- Ausangate to Rainbow Mountain 3D/2N -
Pick-up location: Your accommodation (available for hotels located in Cusco).
Pick-up time: 5:00 – 6:00 a.m. approx.
Contact: Marcelo Barreto +51 926284292 or José Carlos +51 98336584
Day 1 - Cusco - Upis - Arapa Pass - Hatun Pucacocha
Your experience begins around 5:00 a.m. We’ll stop by your hotel to pick you up and transfer you for 3 hours to the starting point of the trek in the small town of Upis. There you’ll have breakfast and get prepared for your adventure ahead while enjoying the views of the landscapes that surround this small town.
Afterward, we will have a short break before we start hiking. We’ll gradually ascend over 3 hours towards where we will have lunch. During this part of the journey, we’ll be able to observe the mighty Ausangate Mountain in the distance, so be sure to have your camera in hand. Our team will await you at our first stop with a coca tea before lunch.
You’ll have time to rest and recharge your batteries before continuing the hike. After lunch, we’ll start a two-hour uphill hike toward the Arapa Pass (4,800 m / 15,748 ). Then we’ll descend for three and a half hours to Hatun Pucacocha Lake, where our camp is located, passing by the Yanacocha Lake.
You’ll be at the very foot of the mighty Ausangate Mountain! You’ll be amazed at the size and beauty of this icy peak.
Once in the camp, you can serve yourself some hot chocolate or coffee, before dinner.
Day 2 - Hatun Pucacocha - Puca Pass - Anantapata - Warmisaya Pass - Surinecocha
We’ll wake you up this morning with a hot cup of coca leaf tea to help you acclimate and start the day in the best way possible.
As soon as you open your tent, you’ll get to observe the lights of dawn reflected on the huge glacier.
We will have breakfast, and after a short break, we will start our hike. Our walk will start with a two-hour uphill climb towards the Puca Pass (4,870 m / 15,978 ft. ). Along the way, you’ll be able to spot an amazing eroded mountain, and if you’re lucky, the majesc fly of the condor, the largest flying bird in the world.
You’ll also witness the beauty of several glacial lagoons, such as Huchuy Pucacocha and Hatun Pucacocha. A while later, we’ll descend for one hour and a half to Anantapata, our lunch spot, and then ascend for two hours to the Warmisaya Pass (4,985 m /16,355 ). From there, you’ll be able to appreciate the sacred mountain of Ausangate from a new angle, the Rainbow Mountain, and the endless Vilcanota mountain range. Then we’ll descend for 1 hour to Surinecocha (4,800 m / 15,748 ), where our camp is located.
When we arrive, we’ll be greeted with a hot drink to warm you up before dinner.
Day 3 - Surinecocha - Rainbow Mountain - Llacto - Cusco
After having breakfast, we’ll head out to explore the famous Vinicunca or Rainbow Mountain.
We’ll start ascending for two hours to the pass located at 5,100 m / 16,732. From there, you’ll get a beautiful view of the spectacular Rainbow Mountain. Your guide will explain why these mountains are so special and the componets of the land that creates their unique colors.
We will visit the mountain before the hordes of tourists arrive, and this will allow us to spend more time enjoying the sights of the mountain.
Afterward, we will hike for an hour to the small village of Llacto, where will will have lunch.
We’ll finish our day and epic adventure with a 3-hour drive in our private transport to drop you off at the door of your accommodaon in Cusco.
What is included?
- Transportation from your hotel in Cusco.
- Briefing before departure with your guide.
- Certified specialized guide.
- Camping Equipment.
- Duffel bag of 7 kilos of personal items carried by muleteers.
- First aid kit.
- Satelital phone.
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners.
- Filtered water at all camps.
- Entrance tickets.
What is not included?
- Sleeping bag: If you don’t have one, you can rent one from us for $10 USD for the whole trek.
- Trekking pools: If you don’t have pools, you can rent from us for $10 USD for the whole trek.
- Extra expenses.
We suggest you pack:
- A small backpack. We recommend you carry a backpack of 25 to 30 liters, but if you prefer, you can take an everyday backpack if you feel comfortable with it.
- Sleeping bag.
- Trekking pools.
- Layers (fleece, warmers, etc).
- Rain Equipment (waterproof pants, jacket, or poncho) *critic during the rainy season*
- Small towel.
- Toothbrush, and other personal items.
- Water bottle.