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Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek + Short Inca Trail 5 Days

5 Days and 4 Nights
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Spanish, English
Departure city: Cusco, Peru
Ends in the city: Cusco, Peru
Group Size: 12 PER GROUP
Availability: Daily Departures
Trip Styles: Hiking
Max Altitude: 5200 M. / 17060 FT.
Lodging Type: Camp & Hotel
Difficulty: Moderate

Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain trek + Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 5 Days

If you have little time and want to enjoy the best treks in Cusco, then this program is perfect for you. You’ll revel in the Ausangate glacier, colorful mountains and the Short Inca Trail of 2 days. The last will take you to see archeological sites, unique landscapes and, most importantly, visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Another highlight is the touristic destination of the Rainbow Mountain, which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world with its inexplicable beauty. Join us, whether you’re traveling alone, as a couple or with a group; we’ll take care of all the details so you can live an unforgettable experience. We’re sure you won’t regret choosing this unique excursion.

We’ll start traveling from Cusco to the community of Upis where we will enjoy breakfast. After that, we’ll gradually ascend to the Upis campsite for lunch. We’ll then continue up the the Arapa Pass and then to the Hatun Pucacocha Lagoon to spend the night. In the morning, we’ll go toward the Puca Pass and then down to Anantapata to have lunch. Later, we will go uphill to the Warmisaya Pass and then arrive to our campsite in Surinecocha.

Next, we’ll hike toward the Rainbow Mountain and then descend to Llacto. From there, we will go by car to the Taray viewpoint to have lunch. Next, we’ll visit the archeological complex of Urco and then spend the night in Ollantaytambo. The next day, we’ll travel by train from Ollantaytambo to KM 104 to start our trek toward Wiñay Wayna and Inti Punku. We’ll finish the day in the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night.

Finally, we’ll board a bus taking us to the entrance of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Once we’re inside, you will have 2-3 hours to visit all the most important sites and take incredible pictures. After that, we’ll return to Aguas Calientres and begin our return trip to Cusco.

Why Take the Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek + Short Inca Trail 5 Days?

  • You’ll enjoy the living culture of the Andean heights.
  • You’ll visit the most beautiful places: Ausangate, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
  • You’ll go to Inti Punku to see the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu from a distance.
  • You’ll have a second opportunity to contemplate the archeological complex of Machu Picchu, this time with a complete tour of the most important sites.
  • You’ll travel through the mountains of Ausangate and then get to the Inca Trail, taking you to Machu Picchu.
  • You’ll traverse Inca archeological sites and learn everything about their culture and history with an expert guide.
  • You’ll explore a combination of ancestral trails with the natural beauty of the mountains.

DAY 1Cusco - Upis - Arapa Pass - Hatun Pucacocha

Visit places
Arapa Pass
Hatun Pucacocha Camp

We’ll leave Cusco at 4 AM in private transportation, heading toward the community of Upis (4,250 m / 13,944 ft) where we will have breakfast. We’ll then meet the team that will accompany us during the entire trek.

Once all the final details are prepared, we’ll ascend gradually for three hours until we arrive to the place where we’ll have lunch. Along the trail, we’ll enjoy breathtaking landscapes accompanied by llamas and alpacas. Next, we’ll continue up two and a half more hours to the Arapa Pass (4,800 m / 15,748 ft). From here, you will see a multitude of colors in the Andean mountains and valleys in front of your eyes.

After we enrich our landscape culture, we’ll go down three and a half hours, passing by the Yanacocha Lagoon, until we arrive at our campsite close to the Hatun Pucacocha Lagoon (4500 m / 14764 ft). When we get there, we’ll be at the foot of the Ausangate snowcap and surrounded by gorgeous lakes.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Walking Distance:17 km / 10.56 mi
  • Highest Elevation:4,800 m / 15,748 ft
  • Campsite Elevation:4500 m / 14764 ft

DAY 2Hatun Pucacocha - Pucacocha Pass - Anantapata - Surinecocha

Visit places
Hatun Pucacocha
Pucacocha Pass
Warmisaya Pass
Surinecocha Camp

We’ll wake up with the warmth of the sunrise and enjoy a delicious breakfast that will provide us the necessary energy to start hiking. We’ll fill our water bottles, canteens and camelbacks, and then go up two hours to the Puca Pass (4,870 m / 15,978 ft). On the way, we’ll see the Ausangate snowcap and cristaline lakes around us.

Continuing, we will go downhill an hour and half to Anantapata (4,750 m / 15,584 ft) where we’ll have a wonderful lunch. Later, we’ll again go uphill to the Warmisaya Pass (4,985 m / 16,355 ft), and you’ll be able to see a part of the Rainbow Mountain from a distance.

After a short rest there, we’ll make our way toward our campsite close to the Surinecocha Lagoon (4,800 m / 15,748 ft). When we get there, we’ll have a flavorful dinner prepared by our talented chef, and we’ll sleep surrounded by nature.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Challenging
  • Walking Distance:10 km / 6.21 mi
  • Highest Elevation:4,985 m / 16,354 ft
  • Campsite Elevation:4,800 m / 15,748 ft

DAY 3Surinecocha - Rainbow Mountain - Red Valley - Taray - Urco - Ollantaytambo Hotel

Visit places
Rainbow Mountain
Red Valley
Taray Viewpoint
Urco Archeological Center
Ollantaytambo Hotel

Today, we’ll get up early and have a nice breakfast. We’ll start gradually hiking uphill on a picturesque trail. We will go toward the highest point of our trek where we’ll see multicolored scenes full of pure energy and enjoy the sunrise. We’ve finally reached the Rainbow Mountain (5,100 m / 16,732 ft)! We’ll take time to behold this wonder without many people around since we’ll be the first to arrive. Your guide will explain everything about this place and the relationship the Andean people have with the sacred mountains.

