Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 6 Days starts at the beginning of the Vilcanota mountain range and traverses past the highest peak in the Cusco region and then loops around Ausangate. Besides, our unique trek loop itinerary lets you catch the sunrise at Rainbow Mountain. Spend your days soaking in the massive peaks and your evenings enjoying the stars. Our guides will cater to your needs and explain all about the landscape surrounding you.
Come and be one of the first adventurers to make this Ausangate trek and Rainbow Mountain in 6 days; the beauty of this raw and dramatic landscape will help you understand why the park is designated one the most beautiful routes for adventure lovers in Peru.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (4:00 am – 4:30 am).
Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 6 Days highlights:
A non-refundable deposit (varies depending on tour) is payable from the Client to Huaynas Expeditions when reserving any Product. If the reservation is made 7 days or fewer before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. Depending on the original booking method, the client should send the non-refundable deposit to Huaynas Expeditions or the authorized Agent through whom they made their reservation.
A pre-tour briefing is given to you, ideally two days before the start of the trek. This is comprehensive information on the tour schedule, required gear, altitude, weather, etc. Questions and concerns will be clarified so that you fully comprehend the tour schedule.
It is strongly suggested to be progressively acclimatized; thus, you should arrive in Cusco 2 days previous to trek departure. Altitude sickness causes you a headache, stomache, hands tingling, etc. There is certain medicine you may take to avoid altitude sickness, for instance acetazalomide; moreover, it is helpful to have coca tea; and hot liquids to not become dehydrated. You must descend as the ultimate emergency if you develop serious altitude sickness.
If your hotel is located in the Historical Center of Cusco, Huaynas Expeditions will pick you up there. Although your guide will schedule the pickup time during the briefing, please be aware that the pickup time could change by up to 20 minutes due to traffic.
Cusco is an ancient city, and there are lots of winding cobblestone streets there. It may be challenging to move luggage to some hotels and Airbnbs because they are situated on car-free streets or long, including inclines. Booking lodging with adequate access is something we strongly advise.
You’ll be given a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. Our horses will transport them, and the horsemen will hand them to you as you arrive at each camp. They are 60 x 24 x 22 centimetres (23.6 x 9.45 x 8.66 in).
Each duffel bag can only contain a maximum of 7 kilogrammes (15.4 lb), which includes the weight of your clothing, sleeping bag, and other personal belongings.
Strikes and demonstrations are frequent in Peru, which may stop some of our tours. Roads can be stopped, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will attempt to keep your vacation as initially planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these conditions, trips may potentially be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, our operations department will manage everything with you. Your safety is our priority, and our decisions will be taken to protect it.
Because group trips are made up of various persons, physical states and ages may differ. You acknowledge that some persons may be faster or slower than you if you choose to participate in a group trip. As a result, everyone on the road may proceed at their own speed.
It is conceivable that a group may want to change the itinerary; however, after discussing with all participants, the guide will determine if such changes are allowed.
We highly advise you to buy comprehensive travel insurance before departing. A comprehensive travel insurance coverage that covers everything from high-altitude treks to unforeseen trip adjustments is a must-have travel gear. Please remember that your standard medical insurance plan will not cover some possibilities in your own country. We suggest searching for a plan that covers the following coverage:
While we try to be understanding when situations arise, the fact is that Trip Changes and Trip Cancellation incur penalties.
To book the below things in your name, we require a photo of your passport’s bio page (Peruvian Government Requirement). Please keep in mind that each traveler must be aware of the re-entry laws for their place of residence/citizenship. Some nations require a passport valid for 6 months beyond the travel date. Please confirm that your passport is current and meets your country’s and residency standards. We can purchase your flights with an expired passport, but we will require a copy of the current passport as soon as you receive it in order to update your tickets.
Most countries are permitted to obtain a visa at the point of arrival. Only a few nations require visas to be obtained in advance. Please remember that each tourist is responsible for determining whether or not a visa is required before admission. Please remember that tourist visas are usually valid for 90 days or less and require proof of return travel.
Please be aware of where you leave your belongings, and remember to take everything with you once you leave our transportation, tents, or restaurants. You are solely responsible for your items throughout the trip.
Our objective is to provide great treks, tours, and adventure experiences while adhering to environmental, sustainable, ethical, and socially conscious travel practices. We make every effort throughout our excursions to avoid negative affects and enhance benefits to the local people and natural ecosystems we visit. We pay fair, livable rates to ensure that we employ and retain the best guides and support workers. We follow worldwide sustainable tourism criteria and have continuous community projects and charity activities that benefit four or more local Andean villages.
We take pleasure in offering five-star service before, during, and after your vacation. Huaynas Expeditions is committed to providing exceptional customer service and adventure experiences.
When walking over tough mountain terrain at high altitudes in unpredictable weather, it is critical to have the best equipment possible. We supply Mountain Hardwear 4-season tents (3 seasons for Inca Trail because of warmer weather), extra thick mattress mats, dry bags for your overnight gear, and other amenities to ensure a safe and enjoyable trek.
Any hike or tour can be tailored to your travel, fitness, financial, and time constraints. Do you need a journey or tour for a business or work event, a charity organization, or any significant occasion? Get in touch; we can handle everything!
