Ausangate Trek 5 Days-Explore the remote, untouched wilderness of the Ausangate trek circuit including the stunning Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain on a 5-day journey around the skirt of wondrous snow-capped Sacred Mountain (“Apu”) of Ausangate (6380m/20931ft), which is the 10th highest mountain of the Americas and the highest peak in Cusco region. During the whole Ausangate trek circuit we will pass local villages, where the people dress in their typical attire. Our amazing and unique Ausangate trek itinerary will take you to discover the most beautiful scenery of the Peruvian Andes, with its dazzling Ausangate peaks and glaciers, high turquoise alpine lakes, rainbow mountains, hot springs, where llamas and alpacas graze freely around. Besides, the Ausangate trek is one of the picturesque treks, the highest altitude treks in Peru that traverses high altitude passes over (5,000mt/ 16,000ft)./
Our Mother Nature will surprise you with an impressive display of vibrant and varied colors spread over the high peaks of Cusco. Remember that when you put your eyes on Rainbow Mountain, you’ll be contemplating millions of years of geological history and a natural wonder that’s not repeated on almost any other corner of the planet. You can also feel extreme tranquillity as you walk through the surreal Red Valley, surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains and beautiful slopes. At times, your only company will be alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas. Also, from time to time, you’ll be able to observe the daily life of the Andean communities that are located in that sector.
It is not easy to believe in the beauty of the Andean night skies if you do not see them with your own eyes. Let the constellations and shooting stars hypnotize you before sleeping in our comfortable tents that you will find ready, with mattresses and pillows, as soon as you arrive. So why not escape the hordes of tourists that saturate Cusco? Come and join us on this memorable route to one of the true wonders of Mother Nature.
This 5-day Ausangate trek is the classic one, since in this circuit we don't include The Rainbow Mountain, is it a shorter hike. Do you want to see our itinerary? Click hereAusangate trek 5 days and Rainbow Mountain, book this tour at the best price with vip service with private camps built by Andean people that does not affect the environment at all.
To start our 5 day Ausangate trek and Rainbow Mountain, our expert trekking guide will pick you up at 5 am from your hotel in Cusco and then, we will drive in our private vehicle for approximately 3.5 hours to the trailhead of Ausangate trek. Along the journey, we will pass through different colorful villages following the highway to Puerto Maldonado. After driving for 3 hours, we stop at Tinque (3815mt. 12513ft.) to use a bathroom and buy something we forgot to buy in Cusco and then continue driving for 30 minutes on a dirt road to reach the beginning of the trail.
Upon arrival to the trailhead, called Upis Village (4,350mt./ 14,272ft.). We will have time to organize our daypack and duffle bags while our trekking cook prepares the breakfast and then, we will enjoy the first breakfast with spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range and Apu Ausangate peak (sacred mountain) located just in front of our trekking trail, while our muleteers organize and pack the equipment for the hike. After breakfast, before starting the hike, the tour guide will introduce you to the staff of the company that will be on the Ausanagte Circuit with you.
Our trek to Ausangate begins on a small path that winds through the Andean potato and grain fields. The first three hours of hiking run over hilly pampa crossing some streaming and slight rise where you see some Andean row of houses built like in their ancestor’s time. As we hike through the spiky ichu grass of the pampa, we will have a chance to see some Andean gulls hovering on the wind, also we hike nearby of small ponds around Upis which is a perfect habitat for the Andean bird. Just before the community of Upis (4,600mt. / 15,088ft.), we will enter by broad valley heading towards the glacier where we’ll enjoy our lunch just right at the base of Ausangate Mountain (6,372 m. 20,900 ft.).
After eating the delicious lunch, we will continue ascending for 2 hours to Arapa Pass (4,800mt./15,748ft.). At the top of the pass, we will have stunning views of eroded mountains, highland valleys and wonderful view of the Ausangate Mountain behind it. From the pass, we trek across an arid hillside for 20 minutes and then we descend, sometimes quite steeply, for 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to the first campsite, called Yana Qocha (4,650 mt / 15,256 ft.), which is a place with amazing views around of the Ausangate mountain. Once we get to the Yana Qocha camp, we will have free time to take a rest or walk around the campsite before the happy hours (afternoon tea), followed by dinner. Durant the dinner, the trek leader will tell you the scheduled wake time for the next day.Walking Distance – 15km
Our staff will wake us up and then, we will enjoy the nutritious breakfast. After breakfast, we will begin our hike along a gently sloping trail (up and down), into a valley blue glacial lakes and waterfalls. This section of the Ausangate trail is one of the most picturesque ones, which is located along the impressive Ausangate Mountain (6,384mt. / 20,945ft.). After hiking for 1 and a half hours along these beautiful and colorful glacial lakes, called Yana Qocha (black lake) and Puca Qocha (red lake), we will start hiking up on a switchback trail to Puka Qocha Pass (5,000mt / 16,404ft.).
