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5 Day Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain

5 Day Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain

5D/4N from $ USD 470.00

5 Day Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain

"Test yourself and venture to over 5,000m/16,404ft"

Start at:
Cusco
Ends at:
Cusco
Duration:
5D/4N
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 10
Physical Level
Intense
Style
Camp

The Ausangate Trek 5 days to Rainbow Mountain. It is a spectacular hike along an ancestral trail that will allow you to stroll around the highest mountain in the Cusco region (Ausangate, 6,385masl/20,940ft) with amazing scenic beauty.

About the Ausangate Trek 5 Days to Rainbow Mountain

The Ausangate trek 5 Days to Rainbow Mountain is the most challenging and fantastic trek in the Cusco region. The trek is physically demanding, it is considered a high-altitude hike, you will hike up to 5,000m/16,404ft and the campsites are located above 4,400m/14,436ft.

The 5 day Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain trek is very rugged with dirt and rocks, but this trek will offer you a spectacular and beautiful landscape of the Puna region, where glaciers, colorful mountains, small and stunning lagoons, hundreds of Andean camelids and other animals of the area will surround your visual field.

The prevailing climate will be cold, passing nights below -0°C / 32°F and during the day the temperature will reach approximately 15°C / 59°F.

Cold wind most of the day, but we know that the weather is unpredictable, having to expect even rains and snowfalls, even so doing this 5 Day Ausangate Hiking tour in the Andes of Cusco will be something different and an unforgettable experience.

If you make this adventure with Machupicchu Andes Tours – Matours. It will provide you with adequate camping equipment and highly trained personnel to surpass all your expectations.

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Highlights

  • Discover part of the Andes Mountain range on foot and enjoy the marvelous landscapes offered by the Ausangate trails.
  • Trek among huge snow-capped mountains, test your limits and discover your strength.
  • Hike the ancestral path and follow the footsteps of the Inca empire to the Rainbow Mountain.
  • Hike more than 5,000m/16,404ft and discover the charms of the fifth highest mountain in Peru.
  • Meet the Quechua-speaking communities, descendants of the Incas, and stroll among South American camelids in their natural habitat.
  • Live 5 days of authentic emotion and adventure in a route that skirts the entire Ausangate snow-capped mountain.