As it should be, our journeys leave nothing but smiles and footprints.
We care about the environment, which is why we reduce, reuse, and recycle. Our equipment is reusable (no paper or plastic plates/cups/utensils), we buy locally and avoid paper/plastic packaging, and we recycle anything we can. This is not the norm in Peru, but we intend to make it so one day soon!
All of our staff are enthusiastic about their jobs. Who wouldn’t want to work in an office surrounded by gorgeous mountains and endless vistas? We are happy to provide our guides and employees with the highest rates in the industry.
We will pick you up at 5 am from your hotel; we drive for 3.5 hours to the trailhead, a small town of Upis, passing Urcos Pass (4,000 m/13,123 ft) Oncogate town along the way. We will enjoy some breakfast at the trail trailhead and meet our local horseman and horses and get ready for the adventure.
After breakfast, we will start hiking for three-hour toward the northwest face of the impressive Ausangate mountain, enjoying the sceneries with llamas and alpacas. We will have lunch around noon by the skirt of Ausanagte Mountain.
Following lunch, we will climb for another 1.5 hours uphill to the first pass called Arapa Pass (4,800mt./15,748ft.) and then approximately 1:30 hours to your evening campsite at Yana Qocha (4,650 mt / 15,256 ft.), which is a place with amazing views around of the Ausangate mountain. Happy hour is around 5:30 pm, and dinner is at approx 7:00 pm, depending on hiking speed/weather.
After breakfast, we begin our trek with a 2-hour downhill and 1 hour and 30 minutes uphill to the second pass of the trail, called Puka Qocha. Along the way, we will enjoy colorful lakes surrounded by high mountains and unbelievable hanging glaciers, watch and hear for the glacier crashing into the tarns below! At the top of the pass, we will have a beautiful view of Ausangante Mountain. We will enter into the Red Mountain valley, an intact landscape with vivid colors all around, and llamas eating grass right close to you; as you approach the lunch place, we still have a fantastic view of the Rocky Mountains and have delicious lunch.
Following lunch, we continue trekking uphill for 2 hours to reach the Warmisaya Pass (16,404ft.); from this pass, we will spot the Rainbow Mountain in a further distance, and the views are still awe-inspiring. After witnessing the sights and taking some pictures, we will walk the last 30-45 minutes downhill to reach the second camp located in Qomer Qocha (15,354ff.). Happy hour is around 5:30 pm, and dinner at approx. 7:00 pm depending on hiking speed/weather.
Today is a great day that awaits us because we will explore the Rainbow Mountain, also called the 7-Color Mountain, one of the most beautiful trails in the Cusco region! We will wake early with the coca tea delivered to your tent, and then we will enjoy breakfast. After breakfast, we will hike up for about 1 and 30 minutes before reaching the famous Rainbow Mountain to beat the large crowds, explore in solitude, and take pictures.
At Rainbow Mountain, we will spend approximately 45 minutes (depending on your trekking speed and weather conditions). After exploring the epic Rainbow Mountain, we will go back to our camp by the same path that we took; along the way, we will have a chance to see some peasants still using the llamas as in the Incas time.
Once we get to the camp, we have time to rest and enjoy the delicious lunch. In the afternoon, we hike for 3 hours along the skirt of colorful mountains to reach our campsite, called Ausangate Qocha (4,300mt. /14,107ft.), which is at the bottom of one of the Ausangate glaciers. Happy hour is around 5:30 pm, with dinner at 7:00 pm.
After breakfast, we leave camp about 7:00 am and climb steeply for 3 hours to the highest point of our whole trail called Palomani pass (5,100mt. / 15,010ft.).
From the pass, there are extensive views of all the peaks in the Cordillera Vilcanota and some other colored hills which are still close by; we will then walk downhill to get the valley part, where we will eat our lunch, in the late afternoon we will walk up for 2 more hours to the next camp spot located at an elevation of 4,700 m / 15,420 feet. We will have happy hour around 5:30 pm, subsequently dinner.
After breakfast, we will hike gradually up to the Jhampa pass (5,400mt. /17,716ft.) for 2 hours. We have incredible views of The Three Peaks and enjoy amazing views of the glacier peaks right in front of us at this pass.
As well as will hopefully get a glimpse of some wild vicuña and deer, and if we are fortunate, a condor, subsequently, we will arrive at the last campsite called Ninaparayoq 4,700mt. / 15,420ft. We will enjoy lunch and after that, the whole afternoon is for relaxing at this last camp with happy hour and dinner following.
Today is the last day of our trek through the Peruvian Andes, so we get up early for another great day; after having breakfast, we’ll hike downhill the Pacchanta valley for about 2-3 hours to Pacchanta town, the final point of the Ausangate trail.
Pacchanta is a rural community that boasts some well-known thermal baths where we can enjoy a nice dip with fantastic views of the faces of Ausangate. We’ll eat our last lunch prepared by our private chef at this place. After having lunch, we’ll have a farewell ceremony for our muleteers, cooks, and guides. We will eventually drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel. All meals included, except the last dinner.
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 Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 6 Days private service, includes additional items such as:
Our prices for the Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 6 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.
*Remember that age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.
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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.
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