Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain 5 Days

Trip Overview

General Description Of The Trip

Ausangate (6398m/20991f) is considered one of the most beautiful peaks in the Andes. The region around the mountain offers impressive landscapes of mountains, glaciers, lakes and streams. In addition, the Andean people are very hospitable and respectful of nature.

The farmers have an excellent knowledge in raising livestock such as vicuña, alpaca and llama, all prized for their fine quality wool and meat. The four-hour drive from Cusco to Tinqui is excellent preparation for the differences in temperature and altitude.

Altitude: 4050 – 5100 m 


Day 1: Cusco – Urcos – Tinqui – Upis – Arapa Pass – Yanacocha

We leave Cusco early in the morning by bus. On our way to the highlands of Tinqui, we will pass small farms and meet local families. After a short stop while we pack your belongings in canvas bags, we start walking towards the community of Upis. The objective here is to have a moment’s break for lunch and discover a beautiful landscape of hills and the snow-covered front of Ausangate. After lunch, we continue walking to the Arapa pass. Then, we descend to Yana ccocha where we will set up camp.

Transport time: 03 hours 30 Walking

time: 6 hours

Day 2: Yanacocha – Pucacocha Pass – Anantapata

After breakfast, we discover incredible lakes and different types of colours from where we ascend to the Pucacocha Pass (4900m/ 16076ft). From there, we continue to Anantapata (4500m/14763ft) where we camp.

Weather: cold

Hiking time: 7 hours

Day 3: Anantapata – Montaña de Colores (Vinicunca) – Lake Ausangate cocha

After breakfast, we take the trail to another mountain pass. Descending, we walk along Lake Kayrawiri, surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and the large valley below. Striations of colour are embedded in the slopes. We then continue to Cerro Laya Grande through the Inca glacier massif, and the more striking colours in the sediments of Yauricunca or Vinicunca.

We have lunch here in this unique landscape. We see hundreds of Andean geese nesting on the cliffs of Anta, and then return to Ananta from where we continue to Ausangate Qocha Lake (4650m/15256f) where we camp. Hiking time: 7 hours

Day 4: Ausangate Lake – Palomani Pass – Jampa

On the fourth day we take our highest mountain pass (5100 / 16732 ft) with its panoramic and spectacular views of snow-capped Ausangate. Descending along the glaciers, we walk to Finaya pampa where we see different kings of camelids such as alpacas, llamas and wild vicuñas, sometimes condors. After a day of great trekking we arrive at Jampa (4700m/15420f) where we camp.

Hiking time: 7 hours.

Day 5: Jampa – Campa Pass – Pacchanta – Cusco

The highlight of this day is definitely the spectacular ascent to the Campa Pass (5050m/16568ft). In addition, we will pass several beautiful lakes on the way to Pacchanta (4350m/14270ft). Here, we will visit the hot springs and have a typical lunch. After relaxing in the hot springs, we continue by car to Cusco.

Walking time: approx. 6 hours

Transport time: 4hrs.



Tour Includes

  • Tour Includes
  • Transport from the hotel to the village of Tinqui
  • Transport from Tinqui to Cusco and back
  • Entrance to Ausangate Park
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • High quality camping equipment (professional tents, UREKA tents for two people. Mattresses, dining tent with table and chairs, toilet tent).
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/vegetarian option).
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, for all our camping equipment and personal luggage (Up to 7 kg.)
  • Emergency horse (for a minimum of 2 people)
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle
  • Tour does not include
  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Sleeping bag (if you don’t have a sleeping bag, it is possible to rent one).

Tour Does Not Include

  • National and International Air Tickets.
  • Meals not detailed.
  • Services not detailed in the program.

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Information Aditional 


Ausangate means “copper” in Quechua, although throughout history Ausangate has been called by different names, such as The Roof of the Inca Capital or Vinicunca (“hill of colours”). Today it is known as Rainbow Mountain, Cerro Colorado or Montaña de los 7 Colores.


Ausangate is located in the Vilcanota mountain range, in the eastern part of the Andes. The summit of Ausangate mountain is situated at an altitude of about 6,400 metres, but you don’t have to go that far to admire the beauty of this colourful mountain, from the pure white of the snow to the bright red of its soil, the green of its meadows or the blue of the surrounding waters.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring?

  • A backpack with rain protection.
  • 1 sleeping bag.
  • Warm and cold weather clothing such as a waterproof jacket.
  • Waterproof trousers and light trousers.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Flip-flops or sandals (for showers and thermal baths).
  • Woollen or synthetic socks and pullover.
  • Long and short-sleeved T-shirts.
  • Rain poncho and hat.
  • Bathing suit (for the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes).
  • Sun block, insect repellent, alcohol and disinfectant gel, water bottle and sterilising tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), torch and batteries.
  • Some snacks such as chocolate bars and nuts.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles. As the weather can be very cold and wet, your clothes, once wet, will not dry overnight. So take some clothes with you to change into.

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