Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain 4 Days / 3 Nights

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4D/3N

Cusco

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Overview

Mount Ausangate (6,377mts) is the highest and most sacred mountain in southern Peru, which for centuries has been central to the religious beliefs of the Andean people who still go on annual pilgrimages to its icy slopes.

This trail is for those who are looking to explore the Andes in the puna areas – exploring the majesty of the Andes and learning about the traditions of the Andean people. The area is inhabited by traditional Inca animals such as large herds of llamas, alpacas, the almighty Andean condor and this is the only area in Cusco region to see the Incan indigenous habitat of the VICUÑA (which has most expensive wool in the world!) Besides seeing these most impressive views of the glacier peaks and blue lakes, you will enjoy the hike of llamas in the Vilcanota Mountain Range. You will also be amongst the first to enjoy the newly discovered and now famous RAINBOW MOUNTAINS in Vinicunca: This trek does not go to Machu Picchu.

Day 1- CUSCO – TINKI – UPIS – HOT SPRINGS

  • Pickup from your hotel
  • Transfer to Tinki (trail head)
  • Breakfast in Tinki
  • Relaxing time at hot springs (optional 5 soles)
  • Camping in High Upis.
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water
  • Walked distance: 13km / 8 miles
  • Campsite elevation: 4100 m / 13450 ft.
  • Minimum altitude: 3800 m/11400 ft.
  • Maximum altitude: 4400 m/13200 ft.
  • Weather: dry / cold
  • Considered: Moderate
  • Highlights: Magnificent views of Ausangate Glacier peak – See large herds of llamas, alpacas – hot springs.

Day 2 – UPIS – CONDOR PASS – PUCACCOCHA

  • Early breakfast
  • 3 hrs. Hiking to the first pass with incredible views
  • Campsite at Puca Ccocha (Red Lake), located at the skirt of the Ausangate peak and at the bank of the lake.
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking wáter
  • Walked distance: 12 km /7 ½ miles
  • Campsite elevation: 4300 m / 14,100 ft.
  • Minimum altitude: 4400 m/13200 ft.
  • Maximum altitude: 5000m/16404 ft.
  • Weather: dry / cold
  • Considered: Difficult
  • Highlights: First pass of the trek – amazing views of the lakes and waterfalls – see the Incan indigenous habitat of the VICUÑA (which has most expensive wool in the world!).

DAY 3: PUCACCOCHA – ALPACA PASS – CHILLCA – VICUÑA PASS YANACCOCHA

  • Early breakfast
  • Highest pass of the trek
  • Amazing sunsets and sunrise
  • Campsite at the banks of Lake Yanaccocha
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water
  • Walked distance: 15 km/9.3 miles
  • Campsite elevation: 4400 m/ 14,435 ft.
  • Minimum altitude: 4400 m/13200 ft.
  • Maximum altitude: 5300m/17388 ft.
  • Weather: Dry / cold
  • Considered: Difficult
  • Highlights: Highest pass of the trek – gorgeous views of the blue lakes and the majestic views of Ausangate Glacier Peak – See some condors and vicuñas.

Day 4: YANACCOCHA – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – CHILLCA VILLAGE – CUSCO

  • Early breakfast
  • Enjoy the incredible views of the famous RAINBOW MOUNTIANS.
  • Drive back to Cusco
  • End of the tour
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinking water
  • Walked distance: 12 km /7 ½ miles
  • Minimum altitude: 4400 m/13200 ft.
  • Maximum altitude: 5200m /17060 ft.
  • Weather: dry / cold
  • Considered: Moderate
  • Highlights: gorgeous views of the Rainbow Mountain and the Red Mountain

Itinerary

Day 1- CUSCO – TINKI – UPIS – HOT SPRINGS

We will pick you up from your hotel at 4:00AM to begin this amazing expedition. You will have private transportation to the trailhead at Tinki. Tinki is a small Andean village located near Ocongate at 3900 m/12795 ft. above sea level. It is here you will meet your horsemen and horses. You will enjoy your first breakfast prepared by our trekking chef. Then you will begin the hike which will be a 3 to 4 hour gradual uphill hike until we reach our lunch area. Along the way we will have amazing views of Ausangate, still far in the distance from where we will ultimately be. We will pass by a few traditional villages and perhaps meet some local people, dressed in their very colorful, traditional clothing while accompanying their grazing animals which are indigenous to this area – llamas and alpacas. Our lunch spot is in an amazing location surrounded by stunning mountains and an excellent view of Ausangate Glacier peak. After lunch it will be another 2 hour hike until we reach our campsite at Upis Alto near the famous hot springs. Upis Alto is a small village located at 4100 m/13451 ft. elevation. This will be our first campsite at the skirt of famous Ausangate.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water
  • Walked distance: 13km / 8 miles
  • Campsite elevation: 4100 m / 13450 ft.
  • Minimum altitude: 3800 m/11400 ft.
  • Maximum altitude: 4400 m/13200 ft.
  • Weather: dry / cold
  • Considered: Moderate
  • Highlights: Magnificent views of Ausangate Glacier peak – See large herds of llamas, alpacas – hot springs.

