Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain - 4 Days

  • CUSCO – TINKI – UPIS – HOT SPRINGS
  • UPIS – CONDOR PASS – PUCACCOCHA
  • PUCACCOCHA – ALPACA PASS – CHILLCA – VICUÑA PASS YANACCOCHA

YANACCOCHA – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – CHILLCA VILLAGE – CUSCO

Day 1
DAY 1: CUSCO – TINKI – UPIS – HOT SPRINGS

To begin the adventure, we will pick you up from your hotel at 4 am. Together our team, guide we will drive in a private transportation to Tinki, the starting point of the journey. Tinki is a small rural village located near Ocongate at 3,900m. / 12,795ft. Here, you will meet the rider and his horses. After a delirious breakfast, we will start the gradual uphill hike, it will be three to four hours until we reach our lunch place. On our way to the lunch, we will have amazing views of Ausagnate Mountain, far in the distance. We will pass by small villages, and perhaps meet some locals, dressed in their traditional clothing. They may be accompanying their llamas and alpacas.

We will enjoy our lunch on an amazing location, surrounded by stunning mountains and an excellent view of Ausangate Glacier peak. After lunch, it will be another two-hour hike until we reach our campsite at Upis, near the hot springs at 4,100m / 13,451ft. Altitude.

• Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water.

• Walked Distance: 13 km / 8 miles

• Campsite Elevation: 4,100 m / 13,450 ft.

• Weather: Dry and cold.

Day 2
DAY 2: UPIS – CONDOR PASS – PUCACCOCHA

Today’s adventure will be challenging!! After an early breakfast, we will have three hour uphill towards the first pass at 5,000m / 16,404ft. High, we will have wonderful views of the Ausangate glacier peaks, lakes, and small waterfalls, perhaps condors soaring above. You will have magnificent views of the surrounding area, especially in the dry season. In winter time, we will hike through the snow especially on top of the mountains, we will most likely get to see vicuñas, the undomesticated animals in the Andes. They belong to the family of Andean camelids.

After a small break and many pictures, we will continue on our way for two and a half hours gradual downhill until we reach a beautiful area, where you will enjoy your second day’s lunch. Afterward, it will be another two and a half hours until we arrive at our campsite, at Puca Ccocha (Red Lake). This is a spectacular camping spot, located at the base of the Ausangate peak. You can see amazing sunsets from here.

• Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water.

• Walked Distance: 12 km /7.5 miles

• Campsite Elevation: 4,300 m / 14,100 ft.

• Weather: Dry and cold.

Day 3
DAY 3: PUCACCOCHA – ALPACA PASS – CHILLCA – VICUÑA PASS YANACCOCHA

On our third of adventure, we will start with a steep climb to Alpaca Pass at 5,100 m/ 16,732 ft. Along the way, we will have gorgeous views of Ausangate Glacier and the blue lakes then, once we reach the summit of this mountain, you will be right in front of Ausangate mountain, so you will be able to enjoy the surrounding Valleys, and numerous Llamas grazing along these hills. After lots of great pictures, we will continue for two hours downhill until we reach our lunch spot at Chillca Valley, be aware that some sections of the trail can be a bit difficult to hike. After enjoying your lunch, you will continue on to the second pass of the day, called Vicuña pass, at 5,300 m / 17,388 ft. 1.5 hours trek to reach the pass. On our way to the pass, it may be possible to see condors and vicuñas, once we are done to the top of the mountain it will be gratifying to see our destination far at the distance. After a brief break, we will descend for 1.5 hours to Yanaccocha lagoon our campsite. This campsite is located a few hours away from our final destination, Vinincunca “The Rainbow Mountains“.

• Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water.

• Walked Distance: 15 km/9.3 miles.

• Campsite Elevation: 4,400 m/ 14,435 ft.

• Weather: Dry and cold.

Day 4
DAY 4: YANACCOCHA – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – CHILLCA VILLAGE – CUSCO

Today we reach to our goal!! After an early breakfast with our trekking crew, we will gradually trek uphill for 1.5 until we reach the famous Rainbow Mountains and the Red Mountain Valley at 5,200 m / 17,060 ft. The tour guide will take you to the perfect place to spot the views of the mountain. He will also explain why these mountains are different from any other mountains in the Vilcanota Range. Part of the difference is due to a composition of various minerals, which make different colors of stone striations in the middle of the Red Mountains. This is one of the key tourist highlights in South America, and one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Peru.

