Wonderful view of Ausangate Mountain in the 3 Days Tour to Rainbow mountain

Ausangate Trek
4 Days to
Rainbow Mountain

4 Days / 3 Nights
Ausangate Trek
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5,036 m / 16,522 ft Max. Altitude
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Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain Trek 4 Days

Upis, Pucaqocha, Anantapata, Rainbow Mountain, Cusco
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5,036 m / 16,522 ft Max. Altitude
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Embark on the extraordinary adventure in the Andes of Peru, we combine two stunning spots. Ausangate Trek and Rainbow Mountain hiking 4 days through stunning alpine landscapes. Perfect trek for these adventure hiker and love getting off-the-beaten path, to explore the most facinating nature creation and learn the local tarditions, culture and gorgeous landscapes. Considered as one of the best trek in the Andes mountain away of the typical tourist destinations, it will take you to explore different turqouise lakes, gigant snow peaks, herds of alpacas and llamas.

Not only will you be surprised by the impressive view of Ausangate Mountain, but you will also feel the energy of this Apu, today known as the creator of life and protector of the Andean people. At Vidal Expeditions, we combine hiking with a spiritual and mystical journey to reconnect with Mother Earth (Pachamama). Feeling the energy of Mother Earth and understanding its importance to our lives is fundamental for the body and soul.

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If you are looking for areas less crowded with beautiful landscapes, they are even better than other tourist destinations. The Ausangate 4-Day Trek to Rainbow Mountain will transport you to the most outstanding spots in the middle of the Peruvian Andes. Hike around Ausangate Mountain the highest snow peak in Cusco (6,384 meters/20,944 feet). This hike takes you through the most breathtaking landscapes you've ever seen.

During this 4-day adventure tour in the Vilcanota mountain range, you'll discover incredible remote communities, soak in the natural thermal baths, join the Pachamama offering ceremony, recharge your energy, and what better way to end your adventure than to explore the Rainbow Mountain area and observe all its natural colors?

Highlights: Ausangate Mountain, Rainbow Mountain, and Lakes
Hiking distance: 32km/ 19.8 miles
Considerations: acclimatation is required
Season: April through November

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day01

    Cusco – Tinky - Upis Village

    Have the first view of the imposing Ausangate Mountain (6,384 meters), soak in the thermal baths, and join the Pachamama ceremony.
  • Day02

    Upis - Arapa Pass - Pucaqocha

    Today you will hike through stunning landscapes, different-colored mountains, gorgeous turquoise lakes, and herds of alpacas.
  • Day03

    Pucaqocha - Apacheta pass - Anantapata - Warmisaya Pass - Surineqocha

    Enjoy the breathtaking views from Apacheta Pass, feel the energy of Apu Ausangate, and have an afternoon hike to Rainbow Mountain to see the sunset.
  • Day04

    Surineqocha - Rainbow Mountain - Red Valley - Cusco

    Wake up early and hike to Rainbow Mountain to beat the crowds and enjoy the stunning sunrise, then continue to explore the Red Valley. In the afternoon, after lunch, board the bus back to Cusco.
Day 01


Walking Distance:  8km / 5miles
Starting Elevation: 4,150 meters / 16,615 feet
Highest Elevation: 4,430 meters / 14,534 feet
Campsite Elevation:  4,430 meters /14,534 feet
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Lunch, Dinner (Snack and afternoon tea)
Accommodation: Camping (tent)
Adventure: Absolutely, completely satisfactory

Our Ausangate adventure will start with the pick-up from your hotel at 5:30 a.m. in private transport and heading in the direction of the village of Tinki, at 3800 m (12,467 ft), where you'll be able to buy the last items that you could need along the trek. After we continue driving to Rodeana (Upis) Village, where our hike begins, here you'll meet with the rest of our trekking team, and you'll have some time to prepare everything for your hike. Our walk this day will be easy, ascending through a wide path with a spectacular view of the north face of Ausangate Mountain. After 3 hours of walking through herds of alpacas, rivers, and green valleys, we will reach Upis Community, where our lunch spot and camp are.

In the afternoon, we will have the option to hike towards Upisqocha Lake, where our guide will do an offering for Apu Ausangate and Pachamama. The hike will take around 2 hours round-trip. Once you return to the camp, you will join the happy hour tea time, and later, before lunch, you can join the thermal baths.

Have dinner in the evening, after which you will have the option of stargazing at the Milky Way, which is amazing, and spend the night in front of the sacred mountain of Ausangate.

