Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain (4 Days)

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Tour Details

Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain is one of the rewarding experiences in Peru. It takes you right amidst the less trodden path up in the Andes. “Apu” Ausangate is one of the sacred peaks in Cusco. Towering 6,372 metres high, this snow capped peak dominates the southern skyline of Cusco city.

This high altitude trek takes you through some remote glaciers and lagoons. Most passes range from 4700 metres to 5200 metres above sea level. Hence it is important to spend at-least three days in Cusco acclimatising. 

The trek takes you through some sites those only a handful can admire. What’s more? You also get a chance to meet and see the lifestyle of people living in remote Andean communities. 

Join us on this adventure of a lifetime in stepping into an untouched wilderness high up in the Peruvian Andes. 

The highest point of the trek is at 5,030 m | 16,480 ft. Please spend atleast 3 days in Cusco to acclimatise well before the trek to avoid altitude sickness

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0500 AM

Price Includes

  • Cusco Hotel Transfer
  • Local Guide (English and Spanish speaking)
  • Tour Guide
  • Larger tent for an extra comfort
  • Chef
  • Mattress
  • All food during the trek
  • Mules and muleteers
  • An extra horse for emergency use
  • First Aid Kit
  • Entrance Fees

Price Excludes

  • Breakfast in the first morning
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Original Passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film with extra batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • A daypack

Day 1Cusco ‐ Tinqui Village – Upis Hot Springs

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then we will travel to Tinqui (Tinki). It is a small village that serves as a gateway to Ausangate Mountain Range. The route from Cusco to Tinqui itself offers excellent views. 

Once in Tinqui, we will have breakfast. We will then start the Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain. 

On the first segment of the trek, we will be walking up the hill for three hours. This will be along the Andean farming lands where you will be able to see the life of the local community dwelling here.

This route offers an enchanting view of the Andes. We will then reach our lunch spot. Here we will have a freshly prepared meal for lunch. 

After lunch, we will continue hiking to Upis. This will be a two hours trek. Upis is a small community that nestles at (4,100 m / 13,448 ft). It also houses hot springs. You can soak in the hots prings before we have dinner and camp for the night. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Minimum Elevation: 3,810 m / 12, 564 ft
  • Maximum Elevation: 4,500 m / 14,532 ft
  • Walking Distance: 12 km / 7 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6 – 7 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2Upis Hot Springs - Puka Qocha

We will wake you up to a hot cup of freshly brewed coca tea. Then as you will get freshen up, we will serve you breakfast. After breakfast, we will start hiking. We will begin with a gradual uphill hike to Arapa Pass. The pass is at (4,850 m / 15,908 ft). 

This high altitude pass offers a pristine view of the valley below snuggled in the snow capped peaks of Pucacocha and Mount Ausangate. The highlight of the area are the three colourful lagoons. Pucacocha, Hatun Pucacocha, and Qomercocha. They are in shades of green, red and turquoise. We will be camping for the night near the Ausangate glacier. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Minimum Elevation: 4,300 m / 13,560 ft
  • Maximum Elevation: 4,890 m / 15,909 ft
  • Walking Distance: 12 km / 7 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 7 – 8 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

Day 3 Puka Qocha – Ausangate Pass - Auqui

The most beautiful day of the Ausangate trek to Rainbow Mountain awaits you. We will be serving a hot cup of coca tea followed by breakfast. We will then start the trek. This will be one and a half hours trek up the hill to Ausangate pass (4,930 m / 16,170 ft). Along the way you will be able to see many Vicuñas, Alpacas and Llamas. 

We will stop at this pass to admire the out worldly view. Then we will start descending for an hour and a half to Alccatauri Village (4,410 m / 14,455 ft). This is one of the prominent parts of the trek. Here you will be able to witness the Andean hospitality and traditions. 

From here we will be hiking for 30 minutes, up the hill to our lunch place. 

After a healthy lunch, we will continue the uphill hike to the second pass of the trek. We will be hiking for an hour and a half to Minasniyuq Pass. From here you will get a first glimpse of Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain at a distance. On this pass our guide will demonstrate how the Andean priests make offerings to Pachamama (Mother Earth). 

Once you have had your fill of scenic views and culture, we ill start an hours down hill hike to our camp site. It is in Surine Cocha (4,800 m / 15,748 ft). We will be camping on the banks of Surine Lake.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Minimum Elevation: 4,410 m /14,455 ft
  • Maximum Elevation: 4,930 m / 16,170 ft
  • Walking Distance: 12 km/ 7miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 – 9 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

Day 4Auqui– Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain– Quesiuno Village – Cusco

We will wake you up to a hot cup of Coca Tea. After relishing on a healthy breakfast, we will start the last leg of our Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain. This will be a hike up the hill for two hours. We will be on the summit of Vinicunca at (5,030 m / 16,480 ft).

As one of the renowned outdoor companies in Cusco, we have expert guides who have explored these places extensively. Our guide will take you to some unique spots from where you would get a perfect view of Rainbow Mountain

Our guide will then give you the information on what makes this mountain so special. You will also know the reason how the colours formed. 

You will be among the first ones to reach here so normally our guest gets time to enjoy the pristine sight in solace. Then we will start hiking down the hill to Quesiuno Village. This will be a two and a half hours trek. Here we will stop for lunch. 

After lunch, in our private transport, we will start our return journey to Cusco. It takes about three and a half hours drive. We will be reaching Cusco at around 0600 PM. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Minimum Elevation: 5,030 m / 16,480 ft
  • Walking Distance: 11 km /6.4 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
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Emanuella Chibukuwe

Couple Traveller

Everything was exceptional. Jose is a remarkable guide with a great knowledge and idea of trekking. I enjoyed this trip.

January 6, 2020

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