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Ausangate Trek 4 Days

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  • Large Group Service(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)Start Time: 04:00
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  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Difficulty: 7/10
  • Pick up: Hotel Cusco
  • Drop off: Hotel Cusco
  • Availability: Year Round
  • Tour type: Adventure, Off the beaten path

Ausangate Trek 4 Days to Rainbow Mountain

In this four day trek to Ausangate over the Andes, we will appreciate two of the attractions of this Tour:

Vinicunca: The rainbow aspect of Vinicunca is due to a complex geological history of marine, lacustrine, and fluvial sediments that, over time, the sediments formed layers that today are seen as the stripes that attract tourists so much.

Ausangate: Considered the largest tropical glacier in Peru with a maximum height of 6380 meters above sea level. This white giant is considered a world thermometer to measure global warming and the melting of glaciers, a sacred mountain in the time of the Incas.

A walk on the true Andes Cusqueños.

Departure & Return Location:

Hotel Cusco.

Departure Time:

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

Ausangate Trek 4 Days highlights:

  • Enjoy stunning 360-degree views.
  • Ausangate is considered a sacred mountain.
  • Enjoy the incredible Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.
  • You will see amazing views of the valleys and the peak of the Ausangate glacier.
  • You will be able to observe the natural landscape and wildlife of the Andes.
  • You will savor the Peruvian cuisine prepared by our master chef.
  • The beauty of the tour will be unforgettable.

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 - Tinki - Upis.

Early in the morning, we leave Cusco, traveling in our private transport in the direction of the small town of Tinqui. We will see the impressive Vilcanota mountain range pass through several traditional Andean villages en route and take time to stop to take some photos. When we arrive, we will have time for breakfast. This is where our muleteers will arrange all the group’s luggage and horse packs and our trek officially begins.

We start our walk through the farming communities and enjoy the impressive views of the mountains. We will walk for around 3 hours, and then it’s time for a lunch stop. After lunch, we continue for another 2 hours to reach Upis (4,100 masl). We will have the opportunity to bathe in the local hot springs before dinner and camp for the night in this place.

Hiking time: 3.5 hours
Hiking Distance: 11 Km / 8.83 miles
Meals: Lunch, Tea, Dinner.

Day 2: Upis - Arapa Pass - Pucacocha

After a big breakfast, we are ready to leave our camp and start our trek for the day. We will ascend to Paso Arapa (4,850 masl). From this pass, we will enjoy the contrast between the dry desert like the hills and the impressive snow-covered views of the highest snowy peak in the City of Cusco, the Ausangate, and we will also be able to see the Pucacocha lagoon.

This area also has three beautiful lakes with shades of red, green and turquoise (Pucacocha, Hatun Pucacocha, and Qomercocha). Our second camp is near the Ausangate glacier on the shores of the Pucachocha lagoon.

Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours
Hiking Distance: 11 Km / 8.83 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, Dinner.

Day 3: Puka Cocha - Ananta - Qomer Cocha.

Today will be one of the most beautiful days of the trek. We will see the rainbow mountains in the distance. In addition, we will pass through the town of Alccatauri, where we will see the traditional life of the community. The day begins with an ascent of 1 hour and a half until reaching the Ausangate pass (4,930 masl). In this pass, we will see red mountains, and we will also have the opportunity to see vicuñas, chinchillas, and alpacas.

After enjoying the pass, we will descend for 2 hours until we reach the town of Alccatauri (4,400 masl). During our time in the village, we will give gifts of coca leaves to the locals. This is valuable because this Peruvian staple food cannot be grown in this climate. After this incomparable experience, we will take a further 30-minute walk uphill to our lunch spot in a rustic lodge.

After a satisfying lunch, we will begin our journey to the Minasniyuq pass. We will have our first views of the rainbow mountains (5,020 masl). We will make offerings to Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) in this step.

The rest of the day’s journey is a one-hour hike down to our camp, Surine Cocha (4,800 masl). The base camp is on the shores of the magnificent Lake Surine.

Hiking time: 7 – 8 hours
Hiking Distance: 15 Km / 9.32 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, Dinner.

Day 4: Surinecocha - Winicunca - Quesiunu - Cusco.

After breakfast, we walk gradually for 2 hours until we reach the famous Rainbow Mountain (5,020 masl). Our guide will take you to the best places to get the perfect pictures of these incredible mountains and the other surrounding mountains.

Your guide will explain what makes these mountains so unique: they are made up of various minerals, which make different colors of the Mountain. Not only is this one of the most amazing places in Peru and South America, but these types of mountains are also seen in only one other country in the world, China.

After taking photos and enjoying the view, we will continue hiking until we reach Quesiuno. This is a 2 1/2 hour downhill hike through the red valley. We will have lunch there.

Our private transportation will be waiting to pick us up in this town after lunch. Next, we will return to the city of Cusco. The approximate arrival time is 6 pm.

Hiking time: 3 hours
Hiking Distance: 08 Km / 4.97 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


Price Includes for Ausangate Trek 4 Days:

  • Pre trek Briefing (briefing at the hotel / Office).
  • 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.
  • Daily tea service.
  • Dining equipment, including chairs and tables.
  • Portable environmental Biodegradable toilet.
  • Food service in the campsites (4 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, 4 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 4 Days :

  • Extra expenses.
  • Dinner – Day 4.
  • Not detailed meals.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please).
  • Sleeping bags (it can be rented from us US$ 30 for the entire trip).
  • Waking sticks (it can be rented from us US$ 20 for the entire trip).
  • Tips (optinal).

Items to bring for Ausangate Trek 4 Days:

  • Original passport.
  • 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, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and knit / tour beanie.
  • 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.
  • Your own special medicines you may need, paracetamol, second skin blisters, etc.
  • Small towel.
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Eager and adventurous spirit to enjoy your hike!.

Would you like Ausangate Trek 4 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 4 Days private service, includes additional items such as:

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


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)

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(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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Annalee Cunningham

Couple Traveller

WOW. That is all I have to say. This was breathtaking and well worth the effort. Make sure you are well acclimated before you go or you WILL have issues. The campsite amenities are wonderful and each spot offers incredible views. It does get cold at night, so bring warm night clothes. And do not forget your poncho or rain gear if you go in the rainy season, it is so wet. Oh and, please wear sunscreen. My boyfriend did not put it on the first day and had mega burn!

November 17, 2019

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