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Lunch and Dinner Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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8km/4.9miles Walking Distance
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3 - 5 hours Walking Time
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4,150 meters / 16,615 ft Starting Elevation
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4,430 meters / 14,534 ft Highest Elevation
Day 02

Upis – Arapa pass – Pucaqocha

Walking Distance:   9 km / 5.5miles
Starting Elevation: 4,430 meters /14,534 feet
Highest Elevation: 4,800 meters / 15,748 feet
Campsite Elevation:  4,520 meters /14,829 feet
Difficulty: Challenging
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Snack and afternoon tea)
Accommodation: Camping (tent)
Adventure: Absolutely, completely satisfactory

You will be woken up by our team with a hot tea and admire the beauty of Ausangate Mountain once you open your tent. Then, you will join a delicious breakfast prepared by our professional Andean chef. We will begin our hike by ascending through a picturesque path for about 2 hours towards the Arapa Pass, 4,800 meters (15,748 feet), which offers a spectacular view of Ausangate Mountain. Along the way, you'll be able to see some wild Vizcachaz and some wild birds, including the famous condor, one of the largest birds in the Andes. Take a time to rest and admire the georgeous landscapes and the gigantic Ausangate peak.

Then, we start descending for about an hour and a half. Along the way, we will see some different lakes, Yana Qocha and Pucaqocha lakes, which are created by the snow melt from Ausangate and surrounded mountains. We continue walking to reach our campsite, where you will also have lunch. Be ready to have one of the most impressive views of the south face of Ausangate Mountain.

After lunch, you will walk around and capture the stunning view of the different lakes located at the bottom of Ausangate. These have different colors, and your guide will take you to one of the lakes where you can enjoy the immense tranquility in front of this huge mountain. Later, you will have tea time, followed by a delicious dinner. Spend the night while the Apu watches over you while you sleep.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Meals
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Challenging Difficulty
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9 km/5.5miles Walking Distance
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5 - 6 hours Walking Time
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44,430 meters /14,534 ft Starting Elevation
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4,800 meters / 15,748 ft Highest Elevation
Day 03

Pucaqocha - Apacheta Pass - Anantapata – Warmisaya

Walking Distance:  10km / 6.2miles
Starting Elevation: 4,520 meters /14,829 feet
Highest Elevation: 5,000 meters / 16,404 feet
Campsite Elevation: 4,800 meters / 15,748 feet
Difficulty: Challenging
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping (tents)
Adventure: Absolutely, completely satisfactory

Ready to explore the most captivating views? You'll be woken up by our trekking team with a hot Coca tea, which will give you an energy boost. Enjoy the Andean breakfast with a spectacular view of Ausangate. Then we will go uphill for about an hour to reach Apacheta Pass, which is 5,000 meters (16,404 feet). While you reach higher, you'll be amazed by the most stunning views that you've ever seen. Your guide will show you the best angles from which you can capture epic photos of Apu Ausangate and the green lakes at the bottom.

Once you have reached the pass, you'll have breathtaking views in front of you. Different red mountains and green valleys created impressive landscapes. At the backside, you can feel the immense energy it boasts and understand why the locals call it the creator of life. Have a moment to catch your breath and say thank you to this impressive mountain for an incredible day.

From here, we will walk down to the Anantapata Valley. On the way, you'll see some herds of alpacas grazing quietly. Get your cameras ready for some great photos. Anantapata is our lunch spot, where we will enjoy our Andean buffet lunch prepared by our chef. Rest a little. Then we start ascending for an hour to reach Warmisaya Pass, which is 5,010 meters (16,437 feet). From here, you'll see the iconic Rainbow Mountain, and we are getting close; in the background, it is still possible to see the gigantic Ausangate Mountain.

Afterwards, we descend to Surineqocha, where our camp is. All your tents will be already set up, and we will have time to rest. Around 3:30 p.m., we will hike to Rainbow Mountain and observe the wonderful sunset on the horizon after everyone has already left the area. In the evening, enjoy the delectable dinner and spend our last night surrounded by mountains.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Meals
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Challenging Difficulty
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10 km/6.2miles Walking Distance
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6 - 7 hours Walking Time
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4,520 meters /14,829 ft Starting Elevation
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5,036 m / 16,522 ft Highest Elevation
Day 04

Surineqocha - Rainbow Mountain - Red Valley - Cusco

Walking Distance:  7 km / 4.3miles
Starting Elevation: 4,800 meters / 15,748 feet
Highest Elevation: 5,036 meters / 16,522 feet
Campsite Elevation
Difficulty: Challenging
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Adventure: Absolutely, completely satisfactory

After our Andean breakfast, we make our way to the Rainbow Mountain to explore its natural colors and have a chance to admire the sunrise early in the morning before the large groups arrive. Our expert guide will explain to you all the information concerning the colors, history, and local traditions of the area, and of course he will take you to the best spots to capture stunning photos.

After having explored this such a nice spot, we will continue our hike towards the Red Valley. It takes only 30 minutes to get there, and not many people go there. This place seems like another planet; you'll be surprised by the reddish color coming from the iron existing in the place. Definitely, you will take your time to admire all the red mountains around you and enjoy the tranquility of the area.

