The Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek 3 Days offers you an unforgettable experience in just three days! If you like to get off the normal tourist routes and are excited to explore some unique, rural parts of the Andes, this trek is for you. Book now as a couple, with a group of friends, or as a family. Let yourself be enveloped by this surreal landscape in the Andes of Peru in the company of the best adventure travel specialists in the city.
You’ll travel deserted roads and deep valleys on this route. You’ll enjoy the company of herds of alpacas and llamas while you gaze across crystalline lagoons at the foot of the imposing sacred mountain Ausangate. You’ll also challenge your physical resistance to reach the majestic Rainbow Mountain—a destination that so many travelers wish to visit.
You can picture it now: Hiking among glaciers and barren landscapes to suddenly see a mountain covered in many different colors appear in front of you! It’s not a dream; it’s a true natural wonder!
You’ll also be able to get up close and personal to small communities in these faraway regions of Cusco and see how they go about their daily lives and live off the land. So get ready for an amazing trip on a route not yet saturated by travelers.
Briefing: A few days before your adventure on the Ausangate Trek 3 Days with Vinicunca, our guide will meet up with you to give you all the necessary information you will need before your hike. This is to ensure that you have the best possible time, ever, on your Ausangate Trek 3 Days with Vinicunca hike and arrange your pick up time and place.
DAY 1: CUSCO –PACCHANTA – UPISPAMPA
We will begin our incredible journey early in the morning when we collect you from your hotel at 6am. We will then head off to the Vilcanota valley, passing through different picturesque villages along the way, until we arrive at the village of Pacchanta, 3 hours later. We will settle into our hostel and have a hearty breakfast. We will then begin our hike descending gradually for 3 hours towards our campsite of Upispampa at an elevation of 4440 metres. Here we will be able to watch a beautiful sunset and dinner in the wonderful hot springs of Upis. After dinner you can rest or look at the spectacular starry sky from the hot springs.
- Hiking Distance: 10 km
- Starting altitude: 4000 m
- Highest elevation: 4550 m
- Hours walking: 6 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Campsite altitude: 4440 m
- Night-time temperature: –10° C
- Accommodation: Camping
- Included meals: Breakfast– Lunch – Dinner
DAY 2: UPIS PAMPA – HANANTAPATA:
Today after our breakfast, we will start to hike, ascending up the Pucacocha pass at 4930m. From the summit, we can appreciate the whitest side of the Apu Ausangate mountain in all it’s splendor. The mountain range of snow-caps and endless glaciers with different coloured lagoons, ranging from turquoise to deep blue. From this natural, panoramic lookout point, we will start our descent to the campsite of Hanantapata at 4750m. Along the way, you will be able to appreciate the incredible panoramic views. From one side, we can gaze at the Cordillera and its ice caps and perpetual glaciers and from the opposite side, in the direction of Vinicunca, we can see the red and ochre tones of the mountains. In the evening we will arrive at our campsite for the evening whihc is the perfect vantage point to contemplate the milky way and galaxies above us. Our fully equipped tents are perfect for camping at this elevation.
- Hiking distance: 16 km.
- Starting elevation: 4440m.
- Highest elevation: 4950m.
- Hours hiking: 8 hours.
- Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.
- Campsite altitude: 4750m.
- Night time temperature: – 12° C.
- Accommodation: Camping
- Included meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
DAY 3: HANANTAPATA – VINICUNCA – CUSCO.
Our final day we will start off super early at 4:30am, so that we are the first to arrive at The Vinicunca Rainbow mountain at a massive 5050 metres elevation. We will ascend the pass at Warmisaya pass at 5020 metres elevation. From here we can catch our first glimpse of Vinicunca. You can enjoy this work of art produced by Mother nature and take the incredible photos which will accompany your memories of this incredible place. We continue hiking for 2 hours more until we arrive at the Rainbow mountain. We will have plenty of time to enjoy the area and take some photos before we descend to the car park of Chillihuani, where our lunch will be waiting. We will then take our car back to the City of Cusco, arriving at 4 pm approx. This marks the end of your
- Hiking time:5 hours Aprox.
- Distance: 12 km
- Dificulty: Moderate
- Maximum altitude: 5050m
- Minimum Altitude: 4700m
- Included meals: Breakfast– Lunch.
At Ausangate Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details to avoid missing anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.
- Tourist Transportation.
- Route guide Ausangate Trek 3 Days with Vinicunca .
- All food during the expedition.
- First aid kit and oxygen balloon.
- Camping tents and mattresses.
- Dining tent, kitchen and bathroom.
- Pack horses for the transportation of all the logistics.
- Entrance fees to Ausangate Park.
- Emergency horse.
- Cook on route and muleteers.
- Entrance fees to the thermal baths (optional)
- Extra drinks.
- Tips for the guide and staff.
We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as carefree as possible. In this section, you’ll find the answers to all the questions you have about traveling with Ausangate Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.
Have another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line and we will get back to you asap!
WHAT TO BRING
- Sleeping bag for -15° C
- Warm clothes for the nights
- Small backpack containing.
- Rain poncho
- Bathing suit, towels
- Plastic bag to store wet clothes
- Extra money in Soles in small denominations.
- Toilet paper.
- Water bottles
- Sun block
- Personal medications and snacks.
Briefing or Informative Meeting
All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Ausangate Trekking office.
Can I store my luggage at your office?
Of course! During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.
Any equipment that you won’t need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.
Pick up of guests
Ausangate Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historical Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.
Cusco is an old city, meaning it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.
Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route.
It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.
Strikes and demonstrations
Strikes and demonstrations are usually common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.
Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport or restaurant. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.
Thank you for your interest in having an adventure travel experience in Peru curated by Ausangate Trekking. Please take a moment to complete our short form, so one our friendly Adventure Consultants could provide you all the information for your trip of a lifetime in Peru.
Our Pledge | Your privacy is respected and protected. The Ausangate Trekking Company will never share, sell, or make public any of your personal contact information to third parties.