04 Day Ausangate Mountain Trek & Rainbow Mountain

Cusco

PLACE Cusco

Cusco

PRICE $

Easy

These activities are a walk in the park! You will be able to enjoy the scenery, history, and time with loved ones without exhausting yourself. You do not need any special training, gear, or acclimatization for an “Easy” trek or tour. Terrain will be generally flat and comfortable, highly traveled.

Mild

A step up from “Easy,” these tours require a little more physical effort but are still 100% manageable to anyone with or without adventure experience. Again, you do not need special training, gear, or acclimatization for a “Mild” trek or tour. Terrain is generally flat but with possible gentle up- and downhills.

Moderate

Before embarking on a “Moderate” trek or tour, you should be at least partly acclimatized to the high altitude of the Andes as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. These tours are still very manageable without special training as long as you have spent a day or two at high altitude. Terrain often includes moderate up- and downhill walking with possible rough patches or infrequently-traveled sections.

Challenging

“Challenging” treks or tours require that you are acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 2-3 days or more at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. You will need to be in good physical shape, and it’s recommended that you train at least some beforehand, possibly with running, biking, or strenuous workout videos. Terrain is often rough, sometimes with steep up- and downhills and often not highly traveled. Generally, these last several hours.

Formidable

These “Formidable” treks are our most difficult treks and require serious effort but are also the most rewarding. It is necessary to be in pristine physical condition. Again, you must be acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 4-5 days or more if possible at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. It is important to train physically before these treks so that your body is prepared for the strenuous nature of the trip. Generally, these last at least an entire day in infrequently-traveled areas with rough paths.

Highlights

04 Day Ausangate Mountain & the Rainbow Mountain offers an exceptional and unique experience in the heart of the Andes as you travel the slopes of the imposing Ausangate snowfall. The majesty of this walk is difficult to express in words; Your mind will be surprised with the wealth of waterfalls and turquoise lakes wrapped in magical and mysterious landscapes.

Besides, you will see herds of alpacas and llamas, and this place is one of the few habitats of the Andean vicuna (which has the most expensive and finest wool in the world). You will learn about the traditions of the Andean villages by traveling in remote villages in this colorful mountain range. You will end your visit by accessing one of the natural wonders of Peru: the Rainbow Mountain.

  • DAY 01: Cusco ‐ Tinqui – Upis
  • DAY 02: Upis ‐ Arapa Pass – Puca Cocha
  • DAY 03: Puca Cocha – Ausangate – Ananta
  • DAY 04: Ananta – Rainbow Mountain – Cusipata – Cusco

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Tinqui – Upis

  • Distance: 7km/ 4.34 miles
  • Elevation: 4100m/ 13,450ft
  • Hiking time: 3 hours
We will pick you up from your hotel at 06:00 a.m., and we will go by private transport to the starting point of our hike located at the base of the majestic Ausangate mountain. We will start the walk from Upispampa. You will walk through many remote villages with many stream crossings until you reach the small town of Upis. Here our tents will already be armed waiting for us. Our chef will prepare a delicious lunch, and after lunch, you have the option of walking to the lakes for two more hours. Once night has fallen, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a starry night that you will remember all your life.
Lodging: Campsite.

Day 2: Upis – Puca Cocha

  • Distance: 15km
  • Elevation: 4300m/ 14,100ft-4600m/15.0919
  • Hiking time: 7-8 hours

We will wake you up at 5 a.m. with coca tea delivered in your tent, and we will have a delicious breakfast for the long day ahead. In the morning, you will start walking to the Arapa pass (4968m). Along the way, we will observe the local people and their alpacas, the Ausangate snowy mountains on their left side. You will have the company of your guide who will explain the flora, fauna, the landscape along the way, as well as about the customs of the local people, the religiosity and magic of this sacred place since Inca times. If we are lucky, we observe condors, chinchillas, and vicuñas. In addition, we will enjoy colorful high-Andean lakes. Finally, we will arrive at our camp in Pucacocha, where high mountains and incredible hanging glaciers will surround us. As usual, tents will be installed for us to change, take a nap, and our professional chef prepares lunch and dinner.

Day 3: Puca Cocha – Ananta

  • Distance: 14km/ 8.65 miles
  • Elevation: 4600m/ 15,090ft-4500m-14,000feet
  • Hiking time: 7-8 hours

Today is a difficult but short day. We start at the Puca Cocha pass (5051), very colorful mountains will surround us as we go. In addition to having a spectacular view of the snowy Ausangate and the colorful lakes of the glaciers, we will enter the Red Mountain valley, an intact landscape with bright colors and flames eating grass near us. As we approach the camp, we will have more wonderful views of the rocky mountains. Afternoon we will taste a delicious lunch and rest for the next big day.

