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Ausangate Trek 3 Days (Challenge)

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  • Large Group Service(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)Start Time: 04:00
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  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Difficulty: 7/10
  • Pick up: Hotel Cusco
  • Drop off: Hotel Cusco
  • Availability: Year Round
  • Tour type: Adventure

Ausangate Trek 3 Days to Rainbow Mountain (Challenge)

This Ausangate trek 3 days take you to explore the best part of the Ausangate Circuit route, crossing three mountain passes, experiencing diverse landscapes with alpacas and llamas around, entering the remote Andean culture, and seeing an unforgettable night sky. We will also experience the Rainbow Mountain Peru in all its glory with solitude before the site becomes crowded.

Our 3-day Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek is not a trek for all, but for those who want to discover the spectacular views of the Andes are all along the trek in Ausangate, a journey filled with pure wilderness.

Travel with us, and get ready to hike through beautifully diverse views that change daily from snow-capped peaks to desert mountains and make it an easy trip for even a weekend. The landscape is like nothing else you will have ever seen. Ausangate to Rainbow Mountain trek 3 days – is truly breathtaking.

Departure & Return Location:

Hotel Cusco.

Departure Time:

Pick up from your hotel (4:00am – 4:30am).

Ausangate Trek 3 Days availability:
The availability for the Ausangate Trek 3 Days is unlimited.

Ausangate Trek 3 Days highlights:

  • You will have the opportunity to appreciate the Ausangate mountain, the fifth highest mountain in Peru.
  • The mountains’ reddish, green, and yellow tones will leave you speechless throughout the journey.

We recommend you be in Cusco at least 2 days before your trek to be acclimatized to Cusco’s altitude so that you won’t have a problem during the tour.

About us:
Peru Tripper is a direct local tour operator in Cusco – Peru; we never share our tours with other companies as most of them do to minimize operating costs. We don’t work with intermediaries or have hidden prices; we have the best local guides and professionals. We guarantee that your travel expenditures will support the local economy, and improve the lives of local Peruvians, due to the simple reason we are a local business!


Day 1: Cusco – Upis – Pampa Arapa – Yana Qocha

We will pick you up early from your hotel at 4:30 am; we will then head in our private van for 3 hours through different picturesque villages and beautiful landscapes until the beginning of the trail, called Upis town (4,350mt / 14,272ft), where we will meet up our local muleteers, horses, and get ready for the adventure of Ausangate trek to the Rainbow Mountain.

After hiking gradually uphill for three hours following the highland valley inhabited by llamas and alpacas with breathtaking vistas of Ausangate in the backdrop, we will arrive at our first lunch spot located in Pamparapa at 4,600 meters above sea level (15,092 feet), at the base of Ausangate Mountain – the highest peak in the Cusco region.

Following lunch, we’ll hike for 2 hours to get the first pass called Arapa Pass 4,800 m/ 15,748 ft; at this point, we’ll be impressed by stunning views of eroded mountains and highland valleys, we also have the chance to see vicuñas and condors. After taking some pictures, we walk downhill for 1.5 hours to our evening campsite, Yana Qocha at 4,650 meters above sea level (15,256 feet) – a place with amazing views around the Ausangate mountain. Later we will have afternoon tea, followed by dinner.

Day 2: Yana Qocha – Ananta – Qomer Qocha

We will wake up quite early with coca tea or coffee delivered to your tent and enjoy a delicious breakfast, with a gorgeous sunrise over the glacier peak and mountains. Following a hearty breakfast, we will begin our hike along a gently sloping trail (up and down) into a valley of blue glacial lakes and waterfalls. This section of the Ausangate hike is picturesque, with fantastic scenery and beautiful glacial lakes such as Yana Qocha (black lake) and Puca Qocha (red lake).

After hiking for 1.5 hours, we will start hiking up on a switchback trail to the Punca Qocha Pass located 5,000 meters above sea level (16,404 feet). This pass boasts incredible views and as we reach the top we will be rewarded with 360 views of one of the most incredible landscapes on earth, as well as, dramatic views of Ausangate peak from the back and Vilcanota mountain range going in a different direction and colorful hills surrounded by rugged mountain peaks with the great valley below.

