Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain in 6 Daysfrom
Ausangate is a deity that provides the vital liquid to its residents, produces freshwater.
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Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Small Group
Ausangate is the 5th highest mountain in Peru, with an altitude of 6,385 masl is located in the Vilcanota mountain range and is the most representative mountain of Cusco.
Ausangate is a deity that provides the vital liquid to its residents, produces freshwater for daily drinking and creates lakes as the Sibinacocha, the second biggest lake in Cusco, also feeds the Vilcanota River, the same one that heads towards Machu Picchu.
For this reason is called Creator of the Waters, the communities surrounding consume the elements of the micro-climate created by the mountain.
The landscapes covered with Andean flora give it a unique and seductive look, making it an exceptional destination for adventure travelers who enjoy pure contact with nature.
- Transportation Cusco – Tinki – Cusco
- Professional Guide (English – Spanish)
- Horses and Porters (only carry camping equipment)
- 5 breakfasts / 5 lunches / 5 dinners
- First aid kit
- Oxygen balloon
- The first breakfast (first day).
- The last lunch and dinner
- Sleeping bag
- Horses for Personal Use.
- Tickets (in 3 places in total there are 30 soles).
- Expenses not mentioned in the itinerary.
CUSCO – TINKI
After breakfast (not included), we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer by car to the south-east of Cusco City.
We will head towards the community of Tinki which is 6 hours away by car, on the way will pass through the district of Urcos at 3 150 masl, among its attractions is the lagoon and its famous artisanal bread.
Continuing with our journey will arrive at “Muñapata” at 3 188 masl, the route connects with the south Interoceanic Highway.
Follow an ascend until reach to Ccatca at 3 700 masl, a place that presents lagoons and Andean plains covered with ichu (straw), we will stop to taste a delicious lunch based on Andean ingredients.
Continuing the journey through the Vilcanota mountain range will come across communities with ancestral customs and traditional clothing as the district of Combapata.
We will arrive at “Tinki” our first camp and the beginning of our trek.
TINKI – UPIS
In the morning, we will taste an Andean breakfast that will give us the energy to being with our trek through rocky trails, Andean landscapes and, ecological sites such as “Quinsapucyu” and the mountain of “Huarmisaya” until reaching Upis, our second camp.
We have lunch and in the afternoon will be free to explore the surroundings, observe snow-covered mountains, a variety of flora and, fauna and Thermo medical waters.
The hiking time on this day varies from 6 to 7 hours, in our camp will have dinner and sleep comfortably until the following day.
UPIS – PUKACOCHA
We will begin, having a delicious breakfast based on Andean ingredients to continue our trek, we will cross canyons, mosses and, lichens until reaching Arapa Pass at 4 958 masl.
In this point will appreciate a peculiar forest of stones and a mountain range that accompanies the Ausangate.
Hike downhill crossing unique lagoons such as the Yana Qocha and will make a stop for a while to enjoy an outdoor lunch.
Continuing our journey will reach Puca Qocha lagoon, a water reservoir for irrigation known as the “Nocturna” for the beautiful views the lagoon shows during the nights.
Near are our third campsite, here we will have dinner and sleep in tents in the moonlight
The trekking time on this day lasts between 7 to 8 hours.
PUKACOCHA – QAMPA
Beginning the day will have breakfast and head uphill to the first destination “Apacheta Pass” at 4 855 masl, surrounded by vegetation typical of the zone and dispersed rocks around it.
Later on will reach Ausangate Cocha, a beautiful landscape at 4 680 masl. We will stop close to it to relax and taste a traditional lunch.
With a full stomach will continue our journey through high slopes until reaching “Abra Palomani” at 5 200 masl (the highest point of our expedition) from here we will obtain an impressive view of the Ausangate mountain and its plains.
Descend through rocky paths until “Pampacancha” (4.500 masl), an area of shepherding of vicuñas, llamas, and alpacas.
At sunset will head to Qampa, a wild valley with a great variety of Andean fauna at 4 650 masl, also is our fourth camp where we will have dinner and spend the night.
The hike throughout the day is from 9 to 10 hours.
QAMPA – QOMERCOCHA – PACHASPATA
Before beginning with the hike, we will taste a nutritious breakfast.
We will cross Qolque Cruz, which means Silver Cross, a snow-covered landscape connecting part of the route with the Ticllacocha lagoon.
We will head to the Paso de Qampa, the last of our expedition at 5,000 masl, a beautiful spot covered with “apachetas” built by travelers as a symbol of luck and fortune.
Finishing our apachetas will taste a delicious lunch and descend by rocky trails to the pampas of “Pachaspata” at 4 580 masl which has among its landscapes the lake Qomer Qocha or Green Lake.
After about 7 to 8 hours of walking throughout the day, we will set up our last camp on the shores of this lake, have dinner and rest until the following day.
PACHASPATA – PACCHANTA – CUSCO
We will wake up very early for breakfast and continue with a 6-hour hike, on the journey will find a variety of lakes, all differ in many aspects.
It also will observe people from surrounding communities who graze their animals on the plains. We will reach Pacchanta, a village at 4,300 masl, famous for its medicinal hot springs.
A recommended activity to relax the body muscles after a long walk, we will taste a traditional lunch and conclude the tour in Ausangate saying goodbye to the porters and horses that accompanied us during the long stretch.
Board our mobility that will return us to the city of Cusco and leave our travelers in the safety of their hotels.
Waterproof trekking shoes and sandals.
Warm clothing (thermal underwear, fleece, hat, gloves, socks)
Waterproof clothing (poncho)
Synthetic or cotton clothing (socks, pants, shorts, T-shirts).
Sleeping bag per person (-10º C).
Sunscreen, mosquito repellent, lipstick.
Jacket or Poncho (in case it rains)
Photo camera, external battery, photo memory
Photo camera, external battery, photo memory
The answer is yes! But, as with all countries, traveling to Peru with pets does require paperwork, certifications, and fees. This applies whether it is an emotional support dog, mobility assistance dog, or just your best pal.