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Rainbow mountain & Ausangate Trek

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Description

Ausangate (6330 m) is a spectacular snow peak located in the southern of Cusco. The Ausangate trek offers a fascinating route through the Andes of Peru. You can enjoy beautiful scenery and spectacular views, stunning mountains and lakes, you can see the variety of animal and plant life on the road. In the Ausangate route we will see picturesque villages with very warm and friendly people who speak the language of the Incas (Quechua) and still maintain many ancient customs.

In addition to the scenery, you will see alpacas and llamas, as well as the only indigenous habitat of the Incan Vicuña. You will also learn about the traditions of the Andean people with visits to local villages.

Overview

  • One Day Tour : We Go Over Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain - High Altitude
  • Hike By Checacupe (Shorthest trail), Only 30 min hour trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel around 6:00 am
  • Driving 2 hours to Checacupe (last shop stop).
  • Then a few more minutes to reach starting spot.
  • Breakfast and last tips from our guide to you.
  • There 30 min between - starting spot and Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain
  • Lunch in the cusipata village.
  • At the top enjoy the panoramic vista across Ausangate area.
  • Then return by same trail.
  • Drive 6:00 pm hours back to Cusco.
Itinerary

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 villages 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 its 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.

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.

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).

DAY 4: surine cocha – rainbow mountain – phunapata 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.

Included

  • Pick-up from your accommodation and drop-off near the main square.
  • Round trip transportation between Cusco and the starting point of the hike in Palccoyo.
  • English/Spanish - speaking professional guide.
  • Breakfast and lunch.
  • Entrance fees to Rainbow Mountain.
  • Vegetarian food available on request with no extra charge.
  • First aid equipment.

Not Included

  • Dinner.
  • Water.
  • Walking Sticks (Pair): $5.
  • Emergerncy horse.
  • Tips.

What you need to take

What You Should Bring :

  • Cold coat.
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Hat or cap.
  • Sun glasses.
  • Sunscreen.

Prices

Group Service
  • PRICE: $ 100.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS PER PERSON
  • NOTE: Shared service price is only available with agreement passenger to share this service with other travellers (Group site 8 - 13 People approx.)
  • 1 - 2 => $100
  • 3 - 4 => $90
  • 5 - 7 => $80
  • 8 – + => $60
Private Service
  • GROUP SIZE UP ON YOUR REQUEST for people who want a personalize and exclusive service.
  • All include
  • DEPARTURE DAYS and PRICE ARE ACCORDING TO PASSENGER REQUEST.
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FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

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Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

– Austria – Euro (EUR)
– France – Euro (EUR)
– Germany – Euro (EUR)
– Italy – Euro (EUR)
– Netherlands – Euro (EUR)
– Switzerland – Swiss franc (CHF)
– United Kingdom – Pound sterling (£)

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite.