rainbow mountain eco path trek
ausangate trek by eco path trek

22

22

AUSANGATE  TREK + RAINBOW MOUNTAIN  4 DAYS

Explore the wonderful Ausangate Trek!

The Ausangate trek is considered the most beautiful of the Andes. This is not a walk for everyone, but those who want to get off the beaten track will find this as a once in a lifetime experience. Ausangate Mountain is one of the highest peaks in Peru. In their paths inhabit many indigenous communities, true descendants of the Incas, who still practice Inca ceremonies and rituals, such as the offering to Mother Earth, the feast of the sun, the ceremony of the coca leaf, and the best thing is that they practice agriculture organic of more than 3,000 varieties of potatoes. You will cross 4 mountain passes, experience diverse landscapes, enter the remote Andean culture and see an unforgettable night sky. And, of course, you will experience the impressive valleys of the Rainbow Mountains and Red Mountain, some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in South America and the world. Come explore the Ausangate Trek with us!

22

Ausangate +rainbow mountain trek 4 days Trip Overview

Difficulty of the hike: Challenging

KmDistance hike: 43 Kilometers

Elevation max: 5200m

Group: 2-8

Price from $450 5 or more persons

Price from $520 for 2 - 4 persons

Departures
MAR 2020-DEC 2020

22

Trip Highlights

  • Experience world-famous Rainbow Mountain—crowd-free
  • Hike across remote Andean valleys and passes on the breathtaking Ausangate Trek
  • Share unique experiences with the last descendants of the Incas, you will learn their ancestral rites and traditions, hold a ceremony to Mother Earth with the sacred coca leaves
  • Experience the best trek of the Andes, with fabulous views of the Apu Ausangate, red, turquoise and green lakes.
  • Taste the only typical dish of the Incas “Pachamanca”
  • Connect your body and mind with the best energy of the apus and sacred mountains of the Incas
  • Discover the ancestral paths of the Quechuas with our local guides.

see map of
AUSANGATE TREK + RAINBOW MOUNTAIN 4 DAYS

Activities

This trip is rated as Vigorous . Trip members need to be strong, experienced hikers in excellent physical condition. Most days are spent at high altitude (7,000′-17,000’). For the trekking portion, we will remain at elevations between 14,000′-16,986′ and sleeping as high as 15,797′. Most days we hike 5–7.5 miles with average elevation gains of 1500′ and elevation losses of up to 3000′, some of which are quite steep. Upon arrival in Peru, you should be capable of hiking up to 8 miles, averaging 2 miles per hour, without major discomfort over terrain with some steep grades for multiple days in succession. To help combat the effects of altitude, incorporate hills and stairs into your training.

Accommodations

Stay in comfort along the trail in our camping tents, 03 nights

22

Day 1

CUSCO – COMMUNITY OF TINKI - COMMUNITY OF UPIS

Difficulty level: Challenging
Altitude: 4100 m
Hiked distance: 10 km
Approximate walking time: 5 h

The pick-up will be from your hotel at 5:45 am, then we leave Cusco around 6:00 am for our private transport, in the direction of Urcos, Ocongate and then to the town of Tinki, where we start the Ausangate Trek. Our chef will prepare a succulent Andean breakfast. Then we hike to the base of the impressive Ausangate Mountain. This day we will pass through the local villages of indigenous communities, who speak Quechuam, and are dedicated to grazing llamas, alpacas, until reaching the small settlement of Upis, this site is well known for its sources of thermal baths you can take a dip, The cost is (10 soles). Today we will spend the night here and you will have the opportunity to enjoy the picturesque backdrop of the mountain while the sun sets in the mountains. So here we will have lunch and dinner with a spectacular sky full of stars and the fabulous milky way. The nights are very cold, wear warm clothes.

