Ausangate - Rainbow Mountain Trek 5 Days 4 Nights

Ausangate - Rainbow Mountain Trek
5 Days 4 Nights


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5 days 4 nights




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Ausangate and rainbow mountain trek is one the best trekking destination in cusco city. On this tour we will enjoy impressive snow capped mountains including the massive mountain of Ausangate (6,372m), the highest mountain in Cusco and three others over 6000 m. and the famous rainmbow mountain. This region is excellent for trekking, offering the travelers everything you could want, spectacular mountain scenery, snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes rich in bird life, picturesque local villages and traditionally dressed Quechua highlanders.
The Ausangate tour is spectacular and beautiful because we will obseve the immensity of the mountains, we will have the chance to meet and to talk with native Quechua people who live at 4500 masl, tending their herds of llamas and alpacas. It is essential to be properly acclimatized for this hike spending at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco before starting
With good luck we can spot condors, the world´s largest flying bird, and other Andean fauna such as vicuña. This unforgettable trek is perfect for people who love to get away from big groups of tourists.


Today we start our tour from Cusco, leaving early in the morning and heading towards the colonial village of Checacupe. Traveling on a paved road to the south of cusco Arriving at Checacupe colonial town and then we start going up hill to this place we can buy some snacks, then we leave the highway and get onto the dirt roads that take us through scenic valleys and canyons until we reach Hanchi Pacha. Along the way, we will stop to take pictures of interesting rock formations.
After about 4 hours driving the bus, we’ll have our lunch. In this place we will meet with our muleteers and the cook. After we enjoy our meals we start the trekking for about 2 hours to K’airahuiri Bajo (4300m ) where we will have spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and magnificent valley below.
From here, it’s just another 40m uphill to the camp at Kairahuiri Alto (4400m ), with views across the green valley. It’s going to be a cold night, so make sure you have lots of warm clothes and a high quality sleeping bag.

Total Walking Distance: 10km
Total Walking Time: 5h
Minimum Altitude: 3400m
Maximum Altitude: 4700m
Altitude of camp: 4700m
Approx. night temperature: -5°C at night


After an early breakfast, we will start our walking for about 1.5 hours towards Vinicunca Pass (5100m ), Our breathing will become increasingly labored as we gain altitude. Once we arrive at the top of the pass, there may be some frigid gusts of wind, so be sure you are wrapped up warmly and that your head is protected with a woolly hat!
Here, we will have the first views of the spectacular Rainbow Mountains, with its amazing colors: turquoise, orange, brown, and red. If the day is clear, we will also have an amazing views of the snow-capped mountain of Ausangate, the tallest and most important mountain in the Andean cosmology.
After some time taking pictures, we’ll continue to Pucacocha Lake over 4900m . It should take between 4 and 5 hours to get to our campsite where we will rest for the evening.

Total Walking Distance: 16km
Total Walking Time: 8h
Minimum Altitude: 4600m
Maximum Altitude: 5100m
Altitude of camp: 4600m
Approx. night temperature: -10°C


After an amazing brakfast we will start walking with stunning views and with the great Ausangate Mountain on our left-hand side, on the way we will enjoy clear glacial lakes, herds of alpacas and llamas and if we’re lucky, maybe even some wild vicuña. (national mammal of peru).
We will first reach Apacheta Pass (4600m ) before ascending to Palomani Pass (5200m ), the highest point on the Ausangate trek to Rainbow Mountain. As we cross the pass, we will meet with spectacular breathtaking views of the southeast mountain range, including Mariposa (“butterfly”) and Caracol (“snail”) Peaks.
From here we follow the trail into the valley where we’ll rest and have lunch. During the afternoon we can enjoy views of the snowcapped Tres Picos and Puca Punta mountains.
Then, we will continue through the green valley of Pampa Jutunpata and up the Rio Q’ampa Valley, where we will spend the night.