Day 4: Ananta – Rainbow Mountain – Cusipata – Cusco

  • Distance: 14km/ 8.69 miles
  • Elevation: 4600m/15,090ft-4300m/14.1045feet
  • Hiking time: 5-6 hours

This will be the day you were waiting for. We will wake you up at 04:45 a.m. With the coca tea delivered in your tent, then we will start with the first hike up to the Ananta pass (15,090 ft. – 4500 m.) from where, you will see the incredible Mountain of Colors in the distance, you will be impacted without being still At the same place. From this place, we will go downhill to surround a lake and continue walking for a last stretch until we reach the last hill to access, now if, towards the Arco de Colores Mountain, then we have 360 ° views of the spectacular landscape that surrounds you, Immerse yourself in the views and enjoy as much as possible. On our last day, we will go downhill towards the town of Cusipata. Today, after our last lunch, we say goodbye to our muleteers and the chef to return to Cusco, where they will leave you at your hotel around 6 p.m.

What's Included

What’s Included?

  • English speaking guide (an assistant guide for big groups).
  • Professional cook and an assistant cook for a big group and horseman for the mules and horses
  • Mules which carry group gear and large duffels provided by the company, for personal belongings.
  • All food on the trek, which incorporates traditional Peruvian cuisine as well as modern fusion cuisine and specific dietary needs.
  • Boiled water and snacks.
  • Fees to access private land.
  • Large Dining tent, table, stools, all cutlery, and kitchen tent
  • Tents to overnight, and Thermarest. Two-person tents are provided for a single person and three-person tents for double people to provide plenty of space for personal gear.
  • Additional horses for riding can be provided for an additional cost.
  • First aid kit, including oxygen.
  • A pre-trek briefing.
  • Entrance fee to Rainbow Mountain.
  • Private transportation to and from your hotel in Cusco
  • 7 kilograms of your belonging
  • sleeping bag

What’s Not Included?

  • Breakfast on the first day/ dinner on the last day
  • Personal trekking gear including, backpacks, trekking poles, sleeping bags. However, they may be rented from the company.
  • Personal riding horse. Additional horses may be rented according to the needs of the individual and group.
  • Voluntary Tips for Guide, Driver, and Cook-(Please keep in mind that tipping is common in Latin America and would be much appreciated.)

THINGS TO BRING:

  • Original Passport
  • Current University Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries or Headlamps.
  • Swimwear for rafting

Prices

GROUP SERVICE.

**** Daily Departure ****

NUMBER OF PAXS PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
Two or More People $ 499
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OUR GROUP SIZE:

We offer small groups, not more than ten people.

Discounts:

  • Group of 05 or more: US$ 25:00 All of you need is to book the trek altogether at the same time.
  • Under 18 years old: US$ 25:00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
  • Student Discount (Maximum Age 25 years old): US$ 25:00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using a university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to info@inkayniperutours.com.  More Information about STUDENT CARD.

Departure Dates

Departure date:

  • Daily departures with at least 02 people. Our tour can leave any day of the week, 12 months a year.

Departure time:

  • 05:00 am or 05:30 am

FAQS?

Are the departure dates guaranteed. Is there a minimum for group bookings?

The only events that may jeopardize your travel dates are natural disasters or other circumstances that may put your safety at risk. Otherwise, our departures are 100% guaranteed as long as there is a minimum of 2 people.

What type of backpack is necessary for the trip?

For this trip, we recommend a backpack that can hold between 25-60 kilograms (55-132 lbs) with clothes that are only necessary for the four days of the trip. The rest of your luggage will be left in a storeroom at your hotel/hostel in Cusco or our office. It is crucial only to bring what is necessary for the four days that you will be trekking because, on the second or third day, you will have to carry your backpack.

Is advanced cycling experience necessary?

On tour, there is a total of 3 hours of downhill biking. 95% of the road is downhill and paved. Therefore, the cycling part of the tour is not difficult. Only basic to intermediate experience is required.

Please consult with your physician or local travel clinic regarding your visit to South America. Vaccinations for tetanus, diphtheria, and poliomyelitis. If you are visiting the Amazon, a yellow fever vaccination is recommended. Be aware of illnesses such as malaria and dengue, which are best prevented by using repellent. Illnesses are more common in the Amazon than in the Andes mountains.

Why do I need to send a deposit?

We use your deposit (non-refundable) to pay the necessary fees to make your reservation official. These fees include entry tickets to reserve space, porters (non-refundable by national law), and a government tax of 18%.

In regards to hotel reservations, we are required to pay penalties for cancellation, depending on the date.

The deposit is also used to assure availability and bookkeeping for all tours and treks, such as chefs, porters, and even reserve horses.

How can I pay my deposit?

Deposits must be paid using the methods indicated below.

a) PAYPAL:

You can use the PayPal option from our website and follow the steps. Please note that PayPal charges a 6% tax for this transaction that is included automatically in this option.

