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- Group size: 2-10
- Tour Type: Hiking / Adventure
- Max. Elevation: 12 km /7.5 m
Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain 4D/3N
Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain 4D/3N
The Ausangate trek & Rainbow Mountain program it is without doubts, one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Peru.
Ausangate is one of the highest snowy mountains in Peru located in the Vilcanota mountain range 130 kilometers from Cusco and reaches an altitude of (6,372 m / 20,905 ft), it has several lagoons of a bright green blue color, has a natural landscape of great beauty, it is full of herds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas in addition of giving you the chance to inmerse with traditions and lifestyle of the andean communities; do not think more, join us and experience the amazing Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain.
Highlights of our Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain
In order to give you the best experience on this Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain, we created a unique itinerary that gives you the precise hours of hiking to make you really enjoy, observe, acclimatized to the altitude, take your time and appreciate the landscape beauty of our Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain. Besides we also provide you with three highlights on this Ausangate Trek.
Firstly on the first night you have the chance to enjoy the overlooking of the fantastic milky way and starry sky of this part of the andes, in relaxing outdoor hot springs.
Secondly we located our second campsite right at the foot of Ausangate mountain to you be pleased in the evening by a breathtaking starry sky over the Ausangate snowcapped mountain in addition of enjoying an amazing sunrise over the glacier the next day in the morning.
Thirdly with our unique Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain itinerary you will have the oportunity to visit the espectacular place known as the rainbow mountain and the red valley. Besides to all of the above, we prepare food for our hikers and team with 100% organic vegetables purchased from local producers and also we do a demostration of a typical peruvian dish called Pachamanca which is an underground hot stone barbecue.
Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain Trip Overview
- Trek Type:trekking/hiking, landscape, experiential, adventurous, and cultural, colors and flavors
- Good for:those in moderate shape or better
- Difficulty:moderate to difficult
- Considerations:In order to give you the best itinerary and experience on this trek our program it is completely different from the other companies
- Season:From March 1st to December 31th
Day 1: Cusco-Tinki-Upis Alto-Hot Springs
- Hiking distance: 8 miles/13 km (5 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 4.100 meters above sea level
- Considered: easy to moderate
- Weather: Cold and windy
We pick you up from your hotel at 4 a.m. and we drive you for 3 hours until the trailhead of our ausangate trek & rainbow mountain, a hamlet called Tinki which is a small quechua hamlet located near the Ausangate snowy mountain. Once here we will meet our muleteer and mules and we will enjoy our delicious and nutritious breakfast prepared by our expert hiking chef; following we will begin a gradual uphill hike for four hours through a pretty grassy plateau until we arrive to our lunch spot. upon our arrival to our lunch area our porter and chef will waiting for us with cooled fruit juice and a yummy buffet lunch, after lunch and digest time we will hike for two hours through an area composed of traditional villages and locals dressed in their colorful traditional outfits, accompanying their llamas, alpacas or working in the potatoe and quinoa crops.
Upon arrival to our first campsite our staff of porters will have the tents and duffels already pitched for you, providing you also warm water in buckets so you may washed up, be comfortable and rest after a llitle difficult but rewarding day in the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain, then in the evening enjoy happy hour with hot chocolate, popcorn and dinner.
** Perfect itinerary to have plenty of time to hike in a slow and steady pace, take pictures and to be pleased by the andes mountain range, the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain, its colors and sounds
** At night you will have the marvelous experience of stargazing the andes and milky way from relaxing outdoor termal baths
Day 2: Upis alto-Condor Mountain Pass-Red Lagoon
- Hiking distance: 7.5 miles/12 km (7 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 4.300 meters above sea level
- Considered: challenging
- Weather: Cold and windy
We come to your tents at 5:30 am with a hot coca tea to wake you up and enjoy the great morning view with the sunrise over the sakantay mountain, after 5 minutes we provide you with warm water in buckets so you may washed up and wake up in a better way, then we give bewteen 30 to 40 minutes to pack essentials and then have breakfast for another 30 minutes.