After that, we’ll go down one hour to Llacto (4,630 m / 15,190 ft) and from there go 2 hours by car to the Taray Viewpoint (3,150 m / 10,334 ft) to have lunch at the start of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Later, we’ll continue traveling to Urco (2,900 m / 9,514 ft), an archeological complex dedicated to water worship. For one hour, we’ll continue along the banks of the Willcamayu River until we reach Ollantaytambo (2,792 m / 9,160 ft).

When we get there, we’ll enjoy our last hike to the Qolqas Inca (2,950 m / 9,678 ft), old granaries from the Inca age located on a hill called Pinkuylluna. While we are there, you’ll have an impressive view of the archeological complex of Ollantaytambo. In the evening, we’ll have our last dinner and spend the night in that town.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Difficulty:Easy
  • Walking Distance:6.5 km / 4.03 mi
  • Trip Duration:3 to 4 hours
  • Minimum Elevation:2,792 m / 9.160 ft
  • Highest Elevation:5,100 m / 16,732 ft

DAY 4Ollantaytambo - KM 104 - Wiñaywayna - Inti Punku - Aguas Calientes

Visit places
KM 104
Inti Punku
Aguas Calientes Hotel

Today, we’ll start early for an adventure full of history and ancestral culture. We’ll go to the train station in Ollantaytambo and travel an hour and a half to KM 104, where our hike will begin. Here, we’ll have a short meeting about the last details, and you’ll receive snacks and a boxed lunch to eat during the day.

After that, we’ll start our day surrounded by dense, local vegetation in the cloud forest until we reach our first Inca archeological site, Chachabamba, known as a ceremonial center. Next, we’ll go uphill for three hours toward the most important place on this route, Wiñay Wayna (2,650 m / 8,964 ft) where we will walk through its streets and connect with Mother Earth, hearing the songs of the birds. Then, we will continue for 10 minutes to where we’ll have lunch.

Later, we’ll make our way to the Sun Gate, from which you’ll be able to see, for the first time, the impressive architecture of Machu Picchu. While you’re there, you can take incredible pictures of both places and honor the memory of the Incas, who built this wonder in connection with the surrounding nature. Finally, we’ll take a bus to the town of Aguas Calientes where we’ll spend the night and enjoy a delicious dinner at the best restaurant.

  • Meals: Snack, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Walking Distance:9 km / 5.59 mi
  • Trip Duration:5 to 6 hours
  • Minimum Elevation:2,040 m / 6,693ft
  • Highest Elevation:2,720 m / 8,924 ft

DAY 5Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco Hotel

Visit places
Aguas Calientes
Machu Picchu
Return to Cusco Hotel

Today, we’ll start off toward the bus station and go to the entrance of Machu Picchu (2,430 m / 7,972 ft). Before going into the citadel, we can use the bathrooms. Once inside, you´ll be truly impacted by so much beauty! It seems that time hasn’t passed in this place and that life itself has stood still in the middle of these mountains. You’ll visit the place most highly desired by so many, Machu Picchu!

The tour inside the citadel will be personalized. You’ll traverse significant places where the Incas walked and you’ll even feel they’re by your side. The citadel of Machu Picchu is large, so it will take you 2-3 hours to visit the most important sites in these sacred grounds.

After that, we’ll return by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes just in time for lunch. Then, you’ll have a couple hours of free time to rest and do whatever you’d like. Later on, we’ll board the train back to Ollantaytambo and, from there, we’ll return to Cusco in private transportation.

  • Meals:Breakfas.
  • Walking To Machu Picchu:  3.72 miles
  • Tour in Machu Picchu: 2-3 hours exploring
  • Machu Picchu Site Elevation: 2,430 m / 7,972 ft
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain Elevation: 2,720 m / 8,924 ft
  • Machu Picchu Mountain Elevation: 3,000 m / 9,843 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 Circuit
  • Entrance Ticket to Rainbow Mountain Circuit
  • Entrance Ticket to Red Valley Circuit
  • Entrance Ticket to Inca Trail Circuit
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu Circuit (1 or 2)
  • Day 1: 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.
  • Day 3: Private transportation from the end of the hike to our hotel in Ollantaytambo.
  • Day 5: Bus ticket to Machu Picchu round trip
  • Day 5: Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Day 5: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 4 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
  • Night 3: Hotel en Olaantaytambo
  • Night 4: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
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
  • One foamy sleeping pad per person
  • 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 + Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 5 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 and Rainbow Mountain To Short Inca Trail 5 days 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 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.

Return to Cusco

Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!

  • In Machu Picchu you’ll board a bus that will take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to your arrival.
  • In Aguas Calientes you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo or Cusco. Your guide will give you the train tickets where the boarding time will be shown. Make sure you’re on the platform 30 minutes early. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes 2 hours.
  • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Peru Hike clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Plaza San Francisco, in Cusco. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Plaza San Francisco takes 2 hours.
  • In San Francisco, depending on your hotel’s location, we will take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel in Cusco.

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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Lia L

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I can’t say more than only positive opinions about this company, which is great, and the magnificent organization they did with our tour of Ausangate and Inca Trail, without a doubt such a prestigious company is one of the best companies, I am very happy for all the work done , I recommend it.

24 October, 2023
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