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Rainbow Mountain Tour & Ausangate, 4 days

Rainbow Mountain Tour, Vinicunca Cusco Hike

The Rainbow Mountain Tour & Ausangate trek is one of the 10 top hikes in the Peruvian Andes, is the best trekking route to visit the famous Rainbow Mountain, which starts in the proximity of the Sacred Mt Ausangate. This Rainbow Mountain tour enables you to experience unforgettable memories of the high mountain scenery, wild life (Andean birds and chinchillas) formidable icy-glaciers, beautiful crystal rivers, turquoise color lakes, and peaceful Andean pastoral places where native Quechuas herd  Alpacas, Llamas and Vicuñas, a great way to see the Peruvian country life style.

Our 4 Rainbow Mountain tour & Ausangate is a truly adventure trek through the high mountains, this route is off the beaten path operated only by few travel companies in Cusco; Top Peru Trips has designed this great 4 day itinerary to link the popular Ausangate trail and the Rainbow Mountain tour in a single trip. This beautiful trek better known as the 4 day Rainbow Mountain tour is highly recommended for people seeking for off the beaten path routes.

Highlights of Rainbow Mountain Tour & Ausangate

  • Amazing mountain scenery
  • High Mountain passes
  • The exceptional Rainbow Mountain tour
  • Typical Andean Villages
  • Beautiful mountain lakes.
  • Snowcapped mountains and Mt Ausangate.
  • The very attractive Rainbow Mountains
  • The Upis hot springs
  • Andean wildlife (birds and chinchillas)
  • Quechua people, herds of Llamas and Alpacas

Overview

Rainbow Mountain tour & Ausangate – Overview

  • First Day: Cusco ‐ Ocongate – Tinqui – Upis Village
  • Second Day: Upis ‐ Arapa Pass – Pukacocha lake
  • Third 3: Pukacocha – Ausangate Pass – Minasmoqo Pass – Surina Cocha
  • Fourth 4: Surina Cocha – Rainbow Mountain – Quesiuno – Cusco

Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary for Rainbow Mountain tour

Day 1: Cusco  Ocongate – Tinqui – Upis Village

To begin this spectacular Rainbow Mountain tour travelers will be picked up from their hotels in Cusco, we then start traveling in our private transportation through the South valley with direction to Urcos; where our chef will buy some fresh last minute supplies for our trip. Following the road to Puerto Maldonado we will arrive to the village of Tinqui, on the way we will pass several villages and we also will enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery mixed with the Andean people.

The Rainbow Mountain tour will start after breakfast provided by our chef, at Tinqui the horseman will pack and load on the horses all the equipment required for this trek; we will hike for about 3 hours through some local farming lands and villages; we will stop for a refueling lunch with mind blowing views of Mt Ausangate. In the afternoon we will hike for another 2 hours to arrive to Upis village (4,100 m / 13,448 ft). Here we will have chance to enjoy the beautiful hot springs before dinner, and we will set up camp here.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner & snacks
  • Lowest point: 3,800 m / 12, 464 ft
  • Highest point: 4,400 m / 14,432 ft
  • Estimated distance of walking: 12 km / 7 ½ miles
  • Estimated Walking Time: 6 – 7 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2: Upis  Arapa Pass – Pukacocha lake

In the morning we will be woken up by our crew members with a cup of hot coca tea in our tents; after a delicious breakfast we will set off from the camp and continue our trek to the Rainbow Mountain Cusco. We will hike uphill for about 3 hours to arrive to Arapa Pass (4,850 m / 15,908 ft.). From this point there is a wonderful and breathtaking views of the desert hills, beautiful rock formations, astonishing views of Mt. Ausangate, Ccolque Cruz and Pukacocha itself, this portion of the trail is still part of the challenging Ausangate trek.

