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Ausangate Trekking and Rainbow Mountain 4D/3N

  • 4 days and 3 nights
  • Max People: 15
  • Min Age: 10+
  • Cusco, Perú
  • Rainbow Mountain, Ausangate
  • Scheduled Departures

Price Includes

  • Pick up you from your accommodation.
  • Professional bilingual guide.
  • Private transportation (round trip).
  • Oxygen.
  • First aid kit.
  • Food: Breakfast, lunch.

Price Excludes

  • Last dinner (by your own).
  • Tips.
  • Entrance to the hot springs.
  • Rent a horse S/ 60.00 soles (payment could be directly).
  • Personal expenses.

We suggest bringing

  • 1 and a half liters of water (per person, at least!).
  • Personal snack personal (optional).
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Polar suit (thermal underwear, hat, gloves and socks).
  • Waterproof clothing (poncho).
  • Synthetic or cotton clothing (socks, pants, shorts, t-shirts).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Reusable water bottles.
  • Basic medicines.
  • Personal stuff.

Briefing in our office, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. of the day before the trip, detailed explanation of the tour with our guide.

Recommendation: Arrive 24 hours before the trip at the office of Conde Travel.


Day 1:Cusco ‐ Tinqui Village – Upis Hot Springs

We set off early from Cusco, traveling by private van to the small village of Tinqui. We will see the impressive mountain range of Vilcanota and pass through several traditional Andean village’s en route and take time to stop to take some photos. When we arrive at Tinqui (our trailhead), we will have a delicious breakfast prepared by our master chef. Then our horsemen will arrange all the group gear and packs on the horses and our trek officially begins. We begin our walk through farming communities and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains. We will walk for around 3 hrs, and then it’s time for a lunch stop. After lunch, we continue for another 2 hours to reach Upis (4,100 m / 13,448 ft). There we will have the opportunity to soak in the local hot springs before dinner, and camp for the night.

· Hiking distance: 12 Km. / 7.4 mile.
· Hiking time: 6½ to 7 hours approximately.
· Level of Difficulty: Moderate
· Climate: hot in the day and cold in the night.
· Accommodation: Camping.
· Meals: Lunch, dinner.
· Maximum Altitude: 4400 m.a.s.l. / 14432 ft.
· Minimum Altitude: 3800 m.a.s.l. / 12464 ft.

Day 2:Upis ‐ Arapa Pass – Pucacocha

After a big breakfast, we are ready to leave our camp and get started on our hike for the day. We will climb to the Arapa Pass (4,850 m / 15,908 ft). From this vantage point, we will enjoy the contrast between dry desert like hills and breathtaking snow capped views of Mt. Ausangate and Pucacocha. This area also boasts three beautiful lakes with tones of reds, greens, and turquoises (Pucacocha, Hatun Pucacocha, and Qomercocha). Our second campsite is close to Ausangate glacier.

· Hiking distance: 12 Km. / 7.4 mile.
· Hiking time: 7½ to 8 hours approximately.
· Level of Difficulty: Challenging
· Climate: hot in the day and cold in the night.
· Accommodation: Camping.
· Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
· Maximum Altitude: 4850 m.a.s.l. / 15908 ft.
· Minimum Altitude: 4100 m.a.s.l. / 13448 ft.

Day 3:Pucacocha – Ausangate Pass – Minasniyuq Pass – Surine Cocha

Today, you will be woken up with “room service” (a hot cup of coca tea). This is going to be one of the most beautiful days of the trek. We will see the Rainbow Mountains in the distance. Also, on today’s journey, we will pass through Alccatauri Village. This is where we will see their traditional village life. There are no trees in the area, so there is no wood to make houses or build fires. The residents are extremely enterprising and make their adobe houses out of mud and build fires with nature’s fertilizer, a.k.a. manure. J.

The day begins with a 1 ½ hour uphill climb until we reach the Ausangate pass (4,930 m / 16,170 ft). At this pass, we will see red mountains and also have the opportunity to see Vicuñas, chinchillas and alpacas.
After we enjoy the pass, we descend for 1 ½ hours until we reach the Alccatauri Village (4,400 m / 14,435 ft). During our time at the village, in return for their generous hospitality, we will give them offerings of coca leaves. This is extremely valuable because this treasurable Peruvian staple can not be grown in this climate.
Following this incomparable experience, we will hike a further 30 minutes uphill to our lunch spot at a rustic lodge.
After a satisfying lunch, we will begin our voyage uphill to the second pass. After 1 ½ hours, we will follow Llama trail to Minasniyuq Pass. Here we will have our first views of the Rainbow Mountains (5,020 m / 16,469 ft). At this pass, we will make offerings to Pacha Mama (Mother Earth).
The remainder of the day’s journey is a 1-hour downhill hike to our camp, Surine Cocha (4,800 m / 15,748 ft). The camp is on the banks of the gorgeous Surine Lake (pictured above).

· Hiking distance: 12 Km. / 7.5 mile
· Hiking time: 8-9 hour approximately.
· Level of Difficulty: Demanding
· Climate: hot in the day and cold in the night.
· Accommodation: Camping.
· Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
· Maximum Altitude: 5023 m.a.s.l. / 16479 ft.
· Minimum Altitude: 4400 m.a.s.l. / 14435 ft.

Day 4:Surine Cocha – Rainbow Mountain – Quesiuno Village – Cusco

After breakfast, we hike gradually uphill for 2 hours until we reach the famous Rainbow Mountain (5,020 m / 16,469 ft). Your guide will walk you to the best spots to get the perfect pictures of these incredible mountains and the other surrounding mountains. Your guide will explain what makes these mountains so unique: they are composed of various minerals, which make different colors of stone striations. Not only is this one of the most stunning places in Peru and South America, these type of mountains are seen in only one other country in the world, China.
After taking photos and enjoying the view, we will continue on the trek until we reach Quesiuno Village. This is a 2 ½ hour downhill hike. We will have lunch there.
Our private van will be waiting to pick us up in this village after lunch. We will then drive 3 ½ hours back to Cusco. After one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, we will drop you off at your Cusco hotel. Approximate arrival time is 6 PM.

· Hiking distance: 10 Km. / 6.2 mile
· Hiking time: 5-6 hour approximately.
· Level of Difficulty: Moderate
· Climate: hot in the day and cold in the night.
· Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
· Maximum Altitude: 5130 m.a.s.l. / 16831 ft.
· Minimum Altitude: 4600 m.a.s.l. / 15093 ft.