Ausangate Trek 6 Days
Ausangate Trek 6 Days & 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.
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The Ausangate trek 6 days offers an array of wildlife including soaring condors, Alpacas, Viscachas, vicunas, bobcats and pumas. Our campsites are located with amazing view of Ausangate from different angle and you will also have the chance to take a bath in several hot springs along the way and enjoy the trek’s signature rainbow mountains! The colourful mountains in the Vinicunca area is probably the amazing thing you are going to see in Peru!
Why book the Ausangate trek 6 days with us?
- You will spend nights in our Cabins and Shelters.
- You will spend the second night in our private Pucacocha Campsite, considered the best campsite in all Ausangate área.
- Your tents will be set up inside the shelters. Not matter what season you go to Ausangate. Even in dry season you get snow. So you will be protected with us.
- Our third campsite is located at 4900 meters about sea level and sometimes it is very cold and windy. If that happens, we will set up your tent inside our house.
- Our third campsite is 45 minutes from the Rainbow Mountain so you visit it 2 times, for the sunset and sunrise.
- You will visit the red Valley.
- Our itinerary is specifically designed to give you 2 days of easy hike get used to the altitude then you start dificult hike.
- We offer group discount.
- Horses carry all the equipment and supplies so you can travel light.
- We dont share the service of ausangate trek 6 days with other companies.
- Small groups of 2 to 8 people máximum. This fact sets us apart from other travel companies that take bigger groups.
- AB Expeditions is A 100% locally owned Travel Company and fully licensed Ausangate operator.
- Our Tour Guides pride themselves on being up to date and have a comprehensive programme of continual professional development. We love showing what a fascinating and amazing Ausangate trek is.
AUSANGATE TREK 6 DAYS ITINERARY
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 Upis Pampa. You will hike through many remote villages with many stream crossings until you get the Upis Campsite. Here we spend the night in our private Cabins. They are facing to Ausangate glacier, from inside the cabins, you can see how is the sunset over the Ausangate Mountain. Our cook will prepare a delicious lunch. After eating, you have an option to hike to the Upis lake which take 2 hours or you can take a bath at hotspring all the afternoon. At night you will have a chance to enjoy the first starry night, you will remember it for life.
- Distance: 7 km/ 4.34 miles.
- Campsite elevation: 4400 m/ 14,450 ft.
- Hiking time: 3 hours.
- Difficulty: Easy
- Accommodation: Cabins.
Day 2: Upis – Puca Cocha
We will wake you up at 5 am with coca tea or coffee delivered to your cabin 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 inside the Mountain huts are going be set up for us to change cloths, take a nap and have our lunch and dinner prepared by our professional chef. In afternoon, you have chance to go down to the lakes or hike to the viewpoint of Pucacocha from where you will take an amazing picture of the Ausangate Mountain with the lakes below.
- Distance: 15 km.
- Campsite elevation: 4600 m/ 15,100 ft
- Hiking time: 7-8 hours.
- Difficulty: moderate.
- Accommodation: Camping in huts
Day 3: Puca Cocha – Ananta - Qeullacocha
Today is a difficult day, 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 lunch spot we have still wonderful view of rocky mountains and have delicious lunch at Ananta. After our lunch we start with first uphill until Surini 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 our campsite where we have shelter. If you have still energy, you can go to the Rainbow Mountain for the sunset.
- Distance: 14km / 8.65 miles.
- Campsite elevation: 4900 m/ 10,090 ft.
- Hiking time: 7-8 hours.
- Difficulty: difficult.
- Accommodation: Camping in huts
Day 4: Qeullacocha – Rainbow Mountain – Alqatari.
Today is the day you have been waiting for. We will wake you up at 06:00 am with coca tea delivered to your tent then you will hike for about 45 minutes until Rainbow Mountain. you will have time to explore the area and take pictures. We will spend approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour (depend on your trekking speed and weather conditions). After enjoying the RAINBOW MOUNTAIN for about one hour, we go to visit the RED VALLEY which takes another 1 hour round trip. Then we hike down for 3 hours to Alqatari campsite where we have lunch and spend the night in our shelter.