5 Day Ausangate Hiking Tour Summary

DAY 1: Cusco – Tinki – Pajchanta – 7 Lagoons – Pachaspata
  • At 7:00 a.m., our staff will go through your hotel in Cusco and then, you will travel by bus to Pajchanta (3.5 hours)
  • Before lunch, relax in the Pajchanta hot springs.
  • 12:00 hour. Taste the delicious dishes of our local chef.
  • 13:30 hour. Start the trek to the Pachaspata camp
  • 17:30 hour. Coffee time
  • 18:30 hour. Enjoy your delicious dinner and overnight at the campsite
DAY 2. Pachaspata – Jhampa Pass – Jhampa Pampa – Huchuy Phinaya
  • 5:30 am. Our local cook will wake you up with a hot drink (coca, coffee, tea, and so on)
  • 6:00 am. Enjoy your first breakfast prepared by our local chef
  • 7:00 am. Start of the trek to the first highest point, Jhampa pass (5,010m/16,437ft)
  • 12:00 hour. Enjoy the second lunch in Jhampa Pampa
  • 13:00 hour. continue the hike to the Huchu Phinaya camp
  • 16:00 hour. Arrival at Huchuy Phinaya campsite
  • 17:30 hour. Coffee time
  • 18:30 hour. Enjoy a delicious light dinner and spend the night in a tent.
DAY 3: Huchuy Phinaya – Puka Qocha – Palomani Pass – Ausangate Qocha – Ananta.
  • 5:30 am. Our local cook will wake you up with a hot drink (coca, coffee, tea, and so on)
  • 6:00 am. Enjoy your second breakfast prepared by our local chef
  • 7:00 am. Hiking start time to Puka Qocha.
  • 8:30 am. ascent to the trek highest point, the Palomani Pass (5,210 m/ 17,093ft).
  • 12:00-hour. Lunch at Ausangate Qocha
  • 13:00-hour. Arrival at the Ananta camp (Auqui)
  • 17:30-hour. Coffee time
  • 18:30-hour. Enjoy a delicious light dinner and spend the night in a tent.
DAY 4: Ananta – Rainbow Mountain – Ananta – Chillca Pass – Yana Qocha
  • 5:00 a.m. Our local cook will wake you up with a hot drink (coca, coffee, tea, and so on)
  • 5:30 a.m. Enjoy your third breakfast prepared by our chef
  • 6:00 am. Hiking start time to Rainbow Mountain
  • 8:30 a.m. Arrival to the rainbow mountain viewpoint
  • 10:00 a.m. Time to return to Ananta camp
  • 12:30 hour. Enjoy your fourth lunch
  • 13:30 hour. Beginning of the second part of the hike.
  • 16:30 hour. Arrival at the Yana Qocha camp
  • 17:30-hour. Coffee time
  • 18:30-hour. Enjoy a delicious light dinner and spend the night in a tent.
DAY 5: Yana Qocha – Arapa pass – Upis hot springs – Cusco.
  • 5:30 am. Have your last breakfast
  • 6:00 am. Complete the last part of the Ausangate trek 5 days
  • 10:00 a.m. Arrival to the Upis hot springs
  • 13:00 hour. Farewell of all the team of the expedition
  • 17:00 to 18:00 hour. Arrival in Cusco

Note: All times indicated are approximate and will vary depending on the group progress along the hike.

5 Day Ausangate Trek Itinerary

DAY 1

Cusco - Tinki - Pajchanta - 7 Lagoons - Pachaspata

To start this beautiful adventure. The professional guide specialized in trekking assigned by the Machupicchu Andes Tours – Matours Agency will pass by your hotel in Cusco at 7:00 a.m., then travel in a private van to Pajchanta hot springs. Before your first lunch and short hiking, relax in the thermal medicinal waters.

After lunch, start an impressive 3-hour hike in gentle ascent to Pachaspata camp, located between the huge snow-capped peaks from where you can enjoy the magnificent scenic beauty and the wonderful sunset. Admire also the amazing and famous 7 lagoons.

Food

L & D

Physical Level

2, Moderate

Distance Hiked

6Km /3.7miles

Tour Length

3-hour

Starting Altitude

3,350 masl / 10,990 ft, Cusco

Min Altitude

4,320 masl/ 14,173ft, Pajchanta

Max Altitude

4,750masl/15584ft, Pachaspata

DAY 2

Pachaspata - Paso Jhampa - Huchuy Phinaya

Today you will wake up to breathtaking views of the Vilcabamba mountain range.

Have breakfast in the open air with breathtaking view of the scenic beauty. Then, start ascending following an ancient path at a slow pace to Jhampa Pass. From the top, you will have beautiful panoramic views of the snow-capped mountain range. Then, start descending to Jhampa Pampa, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. Afterwards, continue downhill for 2.5 hours through a deep valley full of alpacas and llamas until you reach Huchuy Phinaya, located just behind Ausangate Mountain and close to the base camp for climbing the Ausangate Glacier.

Food

B, L & D

Physical Level

3, Demanding

Distance Hiked

13Km/ 8 miles

Tour Length

8-hour

Starting Altitude

4,320 masl/ 14,173ft, Pajchanta

Min Altitude

4,510masl/14,797ft, Huchuy Phinaya

Max Altitude

5,010 masl /16,437ft, Jhampa Pass

DAY 3

Huchuy Phinaya – Pukaqocha - Palomani Pass - Ausangate Qocha – Ananta.

