January – March
41 km/25.4 miles
Ausangate is known globally for its picturesque Mountains. Especially known for its Colored Mountain and traditionally dressed people, the terrain of Ausangate offers various stunning trekking routes. It is rather unfair to name one as the best trekking. As, these routes are different and best on their own way.
Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain are great trekking destination the in the region of Cusco in Peru. It crosses several spectacular passes higher than 4,000m. Our trek visits several valleys like: Pitumarka, Phacchanta and Tinki, which are situated below the mountain of “Ausangate”. Spend some quality time away from your hometown to one of the most pleasing destinations. This Trek is all about exploring the natural splendor and well preserved culture in an undisturbed and unadulterated environment. Being the less travelled trail, Ausangate region has been able to maintain its cultural uniqueness intact.
The jovial nature of people with their unique tradition and lifestyle is the major attraction of this trek. Enjoy Ausangate a short Trek as you pass along the country sites communities with outstanding mountain views exploring the ethnic villages on the way. The Ausangate Trek is an opportunity to experience mountains, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, forests, meadows all at once. This Trekking can be a best option for those who would love to taste both natural and cultural combination of Peru in an easy way in a short span of time.
Four day Ausangate Trek is considered as the most exciting trekking tour in Peru; on this trip, you’ll hike in the shadows of this impressive mountain, interact with its inhabitants. Book now the 4-day Ausangate trek and enjoy the experience of seen the mysterious Cusco city and trek through the Peruvian Andes; join us for this lifetime experience in a comfortable tour and with an experienced guide. Ausangate Trek starts in the community of Chilca and ends in the community of Tinki.
- Ausangate Mountain sunrise and sunset
- Scenic walks and inspiring hikes
- Trek through the Pitumarka valley
- Explore the picturesque Rainbow Mountain
- Visit picturesque communities of Upis and Tinki
IMPORTANT INFO – AUSANGATE TREK
- Duration: 4 days and 3 nights.
- Starting Point: Cusco hotel.
- Ending Point: Cusco hotel.
- When to go: Better from April to October.
- Altitude: 3,800 masl to 5,000 masl.
- Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging.
- Day Temperature: 15 ºC to 25 ºC / Night temperature: 4ºC to -10º C.
- Remark : 2-day acclimatization required.
Short Itinerary for 4-Day Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain
DAY 1: Qhesiunu
Bus travel through the countryside and visiting small and picturesque highland communities.
DAY 2: Ananta
Enjoy trekking through the shadows of Ausangate Mountain observing herds of llamas and alpacas.
DAY 3: Upis
Today, we will arrive to the highest pass of 4-day Ausangate trek (Hampa pass 5,000 masl), then descent to Hampa Community.
DAY 4: Tinki – Cusco
Trek to Tinki, and then we will take a bus to return to Cusco. Transfer to your hotel.
FULL ITINERARY – AUSANGATE TREK
DAY 1: CUSCO – URCOS – PITUMARCA – QHESIUNU
The trip starts once we pick you up from your hotel at 7:30 a.m and travel in our private transport toward Qhesiunu small community located in the shores of the Ausangate mountain where we will meet the our trekking crew.
The bus trip will be for four hours aprox. We’ll leave Cusco city toward the south and half-hour after we’ll arrive to Urcos where we will stop for 40 minutes during this time, we will visit a traditional market where the locals exchange their products; after that, we’ll continue the trip passing several small countryside communities until we arrive to Qhesiunu campsite (3,800 masl) from where you will enjoy magnificent views of the stunning mountain scenery. L & D.
DAY 2: QHESIUNU – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – ANANTA
We’ll leave the camp at 07:00 a.m and start a gentle up through the Andean farming lands where we will have the opportunity to see different varieties of potatoes; after we hike 3 hours, we will arrive to the summit of the Rainbow Mountain from where you can take your pictures; here you’ll have enough time to explore, your trekking guide will explain all about the color of the Mountain; after all then we continue a short walk to the lunch place; here you can refill your water bottle and also resting in the middle of the splendid mountain views.
After lunch the trail continues down to Ananta camp where you’ll observe remote area and herds of llamas and alpacas. We will hike 8 hours aproximately. B –L- D.
DAY 3: ANANTA – PUCACCOCHA – UPIS
After breakfast, we’ll be ready for other day. The trail climbs up to Ananta Pass and then descends through the ancient Moraine which is also habitat for Chinchillas (Andean rabbits). We’ll continue the Ausangate trek by the shores of the beautiful lagoons until we arrive at our campsite located in a colourful countryside community where people live in harmony with nature.
At “UPIS” camp, there are natural hot springs where you can relax your muscles after this challenging trek. In the evening enjoy the Pachamanca (traditional food). Today we will trek approximately 8 hours. B, L & D.
