Ausangate Trek with Rainbow Mountain Tour and Machu Picchu

Mount Ausangate (6,377mts/20,921ft) is the highest and most sacred mountain in Southern Peru, which for centuries has been central to the religious beliefs of the Andean people. In modern Peru, Ausangate Mountain attracts thousands of Pilgrims every year. They make their way to the summit a week before Corpus Christi. Your tour will take you to Rainbow mountain, the most eye-catching freak of nature, you will ever come across. There is nothing like it anywhere else in the world and stands tall at 5 020 meters/17 060feet. Before taking the train to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. With spectacular glacial vistas, uninterrupted beauty and solitude, this is a spectacular trip for seasoned trekkers who love a true outdoor adventure. 

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Ausangate Trek + Rainbow Mountain & Machu Picchu Tour 5 days, Peru Treks, Ausangate Treks, hiking to Machu Picchu

Difficulty Challenging
TYPE OF SERVICE Group or Private
ACTIVITIES Adventure, Trekking

Mount Ausangate (6,377mts/20,921ft) is the highest and most sacred mountain in Southern Peru, which for centuries has been central to the religious beliefs of the Andean people. In modern Peru, Ausangate Mountain attracts thousands of Pilgrims every year. They make their way to the summit a week before Corpus Christi. Your tour will take you to Rainbow mountain, the most eye-catching freak of nature, you will ever come across. There is nothing like it anywhere else in the world and stands tall at 5 020 meters/17 060feet. Before taking the train to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. With spectacular glacial vistas, uninterrupted beauty and solitude, this is a spectacular trip for seasoned trekkers who love a true outdoor adventure. 

Click on the link to find out more about our Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain Experience..!

  • Day 1: Cusco – Pitumarca – Q’esuyuno – Kayrawiry

    Your Andean mountain adventure begins at 4:00am when your guide picks you up from your hotel in Cusco! Our drive is 2 hours before reaching the Pitumarca Village, where we stop to collect supplies and then continue for 1 more hour to Q’esuyuno community. Along the way, we view amazing canyons, Inca farming terraces, rugged mountains and some isolated communities. Upon arrival, we meet our horsemen and horses. We begin our hike gradually heading up to the Kayrawiry community where we have lunch.  After enjoying lunch and taking a little siesta, we continue our hike towards Rainbow Mountain! Once there, we will enjoy the amazing colored mountain, which is the highlight of the day. You may see the rare vicuñas or condors at the amazing glacial lakes that you visit.  Finally, we hike downhill to Kayrawiry, where our camping tents will be ready.  It is time to enjoy afternoon tea and dinner.

    • Elevation: 4800m/15,748ft
    • Hiking time: 5 to 6  hours
    • Meals: lunch & dinner
    • Accommodations: camping at Kayrawiry Lake
  • Day 2: Kayrawiri – Q’esuyuno – Ausangate Lake

    We will wake you up early in the morning with a hot cup of coca tea to start one of the most beautiful days of the trek. You will enjoy the majestic views of some of the highest peaks in the Andes and the depths of the beautiful valleys. After an early breakfast, we will hike back to Q’esuyuno, then start a 2-hour steep climb to Condor Pass at (5100m/ 16732ft) in elevation. Along the way, you will always have gorgeous views of the blue lakes and the majestic views of Ausangate Glacier Peak towering over you. Sometimes you can see ice calving happening from the glacial hills with ice crashing into the lakes below. Once you reach the summit of this mountain, you will be located right in front of Ausangate. There you can really enjoy the valley full of alpacas grazing amongst the hills.  It is so impressive! After getting our fill of the surroundings, we head downhill to our lunch spot. After a little siesta, we continue with our hike for 3 more hours to Ausangate Lake where you will enjoy our famous daily happy hour of hot drinks and settle into our campsite for the night.