Finally, we will make our way back towards the bus station, where our delicious lunch awaits us, then board our bus and drive back to Cusco.

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Breakfast & Lunch Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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7 km/4.3miles Walking Distance
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4 - 5 hours Walking Time
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4,800 meters / 15,748 ft Starting Elevation
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5,036 m / 16,522 ft Highest Elevation

At Vidal Expeditions, we are transparent and provide specific details of what is included and excluded in our Ausangate Trek to Rainbiow Mountain 4 Days. We know this is very important so that you know exactly what to bring and don’t miss anything. We provide this information to ensure that you have an incredible experience during your trek.


Vidal Expeditions Team Provides

  • Pre-departure briefing

    After you have completed the booking, you will get a notification about the pre-departure briefing, where you will meet with your trekking guide and the tour group in our office the night before your Ausangate trek departure. During this briefing, you will receive important details about the trek. you will also receive your duffle bag for your extra luggage, which will be carried by the horses while you are hiking.

  • Professional Adventure Guide

    All our tour guides have a great reputation for customer service. They have graduated with a tourism career from the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco, and they have also studied English in a private language institute. Through their patience, responsibility, knowledge, passion for trekking, and pride in having been born in the land of the Incas, we ensure our guides provide an excellent experience for you when you explore the Andes.

  • Entrance Fees to Ausangate Park

    Once we receive your details and the deposit for your tour, we will purchase all the necessary tickets for your trek. They will be for a specific date and will be in your name.

  • Accommodations

    At Vidal Expeditions, we include accommodations for three nights along the Ausangate trek. with suitable camping equipment to make sure your trek is an experience of a lifetime. Our tents are Mountain Gear or Doite pro Aconcagua for 4 people, which will be shared only with 2 people to ensure your comfort and enough space for your luggage. The same way we include inflatable mattresses. There will also be a spacious dining tent for you to enjoy each meal on this tour.


  • Private Transport

    We included all the transportation during your tour. We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and take you to the beginning of the trail, and the bus returning from Ausangate to Cusco will drop you off at your hotel.

  • Horses

    We include horses to transport all the duffle bags and equipment during this tour, and there will also be a horseman. At Vidal Expeditions, we know safety comes first, which is why we include an emergency horse in case someone feels tired or gets altitude sickness.


  • Personal Duffle bag

    We included a personal duffle bag for your 4-day Ausangate trek. You will get this duffle bag at Vidal Expeditions office during your pre-departure briefing the night before your trek. This bag will be carried by horses during the trek. You will find it in your tent every afternoon when you arrive at the campsite. It can be filled with your personal items, sleeping bag, and mattress, but the maximum allowable weight is 7 kg (17 lb). The duffle bag must be returned to our office no later than one day after your trek.

  • Toilet Tents

    During our trek to Ausangate, we bring our own portable toilet tent because we know how important it is to protect our environment, and we are trained to leave no traces along the route.

  • Medical First Aid Kit

    All tour guides at Vidal Expeditions are very well trained in first aid. They received training courses every six months on how to assist someone who is in an emergency situation. Also, they are trained on how to supply balloon oxygen if someone requires it.


  • Meals

    At Vidal Expeditions, we know food is such an important part of any vacation, and getting the right fuel on an active holiday is crucial. We include 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners. And of course, we cater to all dietary restrictions. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and others—just let us know. Our chefs are well-trained to prepare the best food you've ever had with local and organic ingredients.

  • Water

    Vidal Expeditions will provide you with water from the first lunch to the last breakfast. This water will be filtered, boiled, and cooled by our chef. You must bring your own water container, bottle, or camelback that can hold water for hiking for a few hours. We recommend a capacity of 2 liters.


  • Sleeping bag

    Every trekker along the Ausangate trek needs a proper sleeping bag, which has to be for -10°C or 14°F. We recommend you bring your own, but if you don’t want to bring your own or don’t have one, you can rent a sleeping bag from us.

  • Entrance to the Rainbow Mountain

    The ticket for this iconic mountain is not included, it cost S/20 soles and you can pay directly at the Rainbow Mountain on the final day.

  • Entrance to Red Valley

    If you decide to visit the Red Valley, we dont include the ticket which is S/ 20 Soles per person, you can pay directly there.

  • Walking Sticks

    Hiking with trekking poles has its benefits. They protect your knees while you are hiking downhill, especially in remote areas where there are many ups and downs. Trekking poles also help you during the ascent with increased stability. If you don’t have a pair of trekking poles, you can rent them from our office.

  • First Breakfast

    We do not provide breakfast on the day of your departure. However, most hotels offer breakfast during your stay. In case your hotel does not provide breakfast, we will stop at a restaurant near Ocongate where you will be able to purchase breakfast.