DAY 4: UPIS – TINKI – CUSCO
We’l leave our campsite at 07:00 a.m and continue towards Tinki; downhill through a beautiful agricultural pasture where we will see native crops like potatoes, oxalis, beans, and quinoa. The trail descends, passing pastures and several communities of friendly people who will greet you in their native language, Quechua. At Tinki, the bus will be waiting for us to return to Cusco and transfer you to your hotel. We will hike 3 – 4 hours. B & L.
Ausangate Trek includes
- Transportation:Private bus from Cusco to Quesiunu (starting point of Ausangate trek) and from Tinki to Cusco.
- Guide:English-speaking guide (2 guides for groups over 8 people).
- Meals:3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 afternoon teas; delicious meals prepared by professional chefs. Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, also hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude, we always offer a vegetarian option upon request, and we provide available boiled water each morning for your water bottles.
- Chef and Chef Assistant.
- Camping equipment:We provide four people capacity tent for two people, brand new four season tents, Therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toiled tent, seats, tables, tent for guides and cooking gear.
- Horses or llamas:For camping equipment, food and cooking gear as well to carry your personal items (6kg per person) in duffel bags that “Sunrise Peru Trek” provides. Muleteers.
- Others: First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle.
- Sleeping bag: Can be rent in our office for $20 USD for the entire trek.
- Tips for the staff.
The Items you need to carry for 4-Day Ausangate Trek
- Original passport and some copies.
- Travel insurance and some copies.
- Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
- Small Backpack to carry your belongings.
- Charger and adapter for phone and camera.
- Flashlight or headlights.
- Mosquito repellant (recommended 30% deet).
- Trekking poles (or you can rent a pair from us).
- Rain gear (especially if you travel during the rainy season, from October to March).
- Comfortable clothes for walking, including warm clothes for the night.
- Good hiking shoes with ankle protection or similar, and a pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
- Sunscreen and sunglasses.
- Long-sleeved hiking shirts.
- Hiking pants.
- Ear plugs.
- Hand sanitizer
- Thermal underwear.
- Hiking socks.
- Water bottle or canteen.
- US dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
- Sun hat, beanie, hat, and warm gloves for the evening.
- Toilet paper and tissues.
- Credit or debit card.
- Personal first aid kit (should contain lip balm, Diamox (acetozolamide), anti-inflammatory tablets (for example, ibuprofen), aspirin, bandages, antihistamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, prescription medications that may be taking).
$390 USD Group service.
PRIVATE AUSANGATE TREK 4 DAYS:
- 2 people $550 USD each.
- 3 people $490 USD each.
- 4 people $470 USD each.
Payment details For Ausangate Trek
Ee require a non-refundable trek deposit of $150 USD per person. The deposit can be sent by a WESTERN UNION or to our BANK ACCOUNT by money transfer. This is the fastest and most secure form of payment in Peru. The money transfer should be in the name of “SUNRISE PERU TREK” TOUR OPERATOR E.I.R.L. Once you arrive in Cusco, you must pay the remaining balance in cash prior to beginning your tour. We accept both US Dollars and Peruvian Soles (local currency).
Note on prices
A personal porter included to carry your personal effects of 8 kg / 16 lbs.
Prices are quoted in US dollars and all payments must be made in US dollars. To provide the lowest cost possible, our trips are based on a semi-private service with a limit of 8 participants in a group. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy for tents along the way.
Trip payment schedule
- At the time of booking: 30% of the total balance.
- 60 days before departure: the balance must be paid in full, or once upon arrival in Cusco, the
- remaining 70% of the final balance must be paid in full.
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Table
- Minimum fee (hiking permit fee): $70 per person
- 61-90 days before departure: 30% of the cost of the trip
- 46-60 days before departure: 50% of the cost of the trip
- 45 days or less: 100% of the cost of the trip
FAQ’S FOR 4-DAY AUSANGATE TREK & RAINBOW MOUNTAIN
WHY SHOULD I COME TO THE BRIEFING?
The briefing is very important as this is when you will meet your guide. During this meeting, your guide will provide you with important details about the 4-Day Ausangate trek. If you participate in one of our walks, you will be given a duffle bag for your personal items. During the briefing, you will also pay the remaining balance for your trek. You will receive a map of our offices with your reservation details.
DO I NEED TO BRING EXTRA MONEY FOR THE TREK?
Yes. It’s very important!!! We recommend that you bring between 300 and 400 Peruvian soles. You may not need this money, but in an emergency, you should make sure you have enough money. If you have difficulties on the way, you can use the money to buy alternative means of transportation such as: car, horse and train.