TRIP ITINERARY

DAY 1:

CUSCO / TINQUI / UPIS

We leave Cusco early in the morning, going to the beginning of the trek in the town of Tinki (3,800 m).

Here we join the muleteers and pack animals to start a 5-hour hike to the hot springs of Upispampa, just below the Ausangate glacier and the camp (L + D).

This day we will ascend directly from the field to the Arapa pass (4,800 m / 15,750 ft). The colorful moon-shaped rock formations create a stark contrast to the white snows of Ausangate.

In the afternoon we will continue descending past the spectacular Uchuy Pucacocha (small red lake) and its waterfalls before camping next to the waters of Pucacocha (B + L + D)

We will wake up early for breakfast.

It will be a difficult but short day. We start with the Pucacocha pass (5,051 m), seeing some very colorful mountains, lakes, glaciers, and llamas eating grass from a short distance. As we approach the camp, there is still a wonderful view of the rocky mountains and we will enjoy a delicious lunch and rest for the next big day (B + L + D).

After breakfast, we take the road to another mountain pass.

Going down, we will hike through Lake Kayrawiri, surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and the great valley below. Striations of
color are embedded in the slopes.

Then we continue to Cerro Laya Grande through the huge Inca Glacier, and the most striking colors in the sediments of Vinicunca.
When we finally reach Rainbow Mountain (5,020m / 16,466ft), you will have time to explore the area and take pictures. We will spend
between 30 minutes to 1 hour (depending on the walking pace and weather conditions); After the incredible view of the landscapes at
the top, we will go down to Llactop and Cusipata for one last night at Cusipata River Lodge (B + L + D)

At no additional cost, a free day for rafting on the Urubamba River (class III+ rapids). This is an optional trip.

Inclusions

Pricing

From 2 to 5 Passengers
$ USD 690.00

Price per person

From 6 to more passengers
$ USD 590.00

Price per person

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What to Pack

  • Mask and face shield
  • Passport (Requires entrance to Machu Picchu)
  • Hiking shoes
  • Clothes for rain, to keep you warm at nightand various t-shirts.
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen
  • Plastic poncho for rain
  • Sunglasses, hat or hat for the sun
  • Personal medication kit
  • Walking poles andflashlight.
  • Water bottle
  • Student card (ISIC) if applicable
  • Extra money in soles and dollars

Frequently Asked Questions Ausangate trek with Rainbow Mountain (4 Days / 3 Nights)

What is the Ausangate Trek?

The Ausangate Trek is a 6-7 day trek through the Andes Mountains in Peru, passing by the Ausangate Mountain and visiting various traditional villages and high-altitude lakes.

Where is the Ausangate Trek located?

The trek is located in the Cusco region of Peru and is centered around the Ausangate Mountain, which stands at 6,384 meters above sea level.

What is the best time to go on the Ausangate Trek?

The best time to go on the Ausangate Trek is from April to November, when the weather is relatively dry and temperatures are mild.

How difficult is the Ausangate Trek?

The Ausangate Trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek, with high altitude and varying terrain making it suitable for experienced hikers.

Is it necessary to hire a guide for the Ausangate Trek?

Hiring a guide is not necessary, but it is highly recommended, as the trail is not well-marked and it is easy to get lost without a guide. A guide will also provide valuable information about the local culture and history of the area.

What should I bring on the Ausangate Trek?

Essential items to bring on the Ausangate Trek include warm clothing, a good pair of hiking boots, a sleeping bag, a water purification system, a first-aid kit, and appropriate gear for the weather conditions.

What type of accommodation is available during the trek?

Accommodation during the trek is typically in basic camp sites or local guesthouses, with simple beds and shared bathroom facilities.

What kind of food is available during the trek?

Food during the trek is usually basic, with meals consisting of rice, potatoes, and meat or vegetables. It is recommended to bring some snacks for the trail as well.

Is it possible to take a horse instead of walking the Ausangate Trek?

Yes, it is possible to take a horse instead of walking the Ausangate Trek, but this should be arranged in advance and is not included in the cost of most trekking packages.

Travel Guide about Ausangate trek with Rainbow Mountain (4 Days / 3 Nights)

The Ausangate Trek is a picturesque and challenging trek through the stunning Andes Mountains of Peru. Located near Cusco, this trek offers breathtaking views of glaciers, high-altitude lakes, and traditional Andean communities. Here are some important tips to keep in mind when planning your Ausangate Trek experience:

  1. Timing: The best time to do the Ausangate Trek is from May to September, during the dry season in Peru. This will ensure good weather conditions for trekking.
  2. Fitness: The Ausangate Trek is a challenging trek, with high altitudes and steep inclines. It is recommended for experienced trekkers with good physical fitness.
  3. Accommodations: There are various types of accommodations available on the Ausangate Trek, ranging from camping to basic lodges. It is important to carefully consider your accommodation options based on your budget and comfort preferences.
  4. Gear: Make sure to bring the appropriate gear for the trek, including warm clothing, good hiking shoes, a sturdy backpack, and a waterproof jacket.
  5. Altitude: The Ausangate Trek takes place at high altitudes, so it is important to take the necessary precautions to avoid altitude sickness. This may include acclimatizing in Cusco before the trek and drinking plenty of water.
  6. Guides: Hiring a local guide is highly recommended for the Ausangate Trek, as they can provide important information about the trail, the local culture, and help ensure your safety.
  7. Respect the Environment: The Ausangate Trek takes place in a sensitive and fragile ecosystem, so it is important to follow Leave No Trace principles and take care to minimize your impact on the environment.

