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Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek

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  • duration 3 days
  • tour type Private
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Maximum altitude 4980 meters
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru
  • Trek near to the third highest mountain in Peru, Ausangate Nevada, and climb high passes
  • Ascend the famous Rainbow Mountain (Mt Vinicunca) & see views of the Red Valley
  • Encounter local communities surrounded by impressive Andean landscapes
The Ausangate Region is a special place. It’s far enough outside Cusco to be considered remote, but it’s also near enough to be accessible for a wonderful adventure.

For three-days, you’ll trek across the breathtaking Cordillera Vilcanota range passing by the Ausangate Nevada on a route called the 'Camino del Apu Ausangate'. The Apu is believed to be the bearer of life in this region and guardian of one of the most pristine mountain ecosystems in the world.

Along the way, you’ll often encounter small poblados (small local communities) with many raising llamas for their way of life. Also, a lot of the houses & shelters in the area don’t have basic utilities, such as electricity, gas, tap water—things we take for granted in more developed countries.

Llamas and horses accompany us throughout the trek and carry our equipment. The animals are owned and looked after by the shepherds and arrieros of the Chillca community. The locals here are proud to share their land with travellers, as well as the spirit of Apu in their beautiful Andean region.
  • Day 1: Cusco - Anantapata
  • Day 2: Anantapata - Huampococha via Rainbow Mountain
  • Day 3: Huampococha - Cusco
  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Private transportation
  • Professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, horsemen & mules, support guide/nurse
  • Camping equipment
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Machu Picchu Visit
  • Domestic flights (can be arranged as part of the trip)
  • Sleeping bags (available for hire)
  • Tips for the crew
  • Hotels before and after trek plan (can be arranged as part of the trip)
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10% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.


A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

Travel Insurance

We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.

Other Practical InformationThere will be a pretrek briefing, usually held the evening before in your hotel prior to your trek departure. A good level of fitness is recommended, along with some experience at altitude. All dietary and medical requirements should be advised at least 24 hrs before departure. All names, date of births and passport numbers required for the trek (lead traveller to supply photocopy of their passport picture page).
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • What is the best month to visit Peru? Can I visit Peru during the off-season?

    The best time to visit Peru is between the months of May and September. Corresponding with the dry season, temperatures in the country at this time hover between 16°C to 22°C. But more importantly, traveling to Peru during this time means that there is little fear of getting caught in the country’s torrential monsoon. Another less popular but still good time to visit Peru is between October and December. A shoulder period between dry and monsoon seasons, the climate during this time of year is generally fine, although skies are cloudier and you might have to dodge the odd shower. The wettest months are January and February. It is still possible to visit destinations such as Lake Titicaca during the rainy season, but the Inca Trail is closed for travelers. Find more information here.

  • Is Peru expensive to visit? How do the ATMs work?

    Peru is not expensive for travelers and we recommend it as a top pick for visitors on a budget. Most travelers can get by on USD 30 to USD 40 per day, including transport, accommodation, and food. Tackling the Inca Trail and exploring Machu Picchu are must-do attractions but also relatively costly. ATMs are the quickest way to withdraw neuvos soles, as the country’s currency is called, on the road and visa cards are easily accepted. Many ATMs have an English language option, too. They can be found in some airports, inside banks, and as stand-alone units in major towns and cities. If you are looking for other destinations to visit on a budget, find more information here.

  • How many days do you need in Peru?

    Given its wealth of attractions, there are many reasons why you should consider Peru trips that last between ten days and two weeks. This will give you enough time to see top-rated sites, such as Manu National Park, while also discovering the country’s history and culture in more far-flung and as-yet-unknown destinations. You can still take in a number of attractions even if you can only spare one week in Peru, however, the time constraint would mean that you will have to limit your exploration to a destination or two. For a more detailed rundown, check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Peru.

  • Do they speak English in Peru?

    Spanish is the most-spoken European language in Peru, alongside several local languages like Quechan and Aymara. Those involved in the tourism industry and those in popular destinations such as Lima and Cusco will speak some English, while guides leading tours for English-speaking travelers will have a good hold of the language. However, knowing a few words of Spanish is always useful.

  • What is considered rude in Peru? What cultural notions should I be aware of?

    Personal contact is an important part of Peruvian culture. Not only do Peruvians tend to stand closer to each other than you might at home, but physical contact (especially on one’s arms and back) is also common. You should avoid the desire to step away, as this is considered offensive. Greetings are important, with handshakes along with a few words of greeting being common. Give the elderly your respect if you are young and leave your seat on public transportation for them. 

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