Ausangante and Rainbow Mountains Trek 5D/4N
- Tour Type: Hiking, adventure, camping
- Good For: Those with a sense of adventure and in good shape
- Temperature: Cold, temperature may go below 0 degrees at night
- Total Distance: 67 KM/41 Miles
- Difficulty: Challenging
- Considerations: Enjoy the amazing colors of the rainbow mountains
PRIVATE TOUR PRICES
- 1 person: $1510
- 2 persons: $900
- 3 persons: $670
- 4 persons: $550
- 5+ persons: $470
Ausangate, part of the Vilcanota mountain range in the Peru Andes, is a spectacular snow-capped mountain that rises to 6,372 m (20,900 feet). The mountain plays a significant role in Inca mythology. On a clear night the Willkamayu (Milky Way) stretches across the sky, creating a direct path to Ausangate. There is believed to be a cosmic connection with Apu, the spirit of the mountains.
This is one of the most famous treks in Peru, with geological features that include hanging glaciers, valleys and limestone forests. It includes lagoons and a view of the famous Rainbow Mountain. Animals that you will probably see along the trail include wild vicunas, alpacas and llamas, You will also have the special opportunity to see how the indigenous people live and work in this region.
Day 1: Cusco-Tinki-Upis
- Early morning pickup from your hotel in a private van
- Our four-hour drive takes us to Tinki, where we will begin our trek.
- We will see alpaca, llamas and communities of Indigenous people, wearing their colorful clothing.
- After a four-hour hike, we will have lunch at Upis.
- We will continue hiking another three hours to our campsite, in the pampas of Upis.
- You can enjoy the hot springs near the campsite with a spectacular view.
Day 2: Upis-Abra Arapa-Ausangateqocha
- After breakfast we begin our hiking, which will take approximately three hours, uphill to Abra Arapa.
- Once we reach the abra (high-mountain pass) of Arapa, you will have a magnificent view of the mountain chain.
- After crossing the pass we walk towards the high Andean lakes of Sonccococha, Pukacocha, Ccomercochas to our lunch spot.
- After lunch we climb uphill to cross the Ausangate pass and descend to our campsite
- We will have dinner and camp on the shores of beautiful Ausangatecocha lake.
Day 3: Ausangatecocha-Abra Palomani-Hatunpampa
- Today we will reach the first of two high passes, Abra Palomani.
- It is a short uphill walk from our campsite to the highest pass of our trek, enjoying unique scenery at 5,000 meters above sea level.
- The descent takes us to the Huchuy Phinaya settlement where we will have lunch. You will be able to see Rainbow Mountain from there.
- After a short rest, we continue the trek on a gentle grade towards our campsite at Hatunpampa.
- Once there we will experience a high Andean plateau surrounded by snow-capped peaks where we will stay overnight.
Day 4: Hatun Pampa- Abra Janca-Pacchanta
- After breakfast in Hatun Pampa, Today is another challenging day as we ascend to our second high pass, walking across a glacier over 5,000m, the Janca abra.
- We follow the trail downhill to the lunch spot,
- After lunch we continue on to the town of Pacchanta with its relaxing thermal baths.
- Outside of Pacchanta we will have dinner and set up our camp for the night.
Day 5: Pacchanta-Cusco
- Our last day, after breakfast, we can continue to enjoy the thermal baths.
- We will take the van back to Cusco before lunchtime.
INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP
For Your Transport:
- Round trip pick-up and return to your hotel in Cusco by private van
For Your Safety:
- Pre-departure briefing (the evening before)
- Experienced, knowledgeable tour guides
- First-aid kit
- Oxygen cannisters (for emergency use)
- Boiled water (from second day on)
For Your Sustenance:
- Daily wake-up coca tea in your tent
- Delicious meals for the entire tour (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners) + snacks (Special diets accommodated with advance notice)
- Professionally trained cooks and assistants
- Happy hour with maca tea and hot drinks every afternoon
For Your Comfort and Well-Being:
- Horses to carry 6Kg of personal items including sleeping bag
- Horses to carry camping equipment, tents, table, stools and cooking gear
- Dining and kitchen tent, camping tables and stools
- Two people per tent (spacious 4-person tents)
- Thick, inflatable sleeping mattress, sleeping bags (-10 degrees) and pillows
- Biodegradable toilet tent system
- Extra time to go to the hot springs
- Entrance tickets to Ausangate
- Trekking poles – renting option US$25 for entire trek
- Tips for your staff, guides, cooks, horseman
- Single Tent Supplement (US$50)
- Day 1 breakfast, Day 5 lunch and dinner
- Water on the first day
WHAT TO BRING
- Original passport (with more than 6 months from expiration)
- A daypack to carry your personal belongings (we provide a duffle bag for other items)
- Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support
- Sneakers or sandals for comfort while in camp
- Warm clothes, fleece and layers for variable temperatures (especially at night)
- Thermal underwear to be worn in the sleeping bag in cold conditions
- Gloves or mittens, scarf, three pairs wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
- T-shirts and trekking pants
- Flashlight and head-lamp with extra batteries
- Camera and extra batteries
- Small size binoculars
- Wide-brimmed hats, with a broad visor
- Sunscreen SPF30+
- Lip balm
- Rain Gear: rain jacket or poncho
- Toiletries, toilet paper, moist towelettes
- Small towel
- Refillable water bottle
- Water purifying tablets (optional since we provide boiled water.)
- Bathing suit if you want to go to the hot springs
- Any medications you need from home
- Plastic bags (Ziploc).
- Optional :Trekking poles
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