Ausangate Peru
Ausangate Rainbow Mountain

Highlights of Southern Peru

  • A guided tour of the Machu Picchu, the “lost city of the Incas.” You’ll see breathtaking views and learn how the temples were built.
  • Join us on this breathtaking trek through the Andes Mountains as you traverse epic landscapes and summit gorgeous mountain paths.
  • Experience the best trek of the Andes, with fabulous views of the Apu Ausangate, red, turquoise, and green lakes.
  • Catch a glimpse of Andean wildlife – condors, llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and many aquatic birds
  • Explore the Rainbow Mountain of Peru
  • Ascend the staircase to Intihuatana, the most sacred site in Machu Picchu

The Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain + Machu Picchu extended tour is a truly epic adventure. Discover the personality of the Andes on a long-winded trek. Recharge yourself near the most powerful energy points in the Cusco region. Immense sacred glaciers such as the imposing Apu Ausangate, turquoise lakes, wild animals, and the captivating Rainbow Mountain will be the perfect prelude to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu.

The Ausangate route is not crowded with tourists, so it offers you the chance to relax and listen only to the sound of the wind. The mountains colored by the clouds' movement or by the dawn sun offer landscapes taken from a dream. You'll relax your body in pools of thermo-medicinal waters while making new friends among the people who live in the area. Appreciate the lifestyle that's maintained in the Andes and open your heart to nature.

Day by Day
DAY 1: Cusco | Tinqui - Upis (Camp near hot springs)
DAY 2: Upis | Abra de Arapa - Pucaccocha
DAY 3: Pucaccocha | El Abra Puca - Anantapata - Warmisaya - Yanacocha (Sunset Hike to the Rainbow Mountain)
DAY 4: Yanacocha | Rainbow Mountain (sunrise walk) - Llacto Community - Cusco Hotel
DAY 5: Cusco | Maras - Moray - Salineras - Aguas Calientes
DAY 6: Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco
5020 M. / 16466 FT. Max. Altitude
CAMPS & HOSTEL Accommodation
MODERATE Activity Level


Full Itinerary
Day 1

Cusco | Tinqui - Upis (Camp near hot springs)

We’ll pick you up from your hotel at 6:00 am to start our adventure. We’ll go for 4 hours, in our private transport, to the town of Tinqui, passing the Urcos pass (4,000 masl / 13,123 fasl). Tinqui is located in the middle of the Cusco highlands that will offer you impressive views of the horizon. We’ll head up a wide, ascending path to the north-east face of the impressive Ausangate Mountain. At noon, we’ll regain energy with a light lunch. We’ll continue our walk amidst cultivated fields and beautiful traditional houses. You can see herds of llamas and alpacas grazing calmly.

After passing through the Upis pass (4,435 masl / 14,107 fasl), we’ll arrive at the Upis hot springs (4,250 masl / 13,779 fasl) where we’ll camp surrounded by the sacred mountains of Ausangate and Maria Huamantilla. Relax your body inside the hot springs at dusk. Happy hour will be ready at 4:00 pm and dinner at 6:00 pm.

  • Travel distance: 16 km / 9.9 miles
  • Travel time: 6 hours
Day 2

Upis | Abra de Arapa - Pucaccocha.

We’ll wake you up very early with an infusion of coca leaves so that you can energize yourself in the middle of the mountains. You’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast and we’ll start the walk. We will walk very close to the Apu Ausangate snowy peak. From there the landscape will take your breath away: the immense white of the mountain in front of you and, in the distance, turquoise lagoons and waterfalls. Today you’ll see llamas, alpacas, and wild vicunas. If you are lucky, also the majestic flight of a condor.

We’ll make a climb for 3 hours to reach the first pass (4,800 masl / 15,748 fasl) where we’ll stop for a moment to rest and take the best pictures. We’ll begin the gradual descent for 2 hours to our lunch spot. We’ll recover our energy and continue walking for another 2 hours to our camp in Puca Ccocha or Laguna Roja. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful camps on the entire route. At the foot of the Apu Ausangate and on the shore of the lagoon.

