In the time of the Incas the mountains were considered protective gods, and the snowy sources of water and beginning of the rivers that lowered and fertilized to the earth or Pachamama. These mountains were considered important and sources of energy because they were formed by minerals and this is precisely the origin of the rainbow mountain. That with the passage of the millennia they were forming different strata of rocks and sediments that turned it into a very famous attraction in the world. Ausangate Expeditions gives you a not very routine and more prolonged way to have a visit in the Rainbow Mountain, we designed two days with the intention that your visit is not so fast and can enjoy the scenery and the place in a more personal way, without much people around you and the contact is between you and this inhospitable and little known place, enjoy a camping night where the main actor will be a night fullstars, unusual when one is in the city and walk on trails even little traveled where you will appreciate some snowy peaks that make up the mountain chain of Ausangate and get in touch with local people who still maintains their ancient customs.
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Type of Trek Adventure
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Max Group
- Visit the Rainbow Mountain
- Camping evening
- Walk beside llamas and alpacas
- Share with local people
- Watch the snowfall near the Ausangate
- Duration: 2 days / 1 nigth
- Distance: 35km- 15miles
- Maximum elevation: 5020m.a.s.l
- Difficulty: challenging
Weather in the Andes can be unpredictable ranging from hot and sunny to rain, wind and cold. Hikers should be prepared with proper gear and be ready for variable weather conditions throughout the day. Small changes in the itinerary are a possibility as well as trip cancellations due to bad weather. We reserve the right to cancel a trip if we feel conditions are unsafe. If this happens you will be refunded your deposit in full (see full Terms & Conditions), however trips still go out when there is rain, snow or fog. Temperatures can range from 0 degrees celcius in the morning to 15 degrees celcius in the afternoon. The sun does get intense in the afternoon and we highly recommend bringing sun protection.
CUSCO –QUESIUNO – ANANTAPATA
All of our participants will be picked up from their respective hotels at 4am to go south, after about 3 hours we will arrive at the town of Quesuno. While our muleteers organize all the camping equipment that we will use, our cook will provide us with a breakfast to start the morning. We have 14 kilometers that will be covered in an approximate 6 to 7 hours, the start is relatively easy as we start the hike through a valley and at a distance we will observe in snowy Ausangate. As we go up we will arrive at our high point called Pucacocha pass located at 4750 meters above sea level, we will descend a little to have a lunch and recharge energy for the rest of the afternoon until arriving at our camp of Anantapata located at 4900 meters above sea level.
ANANTAPATA – WARMISAYA PASS – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – CUSCO
The day arrived! , we will wake up at 4:00 am with a coca tea in our shops and then have a breakfast that will give us more energy for after 2 hours of gaining to conquer the high point of Warmisaya at 5000 meters above sea level and from there go down to the mountain of colors of Vinicunca. Approximately at 7:00 or 7:30 am we will be arriving at the summit of this famous mountain. We will be privileged to arrive and have the opportunity to enjoy this natural beauty practically alone as many of the visitors arrive in another part of the valley very different to our route. It is totally available to our participants as long as they wish to stay contemplating the landscape but usually after an hour in the place we go down to have a celebration lunch to finally return to Cusco at approximately 5:00 pm.
Cusco is a department located in the south of the Peruvian territory, presents two well-defined seasons, rains and droughts, so the climate is a mixture of intense rains in the months of November to April and sunny days from May to October, temperatures with quite changing in the hilly part of the region, these being able to descend until -5 degrees in the zone of Ausangate during the months of June to July.
The capital of the department, Cusco is located at 3342 meters above sea level, is where the planes arrive and is the basis of all expeditions to Machu Picchu and all tourist sites. On the other hand Ausangate is the highest mountain in the department with 6372 meters above sea level and many of the camps we pass are located on the 4000 to 4850 meters above sea level, therefore a previous acclimation of about 2 or 3 days in the city is more than mandatory.
We start an expedition with a minimum of two participants and we do not exceed a number of more than 8 members. If you have a large group of friends that exceeds our limit, we make a special expedition where we send a second guide to better manage the group.
Our team is trained to complete the highest demands, all our walks merit a physical effort so the food is fundamental to continue our tours, if you have a special diet, We adapt to your needs and design a menu that meets your expectations.
There is no age limit, but we are very strict to demand a good physical condition for our walks. Ausangate for the same location is consider as a very difficult level hike so if you are looking for a pleasant moment, remember the best is that before your trip is prepared physically and mentally and this will help greatly during your vacation.
If you chose one of our walks that are more than 1 day, you will need a sleeping bag for the nights inside the tents, if you do not have one we can rent one that surrenders the comfort conditions for climate and geography of the place and we guarantee cleanliness and warranty.
Considered one of the most beautiful places to walk in Peru, AUSANGATE is considered as a walk from easy to very difficult depending on the number of days you choose in the expedition, we as operators seek to be sincere with our customers, remember that our priority is that you take a nice souvenir and not be a hardship during the days of trek therefore we recommend a lot of physical activity and a good acclimatization in Cusco before any expedition.
We take chemical baths with us for the convenience of our clients and they are installed in each camp where we arrive, we are very careful in handling this equipment with the intention of preserving our environment.
Our guides and all the personnel that accompanies in an expedition receive a payment for the days that passes in the way, the gratuities are not obligatory but they are part of a custom already generalized in South America, if you feel that the service was good and according to your needs a tip will be a good message for all our staff who will feel rewarded in that way.
- Briefing 1 or 2 nights before beginning the expedition
- Pick up from hotel
- Private transport
- All the foods
- Box lunch deluxe
- Local professional guide in English and Portuguese
- Hot water in the mornings and afternoons for personal hygiene
- Camping equipment (dining tent, bath tent, kitchen tent)
- Professional mountain tents (passengers)
- Sleeping’s and mattress
- Duffels bags for personal things
- Emergency horse
- Team of muleteers
- First aid kit
- Oxygen balloon
- Tips for staff (cooks guides, muleteers)
- Extras not specified in the itinerary
- Dinner on the last day
- A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek - prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco .
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
- Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping. * This is a particularly cold trek, you should make sure you have a lot of very warm clothes.