Total Walking Distance: 15km
Total Walking Time: 9h
Minimum Altitude: 4500m
Maximum Altitude: 5200m
Altitude of camp: 4500m
Approx. night temperature: -10°C


Today will be the last full day trekking. As son as we finish our breakfast we start hiking through the small community of Q’ampa. From there, we head northwest to the last pass of our journey, the Q’ampa Pass (5000m ). We will pass by many different colored lakes and lunch beside the sparkling Qomer Q’ocha Lake (4704m).
After lunch we continue to Pacchanta (4010m). This traditional, high altitude herding village has been transformed by tourism in recent years, and has adapted its activities to include various community rural tourism initiatives, including homestays and cultural demonstrations.
We have the opportunity to soak in the local hot springs, and even treat ourselves to a well-deserved beer! Tonight we will camp in this pacchanta village.

Total Walking Distance: 18km
Total Walking Time: 9h
Minimum Altitude: 4010m
Maximum Altitude: 5000m
Altitude of camp: 4010m
Approx. night temperature: -10°C


This will be our last day in this unique place. From Pacchanta, we hike for three hours to Tinke comunity where we will have free time to explore this traditional Andean village before taking our private car back to Cusco.
We arrive to Cusco between 4 and 5pm, and leave you at your hotel.

Total Walking Distance: 7km
Total Walking Time: 3h
Minimum Altitude: 3800m
Maximum Altitude: 4350m
Approx. night temperature: -5°C


  • Hotel collection
  • Round trip private bus to Tinqui community (trailhead)
  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • Complete high quality camping equipment (4 person tents used just for 2 persons, Roll Mattress, cooking equipment, dining tent, kitchen tent, toillet tent, chairs, tables,
  • Excellent cook and cooking equipment
  • Plentiful meals (4B, 5L, 4D) morning tea room service,  snacks
  • Vegetarian option. Pancakes, Omelets, Soups, Fresh fruit, Avocado, Pasta, Chicken, Fish, Meat, Rice. Food is rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
  • Hot drinks (including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude).
  • Boiled water is also provided to fill up your water bottles.
  • Also included horsemen
  • Pack animals (horses and mules) to carry your personal items and camping equipment
  • Saddled horses
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottles.

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • sleeping bag (you can rent this in our office US$ 20 for the whole trek).
  • Walking sticks (you can rent this in our office US$ 15 for the whole trek).
  • inflatable Air  mattress (you can rent this in our office US$ 20 for the whole trek)
  • Flight tickets
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips to tour guides and staff
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses.

A private service trek is organized just for you with private transport and your own personal tour guide. We do not add other people to your group, in order to provide you the best service possible with personal attention and added comfort.

GROUP SIZE: Private Group.
DEPARTURES: From April until November.


2 persons $ 1010 per persons
3 persons $ 860
4 persons $ 800
5 persons $ 770
6 persons $ 720
7 persons $ 680
8 persons $ 650


Horse for personal use or saddle horse.- US$50 for the whole trip.
(2) Vegetarian meals.- We can provide vegetarian meals or special diets with no extra cost. Just let us know at least 2 days prior to trek departure.
(3) Sleeping bag rental.- We have sleeping bags in our office for rent. US $ 20 for the whole trip.


Choose in the Calendar the date of when you would like to start this Tour -select the month, year and the day, (Starting Date). Fill in your details as requested, and details of the people traveling with you, once you have finished and sent us your reservation, you are registered to pay a booking deposit of US$ 300 + 5% pp. Once we receive your payment, we will confirm your tour in your email and send you more details.


1.- Pay a booking deposit of US$ 300 + 5% card fee per person.
2.- Pay a booking deposit of US$ 300 + 6% per person through Paypal.
3.- For group bookings, transfer to our bank in Peru, US$ 300 per person, or pay with the methods mentioned above.
FINAL PAYMENT: We require the remaining balance payment of your tour 1 month before of your tour start, paying online with your reservation code in our website in How to pay OR pay in US$ cash or with a card in our office in Cusco at your arrival.


