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Ausangate Trek Peru & Tour Rainbow Mountain Peru Hike (4D/3N)

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  • Nights camp
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Overview

Take this amazing journey with Pacha Expeditions through the heart of the Cusco Region. Our Ausangate Trek Peru and Tour Rainbow Mountain Peru Hike spans four remarkable days. It unveils the majestic beauty of Apu Ausangate and the iconic colorful mountain.

Our adventure begins in Tinqui, where we will gather to commence our day trek. As we trek, the awe-inspiring landscapes of Ausangate Peru will unfold before us. We will ensure to navigate through this mystical terrain, offering both challenges and breathtaking views.

The Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Peru tour is against a backdrop of stunning vistas. Each step will bring us closer to the vibrant hues of the Rainbow Mountain. Weather conditions can vary, so we will prepare for all possibilities.

Navigating Through Nature’s Palette

Trekking during the dry season offers the clearest views and most stable weather conditions. We will plan our journey accordingly, aiming for the best experience. The rainy season presents its own beauty, yet we must be ready for changing conditions.

Our route takes us through diverse ecosystems, each offering unique flora and fauna. We will traverse high alpine meadows and pass glacial streams. The contrast of snow-capped peaks against the colorful mountain is a photographer’s dream.

At night, we will camp under the stars, close to the base of Apu Ausangate. This sacred mountain has been revered for centuries. Our guides will share tales of its significance as we gather around the campfire.

On the final day, the highlight awaits – the Rainbow Mountain Peru hike. This natural wonder’s stripes of color will leave us in awe. Our descent back to the Cusco region will be filled with reflections on our shared journey.

Choosing Pacha Expeditions for your Ausangate Trek Peru and Tour Rainbow Mountain Peru Hike ensures an unparalleled experience. We will guide you through this ancient landscape with care and expertise.

This 4 day trip from Cusco is advisable with a tour guide of a tour operator.

*Difficulty level depends very much on your fitness and acclimatization

Useful Information

  • Start- altitude of 2800m / 9186ft.
  • Higher altitude – 4780m / 15,682ft.
  • Total distance – 34km / 21 miles
  • Larges – day – Day 2-12 km / 6.7 miles.
  • Coldest night- 1 about 0 ° C
  • Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Acomodation – campament
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Overview Day to Day

  • DAY 1: FROM CUSCO TO THE WARM WATERS OF UPIS
  • DAY 2: UPIS TO THE GLACIAL BEAUTY OF PUCACOCHA
  • DAY 3: THE JOURNEY THROUGH MINASNIYUQ TO SURINE COCHA
  • DAY 4: THE GRAND FINALE AT RAINBOW MOUNTAIN

Itinerary

DAY 1: FROM CUSCO TO THE WARM WATERS OF UPIS

We’ll kick off our Ausangate Trek Peru with an early pickup from your hotel in the city of Cusco. Our journey to Tinqui takes us through the Vilcanota mountain range, where the scenery is just a teaser of what’s to come. We’ll pass traditional Andean villages, stopping for photo ops that you’ll treasure forever.

In Tinqui, we’ll fuel up with a hearty breakfast prepared by our talented chef. This is where our trek truly begins, as we organize our gear and set off through local communities. The views of the mountains as we trek will take your breath away.

After about 3 hours of walking, we’ll pause for lunch, then continue for another 2 hours until we reach Upis. Here, at 4,100 meters (13,450 feet a.s.l.), our campsite awaits near hot springs, perfect for a relaxing dip before dinner. We’ll spend the night under the stars, soaking in the tranquility of the mountains.

Day 1 Statistics:

  • Walking distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 6 – 7 hours
  • Highest altitude: Upis at 4,100 meters (13,450 feet)
  • Lowest altitude: Cusco at 3,400 meters (11,155 feet)
  • Difficulty level: Moderate

DAY 2: UPIS TO THE GLACIAL BEAUTY OF PUCACOCHA

With a delicious breakfast energizing us, we’ll leave camp behind and start our ascent through the Arapa pass. The journey showcases the stark contrast between the arid landscape and the majestic, snow-capped peaks of Ausangate.

We’ll discover the stunning lakes of Pucacocha, Hatun Pucacocha, and Qomercocha. Each boasts unique shades of red, green, and turquoise. Our campsite for the night lies near the Ausangate glacier, offering incredible views and a peaceful night’s sleep.

