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If you are looking for a quiet trek avoiding the crowds; definitely this trek is for you. The Ausangate mount (6,377mts/20,921) was for the Incas the most sacred mountain and after centuries the andean people continue going to its icy slopes for religious purposes. So now we have the opportunity to take the sacred trails that the Incas took 500 hundred years ago to reach there, and this time we will complement with the beauty of the painted hill. On this place you will enjoy every day the spectacular views of the glacier, colorful lakes, the vast andean terrain with people who keep alive their local traditions, hundreds and hundreds of llamas and alpacas, the rocky areas with the chinchillas, wild herds of vicuñas, soaring condors and finally the Rainbow Mountain, located in a colorful and magical sandstone mountain range. Definitely a great place to enjoy the nature.
Cusco – Ausangate – Rainbow Mountain
Explore some of Cusco´s off the beaten track destinations! Where you´ll enjoy beautiful glaciers, colorfull mountains and lakes and amazing landscapes.
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 5:00am, we drive for 3 hours until ‘Tinki’ (3,900 m./12,795 ft.) the place where we stop and we have a delicious breakfast. Then we have time to organize our equipment consequently we start our adventure, we will hike for almost 3 hours gradually up until our lunch spot, on the way we will see the beautiful landscape with some llamas and alpacas and the view of Ausangate Glacier far in the distance. After lunch we have 2 more hours until our campsite ‘Upis’. This campsite is near to a hot spring, also from here we have a great view of the glacier, around 6 we will have the tea time where we have hot drinks and many surprises made by your chef, at 7 pm. we have a delicious dinner.
Today our team will wake us up with a hot cup of coca tea, after organizing our duffle bags we will have a lovely breakfast, then we are going to start hiking up enjoying the beautiful view of the glacier perhaps some local people herding the llamas and alpacas, also we will see the Vizcachas (Chinchillas) running everywhere, the vicuñas living in their natural habitat and after 3 hours we reach to Arapa pass (4,900 m./16,000 ft.) this is going to be the highest point of today, from here we will have a really great views of the Ausangate glacier which is the highest mountain in Cusco Region as well the good views of the surrounding areas, after we start to descent for 2 hours until lunch spot. Since here we hike 2 more hours along the andean flat, on the way we will see two beautiful lakes, even our campsite is near to Pukaccocha lake and here we will have the chance to see the wild animals of the zone such as, andean goose, puna ibis, ducks, etc. Average time to reach to the campsite is 4 pm.
We will wake up around 6:00 am. after enjoying the nice views of the lake and the Ausangate glacier near to us we will have a delicious and hot breakfast, after we start to hike uphill for 2 hours until Ausangate pass (5,000 m./16,400 ft.), once here while we are enjoying a cup of coca tea provided by our chef we will have the chance to enjoy of amazing views of Ausangate glacier in all its majesty, at its bottom 4 beautiful lagoons also the beauty of colorful mountains surrounding the area, after taking a good pictures we continue for another 2 hours on a gradual downhill hike until ‘Alccatauri’ (4,400 m./14,435 ft.) which is lunch spot.
Today is just a half day hike. Lunch spot is also our campsite, we will have free afternoon, still the great views of the mountains and the snowcapped-peaks. This camp is a good place to enjoy the milky way.
Today we will be woken up very early at 4 am. after breakfast we will star ascend for 1 ½ until the last pass (5,100m./16,732ft.) once here we will enjoy the amazing sunrise, after we continue to descent for another 30 minutes until one beautiful lagoon, then we continue ascending gradually along 1 ½ hours until the official view point of this marvel of the nature ‘Rainbow Mountain’, once here we will spend around 30 minutes enjoying the views of this magical and colorful mountain, also your guide will explain you what makes this mountain so unique, which minerals make different colors of stone striations. Then we hike down to the ‘Red Valley’ After enjoying this astonishment place we start to descent for 2 more hours until lunch place ‘Llaqto’ where our chef will be waiting for us with a lovely lunch.
Here also our private van will be waiting for us and after lunch we will drive 3 hours back to Cusco directly to your hotel. (average time to reach to Cusco 5 pm.).
We recommend a small backpack 30L – 40L for hiking.
We will provide you a duffle bag at your briefing time and of course we will explain you what to put inside. Also including your sleeping bag and air mattress (these 2 items are 3.5 kg.) this bag should be up to 7 kg or 14 pounds.
Note: Beside the main briefing done the night before the trek. Your guide will explain you every night about the activities to do and what to bring in your backpacks next days.
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