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Ausangate trek 4 days to Rainbow Mountain is an excellent trek, it will surely be an unforgettable adventure where you can enjoy the hot springs in front of the magnificent Apu Ausangate. You will hike through unique places where you will be surrounded by colorful lakes and snowy mountains decorated with herds of alpacas.
Get ready to discover the magic and the intense colors of the Rainbow Mountain of Peru, also known as Vinicunca. This magnificent spectacle of nature is located in the Vilcanota mountain range, near the highest snow-capped peak in the Cusco region, the Apu Ausangate (6,384 masl / 20,945 fasl) considered a principal sacred deity for the Andean cosmovision. From pre-Inca times until today, this mountain has been a place of worship and offering.
The Ausangate Trek and Rainbow Mountain tour is designed to offer you an unforgettable experience in a relatively short time. You will travel deserted roads and deep valleys. You’ll enjoy the company of herds of alpacas and llamas while contemplating crystalline lagoons at the foot of this imposing sacred mountain. Also, you’ll challenge your physical resistance to reach the majestic Rainbow Mountain.
Let this surreal landscape envelop yourself in the Andes of Peru in the company of the best adventure travel specialists in the city. Imagine that a mountain covered in intense colors appears in front of your eyes: magenta, turquoise, yellow. It’s not a dream; it’s a real natural wonder! So get ready for a fantastic trip on a route not yet saturated by travelers.
The Ausangate 4 day Trek begins by leaving Cusco around 6:00am by private van to the start of our trek, at the base of the impressive Ausangate Mountain. For Tinqui we hike through local villages until we reach the small settlement of Upis and with an opportunity to take a dip in the local hot springs (10 soles). Here camp will already be set, and you will have the chance to enjoy the picturesque mountain backdrop as the sun sets on the mountains. Our chef will prepare lunch and dinner.
DISTANCE: 7 KM (4.35 MI)
ELEVATION: 3800M (12467 FT) – 4200M (13780 FT)
HIKING TIME: 3 HOURS
The morning starts with breakfast and a hike up Arapa Pass (4950m) before a slight decent to our lunch spot. After lunch we continue on to Lake Pucacocha – A deep turquoise lake and a perfect stop for a break. Along the way you will see local herders and llamas, and your expert guide will explain the history of the locals and the landscape along the way. Our campsite tonight is located just below the towering Ausangate Mountain. At our exclusive camp features thatch shelters for our tents, for added protection from the elements. Your evening will be enjoyed with dinner in our Mountain Refugio, here you will be surrounded by mountain views and incredible hanging glaciers.
DISTANCE: 10 KM (6.21 MI)
ELEVATION: 4300 M (14,108 FT) – 4750 M (15,584 FT)
HIKING TIME: 5 HOURS
Today is difficult but short. We start with a steep ascent up Puncacocha Pass. This pass boasts incredible views and as you reach the top you are rewarded with 360 views of one of the most incredible landscapes on earth. After conquering the pass we continue through a vivid green valley full of alpacas and llamas, if your lucky you might catch a glimpse of a Andean Condor or the rare vicuña. As we approach our destination for the night we will have camp set up for you to enjoy your surroundings and relax.
DISTANCE: 9KM/ 5.6 MILES
ELEVATION: 4500M/ 14,760FT – 4990M/ 16,370FT
HIKING TIME: 4 HOURS
Enjoy a sunrise summit to the Rainbow Mountain!
On this morning our goal is to wake up early and leave camp by 5am, this allows us to approach and experience the Rainbow Mountain in all of its glory with solitude. So, after a hot breakfast, and some coca tea we start with the uphill climb – Ananta Pass. From here you will see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain in the distance. We descend to a large valley and continue walking a Peruvian flat until you are presented with the final climb to the Rainbow Mountain. From here we head downhill to the village of Qesuno where we will have lunch, and pack up the van before heading back to Cusco with a drop off at your hotel. We typically arrive back in Cusco around 6:00PM.
DISTANCE: 10KM (6.21MI)
ELEVATION: 4700M (5,420FT) – 5050M (16,568FT)
HIKING TIME: 5 HOURS
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 Trek 4 Days in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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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Spectacular hike we had in Ausangate, it was an unforgettable experience beautiful views of the rainbow mountain and beautiful lakes, we had a good guide and excellent food during our trip to Ausangate highly recommended.