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Rainbow Mountain To Ausangate 7 Lakes Hike 4 Days

4 Days and 3 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: 5,200m / 17,060ft
Lodging Type: Camps
Difficulty: Moderate
Overview

Rainbow Mountain To Ausangate 7 Lakes Hike 4 Days

Rainbow Mountain and Ausangate 7 Lakes hike, also known as “Montaña de Siete Colores” or “Mountain of Seven Colors,” is a vibrant, multi-hued peak situated in the Andes of Cusco, Peru. It gained international fame in recent years due to its striking colors, caused by the presence of different mineral deposits in the rock formations.
The mountain’s distinct coloration ranges from shades of red, pink, yellow, green, and blue, creating a mesmerizing visual effect. The trek to Rainbow Mountain typically starts from the town of Llocto o Qosqopata, taking around 2 hours to hike to the summit (altitudes of over 5,000 meters/16,400 feet). The journey offers stunning views of the surrounding Andean landscape and the snow-capped peak of Ausangate.

The Ausangate 7 Lakes trek is a rewarding and less-frequented alternative to the more popular Rainbow Mountain trek. The journey allows travelers to immerse themselves in the serene beauty of the Andean highlands, passing through traditional villages, grazing llamas, and awe-inspiring mountain vistas.

The trek typically takes several days and requires a higher level of physical fitness and acclimatization than the Rainbow Mountain hike. Along the way, trekkers may encounter unique wildlife, such as vicuñas and alpacas, as well as Andean communities that have maintained their traditional way of life for centuries.

The highlight of the Ausangate 7 Lakes trek is reaching the turquoise glacial lakes, set against the backdrop of the Ausangate Mountain. The pristine, shimmering waters of the lakes add a magical touch to the already breathtaking landscape, making it a photographer’s dream.

Both Rainbow Mountain and Ausangate 7 Lakes provide unforgettable experiences for nature lovers and adventure seekers, showcasing the natural wonders and cultural richness of the Peruvian Andes. As with any high-altitude trek, it’s essential to be prepared, travel responsibly, and respect the local environment and communities.

Why Take the Rainbow Mountain & Ausangate 7 lakes Hike 4 Days?

  • Be the first to see the rainbow mountain before the crowds of people arrive
  • Explore the 7 lagoons of ausangate alone with only your group.
  • Join us on this breathtaking five-day trek through the Andes Mountains.
  • Marvel at majestic snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and crystalline turquoise lakes.
  • Get touch with indigenous people in rustic rural villages of the mountains.
  • Spectacular views from high altitudes especially while crossing two passes, the Palomani Pass and the Q’ampa Pass.
  • Catch a glimpse of Andean wildlife – condors, llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and many aquatic birds.
  • Hike with a real direct & official local tour operator based in Cusco.
Itinerary

DAY 1Cusco, Qosqopata - Rainbow Mountain - red valley - Hananta Camp

Visit places
Cusco
Qosqopata
Rainbow Mountain
red valley
Hananta Camp

Our guide will go by your hotel with our private car to pick you up from 4:20 to 4:30 am, then we will go to Qosqopata (4,700 m / 15,419 ft) where we will begin the trek. Meanwhile, our cook prepares a delicious breakfast for our entire group to then start the hike to the rainbow mountain. And after breakfast we will start the 1.5 hike to the famous rainbow mountain, for sure we will be the first to arrive and appreciate the beautiful landscapes that surround the rainbow mountain and the red valley.

Then we will go to the red valley (5,200 m/17,060 ft), which is 30 minutes from the rainbow mountain, in the red valley we will explore for 30 minutes, and then continue our trek for about 3 hours to our camp in Hananta ( 4,750m). / 15,584 f), our cook will be waiting for us here with the food ready, where we will have lunch with beautiful views of green valleys and snow-capped mountains. After lunch we have the afternoon free to explore or rest, and at 5:30 PM our cook prepares us a delicious dessert to enjoy and after 30 minutes we will start dinner where our guide will also explain the plan for the next day.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Activity Duration:6-7 hours Hiking
  • Walking Distance:12 km / 7 miles
  • Starting altitude:4, 700 m / 15, 419 ft
  • Minimum Elevation:4, 700 m / 15, 419 ft
  • Highest Elevation:5,200m / 17,060ft
  • Campsite Elevation:4,750 m / 15,584 ft

DAY 2Hananta - Puka cocha Pass - Yanacocha Camp

Visit places
Hananta
Puka cocha Pass
Yanacocha Camp

Today we will be woken up by our cook with a hot tea or coffee, also our Guide will be there to solve your questions, we will go to have breakfast prepared by our professional Chef, then we will continue our way uphill for 2 hours to the puka cocha pass (4,870 m / 15,978 f), from here we will have beautiful views of colorful lakes and Ausangate mountain (6,372 m / 20,905 f) surrounded by beautiful landscapes and large herds of camelids, after exploring we will continue a trail downhill to Huchuy Pukacocha where our lunch place will be located on the shores of lake pukacocha.