After conquering the pass, we continue through a vivid green valley full of alpacas and llamas; if we are lucky, we might catch a glimpse of an Andean Condor or the rare vicuña as we approach our lunch spot located at the place called Ananta 4,650 m/ 15,256 ft. So after lunch, we start with the uphill climb – Ananta Pass. From here, you will see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain in the distance, and the views are still awe-inspiring. The last section is downhill for 30-45 minutes to get to the second campsite, called Qomer Qocha, located 4,680 meters above sea level (15,354feet).

Day 3: Qomer Qocha – Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) – Cusco

Today is a great day as we enjoy a sunrise at the top of Rainbow Mountain while walking one of the most beautiful trails in the Cusco region! This morning, we will wake up early to enjoy breakfast. Then we’ll walk uphill for 1.5 hours to reach our last destination – The impressive Rainbow Mountain of Vinicunca.

Once we arrive, we will enjoy this unique and spectacular place before the site becomes crowded and experience the Rainbow Mountain in all its glory with solitude; after that, we will walk down the valley to reach our lunch spot. After lunch, we will say goodbye to our muleteers and cooks, and we will eventually head back to Cusco with a drop-off at your hotel. We typically arrive back in Cusco around 6 pm.


Price Includes for Ausangate Trek 3 Days:

  • Pre trek Briefing (briefing at the hotel).
  • Pick up from your hotel on the morning of departure.
  • Transportation from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the hike by private car.
  • English / Quechua / Spanish professional guide speak.
  • Second Tour Guide over 12 people.
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent, which allows for greater comfort and storage of backpacks.
  • Thermarest air-inflate comfortable sleeping Mattress.
  • Cook and assistance of the Cook.
  • Cooking equipment.
  • Snacks.
  • Daily tea service.
  • Dining equipment, including chairs and tables.
  • Portable environmental Biodegradable toilet (The Pett).
  • Food service in the campsites (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, 3 snacks) – nutritionally balanced menu.
  • Vegetarian and free gluten food for no extra cost.
  • Personal trekking food – nutritionally balanced menu (Buffet).
  • Horseman and Horses. (to carry our camping equipment, food and 8 kilos of your stuff like sleeping bag and mat as well as clothes) We never overload our horses (well Animal Welfare).
  • Ausangate & Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain entrance fees.
  • Camping spots fees.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Insurance policy for our Guide, Cook & Horseman.

Price Excludes for Ausangate Trek 3 Days:

  • Extra expenses.
  • Dinner – Day 3.
  • Pillows.
  • Not detailed meals.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please).
  • Sleeping bags (it can be rented from us for US$ 30 for the entire trip).
  • Waking sticks (it can be rented from us for US$ 20 for the entire trip).
  • Tips (optional).

Items to bring for Ausangate Trek 3 Days:

  • Travel insurance.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) or poncho.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots are recommended.
  • Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breathe at night if you want to take them.
  • Warm clothes include jackets, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and knit / tour beanies.
  • Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Camera, films, and batteries.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from sun, rain, and cold.
  • Sunblock.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We recommend bringing water purification tablets if you pick up water from streams.
  • Your own special medicines you may need, paracetamol, second skin blisters, etc.
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Eager and adventurous spirit to enjoy your hike.

Would you like Ausangate Trek 3 Days in a private service?

We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.

Our Ausangate Trek 3 Days private service, includes additional items such as:

  • Extra horse to ride.
  • North Face 4 season tents.
  • 02 waking poles per person.
  • 1 duffel bag to carry all your sleeping bags, self-inflating pad as well as your clothes.
  • The tour guide is just for you. And of course, we pay a little more to our Staff and Guide.
  • Private Transportation round trip
  • Sleeping bag / Silk Liner included.


We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.

We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.

We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.


(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)

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(Group Size: 02 Min - 08ppl Max)

Per Person


(Group Size: Upon Request)

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What if I suffer from altitude sickness?
Our tour guide is professional, he will treat you accordingly with the oxygen tank, we always provide an oxygen tank for this kind of tour.

Why travel with Peru Tripper?
  • High quality services
  • Best price guarantee!
  • Local 100% Peruvian Tour operator (Based in Cusco).
  • We never pass you on to another operator or third party.
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed!
  • TripAdvisor recommended!
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Renato Alves de Oliveira Neto

Couple Traveller

The most genuine Peruvian experience! Hard, but amazing!

December 13, 2018

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