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4-Day Ausangate Trek with Rainbow Mountain Exploration

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

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

4 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

4-Day Ausangate Trek with Rainbow Mountain Exploration 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
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.

Day 1: Cusco to Pampa Arapa: The Trek Begins

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

Tour Highlights

4-Day Ausangate Trek with Rainbow Mountain Exploration 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.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to the trailhead.
  • Return transportation from trail’s end.
  • 4-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Inflatable mattress.
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Professional chef and assistant chef.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water for water bottle refills.
  • Horses to carry all equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.).
  • Horse to transport 7 kg of your personal gear.
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Entrance fees: Ausangate, Rainbow Mountain, and Red Valley.
  • All camping spot fees.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Sleeping bag (available for rent).
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 1 breakfast.
  • Day 4 dinner.
  • Tips for tour guides, chefs, and support staff are not included and are at your discretion.

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Emergency Horse & Handler: An extra horse and a trained handler provide added safety on the trail.
  • North Face Four-Season Tents: State-of-the-art, weather-resistant tents for ultimate outdoor comfort.
  • Sleeping Bag: Sleep well with one premium sleeping bag per person.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Personal Duffel Bag: Use a durable duffel bag to conveniently carry your personal gear, including the sleeping bag and self-inflating pads.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

580

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

600

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

660

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

820

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

1050

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

1380

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 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.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

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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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport & student ID (if applicable).
  • Light day pack with clothes for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots & extra socks.
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf, beanie, and thermals for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Torch/flashlight & spare batteries.
  • Camera, film & batteries.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (20% DEET minimum, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen & water for the first morning.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel/sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.
  • Earplugs for noise reduction during sleep or windy conditions.
  • Walking sticks/poles.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

We’ll provide a returnable duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing, held 1-2 nights before your tour. Familiarize yourself with the bag, pack efficiently, and get essential trek details, safety guidelines, and updates. It’s a great chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Our 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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