10-Day Ausantage, Rainbow Mountain & Machu Picchu

Peru

The Ausangate trek is becoming quite famous among hikers and other outdoors enthusiasts. Our Ausangate Trek Peru winds through the heart of the Andes Mountains in South America. On our Ausangate tour you will see some of the most breathtaking and pristine scenery in the entire world. Ausangate trail takes you over mountains and past rivers, lakes and glaciers – it’s a land of otherworldly views. The Ausangate Trek is a stunning hike through the wildest and least visited areas in Peru. It is more challenging, but the Ausangate hike is not as popular as the classic Inca Trail. The Rainbow Mountain Ausangate Trek takes hikers over several high passes, down into low alpine valleys and through traditional Peruvian villages. During our Ausangate Mountain Trek you’ll see snow-capped peaks, herds of llamas, glaciers and turquoise lakes, all set within an incredibly beautiful mountain range. You will also get the chance to see the Rainbow Mountain of Vinicunca!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco

Arrival to Cusco with a transfer to your hotel; a welcome meeting will be organized by your guide for a quick briefing of the tour. The rest of the day can be spent exploring Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, set in the Andes Mountains. Discover Spanish churches and mansions that sit alongside Inca remains, visit the local market of San Pedro and their array of products from handicrafts to vegetable products, fresh juices and items for traditional Andean ceremonies. In the evening, enjoy the eclectic restaurant options available and try some traditional or fusion dishes. We recommend local restaurants that use local organic products from the region and will be happy to give you some recommendations.

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Transport: Cusco Airport – Hotel (20 minutes).

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel. Accommodation in Standard Room with private bath.

Meals: Not Included

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After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore Cusco at your ease. The capital city of the Inca Empire is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city. You may visit the local archaeological sites of Saqsaywaman, Tambomachay and Qenqo or you can take part in a Peruvian cooking class or chocolate making class, depending on how you want to spend your free day. We can help arrange and suggest all activities available in this incredible imperial City.

Services Included:

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel. Accommodation in Standard Room with private bath.

Meals: Breakfast.

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Our adventure begins when we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at around 4:30 a.m. We then have a 3.5-hour drive through spectacular scenery, stopping occasionally to enjoy the views, before eventually arriving at the village of Upis. Upis sits at 4,350 m (14,272 ft) above sea level, and this is where we find the trailhead for our Ausangate trek. Here we will meet our local muleteers and horses, have a hearty breakfast and prepare to set off on our great adventure.

The trek begins with a gradual uphill hike for about 2.5 hours, through a highland valley populated by herds of llamas and alpacas. The views here are already spectacular, with dramatic vistas of Ausangate in the distance. When we arrive at our lunch spot in Pampa Rapa (4,600 m), we can eat while enjoying more views of the sacred mountain. Our specialized chefs not only produce the most delicious food but also use locally sourced ingredients from the nearby villages so that we are directly contributing to the areas where we trek.

After lunch we’ll hike uphill for about 3.5 hours until we reach the first mountain pass, called Arapa, at 4,800 m. This is our highest point on Day 1. From here it’s a 1.5-hour trek downhill until we reach our first campsite at Yanacocha (4,650 m), where we’ll set up camp and prepare dinner near a beautiful lagoon and beneath Ausangate snow peak.

Hiking Time: 6 – 7 hours

Hiking Distance: 12 km / 7.46 miles

Lowest Point: 4,350 m / 14,272 ft

Highest Point: 4,800 m / 15,748 ft

Services Included:

Transport: Cusco – Upis.

Tour Guide: Spanish/English.

Horsemen and mules: They carry cooking and camping equipment.

Overnight: Yanacocha Camp (Tent per 2 people, S/Supp. 17 USD per night).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Waking up to watch the beautiful sunrise, we’ll first have a tasty breakfast before starting our second day of trekking. We begin on a trail with a series of ups and downs, passing some of the prettiest scenery yet. Here, blue and turquoise lagoons are dotted all around the foot of the Ausangate Massif, creating a magical landscape that wouldn’t look out of place in a Lord of the Rings movie.

