- Availability: Available now
- Group size: 2-10
- Tour Type: Hiking / Adventure
- Max. Elevation: 12 km /7.5 m
Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain 4D/3N
Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain 4D/3N
The Ausangate region; It is a tourist destination not very visited. However, it has outstanding points; that does not have other 4-day hikes. This fantastic 4-day hike, gives you the opportunity; to walk around colorful lagoons; imposing snow-capped mountains; cute llamas and alpacas; in addition to being in direct contact with local people from the Andes.
Highlights of our Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain
- We wish to create a lifetime experience for you. So we carefully and in detail planned every aspect of this 4 day trek to Rainbow Mountain.
- Our guides, cooks and porters are obsessed for what they do. We provide top quality service.
- Our camping equipment; Is of the highest quality, resistance and very spacious.
- Have a wonderful night to stargaze Inca constellations from thermal baths.
- We provide a emergency horse; just in case someone needs a little push.
- We pamper you with a wool alpaca blanket and a hot water bladder.
- We will prepare a traditional andean underground barbecue; called Pachamanca.
- Visit the Rainbow Mountain; without the crowds.
- We are the only hiking specialist; that prepares food for our hikers and staff, using 100 % organic vegetables purchased from local producers.
Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain Trip Overview
- Trek Type: Hiking, scenic, cultural and informative.
- Good for: Those in moderate shape or better.
- Difficulty: Difficult to Challengingt
- Considerations: In order to give you the best itinerary and experience on this trek; our program it is completely different from the other companies.
- Season: From March 1st to December 31th.
Day 1: Cusco – Tinki – Upis Alto – Hot Springs.
- Hiking distance: 8 miles/13 km (5 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 4.100 meters above sea level
- Considered: Easy to moderate.
- Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet.
- Weather: Cold and windy.
We pick you up from your hotel at 4 am. and we drive you for 3 hours until the trailhead of our Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain. Once there, our expert cook will serve us a delicious buffet breakfast. Backpacks on, to start hiking uphill for four hours to lunch spot; along the way we’ll see potato, quinoa, barley and carrot crops. The view will be adorned by the imposing Ausangate snow-capped mountain. Upon arrival to lunch; our chef will hand down a cold fruit juice and will serve you a varied and yummy buffet lunch. After a 30-minutes rest; will hike two hours to our campsite. Along the way we will see llama and alpaca breeders; gathering them to lock them up in their pens.
Upon arrival to our first campsite our staff of porters; will have the tents already pitched. They will provide you warm water in buckets so you may washed up; and rest after a little difficult but rewarding day in the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain. At night let’s enjoy tea time with popcorn, hot chocolate, crackers and a delicious buffet dinner.
** The Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain; will provide you the marvelous experience to stargaze the Andean sky from relaxing outdoor thermal baths.
Day 2: Upis Alto – Condor Pass – Pucacocha.
- Hiking distance: 7.5 miles/12 km (7 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 4.300 meters above sea level
- Considered: Difficult to challenging.
- Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet.
- Weather: Cold and windy
After a delicious buffet breakfast; let’s put our backpacks on to start Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek.
We´ll hike uphill for four hours to Alpaca Pass; along the way will see a beautiful lagoon and a bunch a snow-capped peaks. Upon arrival to the summit; we´ll make a mother earth gratitude offering. We´ll also see dozens of Alpaca herds; grazing on a huge green plateau.
Then we will continue hiking downhill for two hours towards our lunch spot; where our chef will be waiting us with cold fruit juice and a delicious buffet lunch. After resting, we hike two hours uphill to the second Mountain Pass; from where we have a wonderful view of the Colque Cruz snowy peak and a nice looking lagoon.
Continuing with the Ausangate Trek and Rainbow Mountain Hike; we will descend for one hour to the shores of the Yanacocha lagoon; where will spend the night. Let’s enjoy our yummy dinner to sleep like drunk baby alpaca.
** Even though the third day in the Ausangate Hike & Rainbow Mountain Trek; will be the most challenging: you have to remember that only 400 people a year hike on that off the beaten destination.
Day 4: Yanacocha – Rainbow Mountain – Cusco.
- Hiking distance: 7.5 miles/12 km (5 hours)
- Considered: Moderate
- Meals: Breakfast,snacks and lunch! All served as buffet
- Weather: Cold and windy
To start the Ausangate Trek; will have a delicious and varied outdoor buffet breakfast. We’ll hike for two hours to a fantastic Rainbow Mountain overlook; Let’s take awesome instagrammable photos; and take your time to sit down and contemplate this nature beauty. We have a unique Rainbow Mountain Trek itinerary; that allows you delight this colorful mountain without the crowds. Conventional excursions arrive at the rainbow mountains around 10:00 am.; that is too late for us.
Following we will hike downhill for three hours; through the red valley towards our lunch area. Once we arrive there; our team will be waiting with hot drinks and an and lovely outdoor buffet lunch. After resting for 20-minutes we can say » the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain is done». We’ll be driven for three hours to Cusco; where we arrive around 16:00 pm.
