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Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek 5Days

23 reviews
Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek 5Days

Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek 5Days

23 reviews


This hiking completely around this mystical Ausangate mountain, you will camp near hot springs and turquoise lakes inhabited by numerous wild bird species, including Andean goose and the almighty Andean condor. As you trek, you will walk amongst herds of llamas and alpacas in remote native Quechua villages.


  • This trek will be most beautiful panoramic the lakes and mountains
  •  Rainbow Mountain and Ausangate is absolute hiking around the mountain range of Vilcanota.
  • This trek in a wild landscape filled with vicuñas, llamas, alpacas, birds, and locals in their colored clothes.
    Stay in cozy and roomy 2 season tents, the best equipment on the trail.
  • All the trek will be totally supported hike with out staff, for adventure in the Mountain.
  • Enjoy in the starry nights at scenic camping spots in route.
  • Want to reduce the use of plastic and help the planet a better place for everyone? then hike with us!
  • Professional,Lovely and funny local trek leaders, they even speak language “Aymara” learn some words from them.

Trip Details

Starting Altitude: 3,800 m / 12,467 feet
Hightes altitude: 5200 m / 17,056 feet
Difficulty level: Challenging
Weather: Hot, cold temperatura sometimes go below cero degrees at nigths

Day 1: Cusco – Tinqui – Upis.
Day 2: Upis – Chillca.
Day 3: Chillca Ananta – Rainbow Mountain (5200m)- Lake Ausangate
Day 4: Lake Ausangate- Palomani Pass – Pachaspata
Day 5: Pachaspata – Pacchanta – Cusco


Day 1: Cusco – Tinqui – Upis.

Your guide will meet you in Cusco at 6am in the morning, and take you via private transportation to the starting point of our trek at Tinki – Upis where we meet with our porter, horse and we load up your gear into the pack horses.  We will hike for 3 hours aprox.  until our campsite Upis where you will enjoy  lunch, after lunch have a break. in this campside Upis. Here you will have the opportunity to take a soak in the hot springs, while enjoying coca tea, and relaxing your muscles until dinner.

  • Distance: 9.65km/ 6 miles
  • Elevation: 4100m/ 13,450ft
  • Hiking time: 5 to 6  hours
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodations: camping

Day 2: Upis – Chillca.

we wake up early at 5am with a hot mug of tea or coffee tea brought to your tent and you will fuel up with a big breakfast for the day ahead. The morning starts with a hike up Arapa pass (4,958m/16266ft) before we descend a bit to our lunch spot near Lake Puma Cocha- a deep blue lake and a perfect stop for a break. Along the way, you will see local herders and llamas, Ausangate Mountain to your left, and you will have your expert guide explaining the history of the locals and talking about the landscape along the way. After lunch, we continue uphill for our second pass, Pucacocha (5000m/16404ft) where if you are lucky you may see condors and vicuñas. We descend to our campsite of Chillca where you will be surrounded by high mountains and incredible hanging glaciers, where you can watch for the glacier crashing into the lake below! As always, camp will be set up for you to change and rest your weary legs while dinner is being prepared.

  • Distance: 15km/ 9.3mls
  • Elevation: 4300m/ 14,100ft
  • Hiking time: 7 hours
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 3: Chillca Ananta - Rainbow Mountain (5200m)- Lake Ausangate

This day we starts the trek early at 4.00am aprox. We have the Arapa pass (5051m/16571ft), a very colorful mountain but only a precursor of what is to come. After crossing the pass you enter into the Red Mountain Valley, a wildly desert landscape with vibrant colors all around, and llamas roaming the ground below. When you approach the top of the pass, you will see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain in the distance, but you are not quite there! From here, you descend to circle lake and continue walking a Peruvian flat until we are presented with one final climb to the Rainbow Mountain. Soak in the sights and enjoy what you have worked so hard to reach.  We will enjoy lunch in the surrounding area, and head back down the valley to make our way to the stunning Lake Ausangate where camp will be set up and waiting for you to take a rest.