By following these tips, you will have a safe and enjoyable experience on the Ausangate Trek and be able to take in all the beauty that this unique destination has to offer.

Reviews about Ausangate trek with Rainbow Mountain (4 Days / 3 Nights)

George O
George O
2022-11-06
Value for money The zip line and the rafting were both enjoyable experiences. They were loads of fun. To top it all, after the rafting experience one can then warm-up in an home-made Sauna!
Tjay1
Tjay1
2022-09-15
Great Fun, Brilliant Day Out We had an excellent day with these guys! The rafting was brilliant, friendly staff, good equipment, clear instructions, great setting and scenary, fun zip line, good food, on time... recommended!
Necia S
Necia S
2022-08-02
The perfect activity The River was fantastic and our guide made it just an over the top experience! We laughed so much! I highly recommend booking with them!
Jonathan S
Jonathan S
2022-07-28
Amazing rafting trip What an incredible experience! I highly recommend this tour to anyone who is considering it. Rafting on the Apurimac River was beautiful and the rapids were exhilarating. Our guides Willy and Gabriel were also absolutely amazing. They were both very experienced and made us feel safe throughout the experience. Plus, they were genuinely friendly and fun to hang out with. They even sent us photos and videos from their GoPro after the trip! Overall, this is a top tier tour company and I feel more than comfortable recommending it to everyone!!
Alex In Wanderland
Alex In Wanderland
2022-07-20
Rafting Apurimac with Amazonas Explorers The Apurimac is sporty with incredible scenery. In 3 days, other than camping, I don't think we ever went more than 10 minutes between rapids. Six portages and watching one where the guides sent the rafts down unmanned, a wave caught the 6 man raft and tossed it upside down onto rocks several feet above the river level, glad I wasn't in it. You don't want to do anything stupid here, it's a long way to the hospital. The only other people we saw were 3 gold miners sluicing with 5 gallon buckets, who told us it was a 3 day walk for them to get from the top of the canyon down to the river. At the top of the canyon before driving down to the river my i-phone read 13,400 feet elevation.Our outfitter was Amazonas Explorers, the guides professional and food good. The rafting equipment was top notch with foot pockets, which you need.Amazonas Explorers organized another 14 days of Peruvian sight seeing, from Paracas on the coast, through Cusco and the sacred valley, and on to the Tambopata eco-lodge in the amazon. Everything was on time, all of the employees were extra friendly and the guides spoke excellent english, put us up in excellent hotels, good food, just a first class organization. I asked the different guides how long they've worked there, and almost all of them had been with the company for 10-15 years We sprang for the private guides and transportation, good choice. One other thing, the airport at lake titicaca went down for maintenance at the last minute and after some frantic emails, Amazonas Explorers changed the itenerary. got us different hotels and kept the ball rolling, the only extra cost was for changing Latam tickets. I was impressed they were able to pull that off during high tourist season and didn't soak us for it. Hat tip for that.
Choosewhatever
Choosewhatever
2022-06-21
Excellent rafting for beginners This activity included river rafting, lunch and ziplining. The river rafting was an incredible experience with class 1-3. This was ideal for our family with teens. The teens had never been rafting before so it was a fun experience for them without much danger. We were followed by a safety raft in case any went overboard. Américo was a great river guide and gave great instructions on what needed to be done. After rafting there were showers and bathrooms available as well as a sauna. We were then treated to a nice lunch followed by ziplining. I had never ziplined across a river so it was a great experience even though the climb up to the first line was not very safe. If you are doing this activity with children I highly recommend skipping the ziplining. Unlike other eating trips we have done there was no one trailing along to take pictures although there was a GoPro mounted on the raft. There was also no one to take pictures during the ziplining.
Courtney P
Courtney P
2022-05-14
HIGHLY RECOMMEND -- AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!! SO MUCH FUN!!! Cannot recommend this experience enough! Everyone was very informative, approachable, patient, and tons of fun to work with! As first-time rafters, we had no idea what to expect. After an ~1:40h drive to the lodge we received information regarding what to expect and safety measures. Everyone was given gear and then we headed out to the river, where we spent ~2h (which was the perfect amount!). Our guide Willy was absolutely awesome -- he made sure everyone had a GREAT time all the while ensuring everyone felt safe. Views were spectacular. After rafting we had time to spend relaxing in the sauna (!!) and showers before a tasty, traditional Peruvian lunch in the lodge. Zip line was a fun "bonus" activity at the end!
Dave
Dave
2022-04-29
Brilliant 2 day rafting and rainbow mountain experience We did the 2day/1night whitewater rafting and rainbow mountain tour. The rafting was great fun and had bilingual safety talks and guiding. The rainbow mountain tour was beautiful. Our guide, Juan Carlos was exceptional, being both our rafting leader and our guide for rainbow mountain. Cusipata river lodge was very comfortable and the food was very good.
Diego Aviles Sanchez
Diego Aviles Sanchez
2021-09-20
Rafting y Montaña de Colores Estuvimos dos dias, rafting y el tour de la montaña de colores, el raftin seguro y con todas las charlas de seguridad, llegamos a la montaña de colores bien temprano cuando todavia no habia ucha gente, la combinacion perfecta
Diomer B
Diomer B
2021-06-01
RAFTING CON AMERICO Hicimos Rafting por dos horas. Americo fue nuestro guía y la pasamos de ptmr. 5 estrellas buen servicio demasiado recomendable

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