Following we start ascending on the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain for three hours through an area full of cascades, lagoons, herds of llamas, alpacas and if we are lucky we will see some condors flying above us; after these three hours hiked we will get to the first mountain pass called Condor located at 5000 m.a.s.l. from where we will see beautiful landscapes of the grassland region full of yellow, purple and red flowers; also we will see vicuñas, that are very cotized wild animals in the andes due to its beauty and the quality of its fur; nowadays, their fleece is the most expensive fur in the world, one kilo of its wool is around 300 dollars.
After taking some pictures, we will hike downhill for two hours until our lunch area, once we here our porter and chef will be waiting with cooled fruit juice and a delicious and nutritious buffet lunch. After our digest time we will continue hiking two more hours towards our second basecamp located al the foot of the Ausangate peak and next to a lagoon of reddish color.
Upon arrival to our campsite our staff of porters will have the tents and duffels already pitched for you, providing you also warm water in buckets so you may washed up, be comfortable and rest after a challenging but beautiful day in the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain, then in the evening enjoy happy hour with hot chocolate, popcorn and dinner.
** This day inside the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain will be fascinating because we will have the opportunity to see the most starry sky of the entire ausangate trek & rainbow mountain program right at the foot of the highest glacier from Cusco region.
Day 3: Red Lagoon – Alpaca Mountain Pass – Chillca Pass – Black Lagoon
- Hiking distance: 9.3 miles/15 km (8 to 9 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 4.400 meters above sea level
- Considered: challenging
- Weather: Cold and windy
We will wake you up early in the morning with a hot cup of coffee to begin another beautiful day in our ausangate trek & rainbow mountain itinerary; we will enjoy fantastic views of some of the highest mountains in the andes and the depths of zigzagging, green valleys.
After breakfast, we will hike uphill for three hours next to a pretty blue lagoon and flocks of andean goose until reaching, the Alpaca mountain pass located at 5,100 m.a.s.l. upon our arrival to the mountain pass we will be right in front of the Ausangate peak, from where will be able to be pleased by a awesome view of a depth valley, and tons of alpaca herds grazing over mountains.
After taking some great pictures, we will continue hiking downhill for two hours towards our lunch spot, where our porter and chef will be waiting with cooled fruit juice and a delicious buffet lunch.After lunch and digest time we will hike uphill for two hours towards the second mountain pass through an area crowded de vicuñas and alpacas, once we arrive to the top our team will provide us a traditional hot drink to raise up our energy, meditate and connect with the mountain gods.
Following, will hike downhill for one more hour to the black lagoon bank, where is located our last campsite;upon arrival to our campsite our staff of porters will have the tents and duffels already pitched for you, providing you also warm water in buckets so you may washed up, be comfortable and rest after another challenging but rewarding day in the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain, then in the evening enjoy happy hour with hot chocolate, popcorn and dinner.
** Although the third day in the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain will be challenging, remember that only 2000 thousand people a year have the great oportunity to delight and hike the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain.
Day 4: Black Lagoon-Rainbow-Mountain-Cusco
- Hiking distance: 7.5 miles/12 km (5 hours)
- Considered: moderate
- Weather: Cold and windy
We come to your tents at 5:00 am with a hot coca tea to wake you up and enjoy the great morning view with the sunrise over the sakantay mountain, after 5 minutes we provide you with warm water in buckets so you may washed up and wake up in a better way, then we give bewteen 30 to 40 minutes to pack essentials and then have breakfast for another 30 minutes.
After a yummy breakfast, we will gradually hike uphill for an hour and a half until we arrive to the beautiful rainbow mountain located at 5100 m.a.s.l. your tour guide will show you the spots with the best angles to obtain 20 000 likes on instagram; your tour guide will also explain why these mountains are different from any other mountains in the andes.
Following we will hike downhill for three hours through the red valley towards our lunch area, once we arrive there our team will be waiting with hot drinks and an and lovely buffet lunch; after lunch we can say,» the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain is done», get ready to board our private van be brought, for three hours towards Cusco, where we will arrive by 6 pm.