Day 2

UPIS COMMUNITY – PUCACOCHA LAKE

Difficulty level: Challenging
Altitude: 4950 m
Hiked distance: 12 km
Approximate walking time: 8 h

Today we will get up at 5:30 am, then we will have the super nutritious breakfast since the day will be very hard due to the ascent to the Arapa Pass (4950 m), from where you can see the mountain chains of the Vilcanota mountain range, whose highest point is the Ausangate (6384 m), then we will have a slight descent to our place for lunch. After lunch we continue towards Lake Pucacocha, a deep turquoise lake and a perfect stop for a rest. On the way you will see local shepherds and llamas, and your expert guide will explain the history of the locals and the landscape in the Ausangate Trek. Our camp tonight is located just below the imposing Ausangate Mountain. You will enjoy a true outdoor adventure experience, surrounded by mountains and fresh air. Your evening will be enjoyed with dinner in our cozy dining tents, here you will be surrounded by views of the Ausangate mountain and its very impressive glaciers.

Day 3

PUCA COCHA LAKE – ANANTA COMMUNITY

Difficulty level: Challenging
Altitude: 5100 m
Hiked distance: 10 km
Approximate walking time: 6 h

This day the walk will have a good degree of difficulty, but it is not for a long time, after breakfast, we start at 7:00 am, with a strong ascent to the Pucacocha Pass (5100 m). This step has incredible views and, when you reach the top, you will be rewarded with 360 ° views of one of the most incredible landscapes on earth. After having overcome the difficult rugged thunder of the Pucacocha pass, we have to descend very carefully with the help of our trekking poles to a green valley full of alpacas and llamas, where we will be waiting for a succulent and delicious lunch at noon. Then we will do a short walk to the camp in the Ananta community, if you are lucky, you can see an Andean condor or the rare vicuña.Today we finish the trek at 3:00 pm, at night we will have tea time and a re-comforting dinner.

Day 4

ANANTA – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – RED VALLEY - CUSCO

Difficulty level: Challenging
Altitude: 5200 m
Hiked distance: 11 km
Approximate walking time: 6 h

Today is going to be a very exciting day since we will visit the rainbow mountain, or mountain of colors, and its local name is the Apu Vinicunca, for this you will get up very early and leave the camp at 5 am, this allows us to approach and Experience the Rainbow Mountain in all its glory with loneliness, without visitors yet. After a hot breakfast and some coca tea, very close we will appreciate the other geological spectacle, of the famous red valley, which are a group of small hills whose main soil composition is the colors red, ocher, green; Surely you will feel the sensation of being on another planet! Around noon we go downhill to the community of Qesuno, where we will have lunch, and pack all our trekking equipment to return to Cusco, whose final point will be at the door of your hotel, the arrival is approximately at 5:30 pm .

INCLUDED IN AUSANGATE TREK + RAINBOW MOUNTAIN  4 DAYS:

  • Private transportation to/ from your hotel in Cusco
  • 4 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 3 Dinner, all meals and drinks are prepared by professional mountain cook.
  • Boiled water and snacks
  • Fluent English/ Spanish / Quechua  speaking tour guide
  • Camping tents designed for mountain treks plus blanket and foam matress
  • Duffel bags for your personal belongings (carried by horses)
  • Large Dining tent with table, stools, cutlery, & kitchen
  • Portable toilet
  • Horseman/Pack horses to carry all of the gear and personal belongings (up to 6kg per person)
  • Fees to the Ausangate Trek, Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley
  • First Aid kit including oxygen tank
  • Sleeping pad (thermarest)

NOT INCLUDED IN AUSANGATE TREK + RAINBOW MOUNTAIN 4 DAYS:

  • Personal trekking gear
  • Sleeping bag ( you  can rent in Cusco $ 20 usd for all the trip)
  • Trekking Poles ( you  can rent in Cusco $ 15 usd for all the trip)
  • Voluntary Tips for Guide, Horseman and Cook
  • Personal riding horse*

VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW IN THE AUSANGATE TREK HORSE RIDING:

Horseback is available to hire through local riders. These horses are not our property, they are from the community members who offer this service at the beginning of the tour, the cost is also variable, and will be negotiated by you with the help of the guide. If you choose to hire a horse, keep in mind that the rider does not speak English or always stay with the group of hikers and the guide, as the horses walk faster than the hikers. If you decide to hire a horse, you assume full responsibility and run at your own risk. Eco Path Trek is not responsible for any accident that occurs when riding.

