Ausangate And Rainbow Mountain Trek 4 Days


4 Days
Starting from US$500 per person
Ausangate And Rainbow Mountain Trek 4 Days
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Ausangate And Rainbow Mountain Trek 4 Days

The Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain 4-day trek is one of Peru’s best hiking lovers’ options. Don’t miss the excitement of this adventure heading to the Rainbow Mountain, located in the Andes mountain range. You’ll observe gigantic glaciers, crystalline lagoons, and herds of llamas and alpacas.

This 4-day hike takes us through a truly unusual circuit, hidden between the Vilcanota Mountain Range, at the foot of the majestic Apu Ausangate (6,300 masl / 20,900 fasl), which is the highest mountain in southern Peru. This snowy peak has been considered sacred since ancient times by the ancient inhabitants of the Andes.

Explore the heights on a walk that will be smooth and pleasant at times, but that will also require your effort. Escape the tourist crowds and connect with nature in absolute tranquillity. You won’t regret it.

Ausangate trek 4 day to Rainbow Mountains is one of the most beautiful paths in Peru that offers spectacular adventure trip to Vinicucnca Rainbow Mountain in the high Andes with breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, alpine lagoons, Red valley, steep mountains, hills painted with llamas and alpacas.


Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain 4 Days


We leave Cusco early in the morning traveling by private van to the small village of Tinqui. We will see the impressive Vilcanota mountain range and pass through several traditional Andean villages along the way and have time to stop for some photos. When we arrive at Tinqui (our trailhead), we will have a delicious breakfast prepared by our chef. It is here that our muleteers will arrange all the group’s luggage and packs on the horses and our trek officially begins. We begin our walk through the farming communities and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains. We will walk for about 3 hours and then stop for lunch. After lunch we continue for another 2 hours to reach Upis (4,100 m / 13,448 ft). There we will have the opportunity to bathe in the local hot springs before dinner, and camp for the night.

  • Minimum altitude: 3,800 m / 12, 464 ft
  • Maximum altitude: 4,400 m / 14,432 ft
  • Distance hiked: 12 km / 7 ½ miles
  • Approximate hiking time: 6 – 7 hours.



After a big breakfast we are ready to leave our camp and start our trek. We will climb to Arapa Pass (4,850 m / 15,908 ft). From this viewpoint we will enjoy the contrast between the dry desert like hills and the impressive snow covered views of Ausangate and Pucacocha. This area also has three beautiful lakes with shades of red, green and turquoise (Pucacocha, Hatun Pucacocha and Qomercocha). Our second camp is near the Ausangate glacier.

  • Altura mínima: 4,100 m / 13,448 ft
  • Altura máxima: 4,850 m / 15,908 ft
  • Distancia caminando: 12 km / 7 ½ millas
  • Tiempo aproximado de caminata: 6 – 7 horas.



This day, you will be awakened with “room service” (a hot cup of coca tea). This will be one of the most beautiful days of the trek. We will see the rainbow mountains. Also on today’s trip, we will pass through the village of Alccatauri. 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 very enterprising and make their mud adobe houses.
The day begins with a 1 ½ hour uphill climb to 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 enjoying the pass and the beautiful views, we will descend for 1 ½ hours until we reach the village of Alccatauri (4,400 m / 14,435 ft). During our time in the village, in exchange for their generous hospitality, we will give them offerings of coca leaves. This is very valuable because this Peruvian staple cannot be grown in this climate.
After this incomparable experience, we will make an additional 30-minute hike uphill to our lunch spot in a rustic lodge.
After a satisfying lunch, we will begin our journey uphill to the second pass. After 1 ½ hours, we will follow the Llama trail to the 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 trek is a one-hour downhill hike to our camp, Surine Cocha (4,800 m / 15,748 ft.). The camp is on the shores of the magnificent Surine Lake.

  • Altura mínima: 4,400 m /14,435 ft
  • Altura máxima: 5,023 m / 16,479 ft
  • Distancia recorrida: 12 km / 7 ½ millas
  • Tiempo aproximado de caminata: 7 – 8 horas.



After breakfast, we hike gradually for 2 hours until we reach the famous Rainbow Mountain (5,020 m / 16,469 ft). Your guide will take you to the best places 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 impressive places in Peru and South America, these types of mountains are only seen in one other country in the world, China.
After taking pictures and enjoying the view, we will continue on the hike until we reach Quesiuno Village. This is a 1½ hour downhill hike. We will have lunch there.
Our private transportation will be waiting for us after lunch. The trip will be 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. The approximate time of arrival is 4 PM.

  • Altura máxima: 5.020 m / 16.469 pies
  • Distancia recorrida: 8 km
  • Distancia aproximada a pie: 4 – 5 horas



What does it include?

  • Professional guide.
  • Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Private transportation from your hotel in Cusco to Tinqui.
  • Private transportation from Quesiuno Village to your Cusco hotel.
  • Camping equipment: three-person tent for every 2 people, Thermarest inflatable mattress, cooking tent,
  • professional chef and kitchen assistant, dining tent with tables and chairs, toilet tent and portable toilet.
  • Horseman and horses to carry all equipment (food, tents, chairs, table).
  • Emergency horse to ride.
  • 03 breakfasts, 03 lunches and 03 dinners.
  • Boiled water and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen tank and medical equipment.
  • Entrance ticket to the rainbow mountain.


Not included

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented at our office $20)
  • Trekking poles (can be rented at our office $ 15)
  • Tips
  • Last dinner


What should you bring?

  • Bring original passport “With expiration date not less than 7 months”.
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented at the agency).
  • Hiking boots and sandals (very important).
  • Trekking poles (can be rented at the agency).
  • Warm clothing: layers for varying temperatures, especially at night. Thermals / gloves / scarves: wool socks /
  • wool hat for cold nights, T-shirts for the entire hike.
  • Headlamp (very important).
  • Camera and spare batteries.
  • Sunscreen / hat and sunglasses.
  • Personal medical kit.
  • Rain gear: a good raincoat and rain pants and a plastic rain poncho.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Small towel.
  • Extra money for drinks and tips, souvenirs, etc (soles or dollars).
  • Water bottle (1 liter recommended).


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Ausangate And Rainbow Mountain Trek 4 Days
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