Today, you will wake up in the foothills of the highest mountain in the Cusco region, Ausangate (6,385m/20,940ft) and you will also pass to the highest point of the whole 5 Day Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek, the Palomani Pass.

Have breakfast at 6:00 am, then start walking on a flat trail for 30 minutes until you reach the small and charming red lagoon (Pukaqocha), which is located right at the base camp to climb up to Ausangate glacial. Pukaqocha is one of the most captivating lagoons and very little visited by tourists and unknown to many tour operators. Therefore, you will be one of the first to visit it.

After admiring the extraordinary scenic beauty of the red lagoon, begin to ascend to the Palomani pass. From the Palomani pass top, you will enjoy splendid panoramic views, especially of the imposing Ausangate mountain. After admiring the beauty of nature, start descending to Ausangate Qocha, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. Then continue the gentle hike to Ananta, where you will spend the third night of the expedition.

At 5:30 p.m. Enjoy hot drinks and dinner.

Food

B, L & D

Physical Level

5, Challenging

Distance Hiked

12Km/7.4miles

Tour Length

7-hour

Starting Altitude

4,510masl/14,797ft, Huchuy Phinaya

Min Altitude

4,650masl / 15,256 ft, Ananta camp

Max Altitude

5,210masl / 17,093ft, Palomani pass

DAY 4

Ananta – Rainbow Mountain - Ananta - Abra Chillka - Yana Qocha.

Today is a more expected day because you will visit the most crowded and colorful place of this 5 day Ausangate Trek Adventure.

To visit the Rainbow Mountain before the crowds arrive by car from Cuzco, have breakfast at 5:30 and at 6:00 start ascending to the Warmisaya pass or Vicuñas pass (4,985masl/16,060ft). The hike will take you 2.5 hours to the rainbow mountain viewpoint. From the top, you will be able to fully enjoy the panoramic view and take excellent photographs and videos.

After appreciating the amazing colorful mountain, return by the same trail to the Ananta camp, where the expedition cook will be waiting for you with a nutritious lunch.

After lunch, approximately 2 p.m. Complete the second part of today’s hike to Yana Qocha (Black Lagoon) camp. As you walk along this stretch, nature will not cease to amaze you, from the Chillca pass or Condor pass (4,990masl/16,371ft) you will have breathtaking views of the colorful lagoons located on the Ausangate snow-capped mountain foothills.

At 17:30, enjoy your hot drink and the last dinner.

Food

B, L & D

Physical Level

4, Intense

Distance Hiked

15Km/ 9.4miles

Tour Length

9-hour

Starting Altitude

4,650masl / 15,256 ft, Ananta camp

Min Altitude

4,490 masl/14,731ft, Yana Qocha

Max Altitude

5,030 masl/ 16,503ft, Rainbow Mountain

DAY 5

Yana Qocha - Abra Arapa - Upis Community - Cusco.

Have the last breakfast of your adventure at 6:00 a.m., then start to enjoy the last part of the 5 Day Ausangate Hiking Tour. The hike to the Upis community will take you 4 hours at a slow pace. Before lunch, visit the hot springs, which will be an excellent relaxation after an arduous hike.

After your last lunch, catch your exclusive mobility to the Cusco city. But before starting 3-and-a-half-hour trip, you have to say goodbye to the expedition team (muleteers and the cook)

Arrival at the Cusco city – hotel at approximately 5 to 6 p.m.

Food

B & D

Physical Level

2, Moderate

Distance Hiked

9Km/5.6miles

Tour Length

4-hour

Starting Altitude

4,490 masl/14,731ft, Yana Qocha

Min Altitude

4,415 m / 14,484 ft, Upis

Max Altitude

4,740 masl /15,551ft, Arapa pass

Packing list

To do the 5 Day Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek, Machupicchu Andes Tours will provide you duffel bag where you can carry all of the following items.

