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This shorter Ausangate trek + Rainbow Mountain 3 days is perfect if you’re looking for an adventure that’s as challenging as it is rewarding and at the same time to see the best part of Ausangate.
The massif ice of Ausangate, colored red valleys, turquoise lagoons, and the spire towering peaks that’s even more remote than nearby Cusco, but you’ll see that too. Because of its less-to-know location, the area sees relatively few visitors. This means you’ll get to experience local history in near-solitude, surrounded by nothing but dramatic vistas and spanning mountains. Spectacular views of the Andes are all along the trek in Ausangate, a journey filled with pure wilderness, breathtaking vistas, locals in typical usages, herds of llamas/ alpacas, and a visit to Rainbow Mountain.
We will pick you up from your hotel at 5:00AM to begin this amazing expedition. You will have private transportation to the trailhead at Upis. Upis is an small Andean village located near Ocongate at 3900 m/12795 ft above sea level. It is here you will meet your horsemen and horses. You will enjoy your first breakfast prepared by our trekking chef. After you will have wonderful views of the Ausangate glacier peaks since you will be hiking very nearby. You will also have amazing views of the lakes and waterfalls – perhaps see some llamas, alpacas and wild vicuñas (the undomesticated ancestor of the alpaca) as well as condors soaring above. We will have a 3 hour uphill hike to reach the first pass which is at 5000m/16404 ft. where you will have magnificent views of the surrounding area. Perhaps in some months of the year we will have some snow hikes, but mostly in dry season you always get great views. Likely you will get to see vicuñas, which are the most impressive animals still living wild in Peru and belong to the family of Andean camelids. Their fleece is the most expensive wool today the world over. After taking a few amazing pictures we will continue on to our lunch spot, with a gradual downhill hike for another 1½ hours to a beautifull area where you will enjoy your second day’s lunch. It will be another 2½ hour hike to arrive at our campsite at Puca Ccocha (Red Lake). This campsite is one of the most beautiful campsites located at the skirt of the Ausangate peak and at the bank of the lake. You can see amazing sunsets from here and perhaps some condors and eagles flying nearby.Walked distance: 12 km /7 ½ milesCampsite elevation: 4300 m / 14,100 ft Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water drinking wáter Weather: dry / cold
After an early breakfast we will start with a 2-3 hour steep climb to Alpaca Pass at 5100 m/ 16732 ft elevation. Along the way you will always have gorgeous views of the blue lakes and the majestic views of Ausangate Glacier Peak surrounding you. You can even sometimes see avalanches in process 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 and you can really enjoy the Chilca Valley, with many alpaca grazing along these hills. Honestly, it is so impressive to be right at this point – at times you have the feeling that you are in The Kilimanjaro Trails in Africa! After taking some great pictures you will continue for another 2 hours gradual downhill trek – in some sections the trail is still a bit difficult to see – and then we reach our lunch spot, located in Chilca Valley. The views are always amazing of the waterfalls, the green hills and snow-capped peaks located far away, on top of the mountains. After enjoying your lunch and a little siesta, you will continue on to the second pass of the day, Vicuña pass at 5300m/17388 ft elevation. It will be 1½ hour slow pace to reach the summit of this highest pass of the trek. Along the way it is possible to see some condors, and vicuñas if we are lucky enough. Once we are on top of the mountain we will enjoy a cup or two of traditional coca tea which will be provided by your porters. Then it will be another 1 hour downhill hike to arrive to our campsite at the banks of yanacocha lake where you will enjoy our famous daily happy hour of hot drinks. This campsite is located few hours away from our final destination which is The Rainbow Mountains!.
This is a perfect place at night to spot the famous Inka constellations and do some stargazing!Walked distance: 15 km/9.3 miles Campsite: elevation 4400 m/ 14,435 ft Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water Weather: Dry / cold.
After an early final breakfast with your trekking team and enjoying the famous traditional warm drinks such as coca tea, it will be about 1½ hours gradual uphill trek until we reach the famous rainbow mountain and the Red Mountain Valley located at 5200 m /17060 ft elevation. Your guide will walk you to the best spots to get the perfect postcard pictures of these incredible mountain and the other surrounding mountains. Your guide also will explain why these mountain are special and really are something quite different from any other mountains in the Vilcanota Range. This is due to a composition of various minerals which make different colors of stone striations formed right in the middle of the red mountains. This is definitely one of the key tourist highlights in South America and one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Peru. There is nothing else like it!
After taking your photos and enjoying the views which you have come so far to see, you will continue the expedition to the end of the trail. This is all downhill along the Quesiuno Valley for about 3 hours where you will enjoy your final lunch with your team. We will then drive back to Cusco – about 3 hour max drive and we will drop you off at your hotel. The drive itself provides really nice views of the Andes, passing some traditional villages along the way. You will be arriving into Cusco around 4 PMWalked distance: 12 km /7 ½ miles Meals: breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinking wáter Weather: dry / cold.
We will do everything within our means to take care of you and ensure an enjoyable trip of a lifetime in Peru!.
|2 PERSON||PRIVATE SERVICE||$450 PER PERSON||3 DAY|
|3-12 PERSON||PRIVATE SERVICE||$400 PER PERSON||3 DAY|
|1-12 PERSON||GROUP SERVICE||$350 PER PERSON||3 DAY|
|2-4 PERSON||GROUP SERVICE||$350 PER PERSON||3 DAY|
|5-12 PERSON||GROUP SERVICE||$300 PER PERSON||3 DAY|
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