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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)

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$ 620 / 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. 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 – AUQUI

We pick you up at hotel at 3:30am to leave the city of Cusco then to have three and a half-hour driving to get Upis, 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 with our local muleteers and horses, where we’ll get ready to start the great adventure, we will walk for about 8 hours to get the first camp site called Auqui (4,500m / 14,715feet). Right from beginning we’ll walk uphill to get the first pass called Arapa(4,650m / 15,206feet) and then we’ll walk downhill to get our lunch spot, after having lunch we’ll walk uphill again to reach the next pass located at 4,950m / 16,187feet. From this pass the trail is downhill until the camp site. Once at the first camp site we’ll enjoy tea time, subsequently dinner.

Hiking Time, 8 hours aprox…

Hiking Distance, 14km/ 8.6 miles

DAY 2, AUQUI – RAINBOW MOUNTAINS – AUSANGATE QOCHA

In the morning we will have a beautiful sunrise at the top of Ausangate’s summit, we will enjoy this view having our breakfast, later on to climb up for 2 hours to get the next pass which is at 5,000m / 16,350feet, from where we’ll walk downhill and on highland plane sections to get the famous Rainbow Mountains, after enjoying the awesome views at these colored hills we’ll come back on the same way to get the same camp site to have our lunch. In the afternoon we will continue walking for 2 and a half hours to arrive the second camp spot called Ausangateqocha(4,700m / 15,369feet), this camp site is located at the backside of the Ausangate mountain thus we will see the mountain from a different angle, and there is a nice lagoon close the camp site, where we will see many highland birds. In the evening we will have tea time, subsequently dinner.

Hiking Time, 9 hours aprox…

Hiking Distance, 16 km/ 9.9 miles.

DAY 3, AUSANGATE QOCHA – JHAMPAPAMPA

Another great day to enjoy the mind-blowing coloured hills next to the Ausangate Mt (6,381m/ 20,866feet), a highest mountain in Cusco, and to see more glacier lagoons, after having breakfast we will begin again with our expedition, the pathway starts right away uphill until reaching the next pass called Palomani that is at 5,080m / 16,612feet; where, we’ll start to take a glance the massive mountain and some other colored hills, then we’ll walk downhill to get the valley part, where we’ll eat our lunch, and in the afternoon we’ll walk up to the next camp spot located at an elevation of 4,800m / 15,696feet. Where, in the evening we’ll have tea time, subsequently dinner.

Hiking Time, 8 hours aprox…

Hiking Distance, 12 km/ 7.4 miles

DAY 4, JHAMPAPAMPA – PACCHANTA

We start the day with a great breakfast that is provided by our chef, then we walk gradually up to get the last pass called Jhampa pass(5,190m / 16,971feet), from this last pass we start to walk gradually downward, after 2-hour walking we arrive to lunch place, that afternoon we have 3 more hours to get Pacchanta town where we spend the last night, in the evening we have time for a dip into the thermal water or hot springs. At night we have a special dinner which is made as a surprise by our quechua chef, and we enjoy the last supper all the team members together.

Hiking Time, 8 hours aprox…

Hiking Distance, 12km/ 7.4 miles

DAY 5, PACCHANTA – CUSCO

Wake up hot coca tea in the morning to have another great day, after having breakfast we leave Pacchanta, to drive back to Cusco, on the way we’ll stop to make our last lunch picnic, eventually we’ll arrive to our hotel in Cusco, then to have the farewell meeting. End of Ausangate Trek experience.

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(03 people tent for 02 people)
  • 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.
  • Ausangate English guide, Our guides 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.
  • Therma-Rest mattress and air pillow US$5 per days.
  • 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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