After hiking for about 1.5 hours, we will start ascending a switchback trail that takes us up to the second mountain pass on our trek. This pass sits at 5,000 m (16,404 ft), and from here we will have dramatic views across the Vilcanota range, looking out in various directions over craggy mountains, coloured hills, shimmering lagoons and glaciated peaks. We will then hike down from the pass to the valley below, and then trek up the valley to reach our lunch spot at Ananta (4,650 m).

After an energy-rich lunch, we will continue trekking uphill for 2 hours to reach the next pass, Warmisaya, again at around 5,000 m. From here, we’ll be able to see the Rainbow Mountain in the distance. The last section of our day’s trek is downhill for 30 minutes until we reach our second campsite at Qomercocha (4,680 m).

Hiking Time: 8 – 9 hours

Hiking Distance: 12 km / 7.46 miles

Lowest Point: 4,600 m / 15,092 ft

Highest Point: 5,000 m / 16,404 ft

Services Included:

Tour Guide: Spanish/English.

Horsemen and mules: They carry cooking and camping equipment.

Overnight: Qomercocha Camp (Tent per 2 people, S/Supp. 17 USD per night).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Today we visit the beautiful Vinicunca, also known as the Montaña de Siete Colores or Rainbow Mountain. After an early breakfast, we’ll hike for about 1.5 hours until we reach the famous Rainbow Mountain, at about 5,050 m. Our early start means we’ll beat the large crowds that visit the mountain, and we should have it all to ourselves for about 45 minutes -- enough time to enjoy the splendid colours of the striped landscape, the result of varied mineralogical compositions on the slopes and summits.

After Rainbow Mountain, we will return by the same trail to Ananta, where we had lunch on Day 2. We’ll have lunch here again, at around 12:30 p.m. Then we will continue hiking for three more hours to the next campsite, called Ausangate Qocha (4,700 m), where we’ll set up camp and have dinner.

Hiking Time: 8 – 9 hours

Hiking Distance: 15 km / 9.32 miles

Lowest Point: 4,600 m / 15,091 ft

Highest Point: 5,050 m / 16,568 ft

Services Included:

Tour Guide: Spanish/English.

Horsemen and mules: They carry cooking and camping equipment.

Overnight: Ausangate Qocha Camp (Tent per 2 people, S/Supp. 17 USD per night).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Today is the shortest day of trekking so far in terms of distance covered, but we will be trekking up to the highest point on our Ausangate adventure. After breakfast, we’ll begin trekking up to the Palomani mountain pass, which sits at 5,130 m (16,831 ft) above sea level – the highest pass on the whole trail. It’s a challenging hike, especially at this altitude, but we’ll take it slowly and you can stop for a breather whenever you want.

The views on the way up are amazing, but just wait until you reach the pass! All your effort will be rewarded with a spectacular sight as you reach the top and look over to the other side, where a pink lake lies shimmering among colourful mountains and large glaciers.

After enjoying this awe-inspiring view, we will walk down the other side of the pass until we reach a mountain valley. Here we’ll have lunch. Refreshed and reenergized, we’ll continue on in the afternoon, trekking for about two more hours until we reach our next campsite at Jhampapampa, at a comparatively comfortable 4,700 m above sea level. Here we’ll rest with a cup of coca tea, have dinner, and then have a well-earned sleep amid the mountains.

Hiking Time: 7 – 8 hours

Hiking Distance: 10 km / 6.21 miles

Lowest Point: 4,600 m / 15,092 ft

Highest Point: 5,130 m / 16,831 ft

Services Included:

Tour Guide: Spanish/English.

Horsemen and mules: They carry cooking and camping equipment.

Overnight: Jhampapampa Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

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After another great breakfast cooked by our chef, we will walk gradually up to the last mountain pass of our trek, the Jhampa pass, at 5,060 m (16,601 ft). From here we have amazing views of glaciated peaks right in front of us.

