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  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Difficulty: 9/10
  • Pick up: Hotel Cusco
  • Drop off: Hotel Cusco
  • Availability: In stock
  • Tour type: Adventure

Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain - 5 Days

Ausangate Trek 5 days is the trek that will take you to extraordinary places with breathtaking views with luxury service. You will have the opportunity to explore this wonderful place hidden in the Andes, a paradise unparalleled anywhere else in the world.

You are about to enter an extraordinary and unique journey in your life, an experience that will be marked in your life with fantastic views in an Andean paradise. This 5-day Ausangate trek (6372m / 20905ft) is a unique adventure in Peru with snow-covered mountains and more than 20 colorful lakes surrounded by alpacas, llamas, and potato crops. We have designed an extraordinary route for you. You can fully enjoy your adventure in Ausangat; we have more than 8 original circuits for you with VIP service so you have special memories and can return home happy and without regrets.

The classic Ausangate circuit is much shorter, as it does not include Rainbow Mountain. But in the same way, you will have impressive views. The classic circuit is an older trail with a distance of 45km, through lakes and snowy mountains.

Departure & Return Location:

Hotel Cusco.

Departure Time:

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

Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 5 Days highlights:

  • You will have the opportunity to appreciate the Ausangate mountain, the fifth highest mountain in Peru.
  • The reddish, green and yellow tones of the mountains will leave you speechless throughout the journey.

Acclimatization:
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!

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Ocongate – Tinque – Upis – Yana Qocha Camp

We pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 am to leave the city of Cusco, we will then have three and a half hours driving to get Upis town, along the way we will see picturesque villages, and we will stop for a couple of times to enjoy the sceneries, once we arrive in Upis (the trailhead, 4,350m/ 14,272ft) we will meet up our local muleteers and horses, where we’ll have our breakfast and get ready to start the great adventure, we will hike gradually uphill for about 2 hours and 30 minutes following the highland valley inhabited by llamas and alpacas with dramatic vistas of Ausangate in the backdrop to get the lunch spot located in Pamparapa (4,600m / 15,092 feet). Today, we’ll have lunch at a very scenic area still with Ausangate Mt in the background.

After eating the delicious meal, we’ll still hike up for about 3 hours and 30 minutes to get to the first campsite, called Yana Qocha, 4,650 m / 15,256 ft; from the lunch spot, we’ll hike for two hours to get the first pass called Arapa pass 4,800 m/ 15,748 ft, at this point, we’ll be impressed by stunning views of eroded mountains, and highland valleys. We will then hike downhill for 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to the campsite, with amazing views around the Ausangate mountain. All meals included.

Day 2: Yana Qocha – Qomer Qocha

In the morning, we will have a beautiful sunrise at the top of towering rocks and mountains; we will enjoy this view while having our breakfast; after having breakfast, we will start trekking on an uneven trail (up and downs) this section of the trail is one of the most picturesque ones, as the blue and turquoise colored lagoons surround the bottom part of the massif Ausangate mountain 6.384 m / 20,945 ft, the highest mountain in Cusco. After hiking for 1 hour and 30 minutes, we will start hiking up on a switchback trail to the next pass at 5,000 m / 16,404 ft. We will enjoy the very dramatic vistas of the Vilcanota range going in different directions, colored hills, and the glacier peaks.

From this pass, we will hike downhill to get the valley part and follow up the valley to reach our lunch spot located at Ananta 4,650 m/ 15,256 ft. After lunch, we will continue trekking uphill for 2 hours to reach the next pass called Warmisaya 5,000 m / 16,404 ft from this place; we will be able to spot the Rainbow Mountain in a further distance, and the views are still awe-inspiring. The last section is downhill for 30 minutes to get to the second campsite located at Qomer Qocha, 4,680 m / 15,354 ft. All meals included.

Day 3: Qomer Qocha – Rainbow Mountain – Ausangate Qocha

Today’s nutritious breakfast makes us ready to go exploring the Rainbow Mountain. After enjoying our breakfast in the very early morning, we will hike up for about 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to the famous Rainbow Mountain 5,050 m / 16,568 ft. And we will beat the large crowds for sure, and this place will be just for us for about 45 minutes, which is enough time to enjoy the site. After having enough time at this place, we will return by the same trail to Ananta (lunch spot of day 2), where we will have lunch again at about 12:30 pm. This afternoon, we will continue hiking for 3 more hours to the next campsite called Ausangate Qocha, 4,700 m / 15,420 ft. All meals included.