Day 2 Statistics:

  • Walking distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 7 – 8 hours
  • Highest altitude: Arapa Pass at 4,800 meters (15,748 feet)
  • Lowest altitude: Upis at 4,100 meters (13,450 feet)
  • Difficulty level: Challenging

DAY 3: THE JOURNEY THROUGH MINASNIYUQ TO SURINE COCHA

“Room service” starts the day with a cup of hot coca tea. Today ranks among the trek’s most picturesque. Rainbow mountains will appear in the distance, and we’ll journey through Alccatauri.

We’ll tackle an uphill climb for 1.5 hours to reach Paso Ausangate. Here, red mountains meet our gaze, along with vicuñas, chinchillas, llamas and alpacas.

Descending for 1.5 hours brings us to Alccatauri. We’ll witness the Andeans’ resourceful customs here. Without trees, locals craft homes from stone, mud, and animal dung for fuel.

Post-lunch, we ascend again for 1.5 hours towards Minasniyoq pass. Our first glimpse of the Rainbow Mountains awaits here. We’ll honor Pacha Mama with a small offering before setting camp by Surina Cocha lagoon.

Day 3 Statistics:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and a snack
  • Walking distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 8 – 9 hours
  • Highest altitude: Minasniyuq Pass at 5,100 meters (16,732 feet)
  • Lowest altitude: Pucacocha at around 4,600 meters (15,092 feet)
  • Difficulty level: Demanding

DAY 4: THE GRAND FINALE AT RAINBOW MOUNTAIN

We’ll rise early and, after breakfast, begin a 2-hour trek to the iconic Rainbow Mountain. This marks the end of our 4-day Ausangate trek. The guide will find the best photo spots, getting us there before anyone else.

Our guide will reveal why these mountains are so special: their unique mineral composition creates colorful streaks. 

After capturing the scenery, we’ll head down to Quesiuno in a 2.5-hour descent. Lunch awaits us there, along with our ride back to Cusco. The journey will take about 3 hours.

We’ll conclude this memorable adventure by dropping you off at your hotel. We’ll have an estimated arrival time of 6 PM. Thus, our Ausangate Trek Peru comes to an end.

Day 4 Statistics:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Highest altitude: Rainbow Mountain at 5,200 meters (17,060 feet)
  • Lowest altitude: Cusco at 3,400 meters (11,155 feet)
  • Difficulty level: Moderate

Each day of the Ausangate Trek Peru & Tour Rainbow Mountain Peru Hike offer an immersive experience into the heart of the Peruvian Andes. Pacha Expeditions ensures you witness the beauty, culture, and spirit of these sacred mountains, making every step an adventure to remember.

  • Group size: A customer’s choice
  • Fixed departures: Depends on the client

PLEASE SEE: OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND F.A.Qs

Includes

What is included

  • English-speaking bilingual guide, with an additional guide for groups of nine or more.
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trip.
  • Private transfer from your hotel in Cusco to Tinqui (the start of the trail).
  • Private transfer from Quesiuno Village back to your hotel in Cusco.
  • High-quality camping equipment, including a four-person tent for every two participants.
  • Thermarest inflatable mattress for added sleeping comfort.
  • A kitchen tent for meal preparations.
  • Services of a professional chef and kitchen assistant to prepare all meals.
  • A dining tent equipped with tables and chairs for meal times.
  • An Arriero (horseman) and horses to carry all equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.).
  • A horse allocated to carry up to 7 kg (15.4 lbs) of your personal equipment.
  • An emergency horse available if needed.
  • Three breakfasts, four lunches, and three dinners, ensuring you’re well-fed throughout the trek.
  • Hot water provided for personal hygiene.
  • Boiled and cold water available for refilling bottles/canteens.
  • An emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit for safety.
  • Entrance to the hot springs of Upis for a relaxing soak.
  • Meals described, plus tea and snacks every afternoon.
  • Entrance tickets to the park ensuring access to all the sites along the trek.
  • Extra oxygen bottle and first aid kit for additional safety measures.

* Vegetarian/special diet options available upon request.

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Breakfast on the first day of the trek.
  • Sleeping bags for the duration of the trek.
  • Extra expenses, including tips for the guide and support staff.
  • Trekking poles, which are available for rent upon request.
  • Travel insurance, which is highly recommended for all participants.

