Day 1: Upon arrival in Cusco (3326m), KE Land Only package services begin with a transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We overnight in the pretty traditional town of Ollaytaytambo (2800m).
Day 2: An exploration of the village and Inca Citadel of Ollantaytambo before we take the spectacular drive via Pisac to Cusco. Overnight in a colonial style hotel in the city.
Day 3: We take the opportunity for further acclimatisation and enjoy a walking tour of the city, visiting the main archaeological sites includng the monolithic Sacsayhuaman built on a hill overlooking the city. Overnight at our Cusco hotel.
Day 4: Today, we will drive to the Vilcanota area, stopping off at the Inca site of Tipon and Huacarpay Lake. After a picnic lunch, we continue to the trail head to camp at Tinqui (3800m). . Overnight camp at the roadhead at Tinqui (3800m /12,467ft.).
Day 5: First day of the trek accompanied by mules or llamas and their handlers. Across open puna (highland meadows) to our camp at the hot springs at Urpis (4400m).
Day 6: Trek across the Arapa Pass (4850m) and descend to camp at Laguna Jatun Pucacocha beneath the west side of Ausangate.
Day 7: Two passes to cross today, the Apuchata and Palomani, both of which are around 5000m. We camp at Pampacancha (4510m) the traditional basecamp area for Ausangate.
Day 8: Trek via the Pitumarca Valley and the small Laguna Ticllacocha, then climb to cross the Campa Pass (5050m). We descend beyond the pass to a camp at 4850m.
Day 9: An exploratory walk below Campa Peak, before a downhill trek to our next camp beside the hot springs at Pachanta.
Day 10: Today we trek to a camp beside Laguna Armaccocha, which is situated at 4665m beneath the snow-capped Nevado Collque.
Day 11: We cross a pass at 4940m and continue via the mountain lakes of Mullucocha, descending to camp beside turquoise lake Singrenacocha.
Day 12: We trek alongside Laguna Singrenacocha and then follow its outflow river to the roadhead, where we meet our transport for the drive back to our hotel in Cusco.
Day 13: A free morning in Cusco for exploring and last-minute souvenir hunting before transferring to the airport. KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.