Ausangate Trek–Snow-clad mountains, coloured hills with alpacas & llamas and dramatic vistas color this 5-day journey around the skirt of wondrous highest peak in Cusco including the stunning Rainbow Mountains.
An ultimate adventure which was designed to discover this part world’s charm. So get ready for a mind-blowing experience as you embark on this once in a lifetime trek to the highest mountain in Cusco and the stunning rainbow mountains. We’ll take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you trek through. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free.
This Ausangate trek 5 days lets you discover its snow dusted mountains, great erratic rocks, turquoise glaciers lakes, rainbow mountains, and for sure the Ausangate mountain, as the trail goes through these amazing vistas and right next to the mountain itself. Join us and get ready to hear the most fantastic stories and local legends while exploring this part of Cusco with pure and plain nature. And hike with us to make it an easy trip for even a long weekend. The landscape is like nothing else you will have ever seen – it is truly breathtaking.
- • View ice-clad Ausangate and the diverse ecosystems of the Cordillera Vilcanota.
- • Trek in a high Andean realm close by to herd of llamas, and alpacas. Stay in a mountain 4 season roomy tents.
- • Fully supported trek by a private trek Leader, private chef, and private muleteers.
- • Explore the unique natural formations on earth the Rainbow Mountain with a specialist guide.
- • Hike at elevations between 13,776′ and 16,400′ with several passes around 16,826′.
- • Visit remote rural communities preserved in rich Incan culture.
- • Your own private guide, muleteers, horses, delicious camp cuisine prepared by your personal cook.
- • Camp along remote mountainsides, where we can savor peaceful nights beneath a star-filled sky.
- • Small groups, Big adventures (min 2 – max 8 / average 4)
Group Size: We need a minimum of 02 people to depart. Family groups, friend travelers, couple travelers or even if you’re a SINGLE traveler, you are welcome to our adventure. Prices are per person which are based on two people who might share a room / tent. The itinerary is described and based on shared services; however, you are looking for a private service, that would be upon request.
Service Level: Upgraded.
Physical Grading: 1 2 3 4 5 6
VERY STRENUOUS, CHALLENGING: Full-day hikes (7-9 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 4,000 feet) on many days, with some camping and hiking at extreme altitudes. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 11,500 feet, with some days ascending as high as 16,850 feet.
Activities: Hiking / Trekking, Camping.
Accommodations: 4 season Black Diamond tents designed for 4 people which are used only for 2 people, come with sleeping pads “Therma-Rest”, and Pillows.
Important Note: While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, e.g, strikes, natural desasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.
Day 1: Cusco – Upis – Yana Qocha
We pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 am to leave the city of Cusco, we will then have three and a half hours driving to get Upis town, along the way we will see picturesque towns, and we will stop for a couple of times to enjoy the sceneries, once we arrive in Upis (the headtrail, 4,350m/ 14,272ft) we will meet up our local muleteers and horses, where we’ll have our breakfast and get ready to start the great adventure, we will hike gradually uphill for about 2 hours and 30 minutes following the highland valley inhabited by llamas and alpacas with dramatic vistas of Ausangate in backdrop to get the lunch spot located in Pamparapa (4,600m / 15,092 feet). Today, we’ll have lunch at a very scenic spot still with Ausangate Mt at the background. After eating the delicious meal, we’ll still hike up for about 3 hours and 30 minutes to get the first campsite, called Yana Qocha 4,650 m / 15,256 ft, from lunch spot we’ll hike for two hours to get the first pass called Arapa pass 4,800 m/ 15,748 ft, at this point we’ll be impressed by stunning views of eroded mountains, and highland valleys. We will then hike downhill for 1 hour and 30 minutes to get the campsite, a place with amazing views around of the Ausangate mountain. All meals included.
Hiking Time: 6 – 7 hours
Hiking Distance: 12 km / 7.46 miles
Lowest Point: 4,350 m / 14,272 ft
Highest Point: 4,800 m / 15,748 ft
Day 2: Yana Qocha – Qomer Qocha
In the morning we will have a beautiful sunrise at the top of towering rocks and mountains, we will enjoy this view while having our breakfast, after having breakfast we will start trekking on an uneven trail (up and downs) this section of the trail is one of the most picturesque ones, as the blue and turquoise colored lagoons surround the bottom part of the massif Ausangate mountain 6.384 m / 20,945 ft, the highest mountain in Cusco. After hiking for 1 hour and 30 minutes, we will start hiking up on a switchback trail to the next pass at 5,000 m / 16,404 ft. In which, we will enjoy the very dramatic vistas of Vilcanota range going in different directions, colored hills, and the glacier peaks. From this pass, we will hike downhill to get the valley part and follow up the valley to reach our lunch spot located at the place called Ananta 4,650 m/ 15,256 ft. After lunch, we will continue trekking uphill for 2 hours to reach the next pass called Warmisaya 5,000 m / 16,404 ft from this place, we will be able to spot the Rainbow Mountain in a further distance and views are still very impressive. The last section is downhill for 30 minutes to get the second campsite located at Qomer Qocha 4,680 m / 15,354 ft. All meals included.