  • Travel distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles
  • Travel time: 7-8 hours
  • Camp altitude: 4,300 masl / 14,100 fasl
Day 3

Pucaccocha | El Abra Puca - Anantapata - Warmisaya - Yanacocha (Sunset Hike to the Rainbow Mountain)

There’s nothing better for your body than waking up to a hot herbal tea of coca leaves. Get up early to start one of the most beautiful days of the entire excursion. Be amazed by the stunning views of the snow-capped mountains and deep green valleys. After a hearty breakfast, we will go up to Abra Puca. Feel the impressive presence of the Apu Ausangate and take photos of its beautiful turquoise lagoons. Once you reach the top, you’ll feel that you have the giant face of the Apu Ausangate right in front of you. In addition, you’ll be able to observe the extended beauty of the Chilca Valley where llamas and alpacas will be passing quietly. From this open you can already see the beginning of the Rainbow Mountain range with its striking stripes of colors.

After taking some photos we continue with a gradual descent for 2 hours to our lunch point located in Anantapata (4,400 masl / 14,435 fasl). Once we have filled our stomachs, we’ll take the opportunity to rest and relax before continuing with an ascent to the Warmisaya or Pitumarca pass (5,050 masl / 16,568 fasl). From there you’ll feel like you are a bird and you’ll observe the vastness of the horizon. We only have to descend for 20 minutes to the Yanacocha lagoon where the camp will be waiting for you. Before stopping, we’ll continue our 1 hour walk to the Rainbow Mountain pass to see the majestic sunset show over the Rainbow Valley. Once we have rejoiced in the sunset, we’ll return to the camp in 45 minutes to enjoy happy hour (drinks and snacks) and then a dinner that will surprise you.

  • Travel distance: 17.7 km / 11 miles
  • Travel time: 7-8 hours
  • Camp altitude: 4,400 masl / 14,435 fasl
Day 4

Yanacocha | Rainbow Mountain (sunrise walk) - Llacto Community - Cusco Hotel

After a tasty breakfast at 5:00 am we will return to the Rainbow Mountain to contemplate this colourful valley lit by the lights of dawn. You’ll have time to enjoy this paradise for 1 hour before the tourist crowd begins to arrive. Our expert guide will take you directly to the key places so you can get the best pictures.

Your guide will explain in detail why this mountain has such unique colours. It’s one of the most amazing places in South America and one of the main natural attractions in Peru. The only other coloured mountains can be found in China.

After enjoying this gem from the Peruvian Andes, we’ll begin our trek towards the spectacular Red Valley. A place that seems to be taken from another planet and that’s visited by very few tourists. You’ll be surprised not only by its amazing beauty but also by the immense tranquillity that’ll surround you. Breathe and feel the joy of being alive. It only takes 30 minutes of walking to reach the viewpoint from where you will get the best views of the valley.

Finally, we’ll make a 1-hour descent between ancient Andean communities and herds of llamas. After the delicious final lunch, a bus will wait for you that will take you back to the doors of your hotel in the city of Cusco.

  • Travel distance: 9 km / 5.6 miles
  • Walking time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Minimum altitude: 4,250 masl / 13,943 fasl
  • Maximum altitude: 5,020 masl / 16,466 fasl
  • Food included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
  • Travel time: 3-4 hours of walking, 2.5 hours by car
Day 5

Cusco | Maras - Moray - Salineras - Aguas Calientes

Today you’ll enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then we’ll pick you up to go to the beautiful town of Maras (3,300 masl / 10,827 fasl). There you’ll find not only beautiful architecture but also fine textile art. We will continue to the impressive Moray archaeological site (3,450 masl / 11,319 fasl) made up of a series of giant circular terraces and a complex irrigation system. Moray is known as the largest agricultural laboratory in the world because it was used to grow food that only grows in tropical climates. After feeling the energy of this intriguing site, we’ll continue with the salt mines, a set of more than 3,000 small white pools from which salt is extracted. These small pools are filled with water that evaporates, thus producing the salt that the residents collect and package to sell in different markets in the region. This salt has a pink hue and is well known for its healing properties and delicious flavour.

