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Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek 2D/1N

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Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek 2D/1N

We have put together this fascinating new two-day hiking itinerary on the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain; to show you the best of this spot of our beautiful country in a short time. This hike will allow you to observe local people with their typical outfits, herds of alpacas, llamas, the highest snow-capped mountain in the Cusco region, the enchanting rainbow mountain and the red valley.

Highlights of our Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek

  • We wish to give you the best experience on this Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek. That is why, we planned a unique itinerary; that gives you the precise hours of hiking to make you really enjoy, observe, acclimatized to the altitude, take your time and appreciate the landscape beauty of this journey.
  • We have the best and most passionate team of workers.
  • Be part of our social and environmental projects.
  • We provide you with an emergency horse, in case you need a little push.
  • We provide you with an alpaca wool blanket and a hot water bladder
  • Stargaze the andean sky over the Ausangate snow-capped mountain.
  • Hike in the beautiful valley red valley
  • The place where we will sleep is only 1 hour from the rainbow mountain, so we will have the opportunity to appreciate the sunrise above this breathtaking mountain made into a rainbow.
  • In addition to all the above, we prepare food for our hikers and team with 100% organic veggies purchased from local producers.

Trip Overview of our Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek.

  • Trek Type: Trekking/hiking, scenic, cultural and informative
  • Good for: Those in moderate shape or better
  • Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
  • Season: From March 1st to January 31th

Day 1. Cusco – Alkatara – Qellwacocha.

  • Hiking distance: 8.5 miles/14 km (6 – 7 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 4.650 meters above sea level
  • Considered: Moderate to difficult
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Cold and windy

We collect you at 4:00 am. from your accommodation; to then drive you for 3 hours and 30 minutes to the beginning point of the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek. We´ll enjoy an outdoor buffet breakfast; and then we start hiking on a gentle uphill for three hours through a beautiful green valley surrounded by herds of Llamas and Alpacas. Upon arrival to the summit of the Pucacocha Pass, you´ll see the Pucacocha lagoon and the imposing Ausangate snow capped mountain; your tour leader also will teach interesting facts about snow-capped mountains and the andean worldview.

Continuing with our Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek, we hike downhill for one hour and 30 minutes to Anata valley; where we´ll delight a delicious buffet meal. After a half an hour rest, you’ll hike uphill for one hour and 30 minutes to the Warmisalla Pass. From where we will have a 360 degree view of imposing rugged peaks, reddish hills and also the first glimpse of the Rainbow Mountain. Then we hike 40 minutes downhill to Qelwacocha lagoon where is located our campsite. Once we arrive to our campsite, our tents are already set up. Also our support staff will provide us, a lukewarm water bucket, a small towel and a soap to wash up and nap; after a tiring but awesome first day; within the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek.

At night will stargaze over the Ausangate peak; while enjoying a charming tea time. Let’s enjoy our buffet dinner; to then sleep like bricks.

** Awesome day, within the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek to stargaze and point out Inca constellations.

Day 2. Qellwacocha – Rainbow Mountain – Soraypampa – Cusco.

  • Hiking distance: 8.6 miles/15 km (6 hours)
  • Considered: Moderate to difficult
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks and lunch ! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Cold and windy

We wake you up very early, with a hot coca tea cup. After 5 minutes we provide you with warm water in buckets; so you may wash up and wake up in a better mood. After a nutritious breakfast we’ll hike uphill for one hour to the Rainbow Mountain Trek lookout, where we will delight an incredible sunrise; Once there you´ll be astonished by the greatness of this mountain made into a rainbow. Let’s take unforgettable photos and make a small gratitude ceremony to mother earth. Following with the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek, we hike 30 minutes on a gentle uphill to the red valley overlook. The scenery from this lookout seems like take out from a fairy tale. We descend for three hours and a half, through a pretty valley surrounded by local hamlets, Alpacas and Llamas. Upon arrival to our lunch spot, our cook we´ll be waiting with a cold fruit juice and a varied and yummy buffet lunch. After lunch we´ll be driven by our private car, for three hours to Cusco; where we arrive around 17:30 pm.

