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Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek of two days is an ideal trek to include in your adventure travel. This high altitude trek, offers an enchanting experience in the Andes. This is one of the best treks in Peru.
At Treks In Cusco, we have designed this tour to offer you something unique and authentic. The two days hike takes you to one of the most raved scenic landscapes of Peru. It goes through some of the most scenic routes of the region and ends at one of the most compelling sights of Cusco, Rainbow Mountain. You will also get an insight of the life of local community here.
The Rainbow Mountain which is a part of the Ausangate Mountain Range is fairly a new attraction. Also known as Vinicunca, it is one of the popular sites. Most travellers visit this awe inspiring mountain just as they visit Machu Picchu. The colours of the mountain are result of sedimentary mineral layers.
Apart from offering some captivating views, this an off the beaten tourist track trek also shows you the life in the Andes. You will pass through many farm lands. Here you will see the antique culture and traditions of local people. You will also see herds of llamas and alpacas grazing.
Due to less pollution, the site also rewards with entrancing views of the galaxy and milky way at night. We at Treks in Cusco, have specially designed this itinerary to offer you a unique experience of Ausangate Circuit without much of physical strain.
This two days trek passes through the foothills of the Sacred Andean Peak “Apu”. The peak has been sacred since Pre-Inca times. Infact, it is a deity of Cusco Region. Every year, in the end of May over 10,000 devotees go there to express their gratitude to the peak. This festival is famously known as Qollyority.
The trek will leave you speechless. It will fascinate you with its views that combines wild desert landscapes, glaciated peaks, hot springs, rushing rivers, turquoise lakes and challenging mountain passes. It is a site where everything seems untouched and undiscovered.
Please note that this trek has many high passes. It is highly recommended for you to spend at-least three days in Cusco acclimatising to avoid altitude sickness.
In order to offer you the most of this trek, we operate this with a small group size. You can also opt for a private tour.
The highest point of the trek is at 5100 metres above sea level.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
At 0400 AM we will pick you up from your hotel. It will be a three hours drive to the trail head. While we sort out the trekking gears, our chef will prepare breakfast.
The trek begins in a valley. Here, you will see alpacas and llamas. You will also get to see the sacred peak, “Apu” at a distance. This is only a teaser for what is to come on your journey.
As you continue making your way on the trail you will begin to conquer the first pass of the trek- Puccacocha pass. At around 5000m , the pass sits just above Puccacocha lake. In front of you will be the massive Ausangate mountain.
After a successful climb we will stop and enjoy a 360 degree view. Here you will see the glaciers crashing into the lake below. The glacier lake is arguably the most beautiful spot on the entire circuit.
From here, we will continue on to Anata. To our secluded mountain hut retreat. We will camp here for the night. Here, you can relax and enjoy conversation. Also you may play some cards. We will serve you a nutritious and plentiful lunch. If you’re feeling ambitious, our crew may even challenge you to a game of foot ball at 4700m.
Today is what you have been waiting for. Your chance to see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain! We will wake you up bright and early with hot coca tea. This will be followed by a hearty breakfast.
All set, we will start our trek.
Upon arrival, you can take all the time you want. Soak in the amazing vistas of the surrounding lands and explore the mountain. Take some time to immerse in the beauty around you. It is a magical place. The best part is, we will arrive earlier than other companies. Which means you get the mountain all to yourself!
From here, you will have the option to visit the Red Mountain Valley. Where you can explore another out-worldly landscape. Once you have had the fill of the enchanting views, we will hike down to our departure point. This will be te lunch spot. We will then drive you to Cusco. We will drop you off at your hotel.
The best time is during the dry season. During the wet season it get a bit slippery and there are risks of landslides. The dry season is from March until November. However the ideal time is between June and August.
Very reliable tour company. Carlos is a fantastic guide and is very helpful and friendly. Totally recommend them.