  • Distance: 20km/12.4mls
  • Elevation: 4300m/14,107ft – 5200m/17,060ft
  • Hiking time: 7-8 hours
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodations: camping

Day 4: Lake Ausangate- Palomani Pass – Pachaspata

After our delicious breakfast, we begin hiking up to the highest point of the Ausangate trail of our trip at 5200m. called Palomani Pass. Therefore, you are going to feel like you are in heaven, higher than all the other hikes in all region Cusco. You will appreciate the great canyons and valleys of the Andes, Once you get the summit, you will be right at the bottom of the Ausangate Mountain which is considered to be the protector by the locals.

Along the way, we will appreciate different glacier peaks, bubbling streams, rivers, red lakes, chinchillas, alpacas, local herders, and llamas. We will then walk up and down and arrive at our lunch spot called Huchuy Phinaya called. After our delicious lunch, we hike another 3 hour aprox. to our campsite called Pachaspata.

  • Distance: 17km/10.5mls
  • Elevation: 4300m/14,107ft – 5400m/17716ft
  • Hiking time: 7-8 hours
  • Accommodations: camping
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 5: Pachaspata – Pacchanta - Cusco

After with two hight pass we had, this day we wake up at 6am with a hot mug of tea or coffee tea brought to your tent at 7am will have a breakfast.
I the way we will have nice view of the mountain and 5 Lagoons. Where we have breck for take photos. then when we arrive to Pacchanta we have lunch this day we will say good bye our cook, porters then back to cusco.

  • Hiking Distance: 8 km / 6.21 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4– 5 hours
  • Overnight Accommodations: camping facilities
  • Lowest Point: 4,600mt. / 15,092ft.
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch
  • Level of difficulty: moderate


  • Pre-Trek briefing at your hotel or other agreed upon location the night before your trek to go over the itinerary, meet your guide(s) and answer any questions
  • Mattress
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning of the trek
  • Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to trailhead of the trek
  • Return private transport from Pacchanta town to your hotel in Cusco
  • Duffle bags for your personal stuff up to 8kg/17.6lbs
  • High quality camping equipment in DOITE -KAILAS 3 (High mountain tents, comfortable and spacious created for 03 people, which are used only by 02 people. It has ventilation sleeves, reducing the condensation inside the tent. Resistant to strong winds and climates and/or frigid.
  • Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
  • English speaking professional guide
  • A professional chef
  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4-afternoon snacks, and 4 dinners, all prepared by our cook. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food, please let us know
  • Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and others on request
  • Muleteers and horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment, and your 8-kg / 16-pound personal items)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank and emergency horse to escort us during the trek
  • Boiled water every day on the trek to fill your water bottle every morning
  • Warm water hand washing every day
  • Entrance tickets to the Ausangate trail and Rainbow Mountain
  • All Taxes included

No Included

  • Flights
  • Hotel before/after trek
  • Entrance to hot springs on the trail
  • Sleeping bag
  •  Pillows, and warm blankets
  • Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, and extra snacks
  • Tip for your guide(s) and trek staff are optional but highly encouraged if you enjoy your trek
  • Travel interruption & travel medical/evacuation insurance (required), Wayra Peru Travel 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, lost of personal items and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance.


  • The main recommendation is not to go on your own to make adventure tourism in this snowy mountain, always hire a tour operator as they will take care of the details of transportation, food, professional guide and above all your safety at all times.
  • Take Soroche Pills (Soroche Pills) for altitude sickness or otherwise drink plenty of coca leaves tea.
  • Comfortable and warm clothes, trekking pants, waterproof jacket, rain poncho and comfortable shoes.
  • Apply sun block, at least every two hours. Carry extra money in soles for certain expenses during the route.
  • Do not leave your garbage in the place, take care of the environment.
  • But this mountain is one of the most beautiful and representative of the Cusco Andes. The landscapes it offers and the experience that the traveler lives in Ausangate are priceless. It is only 100 kilometers southeast of Cusco.
  • Climate in the Ausangate snow-capped peak
  • The climate is generally cold in the area, although at night temperatures drop to below 5°C (41°F).
  • On the other hand, during the day it can be up to 20°C (68°F). In addition, it has cold winds during parts of the day but the weather is usually unstable as there can be precipitation and snowfall at any time.

What To Bring

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants at least
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • Bathing suit for the thermal waters
  • Fleece/ Thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º Celsius.
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
  • Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them.
  • Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us.


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