Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek / 5-Day With Lodges

FIXED DEPARTURES FOR THIS AUSANGATE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK EVERY FRIDAY

We invite you to enjoy the full experience of this 5-Day Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek in the vicinity of this Apu (mountain in Quechua language). Which is the 5th highest mountain in Perú. This is a breathtaking 5-Day trek in the Vilcanota´s Cordillera, one of the most pristine mountain ecosystems in the world. The trek will be accompanied by llamas and horses that will carry your gear, and are owned by shepherds of the community of Chillca. Who are proud to share their land with you, as well as the spirit of their inspiring world.

You will sleep every night in the comfort of four different Andean Lodges with varied spectacular views of the Sacred Mountain. Meals are prepared daily by experienced chefs who will introduce you to a great variety of delicious Peruvian dishes. Also, they will produce some authentic local music played by local inhabitants. This wonderful journey ends amidst one of the most spectacular landscape scenarios in South America.

IMPORTANT TIP

To go on the Apu Ausangate´s Trail Trek, one must be in good physical condition, and we recommend a preliminary 3 to 4 day acclimatization stage, for your body to react better during the trek.

This remote and privileged region of Cusco, still quite unexplored, offers, in addition to this 5-day trek, the possibility of doing some other 2, 3 and 4-day hikes, always using the very comfortable lodges, which makes this a different and unique experience, that will be kept inside your most appreciated memories.

Why to choose Culturandes Travel & Adventure for this Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek?

Are you looking for unforgettable memories for this adventure? Culturandes Travel & Adventure want you to have a hassle-free planning and an unforgettable travel experience without any stress and unexpected situations by the hand of its experts travel advisors and knowledgeable local guides providing you:

  • Reliable and high level services
  • Certified Peruvian tour operator
  • Safe transport according to the highest standards
  • Adequate equipment for the activity
  • Detailed and personalized information prior to the trip
  • 24 hour support during your trip
  • Excellent official local guides who will be the star of your trip

We are experts in private and customized tours all around Peru, ask our expert travel advisors to upgrade your experience with additional activities and extensions.

Group services versus Private services?

This is a question we all need to ask ourselves when planning a trip. The answer depends largely on the age, the particular interests of each person and, above all, the economy of each passenger. Below, we list the differences between conducting a group service versus a private service. It should be noted that, in either of the two modalities, you will receive top quality care from the entire team of professionals who will make your trip unforgettable

Group Services

  • The driver follows the stops designated by the tour
  • Groups can have between 15 and 20 people
  • Guidance is simultaneous in English and Spanish for the entire group
  • The itinerary has to be strict to fulfill the daily plan
  • The guide is available at the same time for the entire group
  • The main advantage of group services is the affordable price

Private Services

  • The driver will make the necessary stops where you indicate
  • Of 5 or more people, the private service has a similar price to the group service.
  • You own the time you want to have at each stop
  • Guidance is in only 1 language and at the passenger’s choice (prior consultation for rare languages)
  • The guide will be available only for you and attentive to your requirements
  • The travel experience becomes much more personal and deep in knowledge

We urge you to get in touch with us so we can design your trip to Peru together, probably combining some excursions in private and some in group services. Our team of experienced voyagers knows what it means to plan a trip of a lifetime as well as the investment that implies, therefore, we want everything to go perfect.

 


TOUR CATEGORY
  • Active Tour
  • Nature
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching

LOCATION
  • Anantapata
  • Ausangate Cocha Lake
  • Chillca
  • Cusco
  • Huampococha
  • Machuracay
  • Vinicunca

ACTIVITY LEVEL
  • Challenging (Good physical condition required)

DURATION
  • 5 days

WHEN TO GO
  • March to November

AUSANGATE TREK

  • Enjoy the trail to the fifth highest mountain in Cusco –Perú
  • Admire one of the most spectacular landscape scenarios in South America
  • Enjoy places full of amazing Andean scenery and authentic culture
  • Meet native weavers as they create beautiful clothing with the same old techniques of their ancestors
  • Have astonishing views of the snowcapped Ausangate mountain

DAY 01 CUSCO - CHILLCA

Lunch and dinner

An early departure to travel in our comfortable coach bus along the Vilcanota River to visit the temple of Checacupe, then through the upper valley of Pitumarca. At Japura, we’ll trek a short distance to Chillca. Community members and local musicians greet us at our first Andean Lodge, sharing their native Andean music as we sip coca tea. Our 8 double rooms have hot showers and full bathrooms. The lodge features tasty, healthy Andean cuisine, such as Alpaca steak, with vegetarian dishes and other dining options available.

Minimum Altitude: 1102.36ft/3384m
Maximum Altitude: 14271.65ft/4350m
Walking distance: 2.05m/3.3 kms.
Aproximate walking time: 1.5 hours
By car: aprox. 4 hours/83.45m/134.3 km

DAY 02 CHILLCA - MACCHURACAY

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

After breakfast, we trek along the glacier valley of Phinaya, seeing hundreds of alpacas and llamas. On the way to the glaciers at Mt. Santa Catalina, the trail climbs past the breathtaking Pjachaj waterfall. Our picnic lunch awaits us above. Then, surrounded by moraine walls, glaciers and lakes, we walk about 5 hours to Machuracay Lodge. Your bags are carried by llama caravan. At the lodge, we’re met by the native family that manages it.

Minimum Altitude: 14271ft/4350m
Maximum Altitude: 15912.07ft/4850m
Walking distance: 6.21m/10kms
Aproximate walking time: 6 hours

DAY 03 MACCHURACAY - ANANTAPATA

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today we take on our first mountain pass (16,587 ft./ 5,100 m.) enjoying spectacular panoramic views. Descending alongside the glaciers, we hike to Ausangate Cocha Lake where we’ll have lunch. Here, the landscape shifts dramatically, with red sandstone formations where we’ll see vicuñas and occasional condors. After a great day of hiking we arrive at the third Andean Lodge to relax, take in the splendid views and enjoy a restful night.

Minimum Altitude: 15256ft/4650m
Maximum Altitude: 16896.33ft/ 5150m
Walking distance: 5.9m/9.5 kms
Aproximate walking time: 5 hours

DAY 04 ANANTAPATA - HUAMPUCOCHA

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After breakfast, we take the trail to another mountain pass. Dropping down, we’ll hike by Lake Kayrawiri, surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and the great valley below. Striations of color are imbedded in the hillsides. Then we go on to Cerro Laya Grande via massive glacier del Inca, and find the most striking colors in the sediments of Vinicunca (recently known as the “Rainbow Mountain”). We eat lunch here while taking in this unique landscape. On our way to the fourth Andean Lodge we may see hundreds of Andean geese nesting in the cliffs of Anta, and the flatiron formations of Apu Labrayani near Huampococha Tambo where we will spend the night.

Minimum Altitude: 15518ft/4730m
Maximum Altitude: 16355ft/4985m
Walking distance: 6.28m/10.1kms
Aproximate walking time: 6 hours

DAY 04 HUAMPUCOCHA - CUSCO

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

As we hike up; enjoying a great view of the mountains, we reach the top of our final pass. It’s all downhill from here! We encounter some of the most capricious shapes of limestone formations from the Cretaceous age and hike until the end of the trail in Trapiche. It is time to say goodbye to the muleteers and the staff. Here, we have lunch and return by bus to Cusco while reminiscing on the wonderful experiences we shared in the Andes.

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Ask our expert travel advisors to complete your trip with an extension to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the impressive Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, the mysterious Nazca lines, the enigmatic jungle or the Kingdom of the Chachapoyas.

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