AUSANGATE TREK WITH RAINBOW MOUNTAIN 6-DAYS

TOUR THE HIGHEST AND MOST SACRED MOUNTAIN IN PERU • HIKE REMOTE TRAILS, AND EXPLORE LOCAL VILLAGES

HIGHLIGHTS

Trek the spectacular sacred mountains
Explore the mountain glaciers and lakes
View the Andean wildlife – Condors, llamas, vicunas, alpaca
Experience the spiritual ancient paths
Natural mountain hot springs
Proves to be a challenging adventure
Spend 1 day on Rainbow Mountain

PRICING

Pricing: $825.00/person –
(25% deposit required at time of booking) –

OPTIONS

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Solo fee – Private Tent and Hotel Room ($50.00) –
Tips –

TOUR OVERVIEW

Guiding Peru offers an amazing 6 days on our Ausangate trek with Rainbow Mountain tour. Our unique route takes you to one of the most ancient spiritual paths of the Cusco Region. On this tour, you will get an opportunity to trek the highest mountain in southern Peru (6384m), Apu Ausangate (the protective god of the Peruvian Andes). This mountain is still believed to be sacred by the local Queschua communities. Our unique route will lead you on day 3 into Rainbow Mountain, here you will enjoy a full day exploring these painted hills made famous through social media. Throughout our 6-day Ausangate trek with Rainbow Mountain tour, you will get a chance to witness incredible views of the region’s mountains and valleys, as well as also have the opportunity to meet and observe the local communities and learn about their customs and traditions. This trekking tour can prove to be a challenging and adventurous trip for those who love a true outdoor adventure on trails that are seldom visited by other tourists.

Our Ausangate Trek with Rainbow Mountain Tour is best compared to trekking through the landscapes of Iceland and on Mount Kilimanjaro and we believe these multi-colored mountains will soon become one of South America’s most requested trekking experiences.

TOUR PLANNING

On this tour you can expect extreme hiking. You should come prepared with proper equipment. Training for at least 2 months before the trek is advised. Please do not leave any necessary equipment at home. Our guides will provide much of the equipment but please ask. Please read our booking policy before purchase.

TOUR ITINERARY

Ausangate Trek with Rainbow Mountain Tour Details

Guiding Peru’s Ausangate Trek with Rainbow Mountain Tour offers an unforgettable hiking experience and is recommended for those who love high mountain trekking for an intense experience through a region still untouched from tourism. Our 6 Day Ausangate Trek with Rainbow Mountain route is considered one of the few treks in the world that gives our guests the opportunity to spot wild vicuñas in their natural habitat. This spectacular and challenging trip is for trekkers who wish for a true outdoor adventure by exploring the spectacular glacial vistas and solitude. Our unique route is one that includes spending 1 full day hiking on the painted landscapes of amazing Rainbow Mountain.

*One day before the trek: Your guide will provide details of trip in your hotel lobby. Time to be determined at the time of booking.

circuit trek!

First day: Cusco – Tinqui – Upis Hot Springs

  • Meals: Lunch and dinner
  • Highest Elevation: 4400m + elevation gain 465m
  • Walking Distance: 12 km
  • Walking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Deluxe camping

Your first day of the Ausangate Trek with Rainbow Mountain tour starts when Guiding Peru’s indigenous English/Spanish speaking guide picks you up at your hotel lobby at 5:00 am. We then board our private van to drive to the small village of Tinqui (“Full Harmony”-4000m). During the drive, we pass by traditional mountain villages, located between the mountains, and observe the breathtaking scenery and panoramic views of the Andes. On arrival at the site, we meet our team of porters and horseman who will assist us over the next several days. We begin our walk through farming communities and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains. Then our trek begins with a 3-hour hike through farming communities where we will enjoy our first lunch spot. After having lunch and taking a short rest, we will continue for another 2 hours through traditional villages where people still maintain their ancient Inca customs. We will then pass by the ecological landscape of Quinsapucyu and the mountain, Huarmisaya, prior to arriving at the campsite of Upis. Before dinner, you will get the opportunity to soak in the mystical hot springs and settle into our tents for the night.

Second Day: Upis – Pukacocha Pass – Ananta

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Highest Elevation: 4958m + elevation gain 735m + elevation loss 235m
  • Walking Distance: 14 km
  • Walking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging
  • Deluxe camping

Your day starts with having coffee or tea and a delicious chef-prepared hot breakfast. We begin to trek the high pass of Arapa by climbing through the moss and lichen-covered broken rocks. After reaching the pass, we can see the Ausangate and the chain of mountains that are surrounding it and many condors that fill the skies. Here, we will take a break and rest before heading down to our lunch spot near Lake Pucacocha, a deep-blue glacier lake. After enjoying our delicious chef prepared meal we continue our hike a uphill over the second pass called Pucacocha pass then we will go downhill another 2 hours to our campsite called Ananta. Along the way we will have the opportunity to view different glacier peaks, rivers, small lakes and local farmers working in their fields and tending their herds of llama and alpaca.

