Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain

In Cusco there are different companies that are promoting the Ausangate route as a trekking and adventure route, it has among its purpose that visitors manage to surround the Ausangate mountain, although still to date, few visitors have dared to follow it and complete this route. Those who are interested in climbing this snowy mountain, must know that they must have had enough time of previous practice since the Apu Ausangate is not a snowy mountain for beginners or people who do not have the proper experience, so if you is an intermediate level mountaineer, it is recommended to go in the company of an experienced guide in the field to avoid any complications.

This snowy mountain is also important at a traditional local tourist level, due to the great annual festival in honor of the Lord of «Qoyllurritti», an Andean Christian celebration, which takes place at the foot of the snowy peak during the months of May to June and which venerates the rock christ that appeared in the year 1780 to which large numbers of people come to the Sacred Apu to worship him, along with typical dances and local people from all parts of the city of Cusco as well as visitors from other regions of our country.

It is recommended to visit the snowy mountain between the months of April to November, which is the season when there are not many rains and you can take better advantage of the landscapes, in order to enjoy more of the beauty of the place and the activities it offers.

Why choose the Salkantay to Inca Trail Tour?

The Ausangate Trek is listed as one of the best treks in Peru, in addition to not being so popular.

Ausangate is definitely one of the best hikes you will find in Cusco, if you want to know the highest mountain in the region.

Ausangate is located in the second longest mountain range in Peru, the Vilcanota mountain range.

You can find the most beautiful snowy mountain in the region, Lagunas, Valles south of Cusco.

The Ausangate walk is not so commercial, this will be a different experience from all the commercial routes that exist in our city.

You will meet the rainbow Mountain at the end of the tour and you will have the most incredible experience.

QUICK ITINERARY:

DAY 1: CUSCO – TINKI – PACCHANTA

05:00 a.m. Pick up from the hotel in Cusco

05:30 a.m. Start of the trip to Tinki.

09:00 a.m. Start of trek to Pacchanta.

12:00 p.m. Lunch

13:00 p.m. arrival at Pacchanta

14:00 p.m. Bath in thermo medicinal poses (optional)

18:30 p.m. Dinner at Pacchanta

DAY 2: PACCHANTA – ABRA JANCA – HUCHUY PHINAYA

05.00 a.m. Breakfast

05:30 a.m. Start of the walk

11:30 a.m. Arrival at Abra Janca

12:00 p.m. Lunch

13:15 p.m. Gradual descent

17:00 p.m. Arrival Huchuy Phinaya

18:30 p.m. dinner

DAY 3: HUCHUY PHINAYA – ABRA PALOMANI – AUSANGATEQOCHA

06:00 a.m. Breakfast

06:40 a.m. Start of the walk

11:50 a.m. Lunch on the rise of Abra Palomani

14:00 p.m. We will go to the highest point of the Trek

16:30 p.m. arrival at Ausangateqocha camp

17:00 p.m. coffee time

18:30 p.m. dinner

DAY 4: AUSANGATE QOCHA – LAGUNAS COLORIDAS – ANANTA O AUQUI

06:00 a.m. Breakfast

07:00 a.m. Start of the Trek

10:00 a.m. Walk in the colorful lagoons

12:00 p.m. Lunch

16:00 p.m. Arrival at the last campsite

17:00 p.m. I warm you up

18:30 p.m. Our last dinner

DAY 5: ANANTA OR AUQUI – MONTAÑA DE COLORES – CUSCO

05:30 a.m. Breakfast

06:20 a.m. Start of the adventure to the colorful mountain

08:30 a.m. We will arrive to colorful land

10:00 a.m. Descent to Pampachiri – Cusipata.

12:00 p.m. Lunch

13:00 p.m. Farewell to all the expedition team

18:00 p.m. Arrival to Cusco

ITINERARY:

DAY 1: CUSCO – TINKI – PACCHANTA

We will start the adventure on an easy day with a view of the Ausangate snow cap and we will have the opportunity to visit the Pacchanta thermal baths and have free time to get to know the place and most importantly, acclimatization we will sleep close to the foot of the snowcapped Mountain in a beautiful town where we will also meet part of our team that will accompany us on the adventure.