After to have our snacks and enjoy the stunning scenery we will walk down, on the way to our camp we will pass some other interesting lakes as: Pukacocha, Hatun Pukacocha, and Qomercocha, which makes the Ausangate trek a unique experience in the Peruvian Andes. This second night Camp is close by the foot of Mt Ausangate.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
  • Lowest Elevation: 4,100 m / 13,448 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,850 m / 15,908 ft
  • Estimated walking Distance: 12 km / 7 ½ miles
  • Estimated walking Time: 7 – 8 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

Day 3: Pukacocha – Ausangate Pass – Minasmoqo Pass – Surina Cocha

Our day starts again with coca tea wake up! This portion is the most beautiful part of the hike, today we will get to see the famous Rainbow Mountains in the distance, and also we will have impressive views of reddish mountains. This area is totally isolated and there is no vegetation around, but is very amazing and interesting the techniques of the villagers to survive up here.

In the morning we will have a hike of 1 ½ hours uphill to arrive to Ausangate pass (4,930 m / 16,170 ft.). there will be stunning views of Mt Ausangate and if we are lucky enough we will also have the chance to see some Vicuñas, Chinchillas and alpacas. After to enjoy all the mountain scenery from the pass, we will descend for 1 ½ hours to arrive to the traditional village of Anantapata(4,400 m / 14,435 ft.) for lunch.

In the afternoon we will continue with our trek for 2 hours to arrive to the next pass called Minasmoqo. From here we will have our first sights of the Vinicunca Mountains (5,020 m / 16,469 ft). This pass has a lot of offerings of travelers or locals for the tall mountains and Pacha Mama (Mother Earth). The final part of this day will be down-hill hike for about one hour until we arrive to the beautiful campsite at Surine Cocha (4,800 m / 15,748 ft).

  • Meals: Breakfast0/Lunch/Dinner & snacks
  • Lowest Elevation: 4,400 m /14,435 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 5,023 m / 16,479 ft
  • Walking distance: 12 km/ 7 ½ miles
  • Walking Time: 8 – 9 hours
  • Difficulty: Demanding

Day 4: Surina Cocha – Rainbow Mountain – Quesiuno – Cusco

After a delicious breakfast 2 hours of up-hill hike will let us to arrive to the popular Rainbow Mountains (5,020 m / 16,469 ft.). there will be plenty of time to explore and enjoy of this natural wonder, the guide will show you the best spots to take the best pictures of this incredible mountain formation called Vinicunca Peru. After to explore and admire this astonishing Rainbow Mountains we will walk down for 3 hours until we reach Quesiuno for lunch

In the afternoon we will have 3 hours bus drive back to Cusco city, we will drop off you at the hotel around 6:30pm. The end of Rainbow Mountain tour.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Lowest elevation: 5,020 m / 16,469 ft
  • Highest elevation: 10 km /6.2 miles
  • Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Inclusions

Included for Rainbow Mountain tour & Ausangate:

  • Fluent English speaking tour guide
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your Tour.
  • Private transportation from your Cusco hotel to Tinqui (the trailhead of Rainbow Mountain tour)
  • Private transportation from Quesiuno Village to your Cusco hotel
  • Four person tent for each 2 persons.
  • Thermarest Inflatable Mattress
  • Kitchen tent
  • Professional chef to prepare the meals
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Toilet tent and portable toilet
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • Horse to carry 7 kg of your personal gear
  • Emergency horse in case we need it
  • Meals:4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Hot water for washing
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill up the water bottles
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Admission fee for Ausanagte and Upis Hot Springs

Not Included for Rainbow Mountain tour & Ausangate:

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Trekking poles (can be rented from us)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Day 4 dinner
  • Tips for the crew on your Rainbow Mountain tour (muleteers, chef and guide)

Recommended things to bring for Rainbow Mountain tour:

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Down sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, warm underwear, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended, sun hat and sunglasses
  • Head lamp is essential for the Rainbow Mountain tour
  • Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
  • Binoculars( are optional for the Rainbow Mountain tour)
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented in our office)
  • Insect repellent
  • Little gifts for the local people at Alkatauri village.

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