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Ausangate / Rainbow Trek & Machu Picchu, 9 Days

AUSANGATE – RAINBOW TREK & MACHU PICCHU are the most epic adventure

Enjoy stunning views of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, lakes, wildlife, and the amazing Vinicunca Rainbow Mountains, all ending with a tour of Machu Picchu. You’ll see the highest peak (Ausangate 6.385 m) in the Cusco region. This adventurous trek is approximately 100 km and goes up to 5.400 m. Ausangate is an excellent and quiet/remote trekking circuit offering stunning features such as spectacular mountain scenery, snow-capped peaks, hot springs, turquoise lakes, glaciers, herds of llamas, alpacas, picturesque villages, and traditionally dressed Quechua people.

This is a moderate to challenging trek, not technical, with several high passes and below freezing nights.
This beautiful 9 day package starts in the small Andean village of Tinqui and takes you around Ausangate mountain and over multiple high passes. It is essential to be properly acclimatized for this hike, spending at least two or three days in Cusco (or equivalent altitude) before starting. The campsites are at high elevations and therefore will be quite cold in the evenings. Minimum passengers necessary for trek departure — 2 people. Maximum trekkers per group — 10 people.

ITINERARY:

  1. CUSCO – TINQUI VILLAGE – UPIS (camping at hot springs)
    Early transfer from your hotel in Cusco with 6:00 am departure. We drive for 4 hours on a new highway to Tinqui, passing Urcos Pass (4.000 m) along the way. Tinqui is a village on the high plains "altiplano" east from Cusco and is where we will start our trek. We follow a wide, gently ascending path toward the northwest face of the impressive Ausangate mountain. We will have a small lunch around noon by the side of the trail. We will continue walking through fields and by scattered stone farm houses, and later in the day we will begin to see llamas and alpacas. We ascend gently to the Upis pass (4.435 m) and camp at Upis Hot Springs (4.250 m) where we will be surrounded by snow capped mountains (Ausangate and Maria Huamantilla).There are thermal springs at Upis where we can enjoy a soak at the end of the day.
    Happy hour at 4:00pm and dinner at 6:00pm.
    • Walking distance approximately 16 km (6 hour acclimatizing hike)
    • Camping Elevation: 4.250 m
    • Meals: box breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on the trail, boiled water at lunch and camp
    • Overnight: Mountain Hardwear Tent (double occupancy)
  2. UPIS – ARAPA PASS – PUCACCOCHA
    After an early breakfast we begin our second day of the hike. You will hike very close to the Ausangate Glacier Peak and will have incredible views of this mountain as well as beautiful lakes and waterfalls. We may see some lamas, alpacas and wild vicunas (the undomesticated ancestor of the alpaca) and perhaps a rare condor soaring above. We will have a 3-hour uphill hike to reach the first pass (4.800 m) where you will have magnificent views of the surrounding area. After taking a few amazing pictures we continue hiking gradually downhill for another 1.5 hours to our beautiful lunch spot. After lunch we hike for another 2.5 hours to arrive at our campsite at Puca Ccocha (Red Lake). This spot is one of the most beautiful campsites located at the skirt of the Ausangate peak and at the bank of the lake.
    • Approximate walking distance: 12 km (7-8 hours)
    • Campsite elevation: 4.300 m
    • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on the trail, boiled water at breakfast, lunch and camp
    • Overnight: Mountain Hardwear Tent (double occupancy)
  3. PUCACCOCHA – PUCA PASS – ANANTAPATA – WARMISAYA – YANACOCHA (Sunset hike to Rainbow Mountain Pass)
    Wake up early with a hot cup of coca tea to start one of the most beautiful days of the trek, enjoying majestic views of some of the highest peaks in the Andes and depths of the beautiful valleys. This morning we will summit the Puca Pass. After an early breakfast we begin our 2-hour steep climb to the Puca Pass at (5050m/16,568ft). Along the way we have gorgeous views of turquoise lakes and the Ausangate glacier. Once you reach the summit of this mountain, you will be located right in front of the Ausangate Mountain and you can enjoy the views of Chillca Valley, with alpaca grazing along these hills. Also, from this pass you will see the beginning of the Rainbow Mountain range with their strikingly striated colors. After taking some great pictures we