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Ausangate Circuit & Rainbow Mountain Trek (4 Days)

Challenge yourself to the Ausangate Circuit on this incredible 4 day adventure. You'll visit the breathtaking Rainbow Mountain, take in the gorgeous sscenery of glaciers and lakes, and meet friendly alpacas on the way!

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Four-day Ausangate Circuit & Rainbow Mountain Trek

Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 2 people to run. If you are traveling solo, please contact us at info@keteka.com!

Challenge yourself to a 4-day Ausangate Circuit trek to Rainbow Mountain. This high-elevatio trek is known for its stunning scenery and landscapes from glaciers to high mountain peaks to turquoise lakes. You will also see alpacas grazing on the way! Perfect for travelers that don’t have enough time to trek the full circuit. Make the most of your time in Peru also known as Vinicunca, without having to do the full circuit.

Spending four days and three nights in the fresh air and high altitude of the Andes, you will camp comfortably under clear starry skies. As part of the adventure, you will also stop off at remote villages to learn about local culture, and no doubt will share the road with some inquisitive alpacas on the trail!

Duration

4 days / 3 nights

Highlights

  • Trekking the incredible Ausangate Circuit, with stunning views
  • Have the chance to trek in high altitude when visiting the incredible Rainbow Mountain Peru
  • Exciting physical challenge which allows you to mentally disconnect in remote natural beauty

Itinerary

Day 1: South Valley & Illapampa:

You begin the day with an early morning departure and head off to Quispicanchis province, where the majestic Ausangate, Rainbow Mountain Peru, and other stunning views can be found. You will stop off on the way at two delicately restored colonial churches as well as specific viewpoints to take in the beauty of the surrounding landscapes.

Arrive at the start point of the trek around midday, where you will first stop for a picnic lunch. After this, you will set off with our expert guide to your campsite for that night, Illapampa. The hike to camp starts with a moderate incline, and then takes you on through gently rolling fields where you will see grazing llamas and alpacas.

At the campsite, you will be near the typical home of an alpaca farmer and his family, and will get to speak to them about their life and how they take care of the lands and livestock. You will sample a delicious and freshly made dinner by our cook who will use all local ingredients, before retiring to your tent for the evening or having a warming hot drink whilst gazing at the clear skies. The altitude of the camp is approximately 4,500 m (14,764 ft).

Trek length: 3 hours
Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Illapampa > Alcatauri

Enjoy a scrumptuous breakfast and then begin the next day’s mission as you head towards Rainbow Mountain Peru! You will hike on the ascent up through looming red mountains, still with views of snow-capped peaks far in the near-distance. After about 1.5-2 hours you will reach Vinicunca pass, which is exactly opposite the multi-colored mountain. Here you will have time to explore the area yourself and make the most of the incredible photo opportunities of Vinicunca, the Rainbow Mountain. Afterwards, you will descend a short distance to have lunch.

In the afternoon, you will begin the next ascent to Surine Pass at 5000m (16,404 ft), where you will see incredible views of the natural glaciers and lakes in front of you as well as snowy mountain peaks. Finally, you will descend to make camp, which will be at Alcatauri, at about 4725 m (15,502 ft).

Trek length: 9 hours (12 km hike /7.5 miles)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 3: Alcatauri > Huanuhuanu

Today starts with a short trek to Ausangatecocha, which is known as one of the most impressive and breathtaking lakes along the Ausangate Circuit. After enjoying the view, you will begin a difficult but beautiful ascent to the highest point of the expedition, Palomani Pass (5,200 m/17,060 ft). After reaching the pass, you will descent a short distance to find a spot for lunch and have a much deserved rest!

When you are ready, you will continue the descent slightly more and then hike along the shores of a picturesque lake which will lead you to your camp for that night right at the base of Ausangate. You will camp at approximately 4,500 m (14,764 ft).

Trek Duration: 10 hours (12 km hike/ 7.5 miles)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4: Huanuhuanu > Pacchanta > Cusco

Wake up early for breakfast and then prepare to begin your final and longest trek of the adventure. You will start by hiking through a wide, green valley before reaching the ascent of the last pass, Q’ampa (4950 m/16,240 ft). At this great height you will be able to take in the marvellous views of the surrounding peaks, valleys and lakes, before heading downhill to one of the most breathtaking lakes to have lunch.

After lunch, you will trek about two hours to a local village, Pacchanta. Here you will find fantastically refreshing hot thermal springs where you can relax and recharge for a few hours, and even enjoy a well-earned beer! Your driver will arrive later in the afternoon to pick you up and take you on the four hour drive back to Cusco. You will be dropped off that evening at your hotel in Cusco.

Trek duration: 9 hours (14 km hike/ 8.7 miles)
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

What’s Included

  • Experienced and professional English-speaking guide
  • Healthy, fresh meals while trekking that are prepared by a cook who will accompany you
  • Mules and muleteers who will look after them that will carry equipment, supplies, and personal items
  • Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to the trek departure point and back
  • All required equipment except sleeping bag – rentals available, see “Add-Ons” below
  • 1 emergency riding horse per 5 hikers

What’s Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance – we highly recommend World Nomads Travel Insurance
  • Extra discretionary expenses such as tips, snacks, alcohol, etc.

Add-Ons

For an additional charge, you can rent the following:

  • Stargazing astro-photography and Inca astronomy tour: $39 USD per person
  • -15C sleeping bag with fleece liner and hot water bottle: $20 USD each
  • 1 Pair Trekking Poles: $20 USD per pair
  • Additional riding horse: $69 USD each
  • Luxury Camping Upgrade: $76 per person, includes:
    • -15C sleeping bag with fleece liner
    • Hot water bottle
    • Pair of trekking poles
    • Larger tent with solar lantern
    • Extra thick air mattress
    • Wine served with dinner each night

Important Notes

Please note that this Rainbow Mountain Peru trip does NOT include a final day at Machu Picchu. If you would like to include a visit to the famous mountain, we can offer luxury tours, homestay extensions, or an ‘express’ Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley addition. Just contact us at info@keteka.com for details!

Description

This trail consists of some of the most incredible natural beauty of all Peru! On this Rainbow Mountain Peru 4 Day trip you will trek part of the stunning Ausangate Circuit and combine it with a visit to Rainbow Mountain itself, ‘Vinicunca’.

You will spend four days and three nights in the fresh air and high altitude of the Andes. Some of the places you will visit include: Apu Ausangate, huge glaciers, colorful lakes, and of course Rainbow Mountain Peru. This is a mountain with waves of multicolored rock that give it its unusual hue, surrounded by rolling hills of a similar vibrant nature and framed by tall snow-covered mountain peaks.

On the trek you will be camping comfortably under clear starry skies. As part of the adventure, you will also stop off at remote villages to understand some more of local culture, and no doubt will share the road with some inquisitive alpacas on the trail!

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