Ausangate Peru
Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley Trek

Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley Trek 2 Days

  • Connect your body and mind with the best energy of the apus and sacred mountains of the Incas.
  • Visit the Vinicunca Mountain and Red Valley
  • Fantastic guides and support teams lead you on a life-affirming trek among nature.
  • Enjoying spectacular mountain sceneries of high snowy peaks, glaciers, and turquoise lakes
  • Enjoy the most stunning and remote treks in Peru
  • Native Flora and fauna from the Region

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.

Day by Day
DAY 1: Cusco | Pitumarca - Quesiuno - Pampa Alcataury - Anantapata - Surina Cocha
DAY 2: Surina Cocha | Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) - Red Valley - Lambramani
5025 M. / 16486 FT. Max. Altitude
CAMPS Accommodation
MODERATE Activity Level


Full Itinerary

Briefing before the excursion:

  • You’ll have an informative meeting with your guide 1 or 2 days before your walk. This meeting will take place at our offices in Cusco. Take this opportunity to answer any questions you have and get ready, and the adventure is about to begin!

Day 1

Cusco | Pitumarca - Quesiuno - Pampa Alcataury - Anantapata - Surina Cocha

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.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
  • Minimum altitude: 4,380 masl / 14,370 fasl
  • Maximum altitude: 5,025 masl / 16,486 fasl
  • Walking distance: 14 km / 8.6 miles
  • Walking time: 8 to 9 hours.
  • Difficulty level: Challenging.
Day 2

Surina Cocha | Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) - Red Valley - Lambramani

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.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
  • Minimum altitude: 4,250 masl / 13,943 fasl
  • Maximum altitude: 5,020 m.a.s.l. / 16,466 fasl
  • Walking distance: 14 km / 8.6 miles
  • Walking time: 4 to 6 hours.
  • Difficulty level: Moderate.


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: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 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): 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.
  • Lunch 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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