Explore the Ausangate trek and Rainbow Mountain. This combination is one of the best hikes in Southern Cusco.
The geological formations of the Rainbow Mountain will blow your mind away while the Ausangate trek will give you the best hiking experience along the 10th highest mountain of the Americas.
Duration: 5 days/4 nights
Difficulty Level: Strenuous
Equipment Required: Hiking boots, rain gear, daypacks and camelbacks for during the day. Sleeping bags at night.
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Day 1. Cusco Tinki pacchanta
Early in the morning, at 5:00am, we will start our bus ride to Tinki, the starting point of this hike. From Tinki, a place filled with a great number of native professional mountain climbers, we will walk along the plains surrounding the Ausangate mountain. Our destination for the day will be Pachchanta a local community of llama and alpaca herders.
Day 2. Pacchanta -Qampa
This is a challenging day, as we have to do our first climb of the hike towards the Tampa pass 5000m/16400 ft. The trail is rocky and difficult, but the views of lakes and glaciers will make our hike inspiring and motivational. Upon arriving to our destination in Qampa, we will have some free time to get soaked in the local hot springs of Qampa, which is a treat after such a difficult day.
Day 3. Qampa ausangate Qocha
On the this day we will keep climbing up the Urubamba mountain range toward the Palomani pass (5,200 metres/ 17056 feet); the highest point of the trek. From here we will start the slow descend towards ur campsite at Puka Qocha. along the way, the impressive color of these glacier lakes will paint our views for the rest of the day.
Day 4. Pukaqocha - Huampococha - Vinicunca
Early on the origin we depart from Pukaqocha and climb again to almost17,000 feet where you will be rewarded with the astonishing views of the Ausangate mountains. In the afternoon we will finally make it to Vinicunca or the rainbow mountains, We will enjoy the contrast of the sunset and the colorful mountains formed by thousands of years of accumulation of sandstone sediments.
Day 5. Vinicunca/Cusco
After we enjoy the morning views of Vinicunca and the uniqueness of its colorful mountains, we will make our way back to our transportation that will take us back to Cusco.