05 Day Ausangate Trek + Rainbow Mountain

Highlights

The 05 Day Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain provides a very special and unique experience in the heart of the Andes. The majesty of this trek is hard to put in to words, your mind will be blown by the wealth of waterfalls and turquoise lakes.

In addition to the scenery, you will see hoards of alpacas and llamas, the only indigenous habitat of the Incan Vicuña (which has the most expensive wool in the world). You will also learn about the traditions of the Andean people with visits to local villages.

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

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Ocongate – Tinqui – Upis

  • Distance: 7km/ 4.34 miles
  • Elevation: 4100m/ 13,450ft
  • Hiking time: 3 hours

We leave Cusco at 06:am by private van to the village of Urcos. Driving we pass the district of Urcus until you reach Tinqui Ocongate. We will start our expedition out of the village of Quinsapucyu and will arrive at Upis Huarmisaya, hiking with sensational views including the spectacular Mount Ausangate and meeting local farmers wearing their costumes. Once we get the campsite we have our lunch ready prepared by our chef. And in the afternoon we have free time to rest in the campsite.

Day 2: Upis – Puca Cocha – Ananta

Early wakeup call at 5:00 am with coca tea brought to your tent. Afterward, we pack up quickly, enjoy a speedy breakfast and immediately begin hiking up to Arapa pass, which is uphill to 4958 m, then a slight decline to our lunch spot near Lake Pucacocha. After have our delicious food we keep walking uphill get the second pass called pucacocha pass(5000m) then we will go downhill another couple hours to our campsite called Ananta . Along the way we will appreciate different glacier peaks, rivers, small lakes, alpacas, local herders and llamas, of course your will always be with your guide who will explain  the area to you. We will remain overnight at chillca.

Day 3: Ananta – Rainbow Mountain – Ausangate Cocha

Early wakeup call at 5:00 am with coca tea brought to your tent. Afterward, we pack up quickly, enjoy a speedy breakfast and immediately begin hiking up to Surini pass,which is 5051m. from where you enjoy colorful mountains around you. Then we go downhill to the circle lake then continue walking Peruvian flat until to get Rainbow Mountain, where we will enjoy the amazing colorful mountains and its surrounding. then come back to Ananta where we have lunch. After eating we go through Peruvian flat untill to get our campsite called ausangate qocha where we have our dinner.

Day 4: Ausangate qocha – Quinsacocha – Jampa

Early wakeup call at 5:00 am with coca tea brought to your tent. Afterward, we pack up quickly, enjoy a speedy breakfast and immediately begin hiking up to the highest point of the Ausangate trail of our trip at 5300m called Palomani Pass. You will feel like you are in heaven, higher than all the other hikes in all region Cusco. You will appreciate the great canyons and valleys of the Andes, but be aware because some Condors might be flying nearby. You will be right at the bottom of the Ausangate Mountain which is considered to be the protector by the locals. Along the way we will appreciate different glacier peaks, bubbling streams, rivers, small lakes, chinchillas, alpacas, local herders and llamas. We will then walk up and down and arrive to our campsite called CJAMPA(the coldest campsite)

Day 5: Jampa– Pacchanta-Cusco

Early wakeup call at 5:30 am with coca tea brought to your tent. Afterward, we pack up quickly, enjoy a speedy breakfast and immediately begin hiking uphill for about 3 hours in order to get to the last pass at 4900m. From here we can appreciate some more glacier peaks and lakes and then we will descend to our lunch spot called PACCHANTA where our cook and porters are going to make our last supper. There is a nice natural hot springs here in the middle of the mountain, so after 4 days of hiking you will love to take a bath in the hot springs and might enjoy some beer and you will have chance to buy some handmade handicrafts from local people. . After we say goodbye to our horseman and cook, we will get our private van and drive back for 3 hours back to Cusco and bring you back to your hotel.

What's Included

What’s Included?

  • English speaking guide, plus an assistant guide for a 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 single person and three-person tents for double people to provide plenty 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

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 greatly 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 sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries or Head lamps.
  • Swimwear for rafting

Prices

GROUP SERVICE.

**** Daily Departure ****

NUMBER OF PAXSPRICE PER PERSONACTION
2 or More People$ 499
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OUR GROUP SIZE:

We offer small Groups, not more than 10 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 an 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.

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 4 days of the trip. The rest of your luggage will be left in a storeroom at your hotel / hostel in Cusco or in our office. It is extremely important to only bring what is necessary for the 4 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 the 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 basic 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 notice that PayPal charges 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 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?

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 / or 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 a 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 serious 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 emergency.

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

WE CAN NOT ACCEPT CLIENTS WITH LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

When must I arrive in cusco or arrive to your office?

We require that all guests arrive to 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 assure 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 7:30 pm at the latest!)

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Money in Peru

Peru use Nuevo Sol (S), wich 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 is hard to change in small towns or for small purchases. Carry as much spare change as possible, especially in small towns.

Publics bathrooms often charge a small fee for use and getting change for paper can be darnn near imposible.

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

Many places accept US dollars. Do not accept torn money as it will likely not be aceppted 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 standars plugs?

Electrical current is 220V, 60HZ AC, Standard outlets accep round prongs, but many places will have dual-voltage outlets which take flat prongs. Even so, you may need and 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 tree 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, wich have altitudes over 3500m. average daily temperatures fal, below 10°C (50°F) and overnight temperatures can dip will bellow freezing. Travelers flying straight to Cuzco (3250m), or their hight altitude cities, should allow several days to aclimatize since altitude sickness, or soroche can be a problem.

April to November is the dry season in the mountain and altiplano (Andean Plateau). the wettes months are from Decenber to March. It rains al the time in the hot and humit 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 form December trought March.

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

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