continue gradually downhill for another 2 hours until we reach our lunch spot located at Anantapata (4.400 m) with amazing views of green hills and snow-capped peaks. After lunch and a little rest and relaxation, we will hike gradually uphill for 1.5 hours until we reach the the Warmisaya (aka Pitumarca) pass 5.050 m. After enjoying the views at the top we descend for 20 minutes to Yanacocha lake where we set up camp for the night. After dropping our bags we take our gradual 1 hour sunset hike to the Rainbow Mountain Pass and watch as the sun sets over the stunning Rainbow Valley. Once we have finished enjoying the view, we hike 45 minutes back down to camp at Yanacocha to have happy hour (tea and snacks) followed by a hearty dinner.
    • Approximate walking distance: 17.7 km (7.5-8 hours)
    • Campsite elevation: 4.400 m
    • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on the trail, boiled water at breakfast, lunch and camp
    • Overnight: Mountain Hardwear Tent (double occupancy)
  4. YANACOCHA – RAINBOW MOUNTAINS (sunrise hike) – QUESOUNO – AUSANGATECOCHA
    After a very early breakfast (5am) we hike 1 hour up to the Rainbow Mountains (Vinicunca Mountains or Montanas de Colores) again to see the beautiful Rainbow Valley at sunrise! Enjoy the view for an hour without the crowds as we are one of the first groups to arrive. Your guide will walk you to the best spots to get the perfect postcard pictures of these incredible mountains and the other surrounding peaks. Your guide will explain what makes these mountains so unique: they are composed of various minerals, which make different colors of stone striations. This is definitely one of the most stunning places in South America and one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Peru. There are Rainbow Mountains in only a few other locations in the world. After enjoying the sunrise view we hike downhill for approximately 3.5 hours until we reach Quesouno where we stop for lunch. After a hearty lunch and a well-deserved rest, we hike 2 hours uphill to Ausangatecocha (part of the Ausangate Trail). Along the way you will see beautiful mountain scenery, small streams, herds of llamas and alpacas and snow-capped peaks. At Ausangatecocha we camp by a beautiful dark blue/green lake for the night with views of the Ausangate Mountain.
    • Approximate walking distance: 16 km (6.5 hours)
    • Campsite elevation: 4.300 m
    • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on the trail, boiled water at breakfast, lunch and camp
    • Overnight: Mountain Hardwear Tent (double occupancy)
  5. AUSANGATECOCHA – PALOMANI PASS – COMERCOCHA
    After breakfast we begin a steep climb for 2-3 hours on glacial moraine to the Palomani Pass (5.350 m). From the pass there are extensive views of all the peaks in the Cordillera Vilcanota. We then descend for 2 hours on a steep trail into the Huchuy Finaya Valley where we will stop for lunch, surrounded by beautiful mountain views. From our lunch stop we will have a view of "Las Dos Gemelas" or the two twin mountains. After lunch we hike another 2 hours to our campsite, 45 minutes of which is a steep climb and the rest is a gradually uphill trail. Along the way you see streams and a small waterfall, chinchillas, llamas, alpacas, and snow-capped mountains (the three peaks). We camp tonight at Comercocha 4.400 m.
    • Approximate walking distance: 16 km (7-8 hours)
    • Campsite elevation: 4.400 m
    • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on the trail, boiled water at breakfast, lunch and camp
    • Overnight: Mountain Hardwear Tent (double occupancy)
  6. COMERCOCHA – PAMPACANCHA – QAMPA – PACCHANTA (Hot Springs)
    After some hot coca tea and a good breakfast we hike for 1 hour on a varied path through the Pampacancha Valley 4.300 m where you will see wide open spaces and lots of llamas and alpacas. Once we pass through this valley we begin climbing up to the highest point of the trek, the Qampa Pass (5.400 m) for 2 hours. At this pass we have incredible views of The Three Peaks, the Pacchanta Valley, and will hopefully get a glimpse of some wild vicuna and deer, and if we are really lucky, a condor. We then descend gradually through the Pacchanta Valley, walking between Ausangate Mountain and the Two Twin Mountains for 3 hours until we get to our campsite at Pacchanta (4.200 m). Along the way we see glacial moraines, beautiful lakes, and snow- capped peaks. This campsite is near the Pacchanta hot springs where you can take a well-deserved soak with stunning views of the Ausangate Mountain if you wish to (entrance fee – 10-20 soles).
