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Ausangate Trek 4 days with Rainbow Mountain

Pitumarca, Ausangate Lake, Pacchanta
Duration 4 days - 3 nights
Travel Style Adventure, hike, Trekking
Difficulty Moderate
Group size Min 2 - Max 8

Embark on an unforgettable journey with 69 Explorer as we explore the breathtaking Ausangate Trek. Known for its stunning natural beauty, the Ausangate Trek invites adventurers to immerse themselves in an authentic Andean experience.

As we embark on this multi-day excursion, we will traverse through the diverse landscapes of Ausangate, Peru. The trek promises an awe-inspiring journey, with turquoise lakes, the famous Palomani Pass, and the iconic Apu Ausangate. You will be captivated by the vibrant hues of Rainbow Mountain, a highlight that adds a splash of color to the rugged terrain.

We recommend planning your trek during the dry season, which offers clear skies and more stable weather conditions. This period typically runs from May to September. However, for those who prefer the lush green landscapes, the rainy season is recommended

Before we set off, we will provide you with a comprehensive packing list. Essential items include a high-quality sleeping bag suitable for low temperatures (think around -4°F or -20°C), suitable hiking gear, and, of course, your camera to capture the stunning vistas. Don’t forget to bring travel insurance for peace of mind during your adventure.

One of the trek’s highlights is the chance to engage with local communities. You’ll experience firsthand the rich culture of the Andean people, known for their traditional weaving and herding of llama and alpaca. This cultural immersion is a truly unique aspect of the Ausangate Trek.

We’ll ensure you’re well-prepared for the high altitude. Our guides will introduce you to coca tea, a local remedy for altitude sickness. We also recommend spending a few days in Cusco to acclimate before the trek begins.

The Ausangate Trek without a guide is possible for experienced trekkers, but we recommend joining a guided tour to fully appreciate the area. Our knowledgeable guides will enhance your experience, sharing insights into the Inca Trail’s legacy and the region’s natural wonders.

Lastly, the soothing hot springs along the route offer a perfect respite after a day’s hike. These natural pools are not only relaxing but also provide a unique way to connect with nature.

Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime with 69 Explorer. We will guide you through one of the most spectacular mountains in Peru, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

From US$ 477

95% of travelers recommend this experience

Important information


  • Professional Guides: Experienced and knowledgeable guides. The guides are fluent in English and have extensive knowledge of the region, its culture, and its environment.
  • Transportation: Round-trip transportation from Cusco to the starting point of the trek and back. This usually includes pick-up and drop-off at your hotel.
  • Accommodation: Tents and camping equipment for overnight stays during the trek. This often includes sleeping mats, but check if you need to bring your own sleeping bag or if it’s available for rent.
  • Meals: All meals during the trek. The food is usually a mix of local and international cuisine, catered to provide the energy needed for hiking.
  • Porters or Pack Animals: The service of porters or pack animals (like horses or llamas) to carry gear, which significantly lightens your load.
  • Entrance Fees and Permits: Any required permits and entrance fees for the trekking route and attractions included in the itinerary.
  • First Aid: Basic first aid kits and emergency oxygen for high-altitude treks. Guides are typically trained in first aid and emergency response.
  • Camping Essentials: Equipment such as tents, cooking gear, dining tents, and other necessary camping supplies.
  • Hot Springs Visit: If the itinerary includes a visit to hot springs, like Pacchanta, the entrance fee is often covered.
  • Drinking Water: Provision of drinking water during the trek, although it’s always good to carry a personal water bottle.


  • Travel Insurance: Most trekking packages do not include travel insurance, which is crucial for high-altitude hiking and adventure activities. It’s recommended to purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking.
  • Personal Trekking Gear: Items such as sleeping bags, hiking boots, trekking poles, and appropriate clothing are usually not provided and need to be brought by the trekkers or rented separately.
  • Meals and Drinks in Cusco: While meals during the trek are included, food and drinks before and after the trek in Cusco or other cities are typically not covered.
  • Additional Snacks and Beverages: While main meals are included, any extra snacks, alcoholic beverages, or bottled water that you wish to have outside of the provided meals are usually not included.
  • Tips for Guides and Staff: Tipping the guides, cooks, and porters is customary and appreciated, but these tips are not included in the trek price and are at your discretion.
  • International and Domestic Flights: Flights to and from your home country to Cusco, or any internal flights within Peru, are not included in the trek price.
  • Airport Transfers and Accommodation in Cusco: Unless specifically stated, transfers to and from the airport and accommodation in Cusco before and after the trek are usually not included.
  • Entrance Fees to Additional Sites: While entrance fees to sites on the trek itinerary are included, fees for additional sites or attractions outside the planned itinerary are not covered.
  • Emergency Evacuation and Medical Expenses: In the rare event of an emergency evacuation or medical treatment beyond basic first aid, these costs are not included.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs, or other incidental costs incurred during the trek are typically not included in the price.

