Yawarqocha in Ausangate Trek Peru

Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain

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Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain 4 Days

Cusco, Qampa pampa , Ausangate Qocha , Suriniqocha, Rainbow Mountain
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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
  • Packing List
  • 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 Mountain, Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley
Hiking distance: 48 km / 29.8miles
Considerations: Prior acclimatization required
Season: April to November

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day01

    Cusco - Tinki - Pacchanta - Pachispata

  • Explore the most beautiful alpine lakes in front of Apu Ausangate, hike between herds of alpacas, and learn the Inca religion with all the energy of Pachamama.
  • Day02

    Pachispata -Qampa Pampa - Phinaya - Palomani Pass - Ausangate Qocha

    Walk through incredible snow mountains that have created stunning landscapes for these adventure lovers. If you're lucky, you'll see wild Vicuñas and Chinchillas..
  • Day03

    Ausangate Qocha - Anantapata - Warmisaya pass- Suriniqocha

    Be amazed by the local culture and traditions, which the locals have been preserving for many years. See how impressive the south face of Ausangate Mountain.
  • Day04

    Suriniqocha - Rainbow Mountain - Red Valley – Cusco

    Enjoy the most incredibly colored mountain in the Andes. Arriving early to explore Rainbow Mountain and take a look at its natural colors formed by different sediments. Hike to the Red Valley away from the crowds.
  Itinerary

Our adventure for this Ausangate Trek 4 Days 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 - Pacchispata

Walking Distance:12km /7.4miles
Starting Elevation: 4,100 / 13,451ft
Campsite Elevation: 4620m / 15,157ft
Highest Elevation: 4620m / 15,157ft
Difficulty: Moderate
Accommodation: Camp
Highlight of the day: Lakes and Ausangate Mountain

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 is our first lunch spot with a stinning views, after we continue hiking for one more hour to Pachispata 4620m / 15,157ft where is our campsite, Our team will set up our tents and have time to rest.

Our chef will prepare pur happy hour to celebrate the first day is done.

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Breakfast and Lunch Meals
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Moderate - Challenging Difficulty
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12km /7.4miles Walking Distance
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6 - 7 hours Walking Time
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4,100 m / 13,451 ft Starting Elevation
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4620 m / 15,157 ft Highest Elevation
Day 02

Pacchispata - Phinaya - Palomani Pass - Ausangate Qocha

Walking Distance:15km /9.3miles
Starting Elevation: 4,620m / 15,157ft
Campsite Elevation: 4,580m / 15,026ft
Highest Elevation: 5,210m / 17,093ft
Difficulty: Challenging
Accommodation: Camp
Highlight of the day: Snow Peaks, Beautiful Lakes, Herds of Alpacas and Apu 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, then we'll start our hike the first section will be ascending to reach the first pass Qampa at 5,000 meters, (16,404 feet) then, we descent to Uchuy Phinaya communitty where some locals 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. we will have our lunch around the area next to a stream. 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, you can also appreciate the famous chocolate lagoon on your right 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. 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 switchback 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.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Meals
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Moderate - Challenging Difficulty
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16 km /10 miles Walking Distance
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9-10 hours Walking Time
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4620m / 15,157 ft Starting Elevation
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5,210m / 17,093ft ft Highest Elevation
Day 03

Ausangate Qocha - Anantapata - Wamisaya pass- Suriniqocha

Walking Distance: 13km /8miles
Starting Elevation: 4,580 / 15,026ft
Campsite Elevation: 4,570m / 14,993ft
Highest Elevation: 5,100m / 16,732ft
Difficulty: Challenging
Accommodation: Camp
Highlight of the day: Herds of alpacas and 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.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Meals
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Moderate - Challenging Difficulty
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13km/8 miles Walking Distance
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6 - 7 hours Walking Time
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4,570m / 14,993ft Starting Elevation
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5,100m / 16,732ft Highest Elevation
Day 04

Suriniqocha - Rainbow Mountain - Red Valley – Cusco

Walking Distance:13km /8miles
Starting Elevation: 4,570m / 14,993ft
Campsite Elevation:
Highest Elevation: 5,036m / 16,522 ft
Difficulty: Challenging
Accommodation:
Highlight of the day: Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley

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.

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Breakfast and Lunch Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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13km/ 8 miles Walking Distance
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7-8 hours Walking Time
Starting Elevation Icon
4,570 / 14,993ft Starting Elevation
Highest Elevation Icon
5,036m / 16,522 ft Highest Elevation
  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.

  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
  • 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 AUSANGATE 4 DAYS TREK TO RAINBOW MOUNTAIN

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.

Yes, a night before departing for this trek, you will have a meeting with your trekking guide, who will provide you with all the important information concerning this Ausangate Trek. Our predeparture briefing is usually at 6:00 p.m. at our office or at your hotel.

After the briefing, your guide will provide the personal duffel bags that you need to fill with your personal items for this trek. They must weigh at least 8 kg. Please ask the Vidal Expeditions sales team for more details.

All hotels in Cusco have free storage where you can leave your items that you won't need during the trek. If you change hotels after the trek, they also keep these until you return from the trek and take them to the new hotel. We also have storage available in the Vidal Expeditions office. Get more information from our office team.

This is one of the most challenging treks in the Andes of Peru; during these four days, you will get over 5,000 meters several times. Another factor is the cold mornings and evenings that get below zero Celsius at some points. We highly recommend preparing very well for this trek, getting the right acclimatization, good physical condition, and warm clothes.

This trek is particularly challenging, especially for people who do not have experience hiking in the mountains. Day two and day three are very challenging due to the fact that the walk will reach over 5,000 meters, and if you are not in good shape, you could easily have some problems, so we recommend that you prepare as much as you can. .

No, we will provide a four-season tent during this Ausangate 4 Days Trek. This tent will be shared only with two people of the same gender; if you are a couple, you will have a tent for both of you.

The altitude sickness along the Ausangate Trek is quite common for those who do not spend enough time in Cusco acclimatizing to the altitude. If you get altitude sickness, our trekking guides are well trained to address any issues that can occur during the hike. Your guide will have a first aid kit with some medications for these and an oxygen balloon as well. In the event that you don't recover with these, you will have 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.

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 a strenuous path 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.

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 temperature is very high during this trek; from May to October, it can be very hot during the day around 25–28 °C; however, during the night, it can descend below zero easily. From November to April, the temperature will be different during the day between 15–18 °C.

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.

  Pricing

From: USD 460.00 per person

USD 440.00: 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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