Around The Apu Ausangate + Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain)
One of the most exotic and unique routes in all of Peru is the hike to the Apu Ausangate, its 72 kilometers of travel in 5 days will give us the opportunity to travel part of the mountain range of the Vilcanota bordering the bases of the Region Protector called Apu, the majestic snow-capped Ausangate, which with its 6370 meters above sea level will be our protector during our days of hiking where we will pass through multicolored lagoons, herds of alpacas and we will mingle with the local people of the place to live unique experiences. We will have the option to arrive in the most original way to the mountain of Vinicunca or also known as the rainbow mountain and enjoy the place in total harmony with the natural environment.
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Type of Trek Adventure
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Max Group
- Hike in the Apu Ausangate
- Visit the lagoons
- Look Vicuña Llamas Vizcachas
- Get in touch with locals
- Camp nights
- Sunrise in Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain)
- Duration: 5 days / 4 nigths
- Distance: 72km- 57miles
- Maximum elevation: 5150m.a.s.l
- Difficulty: challenging
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 pass by your hotel before dawn to take the highway south towards the town of Tinki during the 3 hour tour on our minivan go spotting in the distance the imposing snowy Ausangate, arrive at the town of tinki where we meet some of our wranglers who will be in charge of carrying the horses with all our equipment of tents and provisions for the whole expedition, this first journey will be like a training since the road does not have many climbs or descents, it will be a journey of 4 hours of walking approximately to go to our camp in Upis (4100 masl) where we will have lunch and have the afternoon free to get better acclimatization to the height.
UPIS – PUCACOCHA – ANATAPATA
After the first rays of the sun reaching the mountains, we will walk to the Arapa pass (4800), it will be an ascent of 3 hours to a calm rhythm, and in the passage we will be able to see with much more clarity the typical Andean landscape of the zone next to the snowfall making this a unique moment worthy to photograph all the moments, we will continue the walk down to the lagoon of pucacocha or red lagoon and after three hours of constant descent we will arrive until the place of our lunch to the side of the lagoon Yanacocha or black lagoon After lunch we will continue our adventure ascending again to the pass of Chillca Apacheta (4900) this last rise of the day will be much more physically demanding than the first since many parts of the road are quite steep, but when arriving at the high part all effort will be gratifying and after a rest we will descend again approximately an hour and a half to our camp located in Anantapata (4800).
ANANTAPATA – MONTAÑA DE COLORES (VINICUNCA) – AUSANGATE COCHA
Undoubtedly the great things in life merit a great effort so here will not be the exception, if what we are looking for is to arrive at dawn at the famous mountain of colors, we will get up early at 4:00 am. In the morning and we will leave for the pass of Warmisaya (4850), will be an ascent of 2 hours and already at the summit we will have time to eat some snacks and start the descent of another 2 more hours to have already the first views of the mountain of colors, without a doubt we will be the first and only in the place therefore we will have all the necessary time to appreciate this natural beauty, after a reasonable time in the place we will return by the same way to our base camp for lunch and in the afternoon continue the journey for about 3 hours additional to our next camp called Aunsagate Cocha (4800).
AUSANGATE COCHA – ABRA PALOMANI – JAMPA PAMPA
Our adventure is not over yet! We will leave our camp after a very energetic breakfast to the Palomani Pass (5150 m.a.s.l) which will be the highest of all these 5 days, will be a climb of 3 hours approximately, once in the high part we will have the view of the back side of the snowy mountains that make up the Vilcanota mountain range, we will continue down the mountain for a further 3 hours crossing local houses and find alpacas in all corners of the green fields of the place, there will be time to take photos, rest and finally get to our last camp located in Jampa Pampa (4850 m.a.s.l).
JAMPA PAMPA – PASO JAMPA – PACCHANTA
Our last day in the mountains of the Andes, we will leave at 7:00am in the morning after breakfast going up to the pass of Jampa located at 5050 meters above sea level, we will perform a ritual of thanks to the mountains for everything lived in our days of exploring making our apacheta and finally we will descend to the town of Pacchanta where we will wait for a delicious typical lunch called Pachamanca.
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.