Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek

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  • Ausangate + Rainbow Mountain 4 Day / 3 Nights, is one of the crown jewels that we offer and is one of the best treks in the Andes. This isn’t a trek for all, but those who want to get off the beaten path will find this an experience of a lifetime. We will cross 4 different mountain passes, experience diverse landscapes, enter remote Andean culture and see an unforgettable night sky.  Of course, we will also experience the breathtaking Rainbow Mountain and Red Mountain valleys- one of the most beautiful and timeless, natural landscapes in all South America and the world. Come explore the Andes with us!
  • Ausangate Trek 4 day Feel the pulse of snow-clad mountains and the Rainbow Mountains on this 4 day hiking through one of Peru’s most timeless and wilderness regions
  • Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights – camping
  • Distance: 42km/ 26.09 miles
  • Elevation: 4200m (13,779ft) – 5080m (16,666ft)
  • Difficulty: moderate/difficult


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Trek Duration

Four days



Trek Difficulty


Suitable For

< 18 year olds, 18-39 year olds, 40-49 year olds, 50-59 year olds, 60+ year olds, Families

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Cusco Journeys

Cusco Journeys

Cusco Journeys & Adventure is founded on three main objectives: - To provide visitors to Peru with inspiring, memorable moments - To craft journeys, experiences, adventures and encounters that allow our guests to connect in innovative, meaningful ways with the unique people and places of Peru, while honoring and enhancing the particular allure Peru holds for them - To operate at all times in a manner sensitive to and supportive of Peru’s amazingly rich but extremely delicate natural and social environments We rise to this responsibility as travel specialists by focusing on each guest individually. Whether you seek a profound encounter with ancient history, untouched nature, vibrant culture or a unique combination of all Peru has to offer, we honor and enhance the particular allure Peru holds for you. Once we work with you to define your trip goals, we then take care of all the essential details, from flawless logistics, specialized equipment and exceptional field service to carefully chosen lodgings, delectable food and wine, plus a thoughtful program of meaningful encounters along the way. We have two main areas within Cusco Journeys & Adventure: Cusco Journeys & Adventure: If you would like to book the adventure part of your trip with us and take care of other details on your own, you can plan and reserve any trekking and / or mountain-biking trip as well as other individual services, such as a Machupicchu visit or a Cusco and Sacred Valley tour, through Cusco Journeys & Adventure. Cusco Journeys & Adventure Travel Collection: If you are interested in a more complete experience with us, Cusco Journeys & Adventure Travel Collection can take care of all the details of your trip, including unique cultural, adventure, natural, family, luxury and specialized experiences and visits, as well as hand-picked hotels, professional transportation and flight bookings. You may choose to follow one of our sample itineraries or use them as inspiration to design a custom journey, as flexible as you wish it to be.

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Day 1: Cusco – Tinki – Upis – Hot Spring:

Walked distance: 13km / 8 miles
Campsite elevation: 4100 m / 13450 ft
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water
Weather: dry / cold.

We will pick you up from your hotel at 4:00AM to begin this amazing expedition. You will have private transportation to the trailhead at Tinki. Tinki is an small Andean village located near Ocongate at 3900 m/12795 ft above sea level. It is here you will meet your horsemen and horses. You will enjoy your first breakfast prepared by our trekking chef. Then you will begin the hike which will be a 3 to 4 hour gradual uphill hike until we reach our lunch area. Along the way we will have amazing views of Ausangate, still far in the distance from where we will ultimately be. We will pass by a few traditional villages and perhaps meet some local people, dressed in their very colorful, traditional clothing while accompanying their grazing animals which are indigenous to this area – llamas and alpacas. Our lunch spot is in an amazing location surrounded by stunning mountains and an exellent view of Ausangate Glacier peak. After lunch it will be another 2 hour hike until we reach our campsite at Upis Alto near the famous hot springs. Upis Alto is a small village located at 4100 m/13451 ft elevation. This will be our first campsite at the skirt of famous Ausangate.

Day 2: Upis – Puca Cocha:

Walked distance: 12 km /7 ½ miles
Campsite elevation: 4300 m / 14,100 ft
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking wáter
Weather: dry / cold

After an early, nutricious breakfast with your trekking team you will prepare for the second day of the hike. Today you will have wonderful views of the Ausangate glacier peaks since you will be hiking very nearby. You will also have amazing views of the lakes and waterfalls – perhaps see some llamas, alpacas and wild vicuñas (the undomesticated ancestor of the alpaca) as well as condors soaring above. We will have a 3 hour uphill hike to reach the first pass which is at 5000m/16404 ft. where you will have magnificent views of the surrounding area. Perhaps in some months of the year we will have some snow hikes, but mostly in dry season you always get great views. Likely you will get to see vicuñas, which are the most impressive animals still living wild in Peru and belong to the family of Andean camelids. Their fleece is the most expensive wool today the world over. After taking a few amazing pictures we will continue on to our lunch spot, with a gradual downhill hike for another 1½ hours to a beautifull area where you will enjoy your second day’s lunch. It will be another 2½ hour hike to arrive at our campsite at Puca Ccocha (Red Lake). This campsite is one of the most beautiful campsites located at the skirt of the Ausangate peak and at the bank of the lake. You can see amazing sunsets from here and perhaps some condors and eagles flying nearby.

