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Ausangate Trek To Rainbow Mountain 2 Days

2 Days and 1 Night
Short hike
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  • Group Service12 People Per Group
    Adult: $250 Children: $240
    Available: 24 seats
  • PRIVATE SERVICEService with total flexibility
    Adult: $270 Children: $270
    Available: 24 seats
  • Horseback Riding In Group Includes 1 horse per person
    Adult: $280 Children: $270
    Available: 24 seats
  • Horseback Riding In PrivateIncludes 1 horse per person
    Adult: $300 Children: $300
    Available: 24 seats

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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: Camps
Difficulty: Moderate

Ausangate Trek 2 Days

Ausangate Trek 2 days To Rainbow Mountain is one of the most amazing adventures that exists in the Cusco region, for its wonderful landscapes and impressive snowy mountains, decorated with colorful lakes and rainbow mountains.
Ausangate Trek plus Rainbow Mountain 2 days / 1 night, is one of the shortest treks we offer and is one of the best treks in the Andes. This is not a walk for everyone, but those who want to get off the beaten track will find this a once in a lifetime experience. We will cross 2 different mountain passes, experience diverse landscapes, enter the remote Andean culture and see an unforgettable night sky. Of course, we will also experience the breathtaking Rainbow Mountain and Red Mountain valleys, one of the most beautiful and timeless natural landscapes in all of South America and the world. Come and explore the Andes with us!

Why Take the Ausangate Plus Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley?

  • The Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca, is in the midst of a land full of wild desert landscapes, snow-capped glaciated peaks, herds of alpaca, and pristine beauty.
  • Rainbow Mountain is close to the highest sacred mountain in the Cusco region, Ausangate.
  • You will trek through one of the most pristine mountain ecosystems in the world and take in beautiful mountain views and wildlife in its natural habitat for two days.
  • This two-day route allows you to avoid most crowds and follow little-trodden trails to reach the colorful summit.
  • Sleeping relatively close by to Rainbow Mountain in a comfortable tent also avoids the need for a painfully early departure time pre-sunrise from Cusco as a day trip.
  • You will be able to reach Rainbow Mountain before most of the crowds descend on the peak.

DAY 1Cusco, Pitumarca To Surina Qocha Camp

Visit places
Pucacocha Pass
Surina Qocha Camp

Our excursion starts very early in the morning. We’ll pick you up from your hotel at 4:00 am and will drive for 3 hours to the starting point of the walk. While we make our final preparations before starting, our chef will be preparing the delicious and nutritious breakfast that will give you all the energy you need to face this adventure. Before starting the tour, pay attention to our guide who will share with you details of today’s itinerary, as well as safety tips that will serve you for the following days.We’ll start this impressive and little-known walk in a green valley from where you can appreciate the majestic Ausangate Mountain in the distance. Along the way you’ll observe several peasant communities and discover the deep connection with nature that characterizes the Andean culture. Hundreds of alpacas and llamas will watch your every step!

We’ll continue our journey to the first pass known as Pukaqocha (4,870 m / 15,977 ft). From there you’ll enjoy an impressive panorama: the crystal clear waters of the Pukaqocha Lagoon and the gigantic Ausangate Mountain right in front of you. You’ll see how the waters of the lagoon originate in the snows of this sacred glacier. Without a doubt, it’s a show that will awaken all your senses. Don’t forget to charge your camera!

After a short break we’ll go for 2 hours to Anantapata where we’ll stop for lunch. Once we have recuperated our energy, we’ll ascend for 3 hours until we reach the highest point of the route called Abra Minasniyuc or warmisaya pass (4,985 m / 16,354 ft). From there, you’ll witness, for the first time and in the distance, the spectacular colours of the Rainbow Mountain. A view that seems to have been taken from a dream!

We’ll descend for 45 minutes to our camp located next to the Surine Qocha Lagoon. Upon your arrival we will welcome you with our happy hour. Later, you’ll enjoy dinner before a well-deserved night of rest.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks.
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Challenging
  • Walking Distance:12 km / 39,370 ft
  • Minimum Elevation:4,376 m / 14,356 ft
  • Highest Elevation:4,985 m / 16,354 ft

DAY 2Surine Qocha, Rainbow Mountain, Red Valley To Cusco

Visit places
Surine Qocha
Rainbow Mountain
Red Valley
Cusco Hotel

We’ll wake you up very early with a hot coca leaf tea in your tent. Then you’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by our chef. Get ready because you’ll soon discover the Rainbow Mountain and the spectacular Red Valley!We’ll ascend for 45 minutes to the viewpoint of the Rainbow Mountain. You’ll have time to explore on your own and dive into mind-blowing views not only of the Rainbow Mountain itself, but also of the mighty Apu Ausangate and the other snowy peaks that surround that area. It’s a truly fantastic place that you’ll be able to enjoy before the crowds of tourists arrive.

After enjoying this gem from the Peruvian Andes, we’ll begin our trek towards the spectacular Red Valley. A place that seems to be taken from another planet and that’s visited by very few tourists. You’ll be surprised not only by its amazing beauty but also by the immense tranquillity that’ll surround you. Breathe and feel the joy of being alive. It only takes 30 minutes of walking to reach the viewpoint from where you will get the best views of the valley.

Finally, we’ll make a 1,5-hour descent between ancient Andean communities and herds of llamas. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to come across some vicuñas, a beautiful non-domesticated animal that has coexisted with the inhabitants of Peru since pre-Inca times. After the delicious final lunch, a bus will wait for you that will take you back to the doors of your hotel in the city of Cusco.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks.
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Walking Distance:7 km / 4.35 mi
  • Minimum Elevation:4,700m / 15,419 ft
  • Highest Elevation:5,100 m / 16,732 ft
  • Activity Duration: 4-5 hours Hiking
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
  • 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: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, and 1 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 2 days trek

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 2 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 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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Ewelina K

Couple Traveller

Our 2 days Ausangate trek with Rainbow Mountain included was wonderfull. It was the best time of our life. Especially that our guide Mijail was wonderfull!!! He asked us all the time if we are feeling good, he was very patient and we had as much time as we needed to hike over 5 thousand meters. He made the decision with us, concerning also the weather. Also very good and experienced driver Mario made for us comfort of our trip. Meals which were prepared by Jose were really tasty and we wonder to have a bigger stomage to eat more.
Peru Hike has great equipment which is also very good for winter escapade. Thank you all for such great adventure. For sure we will chose you again if we will have opportunity.
They are more expensive than the others companies, but you have everything included what is very helpfull. It is worth to pay their price and be fully satisfied.

29 April, 2022


Family Traveller

A few months ago my friends and I made travel plans and one of the destinations I chose was the Ausangate snowfall, it was a great decision as a good trip, I keep good memories of that trip with my friends, because we were captivated by so much Flora and fauna.
We made our way through mountains, lush landscapes and colorful lakes, everything was great, we also met new friends who also hired the same travel agency: ‘Peru hike Company’ That by the way I handle the best this trip with professional guides, we finish with our backpacks loaded with new experiences and anecdotes.

6 May, 2021
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