Rainbow Mountain Trek is still one of Peru’s best kept secrets and although not as popular as the Inca Trail, the Ausangate trek is a stunning trek through the wildest and rarely visited areas in Peru. Traversing the Cordillera Vilcanota, the trek takes hikers over several high passes, down into low alpine valleys and through traditional Peruvian villages. You’ll see snow capped peaks, herds of llamas, glaciers and turquoise lakes, all set within an incredibly beautiful mountain range.
Lying a 100 km south-east of Cusco is the impressive cordillera Vilcanota. The mountain range has several peaks over 6,000 metres, including the sacred Ausangate (6372m) – the highest mountain in the Cusco region.
Unlike the Inca Trail, no permit is needed for the Ausangate trek. The trek is one of the quietest in the region and you may not even see any another trekkers.
The trek offers an array of wildlife including soaring condors, vicunas, bobcats and pumas. Camp sites are often beside beautiful blue lakes. You’ll also have the chance to bathe in several hot springs and view the trek’s signature rainbow mountains! The colourful sandstone mountains in the Vinicunca area is probably the coolest thing you’ll see in Peru!
Amazingly, at the start of this adventure and as part of the acclimatisation process you will be visiting one of the wonders of the world, Machu Picchu! Please see itinerary for more information….
(CAMPING & HOTELS)
Itinerary: SUBJECT TO MINOR CHANGES
- Day 1: Arrival at Jorge Chavez Airport in Lima. You’ll be collected from the airport then transferd to a hotel in Lima and stay overnight.
- Day 2: After breakfast you’ll private transfer to the airport and fly to Cusco (3400m./11154ft.) where you will be able to walk around the city sightseeing and overnight in a hotel in Cusco.
- Day 3: An early transfer from Cusco (3400m./11154ft.) at 05.00hrs., and have breakfast in Mollepata, then continue by car to Cruzpata which is where you will start to hike up to Soraypampa (3800m. / 12467ft.). You will have lunch at the campsite, then visit Umantay Lake. It will take roughly one hour to ascend, it’s situated just below the Umantay Mountain. You will then go back to the campsite, have dinner and stay overnight in tents at 3800m./12467ft.) Degree of cold, roughly 4°Celsius in the evening.
- Day 4: Early breakfast in Soraypampa at (3800m./12467ft.) You will then hike up to Abra Salcantay (4630m./15190ft.) which is the highest point of this particualr part of the trek. After this pass, you will enter the jungle part of Peru, while you descend, you will enjoy more green vegetation until the next campsite Challway and stay overnight in a tent at (2850m./9350ft.) It’ll be much milder at this campsite with some mosquitoes so please bring repellent.
- Day 5: After breakfast in Challway (2850m./9350ft.) you’ll walk down along the Salcantay river , surrounded by green vegetation. During this trek you’ll see fruit plants such as; banana, passion fruit, avocado, coffee etc. When you get to Playa lunch will be served and then you’ll go by car to the Hydroelectric where you’ll go by train to Aguas Calientes (2050m. /6725ft.) and stay overnight in a Hotel.
- Day 6: After an early breakfast in the hotel (2050m./6725ft.), you’ll go by bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu (2400m. /7874ft.) A one hour guided tour of the archeological site then you’ll have time to explore by yourself. You will then be able to ascend to Sun gate (Inti Punki) then later in the day you’ll go back to Aguas Calientes by bus then by train to Ollantaytambo and finally by bus to Cusco and overnight in a hotel
- Day 7: Early breakfast in the hotel (3400m./11154ft.) then you’ll go by car to Q’eswini, passing small towns like Pitumarca, the transport will drop you off in Q’eswini at (4326m./14189ft.) from there you’ll start to hike up to Base Camp of Rainbow Mountain at (4885m. /16026ft.) during the hike you will see some local people and some camelids such as, Alpacas, llamas and other wildlife such as Andean woodpeckers. Get to basecamp and overnight in tents.
- Day 8: After early breakfast in the campsite K’airahuiri alto or Base camp of Rainbow Mountain (4350m./14271ft.) we start hike up to Rainbow Mountain (5100m. / 16732ft.) then we continue hiking and we have nice view of Quilwacocha and Zuricocha lakes then we hike up to Kairawiri alto pass 4950m / 16240ft. then we hike down to Alqatauri 4600m / 15091ft. and we stay overnight there.
- Day 9: After breakfast, we hike up to Apacheta pass 4850m. / 15912ft., this high point has an amazing view of Ausangate Mountain and beautiful lakes like; Jatunpucacocha and vinococha. Then we hike down until below Ausangate Mountain and continue hiking until Ausangate pass 4780m. /15682ft. finally we hike down until Ausangate lake campsite at 4650m. / 15255ft. and we stay overnight there.
- Day 10: After breakfast, you’ll hike up for around 2 1/2 hours to Palomani pass 5200m/17060ft, from this high point you will enjoy the view of Ausangate Mountain and some lakes below it, you will also see more wildlife including vicuña and wild deer. Then you’ll hike down to Chilca 3241m/10633ft, from there you’ll go back to Cusco by private car and stay overnight in a Hotel in Cusco.
- Day 11: Last breakfast in Cusco, flight to Lima and go back home.
Grade of Trek: Moderate/Hard
Group size: 12
Best Period: May to October
Next Available Date; New dates for 2018 to be announced very shortly
(If you have a group wishing to go and these dates don’t suit then please get in touch)
Total Cost Per Person £2,500.00 pp (including flight).
What’s included in the 10 day package trip?
- Hotel 3* in Lima (one night) included breakfast
- Hotel 3* in Cusco (three nights) included breakfast
- Hotel 3* in Aguas Calientes (one night) included breakfast
- Domestic flight (Lima/Cusco/Lima)
Staff and Logistic camping:
- Excursions shared group guided by a local guide: City tours in Cusco.
- Private trekking group to Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain.
- All entry fees (tours, communities, archeological areas )
- All Transfers during your trip: (bus, taxi, train, etc.)
- Pack animals: To carry camping equipment and food, horses to carry your personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping bag) plus one emergency horse.
- Meals: Mentioned in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
- Support Staff: one tour guide, cook and donkey drivers.
- First Aid Kit
- Camping equipment: (bi-personal tent, kitchen and dining tent, chairs, table and all kitchen utensils )
- Pre-departure briefing, one day before trek departure
Whats not Included:
- Travel Insurance
- Personal trekking gear
- Meals in the City
- Tips to staff
- Any extra days
- Personal expenses
A full and comprehensive kit list will be provided when you book your place.
We will also offer generous discounts on equipment and clothing in our shop whether buying or hiring for this trek
Please note that we only work with a ground handler that is registered and bonded. Licensed and insured in Peru for this particular trek.
A non-refundable deposit of £450.00 will be required when booking, a further installment by 31st January 2017 and the balance paid two weeks prior to departure.
Please note that we do not sell ‘off the peg’ generic tours, all of our trips are designed to be ‘something different’ but as our slogan say’s ‘Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained’…