    • Elevation: 5100m/16,732ft
    • Hiking time:  12 to 13 hours
    • Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodations: camping at Ausangate Lake
  • Day 3: Ausangate Lake – Qampa

    After an early and nutritious breakfast with your trekking team, you will prepare for the third day of the hike. Today you will be hiking very close to the wonderful views of the Ausangate Glacier Peaks, experiencing spectacular views of lakes and waterfalls. You may even see some llamas, alpacas and wild vicuñas (the undomesticated ancestor of the alpaca, the national animal of Peru), as well as condors soaring above. We will ascend for 3-hours to reach the Abra Campo Pass, which is at (5000m/16404ft), where you will discover magnificent views of the surrounding areas. It is possible that in some months of the year, we will have snow hikes, but mostly in the dry season, you just get great views. This is an excellent place to look for vicuñas, which are the most important wild animals still living in Peru, they belong to the family of Andean Camellias. Their fleece is the most expensive wool in the world today and  are the national animal of Peru and found in the quote of arms. After taking a few amazing pictures we continue to our lunch spot, with a gradual descent for another 1.5hours to a beautiful area where you will enjoy your third day’s lunch. It will be another 2.5-hour hike to arrive at our campsite in Qampa.

    • Elevation: 5000m/16,404ft
    • Hiking time: 7 to 8  hours
    • Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodations: camping at Jampa
  • Day 4: Qampa – Pacchanta – Cusco

    After 3 days of hiking and acclimatization, on Day 4 we are ready for another adventure! We take breakfast early and begin our hike for approximately 1 hour to reach the glacier base and than the top of the mountain! After enjoying the spectacular views of the Vilcanota Range, we descend back down to enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, we head towards the Qomer Lake just before arriving at Pacchanta after a 5-hour walk. Pacchanta is a little community with attractive hot springs where we can enjoy a relaxing dip. Then we take our transportation back to Cusco

    • Elevation: 4500m/14,763ft
    • Hiking time: 5 to 6  hours
    • Meals: breakfast, lunch

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Private transportation to start of the trek
  • Professional guide, fluent in English
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • 7kgs personal luggage allowance to put on the horses
  • Personal duffel bags for your extra luggage to put on the horses
  • Spacious tents ; sleeping mats ; dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent
  • Horses to carry the group’s equipment (food, tents, tables, etc.)
  • Emergency horse to ride if you are tired or ill
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and first aid kit

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • Breakfast on the 1st day
  • Dinner on the 6th day
  • Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress –$20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent -$30 USD – (Tent for solo trekkers)
  • Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of Spider Travel Peru

This trek is available to depart any day of the week as long as we have a minimum of two participants.

PRICE -$577 USD per person

***This price includes the extra pack horse which will carry your belongings up to 7kgs, we provide you a duffel bag, in which to put your things.

***We provide large Eureka 4 person tents for each 2 trekkers.  

***Private price is $200 USD extra per person. 

DISCOUNTS

  • Group of 5 or more: $30 USD. – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

EXTRAS

  • Sleeping Bag: $20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress: $20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles: $15 USD per pair per trek (Professional poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent:$30 USD  – (Tent for solo trekkers only)

ADDED VALUES  for FREE

  • Comfortable foam mattresses
  • Camping pillow
  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel (Cusco only)
  • Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes
  • Personal pack horse included
  • Duffel bags and plastic liner bags
  • Thick warm blanket to put over the sleeping bag
  • Hot water bottles to put into your sleeping bag

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR AUSANGATE TREK

Please read the following information carefully; it will help with your questions about our services and the Ausangate Trek. 

WELCOME TO CUSCO

You will be greeted at airport in Cusco and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to arrival. Look for our representative holding an orange Spider Travel board at the exit from the arrivals terminal.

THE BRIEFING

The briefing will take place the night before the trek at 6pm in our office, which is located at Calle Garcilaso 210, office 213 (second floor) in the La CASA DEL ABUELO shopping center.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

Of course! During the Ausangate Trek your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, whichever is more convenient for you.

