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Ausangate trek

Travel to Cusco and go on the pilgrimage of the sacred mountains: Rainbow mountain (Vinicunca) and Ausangate mountain in the Peruvian Andes.

Ausangate (6,398 m) is the most representative mountain of the Andes in the Cusco region and its surroundings offer breathtaking landscapes of mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers. Moreover, the Andean people are very welcoming and they have retained all their respect for nature. Farmers have excellent skills in raising cattle, vicuñas, alpacas and llamas, which are valued for the quality of their wool and meat. The 3-hour drive from Cusco to Tinqui is excellent preparation for the changes in temperature and altitude as well as to observe Andean life.

Creating incredible memories!

  • A hike through colourful and amazing Andean landscapes.
  • Find out more about the Andean flora and fauna in the Vilcanota mountain range.
  • Meet local communities, take part in the local activities and learn about their organic farming techniques.
  • Go beyond your limits reaching the Rainbow mountain top.

Gallery Ausangate trek & Rainbow mountain


Day 1 : Cusco – Tinqui – Upis – Arapa pass – Yanacocha 

Day 2 : Yanacocha – Paso de Pucacocha – Anantapata 

Day 3 : Anantapata – Montaña Arcoíris, Vinicunca – Ausangate cocha  

Day 4 : Ausangate cocha – Paso de Palomani – Jampa 

Day 5 : Jampa – Paso de Jampa – Pacchanta – Cusco


After picking you up from your accommodation at about 5.30 am in our private vehicle, we’ll drive for about 3 hours to the Tinqui community (4050m/13287 ft). At this point, you’ll meet the rest of the team: cooks and muleteers as well as the horses and mules that will help us carry our equipment and belongings. After loading the animals, the trek starts with a gradual ascent of 2 hours towards the Upis community (4400m/14435ft). Here, we’ll make a stop for lunch and to recover our energy as we are going to continue ascending to the Arapa pass (4800m/15748ft). Then, we’ll go downhill to get to Yanacocha (4500m/14763 ft), where we’ll camp for the night.

  • Transportation time: 3h.
  • Walking time: 6h approx.
  • Distance: 12 Km
  • Difficulty level: challenging
  • Meals: L = lunch, D = dinner.
  • Overnight: tent 
  • Climate: mild during the day and cold at night.
  • Elevation: Cusco (3,400m) – Tinqui (4,050m) – Upis (4,400m) – Arapa pass (4,800m) – Yanacocha (4,500m).

After a healthy protein breakfast made by our cook, we’ll continue with our trek to discover amazing colourful lakes on our way to the Pucacocha pass (4900m/16076ft).Then, we’ll make our way to Anantapata (4750m/15583ft), where we0ll spend the night.

  • Walking time: 7h approx.
  • Distance: 12 Km
  • Difficulty level: challenge
  • Meals: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner.
  • Overnight: tent 
  • Climate: mild during the day and cold at night.Elevation: Yanacocha (4,500m) – Pucacocha pass (4,900m) – Anantapata (3,750m).

After having breakfast, we’ll follow the path around the Kayrawiri lake characterised by its peaks and great valley. Then the path will take us to the top of Rainbow mountain at 5200 masl. After enjoying the place and taking photos, we’ll head to our lunch spot. Along the way, you’ll see the Andean geese nesting in the Anantapa cliffs from where we’ll descend to the Ausangate Cocha campsite.

  • Walking time: 7h approx.
  • Distance: 12 Km
  • Difficulty level: challenging
  • Meals: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner.
  • Overnight: tent 
  • Climate: mild during the day and cold at night.
  • Elevation: Anantapata (3,750m) – Rainbow mountain (5,200m) – Ausangate cocha (4,650m).

On this day, you’ll make it to the highest pass: Palomani (5100masl). From this point, we’ll get a spectacular panoramic view of the snow-capped mountain Ausangate. Our path will take us to Finaya Pampa (4400masl) where you’ll see a variety of Anden camelids: alpacas, llamas and vicuñas and we are lucky enough, we’ll get to see some condors too. From here, we’ll walk to our Jampa campsite (4700masl).

