AUSANGATE & RAINBOW MOUNTAIN

5 DAYS

 
 
 
 

EXPERIENCE


 
 
The salt mines at Maras have been used since Inca times

This trek will combine a beautiful hike over the highlands and the breathtaking Rainbow Mountain. During your trek you will experience the life of local people who are raising llamas, alpacas, and vicunas. Also, you will be in touch with the secret snowcapped mountains in the Andes, especially with Ausangate Mountain which was considered a secret holy mountain back during the time of the Inkas. You will complete your trek at the famous Rainbow Mountain where you will enjoy the magical sunrise before any other travelers.

 

 
 

ITINERARY


 

DAY 1

Cusco to Tinke to Pacchanta

We will pick you up from your hotel at 6:30 am in the morning after you have a nice breakfast. We will drive to the community called Ocongate and on the way we will stop in Oropesa village. This is where you will see many bakeries and get to experience the local specialty - a famous bread called Chuta - which is the most delicious and popular bread in Cusco region.

Afterwards, we will continue our trek and arrive at the village Ocongate where we will have a quick stop and you can use the restroom, buy the last necessary provisions for the trip (such as water, snacks, rain poncho, etc), as well as meet the locals.

Finally, within the next thirty minutes we will arrive to the community called Pacchanta where we will begin our hike. Here we will meet with our horsemen who are native from this community. We will start hiking through the local community for about three and a half hours and on the way we will see locals doing their daily activities like farming or looking after the llamas and alpacas. We will also start to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the Andes. At the end, we will arrive to our lunch place which will be also our campsite.

Our chef will be waiting with a special, delicious lunch for you and upon completion we will organize our belongings in our tents and you can have a nice nap. After your nap we will enjoy the natural hot spring where you can bathe and enjoy the beautiful views on an unforgettable starry night.

Distance: 7 KM or 4 miles

Altitude of Campsite: 3950m / 12959.32 ft

Weather: Sunny – Windy – Dry and Cold at Night

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner – Snacks

Difficulty: Difficult

 
 

 

DAY 3

Surapata to Palomani Pass to Ausangate Cocha

Today, we will reach the highest point of our whole journey. We start walking though this narrow valley and finally we will start our ascension. On the way we will have a chance to enjoy the wildlife, such as viscachas, Andean geese and if we are lucky we will have chance to see the sacred bird of the Inkas called Condor. We will see more colorful lakes and lagoons and we will be really close to the famous Ausangate Mountain. After three hours ascending we will arrive to Palomani Pass (2889 ml) where there will be great spot to enjoy the snowcapped mountains, especially Ausangate, because we will have a 360-degree view. Then, we continue our hike and start to descend for 2 hours to our campsite called Ausangate Cocha where we will end our day.

Distance: 17km (10.5 miles)

Elevation: 4650m - 5100m - 4600m

Hiking Time: 7-8 hours

Difficulty: Difficult

 

 

DAY 5

Ananta to Rainbow Mountain to Cusco

Today we will have very early breakfast at 5 am because we want to be the first to arrive at Rainbow Mountain. After breakfast we will start our hike with the first uphill climb Ananta Pass where you will start to see Rainbow Mountain in the distance. After that we will continue our hike for another 1 hour 30 minutes and finally arrive to the breathtaking mountain where you can see the colored minerals that form Rainbow Mountain which your tour guide will explain the mysterious origins of these colors. These breathtaking views will be payback for the hard work you accomplished during this trek. Here you will have the time to contemplate the views of the mountain and take amazing pictures with the sunrise over the mountain. After this time, we will start our two hour descent to our lunch place where we will then enjoy our last lunch with Pachamama’s team. Then we will drive back to Cusco and finally arrive at your final destination - your hotel.

Distance: 10km/ 6.2miles (round trip)

Altitude: 4460 (14,600ft) - 5035m (16,520ft)

Hiking time: Approximately Five Hours

Difficulty: Difficult

DAY 2

Pacchanta to Ccampa to Surapata

After a delicious breakfast, we will begin our hike, starting to ascend through the beautiful trail used by the locals since ancient times. On the way we will pass through beautiful lakes, which the locals consider “sacred lakes” and perform ceremonies in order to thanks Pachamama for the life they have. It will be a great opportunities to take pictures and enjoy the environment. After three hours of hiking, we will stop for lunch and then we will continue ascending to the high mountain of our hike called “Ccampa” Pass located at 5000m/ 16404.2 ft. After this pass we will start descending to our campsite for about three hours called “Surapata,” located in the Narrow Valley surrounded by giant mountains (4300 m or 14319 ft), and finally we will finish our day.

Walking Distance: 16 km / 9.94194miles

Altitude of Campsite: 4300m / 14319 ft

Weather: Sunny – Windy – Dry and Cold at Night

Difficulty: Difficult

 
 

 

DAY 4

Ausangate Cocha to Ananta

Today we will only have a moderate hike - It is a good day to relax. The highlight of the day will be arriving to Pucacocha Pass (5051 mt) which has very stunning views of the colorful mountains and overlooks 5 lagoons with a variety of colors. After that, we will continue on the beautiful trail in the company of Andean animals like llamas and alpacas. Finally, approach our campsite where we will enjoy our delicious lunch and rest for the next day.

Distance: 14 km/ 8.65 mills

Altitude: 4600mt/15000 ft

Hiking Time: 7 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

 
 

PRICING


 
 

Groups of 2-3: $750 per person

Groups of 4-5: $700 per person 

Groups of 6 or More: $650 per person

 
 

 

-INCLUDED-

Private transport, Private guide with fluent local language Quechua/English/Spanish, all food prepared by our private chef and cooking equipment, private toilet tent, meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack/vegetarian option), porters and horseman for all camping and personal equipment (up to 6kg), emergency horse, and first aid kit and oxygen bottle.

-NOT INCLUDED-

Air mattress (available for $20 per person), sleeping bag and walking sticks, breakfast day 1 and dinner day 5, voluntary tips for guide, any other cost not specificity in the itinerary.

-WHAT TO BRING-

  • Passport, water storage: water reservoir like camelbaks are encouraged - but enough for at least 2-3 liters

  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)

  • 2-3 wicking t-shirts

  • 2-3 hiking pants

  • 4 sets of undergarments

  • 4 sets of hiking socks

  • 1 Fleece

  • 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night

  • 1 Rain jacket and pants

  • 1 sun hat

  • 1 wool hat

  • Headlamp: essential

  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)

  • Comfortable shoes for camp

  • Walking boots

  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho

  • Quickdry towel - We provide smaller ones, but you might enjoy something a little larger

  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean - might make you feel fresh if you had a little soap.

  • Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!

  • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty

  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least

  • Sunscreen

  • Face moisturizer

  • Bug spray

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Wet wipes

  • Toothbrush and paste

  • Toilet paper

  • Personal medication

  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.