HOW TO BOOK THE AUSANGATE TREK

FIRST, to book your Ausangate, you need to select your trek/tour date and the number of travelers on the right hand side. Then proceed to the next page to complete the booking form. 

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase an Ausangate, permits and entrances without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as it appears on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.O.B. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of US$211.00 per person in order to purchase a permit for the Ausangate Trek.  You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page or click here on the payment of your choice, either VISA or PAYPAL.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. There are many ATMS within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service fee, charged by VISA and PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address in@spidertravelperu.com  to complete the payment. 

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Yes, but with some restrictions.  Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date.

*** If you cancel your Ausangate Trekking, the deposit is non-refundable!

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE AUSANGATE TREK?

The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee.  BUT you will have many different seasons as you pass through the numerous microclimates and will depend on the altitude. With the Ausangate Trek, we highly recommend you bring some very warm clothes and good rain gear in your day backpack.  It can be very cold at the high altitudes of this trek.

WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS ON AUSANGATE TREK?

In general if you exercise regularly and spend  3 days in Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley for acclimatization to the altitude, you may be just fine.

The recommended medicine for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN IF NEEDED; our guides are trained to treat you  for Altitude Sickness. For more detailed information on Altitude Sickness click this link: Altitude Sickness. 

We offer the Cusco City Tour and Sacred Valley tours that you can book while you are acclimatizing.  Check out our day tours on our Main Page.

HIKING THE AUSANGATE TREK 

The evening before you start your Ausangate Trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFEL BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/15p. Your team of pack horses will carry your duffel bag for you, together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day, as the horses will always be ahead of the group. During the Ausangate Trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually a 30 to 40 litre backpack is sufficient.

IS THE TREK DIFFICULT, DO I NEED TO BE FIT?

Yes, it is a challenging trek with most of the trail over 4000 meters or 13123 feet.  You need to be in good physical condition and used to hiking.

In preparation: try walking 15kms in a day or go to the fitness club in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatised to the altitude. Try to spend at least 3 days in Cusco (3350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the Ausangate trekking .

WHAT ABOUT TOILETS ON THE AUSANGATE TREK?

This has been highly appreciated by most of our clients, especially by our trekkers, who want a private, clean and sanitary toilet! SAM Travel Peru toilet facilities have an individual tent and a camping toilet with a seat. Check out the picture, which illustrates how we set up our camping toilet on the trek by using this link: picture of toilet tent. Our toilet is always set up a comfortable distance from our campsite.  At night if you need to use the toilet it is readily accessible and clean, unlike the dirty facilities supplied by the government.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE AUSANGATE TREK?

In the unlikely scenario that you are unable to finish the Ausangate trekking due to a health issue, Sam Travel Peru will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the Ausangate trekking .

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many SAM Travel Peru destinations. Of course you are free to tip as much as you feel appropriate, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

ARE WE SUSTAINABLE? 

Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator for that we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.

WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE WITH YOU FOR THE AUSANGATE TREK?

  • Original Passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Comfortable daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage:  2-3 litre reusalbe bottles (please do not bring disposable bottles)
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from SAM Travel)
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Toilet paper

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR DUFFEL BAG FOR THE AUSANGATE TREK?

As a Professional Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and  INCLUDE an extra pack horse who will carry up to 7 kgs or 15 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing. By Peruvian law, a duffel bag must not weigh more than 7 kilograms (15lbs). This limit is set to protect the health of the porters or horses. All bags will be weighed before being accepted. If you require more than 7 kilograms, it will then be your responsibility to carry the extra weight with your day pack. In this 7 kilos, please count 2 kilos for your sleeping bag and 1 kilo for your sleeping pad. This leaves you about 4 kilos for your personal gear.

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants at least
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • Bathing suit for the thermal waters
  • Fleece/ Thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º Celsius.
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
  • Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office to line your duffel
  • Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us.

TOILETRIES

  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK

We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40Litres for hiking in the day. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.

Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water  at every meal time. Please bring your canteens.

    • Sun hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Headlamp: essential
    • Wool hat
    • Rain gear
    • Fleece
    • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
    • Rain plastic poncho 
    • Gloves
    • Camera
    • Hand sanitiser
    • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
    • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
    • Valuable items

Why travel with us: Spider Travel

Spider travel Peru is a young and innovative company. We share the best of Peruvian history with a touch of modern. We create personalized tours to satisfy the needs and wishes of all our clients. Our tours and treks accommodate all budgets and are carefully designed to you the optimum experience. We guarantee small intimate groups that never exceed 8 people. We offer several unique tours to Machu Picchu and beyond.
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Our guides

All our guides have many years of experience in the industry and come highly recommended. They are fully versed in the values and vision of Spider Travel and will provide a service inline with those values. Our guides are knowledgeable and passionate about Inca Heritage and culture and in Peru as a whole. They dedicate themselves to continuous professional development and growth to ensure that you receive the most recent accurate and recognized theories about Inca and Andean culture. They are well educated, usually holding a degree in more than one field of study and can therefore hold a conversation on a broad spectrum of issues. Finally, expect to have an amazing time while trekking, our guides are fun loving and great sportsmen.

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Our Porters

Our porters personify hard work. We employ about 90 porters from local communities. They are mostly farmers by trade and are native Quechua speakers. They mainly come from the indigenous communities around the trail. We refer to our super porters as ¨Red Machine¨. This is because they work hard during the treks but carrying duffel bags, camping gear, and more! It is important to us that we employ porters from local villages because we are supporting them to become self-efficient and helping communities grow their economy to better the quality of lives.

We provide the following items to our porters and cooks for free: Working insurance, Jacket, sun hat, warm hat, t-shirt, pants, hiking boots, comfortable duffle bags, canteen, girdle for protecting their spine, sleeping bags, mattress.

Our porters are what make everything look seamless and smooth. They have your tent ready before your arrival in your tent and most importantly they significantly lighten that camping gear load.

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The Best food on Inca Trail

This is where youth comes in handy. Our chefs are fully trained to provide the most scrumptious, abundant and simply mouthwatering meals in the outdoors with limited equipment. Our chefs prepare the best of fusion cooking that includes Peruvian and International dishes, using organic local and exotic ingredients. Our chefs are very versatile, serving even better specialty dishes for those with food allergies and specific dietary requirements. It has been a highlight for a majority of our hikers and we have yet to disappoint a trekker. Enjoy a complete and immersive culinary experience while trekking through the rugged Andes Mountains.

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The Best Camping Equipment

Enjoy a good night sleep in our 4 season igloo waterproof, spacious and professional EUREKA tent. All our tents are 4 person tents. ONLY 2 people will sleep in each, leaving lots of room to spread out comfortably and store your duffel bag. They also include a little vestibule in front, giving you some extra outdoor space to leave your boots and walking poles so you don’t have to bring the dirt inside. We also bring our own portable camping toilet, so you can use our clean facilities instead of the ones provided by the government. Our dining tent is spacious, with room to hangout during meal time and get to know your fellow hikers and guide.

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Our Reviews

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Alex3276

"The top tour company for hiking the Rainbow Mountain with a great guide. The food was amazing and we do reccommend Spider Travel to Everyone."

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Rechell

Tuvimos la mejor experiencia con Spider Travel, desde el inicio has el final, fueron muy profesionales.. Nuestro guia Juan fue lo mejor, y nos conto toda la historia de los Incas al detalle Muchas Gracias a todo el equipo.

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Frederik132

"We had the best experience ever with our guide Armando, he spoke great english and he is very knowledgeable. Highly recommended."

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Laexploradora23

What a great experience we had with Spider Travel, everything was well organized by Anjhely and the the Spider Travel team. Our guide spoke fluint English and he was very informative about the culture and Peru. Sulpayki wayki?


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