4-Day Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain: Dual Natural Wonders

A 4-day trek to experience the majesty of the Ausangate mountain and the colorful allure of Rainbow Mountain.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

4 Days

Difficulty

7/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Dive deep into the mesmerizing embrace of the Andes with our 4-day Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek. This journey, rich in both adventure and spiritual rejuvenation, is a doorway to the soul of the Peruvian highlands. As you traverse the mystical terrains around the revered Ausangate Mountain and scale the vividly colored slopes of Rainbow Mountain, you’ll experience nature in its purest form, punctuated by the whispers of ancient legends.

Yet, the essence of this trek goes beyond its breathtaking landscapes. Our dedicated team, from the seasoned muleteers who know every twist and turn of the trails to our chef who conjures up gastronomic delights in the heart of the wilderness, ensures that your journey is seamless and memorable. This trek isn’t merely about covering distance; it’s a passage into the heart of a land steeped in mystique and beauty. Whether you’re chasing adrenaline-filled moments or seeking a retreat from the everyday, this adventure promises a mosaic of unforgettable experiences.

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 Mountain, Rainbow Mountain, Red Valley, Yana Cocha, Comer Cocha, Puca Cocha, Apacheta pass
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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.

Embark on your adventure with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco, followed by a scenic 3-hour drive to the picturesque town of Upis. As the landscape unfolds, you'll feel the anticipation build. Upon reaching Upis, our dedicated muleteers will greet you, marking the commencement of your trek.

The day's hike, a gentle 3.5-hour uphill journey, takes you through the highland valleys. These serene landscapes, dotted with herds of llamas and alpacas, lead you to the Pampa Arapa basecamp. Here, indulge in a freshly prepared lunch by our expert chef. As the day draws to a close, seize the opportunity to capture the spectacular Ausangate sunset. The evening culminates with a delightful tea session, accompanied by popcorn and chocolate, before a well-deserved dinner.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 3.5 hours, 11 km

Awaken to the aroma of coca tea, a perfect start to the day. After breakfast, brace yourself for a hike to the Pampa Arapa Pass, standing tall at 4850 m.a.s.l / 15912 ft. The ascent rewards you with unparalleled vistas, making for an ideal photo session spot.

The descent from the pass introduces you to a series of stunning lakes: Yana Cocha, Comer Cocha, and Puca Cocha. The journey culminates at a campsite nestled close to the imposing Ausangate Mountain. After a hearty lunch, the afternoon is yours to explore and soak in the mesmerizing mountain views and majestic hanging glaciers.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6-7 hours, 11 km

The day begins with the invigorating scent of coca tea. After breakfast, prepare for an uphill trek to the Apacheta pass, elevated at 4,990m / 16,371 ft. Reaching the top is a testament to your endurance, offering a moment of reflection and awe-inspiring panoramas.

The trail then beckons you downhill to Ananta, where a sumptuous lunch awaits. Recharged, continue your ascent to the Warmi Saya pass, offering unparalleled views of glaciers and a distant Rainbow Mountain. The day's trek ends at the tranquil Qomer Cocha, where you can immerse yourself in deep contemplation under the starlit sky, followed by tea and dinner.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7-8 hours, 15 km

The climax of your trek is at hand. An early rise ensures that you're among the first to witness the splendors of Rainbow Mountain. A brisk 45-minute hike, and you stand atop, gazing upon the magnificent hues of the mountain, undisturbed by crowds.

Your journey continues to the Red Valley, a 30-minute trek that unveils a mesmerizing landscape of red-hued hills. After soaking in the beauty, begin your descent to Alqatari. Here, you'll savor your final meal of the trek, a moment to reminisce and thank the team for this unforgettable journey. Concluding the day, a private van awaits to whisk you back to your hotel in Cusco, marking the end of a transformative experience.

Accommodation: Not included (return to Cusco)
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Hiking: Approx. 3 hours, 8 km

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Tour Highlights

  • Ausangate Mountain: Experience the majestic beauty and spiritual significance of one of the Andes’ most revered peaks.
  • Rainbow Mountain: Stand atop this natural wonder and marvel at its multi-colored striations, a result of unique mineral deposits.
  • Red Valley Exploration: Discover a lesser-known gem, showcasing a breathtaking landscape of reddish hills and pristine terrains.
  • Andean Wildlife: Encounter herds of llamas and alpacas grazing in the highland valleys, offering a glimpse into the region’s rich biodiversity.
  • Culinary Delights: Savor gourmet meals prepared by our professional chef, ensuring every culinary experience is as memorable as the trek.
  • Ancient Trails: Walk on paths steeped in history and legend, offering insights into the Incan civilization and local Andean cultures.
  • Stargazing: Camp under the clear Andean skies, offering unparalleled views of the cosmos, making for perfect stargazing nights.
  • Local Interaction: Engage with our dedicated muleteers and gain insights into the traditions and lifestyles of the Andean communities.
  • Pristine Lakes: Marvel at the serene beauty of high-altitude lakes like Yana Cocha, Comer Cocha, and Puca Cocha, reflecting the sky and surrounding peaks.
  • Professional Guidance: Benefit from the expertise of our seasoned guides, ensuring safety, knowledge, and a rich trekking experience.

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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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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 4-Day Ausangate Trek with Rainbow Mountain Exploration. 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 4-Day Ausangate Trek with Rainbow Mountain Exploration, 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 type of accommodations can I expect?

The trek predominantly involves camping. Our packages provide high-quality tents and equipment to ensure a comfortable outdoor experience.

Do I need previous trekking experience?

While previous trekking experience can be beneficial, it’s not mandatory. What’s most important is a good level of physical fitness and a positive attitude.

Is the trek child-friendly?

While children can undertake the trek, it’s essential to assess their fitness and comfort level with such activities. We’ve had families trek with us, but preparation is crucial.

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 type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

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 trek?

The trek is of moderate difficulty. While no prior trekking experience is required, a good level of fitness will help in navigating the terrains and altitude.

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.

What kind of meals can I expect during the trek?

Our professional chefs prepare a mix of local Peruvian dishes and international cuisine, ensuring a balanced and nutritious diet.

What type of toilet facilities can I expect while camping?

We provide a toilet tent for privacy. It’s a pit-style toilet, and we ensure it’s set up at a comfortable and discreet distance from the campsite.

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Jordan Kim

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An unforgettable journey! The views of Rainbow Mountain were out of this world, and the trek through Ausangate was both challenging and incredibly rewarding. A must-do for any trekker!

June 14, 2023
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