Ausangate extended trekking tour with Rainbow Mountain

Ausangate Trek
& Rainbow Mountain

6 Days / 5 Nights
Ausangate Vidal
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5,200 m / 17,060 ft Max. Altitude
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Challenging Difficulty

Discover the Magic of Apu Ausangate

Upis-Pucacocha Lake-Phinaya - Abra Palomani-Ausangatecocha-Pacchanta
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Ausangate Trek the most fascinating hike on the Peruvian Andes, located in the Vilcanota range on the southern part of Cusco city. This area has impressive mountains and includes the highest mountain peak, Ausangate, with 6385 m (20948 ft), considered one of the most important deities called "Apus." It is an excellent trekking area, offering travelers more than they could ask for: spectacular and colorful mountains, glacier scenery, snow-capped peaks, hot springs, turquoise lakes, glaciers, flora (most of the plants are medicinally used by the locals), and fauna like condors, llamas, alpacas, vicuas, and chinchillas. Picturesque villages and traditionally dressed local people.

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The Ausangate trek 6 days takes you to the most remote area in the Andes, this journey is perfect for those who want to get off-the-beaten-path aways from the crowds and immerse themselves in the mountain culture and nature. During this adventure, you will enjoy the different colored lakes and learn customs and traditions from the picturesque Andean communities that preserve the ancient traditions. The most epic journey awaits you. Feel the energy of Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) while our guide makes a ceremony to say thanks.

Highlights: Ausangate Mountain and Lakes
Hiking distance: 67km/41.6miles
Considerations: acclimatation is required
Season: April through November

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day01

    Cusco - Tinky - Upis village

  • Day02

    Upis Village - Arapa Pass - Ausangate Pass - Anantapata

  • Day03

    Anantapata - Rainbow Mountain - Anantapata

  • Day04

    Anantapata - Ausangate Qocha - Qampa Pampa

  • Day05

    Qampa Pampa - Qampa Pass - Pacchanta

  • Day06

    Pacchanta - Cusco

Day 01

Cusco - Tinqui - Upis

Walking Distance:  8km / 4.9 miles
Starting Elevation: 3850 meters / 12,618 feet
Highest Elevation: 4224 meters / 13,858 feet
Campsite Elevation:  4224meters / 13,858 feet
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Lunch, Dinner (Snack and afternoon tea)
Accommodation: Camping (tent)
Adventure: Absolutely, completely satisfactory

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Lunch & Dinner Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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8 km / 4.8 miles Walking Distance
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3- 4 hours Walking Time
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4,100 m / 13,451 ft Starting Elevation
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4,210m / 13,812 ft Highest Elevation

Our Representative will pick you up from your hotel located in Cusco, then, we drive for three hours in our private bus to the town of Tinki 3,800masl. / 12,464ft. here we will have a short stop to take the breakfast also you will have the option to buy some items for your trek, we will continue driving to Rodeana 3,900m / 12,795ft. There is the beginning of our hike, also we'll meet with our team as the horse driver and his assistant, your guide will intruduce all of them and learn a little about their culture and the relationship between the Ausangate Mountain. From here we will begin the hike on a path used by locals, this will take about three hours hiking with a stunning views of the Ausangate mountain, the scenery will change while we are getting close to Upis 4224m / 13,864ft the lunch spot also our next campsite Here you will have the option to enjoy the hot springs, which offer fantastic views of the Nevado Ausangate at the end of the valley. We will camp here for the night.

Day 02

Upis -Arapa Pass -Ausangate Pass - Anantapata

Walking Distance:  15 km / 9.2 miles
Starting Elevation:  4224 meters / 13,858 feet
Campsite Elevation:  4570 meters / 14,993 feet
Maximum Altitude:  4,980 meters / 16,338 feet
Difficulty: Challenging
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Snack and afternoon tea)
Accommodation: Camping
Adventure: Absolutely

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 1 Lunch
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Challenging Difficulty
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15 km / 9.2 miles Walking Distance
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8 - 9 hours Walking Time
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4210m / 13,812 ft Starting Elevation
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4,980 meters / 16,338 ft Highest Elevation

