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Ausangate & Rainbow mountain trek 6 Days

6 Days and 5 Nights
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Departure city: Cusco, Peru
Ends in the city: Cusco, Peru
Group Size: 12 PER GROUP
Availability: Available
Trip Styles: Hiking
Max Altitude: 5200 M. / 17060 FT.
Lodging Type: Camps
Difficulty: Moderate

Ausangate and rainbow mountain trek 6 days

The Ausangate and rainbow mountain Trek 6 days is one of Cusco’s best options for nature and trekking lovers. It’s an epic journey through the foothills of the most important sacred mountain south of Cusco: The incredible Ausangate glacier that sits at 6,372 m / 20,905 ft.

On this amazing journey, you’ll visit remote Andean towns, enjoy relaxing hot springs and photograph the turquoise glow of beautiful crystalline lagoons dotted throughout the route. If you’re passionate about hiking in the mountains, learning about local customs and traditions, and are looking for an intense experience in remote areas of Peru, this package is perfect for you.

Whether you’re traveling with a partner or your family or friends, you can join us on this incredible adventure through the mountains of Peru and by the immense glacier Ausangate. This journey is perfect for those who want to get off-the-beaten-path, away from the crowds, and immerse themselves in culture and nature.

The Ausangate glacier is the most sacred in the entire Cusco region, which receives a huge amount of respect, pilgrimages, and offerings from Andean communities. It stands majestically at 6,372 m / 20,905 ft and is Peru’s fifth-highest peak. Being in close proximity to this gigantic Apu will make you feel at peace as you soak up the energy it radiates.

This hike takes you over mountain passes, incredible mountain scenery, remote Andean villages, hot springs, colorful mountains, and different colored lakes. You’ll learn customs and traditions from communities that maintain ancient traditions to this day.

So, what are you waiting for? This epic journey awaits in the remote mountain regions of Peru. Travel in peace with Peru Hike Company knowing that every last detail is planned for you. All you have to do is enjoy your adventure.

Why Take the Ausangate and rainbow mountain trek 6 days?

  • Hike through the Cordillera Vilcanota, a breathtakingly beautiful mountain range approximately four hours south of Cusco.
  • Enjoy an unforgettable adventure in the middle of the Andean mountain range surrounded by incredible views everywhere you look.
  • Contemplate the immensity of the valleys and huge mountains from spectacular viewpoints.
  • Marvel at gigantic glaciers and colorful crystalline lagoons.
  • Discover the lifestyle of the Andean settlers and take the opportunity to make new friends.
  • Learn all about local customs and traditions as well as the local wildlife.
  • Get to know the wild fauna of the Andes, including llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, condors, and various water birds.
  • Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and get away from the large crowds in the middle of the remote mountains.
  • You will know the most sacred mountains of Cusco: Apu Ausangate and the Rainbow Mountain.
  • You will see the sunrise on the Mountain of Colors, before the other groups arrive.

DAY 1Cusco - Upis - Camping at hot Springs

Visit places
Upis hot Springs

Our adventure begins very early at 5:00 a.m. We will pick you up from your hotel to head on a two-hour drive to Ocongate (3,500 m / 11,482 ft.), a picturesque place full of joy. You will enjoy the first views of the great Vilcanota range with its majestic Apu Ausangate mountain; we will pass through high Andean villages and see their people wearing colorful costumes. Keep in mind that these costumes represent the colors of the mountains.

We will continue our journey to the Upis community (4,250 m / 13,944 ft). Here, we will have a good breakfast, and meet the cook and the muleteers, who will be part of this adventure. We will walk for three hours along a trail used by the local people until we reach the Upis Camp (4,400 m / 14,436 ft).

Later, we will delight our palate with a delicious lunch and, after a short rest, we will head to the lake Huayna Ausangate Cocha (4,480 m / 14,436 ft), a charming place for the energy it transmits. Remember that on this short tour you can leave your things at the campsite.

  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Walking Distance:10 km / 6.21 mi
  • Highest Elevation:4,480 m / 14,436 ft
  • Camp Altitude:4,400 m / 14,435 ft

DAY 2Upis - Arapa Pass - Pucacocha Camp

Visit places
Arapa Pass
Pucacocha Camp

A sunny day would be perfect to enjoy the natural beauty that awaits us. We will have breakfast and begin a two and a half hour ascent to the Arapa Pass (4,800 m / 15,748 ft). If we are lucky, we will be able to see the running of the vicuñas, South American camelids considered a symbol of the Peruvian Andes.

After taking amazing pictures in the surroundings, we will descend gradually for three and a half hours enjoying the views of beautiful lakes: Yanacocha and Pucacocha.