It’s time to head aboard our private transport to Ollantaytambo where the train that will take us to Aguas Calientes will wait for us. Once there you’ll check into a nice hotel (shared rooms) to cool off before dinner. You can also take advantage of your free time to enjoy the thermo-medicinal waters of the place. Go to bed early because tomorrow we will finally see the impressive Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Day 6

Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

We’ll wake you up very early so you can enjoy your breakfast without being rushed (4:00 am). This way, we can board one of the first buses that leave for Machu Picchu (2,400 masl / 7,875 fasl). At the entrance to the Inca citadel you must show your entry ticket and your passport. If you’re a student, you must carry your student card with you.

Feel the powerful energy of this impressive archaeological site as soon as you enter. You’ll have the happiness of observing how the golden light of the dawn sun gradually covers all the corners of Machu Picchu. Learn all its secrets and mysteries thanks to a guided tour where you will also have information about its history and local flora and fauna. Our guide will take you for 2.5 hours through the most important places and then you’ll have some free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own.


What is Included?
  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. The meeting will be at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.
  • Transportation: All your transportation is included in this package. We will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the starting point of the trek. Once you complete the tour, we will take you back to the door of your hotel.
  • Qualified guides: Our guides have dominion of English and Spanish, professional education and official certification. They will explain to you about the history, culture and environment along the trail, as well as lead the group in ancestral rituals and ceremonies. They’ll also take care of your safety, health and comfort during the trip so you can enjoy the trek worry-free.
  • Porters and horsemen: They will be in charge of preparing and transferring the duffle bags of all our passengers.
  • Emergency horse: All our alternative routes include an extra horse if any of our passengers cannot continue the tour on foot.
  • Equipment: Ausangate Peru uses the best equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Every two people will share Eureka Timberline tents with a capacity for four people. Also, you'll have a spacious dining tent where you can enjoy your food problem-free.
  • Camping equipment: We have tents for cooking and eating, as well as tables, chairs and complete kitchen equipment. All of this is transported by horses.
  • 1 duffle bag: There, you can carry your personal belongings (including your sleeping bad) up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15 lbs.
  • Pack mules: Our pack mules will transport all camping equipment, as well as your personal luggage in the canvas bag.
  • Food: Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets, so let us know if you have any particular restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You will enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks. Every morning we will give you your snack so you can enjoy it during the walk.
  • Water: Ausangate Peru will provide you with all the water you need. The water is boiled, filtered, and cooled. You must bring your water bottles or camelback. We recommend a capacity of 3 liters. You'll be able to fill your bottles during each meal.
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners. Special menus such as vegetarian or vegan meals are available without additional costs.
  • Morning tea: Every morning in our campsites, you’ll enjoy a cup of hot coca tea as soon as you wake up. It will be an excellent way to start the day.
  • Tea time: In our campsites, we’ll serve you popcorn, cookies, coffee, chocolate, tea, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won’t have to wait until dinner to fill your stomach.
  • Snacks (Days 1, 2, 3 & 4): We’ll offer you delicious snacks in a cloth bag: local fruits, cookies, chocolates, candy, etc.
  • 1 cloth bag: As we’ve already mentioned, we’ll give you a cloth bag to carry your snacks. In this way, we avoid using plastic bags, which contaminate our environment.
  • First aid: All Ausangate Peru guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, traveler's diarrhea, cuts, scrapes.) and oxygen. If necessary, we'll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.
  • Oxygen bottle
Not Included:
  • Trekking poles: You can also rent these from us.
  • Lunches and Dinner on the last day
  • Clothing and personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for our team: Keep in mind that our personnel receive payment for their services, so feel free to give tips or not.
  • Additional costs: There could be additional expenses, delays or modifications of the itinerary that are outside of the responsibility of the agency, such as: bag weather conditions, security or health problems, changes in government policies, political instability, strikes, etc.

