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Ausangate Trek 5 Days to Rainbow Mountain

Ausangate Trek 5 Days to Rainbow Mountain

Your journey begins in Cusco and ends in traditional Andean villages, passing beautiful lakes, steep mountain passes and beautiful trails to discover and a deep immersion in the rich cultural heritage of the Ausangate region, this hike is best suited for those in good condition. physical shape and acclimatized. Plan your adventure, pack the essentials, and get ready to embark on this unforgettable hike in the heart of Peru.
Reaching a minimum altitude of 4600 meters above sea level / 15093 feet. and a maximum altitude of 5130 meters above sea level/ 15093 feet, until reaching Rainbow Mountain also known as Vinicunca.
Experience the magic of this remote and fascinating landscape as you hike through pristine valleys, pass picturesque Andean communities, and marvel at turquoise lakes and glacial peaks.
The Ausangate Trek 5 days is an exciting expedition that attracts thrill seekers and nature enthusiasts from all over the world. This walk, which lasts five days, is a true test of endurance and determination. Prepare to navigate challenging terrain, conquer high mountain passes, and immerse yourself in the pure beauty of the Peruvian Andes.

Highlights of Ausangate trek 5 days

  • Hike through remote Andean valleys and pass the impressive Ausangate Rainbow Mountain 5 Days
  • Share unique experiences with the last descendants of the Incas, learn their ancestral rites and traditions, and celebrate a ceremony to Mother Earth with sacred coca leaves.
  • Experience the best Andes hike with fabulous views of the Apu Ausangate, red, turquoise, and green lakes, and a rainbow mountain tour.
  • Try the only typical dish of the Incas “Pachamanca”
  • Connect your body and mind with the best energy of the Apus( Sacred Mountains) and the sacred mountains of the Incas
  • The beauty of Palomani PassUpon reaching maximum altitude at Palomani Pass, hikers are rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding peaks and valleys and the great snowcapped Auasangate.
  • Discover the ancestral paths of the Quechuas with our local guides.
  • Get to know the textile tradition of the Andes of Cusco, and learn the process of dyeing, warping, and making ponchos, chullos, and sweaters with alpaca wool, where the Quechuas express their sacred symbols.
  • You will discover the truly magical and sacred world of the Andean priests, who still practice their ceremonies of gratitude to their sacred mountains and Pachamama (Mother Earth).
  • Immerse your knowledge about the agriculture of the Incas, in these towns, it is possible to see this activity, where they plant the most delicious and colorful potatoes in the world.
  • Enjoy the route of the Rainbow or Vinicunca mountain and with a view of the snow-capped Ausangate
  • Try the delicious Peruvian food prepared by our travel team, both chef and kitchen assistant.
  • During the walk, you will feel inner peace since this path through the Ausangate is not a beaten path
  • Although it is a high-altitude hike, it will be worth it with incredible out-of-the-ordinary landscapes.
  • You can see many llamas and alpacas running through the grasslands of this Ausangate trail.
  • As you hike the trails, prepare to enjoy stunning views, crystal-clear lakes, and encounters with native wildlife such as some Condors, vizcachas (squirrel family), quirky llamas, and alpacas. Each step opens a new chapter of natural wonders.
  • The importance of hot springsThe trip includes a rejuvenating stop at hot springs, giving hikers a well-deserved rest and the opportunity to soak in therapeutic heat.

Ausangate trek 5 days to Rainbow Mountain

  • Tour Name: Ausangate Trek 5 Days
  • Tour/Trek Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights
  • Location/Terrain: Rainbow Mountain, Snow capped, Lagoons
  • Accommodation: beautiful campsites
  • Acclimatization: Due to the high altitude, we recommend 2  days in Cusco before embarking on our 5 days Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain hike
  • Adventure Rating  Very Strenuous trek
  • Activities: Trekking/ Camping
  • Altitude: 3600m/12,139ft
  • Departures: every day  with 2 or more people
  • Customizable: Yes!

AUSANGATE TREK 5 DAYS ITINERARY

  1. DAY 1: Cusco – Tinki – Yana Qocha.
  2. DAY 2: Yana Qocha – Qomer Qocha.
  3. DAY 3: Qomer Qocha – Rainbow Mountain – Ausangate Qocha.
  4. DAY 4: Ausangate Qocha – Jhampapampa.
  5. DAY 5: Jhampapampa – Pacchanta Town – Cusco.

 

 

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Day by Day Travel Schedule

Customize this itinerary by adding extra days to any location. Please contact one of our expert travel advisors for advice.
Day 1: CUSCO – TINKI – UPIS

We start at 5:00 a.m. We will pick you up from your hotel to head south of Cusco. Heading towards the “Cusco-Puerto Maldonado Highway” towards Tinki (3,800 m/12,464 feet).

