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Ausangate to Rainbow Mountain Trek – 2 Days

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  • Large Group Service(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)Start Time: 03:30
  • Small Group Service(Group Size: 02 Min - 08ppl Max)Start Time: 03:30
  • Private/Closed Group Service(Group Size: Upon Request)Start Time: 03:30

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  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Difficulty: 6/10
  • Pick up: Hotel Cusco
  • Drop off: Hotel Cusco
  • Availability: Year Round
  • Tour type: Adventure, Off the beaten path

Ausangate to Rainbow Mountain Trek - 2 Days

Ausangate trek to Rainbow Mountain 2 days is one of the most beautiful places with large lagoons around it of green, bright blue color and, observe the incredible wildlife of several species and its local Andean fauna alpacas, llamas of the Andes mountain range From Peru. Ausangate stands out as one of the highest mountains in the Cusco region and is also an important cultural center for the Andean communities. Each year, they make huge pilgrimages to the mountain.

This has been a custom of the Ausangate Nevado for centuries, the highest peak. It is high at (6384 masl) accompanied by its Vinicunca mountain known as the famous Rainbow Mountain at more than (5000 masl), the charm of this mountain comes from its incredible different colors, there is also the red valley.

During this Rainbow Mountain trek for two days, you will get closer to nature and feel a unique connection while observing the impressive views surrounding the mountain of colors.
Be the first to get to this place!

Departure & Return Location:

Hotel Cusco.

Departure Time:

Pick up from your hotel (3:30am – 4:00am).

Ausangate to Rainbow Mountain Trek – 2 Days highlights:

  • Forget about the big spots of tourists in the Vinicunca; you will be the first one at Rainbow Mountain!.
  • Ausangate mountain itself is considered a holy mountain.
  • Camp in a lovely place with a view to Ausangate Mountain.
  • Chance to see local flora and flora, including the Andean condor.
  • You will savor the Peruvian cuisine which our master chef will prepare.

We recommend you be in Cusco at least 2 days before your trek to be acclimatized to Cusco’s altitude so that you won’t have a problem during the tour.

About us:
Choquequirao Expeditions is a direct local tour operator in Cusco – Peru; we never share our tours with other companies as most of them do to minimize operating costs. We don’t work with intermediaries or have hidden prices; we have the best local guides and professionals. We guarantee that your travel expenditures will support the local economy, and improve the lives of local Peruvians, due to the simple reason we are a local business!


Day 1: Cusco - Hanchipacha - Ausangate - Anata.

We will pick you up at your hotel at 4:00 am and drive 3 hours to the trailhead for your first Rainbow mountain adventure. While packing up the gear, our chef will be preparing a hot breakfast to get you fueled up for the hike ahead of you. Our guides will go over the itinerary for the day and safety tips to ensure you are fully prepared for the next two days.

The trek begins in a large green valley. You will see hundreds of alpacas, local farmers, and the beautiful Ausangate mountain looming in the distance- this is only a teaser for what is to come on your journey.

As you continue making your way on the trail, you will begin to conquer the first pass of the trek- Puccacocha pass. At around 5000m (16,400ft), the pass sits just above Puccacocha lake, and the massive Ausangate mountain is directly in front of you. After a successful climb, we will stop and enjoy a 360-degree view while the active glacier crashes into the lake below. This is arguably the most beautiful spot on the entire Ausangate circuit.

From here, we descend for 2 hours to Ananta, which will be our campsite, and enjoy a succulent lunch, and then you have a free afternoon to relax.

Maximum Altitude: 4,930 m / 16,174 ft.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner.
Hiking time: 5 – 6 hours approx.
Distance of walking: 08 Km / 4.97 miles.

Day 2: Ananta - Warmi Saya pass - Rainbow Mountain - Cusco.

We will have breakfast very early to start our 2-hour hike with a gradual ascent through the mountain to the Warmisaya pass (4985 m), observing camelid animals such as alpacas and llamas along the way, as well as appreciating small colorful mountains of different colors and lagoons of different sizes.