At the top of the pass, we will be impressed by the beautiful views of Ausangante Mountain, the lagoons below, formed by a melting glacier. In front of us, we will have an extraordinary vantage point to look down and see the snow-capped mountains going in different directions and the red valleys of the highlands with colorful mountains and an untouched landscape. Afterwards, we will take advantage of some great photographic opportunities and begin our descent into the valley, walking close to some freely grazing llamas and alpacas.
Then we will climb to reach our lunch spot called Ananta (15,092 feet), located in a highland valley with incredible views everywhere and some llamas grazing nearby. Following lunch, we continue trekking uphill for 2 hours to reach to the Warmisaya Pass (16,404ft.), from this pass, we will be able to spot the Rainbow Mountain in a further distance and views are still very impressive. After witnessing the views and taking some pictures, we will walk the last 30-45 minutes downhill to reach the second camp located at Qomer Qocha 15,354ft. At the camp, we will enjoy afternoon tea and dinner and then go to sleep, because the next day we will get up early to explore the amazing Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.Walking Distance – 7km
This morning, the wake-up time will very early to go and explore the painted hill or Vinicunca “Rainbow Mountain Peru”, to beat the large crowds and explore in solitude and take pictures. We only take what we need. Typically, the sky is clear and full of stars. The hiking path is uphill for about 1 and 30 minutes before reaching to the famous Rainbow Mountain.
When we arrive at the epic Rainbow Mountain, we will soak up incredible views of the Painted Hill or Vinicunca also called the 7-Color Mountain, in the Vilcanota range and we will receive information from your tour guide as to why these mountains are unique! After exploring for approximately 45 minutes (depending on your trekking speed and weather conditions), we return to our camp by the same path we took, along the way, we will have the opportunity to see some farmers who still use llamas as in the time of the Incas.
Once we arrive at the camp, we will have time to rest and enjoy the delicious lunch. In the afternoon, we will walk for 3 hours to the third camp, called Ausangate Qocha following the path along the skirt of the colorful mountains. Subsequently, we will arrive at the camp where we will enjoy afternoon tea before being served an amazing dinner.Walking Distance – 15km
After another wonderful breakfast, we begin another challenging and rewarding day. We will climb steeply for 3 hours along the shores of the lagoon Ausangate Qocha and the glacial moraine to the highest point of the Ausangate Circuit, which is the Palomani Pass 5,130m/16,831feet. Besides, the trail ascends between the red bluffs of apacheta (mound of stones) and peaceful mountains. Where we will walk with our goal of reaching the highest point.
At the highest point of the entire Ausangate trek 5-day, we’ll snap the unique pictures and soak up the gratification of our achievement. Looking down the stunning valleys and Peruvian Andes (The Andes Mountain Range). After taking pictures at the pass, we will begin our descent following the trail as it loops across the steep slope passing corrals and herds of llamas and alpacas.
After having lunch, we climb over the hilly terrain surrounding the peak of Ausangate, toward a marshy area to reach the upper level of the valley where is our basecamp. Upon arrival at basecamp of Qampa camp (4,750 m / 15,580 ft.), we will rest and have hot drinks. Likewise, around the camp amid these rocks and bounders, you will have an opportunity to see viscachas muted brown in color (rodent in extinsión danger like a rabbit with a long tail). At dinner time, your guide will provide the plan for the next day.Walking Distance – 14km
After breakfast, this morning we leave Qampa base camp with beautiful views of Huayna Ausangate Mountain through the Andean typical houses ascending step by step for about 2.5 hours towards Qampa Pass that is an altitude of 5,020 m. / 16,380 ft. Along the way, we will be amazed by snow-capped peaks and also is possible to see an ice-cape in the ravine below.
From the Qampa pass, we continue descending to gorgeous Qomercocha (green lake) located in the skirt of the Puka Moqo (Red Mountain). Finally, we reach to Pacchanta village to have the last lunch prepared by our chef, furthermore, at Pachanta you will have a chance to soak the natural hot spring before or after lunch, before taking transportation to Cusco. Our Ausangate Trek 5 Days to the Rainbow Mountain will end at your hotel in Cusco.Walking Distance – 17km
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