This 6 day Ausangate trek itinerary combines an extraordinary hike to Winicunca Mountain Peru with the traditional Ausangate trail. After a couple of days being immersed in the stunning beauty of the Peruvian Andes we will visit the Rainbow Mountain, which is located in a remote part of the Ausangate region. Before 2015, The Rainbow Mountains Cusco were a little visited attraction; only recently have they started gaining a lot of attention among travelers and trekkers to Peru. It became a must go place and now is one of the bucket-list destinations in Cusco, Peru. At Top Peru Trips we have carefully crafted this Ausangate trek with Rainbow Mountain in response to requests from some adventurous people.
The Rainbow Mountain is locally known as Mt Vinicunca. Which is formed by many different colors of mineral layers that comprise the sand rock formation set between other multi-colorful mountains. After the visit to the Rainbow Mountain we will continue with the Ausangate trek.
Our unique Ausangate trek itinerary gets you into the remote, untouched wilderness of the Ausangate region, long famous for its stunning high altitude scenery, turquoise lakes, and herds of roaming alpacas. We start out by trekking to Vinicunca, the Rainbow Mountain, and then re-join the last part of the classic Ausangate trek.
This rugged and adventurous Ausangate trail with Vinicunca Trek requires 3 days of acclimatization to the altitude, in Cusco or at another high-altitude location
Your guide will meet you in Cusco early in the morning, and take you via private transportation to the trail-head at Tinqui. Here we will enjoy our breakfast provide by our chef, while all the gear for the trip is being loaded onto pack horses. After hiking through some farming lands and home of alpaca herds we will arrive to our first camp. This day we only hike for some hours until we arrive at the village of Upis. Here you can take a soak in the hot springs, while enjoying coca tea, and relax your muscles until dinner.
With two passes to cross today, we wake everyone up at 5am with coca tea brought to your tent and you will fuel up with a big breakfast for the day ahead. The morning starts with a hike up Arapa pass (4958m) before a slight decline to our lunch spot near Lake Puma cocha- a deep blue lake and a perfect stop for a break. Along the way you will see local herders and llamas, Ausangate Mountain to your left, and you will have your expert guide explaining the history of the locals and talking about the landscape along the way.
After lunch we continue uphill for our second pass for the day (Pucacocha pass-5000m) where if you’re lucky you may see condors and vicuñas. Then we have 2 hour gentle hike to our campsite of Anantapata where you will be surrounded by reddish mountains and incredible scenery including the view of Apu Ausangate. As everyday camp will be set up for you to change and rest your weary legs and dinner will be prepared by our cook.
After an early breakfast we start hiking up to Minasniyoc pass (5050m), a very colorful mountain but only a precursor of what is upcoming today. After crossing the pass you enter into a bright red valley, a wildly desert landscape with vibrant colors all around, and llamas roaming the ground below- as you approach the top of the pass you will see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain in the distance, but you’re not quite there! From here you begin descending to a wide valley and continue walking gentle uphill until we are presented with one final climb to the Mt Vinicunca, hopefully arriving before the people coming for one day Rainbow Mountain trek. Soak in the sights and enjoy what you’ve worked so hard for.
We will enjoy lunch by the Surina lake, and head back to Minasniyoc pass to make our way to the stunning Lake Ausangate, where camp will be set up by our expert team.
After a nutritious breakfast provided by our chef, we will be covering less kilometers today, as yesterday was a big day, the trail will go through a beautiful glacial tarns, lush green pampas, and follow the edge of the river. Today is a great day for spotting wildlife so keep an eye out for vicuñas, Chinchillas and hopefully spotting the majestic Andean Condors.
Today we have only one pass to cross, we will take our time to enjoy some of the deep blue lagoons, and alpine glacial colored lakes along the way. If you are brave enough you can even jump in to cool off. Views of the massive Ausangate Mountain are still visible, today you will hiking in the opposite side of Mt Ausangate as we descend along the picturesque trail with views of Pacchanta Valley. Our goal is the hot springs of Pacchanta where we will enjoy a nice soak, where our team will set up the camp in the village with nice views of Mt Ausangate.
Today is another early morning as we make our way back to the starting point of Tinqui walking a gentle down-hill and celebrating our accomplishments. At our arrival to the village the chef will provide us the final lunch while all our camping equipment is packed up in our private transportation to make our way back to Cusco city, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.
Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or other events which are beyond our control. We will always do our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible.