Hiking around the Ausangate to the Rainbow Mountain

Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain

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Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek 4 Days

Cusco, qampa pampa , Ausangate qocha , Suriniqocha
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The Ausangate Trek 4 Days is one of Peru's best options to explore the beautiful Peruvian Andes. It is recommended for nature, mountains and remotes area lovers away of the crowds. On this incredible Ausangate Trek, you will visit the highlands of Peru, relax in the Andean hot springs with temperatures of 35°C, and explore the turquoise glow of beautiful lagoons in the middle of the Andes. Be impressed by the Nevado Ausangate, at 6,385 meters (20,942 feet), the highest peak in the Cusco region, which nowadays represents "Apu," the spiritual entity of the Andean people who believe that this mountain watches over the communities and their animals.

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  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Recommendations
  • Faqs
  • Pricing
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  Overview

During this 4-Day Ausangate Trek, you will have the opportunity to enjoy one of the hardest treks that can be done in the Andean mountain range and even a high-Andean landscape. With the Ausangate mountain as the highlight, there will also be many impressive mountain landscapes, almost dreamlike images such as the Rainbow Mountain also known as Seven colors mountain, with charming Andean villages. It is surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna native to the Andes. The Ausangate trek is an exceptional experience in the most authentic nature; during this journey, you will marvel at brilliantly colored landscapes, turquoise high mountain lagoons, imposing white glaciers, rolling farmlands, and ice dunes, all part of the majestic Vilcanota mountain range.

Highlights: Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain
Hiking distance: 48 km / 29.8miles
Considerations: Prior acclimatization required
Season: May to November

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day01

    Cusco - Tinki - Pacchanta - Qampa Pampa

  • Day02

    Qampa Pampa - Phinaya - Palomani Pass - Ausangate Qocha

  • Day03

    Ausangate Qocha - Anantapata - Wamisaya pass- Suriniqocha

  • Day04

    Suriniqocha - Rainbow Mountain - Red Valley – Cusco

  Itinerary

Our expeditions will start with a briefing the night before the departure date, where you will meet with your trekking guide at your hotel or in our office. Here he will provide you with the specific details about the tour and also provide you with the duffle bag, which you can keep to fill with your personal items.

Day 01

Tinki - Pacchanta - Qampa Pampa

Walking Distance:12km /7.4miles
Starting Elevation: 4200 / 13779ft
Campsite Elevation: 4400m / 14436ft
Highest Elevation: 5060m / 16601ft
Difficulty: Moderate
Accommodation: Camp
Highlight of the day: Lakes and Ausangate

The first day of this expedition will begin with the pick-up from your hotel. Your trekking guide will come searching for you with our van, then we head to the south of Cusco by the Inter Oceanica Highway towards Tinki, which takes 3 hours to drive. Here we will have a short stop to explore this last village before heading to the beginning of the trail. From here, we will keep driving another 40 minutes to Pacchanta, where we’ll meet with the rest of our team, the chef, horse driver, and his assistant.

Here we have the last time to pack all our stuff, then we begin our path gradually ascending between picturesque landscapes, after 2 our hike we will arrive to Azulqocha lagoon, its turquoise colors surprised to everyone who explore this area, you will enjoy the incredible views with the background of the Ausangate mountain, here also you will see some high Andean birds proper from this altitude, after this we will continue hiking for one more hour to Pachaspata where is our first lunch spot, Our team will prepare great Andean meals.

After a well-deserved rest, we will continue ascending to the first pass, Qampa 5040 meters, which is the highest pass for this day. From here, you will see the incredible views of Puca Punta, Caracol, and Pacchanta mountains, and Qampa Cocha at the bottom of these mountains. Take your time to enjoy the view from here.

Then we’ll follow our route, descending along the valley for two hours, until we reach the Qampa Pampa campsite, where we’ll spend the first night.

Day 02

Qampa Pampa - Phinaya - Palomani Pass - Ausangate Qocha

Walking Distance:10km /6.2miles
Starting Elevation: 4400 / 14436ft
Campsite Elevation: 4580m / 15026ft
Highest Elevation: 5210m / 17093ft
Difficulty: Challenging
Accommodation: Camp
Highlight of the day: Lakes and Ausangate

This day, our team will wake you up with a hot cup of coca tea to motivate you because it will be one of the more challenging days of this expedition. An energetic breakfast will be waiting for you, and then we will start our hike towards Uchuy Phinaya, where some local people still keep the Inca’s traditions with their lamas and alpacas. You will have various opportunities to capture excellent photos while they are still inside the corrals. Beside the river, we will have our lunch. From here, we’ll head up gradually for 3 hours to reach the Palomani Pass (5210m; 17093 ft). Along this way-up section, you will see some wild camels such as Vicuñas, Alpacas, and Llamas, and you can also join the famous chocolate lagoon on your left side. Once you arrive at the summit, your tour guide will perform some ceremonies for Pachamama with some coca leaves and candies. This is the most spectacular view of Ausangate, and it is also the nearest one. Now you can understand why this mountain is considered a deity by the Andean people. After enjoying the magical moment, our hike will continue descending to our campsite in Ausangate Qocha via the switchbacks on the trail, which will take about an hour and a half. Along the way, you will appreciate the south face of Ausangate Mountain. Here we spend the second night.