  • Walking time: 7h approx.
  • Distance: 12 Km
  • Difficulty level: challenging
  • Meals: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner.
  • Overnight: tent 
  • Climate: mild during the day and cold at night.
  • Elevation: Ausangate cocha (4,650m) – Palomani pass (5,100m) – Jampa (4,700m).

After breakfast, the highlight of the morning is the spectacular ascent amidst a cinematic backdrop of peaks and mountains to the Campa Pass (5,050 m). In addition, we will go very close to several lakes of different colours, which are part of a lake circuit. Pacchanta (4,350m) is the place for lunch. After enjoying and relaxing at the hot springs, we’ll return to Cusco.

  • Transportation time: 3 30.
  • Walking time: 7h approx.
  • Distance: 13 Km
  • Difficulty level: challenging
  • Meals: B = breakfast, L = lunch.
  • Overnight: on your own 
  • Climate: warm during the day.
  • Elevation: Jampa (4,700m) – Campa pass (5,050m) – Pacchanta (4,350m) – Cusco (3,400m).



  • Informative briefing in your accommodation 1 or 2 days before the hike. We’ll confirm the details after booking is made.
  • Private transportation from your accommodation in Cusco to Tinqui, the beginning of the hike.
  • Private transportation to return to Cusco and drop off at your accommodation.
  • Rainbow mountain and Red Valley and Ausangate park entrance fees.
  • Camping gear: 2-people professional tents (Doite Pro Aconcagua 3 or Eureka tent), mats, toilet and utility tents (toilet, kitchen and dining tents with tables and chairs).
  • Cook.
  • Kitchen gear.
  • Meals: breakfasts, lunches and dinner. We pay special attention to dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan and allergies). Meals are prepared by an expert cook and they include: pancakes, omelettes, soups, spaghetti, rice, chicken, fish, beef, fresh fruit, hot drinks (including coca leaves infusions which are great for altitude) among others.
  • Professional, bilingual tour guide (English-Spanish). For other languages contact us in advance. Bear in mind there may be extra charges.
  • Boiled water to refill your water bottles.
  • Hand biodegradable liquid soap.
  • Biodegradable dishwasher for the kitchen gear.
  • Hot water for personal use in the camp in the morning and evening.
  • Muleteer and mules to transport the camping gear and food.
  • Transportation of participant’s personal bags (up to 8kg, including the sleeping bag).
  • A safety horse during the hike.
  • Duffel bag for personal use.
  • Trekking poles.
  • First-aid kit (including oximeter and thermometer) and oxygen bottle.

Not included

  • Last dinner in Cusco.
  • Sleeping bag (in case you need one, you can rent it from us)


  • The hike previously described may vary due to weather conditions, landslides, participants walking pace or other factors. Our professional guide will make the right and best decisions along the way for the benefit and safety of the group.
  • Understanding that the weather is unpredictable, and due to the fact that it’s cold and wet, once your belongings get wet, it will be very difficult to dry them during the night. It’s important to bring extra clothes and socks.
  • During this trek we’ll reach 5,200 masl. This combined with the weather conditions can make the daily hiking even harder. As to enjoy the trek better, we recommend you to be healthy and in good physical condition and to acclimatize in Cusco for at least 3 days before the trek.
  • Camping sites: The camping sites on the route may vary from those described in our itinerary, due to the limited number of campsites that are known to the general public. Our guide and representative will recommend to the group the best option given the circumstances.

Optional services to be hired

  • Extra Porter / Horseman: In accordance with the law (31614) of the Ministry of Labour, the collaboration of an extra porter will be granted at the request of the client. However, the customer’s luggage must not exceed 12 kilograms. The service of an extra porter / horseman has a cost of 140 USD, which includes transportation, entrance to the Inca Trail, food and camping equipment.

