2-Day Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Quick Escape

Short on time? This 2-day trek offers the highlights of Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain in a compressed format.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

2 Days

Difficulty

7/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Discover the unparalleled majesty of the Peruvian Andes with us on our 2-Day Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain trek. We’ve meticulously crafted this trek to offer you a blend of stunning landscapes, vibrant hues of nature, and a genuine taste of Andean culture. As we guide you through ancient trails, witness the grandeur of Ausangate Mountain, a constant companion on this journey, and the tranquil lagoons cradled at its base.

The highlight of our expedition is the iconic Rainbow Mountain, a geological wonder that paints a vivid tapestry of colors on the canvas of the Andes. But our 2-Day Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain trek is more than just about reaching these destinations. With us, every step you take unravels a story, a secret of the land, or a melody of the wind. We invite you to not just trek, but to immerse, to connect, and to truly experience the heart and soul of the high Andes.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:00 AM - 4:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Ausangate, Rainbow Mountain, Warmi Saya pass, Ananta, Hanchipacha, Surini lagoon, Red Valley, Apacheta pass
Price
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:00
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:00

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Begin your adventure with a comfortable pick-up from your hotel in Cusco. As we journey towards Hanchipacha, a scenic 3-hour drive awaits, building your anticipation for the trek ahead. Once we arrive, a delicious breakfast, freshly prepared by our talented chef, sets the tone for the day's adventures.

After breakfast, it's time for introductions. We present our dedicated team — your experienced tour guide, our adept cook, and the trusty horseman. Their combined expertise ensures a seamless and enriching experience throughout the trek. With introductions made and spirits high, we embark on our journey towards the imposing Ausangate mountain. As we hike, the landscape unfolds, revealing panoramic vistas and alpacas gracefully grazing.

Our path takes us to the Apacheta pass, from where you are rewarded with a breathtaking view of the serene Ausangate lagoons, nestled at the base of the mountain. After soaking in the majestic beauty, we begin our descent towards Ananta. This segment of the trek showcases the region's indigenous fauna and the towering mountains that define the landscape. By lunchtime, Ananta (4,730m) welcomes you. Here, you can indulge in a delightful meal, after which you have the afternoon free to relax. As night falls, relish a hearty dinner and surrender to the tranquil embrace of our camp for a restful sleep.

Accommodation: Camping at Ananta
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5-6 hours, 10 km

Rise and shine at 3 am, for today is the day you witness nature's masterpiece – the Rainbow Mountain. After an early breakfast, we set out under the starlit sky, making our way uphill. The first leg of our journey culminates at the Warmi Saya pass (4,980m), just in time to witness a mesmerizing sunrise.

The descent from here, a mere 40 minutes, leads to the enchanting Surini lagoon. From the lagoon, a steady 1-hour climb awaits, taking you to the crescendo of this tour - the Rainbow Mountain, standing tall at 5,038 meters. Being early risers, you'll have the privilege of soaking in its beauty without the usual crowds. Capture memories, listen to tales of its formation from our local guide, and simply be in awe.

For the intrepid among you, an optional trek to the "Red Valley" is available. This additional hour-long journey unveils a landscape dotted with red mountains, each more spectacular than the last. Afterward, we commence our 2-hour descent to Alqatari, where a delectable lunch and celebrations await, marking the end of your trek.

Feeling accomplished, it's time to bid farewell to our mountain companions – the horseman and the cook. Our private transport will whisk you back to Cusco, ensuring your return by approximately 4 pm, with memories to last a lifetime.