 

WHAT TO BRING TO AUSANGATE TREK  + RAINBOW MOUNTAIN 4 DAYS :

CLOTHING:

1st Layer:

  • Underware
  • Long sleeved Thermal Shirt
  • Thermal form- fitting pants

2nd Layer:

  • Polar Fleece
  • Trekking pants
  • Thick socks

3rd Layer:

  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof pants (optional)
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Scarf
  • Cold weather Hat
  • Gloves
  • Buff/ handkerchief
  • Sun hat

TRAVEL ACCESSORIES:

  • Backpack 20-30 L
  • Waterproof cover for backpack
  • Trekking shoes (waterproof and firm)
  • Sport shoes/ sandals for campsites
  • Camping pillow
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sturdy water bottle
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp
  • Plastic bags for wet items
  • Toiletry kit (toothbrush, wet wipes, etc)
  • Swimsuit/ towel
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended)
  • Sunscreen lip protector
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent

OTHER:

  • Personal Medications
  • Motion sickness tablets for van ride
  • Camera/ Extra battery
  • Personal snacks
  • Hand warmers (optional)
  • Leisure book for evenings
  • Cash and small coins

AUSANGATE TREK  FAQ– COMPLETE GUIDE TO  AUSANGATE TREK PERU

  1. WHAT IS THE ALTITUDE WHILE HIKING THE AUSANGATE TREK?

During the tours in our 3,4,5 or 6 day programs, we ascend to more than 5,000 meters. And the minimum height is 4,300 meters.

Cusco is at 11,089 feet/3380 meters so if you are or think you are susceptible to altitude sickness please be sure to arrive 2-3 days prior to your trek, rest the first few days in Cusco, drink plenty of water (and coca tea, a local remedy), and eat lots of carbohydrates. These three things help prevent and combat altitude sickness. Please consult your doctor if you have concerns about being at altitude. There are many medications that they can provide (example: anti nausea medication, diuretics, etc).

  1. ACCLIMATISATION AND ALTITUDE SICKNESS

The Ausangate trek is one of the highest altitude treks in Peru and obviously comes with certain altitude sickness risks. Altitude acclimatization is the key factor in ensuring you have a safe and enjoyable trek.

Most of our tours take place anywhere from 9,000 feet up to 16,500 feet. To prevent altitude sickness we really recommend you to get Cusco at least 3 days prior to your trek to get used to the altitude. Drink plenty of water or coca tea while staying in high altitude. Local people has been using coca tea since ancient times to help with altitude sickness.Coca leaves have alkaloids which make your blood circulate quick so your blood takes oxigen to your brain. Your doctor may prescribe you medicines, such as: acetazolamide and dexamethasone to prevent altitude sickness. Start taking those  2 days prior to your trek. Continue taking them while you are at high elevation.

It is important that you understand these risks so that you can take the best preventative actions, as well as be well-informed on how to deal with altitude sickness symptoms, and it’s severe variants – High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE).

  1. HOW DIFFICULT IS THE AUSANGATE TREK?

With several high passes over 5,000 metres, the Ausangate Trek is considered fairly difficult.

The trek is classified as grade C; which means the trek is fairly long and many sections are at high altitude. You’ll need a good level of fitness and stamina as you’ll be trekking over many steep sections in which the altitude changes significantly over a short space of time.The trail itself is fairly good and well defined.

This trek is probably not suited to first time trekkers. If you are a strong walker and have completed some moderate treks prior to this then you should be fine. Often weather can get quite rough in the higher regions and blizzards are certainly not uncommon.

  1. HOW MANY MILES IS THE AUSANGATE TREK

We have different distances from the ausangate trek, the shortest is 15 km = 9.3 miles. And the longest 6-day trek has more than 85 km = 52 miles.