Day 2 – UPIS – CONDOR PASS – PUCACCOCHA

After an early, nutritious breakfast with your trekking team you will prepare for the second day of the hike. Today you will have wonderful views of the Ausangate glacier peaks since you will be hiking very nearby. You will also have amazing views of the lakes and waterfalls – perhaps see some llamas, alpacas and wild vicuñas (the undomesticated ancestor of the alpaca) as well as condors soaring above. We will have a 3 hour uphill hike to reach the first pass which is at 5000m/16404 ft. where you will have magnificent views of the surrounding area. Perhaps in some months of the year we will have some snow hikes, but mostly in dry season you always get great views. Likely you will get to see vicuñas, which are the most impressive animal’s still living wild in Peru and belong to the family of Andean camelids. Their fleece is the most expensive wool today the world over. After taking a few amazing pictures we will continue on to our lunch spot, with a gradual downhill hike for another 1½ hours to a beautiful area where you will enjoy your second day’s lunch. It will be another 2½ hour hike to arrive at our campsite at Puca Ccocha (Red Lake). This campsite is one of the most beautiful campsites located at the skirt of the Ausangate peak and at the bank of the lake. You can see amazing sunsets from here and perhaps some condors and eagles flying nearby.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water
  • Walked distance: 12 km /7 ½ miles
  • Campsite elevation: 4300 m / 14,100 ft.
  • Minimum altitude: 4400 m/13200 ft.
  • Maximum altitude: 5000m/16404 ft.
  • Weather: dry / cold
  • Considered: Difficult
  • Highlights: First pass of the trek – amazing views of the lakes and waterfalls – see the Incan indigenous habitat of the VICUÑA (which has most expensive wool in the world!).

DAY 3: PUCACCOCHA – ALPACA PASS – CHILLCA – VICUÑA PASS YANACCOCHA

We will wake you up early in the morning with a hot cup of coca tea to start one of the most beautiful days of the trek. You will enjoy the majestic views of some of the highest peaks in the Andes and the depths of the beautiful valleys. You will have two mountain passes to make today.

After an early breakfast we will start with a 2-3 hour steep climb to Alpaca Pass at 5100 m/ 16732 ft. elevation. Along the way you will always have gorgeous views of the blue lakes and the magestic views of Ausangate Glacier Peak surrounding you. You can even sometimes see avalanches in process happening from the glacial hills with ice crashing into the lakes below. Once you reach the summit of this mountain, you will be located right in front of Ausangate and you can really enjoy the Chillca Valley, with many alpaca grazing along these hills. Honestly, it is so impressive to be right at this point – at times you have the feeling that you are in The Kilimanjaro Trails in Africa! After taking some great pictures you will continue for another 2 hours gradual downhill trek – in some sections the trail is still a bit difficult to see – and then we reach our lunch spot, located in Chillca Valley. The views are always amazing of the waterfalls, the green hills and snow-capped peaks located far away, on top of the mountains. After enjoying your lunch and a little siesta, you will continue on to the second pass of the day: VICUÑA pass at 5300m/17388 ft. elevation. It will be 1½ hour slow pace to reach the summit of this highest pass of the trek. Along the way it is possible to see some condors, and vicuñas if we are lucky enough. Once we are on top of the mountain we will enjoy a cup or two of traditional coca tea which will be provided by your porters. Then it will be another 1 hour downhill hike to arrive to our campsite at the banks of Lake Yanaccocha where you will enjoy our famous daily happy hour of hot drinks. This campsite is located few hours away from our final destination which is The Rainbow Mountains!

This is a perfect place at night to spot the famous Inca constellations and do some stargazing!

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water
  • Walked distance: 15 km/9.3 miles
  • Campsite elevation: 4400 m/ 14,435 ft.
  • Minimum altitude: 4400 m/13200 ft.
  • Maximum altitude: 5300m/17388 ft.
  • Weather: Dry / cold
  • Considered: Difficult
  • Highlights: Highest pass of the trek – gorgeous views of the blue lakes and the majestic views of Ausangate Glacier Peak – See some condors and vicuñas.

Day 4: YANACCOCHA – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – CHILLCA VILLAGE – CUSCO

After an early final breakfast with your trekking team and enjoying the famous traditional warm drinks such as coca tea, it will be about 1½ hours gradual uphill trek until we reach the famous RAINBOW MOUNTIANS and the Red Mountain Valley located at 5200m /17060 ft. elevation. Your guide will walk you to the best spots to get the perfect postcard pictures of these incredible mountain and the other surrounding mountains. Your guide also will explain why these mountain are special and really are something quite different from any other mountains in the Vilcantoa Range. This is due to a composition of various minerals which make different colors of stone striations formed right in the middle of the red mountains. This is definitely one of the key tourist highlights in South America and one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Peru. There is nothing else like it!