In case you decide to make the deposit directly from your account, do not forget to add the 6% tax. You can send the deposit to this account:
sales@inkayniperutours.com

b) VISA:

If you use the VISA option from our website and follow the steps. Please note that VISA charges a 5% tax for this transaction that is added automatically in this option.

c) WESTERN UNION

You can pay in their offices (they have offices Internationally) or online (http://www.westernunion.com/):
1. Receiver's first name:  Alex Marco
2. Receiver's last name:  Huaman Levita
3. Receiver's city / Town:  Cusco
4. Country:  Peru
If using this method, please send an email confirming the amount of the deposit and the transaction number ( MTCN ) you have been given.
NOTE: The client will assume all transaction fees.

How can I pay my final balance?

The final balance for treks must be paid in cash (US $ or Peruvian Soles) in our office in Cusco at least 48 hours before your trek. If your arrival in Cusco has been delayed, you are responsible for informing our agents either by email or phone.

If we do not receive final payment before the deadline and do not receive any message due to delay, we reserve the right to cancel the reservation and travel plans.

Are vegetarian, vegan, and other special dietary needs available?

Of course! Without any additional costs! When you make your reservation, please inform us of any dietary needs or requirements, including allergies!

Vegetarian foods will be absent of all meats, chicken, or fish. We will assume that eggs and cheese or other lactose products are OK.

Most of our main meals are buffet-style, leaving you the option to avoid anything undesirable to you.

If there are any food items or veggies that you can not stomach, perhaps onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc., upon your request, we will ask our chef to leave them out or separate this item.

We can also attend lactose-intolerant or gluten-intolerant diets. We can not accept individuals with severe allergic or life-threatening reactions.

I have a food allergy May I still participate?

Every day we receive many clients with food allergies to nuts, wheat, etc. Please inform us in detail of your condition upon making your reservation.

We kindly ask that you declare the severity of your reaction and any medication that you take in case of an emergency.

If your allergy is severe, we ask that you be accompanied by a friend or individual consciously and entirely responsible for your situation and ready with any medication.

WE CAN NOT ACCEPT CLIENTS WITH LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

When must I arrive in Cusco or arrive at your office?

We require that all guests arrive in Cusco at least 48 hours before the start of your trek, although 03 nights before is ideal. You must pay your remaining balance two days before your departure for your trek. This will ensure that all of these are acclimatized and adjusted to the high altitude conditions to begin your trek comfortably. Please note that your remaining balance must be paid in cash in our office and can not be paid before your arrival.

Our office hours are Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. (Please aim to arrive at 7:30 pm at the latest!)

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Money in Peru

Peru uses Nuevo Sol (S), which has traded at S2.50 to S3.50 per US dollar (US $) for several years, although you should keep an eye on current events.
Prices in this book are generally in new soles, although some are listed in US dollars.

Carrying cash, an ATM card, or traveler's checks, as well as a credit card that can be used for cash advances in case of emergency, is advisable.

When receiving local currency, always ask for small bills, as S100 bills are hard to change in small towns or for small purchases. Carry as much spare change as possible, especially in the small cities.

Public bathrooms often charge a small fee for use, and getting change for paper can be darn near impossible.

The best places to exchange money usually are casa de Cambio (foreign exchange bureaus), which are fast, have longer hours, and often give slightly better rates than banks.

Many places accept US dollars. Do not receive torn money as it will likely not be accepted by Peruvians.
It is best not to change money on the street as counterfeits are a problem.

Do you know what voltage the sockets have (110 or 220)?

What are the standard plugs?

Electrical current is 220V, 60HZ AC, Standard outlets accept round prongs, but many places will have dual-voltage outlets which take flat prongs. Even so, you may need an adapter with a built-in surge protector.

What should we pack?

Peru is a diverse country in natural and cultural resources, so you only need a passport to enter the country and enjoy their wealth and take some precautions you might help discover.

Weather

Peru has three main climatic zones: the tropical Amazon jungle to the east. the arid coastal desert to the west. and the Andean mountains and highlands in between. In the Andes, which has altitudes over 3500m. Average daily temperatures fall below 10°C (50°F), and overnight temperatures can dip well below freezing. Travelers flying straight to Cuzco (3250m), or their hight altitude cities, should allow several days to acclimatize since altitude sickness, or soroche can be a problem.

April to November is the dry season in the mountain and altiplano (Andean Plateau). The wettest months are from December to March. It rains al the time in the hot and humid rainforest, but the driest months there are from April from November. However, even during the wettest months from December to March, it rarely rains for more than a few hours at a time. Along the arid coastal strip, the hot summer months are from December through March.

Some parts of the coastal strip see rain rarely, if at all. From April to November, Lima’s other areas by the Pacific Ocean are enclosed in garua (coastal fog, mist or drizzle) as warmer air masses off the desert and drifts over the ocean where the cold Humboldt current hits.

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