Price
868$ per person
Duration
4 Days
Destination
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Travellers
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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.

What's included

Destination
Ausangate Trek , Peru Treks Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Cusco
Return Location
Cusco
Price includes
  • 24 hour support by our local staff
  • Accommodation in personal tents (camping)
  • All entrance fees and excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • All transfers airport, train station or bus station transfers, Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All transfers are assisted by English speaking staff
  • Guided tours by local quality English speaking guides
  • Meals: According mentioned in the itinerary (vegetarian or special diets are available)
Price does not include
  • Anything not specified in the itinerary description
  • Domestic flight tickets
  • International flight tickets
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tips for guides, drivers and other staff
  • VISA procedures, travel insurance, pre and post tour accommodation
  • Walking sticks

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.

PRICES PER PERSON (*)

  • 1 person = US$ 1,636
  • 2 people = US$ 868
  • 3 people = US$ 705
  • 4 people = US$ 606
  • 5 to 6 people = US$ 539
  • 7 to 8 people = US$ 464
  • More than 9 people = US$ 429

* Prices per person in US dollars.
* Price based on 02 people sharing one tent.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS TOUR PACKAGE

Trip code ARM4D01
Travel style PRIVATE TOUR
Type of activities Hiking & Trekking, Adventure.
Group size To suit group requirements.
Departure dates Guaranteed departures any day with one person. Departures are available along the year although due to weather conditions, the recommended period for this trek is April to November.
Trekking grade Moderate to strenuous – this trek requires a medium level of fitness. During this trek you will be required to walk up to 5 to 8 hours in one day. Some previous experience is required. Minimum 2 days at altitude recommended.
Min age 12+ All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Private tour means, the tour will run exclusively for you without strangers with private guide, vehicle and driver are for your exclusive use; no matter you are individually, or in a family or friends group.

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
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.
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.
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.
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: 18:00pm.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch.

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