We will arrive at the lunch and camping site known as Hatun Pucacocha lake (4,400 m / 14,436 ft). After taking a short rest, we will have time to explore the nearby lakes. At night, we will have dinner and contemplate the beautiful constellations before going to sleep.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Walking Distance:11 km / 6.8 mi
  • Highest Elevation:4,800 m / 15,748 ft
  • Camp Altitude:4,500 m / 14,764 ft

DAY 3Pucacocha - Pucacoha Pass - Hananta - Warmi saya pass - Surinecocha Camp

Visit places
Pucacoha Pass
Hananta Pass
Surinecocha Camp

A new day full of beautiful landscapes awaits us. We will have a nutritious breakfast to begin a two-hour ascent. Soon you will witness the perfect contrast of landscapes: impetuous dry and desert mountains leading to green valleys and immense glaciers. After having a beautiful scenic experience, we will descend for an hour and a half to Anantapata (4,750 m / 15,585 ft), where we will enjoy a revitalizing lunch.

A well-deserved rest will be enough to continue walking uphill for another two hours until we reach Warmisaya (4,985 m / 16,355 ft) and we will be able to appreciate part of the immense chain of reddish mountains that welcome us to the Rainbow Mountain. Finally, we will descend for 45 minutes to Surinecocha (4,800 m / 15,748 ft) and set up camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Walking Distance:10 km / 6.2 mi
  • Highest Elevation:4,985 m / 16,355 ft
  • Camp Altitude:4,570 m / 14,993 ft

DAY 4Surinecocha - Rainbow mountain - Quesouno - Ausangate cocha Camp

Visit places
Rainbow mountain
Ausangate cocha Camp

We will start the day very early with a delicious breakfast. We will start with a two-hour hike, an ascent that will take us to enjoy an incredible natural wonder, the Rainbow Mountain (5,100 m / 16,732). Once there, we will contemplate the sunrise and take incredible pictures long before the other groups arrive. After a magical moment, your guide will explain the importance of this place in the Andean world.

Later, we will descend to the Red Valley viewpoint (5,050 m / 16,568 ft), where you will be able to see the immense valley disappearing into the distance. We will return by the same path and descend gradually until we reach Quesiuno (4,376 m / 14,357 ft), where we will have lunch. After a good rest, we will continue ascending for approximately two and a half hours. We will appreciate the view of a beautiful green valley with herds of llamas and alpacas. In the evening, our camp will be waiting for us at Ausangate Cocha (4,500 m / 14,764 ft) to rest comfortably after a delicious dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Walking Distance:17 km / 10.5 mi
  • Highest Elevation:5,100 m / 16,732 ft
  • Camp Altitude:4,500 m / 14,763 ft

DAY 5Ausangate cocha - Palomani Pass - Sorapata Camp

Visit places
Ausangate cocha
Palomani Pass
Qampa Pass
Sorapata Camp

After a few days of acclimatization, comes the highest point. It is nothing less than 5,200 meters above sea level! We will get up with a lot of conviction and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Today victory will be ours and we will feel it when we reach our goal.

We will ascend for about two hours until we reach Palomani Pass (5,200 m / 17,060 ft), where we will have the most extensive view of the Vilcanota mountain range. After a brief rest appreciating the most amazing views, we will descend for an hour and a half to the community of Huchuy Phinaya (4,700 m / 15,420 ft) and have lunch.

Get ready because we will have a gradual ascent of two hours by the beautiful Jampa gorge, we will be accompanied by the immense glaciers of the Callangate chain until we reach the last camp in Sorapata (4,650 m / 15,256 ft.). Upon our return the camp will be ready. After savoring an exquisite dinner, a peaceful night in the tranquility of the mountains awaits you.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Walking Distance:10.5 km / 6.52 mi
  • Highest Elevation:5,200 m /17,060 ft
  • Camp Altitude:4,650 m / 15,256 ft.

DAY 6Sorapata - Jampa Pass - 7 lakes - Pacchanta Hot Springs - Cusco Hotel

Visit places
Jampa Pass
7 lakes
Pacchanta Hot Springs
Cusco Hotel

We will wake up to the impressive view of the snow-capped Tres Picos. Afterwards, we will have breakfast and get ready for one last ascent. It will take us two and a half hours to reach Jampa Pass (5,070 m / 16,634 ft), a wide, green valley, perfect for the Andean man who dedicates himself to agriculture and grazing his animals. This will also be a good time to capture the beauty of the surroundings.

