Trekking holiday in Peru, Mount Ausangate
Description of Trekking holiday in Peru, Mount Ausangate
Perfect for hikers looking for a true adventure, this five-day fully supported trek around Mount Ausangate (6,380m) in Peru’s remote Vilcanota Range is both challenging and staggeringly beautiful.
This is one of Peru’s finest trekking circuits with spectacular Andean views, turquoise glacial lakes and hot springs. You hike three mountain passes over 5,000m in altitude, including the Palomani Pass at 5,200m. Remote and untouched, the Vilcanota Range is home to an abundance of wildlife; you’ll pass through herds of llamas and alpacas as you walk. Keep your eyes peeled on the way for Andean Geese and the impressive, soaring Andean condor.
These mountains are also home to native Quechua-speaking communities and your expert guides will be able to introduce you to the unique local culture as you pass through remote traditional villages.
This is a fully-supported trip, with a guide, chef and horse-wranglers to transport equipment, backpacks and food all included.
Overnight camping will be at altitudes over 4,000m so a few days of acclimatisation is vital before you join this tour.
PlanetOn our treks we buy fresh local produce. In preference we choose local over imported goods, encouraging the use of Andean products in our cooking. We minimize waste by using products with minimum packaging, leaving no litter and keeping all water sources clean, leaving camp-sites cleaner than we find them. Rubbish is carried out.
We operate our treks together with a Cusco company, owned and managed locally. We employ local staff and involved in their ongoing training. All our trek staff do not carry more than the maximum load and are provided with tents and food. We pay and treat our staff fairly. We support the Tourism Concern Porters Policy.
Clean burning fuel is used to cook meals. We use biodegradable detergents when washing the cooking and eating utensils. If any part of our tour or trek is operated by another company, we try to ensure that high standards are maintained.
We are continuing to undertake community projects such as clothing and school equipment donations. Each year we donate some money to the communities our Inca Trail porters come from.
We support a children’s health care project in Cusco. We are happy to distribute your donations of much needed warm clothes and shoes to Peruvian children through this organization - please contact us for details of how you can help.
PeopleSince 2006 we have been able to support the Huchuy Yachaq community project in the marginalised neighbourhood of Hermanos Ayar, on the outskirts of Cusco, with the help of everybody who has travelled with us. We donate USD $3000 a year to this community project.
The project has been set up by volunteer social workers and teachers to provide much needed social and educational support to the children and families of this neighbourhood. Children are encouraged to attend study and games sessions held each afternoon and participate in holiday projects. Our contributions so far have paid for educational books and games, tables and chairs, improvements to the structure of the basic community owned building and the addition of functioning toilets, materials for the children to take to school, school books, holiday programmes.
And we are planting trees as part of a reforestation project in Peru.
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