Rainbow Mountain + Ausangate
It is in the short version of part of what is the Apu Aunsagate path taking as main attraction the arrival to the rainbow mountain, in the following 4 days we will tour part of some of the world's most interesting hiking circuits that is Ausangate, whose 6370 meters above sea level make it the 4th highest mountain in Peru. We will have the option to walk and see next to us hundreds of llamas and alpacas together and interact with the local people of the area of Upis and Tinki. An attraction of all this region is the presence of lagoons product of the melting of the mountains we will cross certain plains and we will conquer some high points of this zone to finally be the privileged ones to arrive at the rainbow mountain and to enjoy in solitude all their natural beauty.
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Type of Trek Adventure
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Max Group
- Llamas and Alpaca observation
- Interact with local people
- Observation natural lagoons
- Hike in the Ausangate
- Sunrise on Rainbow Mountain
- Duration: 4days / 3 nigth
- Distance:45km- 27miles
- Maximum elevation: 5020m.a.s.l
- Difficulty: Moderate
Weather in the Andes can be unpredictable ranging from hot and sunny to rain, wind and cold. Hikers should be prepared with proper gear and be ready for variable weather conditions throughout the day. Small changes in the itinerary are a possibility as well as trip cancellations due to bad weather. We reserve the right to cancel a trip if we feel conditions are unsafe. If this happens you will be refunded your deposit in full (see full Terms & Conditions), however trips still go out when there is rain, snow or fog. Temperatures can range from 0 degrees celcius in the morning to 15 degrees celcius in the afternoon. The sun does get intense in the afternoon and we highly recommend bringing sun protection.
CUSCO – TINKI – UPIS
We will leave Cusco at 5:30 am, in the south direction to the town of tinki located at 100 kilometers of distance, as our mini van goes up the mountains the first views of the majestic Ausangate will become clearer and after 3 hours in the transport will arrive at the beginning of the road where our muleteers and horses will be waiting for us to organize all our equipment that we will use during the expedition. It is here in tinki where we will officially begin our expedition, this first part will be relatively easy since it predominates more flat parts and a hill to ascend, after a 4 hours walk we will arrive at our first camp in Upis (4100 m.a.s.l) for lunch and take advantage of the afternoon to achieve a better adaptation to the altitude, if you wish you can spend a moment in the thermal springs of the place or simply contemplate the landscape since we will be located at the very base of snowy Ausangate.
UPIS – PUCA COCHA
We will offer a warm drink in the tents before breakfast so that you can organize your belongings without feeling much of the cold environment that surrounds us, and after breakfast as part of the first stretch of the road is gradually ascending for a lapse of 3 hours to the First pass called Arapa (4800 m.a.s.l) from this place the view to the snowy Ausangate is simply indescribable, we will dedicate some time for the photographs and eat some snack before starting the descent where we will cross some lagoons like Yanacocha and after about 3 hours of descent we will arrive at our camp Puca Cocha (4600 m.a.s.l) we will be located in the side of the great Ausangate and we will have all afternoon to contemplate its sunset.
PUCA COCHA – ANATAPATA
It will be a difficult but short day, as we will walk up the mountain to conquer the second high pass. After a very energetic breakfast, we will walk uphill for a period of 2 hours until Chillca Apacheta (4900 m.a.s.l) this part of the way is quite steep but we will go little by little and very calm, once we conquer the highest pass of the day , we will start again a 2 hour descent towards our camp of Anatapata (4800 m.a.s.l) where we will recover energies taking a long rest and appreciating the high Andean landscape of the area.
ANANTAPATA . RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – CUSCO
Conquering the mountain of colors merits an extra effort, so it is necessary to wake up much earlier than usual to have breakfast and leave for our destination and fulfill the purpose of the trip. The first part of our route is an ascent of approximately 2 hours until the passage of Warmisaya (4850 m.a.s.l) and as the sun reaches the summit of the mountains we will start a descent of about 2 more hours until we have the first views of the mountain of Vinicunca (rainbow mountain) we will walk one more hour until reaching the summit and be the first lucky ones to enjoy the place and to have a moment of explanation of our guide who will give the information for the reason for which this one Mountain presents this natural variation of colors. We will have the option of being 1 hour in the place and then go down to the community of Quesoyno to have lunch and board our transport that will lead us to the city of Cusco to arrive at approximately 5:00 pm.
Cusco is a department located in the south of the Peruvian territory, presents two well-defined seasons, rains and droughts, so the climate is a mixture of intense rains in the months of November to April and sunny days from May to October, temperatures with quite changing in the hilly part of the region, these being able to descend until -5 degrees in the zone of Ausangate during the months of June to July.
The capital of the department, Cusco is located at 3342 meters above sea level, is where the planes arrive and is the basis of all expeditions to Machu Picchu and all tourist sites. On the other hand Ausangate is the highest mountain in the department with 6372 meters above sea level and many of the camps we pass are located on the 4000 to 4850 meters above sea level, therefore a previous acclimation of about 2 or 3 days in the city is more than mandatory.
We start an expedition with a minimum of two participants and we do not exceed a number of more than 8 members. If you have a large group of friends that exceeds our limit, we make a special expedition where we send a second guide to better manage the group.
Our team is trained to complete the highest demands, all our walks merit a physical effort so the food is fundamental to continue our tours, if you have a special diet, We adapt to your needs and design a menu that meets your expectations.
There is no age limit, but we are very strict to demand a good physical condition for our walks. Ausangate for the same location is consider as a very difficult level hike so if you are looking for a pleasant moment, remember the best is that before your trip is prepared physically and mentally and this will help greatly during your vacation.
If you chose one of our walks that are more than 1 day, you will need a sleeping bag for the nights inside the tents, if you do not have one we can rent one that surrenders the comfort conditions for climate and geography of the place and we guarantee cleanliness and warranty.
Considered one of the most beautiful places to walk in Peru, AUSANGATE is considered as a walk from easy to very difficult depending on the number of days you choose in the expedition, we as operators seek to be sincere with our customers, remember that our priority is that you take a nice souvenir and not be a hardship during the days of trek therefore we recommend a lot of physical activity and a good acclimatization in Cusco before any expedition.
We take chemical baths with us for the convenience of our clients and they are installed in each camp where we arrive, we are very careful in handling this equipment with the intention of preserving our environment.
Our guides and all the personnel that accompanies in an expedition receive a payment for the days that passes in the way, the gratuities are not obligatory but they are part of a custom already generalized in South America, if you feel that the service was good and according to your needs a tip will be a good message for all our staff who will feel rewarded in that way.
- Briefing 1 or 2 nights before beginning the expedition
- Pick up from hotel
- Private transport
- All the foods
- Box lunch deluxe
- Local professional guide in English and Portuguese
- Hot water in the mornings and afternoons for personal hygiene
- Camping equipment (dining tent, bath tent, kitchen tent)
- Professional mountain tents (passengers)
- Sleeping’s and mattress
- Duffels bags for personal things
- Emergency horse
- Team of muleteers
- First aid kit
- Oxygen balloon
- Tips for staff (cooks guides, muleteers)
- Extras not specified in the itinerary
- Dinner on the last day
- A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek - prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco .
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
- Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping. * This is a particularly cold trek, you should make sure you have a lot of very warm clothes.