After the delicious breakfast and the sun rising the peak of the nevado Ausangate "Apu", we begin our hike ascending gradually to the first pass, then we will be heading to the first pass. While you are hiking, you will observe how impressive the views are in each corner, and at the same time, you will see some chinchillas running in different directions. After a few hours of hiking, we will cross the Arapa Pass at 4,850 meters (15,908 feet). Here, you will have a well-deserved rest with fantastic views, and it is a perfect place to enjoy your snacks. Then, we start descending down to the valley, passing beside different lakes, where you will have the time to explore and get the best photos. Your guide will show you the best angles. Also, we will reach the turquoise Lake Jatun Puqa Q'ocha, where we will take our lunch with an incredible view of the mountain. After adeserved rest we then ascend by a switchback trail to the second pass of Ausangate 5,020 metres/ 16,469 feet with stunning views of the Apu Ausangate, here you can feel the energy of this Andean deity and understand why is very important for the communities of this area, you also will appreciate the lakes located at the bottom of the Apu. These lakes are fed by the melting snow of Ausangate. Afterwards, we continue hiking down to Anantapata (4570 m/14993 ft). We will camp here for the second night.

Day 03

Anantapata - Warmisaya pass- Rainbow Mountain - Ausangate Q’ocha

Walking Distance: 18km / 11.1 miles
Starting Elevation: 4570 meters / 14,993feet
Campsite Elevation:  4400 meters / 14,435feet
Maximum Altitude:  5100 meters / 16,732feet
Difficulty: Challenging
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Adventure: Absolutely

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 1 Lunch
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Challenging Difficulty
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18 km /11 miles Walking Distance
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9 - 10 hours Walking Time
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4400 meters / 14,435 ft Starting Elevation
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5,036 m / 16,522 ft Highest Elevation

In order to catch the sunrise once we reach the Rainbow Mountain, also known as the Mountain of Seven Colors, our staff will wake you up extra early this morning with a hot Coca tea. After an active breakfast, we'll head up to the next pass, Warmisaya 5,020m/16,469ft. Before the crowds arrive, we hike for a few hours from here to the incredible Rainbow Mountain 5100m/16,732ft, where you will be astounded by the natural colors of the iconic location. You can unwind and enjoy the moment while taking incredible pictures while it is empty. Your guide will explain the colors to you as you explore each site of the amazing mountain. After you have explored each site, we will return the same way until our last campiste for lunch, where we may recharge our energy and rest for a little before continuing our journey to Ausangate Qocha 4,400m/14435ft. Here will we set up next campsite.

Day 04

Ausangate Qocha - Palomani Pass- Qampa Pampa

Walking Distance: 16km / 9,8 miles
Starting Elevation: 4400 meters / 14,435 feet
Campsite Elevation: 4480 / 14,698 feet
Maximum Altitude:  5200 meters / 17,060 feet
Difficulty: Challenging
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Adventure: Absolutely

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 1 Lunch
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Challenging Difficulty
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16 km / 9.8 miles Walking Distance
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8 -9 hours Walking Time
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4,630 m / 15,190 ft Starting Elevation
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5,200 m / 17,060 ft Highest Elevation

Following breakfast, we continue our ascent to the highest pass on this trek. We'll reach the Palomani (5,200 m/16,060 ft) after a couple of hours of hiking. Your tour guide will perform a ritual to thank Mother Earth (Pachamama) for these incredible adventures at this pass, which will put you as close as possible to the Ausangate Mountain. We take the path down into the valley after leaving the pass. An attractive lagoon and the glacier may be seen on your left as you descend. Then we hike to where we would have lunch. Following a little break, we continue our hike to the final pass, Qampa 5080 m (16,660 ft), with our energy restored. We may take in the sights of Puca Punta and the snow-capped Tres Picos during the afternoon hike. We will walk through the wide, lush Qampapampa valley and up the Rio Q'ampa; once we cross the pass, it will only take us an hour to descend to our next campsite, Pachaspata, which is located at 4580 meters (14,698 ft).