  • Long pants
  • Sweater and a thick jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medications
  • Walking shoes or tennis shoes
  • Walking sticks
  • Hat or cap
  • Gloves
  • Thick socks
  • Water bottle or camelback
  • Raincoat
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen
  • Lipstick
  • Snacks
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Flashlight with extra battery
  • Camera with extra battery
  • Some cash in small bills (PEN)
  • A light backpack for the route

Recomendations

  • To do the Ausangate Trek 5 days, you must be in the Cusco city 2 days before the trek for better acclimatization.
  • For the best acclimatization, drink coca leaves infusion, you should make short hikes around the Cusco city on your own, or you can hire a short tour such as the Cusco City Tour, the Sacred Valley, the salt mines of Maras – Moray or Machu Picchu Day Tour (book separately).
  • Bring appropriate clothing for trekking

About 5 Day Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek price

The 5 Day Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek, we only operate in private tours (Exclusive). The price is per person and is expressed in US dollars (USD).

The price varies according to the number of people who book together, the more people in your group the price decreases.

Price List

Private Service
The 5 Day Ausangate trek price

Our service is totally personalized, the whole tour will be exclusive for your group. You set the guidelines, with the tranquility of going at your own pace, pausing to take pictures and fully enjoy your adventure.

The group can be integrated by your family, friends, work or study colleagues. It can also be special trips such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries or others.

The 5 Day Ausangate trek price varies depending on the actual number of people traveling together.

Pax number Price per person
2 Persons $ USD 679.00 Inquiry Now
3 Persons $ USD 620.00 Inquiry Now
4 Persons $ USD 570.00 Inquiry Now
5 Persons $ USD 520.00 Inquiry Now
6 Persons or more $ USD 470.00 Inquiry Now

Optional Services

All these services aren’t included in this package; if you wish, you must add it to your reservation.

  • A down sleeping bag, at -12 degrees below zero, US$ 25 for the whole trip.
  • A single tent, US$ 35 for the entire trip.
  • A pair of walking sticks, US$ 10 for the whole trip.
  • If you want to rent an extra horse to ride. US$ 120 for 5 days.

Packing list

To do the 5 Day Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek, Machupicchu Andes Tours will provide you duffel bag where you can carry all of the following items.

  • Long pants
  • Sweater and a thick jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medications
  • Walking shoes or tennis shoes
  • Walking sticks
  • Hat or cap
  • Gloves
  • Thick socks
  • Water bottle or camelback
  • Raincoat
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen
  • Lipstick
  • Snacks
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Flashlight with extra battery
  • Camera with extra battery
  • Some cash in small bills (PEN)
  • A light backpack for the route

Travel Guide

Ausangate Mountain / Ausangate glacier pick / Apu Ausangate / Andes mountain range

The Ausangate Mountain. It is the highest mountain in the eastern Andes, in a stretch called Vilcabamba mountain range corresponding to the Cusco region and the fifth highest in Peru. Its maximum altitude is 6,385m/ 20,948ft and is located about 100Km/62miles southeast of the Cusco city. The Ausangate glacier mountain is the main supplier of fresh water to the Vilcanota and other rivers. With global warming, its perpetual ice is melting, originating innumerable small and beautiful lagoons, wetlands full of Andean biodiversity and is exposing oxides of different minerals that form amazing colorful mountains.

In Andean mythology. The Apu Ausangate (Apu = God or supreme spirit) is a great sacred spirit that represents the male energy that fertilizes the mother earth, Pachamama, with its waters.

Around the Ausangate mountain there are many Quechua-speaking high Andean communities where ancestral customs and traditions are still practiced. For them the Apu Ausangate is a tutelary God, protector and highly respected for his greatness and magnificence.

The 5 Day Ausangate Hiking Tour is one of the best trekking alternatives in Cusco region, because you will fully enjoy the scenic beauty, see high Andean animals in their natural habitat and have the opportunity to meet the Inca descendants.

FAQS5 Day Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain

What is Ausangate?

