Ausangate/Rainbow Mountain 5d/4n Trek | Ausangate Tours
The Ausangate mountain(6398m/20991f) is considered one of the most beautiful snow-capped mountains of the Andes. (South Cusco).
The region around the mountain offers impressive scenery of mountains, glaciers, colorful lagoons and streams, hot springs.
Furthermore, the Andean people Inca´s descendants are very hospitable and preserve the respect for nature.
The farmers have excellent knowledge in the raising of cattle such as the <https://www.nationalparks-worldwide.com/sam/peru/national-parks/vicunas/vicunas.html” target=”_blank”>vicuña, the alpaca and the llama, which are all appreciated for their fine quality of wool and meat.
The four hours drive from Cusco to Tinqui is an excellent preparation for the differences in temperature and altitude.
Ausangate Trek is in the Top Ten highly Recommended Treks in the World.
Ausangate Trek 5 Days Itinerary:
Altitude: 3900 – 5200 m. / 12795 – 17060f
High-season: May – November
Duration: 05 Days – 04 Nights
Level of difficulty: Moderate
*A minimum of 2 persons is needed for this trek
Acclimatization: Please allow a minimum of 2 days in Cusco before your hike begins.
DAY 1. CUSCO – UPIS – AUQUI
We pick you up at the hotel at 3:30 am to leave the city of Cusco then to have three and a half-hour driving to get Upis, along the way we will see picturesque towns.
Will stop for a couple of times to enjoy the sceneries, once we arrive at Upis we will meet up with our local muleteers and horses, where we’ll get ready to start the great adventure.
We will walk for about 8 hours to get the first campsite called Auqui (4,500m / 14,715feet).
Right from the beginning, we’ll walk uphill to get the first pass called Arapa(4,650m / 15,206feet) and then we’ll walk downhill to get our lunch spot.
After having lunch we’ll walk uphill again to reach the next pass located at 4,950m / 16,187feet. From this pass, the trail is downhill until the campsite.
Once at the first campsite we’ll enjoy tea time, subsequently dinner.
Hiking Time, 8 hours aprox.
Hiking Distance, 14km/ 8.6 miles
DAY 2, AUQUI – RAINBOW MOUNTAINS – AUSANGATE QOCHA
In the morning we will have a beautiful sunrise at the top of Ausangate’s summit, we will enjoy this view having our breakfast.
Later on, to climb up for 2 hours to get the next pass which is at 5,000m / 16,350feet, from where we’ll walk downhill and on highland plane sections to get the famous Rainbow Mountains, after enjoying the awesome views.
These colored hills we’ll come back on the same way to get the same campsite to have our lunch.
In the afternoon we will continue walking for 2 and a half hours to arrive the fourth camp spot called Ausangate qocha(4,700m / 15,369feet), this campsite is located at the backside of the Ausangate mountain.
Thus we will see the mountain from a different angle, and there is a nice lagoon close to the campsite, where we will see many highland birds.
In the evening we will have tea time, subsequently dinner.
Hiking Time, 9 hours aprox.
Hiking Distance, 16 km/ 9.9 miles.
DAY 3, AUSANGATE QOCHA – JHAMPAPAMPA
Another great day to enjoy the mind-blowing colored hills next to the Ausangate Mt (6,381m/ 20,866feet), the highest mountain in Cusco, and to see more glacier lagoons.
After having breakfast we will begin again with our expedition, the pathway starts right away uphill until reaching the next pass called Palomani that is at 5,080m / 16,612feet;
where, we’ll start to take a glance the massive mountain and some other colored hills, then we’ll walk downhill to get the valley part, where we’ll eat our lunch.
In the afternoon we’ll walk up to the next camp spot located at an elevation of 4,800m / 15,696feet.
Where, in the evening we’ll have tea time, subsequently dinner.
Hiking Time, 8 hours aprox.
Hiking Distance, 12 km/ 7.4 miles
DAY 4, JHAMPAPAMPA – PACCHANTA
We start the day with a great breakfast that is provided by our chef, then we walk gradually up to get the last pass called Jhampa pass(5,190m / 16,971feet), from this last pass we start to walk gradually downward.
After 2-hour walking we arrive at the lunch place, that afternoon we have 3 more hours to get Pacchanta town where we spend the last night, in the evening we have time for a dip into the thermal water or hot springs.
At night we have a special dinner which is made as a surprise by our Quechua chef, and we enjoy the last supper all the team members together.
Hiking Time, 8 hours aprox.
Hiking Distance, 12km/ 7.4 miles
DAY 5, PACCHANTA – CUSCO
Wake up hot coca tea in the morning to have another great day.
After having breakfast we leave Pacchanta, to drive back to Cusco, on the way we’ll stop to make our last lunch picnic, eventually we’ll arrive at our hotel in Cusco, then to have the farewell meeting.
End of journey.
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- Transportation from hotel to Upis.
- Transportation back to hotel from Tinki town at the end of our journey.
- Camping Equipment 4 season tent(03 people tent for 02 people)
- Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
- Entrance tickets to the park.
- Ausangate English guide, Our guides are equipped and trained to practice First-Aid, administer oxygen if needed, and conduct radio communication.
- Meals: Breakfast (5), lunch (5), dinner (4), and snacks.
- A professional Quechua chef.
- Horses, and muleteers; horses carry your 7-kl / 14-pound personal items.
- Emergency Horse to escort us during the trek.
- Oxigen tank.
- Sleeping bags US$20
- Hiking poles US$15
- Therma-Rest mattress US$ 20
- Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot Springs.
- Gratuities for the guides, porters or muleteers, and other staff.
- Travel Insurance and things of a personal nature – laundry and telephone calls, personal taxis, souvenirs etc.
- Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.
- 2 people US$865 per person
- 3 people US$815 per person
- 4 people US$765 per person
- 5 people US$740 per person
- 6 people US$715 per person
- 7 people US$690 per person
- 8+ people US$665 per person
- Includes: Mules / Personal porter to carry 8 kg of your personal effects
- Travel insurance (and some copies).
- Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
- Backpack to carry your things.
- Phone and Camera charger and adapter.
- Torch or headlamps.
- Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
- Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us).
- Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
- Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
- Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
- Sunblock and sunglasses.
- Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
- Hiking trousers.
- Thermal underwear.
- Hiking socks.
- Water bottle or canteen.
- American dollars and peruvian soles in cash.
- Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
- Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
- Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
- Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).