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Ausangate Trek

Ausangate Trek–Snow-clad mountains, coloured hills with alpacas & llamas and dramatic vistas color this 5-day journey around the skirt of  wondrous highest peak in Cusco including the stunning Rainbow Mountains.

An ultimate adventure which was designed to discover this part world’s charm. So get ready for a mind-blowing experience as you embark on this once in a lifetime trek to the highest mountain in Cusco and the stunning rainbow mountains.
We’ll take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you trek through. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free.
This 5 day Ausangate trek lets you discover its snow dusted mountains, great erratic rocks, turquoise glaciers lakes, rainbow mountains, and for sure the Ausangate mountain, as the trail goes through these amazing vistas and right next to the mountain itself.
Join us and get ready to hear the most fantastic stories and local legends while exploring this part of Cusco with pure and plain nature. And hike with us to make it an easy trip for even a long weekend. The landscape is like nothing else you will have ever seen – it is truly breathtaking.

Group Size: We need a minimum of 02 people to depart. Family groups, friend travelers, couple travelers or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our adventure. Prices are per person which are based on two people who might share a room / tent. The itinerary is described and based on shared services; however, you are looking for a private service, that would be upon request.

Service Level: Upgraded

Highlights: 

  • View ice-clad Ausangate, and the diverse ecosystems of the Cordillera Vilcanota.
  • Trek in a high Andean realm close by to herd of llamas, and alpacas. Stay in a mountain 4 season roomy tents (Black Diamond tents).
  • Fully supported trek by a private trek Leader, private chef, and private muleteers.
  • Explore the unique natural formations on earth the Rainbow Mountains with a specialist guide.
  • Hike at elevations between 13,776′ and 16,400′ with several passes around 16,826′.
  • Visit remote rural communities preserved in rich Incan culture.
  •  Your own private guide, muleteers, horses, delicious camp cuisine prepared by your personal cook.
  • Camp along remote mountainsides, where we can savor peaceful nights beneath a star-filled sky.
  • Small groups, Big adventures (min 2 – max 8 / average 4)
  • Direct & official local tour operator based in Cusco, managed by locals.

Physical Grading:  1 2 3 4 5 6

VERY STRENUOUS, CHALLENGING: Full-day hikes (7-9 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 4,000 feet) on many days, with some camping and hiking at extreme altitudes. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 11,500 feet, with some days ascending as high as 16,850 feet.

Activities:  Hiking / Trekking, Camping.

Accommodations: 4 season Black Diamond tents designed for 4 people which are used only for 2 people, come with sleeping pads “Therma-Rest”, and Pillows.

Important Note: While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, e.g, strikes, natural desasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.

Price: From US$ 650 / 5 Days / per person

The price is based on two-person. Whether you would like to take a private service, our service would increase in US$350 with two-person, US$300 with three-person, US$250 with four-person or more, these prices are applied to each person.

We need a minimum of two people to run the tour to Ausangate trek 5 days. We guarantee that your tour will be limited to a maximum of 8 people. To ensure a private tour with us, our price increases US$350 with two-person, US$300 with three-person, US$250 with four-person or more, these prices are applied to each person.

Request a Quote: We can customize this private trek just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and other destinations. Call us at +51 984 464 391 or request a quote, Here.

Acclimatization: Please allow a minimum of 2 days in Cusco before your hike begins to Ausangate trek 5 days.

Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountains

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Itinerary

DAY 1. CUSCO – UPIS – PAMPARAPA

We pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 am to leave the city of Cusco then to have three and a half-hour driving to get Upis town, along the way we will see picturesque towns, and we will stop for a couple of times to enjoy the sceneries, once we arrive to Upis we will meet up our local muleteers and horses, where we’ll have our breakfast and get ready to start the great adventure, we will walk for about 7 hours to get the first camp site called Pamparapa (4,600m / 15,088 feet). We’ll start hiking up gradually from Upis village, later on to immerse into the highland valley inhabited by llamas and alpacas with dramatic vistas of Ausangate in backdrops. Today we’ll have lunch at very scenic spot still with Ausangate Mt at the background. After eating a delicious meal, we’ll still hiking up for about 2 more hours to get the first camp site, called Pamparapa 4,600 m / 15,088 ft, with amazing views around of the Ausangate mountain. All meals included.

Hiking Time: 6 – 7 hours

Hiking Distance: 10 km / 6.21 miles

Lowest Point: 3,800 m / 12,467 ft

Highest Point: 4,600 m / 15,088 ft

DAY 2, PAMPARAPA – AUQUI

In the morning we will have a beautiful sunrise at the top of Ausangate’s summit, we will enjoy this view while having our breakfast, after having breakfast we’ll climb up for 1 hour to first pass called Arapa which is at 4,800 m / 15,744 feet. At this point we’ll be impressed by stuninng views of eroded mountains, and highland valleys. We will then hike downhill, on the way we’ll see Yanaqocha, and Pukaqocha lakes. Today we’ll enjoy our lunch still with the amazing view from a different angle of Ausangate. After lunch, we’ll start hiking up on a switchback trail to the next pass at 5,000 m / 16,400 ft.
In which we’ll enjoy those amazing views of Vilcanota range going in different directions, colored hills. Our trek ongoing to the next camp site called Auqui 4,650 m / 15,252 feet for about 2 more hours. All meals included.