1.- You must inform us of any medical problems or allergies. You need to be in good physical health and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70, then you will need to present us with a current medical certificate as Ausangate and rainbow mountain trek goes to 5200 masl. (It is highly recommended that you have to be in Cusco 2 or 3 days in advance to acclimatize or to use to the altitude).
2.- You must tell to your tour guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks. If you are having any problems with the service you have to inform to the tour guide in that moment so he can solve any problems as soon as possible.
3.- We include in this trek 8 kilos from each passenger for the horse, we will provide you a duffle bag to put your sleeping bag and personal clothes and mattress.
4.- However if you are unable to participate on this tour, we can organize an alternative tours in cusco city.
5.- If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter and mule will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter air lifts and medical assistance are paid at the expense of the passenger.  There will be no refund from the original payment, however we will prepare a document to certify illness which can be used to present to your travel insurance company.
6.- Our company will take all reasonable care in providing service to our clients to avoid accident, illness, loss of personal property and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. we cannot however be responsible for any action or event that was unavoidable. We also cannot be responsible for improper acts by clients or other third party. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
7.- Our travel agency does not take responsibility for additional costs due to unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal items, etc. It is the clients responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.


A.- Cancelation of the tour once you have paid a deposit and received a confirmation incurs in the loss of the booking deposit. (US$ 300.00) per person. Non-refundable booking deposit.
B.- Cancelation of tour within 45 days to 31 days before departure incurs a loss of 70% of total tour cost…
C.- Cancelation of tour within 30 days to 8 days before departure incurs a loss of 80% of total tour cost…
D.- Cancelation of tour within 7 days – 48 hours of departure incurs a loss of 90% of total tour cost…
E.- Cancelation of tour within 48 hours of departure incurs a loss of total tour cost…


Backpack, 4-season sleeping bag (you can rent it in our office), warm clothes, fleece, sweater, rain jacket and rain poncho, change of clothes, hiking boots and sandals, trousers and shorts, wool socks, wool hat, gloves, baseball cap, flashlight and extra batteries, sun glasses, water bottle and purification tablets, sun block, insect repellent, toiletries, bathing suit and towel.


Horse for personal use or saddle horse.- US$50 for the whole trip.
(2) Vegetarian meals.- We can provide vegetarian meals or special diets with no extra cost. Just let us know at least 2 days prior to trek departure.
(3) Sleeping bag rental.- We have sleeping bags in our office for rent. US $ 20 for the whole trip.


We rate this 5 day Ausangate Rainbow mountain trek as moderate.
There are no to many stone steps, as there are on the Inca Trail to Machupicchu, which can be very hard on the knees for many trekkers.
The main challenge on this Ausangate Rainbow Mountain hike is the altitude. Beacuse we will be over 5200 m. and you must be well-acclimatized prior to this tour.


The best time of year to plan your Ausangate Rainbow Mountain trek is the dry season from April to october when there is little rain, this time is considered as winter, during the day is really sunny and hot and the night time the temperature is below freezing point
November to March is the wet season in Peru and trekking around Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain is not recommended. But we still have several turists treking because sometimes we have great weather.


The average walking time per day on this trekking is 7 hours, but it is not every day, Days 1 and 5 willbe 4 hours walking, Days 2, 3, and 4 are long days 8 to 9 hours of walking.


Our camping equipment is top quality (4 season tents that our staff will sets up for you at each campside and you will be gratefull for this quality tents, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent and cooking equipment). Excellent cooking staff, plentiful meals (morning tea room service, breakfast, snacks, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner every day), vegetarian option. Food includes: pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, hot drinks (including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude). Food is rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking. Boiled water is also provided to fill up your water bottles.
we have a lot of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free travellers and our cooks know how to cater to their needs. With adequate preparation and clear communication, we can accommodate all other types of dietary requests.


What you need to carry with you each day on the tour is a light day pack. In your day pack, you should carry bottle of water; some extra warm layers, scarf; a camera; a sun hat; and sunscreen.
Water is very important while hiking. You should start each day with 2L, but you can fill up your water bottles at meal times.
The rest of your belongings – up to 8kg  – are carried in a duffel bag that we provide, by mules. All of the camping equipment needed on the trek is also carried by mules.

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