After taking your photos and enjoying the views which you have come so far to see, you will continue the expedition to the end of the trail. This is all downhill along the Chillca Valley for about 3 hours where you will enjoy your final lunch with your team. We will then drive back to Cusco – about 4 hour max drive, and we will drop you off at your hotel. The drive itself provides really nice views of the Andes, passing some traditional villages along the way. You will be arriving into Cusco around 6PM.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinking water
  • Walked distance: 12 km /7 ½ miles
  • Minimum altitude: 4400 m/13200 ft.
  • Maximum altitude: 5200m /17060 ft.
  • Weather: dry / cold
  • Considered: Moderate
  • Highlights: gorgeous views of the Rainbow Mountain and the Red Mountain

Includes

INCLUDED:

  • A pre-trek briefing is held at our Office or at your Hotel in Cusco with your trekking guide – the night before of your departure (exact time to be confirmed).
  • Pick up from your hotel on your departure.
  • Private transportation with a nice views to Tinki (trail head)
  • The first breakfast on the way, at the beginning of the trek.
  • English speaking tour guide.
  • One professional chef who will prepare delicious food.
  • The chef’s assistance and some porters.
  • Horsemen and horses to carry camping equipment, food, kitchen utensils, and 7 kilos of passenger baggage (includes sleeping and mattresses).
  • We carry 7 kg of your stuff so you will only walk with your day bag with water.
  • We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7 kg per person), the night before of your departure.
  • One emergency horse in case you get tired or you want to try to ride.
  • Comfortable tents (sleeping 2 people in a 4 person tent), with plenty of room to fit your trekking gear and your day packs.
  • Three main course meals per day (very nutritional) including a happy hour every evening (tea time)
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent, table, chairs and a gas lamp to enjoy the evenings.
  • Boiled water is provided in the morning, at lunch time, tea time, and dinner time.
  • Extra warm water for washing proposes every meal time.
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Visit to traditional houses at Ccasccara camp.
  • Bomb fire in some nights with hot wine sangria.
  • Extra blankets during night time.
  • Foam mats to put under your sleeping bag (carried by horses). If you require greater comfort during the trek, we can rent you an inflatable mattress $25 for the entire trek.
  • Option vegetarian food or special diet is available – no additional cost.
  • Some help for the local people and the kids.
  • Local transportation to Sicuani and back to Cusco
  • Taxes included

NOT INCLUDED

  • Sleeping bag (this can be rented from us $20  for the entire trek)
  • Walking sticks (this can be rented from us $15 for the entire trek)
  • Inflatable sleeping pads for extra comfort (3 inches/8 cm thick) (this can be rented from us $25  for the entire trek)
  • Entrance to the hot spring 5 Soles
  • Extra Horse to ride 90.00 USD
  • Extra Horse to carry bags or personal items 50.00 USD
  • Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide ( DESTINY PERU TOURS staff receive a fair and decent payment immediately after they end the trip. Tips are optional but of great appreciation for them – according to your wish)

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO TAKE

  • Good day back pack.
  • Copy of your passport.
  • Sleeping bag (this can be rented from us $20  for the entire trek)
  • Warm clothes, warm jackets, rain jacket, T-shirts, fleeces, gloves, Scarf, woolen hat for cold nights, socks and thermal clothing especially for sleeping.
  • Hiking boots or waterproof trekking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Hat and gloves
  • WARM CLOTHES: LAYERS for variable temperatures especially at night.
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream
  • Insect Repellent
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags.
  • Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with drinking -previously boiled- water).
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Walking sticks (this can be rented from us $15 for the entire trek)
  • Swimming suit, Small towel, Sandals for the hot springs.
  • EXTRA MONEY FOR SOUVENIRS, DRINKS & TIPS.

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Price

Number of Paxs 2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 + persons
Prices per person USD 650 USD 645 USD 640 USD 635

If you are a group more than 8 people let us know, we can make a special price.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

If you need a Hotel in Cusco, just let us know when you plan to stay and we’ll do the rest. We can also include the transport “Airport – Hotel – Airport” in Cusco the days of arrival and departure by an additional $ 10.00 per person.

OPTIONAL ITEMS FOR RENTING:

  • Sleeping bags: $ 20
  • Walking sticks: $ 15
  • Inflatable mattress: $ 25
  • Extra Horse to ride: $ 90
  • Extra Horse to carry bags or personal items: $ 50
  • Single tent supplement: $ 30

Discount 25%

Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley

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