We will begin to descend for about three hours to Pacchanta (4,100 m / 13,451 ft). Along this last part, we will be able to appreciate the beautiful succession of lakes that are well appreciated by the Andean man. We will stop to perform a small ceremony of thanksgiving to the mountains and to Pachamama, for, of all the possibilities in life, we are blessed to have arrived here.

Hours later, we will head to Pacchanta, a small community with attractive hot springs, where we will enjoy a bath, ideal for relaxing our muscles. Here we will also have lunch. Later on, we will say goodbye to the appreciated group of servants who accompanied us on this journey and we will embark on a two and a half hour trip back to Cusco, thus culminating this incredible 6-day adventure.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
  • Difficulty:Easy
  • Walking Distance:11 km / 6.80 mi
  • Highest Elevation:5,070 m / 16,634 ft
Trip Info
Packing List
Before You Go
High Quality Service & Safety
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Experienced Guide speaks English and Spanish
  • A professional cook only for our group
  • Motorola Talkabout Radio, for communication
  • Medical Kit – First Aid Kit
  • One duffle bag per person
  • Customer Service 24/7
  • Extra oxygen
Private Camping Equipment
  • We also include a large tent with table and chairs for you to enjoy your meal without worry-free, and all the cooking equipment, carried by our porters and horses
  • We also included a portable toilet
Permits & Entrance Tickets
  • Entrance ticket to Ausangate Trek
  • Entrance ticket to Rainbow Mountain
  • Entrance ticket to pacchanta hot springs
  • Private transportation from your hotel in Cusco to the start of the trek.
  • Horses, and muleteers horses carry your 8-kg / 16-pound personal items.
  • Private transportation from the end of the trek to Cusco to your hotel.
  • Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, and 5 Dinners
  • Meals: vegetarian and vegan
  • Water to drink on the trail every day
  • Wake up tea, every morning
  • Tea Time or Happy Hour, every afternoon
  • Snacks on the trail daily
  • Products for hygiene
  • Personal Accommodation in Private Campsites
  • 4-Person, 4-season tents, destined for 2 travelers
  • 1 Polar sheet per person
  • Pillows throughout the tour
  • Rubber warmers, for the night
Additional Included
  • Emergency horse to ride
  • PRO Air sleeping pad, Therma-Rest brand
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking stick
What Is Not Included?
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff
  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
  • Original Passport
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film with extra batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Daypack

Information Before leaving for the Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain trek 6 days

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain 6 day-trek in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.Has another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line, and we will get back to you asap!

Briefing or informative meeting

All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the (Peru Hike) offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.

Duffel bag or canvas case

ou’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and will deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm / 2 ft. Long x 36 cm / 1 ft. Wide.

A maximum of 5 kg is allowed for each duffel bag that includes the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes and other personal items.

Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests

Peru Hike Company can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Group tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.

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Alexander K

Family Traveller

Impressive 6-day trek in Ausangate, I really did not expect so much attention from the staff that I feel like a king with everything served and with such kindness, I trust and recommend this peru hike agency since it complies with everything offered and they are always in contact to anything with you

8 September, 2023


Group Traveller

Ausangate trek 6 days done with Peru Hike team, we hire a tour 6 days around the Ausangate with the Rainbow mountain, it was pretty trek combines between lakes, mountains, glaciers, and local traditions along the route, our guide was Chino who made a great job leading this trek, even when someone of the group got sick with the altitude but Chino and his team manage it and help to recover and she was fine for the next day, these local people (the guide and his team) know about natural medicine which help a lot to someone who was sick, after to see how does it works I really trust on them. We had some passes which got over 5,000 meters above sea level, that was complicate for some people on the group, fortunately we were only 4 people on the group this was perfect, (we saw another group with 12 people they were struggling with some slower people) the trek itself is very challenging you must to prepare very well specially with the altitude, a few days in Cusco before leaving for this trek with help a lot. Our team was led by Chino, an experienced guide who has been working around these mountains for more than 10 years, he knows the area, culture, traditions and history of the Incas very well. Jorge the cook made incredible food and varied even for vegetarian people. We had three dishes every day and also a cake on the last day, such a big surprise for us. Alberto and Jose were our horse drivers. They took care of our camping equipment, every day when we arrived at our final campsite all our tents were already set up, they also provided us hot water to wash our hands every morning, what I appreciate is they are always smaling 🙂 The Whole trip was very organized and Vidal knew about it. Also we had an air pad for us even without hiring these, Chino told us this was an extra for us because we are in the rainy season. We want to say thank you to everyone on this trip for making one of the best journeys in our life, especially to Peru Hike teamfor his enthusiasm and positive mind about the weather, and Pachamama for amazing views.

1 June, 2022
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