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The Ausangate Rainbow Mountains of Peru is a 4 day trek. From start to the end you will feel the pulse of snow-clad mountains and the Rainbow Mountains while hiking through wilderness areas at a high altitude.
This is an adventure trek designed for a smoother and leisurely experience deep in the remote part of Ausangate. Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca Ausangate Peru Trek takes you truly through the off the beaten trail.
From the most iconic snow-capped mountains in the Vilcanota Mountain Range and the Rainbow Mountain of Cusco to the best trails of the uncrowded Ausangate circuit in the Andes of Peru.
You will be walking through an exquisite setting of gleaming glacial lakes, coloured hills, herds of llamas and alpacas, waterfalls, and the dazzling peaks and glaciers of Ausangate mountain (20,956ft).
At the end of each exhilarating day, you’ll be welcomed at our unique campsites in dramatic settings. Each one features private roomy tents, dining tent, toilet tent, and delightful cuisine!
Your ultimate reward is an exploration of ethereal Rainbow Mountains, an impressive natural formation coloured hills in Peru. A personal porter will be carrying your 8kg / 16 pounds of personal items.
Acclimatization: The highest point of the trek is Arapa Mountain Pass at 4950 metres above sea level. Please allow a minimum of 2 full days in the city of Cusco before your hike begins to Ausangate Trek 4 days to avoid altitude sickness.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
Average daytime temperatures in and around Cusco generally range from 55º – 75º F with evenings cooling down into the 40º and 50º. Much of this experience takes place in the mountain. Here the weather can change quickly and evening temperatures regularly drop into the 30º and 40ºF.
As our treks are planned during the “dry season”, days are typically clear and pleasant, with afternoon clouds occasionally building and leading to small amounts of rainfall and morning temperatures usually range from 35º and 45º F with some frost on the tents, and frosty plains in some locations.
While April and November departures may experience slightly higher amounts of rainfall, all-day rain is unusual. We will be hiking over multiple mountain passes which are over 14,104 ft, so should you be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.
This trip is officially operated by Happy Gringo Tours, a 100% local tour operator based in Cusco.
At 0600 AM, we will be leaving from Cusco city in our private transport. We will be driving through the South Valley of Cusco to Tinqui. It is a village in the province of Quispicanchi in Cusco region. This is the starting point of the trek.
From Tinqui, we will begin a gradual uphill hike through some remote Andean villages to Upis. This serene village is home to hot springs. You can spend the evening taking a dip in the natural springs here.
We will be camping here for the night. You will have the chance to enjoy the picturesque mountain backdrop as the sun sets on the mountains. Our chef will prepare lunch and dinner.
We will begin the second day of the Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca Ausangate Peru Trek with a hike to Arapa Pass at 4950 metres above sea level. From here we will start descending to the camp for lunch.
After relishing a typical lunch, we will hike to Lake Pucacocha. It is a deep turquoise lake and a perfect stop for a break. Along the way you will see local herders and llamas.
The tour guide will give you an insight to the history of the locals and the landscape along the way. Our campsite for the night is located just below the towering Ausangate Mountain.
Our exclusive camp features thatch shelters for our tents, for added protection from the elements. Your evening will be enhanced with dinner in our Mountain Refugio. Here you will be surrounded by mountain views and incredible hanging glaciers.
The third day of this The Ausangate Rainbow Mountains of Peru trek is challenging. We will begin the day with a steep climb to Puncacocha Pass. This pass offers incredible views.
As you reach the top you are rewarded with 360 views of one of the most incredible landscapes on earth. After conquering the pass we will continue through a vivid green valley full of alpacas and llamas.
If you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of a Andean Condor and Vicunas. As we will approach our destination for the night we will have camp set up for you to enjoy your surroundings and relax.
Wake up to the freshly brewed Peruvian coffee. We will begin the day at 0500 AM. This allows us to approach and experience the Rainbow Mountain in all of its glory with solitude.
So, after a hot breakfast, and some coca tea we start with the uphill climb – Ananta Pass. From here you will see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain at a distance.
We will descend to a large valley and continue walking to the Rainbow Mountains of Vinicunca. From here we will head downhill to the village of Quesinouno. Here we will have lunch, and pack up the van before heading back to Cusco after a four day tour of Ausangate.
We will drop you off at your hotel in Cusco. We typically arrive back in Cusco around 6:00 PM.