Third Day: Ananta – Rainbow Mountain – Ausangate Cocha

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Highest Elevation: 5200m + elevation gain 390m + elevation loss 390m
  • Walking Distance: 14 km
  • Walking Time: 7 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging
  • Deluxe camping

Today’s highlight is Rainbow Mountain! Our team will wake you early at 5am with hot coca tea delivered to your tent, followed by our chef’s nourishing breakfast. We will then begin our day with today’s first uphill climb, until we reach Ananta pass, from where, you get the first views of Rainbow Mountain. Although close, we are not quite there yet! From Antana pass you will hike downhill circling a beautiful glacier lake then continuing through a Peruvian flat segment, until we reach the final uphill portion for today, climbing all the way up to the famous Rainbow Mountain. Once here, we will enjoy panoramic views of the spectacular colored landscape surrounding us, soaking in the vistas, enjoying the many photo opportunities. Hiking then back to last night’s campsite (Ananta), enjoying a late lunch and rest before proceeding to Ausangate lake, which is our campsite for this evening.

Fourth day: Lake Ausangate – Palomani Pass – Surapamapa

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Highest Elevation: 5250m  + elevation gain 700m + elevation loss 465m
  • Walking Distance: 15 km
  • Walking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Deluxe camping

An early wake-up at 5:00 am with coca tea brought to your tent. Afterward, we pack up quickly, enjoy a hearty breakfast and begin hiking up to the highest point of the Ausangate trail of our trip called Palomani Pass. This will prove to be our treks hardest, but most beautiful ascents as when we reach the summit it offers an incredible 360° panorama of the entire region. As we cross the pass, we will be confronted with spectacular views of the southeast mountain range, including the peaks of Mariposa and Caracol. We will pass through landscapes of spectacular waterfalls, colorful lakes, swampy green pampas before arriving into our campsite for the evening. Today is a great day for spotting wildlife so your guide will remind you to keep an eye out for condors, and vicuñas.

Fifth day: Surapamapa – Qampa Pass – Pacchanta Hot Springs

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Highest Elevation: 4990m  + elevation gain 430m + elevation loss 760m
  • Walking Distance: 16km
  • Walking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Deluxe camping

Today will be another wonderful day as we will enjoy hiking around the deep, red and green glacier lakes. We will head northwest to the last pass of this hike, the Q’ampa pass (16400 feet). We will see several different colored lakes and lunch beside beautiful blue-green Lake Q’omercocha. As we reach Pacchanta, a small high-altitude herding village we will enjoy relaxing in the hot waters of the natural hot springs with the amazing vistas of Ausangate high above. Here our team will be waiting to greet us for our last night’s dinner, where together we will celebrate our success.

Sixth day: Pacchanta – Cusco

  • Meals: Breakfast and snacks
  • Highest Elevation: 4500m + elevation loss 450m
  • Walking Distance: 7km
  • Walking Time: 2-3 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy

Today is the last day of your Ausangate trek with Rainbow Mountain tour, which begins with an early breakfast in order to enjoy our last day together. Compared to other days, today’s hike will be easy and at a relaxed pace as we return back to the small village of Tinqui where we began our adventure. Here we will take our van back to Cusco, arriving around 5pm. The scenic drive winds up and over a pass for a last glimpse of Ausangate Mountain, where you just spent 6 days on one of South America’s most fascinating treks! You will relish in the fact that you will be one of the few people in the world who has accomplished the combined Vincunca Rainbow Mountain trek with the Ausangate

What’s Included in our 6-Day Ausangate Trek with Rainbow Mountain

• Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
• Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel
• Professional Chef
• Meals as per itinerary
• Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
• Horse to transport up to 10kg of your personal gear
• Duffle bag for your personal gear
• Emergency horse
• Pick up and return from your Cusco hotel
• Hot water for washing
• Daily drinking water
• Four-person tent for every 2 people.
• Sleeping bag, deluxe air mattress, and pillow
• Kitchen tent
• Dining tent with tables and chairs
• Toilet tent
• Private hot water shower tent
• Oxygen bottle
• First aid kit
• Hot springs entry

Suggested Packing List

• Original passport
• Original ISIC international student card if applicable.
• Daypack for personal items
• Trekking Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, long sleeve tops, t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket, beanie)
• Personal Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes, personal medications
• Sun block
• Head lamp or flashlight
• Sunglasses
• Two 1 litre water bottled or 2 litre water reservoir
• Camera
• Binoculars
• Bug repellent
• Bathing suit for hot springs
• Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

 

"Our guides Reuben, Marco and Celia were great. They took care of everything. I enjoyed the conversation and learning about their country. I liked the food and think the meals were well rounded. The hotels were clean and accommodating. Good team. I’d book with them again."

Top rated Peru tour company

SEAN S., DENVER CO

 

"Awesome leadership, great preparation, outstanding food, a new adventure at every turn and....the contrast from 14000 ft. peaks to jungle canopy was what brought it all together....two worlds, one civilization, new friendships, and lots of fun. We'll be back!"

Best Machu Picchu trekking tours

LOUIS C., SCOTTSDALE AZ

 

"One final note - over the four days, one couldn't help looking over at the other groups of trekkers, observing and even chatting with along the trail. From groups of 2 to what looked like other groups of 30+ people, I don't think I found any group that was as well looked after as our group. You can stop looking now - go ahead and book with Guiding Peru."

Top ranked hiking tours in Peru

RICHARD C., ALBERTA CALGARY CANADA

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YOU SHOULD KNOW

When to Travel

  • High Season (June – August): Dry season in the Andean highlands. Best time for dry conditions for hiking in the Sacred Valley and on Inca Trail.
  • Shoulder Season (September-November and March-May): Occasional rain storms Trails are less crowded, making for ideal visits with more solitude.
  • Low Season (December to February): Rainy season. Expect persistent daily rains.
    The Inca Trail is closed in February for trail maintenance and campsite clean up.

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