Peru, Trek & Walk, 14 days - from £1,495 (land only) - from €1,795 (land only) - from $2,465 (land only)
- Superb trekking in Peru`s rugged Cordillera Vilcanota
- Challenging Inca Trail alternative trek away from the crowds
- Acclimatise in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Explore the colourful and vibrant town of Cusco
- Extend your holiday to include a visit to Machu Picchu
South of Cusco, the Vilcanota is one of the most impressive of Peru's mountain groups, with several 6000 metre peaks, including sacred Ausangate (6372m), the highest snowy mountain in the Cusco area. A high and wild trekking circuit winds its way through this rarely-visited range, following lovely alpine valleys which are home to Quechua Indian herdsmen and some of Peru's most spectacular wildlife, including vicunas and the Andean condor. Traversing this pristine and beautiful region, we enjoy a series of wonderful lakeside camps and cross several 5000 metre passes, each providing far-reaching mountain views. Descending to the blissful hot springs at Pacchanta, we trek out via remote Laguna Singrenacocha, which provides a final 3 days of simply superlative walking. During our stay in this enchanting country, we also visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas and spend time exploring colourful Cusco.
From the beginning of 2014, the Ausangate trekking holiday will include a full day visit to Machu Picchu and a guided tour of the ancient citadel.
Is this holiday for you?
This trek offers a variety of underfoot conditions from the open meadows of the puna to slopes of boulders and scree. However, most of the walking is on fairly well-defined tracks. The trekking is mostly quite straightforward. We have allowed 1 night at 2800 metres, 2 nights at 3200 metres and a night at 3800 metres before we start trekking and this should provide useful acclimatisation for the group. You should be aware that any trekking at high altitude will make extra physical demands. The location, although only a few hours by road from Cusco, is relatively remote. The crossing of three high passes adds to the challenge of the walking. This trip is only suitable for fit and regular hillwalkers.