AUSANGATE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – HIKE 1D

Ausangate Rainbow Mountain – Hike 1D
The Rainbow Mountain of Peru, also known as Vinicunca, are stunning and can be seen on the spectacular Ausangate Trek. Ausangate mountain itself is considered a holy mountain (or mountain spirit) by local Peruvians and is the deity of Cusco. Since pre-Inca times the mountain has been a place of worship and offerings and this tradition continues today.
Most trips that allow you to see the Rainbow Mountains require a trek of at least 6 days. That has changed with this brand new itinerary. We have designed this hike so that it can be done as a day trip!
We will pick you up early from your Cusco hotel and set out on a drive through the South Valley. The drive to the trailhead at Quesiuno (4,326 m / 14,189 ft) is 3 hours long. Once we reach the Inkintuyoc bridge, we will have a fueling continental breakfast.

We then start off on our hike, following a lovely stream. You will be immediately surprised by literally herds of alpacas and llamas. We will have consistent views of the Ausangate Mountain. We will hike through villages and interact with the local residents. We will stop for a deluxe box lunch along the trail.

Back on the trail, we encounter more of the traditional elements of this trek. This includes potato fields and unique fauna. We have the prospect of seeing chinchillas and vicunas. Vicunas are the only non-domesticated animal of the llama family in Peru. Many red mountains are also a highlight of this portion of the hike.

After a total hike of approximately 5 hours, we finally reach our destination, what we came to see….the Rainbow Mountains (5,020 m / 16,466 ft). After getting over the shock of their beauty, you will have time to explore the area. You will have time to take pictures and soak in the environment. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top.

At this point, it is time to go back down. We hike downhill the way we came. The hike will take 4 to 5 hours. Our private van will be waiting for us when we return.

We will embark on the 3 hour drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel. Approximate arrival time is between 8 and 9 PM.

Meals: Continental Breakfast / Box lunch

Lowest Elevation: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft

Highest Elevation: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft

Distance to walk: 15 km / 9 ¼ miles

Approximate walking time: 5 to 6 hours up; 4 to 5 hours down

Level of Difficulty: Challenging

Included:

Professional Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Quesiuno
Return transportation from Quesiuno to your Cusco hotel
One continental breakfast, one deluxe box lunch
Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.

Not Included:

Trekking poles – you can rent them from us
Tips
Travel /Health / Emergency insurance

Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative)

  • Students: US$ 25.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
  • Teenagers: US$ 35.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
  • Children: US$ 100.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
  • STUDENT DISCOUNT: $35 off per personStudent Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to phototourperu@gmail.com
  • Discounts
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$35.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$50.00

What to bring:

Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
Water
Rain jacket / poncho
Winter hat and gloves
Rain pants
Snacks
Sun block, factor 35+ recommended
Sunglasses and sun hat
Camera with spare batteries – batteries run down faster at high altitudes
Binoculars
Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
Our trek rankings are the following

Easy
Moderate
Difficult
Challenging
Demanding

Price.2016

  • 1 people : US$480.00 per person
  • 2 people : US$250.00 per person
  • 3 people: US$220.00 per person
  • 4 people : US$190.00 per person
  • 5 people : US$160.00 per person

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

As you see in our Additional Items under Trip Overview, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.
Huaynapicchu: $65 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $65 per person

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