- Distance: 14 km / 8.69 miles.
- Campsite levation: 4500 m / 14,790ft.
- Hiking time: 5-6 hours.
- Difficulty: moderate.
- Accommodation: Camping in huts
Day 5: Alqatari - Lake Ausangate – Palomani Pass – Surapamapa
Today we will get the highest point of our all hike called Palomani pass. After your delicious breakfast, you will start hike to Palomani pass. Along the way you pass beautiful colorful lakes, swampy green pampas, small villages, Alpaca, Llamas and local people waring their tradictional cloths. Once we get Palomani pass after 3 hours, we will see the red lake and amazing view of the Vilcanota chane. Then we hike down to Huchuy Pinaya where we will have our lunch then keep hiking for 2 hours to Surapampa where we will spend the night. This campsite is located close to rocky place and we will see a lot of viscachas sitting on top of the rocks.
- Distance: 15 km (9.32 miles).
- Campsite elevation: 4600 m/ 15,000 ft.
- Hiking time: 6-7 hours.
- Difficulty: difficult.
- Accommodation: Camping in Tents.
Day 6: Surapamapa – 7 lakes of Ausangate - Pacchanta – Cusco
We will wake up early to get back to Cusco. today is another wonderful day, we will enjoy the 7 Lakes of Ausangate and the beautiful landscapes. Once in your life you can jump in the lakes 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 and we say goodbye to our horseman and the chef and get back to Cusco. We will be back in Cusco at 06:00 pm
- Distance: 12 km.
- Hiking time: 5-7 hours.
- Difficulty: moderate/difficult
- 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.
- Breakfast of the first day.
- Fees to access private lands.
- 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.
- 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.
- Personal riding horse.
- Voluntary Tips for Guide, Driver, and Cook-(Please keep in mind that tipping is common in Latin America and would be greatly appreciated).
WHAT TO BRING FOR AUSANGATE TREK 6 DAYS
- 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).
- If you have altitude sickness symptoms, descend as quickly as you can. It’s nothing to mess around with.
- We recommend you do Ausangate trek 6 days from April to October because the passes are covered with snow in the rainy season which is from December to March.
- 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.
- Batteries tend to die due to cold — keep them in your sleeping bag.
- 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.
- Our fifth campsite is 40 minutes away from the Rainbow Mountain so We have a better chance to enjoy the Rainbow Mountain in solitude.
- We have huts on 3 of our campsite. You will be protected from the rain, snow, and hail.
- No matter the weather conditions, the scenery is still spectacular.
- 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 necessary liable to local conditions, e.g, strikes, natural disasters.
- 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.
THINGS TO KNOW
- This 6 day Ausangate trek to Rainbow Mountain is no recommended for travelers with back problems
- You will have a guide during your Ausangate trek 6 day hike.
- Daily departures with a group of 2 or more.
- No departures in January and February due to the bad weather. We only organize Ausangate Trek 4 days all year because we have shelter in every campsites.
- There is not access for wheelchair.
- Our pick up time changed to 5 am from september beacuse the rainy season start and most of the time it rains in the afternoon so It is better to hike in the morning.
- This trek will have a maximum of 8 travelers
We will give you a duffel bags at our office at the end of your briefing. Our horse will carry them and you will have acces on them only at the campsites. Put your clothes and other personal ítems that you wont need hiking. Things like, water, snacks, first aid kit and rain gear should be in your day pack. The duffel should weight 7kg.
Strikes and roadblocks are frequent in Peru and can disrupt our Ausangate 6 day trek. We will do our best that your hike to Ausangate continues as planned with some changes.
If the strike happens the first day of your Ausangate 6 day hike, we will take you to trailhead the night before your start date.
