Ausangate Vinicunca Trek 5 Days

The Intense Ausangate Trek

5 Days 4 Nights Multi-day hike

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Intense Apu Ausangate Trek and Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca

Cusco – Pacchanta – Ninaparayoq – Huchuy Finaya – Anantapata – Vinicunca– Pucacocha - Paqchanta – Cusco.
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Ausangate Mountain: The Ausangate snow-peak is found 100 kilometres south east of the Cusco region in the Cordillera Vilcanota, forming part of the Peruvian Andes at an elevation of 6,384m. This majestic mountain is inhabited by llama and Alpaca farmers, native to the region who form one of the few remaining high altitude farming societies remaining in the world today.

The Ausangate circuit offers us one of the most important and fascinating high altitude treks in the region of Cusco. The trek offers its visitors spectacular mountain scenery and natural beauty, combined with a geography of many contrasts with many glaciers, and colourful blue lagoons of all the matrices from turquoise to deep blue. As well as its picturesque valleys. Here live a wide variety of flora and fauna along the way including chinchillas, vicuñas, Andean foxes and the magnificent Andean condor, amongst other species. The perfect scenery and the spectacular starry night skies with the milky way in all its splendour and finally the famous rainbow mountain and its colourful display, called Vinicunca.

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Itinerary

The Ausangate Vinicunca Trek 5 Days Intense  offers an array of wildlife including soaring condors, Alpacas, Viscachas, vicuñas, Condors, bobcats and pumas. Our private campsites are located with amazing view of Ausangate Mountain from different angle and you will also have the chance to take a bath in 2 hot springs along the way and enjoy the trek’s signature rainbow mountains! The colourful mountains in the Vinicunca area is probably the amazing thing you are going to see in our country!

 

Briefing: A few days prior to our great adventure, our guide will meet up with you at the arranged time and place, to give you a detailed briefing, so that you are well prepared for your Ausangate trek, so that you have the best possible time.

DAY 1 Cusco – Pacchanta – Ninaparayoq

The first morning of the Ausangate trek, we will collect you from your hotel at 5:30am and drive for 3 hours to the village of Pacchanta, where a delicious breakfast will be waiting for us, to recharge us for the days hiking. Our team from Ausangate Trekking Peru, including muleteers, guide and cooks, will load up the mules and accompany us for the first part of the trek. We will start hiking at an altitude of 4350 metres along a gentle ascent, passing a series of coloured lakes from green to turquoise to blue, all of which are situated at the foot of the Ausangate mountain. This sacred mountain is decorated with immense glaciers, snow peaks and is the home of chinchillas, llamas and alpacas, who will accompany us along the rest of the hike to our campsite.

 

Walking distance: 8 km
Starting elevation: 4350m.
Maximum elevation: 4750 m / 15,583 ft.
Elevation at the campsite: 4750m. / 15,583 ft.
Hiking time: 5 hours approx.
Day time temperature: Max. 16°C.
Night time temperature: Min. -10°C.
Dificulty level: Moderate/ difficult
Acommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

 

Day 2: Ninaparayoq – Huchuy Finaya.

We will be awoken with an incredibly unique sunrise at the foot of the Apu Ausangate. After a sumptuous breakfast prepared by our Andean chefs, we will begin our marvellous ascent to the first pass at Jampa (5090m). The hike will be slow and steady to Jampa, where we will enjoy the most spectacular views, with a memorable and unique panorama, from our privileged viewpoint. After a short rest and some incredible photo opportunities, we will continue on our hike descending to our next campsite in Huchuy Finaya. Here, we will have a hot drink waiting, the perfect accompaniment to the sunset over the mountains.

 

Walking distance: 13 km
Starting elevation: 4750m.
Maximum elevation: 5090m.
Elevation at the campsite: 4620m.
Hiking time: 8 hours approx.
Day time temperature: Max. 16°C.
Night time temperature: Min. -10°C.
Difficulty level: Moderado/ difícil
Acommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

 

Day 3: Huchuy Finaya – Anantapata.

The Ausangate circuit will surprise us every single day and today will be no exception. After a nutritious and energizing breakfast, we will begin our ascent to the highest point on the hike, the Palomani pass at 5200m elevation. On the way, we will see the red lagoon and the snow caps that will be our backdrop along the ascent. Once we arrive at the summit, you can appreciate from a distance, the famous rainbow mountain of Vinicunca, in all it’s glory, as well as the stunning Ausangatecocha lake, which is fed from the Ausangate glacier. We Will begin our descent to the next campsite and along the way, we will be able to see the nature reserve for the vicuñas, native to the area. We will then arrive at our campsite for the evening, Anantapata, at an altitude of 4720m.

 

Walking distance: 13 km
Starting elevation: 4650m.
Maximum elevation: 5200m.
Elevation at the campsite: 4720m.
Hiking time: 8 hours approx.
Day time temperature: Max. 15°C.
Night time temperature: Min. -10°C.
Difficulty level: Difficult
Acommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

 

Day 4: Anantapata – Vinicunca – Pucacocha.

A true mountain lover, will enjoy the mountain more and sleep less to take advantage of these magnificent and extra ordinary views, that are an exceptional gift of mother nature or the Pachamama, as it is locally known.

