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Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek 5 Days

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Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek 5 Days

Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek 5 Days

23 reviews


Ausangate Trek and Rainbow Mountain 5 Days

This Ausangate Trek 5 Days / 4 Nights Join with us  on an extraordinary journey into the heart of the Peruvian Andes, a captivating 5-day adventure that promises a perfect blend of natural wonders, cultural exploration, and breathtaking amazing landscapes.

The 5-Day Ausangate Trek is one of the famous hiking route in the Andes of Peru that leads to the amazing Vinicunca Mountain, also known as Rainbow Mountain. This trek offers you and impressive views of the Ausangate landscapes and high-altitude Andean scenery, and, of course, the  wonderful colorful of Rainbow Mountain.

5-Day Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek

The Arco Iris mountain is one of the best hikes you have in Cordillera Vilcanota, on the way you can enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains and the wild animals and Alpacas.


Ausangate Trek 5 Days the most important experience

  1. Spectacular Landscapes: Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Peruvian Andes as you trek through diverse landscapes. From rolling hills to towering snow-capped peaks, each step unveils a new panorama that will leave you spellbound.
  2. 5-Day Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek Majesty: Witness the grandeur of the Ausangate Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the Cusco region. Marvel at its majestic snow-capped summit as it stands tall against the azure sky, creating a dramatic backdrop for your adventure.
  3. Cultural Encounters: Interact with indigenous Quechua communities along the way, gaining insights into their rich traditions and way of life. This cultural immersion adds a meaningful dimension to your trek, fostering a deeper connection with the Andean heritage.
  4. Remote Andean Villages: Traverse through remote Andean villages, experiencing the authenticity of rural life. Engage with locals, learn about their customs, and appreciate the simplicity and warmth of the mountain communities.
  5. The Enigmatic Rainbow Mountain: Stand in awe before the renowned Rainbow Mountain, a geological marvel that reveals a vibrant palette of colors. This unique phenomenon is a highlight of the trek, offering a surreal and unforgettable spectacle.
  6. High-Altitude Challenges: Challenge yourself physically and mentally as you navigate high-altitude terrains, including mountain passes and glacial lakes. The trek provides a sense of accomplishment as you conquer varying elevations and experience the thrill of adventure.
  7. Expert Guided Exploration: Benefit from the expertise of seasoned guides who share their knowledge of the region’s geology, flora, and fauna. Gain a deeper understanding of the natural wonders and cultural significance of the sites you encounter.
  8. Tranquil Wilderness Reflections: Enjoy moments of tranquility amid the remote mountain wilderness. Reflect on your journey beside glacial lakes, surrounded by the serene beauty of the Andean highlands.

Trip Details

Details about Ausangate 5 Day Trek

  • 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

Trip summary about Trek Ausangate 5 Days

  • 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 – Tinque – 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 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.

Ausangate 5 Day Trek, Day 1 Details

  • 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 Coca tea or coffee 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.

5-Day Ausangate Trek, Day 2 Details

  • 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.

Ausangate 5 Day Trek, Day 3 Details

  • 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.

Ausangate 5 Day Trek, Day 4 Details

  • 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.

Ausangate 5 Day Trek, Day 5 Details

  • 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

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Included in Ausangate Trek 5 Days

  • 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

Not included in Ausangate Trek 5 Days

  • 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.


Usefull Tips Ausangate Trek 5 Days

  • 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

Recommended Backpack for 5-Day Trek to Ausangate

  • 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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