Apu Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain trek 5 Days

Embark on an unforgettable adventure to the majestic Ausangate Mountain and discover the vibrant colors that adorn its landscapes on this exciting 5-day tour. During this unique experience, you will witness the natural beauty of the Peruvian Andes as you explore rugged valleys, turquoise lagoons, and towering glaciers. Your journey will take you through ancient Inca trails, where you will immerse yourself in the rich local culture and meet the communities that have inhabited these lands for centuries. Every day, you will marvel at the spectacular nature of Ausangate Mountain and its surroundings, while you venture on challenging but rewarding hikes. The culmination of your trip will be the iconic Mountain of Colors, where you will be fascinated by the incredible hues that adorn its surface, creating an unparalleled visual spectacle. With expert guides who will accompany you every step of the way and camping under a starry sky, this tour gives you the opportunity to connect with nature in a deep and meaningful way. Get ready for an experience that awakens the senses and leaves a lasting impression on your adventurous soul!

5 days
Medium-high level
Group size:
from 2 to 8
6385 meters above sea level
Travel style:
Trekking, Hiking and Adventure
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Early in the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel to head south of Cusco, exactly towards the community of Tinki (3,800 meters above sea level). Along the way, we will pass through small communities. After a break, we pack our belongings in waterproof bags and then we will begin our walk towards the community of Upis (4,400 meters above sea level).

The goal of this day is to enjoy a delicious lunch in a wonderful landscape. After our lunch, we will continue the walk to the Arapa Pass (4,800 meters above sea level). Then we will begin to descend towards Yanacocha (4,500 m), where we will camp.

Transportation time: 3 hours
Walking time: approximately 7 hours
Distance: 12 km
Difficulty level: Moderate
Climate: Temperate and warm during the day and cold at night.
Altitude: Cusco (3,350m) – Tinqui (3,800m) – Upis (4,400m) – Arapa (4,800m) – Yanacocha (4,500m)

After breakfast, we will begin our walk and we will be able to observe some wonderful lakes of different colors. Then we will ascend to Pucacocha Pass (4,900 meters above sea level) and continue to Anantapata (4,500 meters above sea level), where we will camp.

Walking time: approximately 7-8 hours
Distance: 12 km
Difficulty level: Moderate and high
Climate: Temperate and warm during the day and cold at night.
Altitude: Yanacocha (4,500m) – Pukacocha (4,900m) – Anantapata (4,500m)

After our breakfast, we begin another day of adventure. We will walk to Lake Kayrawiri, surrounded by steep mountains and wonderful scenery. We will be able to appreciate the colorful places in the mountains. Then we will continue our walk and visit one of the most famous places in recent years, the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. We will enjoy this landscape and then we will return to Anantapata and continue our walk to the Ausangate lagoon (4,650 meters above sea level), where we will camp.

Walking time: approximately 8 hours
Distance: 14 km
Difficulty level: Moderate
Climate: Temperate and warm during the day and cold at night.
Altitude: Anantapata (4,500m) – Rainbow Mountain (5,036m) – Ausangate Lagoon (4,650m)

We begin our walk towards the highest point of this route, which is located 5,100 meters above sea level, from where we will have a spectacular panoramic view of the Ausangate mountain, considered the highest in Cusco (6,384 meters above sea level). ).

Then, we will begin our descent towards Finaya Pampa, where we will be able to see a great variety of South American camelids such as Alpacas, Llamas and the wild Vicuñas and with luck, we will also be able to see Condors. After a day of hiking and having enjoyed the wonderful landscapes of the Andes, we will arrive at Jampa (4,700m). Here we will camp.

Walking time: approximately 7-8 hours
Distance: 10 km
Difficulty level: Moderate and high
Climate: Temperate and warm during the day and cold at night.
Altitude: Ausangate Lagoon (4,650m) – Palomani Pass (5,100m), Jampa (4,700m)

The highlight of this day is definitely a new ascent to Jampa Pass (5050m). On the way we will pass beautiful lakes on our walk to the community of Pacchanta (4350 meters above sea level), here we can visit some hot springs and relax for a moment. We will enjoy a delicious typical lunch, board our transportation and return to Cusco.

Transportation time: 4 hours
Walking time: approximately 6-7 hours
Distance: 12 km
Difficulty level: Moderate
Climate: Temperate and warm during the day and cold at night.
Altitude: Upis (4,400m) – Arapa (4,800m) – Ausangate Pass (4,850m), Ausangate Lagoon (4,650m)

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  • Tourist transport
  • Entrance to Ausangate park.
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish/English)
  • High quality camping equipment. Mattresses, dining tent with table and chairs.
  • Accommodation in double tents. If you want an individual tent, you will have to pay an additional fee.
  • Food during the walk (4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners)
  • Cook and kitchen equipment.
  • Muleteers 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 cylinder.


  • Breakfast day 1 and dinner day 5
  • Sleeping bag
  • Additional characteristics
  • Tuition fees

Group Tour

A group tour means that it is open for other hikers to join.

Private Tour

2 Travelers: $ 0 per person
3 Travelers: $ 0 per person
4 Travelers: $ 0 per person
5 Travelers: $ 0 per person
6 Travelers: $ 0 per person
7 Travelers: $ 0 per person
8 more Travelers: $ 0 per person

Private tours are available and the price depends on the size of the group.

Additional Items

  • Backpack with raincoat.
  • Clothing for warm and cold weather, such as a waterproof jacket.
  • Waterproof and light pants.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Sleeping bag (-15°C / 5°C).
  • Flip flops or sandals (for showers and thermal baths).
  • Wool sweaters and wool gloves.
  • Long or short sleeve shirt.
  • Poncho impermeable.
  • Sombrero.
  • Swimsuit.
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, alcohol disinfectant gel.
  • Water bottle.
  • Purifying tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag), flashlight and batteries.
  • Snacks, chocolates, nueces.
  • Extra money in soles.

Frequent Questions

This trekking has a medium-high level of difficulty, so it is important to be in good physical shape and have previous experience on long-duration hikes. Preliminary training, including hiking and resistance exercises, is recommended to meet the challenges of terrain and altitude.

While trekking, you can expect varied weather conditions, from mild and warm temperatures during the day to cold at night. It’s important to wear clothing appropriate for hot and cold weather, including layers that you can add or remove as needed. It is also recommended to bring a waterproof poncho in case of rain.

During the trek, you will have access to basic sanitary facilities in the camps and rest areas along the route. However, it is important to carry personal supplies, such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer, and be prepared to use simple facilities in natural settings.

High-quality camping equipment will be provided, including tents, sleeping pads, dining tent with table and chairs. However, it is important that travelers bring their own sleeping bag, preferably designed for cold temperatures, and other personal items such as a flashlight, camera, and toiletries.

The safety of our travelers is our top priority. We have professional and experienced guides who know the route well and are trained in first aid. In addition, strict safety protocols are followed, including constant supervision of participants, access to a first aid kit and an oxygen cylinder in case of emergency.

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