Come and join us on this hike to Ausangate Cocha plus Rainbow Mountain Trek – 2 Days, we offer it as an alternative trek to the popular Humantay lake trek, since the Ausangate Mountain has the stunning blueish-green glacier lake too, and the hike to this lake will be less hard than the Humantay lake, this is because the path we hike is mostly flat.
The Ausangate Lake is located in the district of Pitumarca, province of Canchis in the Cusco Region; it can be trekked in 1, 2, or more days; it also gives you a good view of the Ausangate massif Mountain. We recommend you acclimatize for at least a few days in Cusco before attempting this hike.
The scenery in Ausangate to Rainbow Mountain is beyond words; the views while trekking will take your breath away; if you love trekking, you should choose this trek because you will not be disappointed. You won’t lose any weight with us! Our Master Chef will prepare delicious food for you.
If you missed the Inca or Salkantay Treks, we highly recommend you Ausangate to Rainbow Mountain trek.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (4:00am – 4:30am).
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco; then we will drive to Tacurani for approximately 3 hours, where our chef will prepare us a delicious breakfast to begin our impressive walk. Here, our guide will introduce you to our chef and driver, who will be part of your family during these 2 days of hiking.
Once we are finished with breakfast, we head towards the highest mountain in Cusco (Ausangate); the first 30 min will be gradually uphill, and after we have 1 hour flat until we reach the Ausangate Lake (Ausangate Qocha), on the way, we will see thousands of alpacas that belongs to the local people from the area.
You will have plenty of time to spend at this lake, you will see how this lake keeps its turquoise color as it has the Humantay lake in the Salkantay route, the color is because of high concentration of minerals that abound in this lake that is a gift from our nature mother.
After we back to the starting point by the same trail, which will be pretty much more accessible, since we hike down for 1 hour, at arrival time we will enjoy our buffet lunch prepared by our Master Chef, then we drive back to the community of Hanchipacha which will be our campsite for this night.
Tee will be served at around 5:00 pm, and 1.5 hours later, you will enjoy dinner.
Today is the day we go to rainbow mountain. To be the first ones there, we will need to wake you up a bit early, and this is because we like to beat the crowds so that we will wake you up at around 4:00 am to then have an early breakfast, after we drive to the Labramani (30 min), which will be the starting point of our hike to the rainbow mountain.
It will be 1-hour hiking to reach the summit and see the rainbow mountain, and the most surprise will be the only ones at the top for a while, and then it will start to get busy because of the day tours. After, we will continue to hike the unknown red valley to the one on the left side of the rainbow mountain.
The route to the red valley is very new; it takes 40 min hiking gradually up; once you reach the top, it will be mind-blowing for you. Our tour leader will explain to you all about these fantastic mountains. Later on, we back to the starting point of our hike to take our transport, who will take us back to the lunch spot.
Afterward, we drive back to Cusco for about 3 hours and drop you off at the main gate of your hotel.
The arrival time is around 5 pm.
We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.
Our Ausangate Cocha + Rainbow Mountain private service, includes additional items such as:
Our prices for the Ausangate Cocha + Rainbow Mountain Trek – 2 Days are reasonable and are in different packages with the prices that are handled in the city of Cusco, and discounts will apply automatically for groups of over 5 people when booking this tour together at the same time.
We are a local tour operator that never shares service with any other company in Cusco, most agencies in Cusco share their service to save operating costs with poor quality. We guarantee to make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
Our booking process is simple and you can secure your trip with only a 30% deposit and pay the rest at the destination.
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You’ll pay your remaining balance once you arrive in Cusco and in cash in US dollars or soles (Peruvian currency) to the change of the day. If you prefer payment through PayPal, you’ll be charged an additional 6% due to bank commissions. It is better to pay us with cash because there is no transaction fee.
Of course! During the tour with us, your main luggage can be stored in our office or at your hotel. Both of them are free.
Yes, it is possible. But you should let us know 7 days in advance.
It is not mandatory to bring your Passport.
At least 7 days in advance.
Unfortunately, there is no student discount.
Tipping is not required, but it is appreciated if you are satisfied with the services. Even though it might not be familiar in your country, the people who will look after you during the tour place a lot of importance on it. Many Huaynas Expeditions’ destinations encourage top-notch service and are a foundational aspect of the travel and tourism sector. It’s up to you how much to tip based on how well you thought out the tour and how long it lasted. Remember that leaving a tip is optional and should only be done if you receive first-class service.
Yes, Huaynas Expeditions is a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator; for that, we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and appreciate the local places and their people.
Our guides make us so happy! Their English is excellent, and they are extremely professional. They have a great deal of knowledge and love for the history and heritage of the Incas. Constant professional and personal growth is a priority for our tour guides. They conduct research to make sure that the Inca and Andean cultural theories you are given are accurate and widely accepted. Our team members are smart, athletic, and fun-loving. All of them have academic backgrounds in archaeology, tourism, botany, history, or anthropology.
You should have at least 48 hours or more in Cusco. It’s recommended to enjoy these days in the city of Cusco and in the Sacred Valley.
Our tour guide is professional; he will treat you accordingly with the oxygen tank; we always provide an oxygen tank for this tour.
If you have trouble walking on this trek, we recommend renting a horse (there are horses at the starting point). However, horses will only take you to the uphill section, not downhills, since there is a risk of falling off the horse.
Yes, there will be a toilet at the campsite.
Maximum altitude will be 5,036m (Rainbow Mountain).
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Beautiful mountain. Gets cold at night. No trees or shade cover. Plenty of Alpaca.