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Ausangate trek and Rainbow Mountain Briefing

The Ausangate snow mountain (6,384m./20939) is considered a deity by all of the Andean villages who live in its around, the local people locally known as an Apu Ausangate (Protective Mountain), is locate in the South East of the city of Cusco and situated in the Vilcanota mountain range in the Peruvian Andes.
Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain trek is one of the most famous mountain treks in the region of Cusco, is a perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. The natural geography of the land and the warmth of its’ people, will make this hike a unique and unforgettable experience. This trek offers wild life, glaciers, waterfalls, frozen rivers, and beautiful views await us down into fertile valleys and southeast to the snowcapped mountains of the Vilcanota mountain range over the Canchis Valley, are home to an array of wildlife that includes chinchillas, vicuñas, Andean foxes and condors, as well as the famous Rainbow Mountain.

🤝🏻 Meeting and briefing

Some days before the tour, our team will contact you via E-mail or WhatsApp and will coordinate the meeting time at your hotel to provide you the all tour details and answer all your questions.

🏁 Starts from your accommodation in Cuzco at 05:30 A.M.

🔚 Ends to the center of Cuzco at about 17:00 P.M.

Day 1: Cusco – Upis – Yana Qocha

🚐 Transportation: 3 hours
🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 12 km./7.4 mi.
🕗 Duration: 7 hours
📈 Maximum elevation: 4650m. / 15256ft.
📉 Maximum elevation: 4350m. / 14272ft.

⛺ Lodging: Yanacocha

Early morning we will pick up you from the hotel 5:30 a.m., then we will drive three and a half hours in our transport, along the way will see different small towns, snow mountains until to reach the town of Upis, (4350m./14272ft.) where we will meet our muleteers and horses, we will prepare to start the great adventure. the beginning is gradually walking uphill for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes following the valley seeing llamas and alpacas and spectacular views of Ausangate snow mountain (6384m./2093ft.) , then we will have the lunch in a place called Pamparapa (4600m./15092ft.) After lunch, we will continue walking for approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to our first camping site, Yana Qocha (4650m./15256ft.) dinner, overnight.

💡 To keep in mind

-On this hike it is highly recommended to bring your walking poles.
-The nights are very cold and it is recommended to bring a warm sleeping bag at least 15 degrees below zero.

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Day 2: Yanacocha – Arapa – Pucacocha

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 11 km./6.8 mi.

🕗 Duration: 7 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 4850m. / 15908ft.

⛺ Lodging: Pucacocha

After our energetic breakfast, we will enjoy in our second day of the Ausangate trek, this day we will walk up on the highlands and we will cross to the Arapa high pass (4850m./15908ft). From this point we will enjoy a contrast view between the dry desert like the hills and the impressive views of the snowy mountains Ausangate and Pucacocha, after 4 hours walking  we will have the lunch, after lunch we will walk by the andes beautiful landscape and we will have a magnificent view of three beautiful lakes with shades of red, green and turquoise (Pucacocha, Hatun Pucacocha and Qomercocha). Our second camp is near the Ausangate snow mountain.

💡 To keep in mind

-In the Andes the weather is very changeable throughout the year, for this reason it is always recommended to wear a rain jacket or rain poncho.
-To prevent altitude sickness it is advisable to drink coca tea and chew it.

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Day 3: Pucacocha – Ausangate pass – Minasniyuq pass – Surine Cocha

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 10 km./6.2 mi.

🕗 Duration: 7 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 4930m. /16170ft.

📉 Maximum elevation: 4400m. / 14435ft.

⛺ Lodging: Sirenacocha

After our breakfast, we will start walking uphill for approximately 1 hour and a half until we reach the Ausangate pass (4930m/16170ft.). In this pass, we will see red mountains and we will also have the opportunity to see vicuñas, chinchillas and alpacas, we will begin to descend for 1 hour and a half until we reach the town of Alccatauri (4400m./14435ft.).
We will continue walking for 30 minutes uphill to our lunch place, after reinforcing lunch, we will begin our walk uphill until the second pass. following the Llama trail to the Minasniyuq Pass. Here we will have our first views of the Rainbow Mountain (5020m./16469ft). In this pass, we will make offerings to Pacha Mama (Mother Earth). then we continue walking downhill for approximately 1 hour to our camp, Sirenacocha (4800m./15748 ft). dinner, overnight.

