2 Days / 1 Night
The awesomes mountains of Peru will leave you with an unforgettable experiences, as you are lead into the Peruvian Andes by your local guide. During this trip you will enjoy an amazing night amongst some of the brightest stars you will ever see and a milky way so colorful it will leave you stunned. Our new route which includes a part of the Ausangate Circuit will truly take you off the beaten track; an adventure that will take your breath away constantly. With a combination of wild desert landscapes, glaciated peaks, rushing rivers and challenging mountain passes, everything seeming untouched and undiscovered.
Rainbow Mountain(Ausangate trek)
Duration: 2D/1N- camping
Distance: 32km/ 20 miles
Elevation: 4200m (13,200ft) – 5200m (17,000ft)
DAY 1: CUSCO-QESUNO-ANATA
On the first day of your Rainbow mountain adventure we will pick you up at your hotel at 4:00am and drive 3 hours to the trailhead. While packing up our gear our chef will be preparing a hot breakfast to get you fueled up for the hike ahead of you. Our guides will go over the itinerary for the day and safety tips to ensure you are fully prepared for the next two days. The trek begins in a large green valley. You will see hundreds of alpacas, local farmers, and the beautiful Ausangate mountain looming in the distance- this is only a teaser for what is to come on your journey.
As you continue making your way on the trail you will begin to conquer the first pass of the trek- Puccacocha pass. At around 16,000 feet, the pass sits just above Puccacocha lake, and the massive Ausangate mountain is directly in front of you, while a beautiful active glacier crashes into the lake below. After a successful climb we will stop around noon for lunch and to recharge your body for the remainder of the hike.
Our destination for the night is Anata, where we will enjoy a beautiful evening surrounded by jaw dropping landscape in the still of the Andes. As the sun sets we set up the dining tent with chairs for your group to relax and enjoy conversation while dinner is being prepared. This night you will see an unforgettable night sky full of constellations, shooting stars, and keep yourself warm with coca tea.
DAY 2: ANATA – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN- CUSCO
Today is what you’ve been waiting for. Your chance to see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain; and the best part, you’re almost there. We’ll wake you up bright and early (time dependant on weather- usually between 4am and 5am) with coca tea delivered to your tent, and serve you a hearty breakfast to fuel you up for your final climb to Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain). Upon arrival you can take all the time you want soaking in the amazing 360 degree vistas of the surrounding lands and explore the mountain itself. Take some time to yourself and really enjoy the beauty of nature around you- it truly is a magical place. The hike down will only take about three hours and here we will celebrate a successful journey, and enjoy lunch before departing back to Cusco (3 hours). Arrival time back in Cusco will depend on how long you want to spend on Rainbow Mountain, but we typically get back around 5pm -6pm and drop you off at your hotel.
- Private transportation to and from your hotel in Cusco
- All meals/drinks prepared by private cook (All food on the trek, which incorporates traditional Peruvian cuisine as well as modern fusion cuisine -we can accommodate specific dietary needs)
- Boiled water and snacks
- Fluent English/ Spanish speaking guide
- All gear and camping supplies
- Duffel bags for your personal belongings
- Large Dining tent, table, stools, all cutlery, and kitchen tent
- Portable toilet
- Horseman/Pack horses to carry all of the gear and personal belongings (up to 6kg per person)
- Fees to access private land
- First Aid kit including oxygen tank
- Sleeping pad
- Sleeping bag
- Water: please bring 2 liters per person
- Voluntary Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide (Every DESTINY PERU 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
- Day pack with Rain cover
- Trekking shoes (we recommend Gortex)
- Camping shoes/ sandals- to wear in the evenings
- Extra socks (wool is best)
- Hiking pants and shirts- layers
- WARM CLOTHES- mornings and evenings are cold
– Thermal base layer
– Fleece and Sweater
– Insulated Jacket
– Stocking hat, gloves, scarf
- Rain Jacket or Poncho
- Rain pants
- Camping pillow
- Torch/ headlamp
- Sunhat and sunglasses
- Sun cream
- Lip Balm
- Reusable water bottle or Bladder
- Swimsuit/ towel- if you wish to soak in the hot springs- 10 soles per person 4/6D Ausangate & Salkantay only
- Personal snacks (optional)
- Personal medications
- Camera/ extra battery
- Cash (if you’d like to purchase souvenirs)
* Servicio compartido mayor a 10 personas.
If you are a group more than 8 people let us know, we can make a special price.
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.
Weather in the Andes can be unpredictable ranging from hot and sunny to rain, wind and cold. Hikers should be prepared with proper gear and be ready for variable weather conditions throughout the day. Small changes in the itinerary are a possibility as well as trip cancellations due to bad weather. We reserve the right to cancel a trip if we feel conditions are unsafe. If this happens you will be refunded your deposit in full (see full Terms & Conditions), however trips still go out when there is rain, snow or fog. Temperatures can range from 0 degrees celcius in the morning to 15 degrees celcius in the afternoon. The sun does get intense in the afternoon and we highly recommend bringing sun protection.
As you embark a trip of lifetime, we want to make sure you are fully prepared. Our treks are challenging and often take place in rugged and isolated terrain. Hikers should be reasonably fit and healthy. Remember you are trekking at high elevation(anywhere between 4200m (14,000ft) and 5100m (17,000ft), you should be rested up to start this journey. We highly recommend spending at least two to three days in cusco or similar elevation to acclimatize prior to your trek, and drink plenty of water while in elevation. If you are corcerned with the altitude or have never trekked in high altitude before please consult your doctor for proper advice to prevent altitud sickness.