Day 4: Ausangate Qocha – Jampa.

Another great day to enjoy the mind-blowing colored hills next to the Ausangate Mt (6,384m/ 20,945 feet), the highest mountain in Cusco, and see more glacier lagoons; after having breakfast, we will begin again with our trekking, the trail takes us to the next pass called Palomani that is at 5,130m / 16,831 feet the highest pass on the whole trail; where, we will start to take a glance the massive mountain and some other colored hills which are still close by, then, we will walk downhill to get the valley part, where we will eat our lunch, in the late afternoon we will walk up for 2 more hours to the next camp spot located at an elevation of 4,700 m / 15,420 feet. Where in the evening we will have tea time, subsequently dinner. All meals included.

Day 5: Jampa – Pacchanta Town – Cusco

Wake up hot coca tea in the morning to have another great day; after having breakfast, we’ll hike up for 2 hours and 30 minutes to the last pass called Jhampa 5,060 m / 16,601 ft, where we’ll have fantastic glacier peaks right in front of us. We will then trek downhill to get our last scenic lunch spot. After lunch, we’ll hike for 2 more hours to get to Pacchanta Town. We’ll have a chance to swim at hot springs, which is optional, and at this place, we’ll say goodbye to our muleteers; we will eventually drive back to the hotel in Cusco for about 3 hours and 30 minutes. End of our adventure.

Inclusions

Price Includes for Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 5 Days:

  • Pre trek Briefing (briefing at the hotel).
  • Pick up from your hotel on the morning of departure.
  • Transportation from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the hike by private car.
  • English / Quechua / Spanish professional guide speak.
  • Second Tour Guide over 12 people.
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent, which allows for greater comfort and storage of backpacks.
  • Thermarest air-inflate comfortable sleeping Mattress.
  • Cook and assistance of the Cook.
  • Cooking equipment.
  • Snacks.
  • Daily tea service.
  • Dining equipment, including chairs and tables.
  • Portable environmental Biodegradable toilet (The Pett).
  • Food service in the campsites (5 breakfast, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, 5 snacks) – nutritionally balanced menu.
  • Vegetarian and free gluten food for no extra cost.
  • Personal trekking food – nutritionally balanced menu (Buffet).
  • Horseman and Horses. (to carry our camping equipment, food and 8 kilos of your personal stuff like: sleeping bag and mat as well as clothes) We never overload our horses (well Animal Welfare).
  • Ausangate & Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain entrance fees.
  • Camping spots fees.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Insurance policy for our Guide, Cook & Horseman.

Price Excludes for Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 5 Days:

  • Extra expenses.
  • Dinner – Day 5.
  • Pillows.
  • Not detailed meals.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you).
  • Sleeping bags (it can be rented from us for US$ 30 for the entire trip).
  • Walking sticks (it can be rented from us for US$ 20 for the entire trip).
  • Tips (optional).

Items to bring for Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 5 Days:

  • Original passport.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) or poncho.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots are recommended.
  • Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breathe at night if you want to take them.
  • 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.
  • We recommend bringing water purification tablets in case you pick up water from streams.
  • Your own special medicines you may need, paracetamol, second skin blisters, etc.
  • Small towel.
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Eager and adventurous spirit to enjoy your hike.

Would you like Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 5 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 for Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 5 Days private service, includes additional items such as:

  • Extra horse to ride (Only for any emergency).
  • North Face 4 season tents.
  • 02 waking poles per person.
  • 1 duffel bag to carry all your sleeping bags, self-inflating pad as well as your clothes.
  • The tour guide is just for you. And of course, we pay a little bit more to our Staff and Guide.
  • Private Transportation round trip
  • Sleeping bag / Silk Liner included.

Prices

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.

LARGE GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)

USD
740
Per Person

SMALL GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: 02 Min - 08ppl Max)

USD
770
Per Person

PRIVATE GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: Upon Request)

USD
860
Per Person

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FAQs

What if I suffer from altitude sickness?
Our tour guide is professional, he will treat you accordingly with the oxygen tank, we always provide an oxygen tank for this kind of tour.

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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