Day 05

Qampa Pampa - Pacchispata - Pacchanta

Walking Distance:  12km/ 7.4miles
Starting Elevation:  4580 meters / 14,778 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: Breakfast
Adventure: Absolutely

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Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner 1 Lunch
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Moderate Difficulty
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12 km / 7.4 miles Walking Distance
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7 -8 hours Walking Time
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4,630 m / 15,190 ft Starting Elevation
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5,036 m / 16,522 ft Highest Elevation

It's a 3-hour trek back to Pacchanta; along the path we will see stunning turquoise lakes, which for many local people are the "eyes of the mother earth." From here, we hike down to Pacchanta, explore this traditional Andean village, and enjoy the relaxing hot spring before taking our lunch. Our team will set up the tents around the campsite.

Day 06

Pacchanta - Sigrinacocha - Cusco

Walking Distance:  8km/ 4.8miles
Starting Elevation:  4480 meters / 14,698 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: Breakfast
Adventure: Absolutely

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Breakfast and Lunch 1 Lunch
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Moderate Difficulty
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8 km / 4.8 miles Walking Distance
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4 -5 hours Walking Time
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4,630 m / 15,190 ft Starting Elevation
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4,630 m / 15,190 ft Highest Elevation

On this day, we will take our breakfast, and our guide and team will prepare a special ceremony to say thanks for the adventure on these last days. Finally, we will take our private van back to Cusco, arriving at about 18.00.

Itinerary notes - Ausangate trek (Ausangate Circuit) - 6 days
The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group and the guide can change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group. Each guide has their own preferred route and it might not correspond exactly to the route described here. The Ausangate region is very high, plus you are close to a snow covered massif. Temperatures are cold, and can fall well below freezing in the nights. You should travel well prepared for cold temperatures. Hire/or carry sleeping bags for temperatures less than freezing (minus 15 celsius or more).This region has limited tourist infrastructure and this tour makes use of local facilities. Visitors should be aware that things change, or may not go to plan. This is all part of the adventure, and visitors to Peru are encouraged to have an open mind and be open to the differences in the way things are done in another culture.

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.


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 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 four 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 for your comfort. 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, so 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 5-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 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 4 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 -15°C or 5°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.


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.

  • 3-4 wicking t-shirts
  • 3-4 hiking pants
  • 3-4 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.

The Ausangate 6-day trek is the extended hike of the classic tour. You will hike a short distance and have more time to enjoy the most incredible landscapes in this remote area of the Andes. Explore Rainbow Mountain before the crowds of the day tour arrive.

Ausangate Trek is considered one of the most challenging treks in the Andes of Peru due to the fact that it reaches for a few times over 5,000 meters and requires great physical condition. It also requires well-preparedness to adjust to the cold wind at this altitude.

The Ausangate Trek has different challenging parts where these will reach 5,000 meters. The path goes gradually ascending in the switchback trail. However, on day 4, you will reach the Palomani Pass, which is at 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) and is considered the highest point along the Ausangate 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.

Altiude sickness is a very common problem in Cusco, and especially during this trek, we recommend taking a few days in Cusco to acclimate to the altitude. Our guides and trekking team are well prepared to attend to any issue with the altitude; they will always carry an oxygen tank that can be applied in case someone needs it; they will also have a first aid kit with them; and there will be a horse that can be used in case someone needs to go back to the lowest area to recover.

Well, both treks are pretty. What makes the Ausangate trek different from the Salkantay trek, the first one will take you to the most remote area in the Andes, surrounded by huge towering snow mountains where nature has created stunning landscapes that combine lakes, glaciers, green valleys, colored mountains, herds of alpacas, and wonderful local traditions. while Salkantay has so many crowded routes that go to Machu Picchu.

How high is the Ausangate Mountain?

Ausangate Mountain is the highest mountain in Cusco region, at 6,384 meters (20,940 feet) above sea level, and it is the fifth highest mountain in Peru.

Yes, Ausangate Mountain is considered a deity that protects and creates life in the Andes due to the local traditions and energy that can be felt when you are at the bottom. Since the Inca time, people have venerated this mountain, offering different products to appreciate its life creation. Many tourists go there to worship and make some offerings.

The best time to explore this natural wonder is from May to October, as this is the dry season in Cusco. You will have a higher probability of seeing more landscapes, beautiful turquoise lakes, some wildlife, and more snow-capped mountains. The other months of the year are more rainy and wet, so you will have less chance to see the snow-capped mountain peak.

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 the 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.


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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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