Thank you for choosing Ausangate Peru! We will do everything in our power to take care of you and ensure an enjoyable trip of a lifetime in Peru!

Hiking Team

Our Hiking Team
Our Tour Guides

Our Tour Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained and highly experienced professional with a very solid guiding background, years of hiking and wilderness experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into unforgettable adventures.

Our Cooks

Our Cooks

After a challenging trek we know how important a good hot meal can be to prepare your body and warm you up. That’s why on every trek with Salkantay Trekking we employ chefs with years of experience cooking on the trails so that they provide filling.

Meals: What to Expect

Meals: What to Expect

All of our hiking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola.

Our Horseman and Horses

Our Horseman and Horses

Our Horseman and his horses are in charge of all our gear and will always await us within the safe and comfortable camp sites.

Packing List

So you are planning to trek the famous Ausangate?

This Ausangate Packing List will help you to prepare for your outdoor adventure in one of the most stunning regions of South America.

In it we have provided as much detail on every piece of kit you will need for a safe and successful trekking. The packing list includes personal recommendations on gear that we own and use. We believe these recommended items of gear provide the best value for money and deliver the best performance.

Essential packing list for trekking
Duffle Bag
Duffle Bag:
Original Passport
Original Passport
Base Layer
Base Layer
Trekking Shirts
Trekking Shirts
Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear
Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear
Insulated Jacket
Insulated Jacket
Fleece Jacket
Fleece Jacket
Trekking Shorts and Trousers
Trekking Shorts and Trousers
Hat for Sun Protection
Hat for Sun Protection
Head Band or Beanie
Head Band or Beanie
Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
Inner Gloves
Inner Gloves
Outer Gloves
Outer Gloves
Hiking Boots
Hiking Boots
Trainers (Trekking shoes / sandals)
Trainers (Trekking shoes / sandals)
Hiking Socks
Hiking Socks
Thermal Socks
Thermal Socks
Important Accessories
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Bag
Trekking Poles
Trekking Poles
Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
Camera / Videocamera
Camera / Videocamera
Notebook / Journal and Pen
Notebook / Journal and Pen
Personal Gear and Medications
  • Trekking Towel: A small to medium sized hiking towel can come in great use. LifeVentures or Discovery provide good, quick-drying trekking towels.
  • Small Locks: To protect your belongings in your rucksack or duffle bag
  • Waterproof Ziplock Bags: These come in handy for storing important / valuable items like your money, a passport and electrical equipment
  • Isotonic Powder: Can be used to flavour your water nicely and helps replace electrolytes, improving energy levels and aiding water absorption. Here are some good Isotonic powdered drinks
  • Diamox: Also know as acetazolamide, is a medication that can be used as a prophylactic (preventative) solution for altitude sickness. It does not cure altitude sickness and should never therefore never be used as a method to continue ascending to high altitudes. It can however help prevent the onset of altitude sickness and is commonly used by high altitude climbers and trekkers.
  • General Medications: We recommend taking paracetamol or aspirin for headaches (a common altitude sickness symptom on the Salkantay Trek) and Imodium for diarrhoea (another common problem as food preparation can be a little unhygienic)
  • Basic First Aid Kit: If you are joining an organised trek, your guide will most likely be carrying a first aid kit. If you are hiking unsupported or independently then a first aid kit is a must. Here are some compact and good outdoor first aid kits: Outdoor First Aid Kits
  • Suncream / Lip balm: No one wants burnt skin or cracked lips! Be sure to bring 1 x suncream (SPF 30) and 1 x lip balm
  • Baby wipes: For quick and easy wet washe when no showers are in sight! bring 1 x baby wipes
  • Blister Plasters: The dreaded blisters! We recommend taking Compeed blister plasters
  • Hand Sanitizer: Great for disinfecting hands before and after eating, or when they get dirty during the hike

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