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Rainbow Mountain, Ausangate Trek 2 Days

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Enjoy the beauty of the untouched nature of the Andes, which runs along the western side of South America and is among the longest mountain ranges in the world.

You will immerse yourself in the Peruvian Andes, exploring remote local villages, glacial peaks, lakes, colored mountains surrounded by llamas and alpacas herded by the Andean Quechua people who uphold the traditions of speaking the mother tongue of the Inca mother.

You will never lose the impressive view of the Ausangate, which is the highest peak in Cusco and the spiritual guardian of the Andean Quechua people; snow covered mountain rising to 6,385 mt / 20,948 ft. This trek connects with the “off the beaten path” Ausangate trek where you will be blown away by the breathtaking views!


Higlights Of Rainbow Mountain Ausangate Trek

We know how important this vacation is for you. So we do not want you to have any doubt or any lack during your trip towards one of the wonders of the world, therefore the guide will meet at your hotel 1 to 2 days before to give you detailed and personalized information to answer your inquiries.

  • Duration:  2 Days/ 1 Nights§
  • Tour type: Camping, adventure, and culture
  • Accommodation: 01 Night Camping
  • Meals: 02 breakfast,02 lunch and 01 dinner
  • Walking distance: 15.3 km / 9.5 miles
  • Height gained: 635 metros / feet
  • Temperature: Minimum – 7 ° C (° F) / 15 ºC (° F)
  • Physical difficulty: Challenge 4/5
  • GROUP SIZE: 8 people máximum by guide 



The journey will begin with an early transfer from your hotel in Cusco with a 4:00 am departure. We will travel in our private van for 3 and a half hours (3.5 hours) to the small village of Alkatara (4,390 mt / 14,400 ft). Upon our arrival we meet our chef, horsemen, and horses. While we enjoy the spectacular view, we will begin packing our gear and our chef will prepare breakfast. Once breakfast and packing are complete, we will begin our gentile up-hill hike for about 3 hours, passing by green valley’s surrounded by local houses, red mountain slopes, and plenty of llamas and alpacas grazing that are camouflaged within nature. As we continue hiking, we will reach Pucacocha pass (4,923 mt/ 16,150 ft), the first pass of our hike.

Pucacocha pass will present us with a stunning view of several beautiful turquoise lakes backdropped by Ausangate glacier which is truly one of the jewels of Ausangate and a fantastic opportunity to get some incredible photos! From here we will continue a soft downhill hike for an hour and a half (1.5 hours) until we reach Ananta (4,713 mt/15,462 ft). Here we will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by our chef and take time to explore, take pictures, or simply take a short nap. After our break, we will continue hiking for another hour and a half (1.5 hours) and eventually reach our highest pass of the trip, Warmisaya (4,996 mt / 16,390 ft). After our strenuous climb, we will be rewarded with a 360-degree view and we will catch our first glimpse of Rainbow Mountain in the distance. From here it is a short down-hill walk to Lake Q’ellwacocha where we will camp for the night (4,796 mt / 15,7342 ft).

At night we will enjoy the culinary skill of our chef and enjoy Peruvian cuisine while looking at the stars. The night will provide unforgettable skies with fantastic views of the constellations, the Milky Way and shooting stars. Get ready to sleep under a roof of thousands of stars!

  • Meals: snacks, lunch, coffee break and dinner
  • Accommodation: camping facilities
  • Distance: 13.1 km / 8.1 miles
  • Walking time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Temperature: minimum 5 ° C (41 ° F) / max. 18 ° C ( ° F)
  • Physical difficulty: Challange 4/5


We will begin the day with an early morning wake up and a hot cup of coffee or energetic coca tea while our chef prepares breakfast to get us fueled up for the hike ahead of us. After breakfast we will hike for an hour and a half (1.5 hours) and we will arrive at the Rainbow Mountain of Vinicunca and enjoy the solitude and rising sun as we will be the first group arriving to beat the crowd. Once we arrive, we will have a short 25-minute walk to reach the Red Valley viewpoint from where we will have views across the entire valley; It is literally like being on Mars! When we finally leave this natural beauty, we will walk for an hour to the bus station (4,390 mt. / 14,402 feet).

Back To Cusco

From here we will have a short bus ride to our lunch camp, where our chef will prepare a succulent lunch. To end our journey, we will continue by bus back to Cusco, arriving at your hotel in the afternoon.

  • Meals: snacks, lunch, coffee break and dinner
  • Accommodation: camping facilities
  • Distance: 5 km / 3.1 miles
  • Walking time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Temperature: minimum -7 ° C ( ° F) / max. 18 ° C ( ° F)
  • Physical difficulty: Moderate 3/5


  • Professional bilingual guide
  • All transfer
  • Fees to the private lands
  • Food:  2 lunches, 1 dinners and 2 breakfasts
  • Cold boiled water during the walk (after each meal). You will only bring the first day until lunch
  • Mattresses
  • Shops (accommodation for 2 people)
  • Beasts of burden that will carry the equipment, food and personal things of 7 kilos or 16 pounds
  • Oxygen balloon
  • First aid kit
  • Essential personal trekking gear
  • Sleeping bag (can rent from the company)
  • Inflatable mattress (can rent from the company)
  • Walking sticks (can rent from the company)
  • Personal riding horse
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuity for the support staff (muleteers, chef and guide)


Pácking List

We Recommend To Bring For Rainbow Mountain Ausangate Trek


  • Original passport
  • Backpack (must be very comfortable to carry all your belongings during the day)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping Bag Liner
  • Silicone earplugs
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Extra Flip flops or river shoes
  • Rain-wear or rain poncho
  • Outerwear for the nights like a jacket, scarf, gloves and a woolly cap
  • Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Light clothing
  • Trekking pants
  • Shirts or t-shirts (we recommend long sleeved) preferably quick-dry or regular cotton
  • Head lamp
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Quick-Drying Travel Towel
  • Personal medication
  • Walking stick with rubber bands on the tip
  • Reusable water bottle or CamelBak water bladder
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Toilet paper
  • Extra money

Note: Remember that you will have the opportunity to carry your things in our beast of burden no more than 7 kilos



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