Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca 4 Days
Ausangate Trek is surrounded by extensive and luminous turquoise lakes such as Sibinacocha, as well as stone forests, glaciers and vast plains that impress with their magical landscape, it is considered one of the most challenging trekking routes in the Andes. However, during the hike, the traveler witnesses incredible postcards: multicolored mountains, herds of alpacas and desert cliffs that together create an incredibly beautiful outdoor experience from start to finish.
The communities within the Ausangate Trek and Rainbow Mountain are small Andean towns, dedicated to livestock and agriculture, many of them have very unique customs, in addition each one of them houses some small pre-Inca archaeological complexes. At these heights, men, llamas and alpacas have lived in harmonious communion for more than five thousand years. The Ausangate trek and rainbow mountain is considered the most beautiful of the Andes.
- Experience world-famous Rainbow Mountain—crowd-free
- Hike across remote Andean valleys and passes on the breathtaking Ausangate Trek
- Share unique experiences with the last descendants of the Incas, you will learn their ancestral rites and traditions, hold a ceremony to Mother Earth with the sacred coca leaves
- Experience the best trek of the Andes, with fabulous views of the Apu Ausangate, red, turquoise and green lakes.
- Taste the only typical dish of the Incas “Pachamanca”
- Connect your body and mind with the best energy of the apus and sacred mountains of the Incas
- Discover the ancestral paths of the Quechuas with our local guides.
- Get to know the textile tradition of the Andes of Cusco, learn the process of dyeing, warping and making ponchos, chullos and sweaters with alpaca wool, where the Quechuas embody their sacred symbolism.
- You will discover the true magical and sacred world of the Andean priests, who still practice their ceremonies of gratitude to their sacred mountains and Pachamama (mother earth).
- Immerse your knowledge about the agriculture of the Incas, in these towns it is possible to see this activity, where they grow the most delicious and colorful potatoes in the world.
Inclusions of this tour
CUSCO – COMMUNITY OF TINKI - COMMUNITY OF UPIS
The pick-up will be from your hotel at 5:45 am, then we leave Cusco around 6:00 am for our private transport, in the direction of Urcos, Ocongate and then to the town of Tinki, where we start the Ausangate Trek. Our chef will prepare a succulent Andean breakfast. Then we hike to the base of the impressive Ausangate Mountain. This day we will pass through the local villages of indigenous communities, who speak Quechuam, and are dedicated to grazing llamas, alpacas, until reaching the small settlement of Upis, this site is well known for its sources of thermal baths you can take a dip, The cost is (10 soles). Today we will spend the night here and you will have the opportunity to enjoy the picturesque backdrop of the mountain while the sun sets in the mountains. So here we will have lunch and dinner with a spectacular sky full of stars and the fabulous milky way. The nights are very cold, wear warm clothes.
UPIS COMMUNITY – PUCACOCHA LAKE
Today we will get up at 5:30 am, then we will have the super nutritious breakfast since the day will be very hard due to the ascent to the Arapa Pass (4950 m), from where you can see the mountain chains of the Vilcanota mountain range, whose highest point is the Ausangate (6384 m), then we will have a slight descent to our place for lunch. After lunch we continue towards Lake Pucacocha, a deep turquoise lake and a perfect stop for a rest. On the way you will see local shepherds and llamas, and your expert guide will explain the history of the locals and the landscape in the Ausangate Trek. Our camp tonight is located just below the imposing Ausangate Mountain. You will enjoy a true outdoor adventure experience, surrounded by mountains and fresh air. Your evening will be enjoyed with dinner in our cozy dining tents, here you will be surrounded by views of the Ausangate mountain and its very impressive glaciers.
PUCA COCHA LAKE – ANANTA COMMUNITY
This day the walk will have a good degree of difficulty, but it is not for a long time, after breakfast, we start at 7:00 am, with a strong ascent to the Pucacocha Pass (5100 m). This step has incredible views and, when you reach the top, you will be rewarded with 360 ° views of one of the most incredible landscapes on earth. After having overcome the difficult rugged thunder of the Pucacocha pass, we have to descend very carefully with the help of our trekking poles to a green valley full of alpacas and llamas, where we will be waiting for a succulent and delicious lunch at noon. Then we will do a short walk to the camp in the Ananta community, if you are lucky, you can see an Andean condor or the rare vicuña.Today we finish the trek at 3:00 pm, at night we will have tea time and a re-comforting dinner.
ANANTA – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – RED VALLEY - CUSCO
Today is going to be a very exciting day since we will visit the rainbow mountain, or mountain of colors, and its local name is the Apu Vinicunca, for this you will get up very early and leave the camp at 5 am, this allows us to approach and Experience the Rainbow Mountain in all its glory with loneliness, without visitors yet. After a hot breakfast and some coca tea, very close we will appreciate the other geological spectacle, of the famous red valley, which are a group of small hills whose main soil composition is the colors red, ocher, green; Surely you will feel the sensation of being on another planet! Around noon we go downhill to the community of Qesuno, where we will have lunch, and pack all our trekking equipment to return to Cusco, whose final point will be at the door of your hotel, the arrival is approximately at 5:30 pm.
Best season to travel
The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.
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