Ausangate Trek plus Rainbow mountain Hike 5 Days Itinerary:
Altitude: 3900 - 5200 m. / 12795 – 17060f
High-season: May – November
Duration: 05 Days - 04 Nights
Level of difficulty: Moderate
*A minimum of 2 persons is needed for this trek
DAY 1. CUSCO – UPIS – AUQUI
We pick you up at hotel at 3:30am to leave the city of Cusco then to have three and a half-hour driving to get Upis, along the way we will see picturesque towns, and we will stop for a couple of times to enjoy the sceneries, once we arrive to Upis we will meet up with our local muleteers and horses, where we’ll get ready to start the great adventure, we will walk for about 8 hours to get the first camp site called Auqui (4,500m / 14,715feet). Right from beginning we’ll walk uphill to get the first pass called Arapa(4,650m / 15,206feet) and then we’ll walk downhill to get our lunch spot, after having lunch we’ll walk uphill again to reach the next pass located at 4,950m / 16,187feet. From this pass the trail is downhill until the camp site. Once at the first camp site we’ll enjoy tea time, subsequently dinner.
- Hiking Time, 8 hours aprox…
- Hiking Distance, 14km/ 8.6 miles
DAY 2, AUQUI – RAINBOW MOUNTAINS – AUSANGATE QOCHA
In the morning we will have a beautiful sunrise at the top of Ausangate’s summit, we will enjoy this view having our breakfast, later on to climb up for 2 hours to get the next pass which is at 5,000m / 16,350feet, from where we’ll walk downhill and on highland plane sections to get the famous Rainbow Mountains, after enjoying the awesome views at these colored hills we’ll come back on the same way to get the same camp site to have our lunch. In the afternoon we will continue walking for 2 and a half hours to arrive the second camp spot called Ausangateqocha(4,700m / 15,369feet), this camp site is located at the backside of the Ausangate mountain thus we will see the mountain from a different angle, and there is a nice lagoon close the camp site, where we will see many highland birds. In the evening we will have tea time, subsequently dinner.
- Hiking Time, 9 hours aprox…
- Hiking Distance, 16 km/ 9.9 miles.
DAY 3, AUSANGATE QOCHA – JHAMPAPAMPA
Another great day to enjoy the mind-blowing coloured hills next to the Ausangate Mt (6,381m/ 20,866feet), a highest mountain in Cusco, and to see more glacier lagoons, after having breakfast we will begin again with our expedition, the pathway starts right away uphill until reaching the next pass called Palomani that is at 5,080m / 16,612feet; where, we’ll start to take a glance the massive mountain and some other colored hills, then we’ll walk downhill to get the valley part, where we’ll eat our lunch, and in the afternoon we’ll walk up to the next camp spot located at an elevation of 4,800m / 15,696feet. Where, in the evening we’ll have tea time, subsequently dinner.
- Hiking Time, 8 hours aprox…
- Hiking Distance, 12 km/ 7.4 miles
DAY 4, JHAMPAPAMPA – PACCHANTA
We start the day with a great breakfast that is provided by our chef, then we walk gradually up to get the last pass called Jhampa pass(5,190m / 16,971feet), from this last pass we start to walk gradually downward, after 2-hour walking we arrive to lunch place, that afternoon we have 3 more hours to get Pacchanta town where we spend the last night, in the evening we have time for a dip into the thermal water or hot springs. At night we have a special dinner which is made as a surprise by our quechua chef, and we enjoy the last supper all the team members together.
- Hiking Time, 8 hours aprox…
- Hiking Distance, 12km/ 7.4 miles
DAY 5, PACCHANTA – CUSCO
Wake up hot coca tea in the morning to have another great day, after having breakfast we leave Pacchanta, to drive back to Cusco, on the way we’ll stop to make our last lunch in Tipon LAND OF THE GUINEA PIGS or Saylla and have a typical dish of the region, such as guinea-pig or chicharrón (grilled pork). (Typical dish of the region included) eventually we’ll arrive to our hotel in Cusco, then to have the farewell meeting. End of Ausangate Trek experience.
- Hiking time: 4 hours
Transport time: 4 hours
With the Ausangate - Rainbow Mountian Trek Package you will receive:
Cultural Immersion Experience
- Visit to Patabamba village
- Home stay at the community
- Explore the community with your guide and share the day in the lives of QUECHUAS.
Transportation and tickets
- Private transportation from Cusco to trailahead
- ticket for Vinicunca mountain
- ticket for ausangate mountain and campsites
- Private transportacion back from the trek to your Cusco hotel
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Sleeping liner and mat
- Dining & bathroom equipment
- Tents for two people (single tents available for extra cost)
- Saddled horse (1 saddled horse for every six passengers)
- First-aid kit
- Tables and seats
- First aid kit/Emergency oxygen bottle
- Professional, knowledgeable bilingual guide
- A cook to prepare your meals
- Mule handlers and mules
- High quality meals to provide the necessary energy for this challenging trek (including vegetarian options upon request)
- In addition to three meals daily, you will be given revitalizing snacks
- Hot drinks such as tea and coffee, as well as enough water for your canteens, water bottles, or hydration packs (collected from local streams and boiled while on the trek)
- Sleeping bag
- Breakfast on the first day
- Lunch on the last day
Price per person: US$600 (Minimum 2 persons; departures all year)
* We include duffle bags 8kls and a horse that will carry your personal belongings in all of our treks at no additional cost.
*Emergency horse available throughout the trek, in the event someone is not feeling well.
- Student Discount (with valid ISIC card) – $25
- Under 15 Discount – $25
- Under 7 Discount – $35
- Hiking poles - US$15.00 (pair)
- Sleeping bag -4 season - US$30.00
- Private Tent - US$30.00
- Air mattress -$15
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