The classic 4-day Ausangate Trek tour is 36 km approx. = 22.3 miles

  1. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO DO THE AUSANGATE TREK

Like most trek in the region, the best time to do the Ausangate trek is in the dry months between May and September. Unlike other popular treks, the Ausangate trek is very quiet, even in peak season.

In the shoulder months of April and October weather is still pleasant and the trek is very possible. However, because of its altitude you’ll have to contend with freezing nights, even in the dry season.

Because of the altitude and snow, the trek is best avoided in the wetter colder season between November and February.

  1. WHAT ARE THE TEMPERATURES ON THE AUSANGATE TREK

The temperatures in the mountains of the Ausangate Trek are very changing, so you must be very well equipped for all types of scenarios, in a day it can be sunny, raining, snowing or windy.

  • During the drought season from May to October the minimum temperature can be up to -10 C ° or 14F °. And the maximum temperature is 16 C ° or 60 F °.
  • In the rainy season from November to April the minimum temperature is -2 C ° or 28F ° and the maximum is 18 C ° or 64 F °.
  1. WHAT KIND OF FOOD THERE IS ON THE AUSANGATE TREK

Eco Path Trek is proud to have the best staff of chefs specialized in high mountains, with more than 15 years of experience, in the different trekking routes in Cusco. On our Ausangate route we provide you with the best food service every day, our chefs will prepare meals with 100% fresh and organic foods, since our company is focused on community work and support for farmers who provide us with their best fruits. You can taste the best Peruvian and Cusquenian cuisine, during the breakfast we will have pancakes, omelettes, coffee, milk,butter, cereals, and very nutritious breakfast of Cusco based on oatmeal, quinoa, wheat, etc.

Lunches and dinners are served buffet style, such as sauteed loin, quinoa chaufa, salads, vegetable soups and products from the Andes, chicken, steak, alpaca.

If you are allergic to any type of food or do not consume gluten, or are vegetarian, it is no difficulty for us as we are trained to provide food under these food standards.

In general, Eco Path Trek handles an order and quality in the handling of the products, taking care of their safety so that no illness or discomfort happens during the days of hiking on the Ausangate mountain.

  1. DO I NEED A TREKKING INSURANCE

Insurance for your trek to Ausangae Trek  is a must. As most trails to Ausangate Trek go over high 4,000m passes, you will need to make sure your insurance covers you for high altitude hiking (up to 6,000m). We have reviewed a number of travel insurance providers. The most affordable and best by far is World Nomads.

  1. WHAT HAPPENS IF I’M NOT ABLE TO COMPLETE THE AUSANGATE TREK

If you could not complete your Ausangate Trek program, because of health problems or any other circunstances, in the first instance you will be evaluated your vital signs, then you will be evacuated as soon as possible to a nearby place with highway, and once there you will be transported in local mobility to Cusco. Since there are no well-equipped hospitals in the Ausangate Mountains, these expenses will be covered by you. So it is suggested to have travel insurance that covers such incidents. In adition our company will not refund the tour cost already payed.

  1. WHAT ARE THE GROUP SIZES ON THE AUSANGATE TREK?

Eco Path Trek  groups depart with a minimum of 2 hikers and maximum 8 persons. For groups of over 8 hikers we provide an assistant guide to help out.

  1. HOW ARE THE CAMPING TENTS USED FOR THE AUSANGATE TREK?

Our trekking tents are from reputable brands, such as Doite, Noth Face, Salewa, Eureka. Which is designed to withstand extreme weather conditions. Each has a capacity for 4 people, but that is used only by two hikers, and thus have more space for their things. You will also be provided with a blanket and a foam floor mat.

To take food we have kitchen and dining tents, which have enough space, where you will have your table and chairs well accommodated.

  1. WHAT KIND OF HIKING EQUIPMENT DO I BRING TO THE AUSANGATE TREK?

Asungate trek is recommended to bring high quality mountain equipment.

