 2:00 pm. From this place we have the first view of Machu Picchu, also you can enjoy an exceptional sunset. Then we descend to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu (2400 meters), where we can only take some panoramic views, in the afternoon we will go down by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, so we will end the first day of the short inca trail hike, in a confortable Hotel.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2400 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 3 hrs

This day will be the visit of the citadel of Machu Picchu. You will have to get up at 4:45 am, after having your breakfast at the hotel, you will have to make the line at the bus station to Machu Picchu, the first bus leaves at 5:30 am, after 30 minutes You will arrive at the entrance door, where you will have to show the entrance tickets with your original passport. For that we make the reservation of the tickets in the first shift from 6:00 am to 8:00 am. With the guide we go through the most important points of Machu Picchu, and then you will have an extra time to stay a little longer. Remember that since January 2019, tickets to visit Machu Picchu are valid only for one use. At midday you should go down again to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you can have lunch, and then take the train back to Ollantaytambo, the schedules of return are as follows: (13:37 pm, 14:30 pm and 14:55 pm). Remember that the total time with train plus bus to Cusco is 4 hours. After two hours by train you will be picked up by our transfer, who will bring you to the city of Cusco, the drop off is in your hotel.

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ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION

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The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.

JANUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
FEBUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
MARCH Warm - Heavy Rain
APRIL Warm - Light Rain
MAY Hot
JUNE Hot
JULY Hot
AUGUST Hot
SEPTEMBER Hot - Warm
OCTOBER Hot - Warm
NOVEMBER Warm - Light Rain
DECEMBER Warm - Heavy Rain

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

ABR 2022 - DEC 2023 Price from
$ 980 USD Per Person $ 1020 USD
Tour for 2 - 4 persons $ 980USD Per Person
Tour for 5 - 8 persons $ 960USD Per Person
Note

To book this tour, a minimum of $ 200 USD per person is required, the remaining balance will be paid upon arrival in Peru, at the Cusco office.

Any other additional information, please coordinate with your travel agent.

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What our clients say about us

  • "Everything was perfect, from the office to the super Guide, Juve he was very careful with us ! Thank you! Raccomandatet!"

    Gino Di Tullio
    AUSANGATE TREK & MACHU PICCHU 6 DAYS
  • " A agência tem preço competitivo e cumpriu exatamente com tudo que foi combinado. O guia da trilha foi excelente. Muito conhecimento sobre a cultura Inca, muito divertido, ótimo fotógrafo!
    I made the short Inca trail 2D / 1N and Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) with them. The price is competitive and the agency has exactly matched everything that was agreed. The guide of the trail was excellent, he has a lot of knowledge about Inca culture, he is a lot of fun and a great photographer! "

    Cris G
    AUSANGATE TREK & MACHU PICCHU 6 DAYS
  • " We had Elmer as our guide and his knowledge about the culture, the ancient traditions and the trail itself is wide and deep at the same time. He was a pleasant and fun company throughout. His team of porters and Chef. Chino were amazingly hospitable in-spite of the strenuous trek. Always smiling and eager to serve. Our camping sites had the perfect view every single evening. We had rented the sleeping bags and trekking poles from them and all were in good condition. Tents were nice and warm as well. The food was something we did not expect at all. "

    Meena
    AUSANGATE TREK & MACHU PICCHU 6 DAYS
  • " Great coordination from Miriam starting with orientation meeting and individualized attention via whatsapp. The hike to MP from km 104 was tough but lovely and Javier was a great guide with humor and knowledgeable. After 11km hiking we arrived to the Sun gate around 2pm and went down for the 1st visit to MP. Dinner in Aguas Calientes and early wake up to enter MP at 6am which was still very peaceful. It cannot get much better. great vale for money! "

    David D
    AUSANGATE TREK & MACHU PICCHU 6 DAYS
  • " Amazing trek to Machu Picchu, with very knowledgeable guide and amazing Porter team! Beautiful views, great food, and good times!"

    Jeremy C
    AUSANGATE TREK & MACHU PICCHU 6 DAYS
  • " We made the 2d/1n trip to Machu Picchu this was very worth. Our Guide Osman was very friendly and kind. During the trek he explained us the landscape, flowers and the history of the ruins very interesting. We can really recomand this trip for the people who don't like to do the long trek. Many thanks to Osman for the wonderful hike! "

    Melanie U
    AUSANGATE TREK & MACHU PICCHU 6 DAYS
  • " We feel the genuine and warmth welcome of the city and the people in it, as if they treat us like family (especially our porters and our guide Alex). We are deeply grateful for all the help and patience they've extended to reach out to us. And forever grateful for the life's lessons learned and the experience. This adventure for sure will made an imprint in our hearts and in our life's journey, that we are very much willing to share it with our own family, friends and love ones. "

    Czarina 23
    AUSANGATE TREK & MACHU PICCHU 6 DAYS
  • " To be honest, at the very end I would have gone thru the whole experience a million times without changing anything at all. Also, returning to Cusco wasn't hard, train was booked and transfer bus was there to pick us up on time. The overall experience, amazing. "

    Dacil A
    AUSANGATE TREK & MACHU PICCHU 6 DAYS

Why travel with Andean Great Treks

AUSANGATE TREK & MACHU PICCHU 6 DAYS
LOCALLY INSPIRED, DELICIOUS FLAVOURS
There is something magical about artisanal farming in the Andes. The rich soils and unique climate give products an otherwise unattainable flavor. Our chefs serve local and international food. With unparalleled views of the fabulous Andean Mountains, amid the highland forests from your table, you’ll enjoy delicious gourmet food and new spins on classic Peruvian favorites. We use only local produce and fresh ingredients.
AUSANGATE TREK & MACHU PICCHU 6 DAYS
OUR PASSIONATE TOUR GUIDES
Unlock the secrets of Peru’s most iconic adventure destination. Our team is passionate about making sure your experiences are unique —some thrilling, some relaxing, all awe-inspiring. Our private guides will let you explore the Andes and rainforest at your own pace, stopping for a snack if you’re hungry, or racing to the top of a hill if you’re up to it.
AUSANGATE TREK & MACHU PICCHU 6 DAYS
YOUR SAFETY OUR PRIORITY
We work with certified guides, the latest high-tech equipment and satellite communication, to guarantee your safety every step on the trail. Each year we do the course of rescue and first aid with all our hiking team (guides, cooks, horsemen, drivers). The course is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
AUSANGATE TREK & MACHU PICCHU 6 DAYS
ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY
We have deep love and respect for our Mother Earth or Pachamama since we are a 100% Cusco company. We know the importance of our Andean culture, and like good children of the earth, we do everything possible to avoid contamination.
AUSANGATE TREK & MACHU PICCHU 6 DAYS
CAMPING EQUIPMENT
It’s essential to have the best equipment when you’re walking in the mountains. Due to the constant climate changes in the region, we use tents suitable for all four seasons.
AUSANGATE TREK & MACHU PICCHU 6 DAYS
SMALL GROUPS & BIG ADVENTURES
With a maximum group size is 8 on most tours, it feels more like traveling with friends than being on an organized tour. You'll meet like-minded people where everyone is guaranteed to share a passion for travel.

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