Day 3: Puca Cocha – Chillca –  Yana Cocha:

Walked distance: 15 km/9.3 miles
Campsite elevation 4400 m/ 14,435 ft
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water
Weather: Dry / cold

We will wake you up early in the morning with a hot cup of coca tea to start one of the most beautiful days of the trek. You will enjoy the majestic views of some of the highest peaks in the Andes and the depths of the beautiful valleys. You will have two mountain passes to make today.
After an early breakfast we will start with a 2-3 hour steep climb to Alpaca Pass at 5100 m/ 16732 ft elevation. Along the way you will always have gorgeous views of the blue lakes and the majestic views of Ausangate Glacier Peak surrounding you. You can even sometimes see avalanches in process happening from the glacial hills with ice crashing into the lakes below. Once you reach the summit of this mountain, you will be located right in front of Ausangate and you can really enjoy the Chilca Valley, with many alpaca grazing along these hills. Honestly, it is so impressive to be right at this point – at times you have the feeling that you are in The Kilimanjaro Trails in Africa! After taking some great pictures you will continue for another 2 hours gradual downhill trek – in some sections the trail is still a bit difficult to see – and then we reach our lunch spot, located in Chilca Valley. The views are always amazing of the waterfalls, the green hills and snow-capped peaks located far away, on top of the mountains. After enjoying your lunch and a little siesta, you will continue on to the second pass of the day, Vicuña pass at 5300m/17388 ft elevation. It will be 1½ hour slow pace to reach the summit of this highest pass of the trek. Along the way it is possible to see some condors, and vicuñas if we are lucky enough. Once we are on top of the mountain we will enjoy a cup or two of traditional coca tea which will be provided by your porters. Then it will be another 1 hour downhill hike to arrive to our campsite at the banks of yanacocha lake where you will enjoy our famous daily happy hour of hot drinks. This campsite is located few hours away from our final destination which is The Rainbow Mountains!
This is a perfect place at night to spot the famous Inka constellations and do some stargazing!

Day 4: Yana Cocha – Rainbow Mountain – Quesiuno – Cusco:

Walked distance: 12 km /7 ½ miles
Meals: breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinking wáter
Weather: dry / cold

After an early final breakfast with your trekking team and enjoying the famous traditional warm drinks such as coca tea, it will be about 1½ hours gradual uphill trek until we reach the famous rainbow mountain and the Red Mountain Valley located at 5200 m /17060 ft elevation. Your guide will walk you to the best spots to get the perfect postcard pictures of these incredible mountain and the other surrounding mountains. Your guide also will explain why these mountain are special and really are something quite different from any other mountains in the Vilcanota Range. This is due to a composition of various minerals which make different colors of stone striations formed right in the middle of the red mountains. This is definitely one of the key tourist highlights in South America and one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Peru. There is nothing else like it!
After taking your photos and enjoying the views which you have come so far to see, you will continue the expedition to the end of the trail. This is all downhill along the Quesiuno Valley for about 3 hours where you will enjoy your final lunch with your team. We will then drive back to Cusco – about 3 hour max drive and we will drop you off at your hotel. The drive itself provides really nice views of the Andes, passing some traditional villages along the way. You will be arriving into Cusco around 6 PM.

Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or other events which are beyond our control. We will always do our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible.


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What's Included:

  • Information from your guide the night before your departure
  • Pick up from your hotel on your departure
  • Private transportation with a nice views to Tinki ( trail head )
  • The first breakfast on the way, at the beginning of the trek
  • English speaking tour guide
  • One professional chef who will prepare delicious food
  • The chef’s assistance and some porters
  • Horse men and their assistants
  • Horses to carry all hiking gear such as, tents, food, gas, your bags etc
  • One emergency horse in case you get tired or you want to try to ride
  • 4 man tents per pair (very comfortable)
  • Three main course meals per day (very nutritional) including a happy hour every evening (tea time)
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent, table, chairs and a gas lamp to enjoy the evenings
  • Boiled water is provided in the morning, at lunch time, tea time, and dinner time, there is even hot water to keep your bed warm
  • Extra warm water for washing proposes every meal time
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Visit to traditional houses at Ccasccara camp
  • Bonfire in some nights with hot wine sangria
  • Extra blankets during night time
  • Foam mat
  • Vegetarian/special diet options available
  • 10 kl (20 pounds) of your stuff included in the price for that we provided to you a duffle bag the night before of your departure
  • A certificate that your survived the Condor pass with your guide signature
  • Some help for the local people and the kids
  • Local transportation to cicuani and back to Cusco
  • Taxes included
  • Rain Ponchos ( Made in Cusco by Cusco Journeys )
  • Day Pack Rain Covers ( Made in Cusco by Cusco Journeys )

What's Excluded:

  • Sleeping bag (rentals available from Cusco Journeys)
  • Inflatable sleeping pads for extra comfort (3 inches/8 cm thick) (rentals available from Cusco Journeys)
  • Walking stick (rentals available from Cusco Journeys)
  • Entrance to the hot spring 5 Soles
  • Extra drinks like beer
  • Tips for your guide, chef, horse men and the porters are optional

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Tour Details

  • Availability
    Available Daily
  • Booking Type
    Instant Booking
  • Duration
    4 Days
  • Guiding method
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  • Meeting/Starts Point
    Hotel in Cusco
  • Maximum Altitude
    5080 Meters
  • Trek Difficulty

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