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Tourist with a local woman in Ausangate

Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain 4 Days

$707.00

Trek to the colorful mountains, Ausangate trek to Rainbow Mountain.

TRIP OVERVIEW

TRIP CODE: ARM4D01
TYPE SERVICE: Group Service
TYPE ITINERARY: Fixed
ACTIVITIES: Hiking & Trekking, Cultural & History
DESTINATION: Ausangate Mountain, Rainbow Mountain

Trek to the colorful mountains, Ausangate trek to Rainbow Mountain
Furthermore, the camp sites are at the base of the snow mountain around beautiful lakes. You’ll also have a relaxing, rejuvenating hot springs and set eyes upon the trek’s signature, one of a kind Rainbow Mountains! Trek to the colorful mountains in the Vinicunca area will likely be one of the most impressive things you’ll see in all of Peru!
You will have the opportunity to fall into deep admiration of the natural colors of the rarely visited Rainbow Mountain, hiking through some isolated village communities to get a taste of authentic mountain life in Cusco, as well as the opportunity to interact with the locals who still live these fascinating traditions today! You’ll see snowcapped peaks (glaciers), herds of alpacas, and turquoise lakes, all situated along the hike.

Highlights

  • Opportunity to observe local wildlife such as soaring condors, vicunas, bobcats, pumas, llamas, and alpacas.
  • Observation of and interaction with local village communities to get a taste of the authentic Andean life.
  • Natural wonders! Mineral composed Rainbow Mountain and colorful lakes tinged by the color of the sediment of nearby mountains.
  • Stunning views of the Ausangate glacier.
  • Expert explanation of the sacred significance of the Rainbow Mountain, as well as a thorough explanation of how these mountains is these striking colors.

TREK ITINERARY

Day 1 – Transportation to Tinki, Hike to Upis

  • To begin this beautiful journey, you will first be picked up by our transportation service from your Cusco hotel at 06:00AM to begin our 3-hour journey towards the small Andean village called Tinki (3,800m/12,467ft) in this place we will meet with our muleteers and horses. The drive will take you through the stunning countryside, passing by many traditional villages such as Urcos, Ccatcca and Ocongate and finally Tinki where our horseman wait for us, once our cook give for us the snack for the trek we are going to star our hike around 10:00am.
  • From Tinki your trek officially begins! We start the trek by crossing the bridge and green meadows underneath Ausangate Mountain’s uneven stone flanks. We will reach the hot springs of Upis (4,400m/14,436ft) after around 5 hours, a wonderful place to camp for the night.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate walking distance: 11 km (6.84 miles)
Estimated time walking: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,400m/14,436ft
Campsite altitude: 4,400m/14,436ft

Day 2 – Hike from Upis to Pucacocha

  • Early morning after breakfast, we climb for about 3 hours to Arapa Pass (4,750m/15,584ft). The views of Ausangate from Arapa step are undeniably stunning and will inspire you to create some Kodak moments!
  • After reaching this step, you will stop for a light lunch before continue descending downward into the valley on a wee-trodden gravel trail. During your descent, you’ll pass by the magnificent black lake of Yanacocha. Once back down in the valley you camp for the night beside the gorgeous lake Jatun Pucacocha. From your camp site you will have the freedom to choose to climb a nearby ridge to view the red-tinged lake of Vinococha. Each lake in the region is colored differently depending on the colored sediment of the nearby mountains.
  • Our second campsite is close to Ausangate glacier at Pucacocha (4,600m/15,092ft).
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate walking distance: 11 km (6.84 miles)
Estimated time walking: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,750m/15,584ft
Campsite altitude: 4,600m/15,092ft

Day 3 – Hike from Pucacocha to Surine Lagoon

  • On this day your excitement will grow as we get closer to the wonderfully unique Rainbow Mountains which you will begin to see in the distance! We will begin with one hour and 30 minutes uphill climb until we reach the next step (4,900m/16,076ft). At this step, we will catch glimpses of red mountains, as well as seeing Vicuñas, Chinchillas and Alpacas. From this step you will have a spectacular view of Ausangate and glacier.
  • After we enjoy the natural wonder of this step, we descend for one hour and 30 minutes until we reach the Alccataure (4,600m/15,092ft) where will we have lunch.
  • After a satisfying lunch, we will begin our hike uphill to the second step. After around one hour, we will follow llama trail to Minasniyuq pass (4,980m/16,339ft). Here we will catch our first views of the Rainbow Mountains.
  • Then we continue a one hour downhill hike to our camp, Surine Cocha (4,800m/15,748ft).
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate walking distance: 8 km (4. 97 miles)
Estimated time walking: 7-8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,980m/16,339ft
Campsite altitude: 4,800m/15,748ft

Day 4 – Sunrise at Rainbow Mountain, Back to Cusco

  • Beginning after breakfast, we will gradually hike uphill for 2 hours until we reach the famous, magnificent Rainbow Mountain (5,030m/16,498ft). Your guide will walk you through the best spots to get the perfect pictures of these incredible mountains and the other surrounding mountains.
  • The guide will explain what exactly makes these mountains so unique! They are composed of various minerals, which create different colors of stone striations. As you pass through lush, emerald-colored valleys, you’ll be inspired by views of Ausangate Mountain as it stands like a god-carved monolith in the distance. Of course, all of this leads up to the exciting moment in which you will first spot the colored minerals that formed the painted hills you’re walking through. This is truly a chance to stand in awe of Mother Nature’s handcrafted jewels. Your guide will explain the geological history of Rainbow Mountain as you approach its beauty and see it for yourself.
  • After taking photos and enjoying this once in a lifetime view, we will continue on the trek until we reach in Kayrahuire (4,500mt/14,764ft) one hour and 30 minutes downhill hike-shew! We will re-energize with a satisfying lunch there.
  • Our private van will be waiting to pick us up in this village after lunch. We will then drive 3 hours and 30 minutes back to Cusco. Approximate arrival time to Cusco: 19:00PM.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Approximate walking distance: 8 km (4. 97 miles)
Estimated time walking: 4-5 hours
Maximum altitude point: 5,030m/16,498ft

 

PRICES PER PERSON (*)

  • 1 person = US$ 1,361
  • 2 people = US$ 707
  • 3 people = US$ 580
  • 4 people = US$ 514
  • 5 to 6 people = US$ 460
  • 7 to 8 people = US$ 402
  • More than 9 people = US$ 357

* Prices are based in sharing one tent 2 people.
** Do you want to close your group and not join with more people? Make your group private and close your group to just you and your family or friends for an additional cost of US$ 30 per person.

Guaranteed Departures – You can start any date that you want – We have no fixed groups.

Extra Optional Services

  • Sleeping bag suitable minus 10 ºC for the whole trek US$ 20.
  • Walking stick with rubber feet (one pair) for the whole trek US$ 20.
  • Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share tent) US$ 20 per person.

INCLUDED

  • Pre-departure briefing, the night before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Tinki, starting point of the trek.
  • Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain entrance fees for trekkers and our staff.
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 4-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field.
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities.
  • Professional English speaking tour guide (2 guides for groups of over 10 people).
  • Chef and cooking equipment.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag).
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 persons.
  • Horsemen.
  • Accommodation for all our staff.
  • Meals (3 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinners + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
  • One snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment.
  • Boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards.
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff.
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Private transport from Kayrahuire to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
  • 24 hour support by our local staff.

NOT INCLUDED

  • International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru.
  • Airport departure taxes (Approximate cost US$ 31.00 international flights, and US$ 7.40 for each domestic flight).
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items.
  • Pre & post tour accommodation.
  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Sleeping bag.

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