Ausangate – Rainbow Mountain 6d-5n

This is a 6-Day trek in the Vilcanota Cordillera, on a route we call the “Camino del Apu Ausangate” in proximity of the highest Mountain in Cusco.

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Overview

This sacred mountain is located to the south east of the city of Cuzco, capital of the Inca Empire.

The trek will push us to our physical limits. A high altitude trek, we will cross mountain passes over 5,000 meters above sea level, and our campsites will be at an altitude of over 4,300 meters. The terrain is muddy and rocky.

This trek offers spectacular and beautiful views of the puna region, where the glaciers surround us in all directions. We will walk on the shores of lakes, and Andean cameloids will accompany us on parts of our journey.


Program itinerary

   

Day 1: Cuzco – Upis - Hatun Pucaqocha

  

We will start early in the morning going south west from the city, towards Upis located at the foot of the Ausangate Mountain


After breakfast at the foot of the mountain we will start trecking going towards our first challenge The Arapa Mountain pass. It is a long opening in the mountain that will lead us to an environment where vicunas pasture and live. Vicunas are also South American camelids.




We will start our descent into the highland typical environment. We shall pass water mirror lagoons and imposing mountains to reach our camp site to have lunch and explore the lagoons before going to bed.


Meals: lunch and dinner


Maximum altitude: 4770 mt / 15649 ft         

Minimum altitude: 4590 mt / 15059 ft 

Distance: 10.50 km / 6.52 ml 

Approximate time: 8 h                    

    

Day 2: Hatun Pucacocha – Abra Hatun Pucacocha - Anantapata

  

After breakfast we will take the road towards which is a short trek near 5 thousand meters above sea level to enjoy the view of the lagoons and the Ausangate Mountain.

Our descent will take us to the Antapata plainlands surrounded by snow mountain peaks. We will camp, have lunch and rest. Overnight.



Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Maximum altitude: 4938 mt / 16200 ft 

Minimum altitude: 4736 mt / 15538 ft 

Distance: 5 km / 3.10 ml 

Approximate time: 6 h 


Day 3: Anantapata – Abra Anantapata – Vinicunca – Abra Anantapata - Anantapata 


Our excursion will begin early to reach the famous color Mountain. This excursion will involve all day and have lunch on the way. Back at the camp site we will have dinner and rest.



Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

                   

Maximum altitude: 5040 mt / 16535 ft                                     

Minimum altitude: 4736 mt / 15538 ft 

Distance: 11 km / 6.80 ml 

Approximate time: 8 h


Day 4: Anantapata – Ausangateqocha – Abra Palomani – Chilca Phinaya

We will leave the campsite after breakfast to go to the highland Ausangatecocha highland lagoon where we will have lunch. 

Afterwards we will cross the Palomani Jasa highland pass and its spectacular lookout point of the Vilcanota Mountain range. 




We will take the way back to the camp site in Chilca Phinaya where we will observe the Llama and alpaca herds.


Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner


Maximum altitude: 5125 mt / 16814 ft                            

Minimum altitude: 4475 mt / 14681 ft 

Distance: 11.50 km / 7.14 ml 

Approximate time: 8h 30m 


Day 5: Chilca Phinaya – Wanu Wanu – Abra Qhampa Ninaparayoq

On this day we will trek in the Hatunpampa highland plains. 

Later we will go up to the Qampa highland pass, last challenge of our trek. We will enjoy spectacular views of the snow-peaked mountains



On the way down we will enjoy the view of the color mountains reaching the camp site in Nina Parayoq have dinner and spend the night.


Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner


Maximum altitude: 5080 mt / 16666 ft                            

Minimum altitude: 4600 mt / 15090 ft 

Distance: 17.74 km / 11 ml 

Approximate time: 9 h 


Day 6: Ninaparayoq – Pacchanta - Cusco

Our last trekking day will take us past the mythical and sacrad Otorongococha lagoon. 

It is place full of mystery and beauty. After a short trek we will arrive at Pacchanta a shepherd community of alpacas. 

We will have our lunch and enjoy the hot springs to later return to Cusco




Meals: breakfast and lunch


Maximum altitude: 4600 mt / 15090 ft 

Minimum altitude: 4340 mt / 14240 ft 

Distance: 6 km / 3.70 ml 

Approximate time: 4 h 



Price

Group Service - Price per Person
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2,850
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1,565
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1,140
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980
Private Service - Price per Person
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3,300
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1,920
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1,425
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1,255
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1,130
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1,090
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1,040
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1,025
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965
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950

Services included

  • Private tourist transportation Cuzco - Upis
  • Guide service in Spanish/ English
  • Sleeping bag per person (-10 ºC - Eureka - Cimarron - mummy form, our sleeping bags are cleaned after every use)
  • Sleeping liner
  • Pillow
  • Inflatable sleeping pad (Therm A Rest)
  • Cook and assistant
  • Cooking equipment
  • Snacks
  • Daily tea service
  • Dining equipment including chairs and tables (Travel Chair)
  • Cooking, eating and bathroom (The Pett) tents
  • Portable enviromental toilet (The Pett)
  • Food (5 breakfast, 6 lunch, 5 dinner) - nutritionally balanced menu
  • Vegetarian menu at no extra cost
  • Two person tents (3-people capacity tent used as doubles - Eureka - K2 XT - 4 seasons)
  • Single tents available for extra cost
  • Mule-handlers
  • Mules
  • Saddled horse (for every 6 passengers there is one saddled horse)
  • One Pachatusantrek kit of 100% biodegradable products (toiletries)
  • First-aid kit
  • Emergency oxygen bottle
  • Pachatusantrek water resistant duffel bag for carrying personal stuff (on loan)
  • Pre departure briefing
  • Private tourist transportation Pacchanta - Cuzco

Services not included

  • Extra food
  • Optional tip for field staff
  • Extra costs
  • Evacuation costs

DETAILS

We recommend that you bring

  • Water-resistant trekking shoes and sandals
  • Warm clothing (thermal underwear, fleece, hat, gloves, socks)
  • Waterproof clothing (poncho)
  • Synthetic or cotton clothing (socks, trousers, shorts, t-shirts)
  • Sunhat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream and insect repellent
  • Water bottles such as Nalgene
  • Basic medications
  • Walking sticks
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Personal items
  • Personal snacks
  • Previous acclimatization in Cuzco city, for at least 2 days and general good health. Pachatusantrek offers easy one day and half day routes which can be completed before the main trek
  • DNI / Original Passport

Please note

  • Available from April to October

Important Environmental Note

Pachatusantrek is committed to following the principles of ecotourism in our operations, and request the understanding and cooperation of trekkers, especially by not contaminating the waters and in the adequate disposal of non-biodegradable waste.  We must also respect the customs and traditions of the local people.

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