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5-Day Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek

Experience the raw beauty of the Ausangate mountain range and the iconic Rainbow Mountain in a compact 5-day journey.


Cusco, Peru


5 Days




Year Round

Tour type



5-Day Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek Overview

Immerse yourself in the raw beauty of the Andes on our 5-day Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain Expedition. Challenge your spirit as you navigate the same ancient trails once walked by the Incas, encountering awe-inspiring natural wonders—from the multicolored canvas of Rainbow Mountain to the majestic glaciers of Ausangate. Embrace the solitude of high-altitude lakes and the warmth of local communities, with each step revealing the enduring heartbeat of the Andean wilderness.

This journey is as much about cultural connection as it is about scenic exploration. Relish the simplicity of life in the highlands, the comfort of our well-appointed campsites, and the rejuvenating embrace of Pacchanta’s hot springs. Designed for the intrepid, this trek transcends the ordinary, offering a glimpse into a world few have the privilege to see and creating memories that resonate long after the adventure concludes.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Ausangate Mountain, Rainbow Mountain, Red Valley, Pacchanta Hot Springs, Yana Cocha, Qomer Cocha, Palomani Pass, Jhampa 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
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  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:00
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5-Day Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek

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 – Upis – Pampa Arapa

Embark on the first leg of your 5-day adventure with a morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco, setting out towards the pastoral town of Upis. The drive itself is a prelude to the wonders of the Andes, offering stunning vistas as you approach the majestic Ausangate mountain.

At Upis, you’ll meet the team of muleteers who play a vital role in your journey. They will assist with carrying the supplies, allowing you to trek with ease. The hike to Pampa Arapa basecamp spans approximately 3.5 hours, leading you through valleys where time stands still, and traditional herding life continues among the roaming llamas and alpacas.

Your first day’s exertion is rewarded with a freshly prepared lunch, followed by an afternoon to unwind and photograph the Ausangate sunset. Evening settles with a communal tea time, fostering camaraderie among your group, before a dinner that celebrates the region’s culinary heritage.

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

As sunlight spills over the campsite, we ready ourselves for a day of ascent towards the serene Pampa Arapa Pass. Today’s trek is defined by the harmonious blend of physical challenge and natural splendor as you gain elevation and are rewarded with views that stretch beyond the horizon.

The crest of Pampa Arapa Pass serves as a triumphant milestone, with ample time dedicated to capturing the sheer beauty of the Andean range in photographs. Descending from the heights, you’ll encounter a string of captivating high-altitude lakes—Yana Cocha, Comer Cocha, and the striking Puka Cocha—where a shoreside lunch awaits.

Post-meal, the trail to Ananta unfolds, a path sprinkled with opportunities to witness the diverse wildlife and gaze upon the imposing Ausangate Mountain. The evening’s camp at Ananta is a sanctuary for rest and reflection, under the vast starlit sky, as you prepare for the adventures that await.

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

The tranquility of Ananta greets us at dawn as we embark on one of the trek’s most visually stunning legs. After breakfast, we ascend towards Warmisaya Pass, a path that unfolds through Andean beauty, offering glimpses of Rainbow Mountain in the distance.

Reaching the Warmisaya Pass, we’re presented with a panoramic view of the Andes, a prelude to the vibrant spectacle of Rainbow Mountain. From here, we descend and then climb gently up to our goal, standing before Rainbow Mountain’s brilliant striations. This moment, amidst the colors, is a treasure of the journey.

Retracing our steps, we return to Ananta for lunch, reliving the morning’s splendors. The afternoon’s trek to Ausangate Cocha is a gentler affair, a reflective journey against a backdrop of staggering vistas. As we set up camp beside Ausangate Cocha, the lake’s still waters reflect the day’s journey and the gathering twilight.

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

The day dawns with the still waters of Ausangate Cocha reflecting the first light. After a nourishing breakfast, we take on the ascent to the Palomani Pass. This ascent is both a challenge and a revelation, with the sprawling vistas of the Andes unfolding as we climb higher.

At the summit of Palomani Pass, the apex of our trek, we’re rewarded with views that are nothing short of majestic. The descent brings a new discovery — the unique Chocolate Lake, a hidden alpine gem named for its distinctive color, adding to the day’s tapestry of sights.

With the landscape painted in broad strokes of natural wonder, we continue our descent to Jhampapampa. Here, amidst the greenery and pastoral beauty, we’ll pause for lunch. The remainder of the day offers time to rest, explore, and soak in the tranquility of this Andean paradise.

As dusk approaches, we gather for dinner, sharing tales and the camaraderie of the trail. The night at Jhampapampa is a canopy of stars — a silent guardian as we rest and rejuvenate for the adventure’s final chapter.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6-7 hours, 15 km

Greet the dawn one last time in Jhampapampa before embarking on your final trek to Jhampa Pass. As you traverse this last ascent, the early morning light bathes the surrounding peaks in a warm glow, offering a moment of reflection on the journey you’ve undertaken.

The descent from Jhampa Pass is a scenic journey past pristine highland lakes, their calm waters a mirror to the vast Andean sky. Our path brings us to Pacchanta, a village known for its therapeutic hot springs. Here, we’ll enjoy a celebratory lunch amidst the community’s hospitality.

Post-meal, it’s time to relax in the hot springs, allowing the natural thermal waters to soothe your muscles. After this rejuvenating experience, we will make our way back to the city of Cusco, marking the end of our trekking adventure.

Accommodation: Return to your Cusco accommodation
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hiking: Approx. 7-8 hours, 17 km

Tour Highlights

5-Day Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek Highlights

  • Rainbow Mountain: Marvel at the layered mineral deposits and vibrant colors of Vinicunca, the celebrated Rainbow Mountain, a masterpiece of nature’s artistry.
  • Ausangate Mountain: Trek in the shadow of the sacred Ausangate Mountain, a colossal guardian of the region, boasting stunning glaciers and alpine terrain.
  • High-Altitude Lakes: Be captivated by the serenity of crystal-clear Andean lakes, including the unique Chocolate Lake, whose waters echo the earthy tones of the surrounding landscape.
  • Palomani and Jhampa Passes: Scale the lofty heights of the Palomani and Jhampa Passes, each offering a challenging ascent and rewarding views of the vast Andean expanse.
  • Andean Wildlife: Encounter the rich biodiversity of the region, including herds of llamas and alpacas, and keep an eye out for the majestic Andean condor soaring above.
  • Pacchanta Hot Springs: Indulge in the therapeutic warmth of the Pacchanta hot springs, a natural oasis perfect for relaxation after days of trekking.
  • Cultural Connections: Engage with the local Quechua communities, where traditional Andean culture remains a vibrant and integral part of daily life.
  • Stargazing: Spend your evenings at high-altitude campsites under a canopy of stars, where the Milky Way is visible in all its splendor, offering a tranquil end to your adventurous days.

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 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.
  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 4 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.


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 5 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.


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



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



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



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



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



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



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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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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