This two days trek to the Rainbow Mountain of Peru are going to leave you with a memorable experience, On this 2 days of hiking you will observe a wonderful night amongst some of the shimmering stars, and the constellations of the southern hemisphere, you will be startled. This new trek will spellbind you constantly. With a combination of amazing landscapes, snowcapped, colorful tarns. Rushing streams, challenging mountain passes, local herders, Andean geese, llamas, alpacas, chinchillas, condors and vicuñas, everything seeming intact and undiscovered.
RAINBOW MOUNTAIN : It was only a few years ago that this incredible rainbow mountain in Peru called Vinicunca became known to the whole world. Standing at a massive 5050 metres, this impressive mountain can be found at approximately 100 km from the city of Cusco and within the same Andean mountain range as the Sacred Ausangate mountain. This mountain range is spread between 2 communities called Pitumarca y Cusipata found within the Cusco region. Vinicunca possesses a spectacular panorama amongst its geographical matrices that decorate the horizon and it is impossible to put into words the natural beauty of this magical place. Come with us and discover this enchanting rainbow mountain itinerary, especially organised by Ausangate Trekking Peru.
The APU AUSANGATE: The Cordillera Vilcanota can be found in the mountain range 100 Km south of Cusco and form part of the Andean mountain range in Peru. This Sacred mountain or “Apu” as it is known locally, reaches 6,384 metres in elevation. The area is inhabited by farming communities, who’s livestock are the native llamas and alpacas, domesticated many years ago. These communities are one of the few remaining societies of high altitude farming that remain in the world.
The Ausangate circuit is one of the most famous mountain treks in the region of Cusco. The natural geography of the land and the warmth of its’ people, will make this hike a unique and unforgettable experience. The never-ending glaciers, the colourful lagoons and the picturesque valleys are home to an array of wildlife that includes chinchillas, vicuñas, Andean foxes and condors, as well as the famous rainbow mountain of Vinicunca.
We will begin our incredible journey early in the morning when we collect you from your hotel. We will then head off to the Vilcanota valley, passing through different picturesque villages along the way, until we arrive at the village of Cusipata, Here, we will enjoy a delicious breakfast, always adhering to the strict health and safety protocols in place. After breakfast, we will continue for 40 minutes to the trailhead where we will start to ascend gradually for 2 hours until we arrive at the Vinicunca viewpoint at 5050m. Once we have reached the summit of the mountain, you will be able to appreciate this natural marvel of mother nature, formed over millions of years.
After being able to enjoy the incredible geology of Vinicunca mountain and explore the surrounding area, we will start our descent of 1 hour towards our waiting vehicle. We will then have a delicious lunch break. We will then continue our 3-hour drive to the village of Pacchanta, at the foot of the Apu Ausangate. After we have settled into our lodgings for the evening, we will enjoy our dinner next to an earthenware stove and be able to appreciate the starry night and distant galaxies in all their splendour.
Walking Distance: 10km/ 6,21 miles.
hiking hour: 5 hours roughly.
Campsite Elevation: 4,700 meters / 15,419 feet.
Accommodation: Mountain Huts
We will begin our day bright and early with a hearty breakfast and watch the sunrise over the Andes. We will then head off on the ascent to the seven lagoons, where you will discover some of the wonders of mother nature in all their glory. After hiking for 3.5 hours, we will arrive at the viewpoint of the seven lagoons where we will be able to appreciate the snow-peaks and glaciers surrounding us. Around every corner, there will be a new discovery on this magical Ausangate hike, where you can find inner peace and be at one with nature. The wildlife here is abundant with the native chinchillas, vicuñas and local birds as your company for the duration of your trip and always in the shadow of the sacred Ausangate mountain.
After we have spent some time enjoying this spectacular place, we will begin our descent through the valley of Comercocha and returning to our lodgings where a delicious lunch will await us. In the afternoon we can visit the thermal springs of Pacchanta before we take our car back to the city of Cusco. This will be the end of your rainbow mountain tour.
Walking Distance: 9 km/ 5,59 miles.
hiking hour: 4 hours roughly.
Difficulty: Moderate – Difficult.
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