    • Approximate walking distance: 16 km (6 hour hike)
    • Campsite elevation: 4.200 m
    • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on the trail, boiled water at breakfast, lunch and camp
    • Overnight: Mountain Hardwear Tent (double occupancy)
  7. PACCHANTA – TINQUI – CUSCO
    After a good breakfast we begin hiking on a wide dirt trail (village road) for 3-4 hours until we reach the small town of Tinqui (3.600 m). Along the way you will see a lot of local people, farms, farm animals and many children will come running up to greet you. Please do not give them sweets as they do not have access to dental care, but you are welcome to share other items with them (fruit, pencils, etc). At Tinqui we enjoy a nice lunch, after which we take our private transport back to your hotel in Cusco (arriving around 4pm) – about a 2.5 hour drive that provides nice views of the Andes, passing some traditional villages along the way. Tonight we’ll enjoy a celebration dinner together in Cusco!
    • Approximate walking distance 9 km (3-4 hour hike, 2.5 hour drive)
    • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and snacks on the trail, boiled water at breakfast, lunch, dinner at a Cusco restuarant
    • Overnight: Cusco Hotel (double occupancy)
  8. CUSCO – MARAS – MORAY – SALINERAS – AGUAS CALIENTES
    After breakfast at our hotel we take our private transport to Maras Village (3.300m). Maras is a beautiful little colonial town, still boasting some colonial architecture. You can see amazing facades made of thin stone, and lintels with sculptures in bas-relief. After exploring Maras we continue driving to Moray ruins located at (3.450 m). Moray Ruins consist of circular agricultural terraces at high altitude with a complex system of irrigation. These terraces served as a natural green house to grow an extraordinary variety of crops that would normally only thrive in tropical climates. It has also been suggested that they had a cosmological meaning. After exploring the terraces we continue to Salineras, which consists of 3.000 small pools, roughly 5 square meters. Every three days, during the dry season, workers fill the pools with salt water that comes from local natural springs. When the water evaporates from the pool the salt is left for collection. This process is carried out over a one month period until the pools reach an approximate volume of solid salt that is 10 centimeters in height. The salt is ground up, treated with iodine, and packaged and sent to the various markets in the region. After exploring the salt mines of Salineras we take our private transport to Ollantaytambo where we catch the train to Aguas Calientes. Once in Aguas Calientes we check into our comfortable hotel to freshen up before dinner. You can soak in the local hot springs before or after dinner if you wish. Tomorrow we get up early to see the incredible Machu Picchu!
    • Meals: breakfast at the hotel, snacks for the tour, dinner at a restaurant in Aguas Calientes
    • Overnight: Aguas Calientes Hotel (double occupancy)
  9. AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO
    Wake up call and breakfast is very early (Approx 4am) in order for us to take one of the first (5:30am, 25 min ride) buses directly to Machu Picchu (2.400 m). Once we arrive at Machu Picchu you will show your entrance ticket and passport. From the entrance, it is a 15-minute walk to the famous views from the South Zone of the farming terraces at the end of the Inca trail. Enjoy watching the sun rise over the ruin site and the fascinating tour of Machu Picchu with your guide who will unfold the mysteries of this magical site, explaining the history and flora/fauna. Your guide will spend about 2.5 hours relating interesting and amazing stories, explaining temples and special sectors. Your tour of Machu Picchu will finish between 9 and 9:30am after which you will have a little free time to take photos and explore. After you are done exploring the ruin site take one of the many, frequent buses down to Aguas Calientes. There are many restaurants to choose from and your guide can also help suggest a nice place to eat. After grabbing a bite to eat you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo where private transport will drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.
    • Meals: Breakfast in the hotel, snacks on the tour
    • Overnight: Not Included

 

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