Day 03

Ausangate Qocha - Anantapata - Wamisaya pass- Suriniqocha

Walking Distance: 13km /8miles
Starting Elevation: 4580 / 15026ft
Campsite Elevation: 4570m / 14993ft
Highest Elevation: 5100m / 16732ft
Difficulty: Challenging
Accommodation: Camp
Highlight of the day: Ausangate Mountain

Today's hike begins with a gradual uphill climb towards Anantapata. Along the path, you will meet with some local families, where you can see how people live in this remote area and take care of their llamas and alpacas. The path goes on the site of the Pucachocha pass, with a great view of the Alccatauri valley, and after three hours of hiking, we’ll reach the Anantapata lunch spot, where you can enjoy our nutritive meals to recharge your energy for the next three hours. After lunch, you have a little time to explore the area and capture great photos; afterwards, we will continue heading up to the Warmisaya Pass (5,100 m/16,732 ft), where the path goes up gradually with incredible views of the valley and the Inca mountain located on your backside. Once you reach the summit, you will have another view of Rainbow Mountain. Here you will take your well-deserved rest, and then we will descend for one more hour to Suriniqocha, where our campsite is already set up. You will enjoy your tea time, and then you can relax before taking your dinner.

Day 04

Suriniqocha - Rainbow Mountain - Red Valley – Cusco

Walking Distance:13km /8miles
Starting Elevation: 4570 / 14993ft
Campsite Elevation:
Highest Elevation: 5100m / 16732ft
Difficulty: Challenging
Accommodation:
Highlight of the day: Rainbow Mountain

You are in for another early start today as our trek reaches a climax. After an energizing breakfast, we will head out to explore the famous Rainbow Mountains. We’ll start ascending in about two hours to the view point of this amazing mountain (5,100 m; 16,732 ft). From here, you will have an excellent view of the spectacular Rainbow Mountain. Your guide will explain why the colors are there, and you will have enough time to capture the best moment with this colorful mountain before it turns crowded. After enjoying this phenomenal area, we will continue our trek to the Red Valley, which will surprise you with its spectacular landscapes and make you feel as if you are on another planet. From here, we descend to our lunch spot, where our bus will be waiting for us to return to Cusco.

  Inclusions

At Vidal Expeditions, we are transparent and provide specific details of what is included and excluded from our tours. 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.

WE INCLUDE

Vidal Expeditions Team Provide

  • Pre-departure briefing

    Once you book the tour with us, 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. After this time, you will 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 magical Machu Picchu.

  • Entrance Fees to Ausangate park, Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley

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

  • Accommodations

    At Vidal Expeditions we include accommodations 3 night 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.

Transportations

  • 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.

Equipment

  • 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

  • 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.

WE NOT INCLUDED

  • Sleeping bag

    Every trekker along the Ausangate trek needs a proper sleeping bag, which has to be for -20°C or 2°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.

  • 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.

  Recommendations

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
  • 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

FOR YOUR DUFFEL:

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
  • 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

INSIDE YOUR DAY BACKPACK:

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
  • Snack (Chocolate, dry fruits, energy bars, etc.)

TOILETRIES:

  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
  Faqs
PREPARING FOR YOUR TREK

BOOKING SYSTEM

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.

IS VIDAL EXPEDITIONS TEAM CONTACTING US BEFORE FLYING TO PERU?

Yes, our work policy is to be in contact with our customers as long as necessary to inform them of all the details and changes that could occur after they have confirmed the reservation. Please check your email constantly, and if you have any issues, let us know so we can solve them as soon as possible.

WHERE TO STAY IN CUSCO?

Cusco is a big enough city to find different categories of hotels, from 2 stars to 5 stars. There are also Airbnb places where you can stay without any problem. Cusco streets are narrow, especially near the main square, and some streets are pedestrian with some stairs. We will send you a notification for the pick-up if it is not possible to access them with our car and arrange another place to pick you up and drop you off. Also, a night before your tour, you will meet with your tour guide, who will tell you all the details about the tour. If you want some recommendations, please ask the Vidal Expeditions sales team.

ALONG THE TREK IS THERE ELECTRICITY ALONG THE TREK?

Not because this trek is located in a remote place where there is no electricity. Some local villages located along the trek have solar panels, and your guide can talk with some of them in extreme cases to recharge your cellphone. We recommend that you bring your extra power bank for the days you are on the mountains.

HOW CHALLENGING IS THE TREK?

This trek is particularly challenging, especially for people who do not have experience hiking in the mountains. We recommend training with some exercises a few times per week to avoid problems, and it is also recommended to spend some days in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude because part of the segments along this trek are located over 4000 m/13123 ft.

WHAT HAPPEN IF I GOT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?

No worries, our guide and team are professional, and they know how to solve any issue during your trek. Your guide will have a first aid kit all the time with some medications for these, and there will also be an extra emergency horse to take you to the best place where you can recover. Our team always has a radio, and they are trained for any emergencies that happen during our tours.

DO YOU NEED HIKING BOOTS?

Definitely, it is always recommended to wear light hiking boots if possible. Ones with ankle support are extra helpful, especially for the inexperienced hiker. Because you will be climbing down so many steps created by the Incas and crossing some rivers, especially on day 2, some of them are slippery, now uneven, and at varying heights. The extra support helps prevent twisting your ankles.

SHOULD I USE WALKING STICKS?

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.

WHERE DO I STORE MY LUGGAGE?

In case you have extra luggage that you do not need to bring to the trail, all the hotels in Cusco have storage where you can leave your luggage completely free. If you change hotels after the trek, we have storage available in the Vidal Expeditions office. Get more information from our office team.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AS FAR AS WEATHER

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. Once the sun is up, you should be comfortable hiking in short sleeves. Long pants (for yoga or hiking) are encouraged to protect against the mosquitoes, which can be a nuisance in some parts of the trail.

  Pricing

From: USD 460.00 per person

USD 420.00: from 4 people to more

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

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WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?


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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