This Ausangate trek and Rainbow Mountain is around the sacred mountain of Ausangate (6,384m) is a perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, providing encounters with local residents and glimpses of high altitude wildlife. The Ausangate Trek and Rainbow Mountain offers wild life, glaciers, waterfalls, frozen rivers, and beautiful views await us down into fertile valleys and southeast to the snowcapped mountains of the Vilcanota Range over the Canchis Valley. This is a moving addition to any Peruvian journey.
Day 1: Cusco – Upis – Yana Qocha
Pick up from the hotel 4:30 a.m. then we will have three and a half hours in our transport to reach the town of Upis, (4,350 m / 14,272 ft) we will meet our muleteers and horses, we will prepare to start the great adventure. gradually walking uphill for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes following the valley seeing llamas and alpacas and spectacular views of Ausangate, lunch place located in Pamparapa (4,600 m / 15,092 ft). After lunch, we will continue walking for approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to the first camp, Yana Qocha (4,650m / 15,256ft,) dinner, overnight.
Day 2: Tinqui – Upis – Pucacocha
After an energetic breakfast, we will begin our walk for the day. this day we will go up to the Arapa Pass (4,850 m / 15,908 ft). From this point we will enjoy a contrast view between the dry desert like the hills and the impressive views of the snowy mountains. Ausangate and Pucacocha. Lunch, after lunch we will have a magnificent view of three beautiful lakes with shades of red, green and turquoise (Pucacocha, Hatun Pucacocha and Qomercocha). Our second camp is near the Ausangate glacier.
After our breakfast, we will start walking uphill for approximately 1 hour and a half until we reach the Ausangate pass (4,930 m / 16,170 feet). In this pass, we will see red mountains and we will also have the opportunity to see vicuñas, chinchillas and alpacas, we will begin to descend for 1 hour and a half until we reach the town of Alccatauri (4,400 m / 14,435 feet).
We will continue walking for 30 minutes uphill to our lunch place, after reinforcing lunch, we will begin our walk uphill until the second pass. following the Llama trail to the Minasniyuq Pass. Here we will have our first views of the Rainbow Mountain (5,020 m / 16,469 ft). In this pass, we will make offerings to Pacha Mama (Mother Earth). then we continue walking downhill for approximately 1 hour to our camp, Surine Cocha (4,800 m / 15,748 ft). dinner, overnight.
Day 4: Surine Cocha – Rainbow Mountain – Cusco
After breakfast, we will start our walk for approximately 2 hours until we reach the famous Rainbow Mountain (5,020 m / 16,469 feet), after taking photos and enjoying the view, we will continue the 2 hour walk to our lunch and meeting place. With our transport that will return us to Cusco for approximately 3 hours of driving to the hotel.
Altitude sickness cannot be predicted or confirmed that all visitors will have it, but if we can prepare to avoid having symptoms of this illness, it is advisable to have at least 1 to 2 days of acclimatization and it is recommended to drink coca tea infusions. Upon arrival in Cusco and during the tour this will help to adapt the body to the altitude, some people take pills for altitude sickness that also works.
How high is the Ausangate Trek?
The trek to Ausangate and Rainbow mountain is walked through the Andes and highlands that are over 4000m. 13120ft. and you get to steps of 5050m. 16564ft. that have breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains of the Vilcanota conrdillera.
Is the Ausangate Trek and Rainbow Mountain recommended to do during the rainy season?
It depends on the client’s taste, some people like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists or it is the dates of their vacations.The truth is that in the rainy season the landscape is more humid and green, of the 4 days hike It will possibly rain 1 or 2 days so it is recommended that they be prepared for the humid weather and have suitable clothing and equipment. the rainy months are January, February and March.
What kind of food will we have on the Ausangate Trek and rainbow mountain?
The food that is given in this walk is high in energy and light since at altitude the digestion is a little slower than normal, the menu generally includes pasta, rice, chicken, fresh fruits and vegetables and a variety of oats, eggs, vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free restrictions are available upon request of the passenger at the time of booking.
Can people with medical restrictions do the Ausangate trek and rainbow mountain?
If the passenger has medical restrictions, he must first consult his doctor and tell him that he wants or is planning a trek through the Andes over 4000m. 13120ft. and receive a positive response to be able to do so.
Is the Ausangate Trek and Rainbow Mountain difficult?
It must be taken into account that this walk is made and scheduled for a walking time between 6 and 8 hours a day so that you can take your time and pace to enjoy this beautiful walk.