Accommodation: Return to Cusco
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Hiking: Approx. 5-6 hours, 8 km

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Tour Highlights

  • Scenic Drive to Hanchipacha: Journey through picturesque landscapes during a 3-hour drive to the trek starting point.
  • Gourmet Outdoor Dining: Enjoy meals freshly prepared by our talented chef amidst the majestic backdrop of the Andes.
  • Trek to Ausangate: Embark on an uphill hike to the imposing Ausangate mountain, encountering gracefully grazing alpacas and panoramic vistas along the way.
  • Views from Apacheta Pass: From this high vantage point, gaze down at the serene Ausangate lagoons nestled at the base of the Ausangate mountain.
  • Camp under the Stars at Ananta: Experience the tranquility of the Andes with a night of camping in Ananta, resting at an elevation of 4,730 meters.
  • Sunrise at Warmi Saya Pass: Begin your day with a captivating sunrise from the vantage point of the Warmi Saya pass, standing tall at 4,980 meters.
  • Rainbow Mountain Trek: Hike to the iconic Rainbow Mountain, a natural wonder showcasing a myriad of colors at an elevation of 5,038 meters.
  • Exploration of Red Valley: For those seeking added adventure, venture into the Red Valley, renowned for its distinct red-hued mountains.
  • Authentic Andean Experience: Engage with our local team, including our experienced guide, horseman, and chef, ensuring a genuine connection with the region’s culture and traditions.

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Payment Terms

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Huaynas Expeditions is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 2-Day Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Escape. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 2-Day Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Escape, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

We’ll supply the duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing with your guide, held 1-2 nights prior to the tour’s start. This allows you to familiarize yourself with the bag and pack efficiently.

The briefing covers essential trek details, such as itinerary, safety guidelines, and last-minute updates. It’s an excellent chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Packing Tips:
  • Adhere to the 7 kg weight limit: Keep the weight of your personal items in the duffle bag within the 7 kg limit to maintain a manageable load for the horses.
  • Place non-essential items in the duffle bag: Store items you won’t need during the day, like extra clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bags, in the duffle bag to lighten your day pack.
  • Label your duffle bag: Add a luggage tag or other identification to your duffle bag to prevent mix-ups with other trekkers’ bags.
  • Keep valuables in your day pack: Store passports, cameras, cash, and other valuable items in your day pack for added security and easy access.

By following these packing guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your trekking adventure. We look forward to guiding you on this exciting journey!

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Are there any safety measures in place during the trek?

Your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our guides are experienced and have received first aid and safety training. In addition, they carry a first aid kit and a satellite phone for emergency communication. We also follow strict guidelines to ensure environmental sustainability and protect the natural beauty of the trail.

Can I store my luggage at the Huaynas Expeditions office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Huaynas Expeditions offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

How large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

What's the highest altitude we'll reach during the trek?

The highest point of the trek is the Rainbow Mountain, standing at an altitude of 5,038 meters or 16,528 feet.

Is there an option for a vegetarian or special diet menu during the trek?

Absolutely! We cater to various dietary needs. Please inform us in advance about your dietary preferences or restrictions, so our chef can prepare accordingly.

Do I need to carry all my luggage during the trek?

No, pack animals will carry the bulk of the weight, including tents and cooking equipment. You’ll only need to carry a daypack with personal essentials.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

What kind of weather can we expect during the trek?

The weather in the Andes can be unpredictable. Expect daytime temperatures to range from 10°C to 20°C, while nighttime temperatures can drop below freezing. It’s always a good idea to pack for all conditions.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

How difficult is the 2-Day Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain trek?

The trek is considered moderate in difficulty. While no prior trekking experience is necessary, good physical condition is recommended due to the altitude and the hiking duration.

What's the best time of year to do this trek?

The trek is accessible year-round. However, the dry season, from May to September, offers clearer skies and a lower chance of rain.

How do we handle altitude sickness?

Acclimatization is crucial. We advise spending a couple of days in Cusco before the trek to adjust. During the trek, our guides carry oxygen bottles for emergencies, and it’s important to stay hydrated and inform the guide if you feel any discomfort.

Is travel insurance mandatory for this trek?

While it’s not mandatory, we strongly recommend having comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities, medical emergencies, and trip cancellations.

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