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Day 4: Sirenacocha – Rainbow Mountain – Cusco

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 8 km./4.8 mi.

🕗 Duration: 5 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 5020m. /16469ft.

🚐 Transportation back: 3 hours

After our delicious last breakfast, we will start our walk for approximately 2 hours until we reach the famous Rainbow Mountain (5020 m/16469ft.), after taking photos and enjoying the view, listening the explanation of our guide, we will continue the 2 hour walk to our lunch and meeting place, in the parking our transport will wait for us and will return us to Cusco for approximately 3 hours of driving to the hotel.

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What’s included

   ✔  Informative briefing the day before we coordinate with you the time
   ✔  Duffle bag to carry 5kl. on horses during the trekking
   ✔  Pick up form the Hotel in Cusco
   ✔  Van transportation from Cusco to Tinki
   ✔  Muleteers and mules to carry the equipment
   ✔  Professional chef and cooking equipment
   ✔  3 nights camping
   ✔  3 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 3 dinners
   ✔  Entrance to Ausangate natural area
   ✔  Professional guide (English & Spanish-speaking)
   ✔  First aid kit and oxygen bottle
   ✔  Return bus from Rainbow mountain  to Cusco

Not included

  ❌  First breakfast, last lunch
  ❌  Slepping bag (You can rent you if you do not have you own, cost is 15.00 dollars)
  ❌  Horse (optional)
  ❌  Walking poles

Group size

🚫 Cancellation policy

If you cancel more than 96 hours before the start of the tour you will receive a refund of the total amount of the reservation except 15 USD per person (cost of the entrance to Ausangate natural area). After this time, or in case of no-show for the tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.

What to bring for the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour

   ➖  Sleeping bag (-15°C)
   ➖  Passport.
   ➖  Hiking shoes or boots
   ➖  Walking sticks
   ➖  Thermal clothes
   ➖  Light clothes
   ➖  Water bottle
   ➖  Waterproof jacket
   ➖  Cap or hat
   ➖  Small backpack
   ➖  Sunblock
   ➖  Sunglasses
   ➖  Flashlight
   ➖  Personal medication and personal higiene product 
   ➖  Chocolates, candies or another snacks
   ➖  Camera (optional).
   ➖  Extra money but in Nuevos Soles (Peruvian national currency)

Map

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🙋🏻‍♂️ QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Could I have altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness cannot be predicted or confirmed that all visitors will have it, but if we can prepare to avoid having symptoms of this illness, it is advisable to have at least 1 to 2 days of acclimatization and it is recommended to drink coca tea infusions. Upon arrival in Cusco and during the tour this will help to adapt the body to the altitude, some people take pills for altitude sickness that also works.

How high is the Ausangate Trek?

The trek to Ausangate and Rainbow mountain is walked through the Andes and highlands that are over 4000m. 13120ft. and you get to steps of 5050m. 16564ft. that have breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains of the Vilcanota conrdillera

Is the Ausangate Trek and Rainbow Mountain recommended to do during the rainy season?

It depends on the client’s taste, some people like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists or it is the dates of their vacations.The truth is that in the rainy season the landscape is more humid and green, of the 4 days hike It will possibly rain 1 or 2 days so it is recommended that they be prepared for the humid weather and have suitable clothing and equipment. the rainy months are January, February and March.

What kind of food will we have on the Ausangate Trek and rainbow mountain?

The food that is given in this walk is high in energy and light since at altitude the digestion is a little slower than normal, the menu generally includes pasta, rice, chicken, fresh fruits and vegetables and a variety of oats, eggs, vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free restrictions are available upon request of the passenger at the time of booking.

Can people with medical restrictions do the Ausangate trek and rainbow mountain?

If the passenger has medical restrictions, he must first consult his doctor and tell him that he wants or is planning a trek through the Andes over 4000m. 13120ft. and receive a positive response to be able to do so.

Can people with medical restrictions do the Ausangate trek and rainbow mountain?

It must be taken into account that this walk is made and scheduled for a walking time between 6 and 8 hours a day so that you can take your time and pace to enjoy this beautiful walk.

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