  • Travel Insurance
  • We recommend buying travel insurance before leaving your country in case something happens during your visit to Peru.

  • Tips for our team
  • Tips are not included. Tipping the team is usual on any excursion to Ausangate, and although we pay good salaries to our entire team, tips are welcome as a token of your appreciation for the team's hard work.

  Packing List

At Vidal Expeditions, we focus on making your trip an unforgettable experience, and we want to provide all the details you need to know before leaving your country and starting your life experience in Peru.

What you need to pack? Important
  • Passport
  • Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelback is encouraged - but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)
  • Trekking poles


Horses will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air mat (if you bring or rent one). From our perspective, these two items weigh 3 kg.

  • 2-3 wicking t-shirts
  • 2-3 hiking pants
  • 2-3 sets of undergarments.
  • 1 Fleece
  • 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • 1 Rain jacket and pants
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 wool hat
  • Bathers / swimsuit for the hot spring
  • Small towel
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Comfortable shoes for camp or flip flops
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho

  • Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
    Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
    Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least


A daypack can be any size for hiking, but we always say the smaller, the better. If it is larger, try to make it as light as possible. Water: We supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning's water only, as we won't have time to filter water until your first lunch.

  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Camera
  • Music (iPhone)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Earplugs
  • Some snacks (Chocolate, fruits, energy bars, etc.)


  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Small towel
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.


At Vidal Expeditions, we try to make the booking system as easy as possible for you. Once you decide to do this trek, we will send you a booking form where you need to complete all the required details that are important to book your tickets. We need a previous deposit of 50% per person. As soon as you pay it, we immediately book a spot for this tour. Once we are done with it, we will send you your invoice and a confirmation form that all the booking processes have been satisfactorily set up.

This is one of the challenging trek in the Ades of Peru, so we highly recommend to have a previous preparations and spend at least 3 days in Cusco before departing this tour.

During this 4-day trek you will reach 5,000 meters at several times, a good preparation will help you a lot to have better perfomance during this trip

You can store your laggage at our office, we can keep these until you return from the trek, however all the hotels and hostel in Cusco offer free storage for their customers even if you are not staying at the same hotel after the trek

As you know this trek is located in the remote area, you won't find a proper toilet during this trek, however we carry our portable toilet for this trek

Yes, during our tour we beat the crowds and enjoy as much as possible every highlight before the large groups begin to arrive.

Yes, after the first lunch, our team will boil the stream water and provide you with your water container. You must keep a 2-liter-sized water container.

Of course, it is a natural thermal bath and has some properties that are good for your skin.

Of course! The Red Valley hike is optional for everyone whow wats to explore this fantastic valley, your guide will ask you about this extra hike after the Rainbow Mountain tour, however the entrance fee is not included which is 20 soles per person.

Definitely, we will have an emergency horse during our Ausangte Trek; this can be riding during any emergency situation and when you require it.

Yes. Walking sticks are always helpful to trekkers, especially if it is raining along the trek. Using walking sticks can help take the pressure off your knees while doing some portions of the trek. Plus, they will help you get up the mountain as well.

The weather in Cusco and parts of the Andes is unpredictable, even if the weather forecast says it’s sunny. We can’t trust it. It is an impossible question for us to answer. Historically, April through September is the dry season; November through February is the rainy season; and March and October are bridge months—a mixture of both. But the clouds have not followed these rules in the last few years. Prepare for sun and rain, no matter when you come. As far as temperatures go, that is consistent throughout the year. Mornings and evenings are always cold. Make sure to bring a fleece jacket for the mornings and a down jacket for the evenings.


From: USD 480.00 per person

USD 460.00: from 4 people to more

Additional Items
* Additional single tent: $15USD
*Sleeping bag -15°C / 5°F for the entire trip: $20USD

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At Vidal Expeditions we offer the best service for all our customers and here is what makes us different than others.

  • Small groups: Along our excursion group size is a capped at 8 people. This guarantees that you will enjoy every step of our excursion

  • Hotel: During our excursion to Machu Picchu, we offer a 3 stars hotel stay for the last night. This ensures you are well rested and ready to explore Machu Picchu.

  • Bus to Machu Picchu: To enjoy Machu Picchu, we provide a round trip ticket on the bus from Aguas Calientes to the main entrance of the archaeological site.

  • Local Tour guides: Our team consists of 100% local tour guides, who have expert knowledge in our ancient culture.

  • Best Camping Equipment: We have the state-of-the-art camping equipment for our excursion. The equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after every excursion.

  • Best Trekking team: At Vidal Expeditions we focus to create the best experience during our excursions. Our team that consists of tour guides, cooks, porters, horse drivers are handpicked. We train our team to offer you the best service. We take care of our team by providing them with good equipment and paying them fairly.

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