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Ausangate Trek 3 Days – Rainbow Mountain

Ausangate Trek 3 Days – Rainbow Mountain

3 Days from $ USD 515.00

Ausangate Trek 3 Days – Rainbow Mountain

3 Days from $ 515 | Ausangate Trek 3 Days - Rainbow Mountain

| Min Altitude: 2200msnm (3545 fasl) | Max Altitude: 2200msnm (3545 fasl)
Price From
$ USD 515.00
3 Days
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 10
Physical Level


Ausangte is a snow-covered mountain in the Vilcanota mountain range where the highest snow-capped peak in Cusco prevails at 6,385 meters above sea level. For the Andean cosmovision, the Apu Ausagante is the most important and protective sacred mountain for the people around it.

It is a spiritual and adventurous excursion where the visitor enjoys in its greatest splendor the majestic trails in the presence of Andean camelids, glaciers, colorful lagoons, wetlands full of wildlife and colorful mountains.

Connected with nature through healing with Inca techniques and a deep reflection immersed in their tradition, customs, gastronomy and hospitality of Andean communities in Cusco, Peru.

The route is considered one of the best hikes in Cusco. Enjoy an unforgettable travel experience in the high mountains.

Discover a world of magical energies and feed your adventurous spirit.

Trip details

  • Location: Peru..
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Type: Ceremony, Hiking & Adventure Tours
  • Destinations: Cusco, Ocongate, Tinki, Phacchanta, Upis, Puca Qocha, Paso Warmi Sayquchi y Rainbow Mountain.
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Campsite elevation. 4600m
  • Weather: Cold…..



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Trip Summary





We pick you up at 5:00 a.m. Then you’ll have a three-hour drive to the trailhead at Pacchanta School. Here you’ll enjoy some breakfast and meet your trekking team including the local chef, porters, and horsemen.

Then you’ll have a three-hour hike to your lunch spot at Upis village in the skirt of Ausangate Mountain. After you’ve enjoyed your freshly prepared lunch, you’ll hike for 1:30 hours uphill to the first pass called Vicuña Pass (4850 meters above sea level). We’ll break there for a bit to allow you to enjoy the views.

Then you’ll continue the last leg of the first-day trek with a 3 hours walk to your evening campsite at Pucaccocha. You’ll be able to enjoy breathtaking views along the way. You’ll see stunning views of the valleys, waterfalls, and glacier peaks.

Your local chef and porters will be waiting for you at your evening campsite. They’ll prepare food and get your tent set up so you can just relax and enjoy your surroundings.



We wake up at 5:30 am. After an early nutritious breakfast cooked by your chef, you’ll continue healing Trek with a 2:00 hours climb to Condor pass (4900 meters above sea level). On the way, you’ll have magical views of Ausangate mountain, and lagoons and perhaps even see some llamas and alpacas. It is then a gradual downhill hike for 2:00 hours to your lunch spot. After lunch, you’ll have a small climb to Alpaca pass (4950 m) where you can see a small part of Rainbow Mountain. After one more hour of downhill hiking, you’ll get to this evening’s campsite. Here your Alpaca Expeditions team will take care of all the details while relaxing you and experiencing one of the most beautiful spots to take in the Andean sky.

In this beautiful and powerful mountain, you will make a traditional ceremony..



Spending the night in the mountains means you’ll be one of the first to arrive at the stunning Rainbow Mountain. You’ll enjoy a pleasant breakfast with hot drinks served by your trekking team to start your morning. You’ll hike for 1:30 hours gradually uphill to get to this famous mountain.

On the way, you’ll have the chance to see some wildlife of vicuñas. Upon your arrival, the views will be stunning and because it’ll be so early you should be able to get some spectacular photographs without worrying about crowds. Your guide will explain all the mountains’ different colors and minerals. Once you are ready to leave it’ll be one hour to the end of the Trail. Then you’ll enjoy your last lunch then come back at your Cusco hotel.

What to Bring

  • Backpack with rain cover
  • Headlamp
  • Extra socks (preferably wool)
  • Hiking pants and multiple layers of shirts
  • Waterproof rain pants
  • Camping shoes/sandals for nighttime wear
  • Waterproof hiking shoes
  • Warm clothing (such as thermal underwear, fleece, hat and gloves)
  • Waterproof clothing (poncho)
  • Breathable clothing (cotton or synthetic pants, shorts, and T-shirt)
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm to protect from the cold
  • Extra camera and battery
  • Reusable water bottle (such as Nalgene)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Personal items.

Pricing List

Private Service

This service is an exclusive way to carry out this trip where the service is much more personalized, the prices vary according to the number of people in your group:

Number of persons Price per person
1 Persons $ USD 515.00 Inquire Now

Travel Guide

Luggage for the Ausangate Trek

Most tour operators and lodgings allow you to store your luggage while you are on the trek and retrieve it upon your return.

Difficulty of the Ausangate Trek

The high-altitude route of the Ausangate Trek is one reason why it is considered challenging, and not suitable for inexperienced hikers. It’s advisable to start with moderate hikes before attempting this trek.

Camping and Nighttime at Ausangate

Local communities established the camping system, creating job opportunities and boosting economic growth through tourism. This makes the Ausangate Trek increasingly popular. Although still basic, the campsites are located in remote areas and lack facilities like shops or services. There are only camping spots and basic sanitary facilities. There’s no potable water available at the camps, and showers must be postponed until the end of the trek. (Note: if on a guided trek, you might get a bowl of hot water for morning ablutions).

Camping Equipment Rental in Cusco

If you prefer to rent gear in Cusco, we recommend renting two sets of camping equipment and walking half a block to the main plaza.

Useful Information

Put your smartphone in airplane mode as there is no network coverage along the trek.

Stay hydrated while hiking at high altitudes by drinking at least two to three liters of water per day. While there are streams and rivers along the way, it’s recommended to bring water purification tablets due to the presence of alpacas and llamas in the mountains.

Be aware of the weather as it can change suddenly in the Andes, especially at high altitudes. Bring warm clothing and waterproof jackets, especially when crossing high passes.

Carry a first aid kit, tool kit for repairs, and blister care kit in your backpack.

Don’t forget sunscreen, lip balm, and sunglasses, and wear a neck gaiter and wind protection to shield yourself from the wind.

Acclimatization for the Ausangate Trek

Since the Ausangate Trek involves daily high-altitude stages, at least three acclimatization hikes are recommended before embarking on the trek. The best way to acclimate is to hike the Cristo Blanco in Cusco (3700m) and the Maras Moray area, both higher than Cusco.

Best Season for the Ausangate Trek

The best time to hike the Ausangate area is from April to November, to maximize the number of clear days. However, the peak season attracts many hikers, so if you want to enjoy the beautiful places, it’s recommended to trek in late March or December. You can trek Ausangate any time of the year (if going solo) but prices for guided treks may be higher due to lower demand and more difficult descents.

Climate of Ausangate

Due to the Andes’ geographical conditions, the weather in the Ausangate area can be unpredictable and fluctuates between 10-20°C during the day and 5-10°C at night. The high altitude sun is strong, but it’s not hot, making it a challenging condition. The temperature drops significantly in the evening, sometimes to below -10°C in the dry season, so warm clothing is essential for the trek.

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