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The mountain of Ausangate is part of the Cordillera Vilcanota, has a height of 6,384 meters and is considered an apu of the surrounding villages.
The Cordillera Vilcanota with its 120 kilometers of steep peaks and glaciers is the second mountain range (both in extension and in glaciers) of Peru, after the Cordillera Blanca and is located about 100 kilometers southeast of the city of Cusco, in the Vilcanota knot.
The water from its thaws that runs towards the west gives rise to the Vilcanota River which later pours its waters through the Amazon River into the Atlantic Ocean. Its eastern slope feeds several small rivers that culminate in the Inambari River and to the south drains its thaws to Lake Titicaca by the Azángaro River.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (4:00am – 4:30am).
Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 5 Days availability:
The availability for Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 5 Days is unlimited.
Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 5 Days highlights:
We recommend you to be in Cusco at least 2 days prior your trek to be acclimatised to Cusco’s altitude, so that during the tour you won’t have a problem.
We are Huaynas Expeditions, a direct local tour operator in the city of Cusco, we do not share service with any other agency, as most of them they do. We will make the Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 5 Days even if your are 2 people only. we won’t cancel your trip!, we are a responsible company with vast experience in the tourism industry, we have the best professional team to make your journey unforgettable.
We will come and pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at around 4 am and drive to the starting poing of our trek Upis (3hours). At this place we will have our delicious breakfast prepared by our Cook and then we will pack our gear onto pack horses, everyone will have a duffle bag of 7 kilos to put it on the horse this duffle bag will be provided a night before of your departure so beside of this you just need to bring a daily backpack for your personal things,
After having breakfast and packing our gear onto the horse we star hiking up gradually to our first camp site called Pampa Arapa (4,200m / 13,779 feet). Later on to immerse into the highland valley inhabited by llamas and alpacas with dramatic views of Ausangate in backdrops.
After eating a delicious meal, we hike for about 20min to enjoy one of its beautiful lakes that show us the apu Ausangate and then back by the same trail to Pampa Arapa to have our tea and later on dinner.
With two passes to cross today, we wake up everyone at 5 in the morning with the coca tea they bring to your tent and you will have a great breakfast after 30 min. The morning begins with a walk along the Arapa Pass (4958 m) before a slight descent to our place to have lunch near Puma Lake, a deep blue lake and a perfect stop for a rest.
On the way, you will see local shepherds and llamas, the Ausangate mountain on your left, and you will have an expert guide who will explain the history of the locals and talk about the landscape along the way.
After lunch, we will continue climbing for our second pass of the day (Pucacocha pass-5000m) where, if you are lucky, you will see condors and vicuñas until you descend to our Anata camp, where you will be surrounded by high mountains and incredible hanging glaciers.
As always, a camp will be organized for you to change and rest your tired legs and prepare dinner.
Today is the day that we will wake you up very early in the morning at 3:30am this is in order to beat the crowd in the rainbow mountain and have very nice pictures.
After our breakfast we start hiking during the night to Warmisaya Pass (4990m / 16,371 feet) from where we will have a very beautiful view of the sun rise.
From here we begin descending for about 40 minutes and then walk by a gradual uphill enjoying some lakes on the way and finally reach the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. Soak in the sights and enjoy what we’ve worked so hard for.
After we will back by the same trail to Ananta where we will enjoy our lunch and head up to Ausangate Lake where camp will be set up and waiting for you to take a rest and finally dinner.
Another extraordinary day to appreciate the staggering hued slopes beside the Ausangate mountain (6,381m/20,930 feet), a most astounding mountain in Cusco, and see more ice sheet tidal ponds, in the wake of eating we will start again with our trekking, the trail takes us to the following pass called Palomani that is at 5,130m/16,826 feet the most astounding pass in general trail; where, we’ll begin to take a look the enormous mountain and some other shaded slopes which are still near to.
At that point we’ll walk downhill to get the valley part, where we’ll have our lunch, in the late evening we’ll stroll up for 2 additional hours to the following camp spot situated at a height of 4,750 m/15,580 feet. Where, at night we’ll have break time, in this manner supper. All meals included.
Just one step to cross, we take our time today to enjoy the blue water lagoons and lakes Alpine glaciers along the way. If you’re brave enough, you can jump to cool. The views of the huge mountain Ausangate are still visible today can only enjoy them from a new angle with views of the valley of Pacchanta.
Where we will have the opportunity to swim in hot springs, which is optional, and in this place we say goodbye to our horseman finally return to the hotel in Cusco for about 3 hours and 30 minutes.
End of our adventure.
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 for Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 5 Days private service, includes additional items such as:
We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.
We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.
We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.