After taking our photos and enjoying the views, we will continue following the trail to the end of the Valley. This is all downhill, along in the Chillca Valley, the place where we will enjoy the last lunch. We will then drive four hours back to Cusco, our transfer will drop you off at your hotel in Cusco, arriving around 6 pm.

• Meals: Breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinking water.

• Accommodation: Back to the Hotel Cusco.

• Walked Distance: 12 km /7.5 miles.

• Weather: Dry and cold.

Items Included in this tour

  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 8+
  • Chef
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment plus 7kg of your personal items.
  • Pick-up at your hotel
  • Private transportation to Tinki comunity in Ocongate
  • Private transportation from Chillka valley back to Cusco
  • Water (Every day on the trek, except the first day)
  • Eveyday meals from Tinki comunity. Ask for dietary option such as vegetarian or thers.
  • 4 man tent for 2 trekkers
  • Foam mattress.
  • First aid kit + oxygen bottle.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Full camping equipment.

Items not Included in this tour:

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from Kuntur Office)
  • Trekking poles (Can be hired from Kuntur Office)
  • Inflatable mattress (Can be hired from Kuntur Office)
  • Last dinner on Day 4
  • Admission tickets to Rainbow Mountain.
  • Travel Insurance - strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of the trip.
  • Tips

What to Bring?

  • Passport.
  • Travel Insurance is essential.
  • Sleeping bag (not included but can be rented from Kuntur Office).
  • Trekking boots.
  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves.
  • T-shirts.
  • Comfortable trekking pants.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Sun hat.
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container.
  • Water (only for first day).
  • Sun block (SPF 35+ recommended).
  • Toiletries.
  • Personal medication.
  • Camera with extra memory card
  • Head lamp or Flash light with extra batteries.

While not as difficult as some treks, the trek traverses two passes over 4000m. Trekkers should be in good physical condition and acclimated by spending at least a few days at Cusco (3400) or similar before attempting the trek. Additionally, weather and trail conditions can vary. Temperatures range from warm and humid to below freezing.

Trekkers should be prepared for changes to the itinerary and to meet unexpected challenges with an open-mind and sense of adventure. Climbing Huayna Picchu is an excellent addition to a trip to Machu Picchu. It offers superlative views, but is a steep climb that can take about three hours. Entrance to Huayna Picchu is limited and at scheduled times; visitors must sign up for a spot in advance. If you would like to consider doing the climb, it is important to book it in advance.

One of the main attractions to the Rainbow Mountain is the many fine textiles available for purchase directly from the people who made them. The communities are relatively isolated, however, so it is important to bring spending money in soles in small denominations, as it may be difficult to make the change.

2 trekkers: $650.00 per/ person
3 trekkers: $610.00   per/ person
4 trekkers: $610.00   per/ person
5 trekkers: $580.00   per/ person
6 trekkers: $580.00   per/ person
7 trekkers: $550.00   per/ person
8+trekkers: $550.00   per/ person

DISCOUNTS

  • Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card): US$25.00
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$25.00
  • Under 10 years Discount: US$25.00

GROUP BOOKINGS

*More details will be available if you are interested in talking advantage of this offer.

RENTALS & EXTRAS

  • Hiking poles – US$ 15.00
  • Sleeping bag – US$ 25.00
  • Inflatable mattress – US$ 15.00
  • Extra Tent supplement– US$ 40.00
  • Waynapicchu mountain ticket – US$ 25.00
  • Machu Picchu mountain ticket – US$ 25.00

UPGRADES

  • Vistadome Train (One Way) – US$65.00
  • Single Accommodation – US$40.00
  • 4 stars hotel in Machupicchu town – US$ 75.00

DETAILS

  • Four season (Eureka k-2 tx) tents, for two people in each.
  • Black Diamond Trekking Poles.
  • Sleeping bags according to route requirement.
  • We use 3* hotels in Aguas Calientes, if you dont want to share a double room bed, select Single Accommodation when Booking.

If you are nature lover and landscapes, vista dome train service is the best choice, panoramic windows.

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Trip Facts

  • 2 to 8 Passengers
  • English / Spanish
  • Weekly departure
  • Private transportation
  • Challenging / Demanding
  • Trekking, Camping & Adventure