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AUSANGATE TREK 6 DAYS

Ausangate 6 day trek & Rainbow Mountain is one of the less-visited areas in the Cusco region however offers bunch of attractions for the nature lovers, including colorful mountains, glaciers, and turquoise, red, black lakes, herds of alpacas, llamas, wild vicuña, chinchillas and isolated villages with friendly locals still practicing a way of life hundreds of years ago. Of course, you will visit the Amazing Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley.

TRIP DETAILS

DEPARTURE

 daily departures with 2 or more people.

ACLIMATIZATIONS

3 day acclimatization recommended.

BEST TIME

Best from March to november.

SOLITUDE RATING

Quiet, remote, off the beaten track.

ELEVATION

4100 m (13,450 ft) – 5050 m (16,568 ft).

CUSTOMIZABLE

yes! private, custom, add-ons all available.

TRIP ACTIVITIES & FEATURES

camping, culture, glaciers, hiking & trekking, lakes, mountains, nature, wildlife, waterfalls.

TRIP TYPE

Sightseeing.

SEASON

from March 1st to December 31st.

DIFFICULTY

challenging.

ACCOMMODATIONS

tents and shelter.

DISTANCE

70 km (43.146 mi).

DAY 1: CUSCO – TINQUI – UPIS:

We will pick you up at 6 am and go by private van to the trailhead of our hike at the base of the majestic Mountain Ausangate. We will start the hike From Tinqui. You will hike through many remote villages with many stream crossings until you get the small town of Upis. Here our tents will already be set up. Our cook will prepare a delicious lunch. After eating, you have an option to hike to the lakes which take 2 hours. you will have a chance to enjoy the first starry night, you will remember it for life.

Distance: 7 km/ 4.34 miles.
Elevation: 4100 m/ 13,450 ft.
Hiking time: 3 hours.

DAY 2: UPIS – PUCA COCHA:

We will wake you up at 5 am with coca tea or coffee delivered to your tent and you are given delicious breakfast for the day ahead. In The morning start hiking up to Arapa pass (4968m) Along the way we are going to observe local farmers and alpacas, Ausangate snow-capped to your left side, and you will have English speaking guide explaining about flora, fauna and talking about the landscape along the trail. if we are lucky we might see condor, chinchillas, and vicuñas. Also, we will enjoy colorful lakes and get our campsite of Pucacocha where we are going to be surrounded by high mountains and unbelievable hanging glaciers, watch and hear for the glacier crashing into the tarns below! As usual, tents are going be set up for us to change, take a nap and have our lunch and dinner prepared by our professional chef.

Distance: 15 km.
Elevation: 4300 m/ 14,100 ft – 4600 m/15.091 ft.
Hiking time: 7-8 hours.

DAY 3: PUCA COCHA – ANANTA:

Today is a difficult day but short, we start with Puca Qocha pass (5051), very colorful mountains which surround you. As well as we have spectacular view of mount Ausangate and colorful glacier lakes then we will enter into the Red Mountain valley, an intact landscape with vivid colors all around, and llamas eating grass right close to you, as you approach the campsite we have still wonderful view of rocky mountains and have delicious lunch and go to rest for the next big day.

Distance: 14km / 8.65 miles.
Elevation: 4600 m/ 15,090 ft – 4500 m-14,000 ft.
Hiking time: 7-8 hours.

DAY 4: ANANTA – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – AUSANGATE COCHA:

This is the day you have been waiting for. We will wake you up at 04:45 am with coca tea delivered to your tent then we start with first uphill until Ananta pass(15,090ft-4500m-14,000feet)from where, you see this amazing Rainbow Mountain in the distance, but you are not quite there yet! From this place you go downhill to circle the lake and keep walking a Peruvian flat until we reach the final uphill to the Rainbow Mountain then we have 360 views of the spectacular landscape which surround you, Soak in the vistas and enjoy as much as possible the place. then we come back to the campsite(Ananta), have lunch there and keep walking until Ausangate lake which is our campsite.

Distance: 14 km / 8.69 miles.
Elevation: 4600 m / 15,090ft – 4300 m / 14.1045 feet.
Hiking time: 5-6 hours.

DAY 5: LAKE AUSANGATE – PALOMANI PASS – SURAPAMAPA:

Today we will get the highest point of our all hike called Palomani pass. But we will walk a short distance because yesterday was a difficult day. you pass beautiful wáter fall, colorful lakes, swampy green pampas. Today is a wonderful day for looking at wildlife such as chinchillas, Andean geese, condors, and vicuñas.

Distance: 15 km (9.32 miles).
Elevation: 4300 m – 5400 m – 4300 m.
Hiking time: 6-7 hours.