After lunch we will continue our trek all terrain flat for 1 hour and uphill for 1,5 hour until we arrive to Yanacocha camp (4,650 mt / 15,256 ft.), here you will be able to see the sunset on the shores of Yanacocha lake.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Activity Duration:6-7 hours Hiking
  • Walking Distance:10 km / 6.21 miles
  • Starting altitude:4,750 m / 15,584 ft
  • Minimum Elevation:4,650 m / 15,256 ft
  • Highest Elevation:4,870 m / 15,978 ft
  • Campsite Elevation:4,650 m / 15,256 ft

DAY 3Yanacocha - Arapa Pass - Upis Pampa - 7 lakes Camp

Visit places
Yanacocha
Arapa Pass
Upis Pampa
7 lakes Camp

Today our professional chef as every day will wake us up with a hot tea or coffee, we will head for breakfast, after finishing our nutritious breakfast we will continue hiking for 1,5 hour all flat until we reach the Arapa pass (4,800mt./ 15,748ft.) where you will have beautiful views of snow-capped mountains and vicuñas in the distance, then we will continue downhill for 1,5 hours to our lunch camp located in Upis (4,250 m / 13,944 ft), here we will have lunch with beautiful views of green landscapes and in front of the imposing Apu Ausangate (6,372 m / 20,905 f). Then we will continue our hike for another 3 hours to the 7 lakes camp (4,600m / 15,091ft), where you will have beautiful views of Andean houses and colorful lakes, also you can interact with the Andean people, during the whole hike our guide will be explaining everything about the place, you will hear incredible stories about the Peruvian Andes.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Activity Duration:7-8 hours Hiking
  • Walking Distance:13 km / 8 miles
  • Starting altitude:4,650 m / 15,256 ft
  • Minimum Elevation:4,250 m / 13,944 ft
  • Highest Elevation:4,800 m / 15,748 ft
  • Campsite Elevation:4,600 m / 15,091 ft

DAY 4Ausangate 7 lakes - Pacchanta hot Springs - Ocongate - Cusco Hotel

Visit places
Ausangate 7 lakes
Pacchanta hot Springs
Ocongate
Cusco Hotel

Today is a great day, likewise our cook will wake us up with a cup of tea or coffee, then we will go to have breakfast on the shores of lake ComerCcocha, after having our breakfast we will visit the 7 lagoons of Ausangate each lake has a different name for the color acquired by different minerals found inside the lake, also you will be able to see chinchillas, alpacas, vicuñas, and with a lot of luck you will see condor sacred bird of the andes.
After exploring we will continue our way downhill for 2 hours to Pacchanta village (4,200 / 13,779ft) where our cook will be waiting for us with a great buffet lunch, but first we will take a nice bath in the hot springs of Pacchanta which also has medicinal properties, then we will go to eat the delicious lunch prepared by our professional chef, then we will board our private car to travel back to Cusco for 3 hours, our adventure will end at your hotel in Cusco.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Activity Duration:2-3 hours Hiking
  • Walking Distance:5 km/ 3 miles
  • Starting altitude:4,600 m / 15,091 ft
  • Minimum Elevation:4,200 m / 13,779 ft
  • Highest Elevation:4,600 m / 15,091 ft
Trip Info
Inclusions
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 Rainbow Mountain
  • Entrance ticket to Ausangate Trek
  • Entrance ticket to Ausangate 7 Lakes Hike
  • Entrance ticket to pacchanta hot springs
Transportation
  • 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
  • Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 3 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
Accommodation
  • 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 Rainbow Mountain and Ausangate 7 lakes

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 Rainbow Mountain and Ausangate 7 lakes Hike 4 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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Giovanna Y

Family Traveller

Carlos took our family of four to Rainbow Mountain (with Percy driving) and he made our experience unique despite the crowds. He set a slow and steady pace toward the 5,000 m asl summit, taking frequent breaks and checking in with us about how we were feeling. He took us round the mountain to get the best and uncrowded views of Ausangate glacier.

Breakfast & lunch were included in the day package and were both abundant and tasty. Though this day trip could be organized on one’s own, we found Carlos’ presence and expertise as a guide very reassuring, especially hiking at altitude! Rainbow mountain is amazing and definitely worth getting up at 5:30am to see it!

24 July, 2023

Marlene D

Couple Traveller

A challenging but great experience on the 3 day Rainbow Mountain To Ausangate 7 lakes hike! Our wonderful guide Eduardo was knowledgeable and patient, and great food and support staff. The Rainbow Mountain/Red Valley experience was much less crowded as we arrived before most of the day trippers. Strong recommend!

24 July, 2023

Hope G

Couple Traveller

We did Rainbow mountain + Ausangate 7 lakes hike 3 days 1 night ; it was so good; we received all the information prior to the trip and is was helpfull; the place is beatiful and the accomodstion was perfect !! Excellent plan

24 July, 2023

Estienne C

Couple Traveller

We completed the 3-day Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Ausangate 7 Lakes Hike. The views were absolutely amazing! The change in scenery from one day to the next is unbelievable. We got lucky with the weather as it was sunny both days. We would definitely recommend this tour! We especially enjoyed the company and knowledge of our tour guide, Carlos Baca, he always made sure we had everything we needed. The chef, Rosalio, made delicious food while it was freezing outside. Our horseman, Rocky, helped with serving the food and made our tents in the freezing cold.

23 July, 2023

Alexis k

Family Traveller

We had never heard of this circuit, so we booked it because it sounded very interesting, so we contacted Franklin, and he was very kind to explain everything about the tour, so we started the tour, the guys were very punctual and we started them, and the circuit is really beautiful. We were all my family and no one else in the group, so we really enjoyed this tour, the distances of the walk are really short and relaxing. peru hike company.

21 July, 2023
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