Note: The group of Porters/Horsemen and horses are only present in the trekking part.

What we recommend that you bring

  • An ergonomic day backpack for hiking with waterproof cover (30 or 40 liters).
  • A waterproof backpack otherwise requests a duffel bag at your agency for carrying your personal belongings on the horse.
  • Sleeping bag (-10º degrees).
  • Clothing for cold and hot weather.
  • Waterproof jacket, rain pants and light pants, rain poncho, hat or cap.
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Flip flops or sandals (for showers and hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Wool or cotton socks.
  • T-shirts with short and long sleeves.
  • Towel easy dry and swimsuit (in case you want to relax in the hot mineral spring).
  • Sun block.
  • Anti-mosquito spray – minimum recommended 20% DEET (non-toxic – we suggest nature-friendly repellents). No malaria risk has been reported
  • Anti-itch cream.
  • Disinfectant hand gel.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Plastic water or metal container and water-sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink.
  • Toiletries. 
  • Camera (wrapped in a plastic pouch).
  • Flashlight and spare batteries.
  • Snacks, like chocolate bars and dried fruits.
  • Original passport.
  • Original ISIC Student Card (in case you have applied for a student discount).
  • Extra money in soles.
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles are recommended which can help you to reduce the amount of time you spend pounding the trail, taking the pressure off your joints.

More information

1. During high season (May to September), it is difficult to ensure the exact date of entry, due to the restrictions set by the Ministry of Culture to limit the number of entries to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu; therefore, the date of entry to the Inca Trail could vary for one or two days; then we will adapt the program so you can make the most of it.

2. Entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain: To hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, it is required to book well in advance, because the entrance tickets are limited to a certain number of people daily. Therefore, we’ll take care of the reservation and confirm your entrance with an additional charge of 75 USD for adults and 55 USD for students.

Note: If you wish to visit any of the extra mountains, please inform us in due time before purchasing the entrance tickets to the Machu Picchu citadel.

3. A solidarity trip: Feel free to bring pens, notebooks, picture books or other school supplies to give to the children’s community school. The villagers will be very grateful. You can also buy bread on the way to share with the locals you meet.

4. Tips: for porters, cooks and guides tips are always welcome. Porters are also very grateful for a small donation, such as school clothes or supplies for their children.

5. Cancellation policy: For any cancellation; the costs already incurred by the travel agency will be at your expense. For more details on the cost of cancellations by certain participants, please refer to articles 6, 6.4 and our cancellation policies in the sales terms and conditions.

For more information, you may wish to check or consult our FAQ, Safe and Healthy Travel, and Flexible Booking with Explorandino.


Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu citadel having been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. Entrance to Machu Picchu is limited to 4,044 visitors per day. Thus, it is important to book at least 3 months in advance, especially during the high season (between May and September). During the low season, between December and January, it is possible to still have some places available before your visit. However, it’s always best to book in advance.

If you are interested in this trek, please contact us for more information.

Connection to Machu Picchu

It is possible to have the train connection to Aguas Calientes town from Ollantaytambo town to visit Machu Picchu during day 6. Please contact us to verify availability of entrance tickets to Machu Picchu citadel, train tickets and for any more information.

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What our clients say on Tripadvisor

Sarah K

Trek with the Local Pros!

An incredible experience! Our guide Christian is a local expert and we were in good hands the entire trek. I enjoyed learning history from Christian and he knows so much about the land and how people use natural remedies for ...


Ausengate 7 Lagunas

Our guides were so friendly and were very patient when teaching us Quechua words. They brought a lunch for us that was absolutely delicious and very filling. They were also so attentive to food restrictions and allergies. Would recommend to friends

Vincent S


I was originally scheduled for the Inca trail hike but ended up doing the sacred valley and Machu Pichu tours due to some last minute schedule issues. The tour operator was very accommodating in setting me up with hotels, train tickets and entry passes. Guides were knowledgeable and they...


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