If the strike happens the day that you finish your Ausangate 6 days. We will send our vans to Pacchanta one night before. So you will get the van at 05pm because the strike are over after 5 pm. You will arrive to Cusco at 11 pm.
The weather is unpredictable in the andes. Dry season in Ausangate is from April to October and rainy season from November through March, but this does not stop rain from falling in dry season or the sun from coming out in rainy season so just be prepared. No matter what season you are hiking Ausangate trek, make sure that you get rain gear such as: a rain jacket, rain pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves.
Ausangate weather changed in minutes. You might experience 4 season in only one day too. So you must be prepared. Layers are the key since they are easy to adapt to different temperature changes. Be prepared with down jacket since the early morning and evening will be very cold.
We recommend you to get a travel insurance because if you cancel your Ausangate 6 day tour in a last-minute it can reimburse you for your prepaid money. Also when you get sick or hurt while you are far away from home, it can reimburse you for care following a covered medical emergency while traveling.
This hike is difficult beause of the altitude, it’s highly recomeded to be in a good physical condition; The classic Ausangate trek elevation changes make the hike tough as there are six passes during your trek.
During the Ausangate trek 6 days, solo travelers will be paired to share a tent with another traveler of the same sex and couples will have a tent to themselves.
There is a mandatory pre-departure briefing at our Cusco Office one day before your departure to Ausangate at 6pm. You will meet your guide and He will give you detailed information about your trek, a list of what to bring, rental equipment or questions in general. Our office is located at: Marquez Street 250, Second Floor. Office 03. Cuzco, Peru.
Tipping is common on Ausangate trek 6 days. On the last day of the adventure, we will say goodbye our amazing horseman and profesional chefs. This is the time that you will give a tip for all of them please. Anything extra is always really appreciated. Please know that tipping is not Mandatory and that you should never feel forced into this.
Usually our customers pool their tipping money together for the chef and horsemen. For your tour guide, you tip once he/she will drop you off at your hotel. You decide the amount of money based on your experience with them. Soles is better for Our Horseman and Chefs. Guides can receive U.S. dollars or Soles without any problem.
This is our recommendations below. Sometimes they receive more or less. It is in your heart.
- Tips could be for our porters: 50 – 70 soles per Horsemen.
- Tips could be for our Cooks: 100 – 150 soles per cook.
FREQUENT ASK QUESTION
HOW TO BOOK THE AUSANGATE TREK 6 DAY HIKE WITH AB EXPEDITONS?
In order to book your Ausangate trek 6 days with us, Click in the BOOK NOW buttom, then select the day of your depature, then, fill out all your personal information of each participant and the last step is the payment of your deposit of $100 per person.
Once we get your deposit, we will send you a confirmation of your trek and the booking form to fill out. Here is all the detail that you need to send us.
- Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
- Full name:
- Hotel name:
- Dietary restriction:
- Passport number:
***We need copies of Passport of each participants because they are required when purchasing Ausangate trek permits.
WHAT ABOUT THE OUTSTANDING BALANCE?
The Outstanding balance can be made in cash one day earlier your trip in USD or soles or if you prefer PayPal at least one week prior to your trip(7% service fee applies). Also, you can pay us with Credit card only Visa(5% service fee applies). Please let us know what you prefer. Cash payment MUST be paid 1 day prior your trip.
HOW ABOUT THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?
Unfortunatly there is not student discount for Ausangate trek 6 days.
MAY I CHANGE DEPARTURE DATE?
Yes, it is possible. But you should let us know 48 hours in advance.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON THE AUSANGATE TREK 6 DAYS?
It is not mandatory to bring your Passport. But if you want to have a stamp of Rainbow Mountain, bring it. The stamp on your Passport costs 2 soles.
CAN I STAY IN THE SACRED VALLEY FOR MY AUSANGATE TREK 6 DAYS?
Not recommended, because our Ausangate tour groups leave from Cusco. If you stay in sacred we will pick you up 1 hour early than cusco and there will be an upgrade of $30 for the transport from the sacred valley.