  • A good coat, whose filling is made of synthetic fiber or goose feathers.
  • A good jacket of polar tec, since this helps a lot against the cold and the winds.
  • Rain jacket with Gore-Tex technology
  • Trekking shoes, with good sole, and waterproof
  • Cold and wind insulating cap
  • Sunglasses with UV protection, as you know the radion in the Andes of Cusco is very extreme
  • A good sunscreen, and lip stick
  • Set of socks, poles, depending on the number of days you will do the trekking in Ausangate.
  • Trekking backpack with a capacity of 30 to 40 liters
  • A canteen or camel back to carry water during your stay in the mountains of Ausangate.
  • Trekking poles, since these will be very helpful during the ascents and descents, many parts of the trekking are well inclined.
  • A rain poncho is a good team that will keep it dry if there is rain or snowfall.
  • Personal medical equipment, preferably take your own medication, since in those places there is no option to be treated in a medical center.
  • Set of toiletries, a roll of toilet paper, gel gel.
  • A wide-brimmed hat
  • Trekking pants and waterproof pants.
  • Gloves
  • It is also recommended to bring some snacks such as dried fruits, chocolates, candies.
  1. THE TOUR GUIDES SPEAK ENGLISH?

Eco Path Trek has professional, knowledgeable, dependable and experienced guides, who all are well trained for us every year. All of our guides have spent years exploring the mountains and studied in Universities and Institutes of Cusco. All guides speak fluent  English and have a great knowledge of the various trekking routes. Our Guides will have the pleasure of guiding you in the most beautiful trails in the Ausangate Trek, Inca Trail, Lares Trek, which will enhance your holiday experience and make it a real success. Our guides are trained in first aid and know how to do in any emergency situation. And most importantly our guides are very friendly and enjoyable and want to share with you the faith of Peru.

  1. DO YOU BRING OXIGEN TANK, FIRST AID KIT?

Eco Path Trek is a serious and formal tour operator travel agency. As such, in all our Trekking and Ausangate Trek activities we normally carry the oxygen tank, which can be used if one of our clients requires it. Remember, it is a medium oxygen tank, which is used as an emergency mediation to stabilize the tourist, if it still requires more oxygen, you will be evacuated to a closer control point where a vehicle passes, and will also descend to a lower height, to avoid altitude sickness or a tachycardia.

A first aid kit is also carried, which serves to help tourists in emergency circumstances. But have this information: No person who does not have the certification of a doctor, pharmacist or nurse can prescribe any medication, since we do not know the true medical history of the patient, which instead of improvement can worsen their situation. That is why we suggest as an important measure, if possible, bring your own first aid kit with the pills that a doctor has prescribed before starting the Ausangate Trek.

  1. IF I CAN’T HIKE VERY FAST I CAN RENT A HORSE?

Eco Path Trek organizes the Ausangate treks with a responsible and serious team of muleteers. Those who are in charge of their times and walk controls on the Ausangate Trek route. If you have a deficit in the pace of the walk, you will be given an assistance horse, which you can use, until you recover and you can continue the trek normally. Attention that our programs do not include horse rides during the whole journey, if in case you wish to do the tour on a horse you must communicate it at the time of your orientation in Cusco, and the guide will tell you how much it will cost and how is the service. For reasons of animal protection our company has some restrictions on the weight that you must carry or of the same person, Eco Path Trek does not allow animal abuse under any circumstances. Remember that we do the Ausangate trek to walk and enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the mountains and lakes, which will surely be a unique experience in your life.

  1. IN THE AUSANGATE TREK, IS THERE ELECTRICITY, MOBILE SIGNAL?

The Ausangate Trek takes place in quite distant mountains of civilization, which is why you can not have any telephone signal in most of the circuit, the only place where you can have a signal is the town of Tinki the first day in the morning . In the same way it is not possible to have electricity in the camps, if you have a solar charger it is a very good option that you can take it, since in ausangate in the dry season there is good weather and more time with hours of sun.

  1. HOW MUCH MONEY DO I BRING TO THE AUSANGATE TREK?

We recommend carrying in Peruvian soles in cash. Since if you would like to tip or buy some crafts from the families of the communities, they would appreciate it. Or use in emergencies, the amount to take on average is 300 to 400 soles.

