Explore the Ausangate Trek and Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca in 6 days
To the south of Cusco, between the valleys of the Vilcanota and Tinquimayo rivers, in the districts of Ccatcca, Ocongate and Marcapata, insurge, powerful and vital, the Ausangate Trek, a gigantic massif of about 100 kilometers long decorated by a multitude of snow-capped mountains that seem to touch the sky with their perpetual snows: one of them, the apu Ausangate, the main mountain, most notable and revered in southern Peru. During the Ausangate Trek circuit you will enjoy its beautiful blue, turquoise lakes.
On the Ausangate Trek route, you can also observe the agricultural work carried out by peasants and shepherds in these mountainous hills. On our tour we can see fields of crops of all colors and flavors. In the lands of the Ausangate route, corn, tubers (potatoes, ollucos, ocas, mashuas), cereals and legumes (beans and peas) of superlative beauty are produced. It should not be forgotten, in addition, that Peru is considered one of the seven megadiverse countries on the planet due to the varied ecosystems that the Andes mountain range creates.
- Hike across remote Andean valleys and passes on the breathtaking Ausangate Trek
- Enjoy the most beautiful rainbow mountains without crowds
- 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 - OCONGATE - TINQUI - UPIS HOT SPRING
We’ll leave Cusco very early at 6 am and go by private van to the trailhead of our hike at the base of the majestic Mountain Ausangate, heading towards the small town of Tinqui. Upon arrival we’ll meet the horsemen who’ll prepare everything necessary to start our adventure. We’ll observe the impressive Vilcanota mountain range and pass through several traditional towns.You will hike through many remote villages with many stream crossings. We’ll walk for around 3 hours to the point where we’ll have lunch, the small town of Upis. Here our tents will already be set up. After eating, you have an option to hike to the lakes which take 2 hours, or enjoy the hot springs before our delicious dinner and a peaceful night’s rest in the middle of the mountains, you will have a chance to enjoy the first starry night, you will remember it for life.
UPIS - ARAPA PASS - PUCA COCHA
You’ll enjoy a delicious and nutritious breakfast that will provide you with the necessary energy to continue our adventure. Today we’ll ascend to the Arapa Pass (4,850 masl / 15,912 fasl). From this privileged place you will be able to observe an impressive contrast in the landscape. Along the way we are going to observe local farmers and alpacas. Dunes that look like they came out of the desert surround the glacial wonder of the Apu Ausangate while, below, the valley extends with its brilliant greenness. From this point, if you’re really lucky, you’ll be able to observe the flight of the condor. Also, let yourself be astounded by the 3 beautiful and crystalline lagoons each with a particular shade: red, green, and turquoise. We’ll soon arrive at the place where our camp will already be set up. There you’ll feel how your heart vibrates in front of the huge glacier while you enjoy a nutritious dinner before bed.
PUCACOCHA - ANANTA
Today is a difficult day but short, we start with Puca Qocha pass (5051), very colorful mountains which surround you. As well as we have spectacular view of mount Ausangate and colorful glacier lakes then we will enter into the Red Mountain valley, an intact landscape with vivid colors all around, and llamas eating grass right close to you, as you approach the campsite we have still wonderful view of rocky mountains and have delicious lunch and go to rest for the next big day.
ANANTA – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – AUSANGATE COCHA
This is the day you have been waiting for. We will wake you up at 04:45 am with coca tea delivered to your tent then we start with first uphill until Ananta pass(15,090ft-4500m-14,000feet) from where, you see this amazing Rainbow Mountain in the distance, but you are not quite there yet! From this place you go downhill to circle the lake and keep walking a Peruvian flat until we reach the final uphill to the Rainbow Mountain then we have 360 views of the spectacular landscape which surround you, Soak in the vistas and enjoy as much as possible the place. then we come back to the campsite(Ananta), have lunch there and keep walking until Ausangate lake which is our campsite.
AUSANGATE COCHA - PALOMANI PASS - HUCHUY PHINAYA
Today we will get the highest point of our all hike called Palomani pass. But we will walk a short distance because yesterday was a difficult day. you pass beautiful wáter fall, colorful lakes, swampy green pampas. Today is a wonderful day for looking at wildlife such as chinchillas, Andean geese, condors, and vicuñas, we’ll have lunch while enjoying the amazing landscape. After our lunch, we will ascend 2 hours until we reach the Palomani Pass (5,100 masl / 16,732 fasl) and then we’ll go downhill to the small community of Huchuy Pinaya where our camp will already be set up. Here a comfortable night of rest awaits you after savoring the delicious dinner that our chef will have prepared with care.
PACCHANTA - OCONGATE - CUSCO
Today is another wonderful day, we will enjoy the deep, red and green lakes. You are once in your life where you can jump in to cool off. In your left side the unparalleled Ausangate mount is still visible, today is your last day to enjoy the snow-capped mountain from a near and new angle. Our purpose is to get the hot springs of Pacchanta where we will enjoy nice and hot water and the vistas of the Ausangate Mount above. Today after our last supper we say goodbye to our horseman and the chef and get back to Cusco where you will be dropped off at your hotel around 6 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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