Ausangate Peru
Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain 3 Days
AUSANGATE CHALLENGEAUSANGATE & RAINBOW MOUNTAIN

Ausangate Challenge 3 Days

Highlights
  • Explore the unique natural formations on earth the Rainbow Mountain with a specialist guide.
  • Hike across remote Andean valleys and passes on the breathtaking Ausangate Trek.
  • Connect your body and mind with the best energy of the apus and sacred mountains of the Incas.
  • Share unique experiences with the last descendants of the Incas, and you will learn their ancestral rites and traditions.
  • Complete the stunning Ausangate trek and visit the Rainbow Mountain before the crowds arrive.
  • View the Andean wildlife – Condors, llamas, vicunas, and alpacas.
Description

Get ready to discover the magic and the intense colors of the Rainbow Mountain of Peru, also known as Vinicunca. This magnificent spectacle of nature is located in the Vilcanota mountain range, near the highest snow-capped peak in the Cusco region, the Apu Ausangate (6,384 masl / 20,945 fasl) considered a principal sacred deity for the Andean cosmovision. From pre-Inca times until today, this mountain has been a place of worship and offering.

The Ausangate Trek and Rainbow Mountain tour is designed to offer you an unforgettable experience in a relatively short time. You will travel deserted roads and deep valleys. You’ll enjoy the company of herds of alpacas and llamas while contemplating crystalline lagoons at the foot of this imposing sacred mountain. Also, you’ll challenge your physical resistance to reach the majestic Rainbow Mountain.

Let this surreal landscape envelop yourself in the Andes of Peru in the company of the best adventure travel specialists in the city. Imagine that a mountain covered in intense colors appears in front of your eyes: magenta, turquoise, yellow. It’s not a dream; it’s a real natural wonder! So get ready for a fantastic trip on a route not yet saturated by travelers.

Day by Day
DAY 1: Cusco | Ocongate - Upis Hot Spring - Arapa Camp
DAY 2: Arapa Camp | Pucaqocha Lake - Anantapata
DAY 3: Anantapata | Rainbow Mountain - Cusipata - Cusco
TREK, ADVENTURE Trip styles
5020 M. / 16469 FT. Max. Altitude
CAMPS Accommodation
CHALLENGING Activity Level

Itinerary

Full Itinerary
Day 1

Cusco | Ocongate - Upis Hot Spring - Arapa Camp

At 5:00 am, we will stop by your hotel to pick you up and transfer you in our private van for 3 hours to the starting point of our trek in the town of Upis. You’ll enjoy the first breakfast prepared by our chef, and you’ll be able to contemplate a fantastic landscape. After a short time, we’ll start this exciting adventure. We’ll gradually ascend during the first 3 hours towards the place where we have lunch. During the journey, we’ll be able to observe the majestic Ausangate Mountain in the distance. We will be waiting for you at our first stop with a hot herbal tea, and then you can satiate yourself with a delicious lunch. You’ll have time to take a short rest before continuing our tour. The last portion of the trek is a gradual ascent for 2 hours until you reach the camp where you’ll arrive at approximately 5:00 pm. You’ll be at the very foot of the mighty Ausangate Mountain! From there, you’ll have the option of taking a short tour to succumb to the beauty of a glacial lake. It will be the perfect opportunity to enjoy the scenery without any other tourists. When you return, you can serve yourself chocolate or coffee and, later, dinner will be ready.

  • Distance traveled: 10 km / 6.21 miles
  • Accommodation: Campsite.
  • Food included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and hot drinks.
  • Altitude of the camp: 4,600 masl / 15,091 fasl
  • Difficulty level: Moderate.
Day 2

Arapa Camp | Pucaqocha Lake - Anantapata

We’ll wake you up very early with a hot cup of coca leaf tea that will help you acclimatize and start the day in the best way possible. As soon as you open your tent door, you’ll observe the magical lights of dawn on the vast glacier. Then we’ll enjoy the delicious and nutritious breakfast. Our walk will start uphill for 1 hour towards the Arapa Pass (4,800 masl / 15,744 fasl). You’ll be able to see a fantastic eroded mountain, beautiful high Andean valleys, and, if you’re lucky, the majestic flight of the condor. You can also vibrate with the beauty of several glacial lagoons such as Yanaqocha (black lake) or Pukaqocha (red lake). Take advantage of these locations to take some great photos. Later we’ll descend for 2 hours to the lunch spot and then ascend for 1.5 hours to the Pukaqocha Pass (5,000 masl /16,400 fasl) where you’ll appreciate a new angle of the sacred mountain of Ausangate, as well as the endless Vilcanota mountain range. From there, two more hours walking await us on the descent to Anantapata (4,650 masl / 15,252 fasl) where our camp is located. There we will greet you with a hot drink. What a dream day! Before a deserved night of rest, you’ll enjoy the dinner prepared by our chef and assistant.

  • Distance traveled: 12 km / 7.45 miles
  • Accommodation: Campsite.
  • Food included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and hot drinks.
  • Altitude of the camp: 4,650 masl / 15,252 fasl
  • Difficulty level: Challenging.
Day 3

Anantapata | Rainbow Mountain - Cusipata - Cusco

Today we’ll also get up early to start our adventure. After having breakfast, we’ll head to explore the famous Vinicunca or Rainbow Mountain. We’ll begin to ascending for 1 hour to the pass located at 5,000 masl / 16,400 fasl. From here, you will get the first view of the spectacular Rainbow Mountain, a landscape taken from the most hallucinated dreams imaginable! After a short break, we’ll continue descending for about 25 minutes to the flattest section of the trail. We still have 1 hour to walk. Once we reach the Vinicunca Mountain, we’ll have time to enjoy this spectacular scenery before it fills up with tourists. Here our guide will explain why these mountains are so unique. Its impressive color display is due to sedimentary layers of minerals that were exposed by erosion. Remember that this phenomenon can only be seen in two places around the world: Peru and China. Take advantage of your time to connect with the energy of the mountains. After enjoying this surreal landscape, we will walk for 2 hours to the lunch spot where a van will be waiting for us. The 3-hour journey will end at the door of your hotel.

  • Distance traveled: 12 km / 7.45 miles
  • Food included: Breakfast and lunch.
  • Maximum altitude: 5,020 masl / 16,469 fasl
  • Difficulty level: Challenging.

Inclusions

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: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 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): 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:
  • Sleeping bag: However, you can rent one from us. We have sleeping bags that will protect from down to -18 °C (0 °F).
  • Trekking poles: You can also rent these from us.
  • 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:
Daypack
Daypack
Documents
Original Passport
Original Passport
Clothing
Underwear
Underwear
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
Headgear
Hat for Sun Protection
Hat for Sun Protection
Head Band or Beanie
Head Band or Beanie
Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
Hands
Inner Gloves
Inner Gloves
Outer Gloves
Outer Gloves
Footwear
Hiking Boots
Hiking Boots
Trainers (Trekking shoes / sandals)
Trainers (Trekking shoes / sandals)
Hiking Socks
Hiking Socks
Thermal Socks
Thermal Socks
Gaiters
Gaiters
Important Accessories
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Bag
Trekking Poles
Trekking Poles
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Headlamp
Headlamp
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

Dates & Prices

TRIP LENGTH 3 DAYS
2022 LAND COST FROM $300 PER PERSON
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Pre payment per person:
$100
Balance:
$200

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Please complete the form below to request a reservation. One of our Trip Coordinators will contact you, often within two business hours, to confirm availability of the trip and/or provide you with other options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek. Please call us at (+51) 947736747 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.


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