We’ll now start trekking gradually downhill for two hours, passing by more pretty lakes and keeping an eye out for alpacas and chinchillas. Eventually we’ll reach our last campsite at Ninaparayoq (4,700 m). Upon our arrival, we will have a hearty lunch. After that, you’ll have the whole afternoon to relax and enjoy the scenery at your leisure, knowing that the hardest parts of our Ausangate trek are all behind us. Later we’ll have dinner and then hit the sack, on what is our last night of camping under the Andean night sky.

Hiking Time: 5 – 6 hours

Hiking Distance: 8 km / 4.97 miles

Lowest Point: 4,700 m / 15,420 ft

Highest Point: 5,060 m / 16,601 ft

Services Included:

Tour Guide: Spanish/English.

Horsemen and mules: They carry cooking and camping equipment.

Overnight: Sisaypampa Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

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Our morning begins with a hot cup of coca tea and another excellent breakfast, after which we set off on a 2.5-hour downhill hike to the town of Pacchanta, where the trail ends. Here we can soothe our muscles in the local hot springs and have lunch, thinking back on our epic trekking adventure through the mountains. We’ll also say goodbye to our local muleteers, chef and other trekking staff.

We now return to our private transport for the four-hour drive to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once we arrive, we can explore this picturesque town, with its ancient cobblestone streets and colourful traditional market. In the evening we’ll have dinner in one of the local restaurants and celebrate the trip with a few well-deserved pisco sours!

Later, at around 7 p.m., we’ll take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, the town that sits below Machu Picchu. Here we’ll check into our hotel. You’ll probably want a reasonably early night; as the next day we wake early to explore our final destination; the magnificent Machu Picchu.

Hiking Time: 2 – 3 hours

Hiking Distance: 5 km / 3.11 miles

Lowest Point: 2,100 m / 6,890 ft

Highest Point: 4,700 m / 15,420 ft

Services Included:

Tour Guide: Spanish/English.

Entrance Fee: Inca Trail.

Horsemen and mules: They carry cooking and camping equipment.

Train Tickets: Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes (Expedition Train – 2 hours approx.).

Overnight Hatun Inti Boutique. Accommodation in Suite Room with private bath.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

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To best appreciated Machu Picchu, we’ll wake up early in the morning on Day 7 so we can get to the Inca citadel in good time. You’ll have time for breakfast in Aguas Calientes first, and then your guide will pick you up from the hotel at around 5:40 a.m. We’ll then walk to the bus departure point for the short but zigzagging ascent up the road to Machu Picchu.

We’ll then pass through the gates into the Machu Picchu archaeological site. Here you’ll begin your guided walking tour with our experienced and highly knowledgeable guide. Our tour of Machu Picchu will last about two hours, and will take you to all the most famous and most spectacular parts of the extensive archaeological complex. These include the House of the Guardian, the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, the Sacred Plaza and other key locations. And as we walk around, we’ll have spectacular views of the agriculture terraces of Machu Picchu and across to the surrounding mountains and plunging gorges. After the guided tour you’ll have time to explore Machu Picchu as you please, perhaps walking to some less visited parts such as the Inca Bridge.

Once we’ve finished our tour of Machu Picchu, we’ll take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes where you can relax and have lunch (not included) before we board the train back to Poroy and Cusco. Upon arrival at the station, we’ll be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Cusco, where you’ll finish the entirety of your incredible Ausangate trek to Machu Picchu.

Services Included:

Tour Guide: Spanish/English.

Bus Tickets Consetur: Aguas Caliente – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (25 minutes approx.).

Entrance Fee: Machu Picchu City.

Train Tickets: Aguas Calientes – Poroy (3.5 hours approx.).

Private Transport: Poroy Train Station – Hotel in Cusco (30 minutes approx.).

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel. Accommodation in Standard Room with private bath.

Meals: Breakfast.

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After breakfast enjoy your last day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your return flight home via Lima.

Services Included:

Transport: Hotel – Cusco Airport (30 minutes approx.).

Meals: Breakfast.

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