DAY 6: SURAPAMAPA – QAMPA PASS- PACCHANTA – CUSCO:

Today is another wonderful day, we will enjoy the deep, red and green lakes. You are once in your life where you can jump in to cool off. In your left side the unparalleled Ausangate mount is still visible, today is your last day to enjoy the snow-capped mountain from a near and new angle. Our purpose is to get the hot springs of Pacchanta where we will enjoy nice and hot water and the vistas of the Ausangate Mount above. Today after our last supper we say goodbye to our horseman and the chef and get back to Cusco where you will be dropped off at your hotel around 6 pm.

Distance: 17 km.
Elevation: 4300 m- 5400 m – 4000 m.
Hiking time: 5-7 hours.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • English speaking guide, plus an assistant guide for a big group.
  • Professional cook and an assistant cook for a big group and horseman for the mules and horses.
  • Mules which carry group gear and large duffels provided by the company, for personal belongings.
  • All food on the trek, which incorporates traditional Peruvian cuisine as well as modern fusion cuisine and specific dietary needs.
  • Boiled water and snacks.
  • Fees to access private land.
  • Large Dining tent, table, stools, all cutlery, and kitchen tent.
  • Tents to overnight, and Thermarest. Two-person tents are provided for a single person and three-person tents for double people to provide plenty space for personal gear.
  • Additional horses for riding can be provided for an additional cost.
  • First aid kit, including oxygen.
  • A pre-trek briefing.
  • Entrance fee to Rainbow Mountain.
  • Private transportation to and from your hotel in Cusco.
  • 7 kilograms of your personal belonging.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Swimming suit.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

  • Breakfast on the first day/ dinner on the last day.
  • Personal trekking gear including, backpacks, trekking poles, sleeping bags. However, they may be rented from the company.
  • Personal riding horse. Additional horses may be rented according to the needs of the individual and group.
  • Voluntary Tips for Guide, Driver, and Cook-(Please keep in mind that tipping is common in Latin America and would be greatly appreciated).

Our price is $690 per person.

WHAT WE RECOMMEND TO BRING:

  • Day pack with a Rain cover.
  • Torch/ headlamp.
  • Extra socks (wool is best).
  • Hiking pants and shirts- layers.
  • Rain pants.
  • Camping shoes/ sandals- to wear in the evenings.
  • Camping pillow.
  • Water-resistant trekking shoes.
  • Warm clothing (thermal underwear, fleece, hat and gloves).
  • Waterproof clothing (poncho).
  • Synthetic or cotton clothing (trousers, shorts, t-shirts).
  • Sunhat and sunglasses.
  • Sun cream.
  • Lip Balm.
  • Swimming suit.
  • Camera/ extra battery.
  • Water bottles such as Nalgene.
  • Basic medications.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Personal items.
  • Personal snacks.
  • Cash (if you’d like to purchase souvenirs).

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

1.- If you have altitude sickness symptoms, descend as quickly as you can. It’s nothing to mess around with.

2.- We recommend you to do Ausangate 6 day from April to October because the passes are covered with snow in rainy season which is from December to March.

3.- Make sure you are acclimatized to Cusco’s altitude before you set off on your hike to the Ausangate 6 day trek. This is by far the best insurance of a smooth and enjoyable trip. We recommend you spend at least 2 days in Cusco prior to the excursion.

4.- Batteries tend to die due to cold — keep them in your sleeping bag.

5.- The higher elevation also means colder, nearly freezing temperatures, so be prepared. If you decide to take a multi-day tour, make sure to wear very warm clothes. Also, bring coca leaves to fight off altitude sickness and carry the minimum gear possible to ease the hike.

6.- Our fifth campsite is 40 minutes away from the Rainbow Mountain so We have a better chance to enjoy the Rainbow Mountain in solitude.

7.- It is easy to rent gear, if you need anything, in Cusco for a few dollars a day for each ítem.

8.- We have huts on 3 of our campsite. You will be protected from the rain, snow, and hail.

9.- No matter the weather conditions, the scenery is still spectacular.

10.- While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Ausangate Trek 6 days. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessarily liable to local conditions, e.g, strikes, natural disasters.

11.- You will cross 6 passes which are above 16,000 feet of elevation. Passes are mostly gradual.

12.- Ausangate Trek offers you a real taste of the Andean life, as you will find and see modest communities where natives still speak the Inca language (Quechua) and where traditional methods of life are still used. Also, you will see hundreds and hundreds of alpacas So if you are wishing to do a genuine Peruvian trek out of the beaten track then this is the right excursion for you.

13.- temperatures can fall well below freezing at night and be prepared for snow.

14.- We hike around Ausangate glacier.

15.- Our guide always oxygen tanks which are important as you get over 5040 meters/16,500 feet above sea level! Not all travel agencies offer this, so this is definitely something to look out for when choosing the best Ausangate tour operator.