Ausangate is a stunning snow-capped mountain, the highest mountain in the Cusco region and the fifth highest in Peru. It is located in the Vilcabamba mountain range, 100km/62Miles southeast of the Cusco city. It is one of the excellent natural wonders for adventure tourism.

What is the Ausangate Mountain altitude?

The Ausangate mountain maximum altitude is 6,385m/20,948ft.

What can be seen in the 5 Day Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek?

The 5 Day Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek, is one of the most amazing routes that offers wonderful scenic beauty, abundance of high Andean biodiversity, customs and traditions of the native communities and much more.

What is the 5 Day Ausangate Hiking tour minimum and maximum altitude?

In the 5 Day Ausangate Hiking tour, the minimum altitude will be in the Pajchanta hot Springs, at 4,320m/ 14,173ft and the maximum altitude will be in the Palomani pass, at 5,210m/17,093ft. The city of Cusco is located at 3,350m/10,991ft.

How many kilometers / miles do you hike per day in the Ausangate trek 5 days?

In our 5 Day Ausangate trek itinerary.

  • First day will be 6km/3.7miles and 3 hours
  • Second day will be a challenge of 13km/8miles and 8 hours
  • Third day will be 12km/7.5miles and 4.5 hours
  • Fourth day will be 15km/9.3miles and 9 hours
  • Fifth day will be 9km/5.6 and 4 hours.
What is the weather and the minimum and maximum temperature in the 5 Day Ausangate Hiking tour?

In 5 Day Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek, it is impossible forecast the weather, so it is recommended to go well prepared, but there are 2 well defined seasons: dry and rainy.

  • The dry season runs from April to October. Most days are sunny, but it can rain and snow at any time. In this season the temperature ranges from -8°C/18°F to 12°C/54°F.
  • The rainy season runs from November to March. There are torrential rains and snow. The mountains are always covered with snow and fog. In this season the temperature ranges from 0°C/32°F to 14°C/57°F.
What are the most recommended months to do the 5 Day Ausangate Hiking tour?

To do the Ausangate trek 5 days, it is advisable to do it in the dry season runs from April to October, the days are completely sunny and you can fully enjoy the scenic beauty, but don’t be too confident it can rain and snow at any time.

How difficult is the 5 Day Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek?

5 Day Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek Tour. It isn’t recommended for those who don’t practice any sport or for beginners due to its high altitude and lack of oxygen.

The first day will be moderate (1,2,3,4,5), the second day will be demanding (1,2,3,4,5), the third day will be challenge (1,2,3,4,5), the fourth day will be moderate (1,2,3,4,5) and the Fifth day will be moderate (1,2,3,4,5).

How do I carry my luggage on the 5 Day Ausangate Hiking tour?

Don’t worry about your luggage. On the 5 Day Ausangate Hiking tour, Machupicchu Andes Tours will provide horses to carry your duffel bags and all the camping equipment, you will only hike with your personal backpack.

The horses will be rented and driven by the Ausangate Mountain locals. In this way we contribute and give work to the locals.

Is it necessary to have travel insurance to do the Ausangate trek 5 days?

The Ausangate trek 5 days is an outdoor activity, so no one is free from any accident. It is recommended to get a travel insurance with your country’s trusted insurance company that covers up to 5,000m/ 16,404ft. Machupicchu Andes Tours will provide you with a basic first aid kit that includes oxygen, medicinal alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, gauze, cotton, bandages, band-aids and others. We’ll not provide any kind of pills, you must bring prescribed medications (especially for altitude sickness, inflammation, muscle aches, stomach pain, dizziness and others).

And if you need emergency transportation, we’ll transfer you on horseback to the nearest town where there is mobility to take you to the Cusco city. Please note, the 5 Day Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek tour is done in places where there are no health services and all expenses incurred will be borne by you.

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Mario Ordoñes Quispe Salvida

In Cusco, I am your travel specialist, with more than 10 years of experience organizing adventure trips.

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