We will start the trip early, we will pick you up from your hotel where we recommend you have a hot drink before starting the trip, we will pass by you at 05:00 am to head towards the town of Tinke 3800 masl – 12467 fasl. We will start with a walk from 9:00 am to Pacchanta which will take us an average of 3 hours and is 9 km. – 5.5 miles which we will do at a medium pace we will pass through different communities such as Pinchimuro 4000 masl – 13123 fasl, we will see the local people doing their daily activities such as agriculture and the raising of minor animals, we will also get the first views of the Ausangate place to which we will go.

We will arrive at Pacchanta 4200 masl – 13779 fasl, around noon already in this place we will have lunch, after this walk that will serve as acclimatization and see the physical condition of the group, we will rest and have the afternoon free to take advantage of and visit the thermal waters of Pacchanta (Optional), or we can simply take the afternoon off to take photographs or be able to see with the local people the activities that they carry out if possible and the body is still in good condition we can continue and visit the 7 lagoons located just 2 hours from walk, Qomercocha, Pukacocha, Azulcocha, Otorongo Male and Female.

This day we will also meet the part of the team, the muleteer and cook, who will take the camping equipment and food on the walk, we will make new friends in this adventure.

We will have dinner and sleep there.

  • Meals: Lunch – Dinner
  • Distance traveled: 9 km -5.5 miles – optional 8 km to the 7 lagoons.
  • Time: 3- 4 hours
  • Maximum height: 4200 masl – 13779 fasl
  • Minimum height: 3800 masl – 12467 fasl
  • Difficulty: low

DAY 2: PACCHANTA – ABRA JAMPA – HUCHUY PHINAYA

We will have a day full of beautiful views and the first day of a great challenge since we will go through the 5000 meters of the Jampa Pass and we will begin the descent in the Jampa Valley to reach Huchuy Phinaya where we will sleep at more than 4500 meters and not we will be alone we will always be accompanied by our skip and the llamas and alpacas of the area and the “ Apu Ausangate “ .

We will have an early breakfast at 5:00 am and we will start the walk if a day before it was not possible to visit the 7 lagoons, this will be the best time to do it, we will cross a small Andean valley crossing with  Alpacas and llamas that graze the inhabitants of the area and we will go to the 7 lagoons Qomercocha, Pukacocha, Azulcocha, Otorongo Macho and Hembra and we will take photographs then we will continue ascending towards the Jampa pass 5000 masl – 16404 fasl, the road will be gradually rising to half then it will be steeper 9 km- 5.5 miles to the Lunch point and stop point after crossing the pass after lunch it will take us 5 hours this section and to get the most beautiful views of the day we will continue to the next point in our route Huchuy Phinaya 4500 masl- 14763 fasl and will be another 9 km – 5.5 miles of walking will take us 3 hours all descending, this area will be the most beautiful of the day since we can appreciate the mountain range snowy Ausangate, and snowy Huamanticcya, all the way we will see groups of llamas and alpacas in the area with a little luck to Vicuñas, we will pass through a beautiful high Andean valley, we will arrive in the afternoon to our destination where we will have the camp, dinner and we will sleep at this point. 

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Distance traveled: 18 km -11.18 miles
  • Time: 8 to 9 hours
  • Maximum height: 5000 masl – 16404 fasl
  • Minimum height: 4200 masl – 13779 fasl
  • Difficulty: High – demanding

DAY 3: HUCHUY PHINAYA – ABRA PALOMANI – AUSANGATEQOCHA

We will pass through the Palomani Pass the highest point of our journey, we will have the best view of Ausangate and we will be able to see it in all its splendor, Ausangate will give us a hates and we will sleep at the foot of the snowy, it will be a cold night and in a high point. 

We start the walk early and continue after breakfast, which will be at 6:00 am, we will start with the ascent to the highest point on our route, the Palomani Pass 5200 masl – 17060 fasl, to reach this step we will make an average walk of 700 meters we will advance for 4 hours and we will have lunch before crossing the pass and then we will continue all up to the pass on the way we will see inhabitants of the area and when we approach the top the road will be covered with snow according to the weather once at the top we will appreciate the imposing Ausangate and we will meet the apachetas (stone mounds) which were made by local people as a small offering to the great «Sacred Apu» we will have free time for photos and then continue the descent to the next camp in Ausangateqocha at 4650 masl – 15255 fasl.