** Our service is from the door of your hotel to the the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain and then back to the door of your hotel again
Included on the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain
Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grewp up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our ausangate trek & rainbow mountain
Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain
Briefing: The night before your trip, you will come to our office for your informative meeting. You will receive your duffle bag that will stay with your porters while you hike on the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain. This duffle bag should not exceed 7 kg / 14 pounds and should include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
Porters: We include a personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffle bag and also our camping equipment and food to our basecamp. There is no additional cost for this. You will not have access to your duffle bag until you arrive at your camp in the afternoon.
Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this ausangate trek & rainbow mountain. You will be picked up from your hotel at 5 am and brought to the trailhead to begin your ausangate trek & rainbow mountain. We also include mules and horses that will carry our equipment and the private van from the rainbow mountain to Cusco.
Equipment: Incas path has the best equipment; we use Eureka Timberline 4 tents that are shared by only two people. You will have a large dining tent to enjoy your meals.
Food: Our ausangate trek & rainbow mountain includes expert hiking chefs who will cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know. Food is typically all served as buffet.
Water: Starting from your first lunch until your last breakfast We will provide you boiled, filtered, and then cooled water before distributing. You must bring personal water bottles and or a camelback. We advice you to bring a bottle or camelback of 1.5 litters , as being well hydrated is the key to feeling great in the mountains.
Details: we profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies; each hiker receives a small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress to insulate, a backpack cover to protect their belongings while hiking and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best holiday.
Satellite phones: our priority will always be the safety of our customers and our crew. While all our guides are prepared and trained to deal with most basic problems that occur in the mountains; very rarely serious problems may occur that will require the assistance of a specialist doctor and that is when our satellite phones are very useful and necessary, also if you want to call a friend who is anywhere in the world, from the Alpaca pass in the Ausangate trek or from the rainbow mountain or in case you need to verify the puppy that you left at home with the grandmother. While satellite phones are not cheap, We believe they are very important for your security and to give you the best possible experiencie.
First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.
Not Included on the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain
Rentals: Due there we are hiking the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain, each trekker needs a sleeping bag when camping, inflatable air mattresses and trekking poles (with rubber tips). They are optional but encouraged for a better comfort; if you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
- Sleeping Bag: $20
- Inflatable Air Mattress: $15
- Trekking Poles (Pair): $15
We would love to tour the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to Ausangate trek. We can leave any day from March to January as the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain is always available
Group Price (2020):
- $650 per person
Private Tours are based on Group Size (2020):
Priced per person
- Two trekkers: $1250 per person
- Three trekkers: $1200
- Four trekkers: $1100
- Five trekkers: $950
- Six trekkers: $775
- Seven trekkers: $725
- Eight, or more, trekkers: $690
– $ 25 discount per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC) at the beginning of the hike or who is 17 years old or younger; for those who use an international student card or for children under 17, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount of the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain of the government.
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This ausangate trek & rainbow mountain, includes porters who will carry all your duffle bag while you hike on the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain. We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during the ausangate trek.
- Original Passport ,
- 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 Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
- Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) remember that the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain is entirely dirt soil
For Your Duffel: Our porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
- 4 wicking t-shirts
- 2 hiking pants
- 4 sets of undergarments.
- 4 sets of hiking socks
- 1 fleece and 1 down jacket; it gets cold at night
- 1 rain jacket and rain pants /rain poncho
- 1 sun hat
- 1 wool hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Hiking boots
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might bring a towel a little larger.
- Bathing suit
- Flip flops or sandals
- Battery Charger: There is no place to plug, on the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain!
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep away clean clothes from dirty clothes.
- Earplugs in case someone from the group snores
- Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
- Face moisturizer
- Bug spray
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Personal medication
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
Inside Your Daypacks:
Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Some items are listed below
- Rain gear
- Music (IPhone)
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
Where do we pick up the hikers for the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
Pick up will be from your hotel at 5:00 a.m. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching our office in Cusco.