** Our unique 2 day Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek, is door to door.

Included

Professional local english speaker Guides: All our super leaders grew up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our two day hikes.

Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek.

Briefing: The night before your trip, you will come to our office for your informative meeting. You will receive your duffle bag that will stay with your porters while you hike on the classic Inca Trail. This duffle bag should not exceed 7 kg / 14 pounds and should include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this two day Ausangate Rainbow Mountain trek. You will be picked up from your hotel at 4 am and brought to the trailhead and then on the second day, you will be brought back to your hotel in Cusco.

Food: Our two day trek includes expert hiking chefs who will cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know. Food is typically all served as buffet.

Water: We are going to provide you water three times a day. We boiled and filtered water that we supply our hikers during breakfast, lunch and dinner. You only need to bring with you, your camel bag or water bottle.

Details: We profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies. Each hiker receives a small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress to insulate, a backpack cover to protect their belongings while hiking and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best holiday.

Satellite phones: Our priority will always be the safety of our customers and our crew. While all our guides are prepared and trained to deal with most basic problems that occur in the mountains. Very rarely serious problems may occur that will require the assistance of a specialist doctor and that is when our satellite phones are very useful and necessary; also if you want to call a friend who is anywhere in the world, from the Rainbow Mountain or in case you need to verify the puppy that you left at home with the grandmother. While satellite phones are not cheap, We believe they are very important for your security and to give you the best possible experience.

First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain trek, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.

Not Included Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek

Rentals: Due there We are hiking the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek, each trekker needs a sleeping bag when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and trekking poles (with rubber tips). They are optional but encouraged for a better comfort. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:

  • Sleeping Bag: $10
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $5
  • Trekking Poles (Pair): $5

Prices

We would love to tour the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to Machu Picchu. We can leave any day from March to January as the two trek is always available.

Group Price (2020):

  • $240 per person

Private Tour:

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

  • 2 Trekkers: $980 per person.
  • 3 Trekkers: $925 per person.
  • 4 Trekkers: $870 per person.
  • 5 Trekkers: $815 per person.
  • 6 Trekkers: $760 per person.
  • 7 Trekkers: $705 per person.
  • 8 or more Trekkers: $650 per person.

Packing list

This Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek, includes mules that will carry all your duffle bag while you hike on this incredible region. We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during this 2 day Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek.

Essentials:

  • Original Passport.
  • STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student).
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru).
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better).
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) remember that the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek is entirely dirt soil.

For Your Duffel:

Our porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

  • 2 wicking t-shirts.
  • 1 hiking pants.
  • 2 sets of undergarments.
  • 2 sets of hiking socks.
  • 1 fleece and 1 down jacket; it gets cold at night.
  • 1 rain jacket and rain pants /rain poncho.
  • 1 sun hat.
  • 1 wool hat.
  • Headlamp: essential.
  • Hiking boots.
  • Comfortable shoes for camp.
  • Quick dry towel. We provide small ones, you might bring a towel a little larger.
  • Battery Charger: ¡There is no place to plug, on the inca quarry trek!
  • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep away clean clothes from dirty clothes.
  • Earplugs in case someone from the group snores.
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least.

Toiletries:

  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  • Bug spray
  • Handsanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.

Inside Your Daypacks:

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Some ítems you need to pack, are listed below:

  • Passport.
  • Sunhat.
  • Sun cream.
  • Sunglass.
  • Headlamp.
  • Rain gear.
  • Fleece.
  • Snacks, which contain a quick source of sugar or caffeine.
  • Electrolytes, which are very useful to replace mineral salts lost when hiking.
  • Camera.
  • Music (IPhone).
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste.
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips.

Where do we pick up the hikers for the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek?

Pick up will be from your hotel at 4:00 a.m. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching to our office in Cusco.

Where to pay the remaining amount for the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek?

Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before hiking for proper acclimatization. Once you are in Cusco it is imperative that you come to our office to review the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining amount of your Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek.

Reserve for the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek?

We try to make the booking as easy as possible in Incas Path. We prepare a reservation form where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of $ 100 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek permits are in our hands, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.