We will arrive at 16:00 pm and we will have some free time to get to know the lagoon and see the beautiful Ausangate mountain and the high Andean valley in which we will be.

We will sleep in the highest camp of the route and we will probably have snow at night the temperature will drop noticeably since we will be at the foot of the snowy.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Distance traveled: 10 km – 6.2 miles
  • Time: 6 to 7 hours
  • Maximum height: 5200 masl – 17060 fasl
  • Minimum height: 4650 masl – 15255 fasl
  • Difficulty: High – demanding

DAY 4: AUSANGATE QOCHA – LAGUNAS COLORIDAS – ANANTA O AUQUI

A quiet day we will start the trek early to take advantage of the day through a light path and reach our last destination.

The trek this day begins at 6:00 am after breakfast and this section will not be so complicated and the height will not be a problem since it is the fourth day of the trek. We will start ascending for 2 hours towards the Apuchata pass at 4850 masl – 15912 fasl, and then continue descending towards Ananta 4650 masl – 15255 fasl, we will have lunch on the way and make a stop to be able to take photos along the way and be able to see the species that They inhabit this area in addition to the beautiful landscapes.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Distance traveled: 8 km – 4.9 miles
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Maximum height: 4850 masl – 15912 fasl
  • Minimum height: 4650 masl – 15255 fasl
  • Difficulty: medium.

DAY 5: ANANTA OR AUQUI – MONTAÑA DE COLORES – CUSCO

The last day and we will know the mountain of colors which will be a beautiful adventure one day full of natural colors and the experience that we will not forget. In the afternoon we will return to Cusco on a 3 hours trip and arrive back to Cusco after an incredible adventure.

This day we will take breakfast early at 5:30 am and continue on the 3-hour walk to the Mountain of Colors 5000 masl – 16404 fasl, this will be a low grade walk and the walk will be ascending we will arrive at the mountain of colors to At 9:00 am in the morning we will visit this very important point and visited we will arrive before the large masses of people who arrive at this place also known as Vinicunca and it is a rock formation which have different shades of color in the terrain including the colors Reds, purple, yellow, pink, green and other variations. After making this visit, we will continue descending towards Pampachiri, a community located 2 hours away, and then have lunch at this point so that we can continue and take the return vehicle to the city of Cusco. 

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch.
  • Distance traveled: 8 km – 4.9 miles
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Maximum height: 5000 masl – 16404 fasl
  • Minimum height: 4650 masl – 15255 fasl
  • Difficulty: medium

INCLUDED:

  • Previous meeting with the guide prior to the departure of the Trek.
  • Transportation Cusco –Pacchanta / Pampachiri – Cusco.
  • Professional guide service.
  • Arriero and Cook.
  • Food: 04 breakfasts, 05 lunches and 04 dinners.
  • Pack horses and muleteers: For 4 days. (5 kilos per person).
  • Camping equipment: dining tent, kitchen tent, quadruple sleeping tent for double use, mat, table, chairs.
  • Emergency medical kit: Oxygen bottle and first aid kit.
  • Entrance ticket to the Ausangate nature reserve and mountain of colors.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast on the 1st day.
  • Sleeping bag (necessary) and walking sticks.
  • I enter the thermal baths s / 10.00 soles.

Recommendations:

Passengers must personally carry the following: Toiletries, a small first-aid kit containing a couple of bandages, cream for muscle pain, pills for: altitude sickness, fever, upset stomach, pills to purify water, sunscreen , mosquito repellent, bottled water, flashlight, plastic rain ponchos, dark glasses, binoculars, camera, walking stick, trekking shoes, thermal clothing for the night, light clothing for the day, money at your discretion.

Optional:

We offer to rent sleeping bags for the 04 days: Fiber $ 15.00 and pen $ 20.00.

Likewise, for passengers who carry extra (excess) cargo horses during the 03 days in the US $ 90.00 each.

Important:

1.- In the pool system the group is made up of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12 passengers.

2.- The camps can vary depending on the climate and the state of health of the travelers.

3.- We recommend hiring travel insurance which is not included in the program

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