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Ausangate to Rainbow Mountain

Ausangate to Rainbow Mountain

Ausangate 3 day trek will let you discover the Vinicunca mountain or Ausangate, this is one of the most beautiful routes to reach the majestic Rainbow Mountain, it is the combination of the most adventurous routes with respect to the best panoramic views that it presents, among which the beautiful ones stand out turquoise lagoons of Pucacocha, wild animals, pure air. The Vinicunca, is one of the most impressive geological formations of the Andes Mountain Range. Recommended by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful places you should visit before dying. This place is also known as the Rainbow mountain, which since ancient times is considered a sacred mountain of spiritual retreat and where you can feel the energy of the Apus (the spirit of the mountains) and renew yourself of positive energies.

Vinicunca, today became one of the most visited places in Peru, and we as pioneers of travel, hiking, climbing we take you to know this wonder with better services since always. The charm of the Ausangate mountain are waiting for your arrival.

Quick Itinerary:

Day 1: Cusco - Tinke - Pacchanta - Pucacocha

Day 2: Pucacocha - Mirador Apacheta - Anantapata

Day 3: Anantapata - Vinicunca - Cusco


Important Information:

Physical difficulty: Medium

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights

Number of passenger: From 2 participants minimum

Departures: Daily


Day 1: Cusco - Tinke - Pacchanta - Pucacocha

We start the walk from Ausangate Vinicunca with pick-up from your hotel at 4.00 am and go to Pacchanta on our cell phone, we will take the road as one who goes to Puerto Madonado. We will arrive to the small town of Tinke from where our mobile will take us to Pacchanta where a rich Breakfast awaits us, from here we will see the Ausangate by the North main face.

We will get ready to then start our walk seeing very beautiful panoramas. From here we will have views of the Ausangate peak (6,384 m.). We will continue the walk of Ausangate Vinicunca we will begin the ascent to the first Paso Arapa (4,800 m.). We continue with a descent until we reach the Yanacocha Lagoon, Huchuy Pucacoha Lagoon that is 45 minutes from the Camp. From this point, we can appreciate fabulous views of all the snowy peaks of the area. We camped and dined right in front of the Ausangate and the Hatun Pucacocha Lagoon. Here we will see the stars and hear the animals screech.

Day 2: Pucacocha - Mirador Apacheta - Anantapata

We will begin the ascent to the Apacheta Pass (4,989 m.). For this breakfast is recommended very well, we will begin the ascent at 7.30 am, the ascent will last 1 hour and 20 minutes, arriving at this step we will see the most beautiful panoramic of the Ausangate. We will walk about 30 minutes on the Summit, take photos, breathe the purest air of the Andes and begin to descend towards the Anantapata camp.

Arriving we will have lunch, and watch the sunset. We will see how the animals (Alpacas, llamas and sheep) arrive at their canchones to spend the night. After a magnificent and adventurous hike we will have dinner at 6.30 p.m. and we will get ready for the rest and then in the morning leave early to Vinicunca and arrive very early before the people arrive.

Day 3: Anantapata - Vinicunca - Cusco

After our breakfast we walk passing beautiful landscapes, where South American camelids (alpacas, llamas, Andean birds, etc.) walk 1.30 hours. Until place called Vinicunca (5,034 m.), From where we will observe the impressionable view of Mountain of Colors with the sunrise shows its best imposing valley and colored hills of magical colors that only exists in this place of Peru. Around we will observe the mountains that accompany Ausangate, the highest mountain of cusco with a height of 6,384 m.

In the Inca mythology of this mountain and the nearby lakes, among which Sebinacocha stands out, from where the masculine energy that fertilizes the sacred earth mother Pachamama is born; After a long run, the waters are lost in the unknown lands of the Amazon to return with the rains, to fill the lakes and glaciers every night converted into the river of stars or Willkamayu known in the West as the Milky Way that resembles our vision cosmos. The Community of Chillca constituted by shepherds of llamas and alpacas is known as the guardian of these Andean places.

After taking photos, we will return back to our campsite where our delicious lunch awaits us, to then head towards Cusco, we will arrive at 7:00 pm Approximately. End of our services.



  • Briefing
  • Professional Adventure Guide.
  • Public transport (Cusco - Tinke) and private transport (Vinicunca - Cusco).
  • Complete camping equipment.
  • Horses.
  • Muleteers
  • Chef.
  • Medical first-aid kit.


Not Included

  • The last dinner, alcoholic beverages are not included in the pax.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips
  • Others not mentioned

What to pack for Ausangate 3 day trek

  • Hiking shoes or waterproof boots recommended
  • Backpack (You may need one for the horse and one to carry, we have canvas bags available for rent if necessary)
  • Warm clothes (bags recommended)
  • Thermic (wool cap, socks and a scarf are recommended)
  • Flashlight, camera or camcorder.
  • Batteries
  • Sunscreen (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses)
  • Waterproof jacket or poncho
  • Water bottle
  • Water purification tablets (in case you want to collect water from rivers)
  • Money for souvenirs, drinks and tips
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks like chocolate, energy bars, dried fruit etc.
  • Travel towel
  • Swimwear
  • Canes

Reccomendations for Ausangate 3 day trek

  • The clients that live in places of less than 1000 meters of altitude, we recommend that at least they are in Cusco 2 to 3 days to acclimatize before making this tour
  • If you have difficulty in making the trek to the rhythm of your team, then you can take this service to ride the entire route. This service has a cost of US $ 12.00 per day.
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