  1. DO I NEED REALLY THE TREKKING POLES ON THE AUSANGATE TREK

The answer is that if, since having trekking poles on the Ausangate Trek route is vital, this instrument will help you overcome very difficult barriers, and have it in good balance during well-sloped descents. The type of cane that is recommended is of free will for you, since these define according to the food you are going to provide, it can be aluminum, carbon fiber, or other material, but if it has a good resistance When hiking, another no less important detail is that you must have the metal protectors at their tips, usually you will be accommodated with rubber soles. Preferably those that can be easily packed and tied.

  1. IF I DON’T HAVE A GOOD SLEEPING BAG , CAN I RENT IN CUSCO

If you can rent a sleeping bag in our office in Cusco. For the Ausangate Trek it is necessary to have a sleeping bag that has the resistance specification at -15 C ° to -20 C °. Because otherwise you will feel very uncomfortable with the icy weather of the Ausangate Mountains.

  1. HOW ARETHE TOILETS ON THE AUSANGATE TREK

Our company takes portable toilets to the Ausangate Trek route, since in those landscapes there are still no large towns and they maintain the entire pristine circuit. Do not forget to bring your hygienic pale roll, and leave the waste generated in the container according to the classification according to its colors. Avoid throwing them during the walks, as you also there are many hikers who would like to find these circuits free of garbage.

At the end of the tour our guides and chefs are responsible for returning all the waste generated to the city of Cusco.

  1. ARE THERE SHOWERS ON THE AUSANGATE TREK

There are no showers on the Ausangate Trek route, it is generally not advisable to take baths above that height, as you could fall ill with the flu or pneumonia. Eco Path Trek will provide you in the morning at waking time and in the afternoons after completing the trekking activities a bucket of hot water, with which you can clean your face and feet.

  1. THE WATER TO DRINK IS SAFE ON THE AUSANGATE TREK

On the Ausangate Trek trek it is possible to find shops to be able to supply water on the first day. You will then be provided with water that is boiled and then filtered, to avoid any kind of illness or discomfort. It is not a good idea to drink water from waterfalls, lagoons or streams, as many of them could contain toxic minerals or bacteria that are harmful to human health.

  1. I WILL BE ABLE TO CONTACT WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES ALONG THE AUSANGATE TREK

On all Ausangate Trek routes, you will cross many indigenous communities, who will receive you very happy for your visit, and will also offer you their handicrafts that they produce, if you want to support these people, do it, since the little, that they produce in their crop fields, it is not enough to lead a comfortable quality of life. Our friends of the high Andean communities are also very kind, do not worry when conducting an interview or a photograph, since your guide will be the one who can translate it so you can establish a conversation and thus learn more about their experiences and customs. It should be understood that these communities on the Ausangate Trek route are considered one of the last that still practice the traditions inherited from the Incas. They still perform ceremonies of offerings to the Pachamana or Mother Earth, coca leaf ceremony and the most important festivals according to the Quechua calendar.

  1. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE WASTE GENERATED ON THE AUSANGATE TREK

All waste generated in the Ausangate Trek, are carefully selected and classified, so as not to be thrown into the beautiful ecosystem. We carry four types of biodegradable bags for segregation and subsequent delivery to garbage trucks in Cusco. Please for no reason throw organic or inorganic waste on the ausangate trek route, if you observe someone throwing along the route, let him know that this is bad behavior, since we are all committed to the care and protection of the environment. Let’s leave this beautiful landscape of Ausangate Trek as we found it when doing the trek.

  1. TIPPING

We provide a good working environment to all our collaborators, guides, carriers and porters, are paid according to the current regulations of the Ministry of Labor. You are not really obliged to give tips to the staff, since this is a will, which will depend on how you felt with the work performed by our collaborators. The quantity is not established either. Be it a lot or a little if you make it from the heart every tip is welcome, and they will be grateful to you in person.

 



QUALITY OF SERVICES IN EVERYTHING!

The best quality of service for your next trip

CUSCO WEATHER