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 and Red Valley, located in a colorful and magical sandstone mountain range. Definitely a great place to enjoy the nature.
Cusco – Rainbow Mountain
Explore some of Cusco´s off the beaten track destinations! Where you´ll enjoy colorfull mountains and amazing landscapes.
We will meet and pick you up from your hotel at 4:00am. And drive to the southeast for 3 hours, until ‘Qesiuno village’. Very early morning once it will be getting clear, we will enjoy the beauty of the local communities and the local people wearing their traditional clothing, actually this place is a perfect spot to enjoy of the big herds of llamas and alpacas at the fields, as well the great views of the landscape whit the mountain ranges at both sides some of them colorful others with glaciers.
At ‘Qesiuno’ we will enjoy a hot delicious breakfast to get energies, then we start our journey ascending to ‘Puca Cocha pass’. Approximately 3 hours to reach to the top, on the way again enjoying the views of the llamas and alpacas, perhaps the view of some vicuña herds in the wild life grazing along the valley, also the magnificent views of the highest glacier in Cusco Region which is the ‘Ausangate’ (6,385 m./20,945 ft.).
Reaching to the top (5,200 m./17,060 ft.) we will spend around 30 minutes enjoying the views of this magical mountain as well the magnificent view of ‘Puca Cocha valley’ with beautiful lakes and fantastic views of the glacier. After enjoying this astonishment place we start to descent for 1 hour until ‘Ananta’ or Lunch spot, where our chef will be waiting for us with a lovely lunch.
After lunch 1 more hour uphill until last pass ‘Condor pass’ (5,025 m./16,486 ft.). then last 45 minutes downhill towards our campsite (average time to reach there 4 pm.).
Today we will be woken up very early at 4 am. after breakfast we will start ascending gradually 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 places we start to descent for 4 more hours until lunch place ‘Labramani’ 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 6 pm.).
We recommend a small backpack 30L – 40L for hiking.
We will hand out a duffle bag to you at your briefing time and of course we will explain you what to put inside. Also include a porter wo will carry up your personal items to 7 kg. or 14 pounds including your sleeping bag and air mattress (these 2 items are 3.5 kg.)
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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