Recommend to carry

  • Backpack: A comfortable, sturdy backpack with a rain cover. Consider a 30-40 liter capacity for day hikes if porters are used.
  • Sleeping Bag: A high-quality sleeping bag rated for at least -10°C (14°F). The temperature can drop significantly at night.
  • Clothing:
    • Thermal or moisture-wicking underwear and shirts.
    • Fleece jackets or wool sweaters for warmth.
    • A waterproof and windproof jacket.
    • Trekking Pants.
    • T-Shirts: Preferably quick-dry materials.
    • Hat and Gloves
  • Personal Hygiene Items: Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, small towel, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and toiletries.
  • Water Bottles or Hydration System: At least 2 liters capacity.
  • Snacks: Energy bars, trail mix, or your preferred snacks.
  • First Aid Kit: Including blister plasters, personal medication, altitude sickness medication (like Acetazolamide), painkillers, antiseptic cream, and band-aids.
  • Sun Protection: Sunscreen (SPF 30+), lip balm with sunblock.
  • Headlamp or Flashlight: With extra batteries.
  • Trekking Poles: They can be a great help, especially on steep descents.
  • Camera or Smartphone: For capturing the stunning scenery.
  • Travel Documents: Passport, necessary visas or permits, travel insurance details.
  • Cash: For tips, souvenirs, and personal purchases.
  • Reusable Water Bottle or Thermos: For hot beverages or water.


Begin your Ausangate Trek with an early start and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Andean mountains. Our journey starts at 4:00 am when we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco. As we drive for two hours to Pitumarca Village, enjoy the stunning canyons, farming terraces, and rugged mountains. In Pitumarca, we’ll pause to gather essential supplies before continuing for another hour to the Q’esuyuno community.

Upon arrival in Q’esuyuno, we’ll meet our skilled horsemen and the horses that will accompany us on our trek. From here, we begin our hike, gradually ascending towards the Kayrawiry community. This gentle hike is perfect for acclimatizing to the altitude and soaking in the surrounding natural beauty. At Kayrawiry, a delightful lunch awaits us, offering a chance to refuel and enjoy a brief siesta.

Refreshed and ready, we’ll then continue our hike towards the breathtaking Rainbow Mountain. This part of the trek is a true highlight, showcasing the spectacular colored mountain that captivates all who visit. Keep your eyes peeled for the rare vicuñas or condors that might grace us with their presence.

After savoring the beauty of Rainbow Mountain, we descend back to Kayrawiry, where our camping tents will be set up and waiting. The evening brings a cozy atmosphere as we enjoy afternoon tea followed by a hearty dinner. It’s the perfect time to reflect on the day’s adventures and anticipate the wonders that lie ahead on our Ausangate Trek.

Key Statistics for the First Day of the Ausangate Trek:

  • Distance Covered: We will hike approximately 14 km (about 8.7 mi).
  • Highest Altitude: Our trek reaches its peak at Rainbow Mountain, standing at around 5,000 m (about 16,404 ft).
  • Lowest Altitude: The day begins at Q’esuyuno, situated at about 4,326 m (about 14,189 ft).
  • Level of Difficulty: The trek is considered moderate, making it accessible to those with a good level of fitness.

On the second day of our Ausangate Trek, we will start early, awakening you with a warming cup of coca tea. This sets the stage for one of the most picturesque days of our journey. As the sun rises, the majestic peaks of the Andes and the depths of the stunning valleys will unfold before us.

Following an early breakfast at our campsite in Kayrawiri, we will retrace our steps back to Q’esuyuno. From there, we face a challenging but rewarding 2-hour steep climb to Condor Pass. At an elevation of 5100 m (16,732 ft), this is a moment where perseverance pays off. The ascent offers continuous breathtaking views of vibrant blue lakes and the imposing Ausangate Glacier Peak.

En route, the beauty of the landscape is enhanced by the glacial hills, cascading ice into the lakes below. Here, right in front of the mighty Ausangate, you will witness valleys dotted with grazing alpacas amidst the rolling hills. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular.

After ample time to soak in the stunning vistas from the pass, we will begin our descent to our lunch spot. After lunch, and perhaps a short nap, we will continue our trek for another 3-hours towards the serene Ausangate Lake. Here, hot drinks await, offering a perfect end to the day. As night falls, we’ll settle into our campsite by the lake, reflecting on the day’s incredible experiences and looking forward to what lies ahead.

Key Statistics for the Second Day of the Ausangate Trek:

  • Distance Covered: The day involves a total of approximately 12 km (about 7.5 m) of hiking.
  • Highest Altitude: We will reach our highest point at Condor Pass, at 5100 m (16,732 ft).
  • Lowest Altitude: The day begins at Kayrawiri, situated at a lower altitude compared to Condor Pass.
  • Level of Difficulty: The trek is considered challenging, particularly due to the steep climb to Condor Pass, but it remains manageable for those with a good fitness level.