Hiking Time: 8 – 9 hours
Hiking Distance: 12 km / 7.46 miles
Lowest Point: 4,600 m / 15,092 ft
Highest Point: 5,000 m / 16,404 ft
Day 3: Qomer Qocha – Rainbow Mountain – Ausangate Qocha
Today’s nutritious breakfast makes us ready to go exploring the Rainbow Mountain. After enjoying our breakfast in the very early morning, we will hike up for about 1 hour and 30 minutes to get the famous Rainbow Mountain 5,050 m / 16,568 ft. And we will beat the large crowds for sure and this place will be just for us for about 45 minutes, which is enough time to enjoy the site. After having enough time at this place, we will return by the same trail to Ananta (lunch spot of day 2), where we will have lunch again at about 12:30 pm. This afternoon, we will still continue hiking for 3 more hours to the next campsite called Ausangate Qocha 4,700 m / 15,420 ft, for about. All meals included.
Hiking Time: 8 – 9 hours
Hiking Distance: 15 km / 9.32 miles
Lowest Point: 4,600 m / 15,091 ft
Highest Point: 5,050 m / 16,568 ft
Day 4: Ausangate Qocha – Jhampapampa
Another great day to enjoy the mind-blowing coloured hills next to the Ausangate Mt (6,384m/ 20,945 feet), the highest mountain in Cusco, and see more glacier lagoons, after having breakfast we will begin again with our trekking, the trail takes us to the next pass called Palomani that is at 5,130m / 16,831 feet the highest pass on the whole trail; where, we will start to take a glance the massive mountain and some other colored hills which are still close by, then, we will 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. Where in the evening we will have tea time, subsequently dinner. All meals included.
Hiking Time: 7 – 8 hours
Hiking Distance: 10 km / 6.21 miles
Lowest Point: 4,600 m / 15,092 ft
Highest Point: 5,130 m / 16,831 ft
Day 5: Jhampapampa – Pacchanta Town – Cusco
Wake up hot coca tea in the morning to have another great day, after having breakfast we’ll hike up for 2 hours and 30 minutes to the last pass called Jhampa 5,060 m / 16,601 ft, where we’ll have amazing glacier peaks right infront of us. We will then trek downhill to get our last scenic lunch spot. After lunch we’ll trek for 2 more hours to get the Pacchanta Town. Where we’ll have a chance to swim at hot springs which is optional, and at this place we’ll say goodbye to our muleteers, we will eventually drive back to hotel in Cusco for about 3 hours and 30 minutes. End of our adventure.
Hiking Time: 7 – 8 hours
Hiking Distance: 12 km / 6.83 miles
Lowest Point: 4,300 m / 14,108 ft
Highest Point: 5,060 m / 16,601 ft
Note on Itinerary
Although we do our very best possible to adhere to the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change for several reasons beyond our control, including strikes, weather, natural disasters, and terrain conditions. On some occasions, these conditions may demand us to deviate from our original schedule, in which case we will provide the best available alternative options. And we’ll make a great experience of it!
Average daytime temperatures in and around Cusco generally range from 55º – 75º F with evenings cooling down into the 40º and 50º. Much of this itinerary takes place in the mountains, where weather can change very quickly and evening temperatures regularly drop into the 30º and 40º. As our treks are planned during the “dry season”, days are typically clear and pleasant, with afternoon clouds occasionally building and leading to small amounts of rainfall, and morning temperatures usually range from 35º and 45º with some frost on the tents, and frosty plains in some locations. While April and November departures may experience slightly higher amounts of rainfall, all-day rain is unusual. We will be hiking over multiple mountain passes which are over 14,104 ft, so should you be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.
- Transportation from hotel to Upis.
- Transportation back to hotel from Pacchanta town at the end of our journey.
- Camping equipment 4 season tent (04 people tent for 02 people).
- Air sleeping pad, Therma-Rest brand comes with pillows.
- Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
- Entrance tickets to the park.
- Trek Leader,
- Meals: Breakfast (5), lunch (5), dinner (4), and snacks.
- A professional Quechua chef.
- Horses, and muleteers; horses carry your 8-kg / 16-pound personal items.
- Emergency Horse to escort us during the trek.
- Oxygen tank.
- Duffel bags where to put your personal items.
- Sleeping bags US$5 per day, and hiking poles US$5 per day , you might get them rented from us.
- Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot Springs.
- Gratuities for the guides, porters or muleteers, and other staff.
- Travel and health insurance (you need to have one and bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING
- Travel insurance (and some copies).
- Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
- Backpack to carry your things.
- Phone and Camera charger and adapter.
- Torch or headlamps.
- Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
- Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us).
- Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
- Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
- Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
- Sunblock and sunglasses.
- Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
- Hiking trousers.
- Thermal underwear.
- Sleeping bag liner.
- Hiking socks.
- Ear Plugs.
- Water bottle or canteen.
- American dollars and peruvian soles in cash.
- Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
- Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
- Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
- Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Diamox (acetazolamide), Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).