Permissions for the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek?

Only tour operators licensed by the government, such as Incas Path, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the government allows us to change are passport numbers.

Passport Number Update?

The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.

Where to stay in Cusco?

You can stay in a hotel that you consider convenient, however you must have the account of the location of the hotel because the traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 5 years. Many roads are up to 100 years old; Especially near the main square the roads are only for pedestrians. We will notify you if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel or coordinate another nearby pick-up point. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your Incas Path sales representative.

Can I stay in the sacred valley?

Not, as the driving route to get the trailhead of the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek does not go through the sacred valley of the incas.

During the trip, how challenging is the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek?

Remember that this 2 day Rainbow Mountain Hike, is challenging  because you will hike in very high areas and also climb two very high mountain passes. Also if rains, the dirt soil path could be muddy and slippery ( don´t worry if you have good hiking boots), so it will be exhausting but it will be worth it, when you arrive at rainbow mountain.

Will I need extra money on the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek?

Of course, if you want to buy some soft drinks, reminders or for tiping, take about 400 soles with you; «also remember that along the days of hiking into the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain trek just cash is accepted».

How many people will be in my group on the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek?

We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our groups that start each day. We can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 and 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience in the ausangate rainbow mountain trek. During the low season it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.

Do you need hiking boots for the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek?

We always recommend hiking boots, since if it rains a little, the hiking sections can become a bit muddy and slippery; please make sure they have good soles.

Are trekking poles really necessary on the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek?

Incas Path recommend the use of trekking poles for everyone, especially for those passengers with knee problems or older people; there are several sections during the tour where you will need to use the walking sticks, either climbing or descending the dirt soil paths.

Are there any toilets along the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek?

Along the Rainbow Mountain región, there are 3 places that has toilet; firstly at the hiking start, then at lunch spot and finally at basecamp. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.

Can I use plastic bottles during the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek?

Due to New government regulations for the ausangate rainbow mountain trek, it will be 100% BANNED to BRING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES. We kindly suggest you getting your aluminum plastic bottles to avoid any dissapointment at the check points along the hike.

Aluminum water bottles can be bought in many different shops around the main square.

If you are still at home and ready to fly to Peru for your ausangate trek & rainbow mountain we recommend you bringing aluminum water bottles or camel bags.

Where do I store my luggage?

All luggage not necessary for the hike must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing luggage of their guests. If you wish you can also store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage.

What should I expect from the weather on the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek?

Please understand that this is a very difficult question to answer. Historically, from April to October it is the dry season, from November to March it is the rainy season, but in recent years our weather has been affected by climate change and today it is very difficult to predict. Remember that in the mountains the solar radiation and heat are very high during the day; it is the opposite in the evenings and nights, as is always cold. We always recommend a long sleeve shirt to avoid sunburn (if you use a short sleeve t shirt, do it with a good sun cream), long pants, rain jacket and a fleece jacket and for the night a down jacket is the best.

Can Incas Path please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?

For us it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or if you have any type of allergies. We have a team of chefs with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets on the ausangate rainbow mountain trek. Also remember that we want to pamper you during your trip to the rainbow mountain region and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffet meals.

What type of outlet is used in Cusco?

Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output; however some local áreas, still use that of South America (that is why, power banks for the hike are encouraged to be brought).

What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?

Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip to ausangate rainbow mountain trek and, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, we always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not mandatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.

In general, participants in a group show their appreciation as a group for their porters and chef and a personal appreciation towards their tour guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.

Is there a possibility to cancel my Ausangate Rainbow Mountain?

There is no possibility to cancel the Ausangate rainbow mountain trek. Even in extreme weather conditions or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The peruvian government does not have any type of refund or change of date, because if there is any weather problem or strike that prevents us from entering the Ausangate rainbow mountain trek; we will do our best to provide you with an alternate hike or take you to the trek in some way. We will keep you very informed in case there is a strike or weather inconvenience in Peru, Cusco, rainbow mountain region or Machu Picchu. In the event that a passenger decides to cancel their trip to Peru, they will lose the total amount deposited because the permits and logistic are already organized.