On the third day of our Ausangate Trek in the magnificent Ausangate, Peru, we will greet the morning with an early, nutritious breakfast, energizing ourselves for the day’s hike. This day is a blend of natural beauty and cultural encounters, bringing you closer to the stunning Ausangate Glacier Peaks and offering views of enchanting lakes and waterfalls.

Our journey today includes an exhilarating 3-hour ascent to the Abra Campo Pass, which stands at an impressive 5000 m (16,404 ft). As we climb, the breathtaking scenery of the Andes unfolds around us, offering a panorama of the awe-inspiring Ausangate region. This ascent is not just a physical journey but a visual feast, revealing the diverse landscapes that make this trek so extraordinary.

During this part of the trek, we’ll likely encounter a variety of wildlife, including llamas, alpacas, and wild vicuñas, the undomesticated ancestors of the alpaca. Keep your eyes skyward as well, as condors are often seen soaring above in this area. Vicuñas are particularly special, being the most important wild animals in Peru, known for their fine wool which is the most expensive in the world today.

Reaching the summit of Abra Campo Pass, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of the surrounding areas. Depending on the season, snow hikes might be part of our adventure, especially outside the dry season. However, during the dry season, the landscape reveals itself in all its splendor, offering incredible photo opportunities.

After capturing these unforgettable moments, we will begin a gradual 1.5-hour descent to our lunch spot, nestled in a picturesque area perfect for a relaxing break. Post-lunch, we embark on another 2.5-hour hike, concluding our day at our campsite in Qampa. This spot, chosen for its beauty and tranquility, is where we will unwind and reminisce about the day’s adventures.

Key Statistics for the Third Day of the Ausangate Trek:

  • Distance Covered: We will hike a total of approximately 15 km (about 9.3 mi).
  • Highest Altitude: Our ascent to Abra Campo Pass reaches 5000 m (16,404 ft).
  • Lowest Altitude: The day concludes at our campsite in Qampa, which is at a lower altitude compared to Abra Campo Pass.
  • Level of Difficulty: This day is challenging due to the high altitude ascent, but it remains accessible for those with good physical fitness.

On Day 4 of our Ausangate Trek in the stunning Ausangate, Peru, we gear up for another day of adventure, filled with breathtaking landscapes and unique experiences. After three days of hiking and acclimatization, we’re well-prepared for the challenges and wonders of this new day.

We will start with an early breakfast, fueling up for the exciting trek ahead. Our journey begins with a hike of approximately 1-hour to reach the base of the glacier. From there, we will continue our ascent to the top of the mountain, where we’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the Vilcanota Range. The sense of accomplishment at this point is unparalleled, as we stand amidst some of the most majestic peaks in the world.

After spending time enjoying and capturing the stunning scenery, we will begin our descent back down the mountain. A delicious lunch awaits us, providing a perfect opportunity to relax and refuel after the morning’s exertion.

In the afternoon, our trek takes us on a descent towards the beautiful Qomer Lake. This part of the journey is a visual treat, with the landscape unfolding in a tapestry of natural beauty. Our destination for the day is Pacchanta, a charming little community known for its attractive hot springs. After a 5-hour walk, the soothing waters of these hot springs offer a delightful way to relax and rejuvenate our muscles.

Finally, as the day draws to a close, we will take our transportation back to Cusco, bringing with us memories of an incredible day and the entire Ausangate Trek experience.

Key Statistics for the Fourth Day of the Ausangate Trek:

  • Distance Covered: The day includes a total hike of approximately 7 km (about 4.3 mi).
  • Highest Altitude: Our ascent to the top of the mountain reaches significant elevation, offering stunning views.
  • Lowest Altitude: The day ends in Pacchanta, which is at a lower altitude compared to our highest point.
  • Level of Difficulty: The day is moderately challenging, with a mix of ascent and descent, but is manageable after the previous days’ acclimatization.
  • Unique Feature: The opportunity to relax in the hot springs of Pacchanta is a highlight, offering a blend of adventure and relaxation.


The best time for the Ausangate Trek is during the dry season, which runs from May to October. During these months, the weather is generally clearer, providing better conditions for hiking and clearer views of the mountains.

The Ausangate Trek is considered challenging due to its high altitude, steep climbs, and variable weather conditions. It’s suitable for those who are physically fit and have some prior trekking experience, especially at altitude.

While it’s possible to trek Ausangate without a guide, it is highly recommended to hire one. A guide can provide valuable insights into the local culture and environment, as well as ensuring safety and orientation on the trail.

The trek typically takes 5 to 7 days, covering a distance of about 70 km (43 mi). However, there are variations of the trek that can be shorter or longer, depending on the route and pace.

Essential items include a sturdy backpack, a warm sleeping bag, appropriate clothing for cold and wet weather, hiking boots, a hat and sunglasses for sun protection, a headlamp, and personal hygiene items. Don’t forget your camera for the stunning views!

Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern as the trek reaches high altitudes (over 5,000 meters/16,400 feet). It’s important to acclimatize properly before the trek and consider carrying altitude sickness medication.

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