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Nevado Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek


Nevado Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek

Ausangate Nevada: The Ausangate Region is a special place; it’s far enough outside of Cusco to be considered remote but it’s also near enough to be accessible for a wonderful adventure. Often you will encounter small poblados (small local communities); with many farming llamas for their way of life. Afterall many children will greet you, often after ‘dulces’ (sweets) to savour. As a result a lot of the houses & shelters in the area don’t have basic utilities; such as electricity, gas, tap water; things we take for granted in more developed countries.

This is a breathtaking 3 day trek in the Cordillera Vilcanota passing by the Ausangate Nevada; on a route called the ‘Camino del Apu Ausangate‘. The Apu is believed to be the bearer of life in this region and guardian of one of the most pristine mountain ecosystems in the world. Following on from this; our treks are accompanied by llamas and the horses that will carry our equipment. They are owned and looked after by the shepherds & arrieros of the Chillca community. They are proud to share their land with travellers, as well as the spirit of Apu in their beautiful Andean region.

This is a remote region to trek in, but close enough to Cusco to be accessible. You’ll trek close to the Ausangate Nevada along with taking in Rainbow Mountain (Mt. Vinicunca) and Red Valley.

For more information about the Ausangate region you can read our article.

Breakfast x 2
Lunch x 3
Dinner x 2
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
Muleteer & Mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Trekking Poles)

Not Included
International Airfare
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Crampons, Ice Axe, Harness, Helmet (can be hired as part of trip)
Machu Picchu Extension – Entrance Tickets, Transport & Guide (can be organised as part of trip)

Joining Arrangements There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.
Food & Water Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
Special Diets We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
Trekking Crew We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru. Trip Planning | Trek Planning
Machu Picchu An excursion to Machu Picchu can be included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco. To be confirmed on reservation.
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.
Covid-19 (Useful Links) World Health Organisation | World Health Organisation – Peru | Covid-19 Data – Peru | Covid-19 Daily Statistics
Available Discounts Throughout 2022 we’re offering a 15% discount for each member of a group larger than 4+
Reservation Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.
Customer Service Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.



Early in the morning, you'll leave Cusco to begin this Peru adventure. On a bus ride along the Vilcanota River Valley, and on to the town of Checacupe. After a visit to its Colonial Church of the Immaculate Conception, you'll start ascending the Pitumarca Valley, through the spectacular Japura Gorge that leads to Chillca, we will start the trek near the Ausangate Community, from there we will see the south face of the sacred Ausangate Mountain, as we continue towards the red sandstone formations of the "Nevado del Inca".
  • Accommodation: Camping Anantapata
  • Maximum Altitude: 4750 masl / 15580 fasl
  • Approximate Walking Time: 3 hours
  • Approximate Driving time: 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, we take the trail to another mountain pass. Dropping down, we'll hike by Lake Kayrawiri, surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and the great valley below. Striations of color are imbedded in the hillsides. Then we go on to Cerro Laya Grande via the massive glacier del Inca, and the most striking colors in the sediments of Yauricunca. This area is called ‘montana arcoiris’ by the locals, and often referred to as ‘Rainbow Mountain’ by visitors, the spectacular colours make for amazing photography. We lunch here in this unique landscape. On our way, we see hundreds of Andean geese nesting in the cliffs of Anta, and the flatiron formations of Apu Labrayani near Huampococha Tambo, where we will spend the night at the Camino del Apu Ausangate.
  • Accommodation: Camping Huampococha
  • Maximum Altitude: 4980 masl / 16388 fasl
  • Approximate Walking Time: 7 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After a last climb over the Anta pass, you'll gradually make your descent. In this section the first crops and houses come into view. The landscape changes quickly as the red sandstone formations are followed by the erosion of limestone, forming a one of a kind stone forest, and a perfect habitat for “vizcacha” (members of the chinchilla family). By the time we get down the valley, our bus will be waiting for the return trip to Cusco, where you can reflect on an incredible journey.
  • Maximum Altitude: 4900 masl / 16100 fasl
  • Approximate Walking Time: 4 hours
  • Approximate Driving time: 3 hours
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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