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Vinicunca trek via Ausangate, 3 Day

Vinicunca Trek via Ausangate

This 3 day Vinicunca trek Peru is a challenging trip in the high altitude, the beginning section goes on parts of the beautiful Ausangate trail which after 3 day of hiking  allows you to connect to the famous Rainbow Mountain Peru. It is the best opportunity to experience the interesting country lifestyle of the Quechuas who are herds of Llamas and Alpacas in the proximity of Mt Ausangate.

Our new Vinicunca trek enables you to encounter well preserve mountain scenery, which is pristine and off the beaten path visited only by some adventurous hikers. The Vinicunca trek is the best way to travel to the area of Rainbow Mountains Cusco and to avoid the crowds. Recommended for those people seeking for non-traditional trekking trails in the Peruvian Andes.

Highlights of Vinicunca Trek & Ausangate

  • Amazing mountain scenery
  • High Mountain passes
  • The exceptional Ausangate trek + Vinicunca trek
  • Typical Andean Villages
  • Beautiful mountain lakes.
  • Mt Ausangate & the impressive glaciers.
  • The famous Rainbow Mountains Cusco
  • The beautiful hot springs at Upis
  • Andean wildlife (birds and chinchillas)
  • Quechua people, herds of Llamas and Alpacas

Overview

Vinicunca trek – Overview

  • First day.- Cusco – Ocongate – Tinqui – Upis hot-springs.
  • Second day. – Upis hot-springs – Puka Cocha- Ausangate pass- Anantapata
  • Third day. – Anantapta- Rainbow Mountain- Kayrabiry -Cusco.

Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary for Vinicunca trek & Ausangate

Day 1: Cusco ‐ Ocongate – Tinqui – Upis Hot springs

In the morning of departure for Vinicunca trek, 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 Tinqui village. Following the road to Puerto Maldonado on the way we will pass several villages and we also will enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery mixed with homes of the Andean people.

Before to start the Vinicunca trek, breakfast will be provided by our chef, at Tinqui. The horseman will pack and load on the horses all the equipment required for this adventure trek; we will hike gentle uphill for about 3 hours through some farming fields and villages. There will be constant mind blowing views of Mt Ausangate. In the afternoon, after a refueling lunch, the hike will be for another 2 hours to arrive to Upis hot-springs (4,100 m / 13,448 ft). Here we will have chance to enjoy the beautiful thermal baths before dinner, and we overnight here at our camp.

  • Meals: 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 Hot springs ‐ Arapa Pass – Pukacocha lake – Anantapata

In the morning hot coca tea will be served in your tent to wake up. After a delicious breakfast we will start the day hiking uphill for 2 hours to arrive to Arapa Pass (4,850 m / 15,908 ft.).From this point there will be a wonderful and breathtaking views of some desert hills, beautiful rock formations, astonishing views of Mt. Ausangate, Ccolque Cruz and some other glaciers around.

Following the trail for Ausangate trek, we will walk down for 2 hours to arrive in the proximity of Puka Cocha Lake for lunch. On the way there will be also some other beautiful lakes as: Pukacocha, Hatun Pukacocha, and Qomercocha. In the afternoon, we will reach Ausangate pass with astonishing views of the glaciers and reddish mountains around. 3 more hours of hike will takes us to our campsite at Anantapata.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks

  • Lowest Elevation: 4,100 m / 13,448 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,950 m / 16,100 ft
  • Estimated walking Distance: 16 km / 10 miles
  • Estimated walking Time: 8 – 9 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

Day 3: Anantapata– Minasmoqo Pass – Rainbow Mountain – Cusco

Our day starts with early wake up! This portion of the hike is probably the most beautiful part. Today we will get to see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain Peru. After breakfast it will take us 2 hours to arrive to Minasniyoc pass and then 30 minutes of downhill to arrive to Surnie Cocha.

Around 8:30am we will make to our dreamed destination. The Rainbow Mountains Cusco and hoping to beat all the trekkers going for one day. At our arrival there will be plenty of time to enjoy and explore this popular Rainbow Mountain (5,050 m / 16,500 ft.).

Before the masses arrive from the Rainbow Mountain trek, we will start our descent to Kayrabiry for lunch. In the afternoon there will 3 hours of bus drive to Cusco. At our arrival you will be drop off at your hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch& snacks
  • Lowest Elevation: 4,400 m /14,435 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 5,050 m / 16,500 ft
  • Walking distance: 10 km/ 6.2 miles
  • Walking Time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: Demanding

Inclusions

Includes for Vinicunca trek & Ausangate:

  • Fluent English speaking tour guide
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before.
  • Private transportation from your Cusco hotel to Tinqui (the trailhead of Vinicunca trek)
  • Private transportation from Kayrabiry Village to the hotel in Cusco
  • 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.)
  • Horses to carry 7 kg of your personal gear
  • Emergency horse in case we need it
  • Meals:3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 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 Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain

Not Included for Vinicunca trek & Ausangate:

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Trekking poles (can be rented from us)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Day 3 dinner
  • Tips for the crew on your Vinicunca trek (muleteers, chef and guide)

Recommended things to bring for Vinicunca trek & Ausangate

  • 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 (cookies or cereal bars).

Optional

Optional extras for Vinicunca trek

You can hire some additional things with us – please contact your Travel Consultant / or our booking forms for the current rates.

  • Extra mule to carry YOUR things
  • Extra riding mule and muleteer to lead it
  • Deluxe Sleeping Bag suitable for -15deg.
  • Walking stick lightweight aluminum – Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
  • Thermarest Inflatable pillow
  • Comforting Camping trek upgrade – bigger tents, camp beds, and walking stick.
  • Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share a tent)

Hire Policy:

  • When calculating costs to hire of walking stick, sleeping bag, calculate using the length of the tour. Even though you won’t use the equipment on the final day it will still be ‘on the road’ and ‘occupied.’
  • If you hire equipment and break it – you are responsible for price of replacement /or repair. (please do the right thing!

 

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