** Our Ausangate Hike & Rainbow Mountain Trek service, is door to door.
Day 4: Black Lagoon-Rainbow-Mountain-Cusco
- Hiking distance: 7.5 miles/12 km (5 hours)
- Considered: moderate
- Weather: Cold and windy
We come to your tents at 5:00 am with a hot coca tea to wake you up and enjoy the great morning view with the sunrise over the sakantay mountain, after 5 minutes we provide you with warm water in buckets so you may washed up and wake up in a better way, then we give bewteen 30 to 40 minutes to pack essentials and then have breakfast for another 30 minutes.
After a yummy breakfast, we will gradually hike uphill for an hour and a half until we arrive to the beautiful rainbow mountain located at 5100 m.a.s.l. your tour guide will show you the spots with the best angles to obtain 20 000 likes on instagram; your tour guide will also explain why these mountains are different from any other mountains in the andes.
Following we will hike downhill for three hours through the red valley towards our lunch area, once we arrive there our team will be waiting with hot drinks and an and lovely buffet lunch; after lunch we can say,» the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain is done», get ready to board our private van be brought, for three hours towards Cusco, where we will arrive by 6 pm.
** Our service is from the door of your hotel to the the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain and then back to the door of your hotel again
Included on the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain
Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grewp 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 ausangate trek & rainbow mountain
Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain
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 ausangate trek & rainbow mountain. This duffle bag should not exceed 7 kg / 14 pounds and should include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
Porters: We include a personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffle bag and also our camping equipment and food to our basecamp. There is no additional cost for this. You will not have access to your duffle bag until you arrive at your camp in the afternoon.
Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this ausangate trek & rainbow mountain. You will be picked up from your hotel at 5 am and brought to the trailhead to begin your ausangate trek & rainbow mountain. We also include mules and horses that will carry our equipment and the private van from the rainbow mountain to Cusco.
Equipment: Incas path has the best equipment; we use Eureka Timberline 4 tents that are shared by only two people. You will have a large dining tent to enjoy your meals.
Food: Our ausangate trek & rainbow mountain 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: Starting from your first lunch until your last breakfast We will provide you boiled, filtered, and then cooled water before distributing. You must bring personal water bottles and or a camelback. We advice you to bring a bottle or camelback of 1.5 litters , as being well hydrated is the key to feeling great in the mountains.
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 Alpaca pass in the Ausangate trek or 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 experiencie.
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 trek & rainbow mountain, 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 on the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain
Rentals: Due there we are hiking the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain, 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: $20
- Inflatable Air Mattress: $15
- Trekking Poles (Pair): $15
We would love to tour the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to Ausangate trek. We can leave any day from March to January as the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain is always available
Group Price (2020):
- $650 per person
Private Tours are based on Group Size (2020):
Priced per person
- Two trekkers: $1250 per person
- Three trekkers: $1200
- Four trekkers: $1100
- Five trekkers: $950
- Six trekkers: $775
- Seven trekkers: $725
- Eight, or more, trekkers: $690
– $ 25 discount per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC) at the beginning of the hike or who is 17 years old or younger; for those who use an international student card or for children under 17, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount of the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain of the government.
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This ausangate trek & rainbow mountain, includes porters who will carry all your duffle bag while you hike on the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain. We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during the ausangate trek.
- 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 trek & rainbow mountain 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.
- 4 wicking t-shirts
- 2 hiking pants
- 4 sets of undergarments.
- 4 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
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might bring a towel a little larger.
- Bathing suit
- Flip flops or sandals
- Battery Charger: There is no place to plug, on the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain!
- 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
- Face moisturizer
- Bug spray
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- 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 items are listed below
- Rain gear
- Music (IPhone)
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
Where do we pick up the hikers for the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
Pick up will be from your hotel at 5:00 a.m. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching our office in Cusco.
Where to pay the remaining amount for the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain 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 trek & rainbow mountain.
Reserve for the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
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 $ 200 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain 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 Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
Only tour operators licensed by the goverment, such as Incas Path, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain 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 and 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 Trek & Rainbow Mountain does not go through the sacred valley of the incas.
During the trip, how challenging is the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
Remember that this ausangate trek & rainbow mountain, it 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 Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
Of course, if you want to buy some type of drinks, reminders or for tiping, take about 400 soles with you;«also remember that along the days of hiking into the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain trek just cash is accepted».
How many people will be in my group on the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain ?
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 trek & rainbow mountain. 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 Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
We always recommend hiking boots, since if it rains a little the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain can become a bit muddy and slipery; please make sure they have good soles.
Are trekking poles really necessary on the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
For the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain we 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 path.
Are there any toilets along the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
Along the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain there are 3 places that has toilet; firstly at the hiking start, then at lunch spot and at basecamp. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.
Can I use plastic botles during the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
Due to New goverment regulations for the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain 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 ausangate trek & rainbow mountain
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, or if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage
What should I expect from the weather on the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
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 radiation and heat are very high during the day and the evenings and nights always cold, we always recommend a short sleeve shirt for the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain, long pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, rain jacket and a fleece jacket and for the night a down jacket.
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 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 trek & rainbow mountain. Also remember that we want to pamper you during your trip to ausangate trek & rainbow mountain and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets.
What type of outlet is used in Cusco?
Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output and also that of South America.
What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?
Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip to ausangate trek & rainbow mountain 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 Trek & Rainbow Mountain?
There is no possibility to cancel the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain. 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 trek & rainbow mountain; 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, ausangate trek & rainbow mountain 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.