On the way we will make a stop in Urcos, where we can visit a beautiful lake of the same name. We will then move on to CATTCA, an agricultural community. Until you can reach the town of Ocongate, a town of mule workers and farmers.
After our 3-hour journey, we finally arrived at “Tinki”. From this point, we will begin to walk for around 3 hours to the lunch place where you can see the imposing Ausangate glacier which is at an altitude of 6,371 / 20,899 feet.

After lunch, we continued walking for an hour and a half until we reached our camp called “Upis” (Elev. 4,400 m). From this point, you can see all the snow-capped mountains found in this region. We will camp and have dinner right in front of Ausangate Mountain.

DETAILS:

  • Hiking Distance:            7 km/4 miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:      4-5 hours
  • Highest Altitude:          4,400 – 14,435 ft.
  • Lowest Altitude:           3,800 m/12,467 ft.
  • Level of Difficulty:        Moderate
Day 2: UPIS – PASO LA ARAPA – AUSANGATE COCHA

After an appetizing breakfast served by our chef, we ascend hiking for two hours to reach “La Arapa Pass” (4,850 m/15,908 ft.). Then descending to reach our lunch area.  We’ll view Falcons, Vizcachas, or Andean squirrels and three beautiful lakes with shades of red, green, and turquoise (“Pukacocha”, “Hatun Pukacocha” and “Qomerqocha”).  Let’s not forget the spectacular landscape of the snow-capped peaks.

After lunch, we continue a slow steady climb (2 hours) taking us to the footstep of the “Abra de Apuchata” (4,900 m).   Where we will finally descend to our camp in” Ausangate Cocha” (4,440 m).

DETAILS:

  • Hiking Distance:            13 km/7 miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:      6-7 hours
  • Highest Altitude:          4,900 m/16,076 ft.
  • Lowest Altitude:           4,440 m/14,566 ft.
  • Level of Difficulty: difficult
Day 3: AUSANGATECOCHA – PASO PALOMANI – Q´AMPA

After breakfast, early in the morning the ascent to the third mountain pass, “Abra de Palomani” (5,200 m) will begin. This is the peak of the hike, and after a two-hour descent, you will reach “Pampacancha” (4,050 m), a grassland frequented by llamas, alpacas, and vizcachas. where we will ascend until we reach our Qampa camp. Once we will have tea time and have dinner there.

DETAILS:

  • Hiking Distance:            17 km/10.5 miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:      8-9 hours
  • Highest Altitude:          5,200 m/17,060 ft.
  • Lowest Altitude:           4,050 m/13,286 ft.
Day 4: Q’AMPA- PACCHANTA

Uphill for two hours, we’ll climb to the “Q’ampa Mountain Pass” (5,000 m/16,400 ft.) in the morning, where you may see Andean deer in their natural habitat. After here, we will descend to “Qomerqocha Lake” and then reach Pacchanta (4,100 m) after a total of five hours of hiking.

In the little town of Pacchanta, you’ll find a beautiful hot spring perfect for a relaxing dip. Pacchanta will be our campsite.

DETAILS:

  • Hiking Distance:            11 km / 6.7 miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:      6-7 hours
  • Highest Altitude:          5,070 m / 16,404 ft.
  • Lowest Altitude:           4,100 m / 13,451 ft.
Day 5: PACCHANTA – TINKI – CUSCO

We set off from “Pacchanta” and hike for three hours to Tinki. After we reach Tinki, we’ll get on a private bus that will return us to Cusco City that night.

DETAILS:

  • Hiking Distance:            7 km/4 miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:      2 – 3 hours
  • Highest Altitude:          4,100 m/13,451 ft.
  • Lowest Altitude:           3,800 m/12,467 ft.

What's Included

Ausangate Trek 5 Days included

The Most Important Things Items for 5 days Ausangate

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • SLEEPING BAG
  • HIKING POOLS
  • BLANKET
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • TRANSFER FROM AIRPORT TO HOTEL
  • TRANSFER FROM HOTEL TO AIRPORT
  • EMERGENCY HORSE 
  • Four-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Chef
  • Excellent meals:
  • Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, and rice, which are rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking. (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request)
  • Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, coca, biscuits, popcorn).
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking)
  • Wake up to coca tea in your tent
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
  • Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • Horse to transport 8 kg of your gear
  • Duffle bag for your gear
  • Four breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Entrance to Ausangate trek
  • snacks. water every day to drink
  • Tips: Guide, Cook, Horseman.
  • Water on Day 1
  • First breakfast and last lunch

Trip Info

As a Professional Direct Local Tour operator, we provide you with a duffle bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress, and extra clothing.