Hiking Time: 7 – 8 hours

Hiking Distance: 12 km / 7.45 miles

Lowest Point: 4,550 m / 14,924 ft

Highest Point: 5,000 m / 16,400 ft

DAY 3, AUQUI – RAINBOW MOUNTAINS – AUSANGATE QOCHA

Today’s nutritious breakfast makes us ready to go exploring the Rainbow Mountains and for the most strenuous day. After enjoying our breakfast early in the morning, we’ll hike up for about 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach the next pass at 5,000 m / 16,400 ft, from which we’ll see the famous Rainbow Mountains in a further direction. We’ll walk downhill on a steeper section trail to get the flatter section, we will then continue hiking up to the Rainbow Mountains for about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Upon our arrival we’ll savor the unique vistas of the Rainbow Mountains, after that, we’ll return on the same trail to our camp site where we’ll have lunch at about 1:00 pm. After having a delicious lunch, we’ll continue hiking to the next camp site called Ausangate Qocha 4,700 m / 15,416 ft, for about 2 hours and 30 minutes. All meals included.

Hiking Time: 9 – 10 hours

Hiking Distance: 14 km / 8.69 miles

Lowest Point: 4,600 m / 15,088 ft

Highest Point: 5,000 m / 16,400 ft

DAY 4, AUSANGATE QOCHA – JHAMPAPAMPA

Another great day to enjoy the mind-blowing coloured hills next to the Ausangate Mt (6,381m/ 20,930 feet), a highest mountain in Cusco, and see more glacier lagoons, after having breakfast we will begin again with our trekking, the trail takes us to the next pass called Palomani that is at 5,130m / 16,826 feet the highest pass on the whole trail; where, we’ll start to take a glance the massive mountain and some other colored hills which are still close by, then we’ll walk downhill to get the valley part, where we’ll eat our lunch, in the late afternoon we’ll walk up for 2 more hours to the next camp spot located at an elevation of 4,750 m / 15,580 feet. Where, in the evening we’ll have tea time, subsequently dinner. All meals included.

Hiking Time: 7 – 8 hours

Hiking Distance: 10 km / 6.21 miles

Lowest Point: 4,600 m / 15,088 ft

Highest Point: 5,130 m / 16,826 ft

DAY 5, JHAMPAPAMPA – PACCHANTA TOWN – CUSCO

Wake up hot coca tea in the morning to have another great day, after having breakfast we’ll hike up for 2 hours and 30 minutes to the last pass called Jhampa 5,030 m / 16,498 ft, where we’ll have amazing glacier peaks right infront of us. We will then trek downhill to get our last scenic lunch spot. After lunch we’ll trek for 2 more hours to get the Pacchanta Town. Where we’ll have a chance to swim at hot springs which is optional, and at this place we’ll say goodbye to our muleteers, we will eventually drive back to hotel in Cusco for about 3 hours and 30 minutes. End of our adventure.

Hiking Time: 7 – 8 hours

Hiking Distance: 11 km / 6.83 miles

Lowest Point: 4,300 m / 14,104 ft

Highest Point: 5,030 m / 16,498 ft

NOTE  ON ITINERARY     

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including, strikes, weather and terrain conditions.

WEATHER 

Average daytime temperatures in and around Cusco generally range from 55° – 75° F with evenings cooling down into the 40s and 50s. Much of this itinerary takes place in the mountains where weather can change very quickly and evening temperatures regularly drop into the 14s and 40s. As our treks are planned during the “dry season”, days are typically clear and pleasant, with afternoon clouds occasionally building and leading to small amounts of precipitation. While April and November departures may experience slightly higher amounts of rainfall, all-day rain is unusual. We will be hiking over multiple mountain passes which are above 16,500′ so guests should be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.

PERU SUMMIT INCLUDES 

  • Transportation from hotel to Upis.
  • Transportation back to hotel from Tinki town at the end of our journey.
  • Camping Equipment 4 season tent (04 people tent for 02 people).
  • Sleeping pad, Therma-Rest comes with pillow.
  • Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
  • Entrance tickets to the park.
  • Trek Leader, Our Leaders are equipped and trained to practice First-Aid, administer oxygen if needed, and conduct radio communication.
  • Meals: Breakfast (5), lunch (5), dinner (4), and snacks.
  • A professional Quechua chef.
  • Horses, and muleteers; horses carry your 7-kl / 14-pound personal items.
  • Emergency Horse to escort us during the trek.
  • Oxigen tank.

PERU SUMMIT DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Sleeping bags US$5 per day, and hiking poles US$5 per day( a pair of poles, Black Diamond or leki brand), you might get them rented from us.
  • Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot Springs.
  • Gratuities for the guides, porters or muleteers, and other staff.
  • Travel Insurance and things of a personal nature – laundry and telephone calls, personal taxis, souvenirs etc.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.

CHECKLIST

  • Travel insurance (and some copies).
  • Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
  • Backpack to carry your things.
  • Phone and Camera charger and adapter.
  • Camera.
  • Torch or headlamps.
  • Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
  • Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us).
  • Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
  • Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
  • Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
  • Sunblock and sunglasses.
  • Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
  • Hiking trousers.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Sleeping bag liner.
  • Hiking socks.
  • Ear Plugs.
  • Water bottle or canteen.
  • American dollars and peruvian soles in cash.
  • Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
  • Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
  • Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).

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