Our Mother Nature will surprise you with an impressive display of vibrant and varied colors spread over the high peaks of Cusco. Remember that when you put your eyes on Rainbow Mountain, you’ll be contemplating millions of years of geological history and a natural wonder that’s not repeated on almost any other corner of the planet. You can also feel extreme tranquillity as you walk through the surreal Red Valley, surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains and beautiful slopes. At times, your only company will be alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas. Also, from time to time, you’ll be able to observe the daily life of the Andean communities that are located in that sector.
It is not easy to believe in the beauty of the Andean night skies if you do not see them with your own eyes. Let the constellations and shooting stars hypnotize you before sleeping in our comfortable tents that you will find ready, with mattresses and pillows, as soon as you arrive. So why not escape the hordes of tourists that saturate Cusco? Come and join us on this memorable route to one of the true wonders of Mother Nature.
Briefing before the excursion:
Today begins early. We'll pick you up from your hotel at 4:00 a.m., and we'll go in a van for 3 hours to Pampa Alcataury, the starting point of our trek. If you want to sleep a little more, don't worry! Our vans are very comfortable, and we'll give you blankets so you can take advantage of a few more moments of sleep.
As we make the final preparations to start the adventure, our fantastic chef will prepare a delicious and nutritious breakfast to give you all the energy you need. The guide will explain the itinerary in detail and share some safety tips to follow.
We'll begin our adventure starting from a fertile valley, dominated by the impressive sacred mountain of Ausangate. You'll also observe the lifestyle of the Andean communities, as well as llamas and alpacas.
We'll ascend for 2 hours to the Puccacocha pass (4,930 masl / 16,170 fasl), where we'll find a blue and crystalline lagoon of the same name. The landscape from there looks like a dream. With the majestic Ausangate Mountain directly in front of you, you will witness first-hand the origin of the lagoon that descends from the white snows of this glacier.
Then we'll take an undulating path for 2 hours to Anantapata where we'll stop for lunch. You'll be amazed by the culinary wonders prepared by our chef in the middle of the mountain.
With your batteries recharged, we'll continue walking for another 3 hours until we reach the highest point of our trek: the Minasniyuc Pass (5,025 masl / 16,486 fasl). Have your camera ready because from here you can already see the first views of the Rainbow Mountain in the distance.
We'll continue with a short 40-minute descent to where our already set up camp will be, near the Surina Cocha Lagoon. Before going to bed, we'll enjoy a well-deserved dinner in the middle of this unique landscape in the Andes' heart. Temperatures at night drop sharply, so be sure to pack several layers of clothing and a cold-weather sleeping bag. To keep your body warm, our team will provide you with hot cups of coca leaf tea or coffee before you retire to rest.
Very early, we’ll gently wake you up with a hot cup of coca leaf tea or coffee. Then, we’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast to begin our ascent to the Rainbow Mountain and, later, to the spectacular and solitary Red Valley.
It’ll take only 45 minutes to the point where we’ll appreciate all the fullness of the Rainbow Mountain. Here you will have time to explore yourself, take photos, and immerse yourself in the spectacular views of the Rainbow Mountain and the Apu Ausangate and the other snowy peaks that dominate the area.
We’ll continue our tour through the spectacular Red Valley. This tourist destination is still little known; therefore, you’ll be surprised by its beauty and the deep tranquillity that you’ll feel. It takes only 25 minutes to reach the viewpoint from where we can appreciate the entire valley.
Finally, we’ll descend for 4 hours while we appreciate more Andean communities and herds of llamas grazing freely. If you’re lucky, you’ll also be able to observe the vicuñas, which are beautiful animals that have not been domesticated since pre-Inca times. Our walk ends in Lambramani (4,250 masl / 13,943 fasl), where you can enjoy the last lunch prepared by our chef before returning to Cusco by bus. You’ll arrive at your hotel in the afternoon.
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.
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.
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 his horses are in charge of all our gear and will always await us within the safe and comfortable camp sites.
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.
To book any tour/trek through with Ausangate Peru, we do require a $200 deposit per person. PayPal does charge us a fee of 8% which we ask the client to cover. This taxes is just for deposits, the remaining, you will pay in cash(briefing day) without taxes.
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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