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants at least
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • Bathing Suit for the thermal waters
  • Couple Fleece/ Thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º Celcius.
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, but you might prefer something larger.
  • A small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
  •  Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek

price Ausangate trek 5 days

Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2022 through January 2023. All prices quoted are $USD

  • group service:  $430 per person

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).

Discounts:

  • Student Discount 20$ dollars
  • Those under 15 years will pay as a student: US$20.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$35.00

PREPARATION FOR THE AUSANGATE HIKE

Without a doubt, the best recommendation is to do physical exercises before trekking, going up and down hills if you have it in your country, or running at least 5 km a day, and thus be prepared. For people with heart problems, it is not recommended to do it because this trail is the highest in Cusco.

BEST TIME TO HIKE AUSANGATE TREK

The best time to go hiking is between the months of April to September, with very sunny and perfect days to take good photographs and see the mountains more clearly in all their splendor. These months are the high season, and the months from October to March is the rainy season months and there are companies that still offer this hike and it is not safe since there is a lot of rain and thunderstorms.

I CAN DO THIS TRAIL ON MY OWN.

The answer is of course yes, have good camping and trekking equipment and a GPS, with maps where they can guide you in the right direction where to go, camp, etc.

The Ausangate trail is not well marked and unfortunately you can get lost when it is cloudy.

The best option is to book with a company that is an expert in this trekking and also have a better experience since GO TREKS PERU has the best professionals.

In general, this trekking is to learn and learn more about the Inca culture.

WEATHER ON THE AUSANGATE TRAIL

The weather in the Andes is very unpredictable due to the geography we have, on the Ausangate trail during the day there are sunny days so it will be necessary to use sunscreen, at night the temperatures reach – 0 degrees Celsius.

In general, it is necessary to have good trekking equipment to avoid problems with cold and heat and it is always necessary to have enough water to drink. The recommendation is to have 1 liter to 2 liters of water per day and at lunch points, you can have more, since our cook will provide you with water every day.

CHOOSING THE AUSANGATE WALK

There are different options depending on your time from 2 to 4 days and longer 5 to 7 days. This trail will have the option of visiting the Mountain of Colors, beautiful lagoons, and incredible views of snow-capped mountains.

Ausangate Short Walk (2-4 days)

Also known as short Ausangate tours, these shorter trails aim to give hikers a sort of “better taste” of the Ausangate region in a shorter period of time. This trail is focused on the snowy Ausangate and Montaña de Colores.

Complete Ausangate Walk (5-7 days)

The longer hikes will take you over mountains and places rarely seen by hikers, a complete circuit so you can appreciate some of the high peaks from multiple angles and take incredible photos.

AMAZING VIEWS EVERY DAY?

For people who love taking photographs, this incredible trail will give you incredible gifts of turquoise lagoons, snow-capped mountains, llamas, alpacas, and the popular colorful mountain.

WHERE TO LEAVE THE LUGGAGE DURING THE TREK?

Different hotels have a place to leave your luggage when you go on a day trip, the other option is to leave it at the GO TREKS PERU office and when you return you can pick it up without any problem.

HOW DIFFICULT IS THE AUSANGATE HIKE?

This route is probably not suitable for novice hikers. It is considered one of the most difficult, however, if you have done other hikes before you should have no problem.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Put your smartphone on airplane mode. no phone signal and to save battery life.

Drink enough water, it is very important to hydrate yourself as we will be walking at 4000 masl and during this trek, there are streams where you can recharge water and important to have purifying tablets is important when walking at high altitudes.

Be very attentive to the weather. Conditions can change for hours at high altitudes in the Andes. Always have warm layers and waterproof layers on hand. This is especially important when climbing and traversing high passes.

Carry a first aid kit, an equipment repair kit, and a blister treatment kit in your backpack, but we have them too.

Carry a good amount of your favorite sunscreen, lip balm, and sunglasses, and wear a buffalo to protect your head and neck and help block the wind.

This hike is not recommended for children because they may have trouble walking, but if your child enjoys hiking at high altitudes, you can do it.

The higher altitude also means colder, near-freezing temperatures, so be prepared. If you decide to hike for several days, be sure to bring very warm clothing.

The best time to visit Rainbow Mountain will be in the morning or early afternoon, just after sunrise or before sunset.

Do not go to Rainbow Mountain in the afternoon during the rainy season because of the lighting. Due to the high concentration of minerals. There is a high probability of being affected by lighting.

 

 

 

 

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