Where to pay the remaining amount for the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain for proper acclimatization. Once you are in Cusco it is imperative that you come to our office to review the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining amount of your ausangate trek & rainbow mountain.
Reserve for the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
We try to make the booking as easy as possible in Incas Path. We prepare a reservation form where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of $ 200 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain permits are in our hands, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.
Permissions for the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
Only tour operators licensed by the goverment, such as Incas Path, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the government allows us to change are passport numbers.
Passport Number Update?
The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.
Where to stay in Cusco?
You can stay in a hotel that you consider convenient, however you must have the account of the location of the hotel because the traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 5 years. Many roads are up to 100 years old; Especially near the main square the roads are only for pedestrians. We will notify you if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel and coordinate another nearby pick-up point. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your Incas Path sales representative.
Can I stay in the sacred valley?
Not, as the driving route to get the trailhead of the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain does not go through the sacred valley of the incas.
During the trip, how challenging is the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
Remember that this ausangate trek & rainbow mountain, it is challenging because you will hike in very high areas and also climb two very high mountain passes; also if rains, the dirt soil path could be muddy and slippery ( don´t worry if you have good hiking boots), so it will be exhausting but it will be worth it when you arrive at rainbow mountain.
Will I need extra money on the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
Of course, if you want to buy some type of drinks, reminders or for tiping, take about 400 soles with you;«also remember that along the days of hiking into the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain trek just cash is accepted».
How many people will be in my group on the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain ?
We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our groups that start each day; we can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 and 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience in the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain. During the low season it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.
Do you need hiking boots for the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
We always recommend hiking boots, since if it rains a little the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain can become a bit muddy and slipery; please make sure they have good soles.
Are trekking poles really necessary on the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
For the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain we recommend the use of trekking poles for everyone, especially for those passengers with knee problems or older people; there are several sections during the tour where you will need to use the walking sticks, either climbing or descending the dirt soil path.
Are there any toilets along the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
Along the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain there are 3 places that has toilet; firstly at the hiking start, then at lunch spot and at basecamp. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.
Can I use plastic botles during the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
Due to New goverment regulations for the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain it will be 100% BANNED to BRING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES. We kindly suggest you getting your aluminum plastic bottles to avoid any dissapointment at the check points along the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain
Aluminum water bottles can be bought in many different shops around the main square.
If you are still at home and ready to fly to Peru for your ausangate trek & rainbow mountain we recommend you bringing aluminum water bottles or camel bags.
Where do I store my luggage?
All luggage not necessary for the hike must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing luggage of their guests, or if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage
What should I expect from the weather on the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
Please understand that this is a very difficult question to answer. Historically, from April to October it is the dry season, from November to March it is the rainy season, but in recent years our weather has been affected by climate change and today it is very difficult to predict. Remember that in the mountains the radiation and heat are very high during the day and the evenings and nights always cold, we always recommend a short sleeve shirt for the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain, long pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, rain jacket and a fleece jacket and for the night a down jacket.
Can Incas Path please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?
For us it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or any type of allergies, we have a team of chefs with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets on the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain. Also remember that we want to pamper you during your trip to ausangate trek & rainbow mountain and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets.
What type of outlet is used in Cusco?
Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output and also that of South America.
What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?
Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip to ausangate trek & rainbow mountain and, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, we always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not mandatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.
In general, participants in a group show their appreciation as a group for their porters and chef and a personal appreciation towards their tour guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.
Is there a possibility to cancel my Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
There is no possibility to cancel the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain. Even in extreme weather conditions or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The peruvian government does not have any type of refund or change of date, because if there is any weather problem or strike that prevents us from entering the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain; we will do our best to provide you with an alternate hike or take you to the trek in some way. We will keep you very informed in case there is a strike or weather inconvenience in Peru, Cusco, ausangate trek & rainbow mountain or Machu Picchu. In the event that a passenger decides to cancel their trip to Peru, they will lose the total amount deposited because the permits and logistic are already organized.