Then we will continue ascending the mountain until we reach the Vinicunca pass (5,080 m), from where we will be able to appreciate and glimpse the famous mountain of colors (rainbow mountain) composed of various minerals and sedimentary stones in a state of erosion that makes different colors on the mountain. After we enjoy and take some photos, we will begin with our descent from the mountain for 1 hour until arriving at K’ayrahuiri place of the lunch.

Then we will take our tourist transport for approximately 3 hours, arriving around 6 pm at Cusco.

Maximum Altitude: 5,038 m / 16,528 ft.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
Hiking time: 5 – 6 hours approx.
Distance of walking: 08 Km / 4.97 miles.


Price Includes for Ausangate to Rainbow Mountain Trek – 2 Days:

  • Pre trek briefing (briefing at the hotel).
  • Pick up from your hotel on the morning of departure.
  • Roundtrip private transportation.
  • English / Quechua / Spanish professional guide speak.
  • Second Tour Guide over 12 people.
  • Local food service (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 Dinner, snacks).
  • Vegetarian and free gluten food for no extra cost.
  • First aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Entrance fee to Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain.
  • Master Chef
  • Horseman and Horses. (To carry our camping equipment, food and 8 kilos of your stuff like sleeping bag and mat as well as clothes) We Never overload our Horses(well Animal Welfare).
  • Dining equipment including portable chairs and tables.
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort and also storage of backpacks.
  • Thermarest air-inflate Comfortable sleeping Mattress.
  • Portable environmental Biodegradable toilet (The Pett).
  • Camping spots fees.

Price Excludes for Ausangate to Rainbow Mountain Trek – 2 Days:

  • Extra expenses.
  • Dinner – Day 2.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you).
  • Sleeping bags (it can be rented from us for US$ 15 for the entire trip).
  • Waking sticks (it can be rented from us US$ 10 for the entire trip).

Items to bring for Ausangate to Rainbow Mountain Trek – 2 Days:

  • A travel insurance card is essential.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) or poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased for about $ 2 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear waterproof trekking boots are recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Warm clothes include jackets, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and knit / tour beanies. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Camera, films, and batteries.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from sun, rain, and cold.
  • Sunblock.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • Your own special medicines you may need, paracetamol, second skin blisters, etc.
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Eager and adventurous spirit to enjoy your hike.

Would you like Ausangate to Rainbow Mountain Trek – 2 Days in a private service?

We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.

Our Rainbow Mountain Trek 2 Days private service, includes additional items such as:

  • Extra Horse to ride (only for any emergency).
  • North Face 4 season tents.
  • Sleeping bag / Silk Liner included.
  • 02 Waking Poles per person.
  • 1 Duffel Bag to carry all your sleeping bags, self-inflating pad as well as your clothes.
  • Tour Guide to explore Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley all day. and of course, we pay a little bit more to our Staff and Guide.
  • Private round trip transportation.


We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.

We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.

We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.


(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)

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(Group Size: 02 Min - 08ppl Max)

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(Group Size: Upon Request)

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Vinicunca location?
The mountain of Vinicunca is located in Cusco, province of Canchis and district of Pitumarca. It is situated at the height of 5,038 meters above sea level.

How long is the walk?
Every single day we walk for approximately 6 hours.

Is it necessary to acclimatize?
It is mandatory to acclimatize before doing this route; remember that you will walk until you pass 5000 m.s.n.m. This demands a lot of physical and emotional effort, especially for those not accustomed to hiking at high altitudes. You can do your gradual acclimatization if you have the opportunity by visiting high places like Puno or staying in Cusco for at least 2 days.

Is there a horse rental?
If you have trouble walking on this trek, we recommend you rent a horse (there are horses in the camp); remember that the horse cannot take you all the time since there are very steep descents for which you must get off the horse and then continue on foot.

Are we going to be the first ones at Rainbow Mountain?
Yes, because our camp will be near the mountain of Vinicunca.

Why travel with Choquequirao Expeditions?
  • High quality services
  • Best price guarantee!
  • Local 100% Peruvian Tour operator (Based in Cusco).
  • We never pass you on to another operator or third party.
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed!
  • TripAdvisor recommended!
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Awesome tour!

January 20, 2022
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