We will start our day, bright and early at 4:30am to be the first people to arrive at the rainbow mountain called Vinicunca, at 5050m elevation. Here, we can enjoy the spectacular view of this rainbow mountain and take some spectacular photos that will remain in our memories for a long time to come.

After we have explored this naturally picture perfect place, we will return to our campsite in Anantapata, where our expert Andean chefs have prepared a delicious lunch. After lunch, we will continue our ascent to the best viewpoint in the area of Pucacocha, a great photo opportunity and resting point. We will then begin our descent to the campsite for the evening in Pucacocha at 4650m elevation. We have strategically chosen this place, specifically for its spectacular views.

 

Walking distance: 16 km
Starting elevation: 4750m.
Maximum elevation: 5040m.
Elevation at the campsite: 4650m.
Hiking time: 9 hours approx.
Day time temperature: Max. 15°C.
Night time temperature: Min. -10°C.
Difficulty level: Moderate, Difficult
Acommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 5: Pucacocha – Paqchanta – Cusco.

On our final day, we will hike a route that only the most fortunate will have the pleasure to trek in this remote region.

After our final breakfast, we will begin our descent around the Arapa pass and continue in the direction of the Pacchanta village, at 4350m elevation. Here we will enjoy an exquisite lunch and in the afternoon we can soak in the medical hot springs. We Will then take our private car on the 3 hour journey to the city of Cusco. We should arrive at 6pm approx.

 

Walking distance: 12 km
Starting elevation: 4650m.
Maximum elevation: 4750m.
Hiking time: 8 hours approx.
Day time temperature: Max. 15°C.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

 

Inclusions

At Ausangate Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details to avoid missing anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

INCLUDED:

  • Private transport.
  • Official guide.
  • Meals throughout this rainbow mountain itinerary that are mentioned above.
  •  First Aid kit.
  • Oxygen tank
  •  Trekking poles
  • Sanitary protocols
  • Tents and matresses.
  • Sleeping bag (-15° C)
  • Dining tent, kitchen tent and portable bathroom
  • mules to carry the camping equipment
  • Emergency Horse.
  • Entrance permit to the Ausangate circuit.
  • Entrance to the rainbow mountain (Vinicunca).
  • Entradas al valle Rojo.
  • Cook.
  • Muleteers.

 NOT INCLUDED:

  • Entrance to the hot springs (S/5.00 soles)
  • Extra drinks.
  • Tips.

Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as carefree as possible. In this section, you’ll find the answers to all the questions you have about traveling with Ausangate Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

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WHAT TO BRING

  • 4 disposable face masks.
  • Sun Protection.
  • Alcohol gel
  • Thermals for the evening
  • Extra cash in Soles and small denominations.
  • Bathing suit, towel and sandals for the hot springs.
  • Plastic bag for wet clothes
  • Toilet paper
  • Day pack with the following:
  • Rain poncho
  • Snacks.
  • Refillable water bottle/camel pack.
  • Sunglasses.
  •  Torch/ headlamp
  • Extra Batteries

Important:

At the moment you reserve your trek, please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies.

  • Please inform us of any illnesses or prescribed medications and whether you travel insurance covers your condition.
  • Please inform us if you think you may need an additional horse to ride.

Recomendations:

To get the most out of your Rainbow mountain tour, please take into account the following recommendations:

  •   It is NOT recommended to do this trip if you have any flu-like symptoms a cold, cough or fever. Even the slightest symptom can get complicated at this elevation and may seriously affect your health.
  •    If you have suffered from Covid 19, you need to have authorisation from your Doctor.
  •     It is important to carry a facemask and replacement masks with you at all times. There are NO pharmacies along the route.
  •  You should have at least three days’ acclimatisation in Cusco or a similar altitude prior to the rainbow mountain tour. Use these days to do activities such as short hikes and a variety of activities in Cusco to make the most of your time. Ask us for recommended activities.
  • Pack warm clothes. Due to the altitude, night-time temperatures on the Ausangate mountain, often get below freezing.
  • Weather in the Ausangate rainbow mountain area, is incredibly changeable, always bring clothes for all types of weather.

 

Briefing or Informative Meeting

All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Ausangate Trekking office.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you won’t need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests

Ausangate Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historical Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.

Cusco is an old city, meaning it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route.

It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are usually common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport or restaurant. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.

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WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

At Ausangate Trekking we offer the best service for all our customers and here is what makes us different than others.

  • Small groups: Along our excursion group size is a capped at 8 people. This guarantees that you will enjoy every step of our excursion

  • Hotel: During our excursion to Machu Picchu, we offer a 3 stars hotel stay for the last night. This ensures you are well rested and ready to explore Machu Picchu.

  • Bus to Machu Picchu: To enjoy Machu Picchu, we provide a round trip ticket on the bus from Aguas Calientes to the main entrance of the archaeological site.

  • Local Tour guides: Our team consists of 100% local tour guides, who have expert knowledge in our ancient culture.

  • Best Camping Equipment: We have the state-of-the-art camping equipment for our excursion. The equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after every excursion.

  • Best Trekking team: At Ausangate Trekking we focus to create the best experience during our excursions. Our team that consists of tour guides, cooks, porters, horse drivers are handpicked. We train our team to offer you the best service. We take care of our team by providing them with good equipment and paying them fairly.

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