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THINGS TO CARRY

Clothing

  • Waterproof, breathable jacket and pants
  • Warm layers (thermal underwear, fleece/wool layers)
  • Trekking pants and shorts
  • Moisture-wicking t-shirts
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Hiking boots with good ankle support
  • Sandals or comfortable shoes for camp
  • Extra socks (wool or synthetic)

Gear:

  • Backpack (30-40 liters capacity)
  • Sleeping bag suitable for -10°C (14°F) (available for rent)
  • Trekking poles (available for rent)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Water bottles or hydration reservoir (2 liters minimum)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent

Personal Items:

  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal medication and a small first aid kit
  • Earplugs

Additional:

  • Camera with extra batteries or power bank
  • Snacks (energy bars, trail mix, etc.)
  • Cash in local currency for tips and personal expenses
  • Original passport
  • Travel insurance information

Optional:

  • Swimsuit (for hot springs)
  • Binoculars for wildlife viewing
  • Notebook and pen for journaling
  • Lightweight book or e-reader
  • Maps or trekking guidebooks

OPTIONAL SERVICES (NOT INCLUDED):

  • Hire of sleeping bag U.$25
  • Walking sticks U$.20
  • Daypacks U$.15
  • Single Tent U$.35

FAQs on Ausangate Trek Peru & Tour Rainbow Mountain Peru Hike

1. Do I need any previous trekking experience for the Ausangate Trek?

Yes, it is highly recommendable. The Ausangate Trek is challenging due to its high altitude, long distances, and the terrain. Previous high-altitude trekking experience will help.

2. What is the best time of year to do the trek?

The best time to trek is during the dry season, from April to October. These months offer clearer skies and less rain, making the journey more enjoyable.

3. How high does the trek go?

The trek reaches its highest point at Rainbow Mountain, approximately 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) above sea level.

4. What should I do to prepare for the high altitude?

Acclimatize in Cusco or a similar elevation for at least 2-3 days before starting the trek. Stay hydrated, eat light but high-energy foods, and consider coca tea to alleviate symptoms.

5. Are permits necessary for the Ausangate Trek?

Unlike the Inca Trail, no permits are required for the Ausangate Trek. However, entrance fees to certain sites, like Rainbow Mountain, are necessary.

6. Can I rent equipment locally?

Yes, essentials like sleeping bags, trekking poles, and even hiking boots can be rented in Cusco. It’s best to arrange these rentals in advance.

7. What kind of wildlife might I see on the trek?

The region is home to a variety of wildlife, including vicuñas, chinchillas, and possibly condors. The trek provides a great opportunity for wildlife watching.

8. How do I deal with altitude sickness?

Prevention is key; acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and move at a pace comfortable for you. Medications like Acetazolamide can be taken as a preventative measure under a doctor’s advice.

9. What are the camping conditions like?

Campsites are basic but situated in scenic locations. You’ll have a dining tent for meals and a four-person tent shared by two trekkers, with a Thermarest mattress provided.

10. Is travel insurance required?

While not mandatory, travel insurance is strongly recommendable. Ensure your policy covers high-altitude trekking and medical evacuation.

PLEASE SEE: OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND F.A.Qs

Price & Add – ons

Group: U$: 550
Private: U$: 750

Group versus Private Treks: What’s the difference?

  • Depending on the number of people in your booking, additional people may join the trek to make a full group.
  • If you choose “private”, no additional people will be joining your group, no matter the size.
  • Minimum booking size is two people; one person may book a group trek if Pacha Expeditions Travel Peru, is able to join that person with additional groups.

Rentals

  • Hiking poles – U$: 20 (pair)
  • Extra Horse – U$: 100

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    star rating  Hice los paseos a Machu Picchu, Vale Sagrado y Montañas Coloridas, y el apoyo de la empresa y del guia Javier fue excelente... Recomiendo.

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    January 1, 1970

    star rating  Buen servicio, te brinda toda la información necesaria. El tour fue a las Salineras y la Laguna Humantay. Gracias !!!

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    January 1, 1970

    star rating  Excelente organización. Todo genial. Súper recomendable. Los guías unos genios, bilingües a la perfeccion.

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    November 10, 2018

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