Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek

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  • duration 3 days
  • tour type Private
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Maximum altitude 4980 meters
  • 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.
5 - Excellent
Based on 8 reviews
Cedric's review for another Unu Raymi Expeditions tour
5 - Excellent
  • Cedric
  • On Sep 19 2019
“I really enjoyed climbing Nevado Qampa. This was a new experience for me and I am delighted to have chosen Unu Raymi Expeditions to help me with this incredible adventure. Thank you to James & Eduardo for this beautiful ascent.”
Unu Raymi Expeditions responded to this review on : “Bonjour Cedric! It was an incredible adventure to Nevado Qampa, merci beaucoup!! I hope we will see you back in Peru one day soon. Please keep in touch, best James”
Alex's review for another Unu Raymi Expeditions tour
5 - Excellent
  • Alex
  • On Sep 24 2018
“I have traveled to many parts of the world, however this was my first trip to Peru. My goal was to visit Machu Picchu and see as many remote Peru sights as time allows. James was excellent. He understood exactly what I was looking for and made it a reality. Peru has all the elements of adventure tourism: Friendly and open culture, unique natural beauty, uncrowded remote areas, ancient archeological sights, night life, also good infrastructure that makes it easy to access the remote areas. Thanks to James I was able to experience the best Peru has to offer. Whether you are looking for a main stream tour, or a unique custom trip James has the rare combination of experience, attention to detail, and passion that will make your adventure the best experience it can be.
Highly recommend!”
Jennifer's review for another Unu Raymi Expeditions tour
5 - Excellent
  • Jennifer
  • From Australia
  • On Oct 22 2019
“I was very keen to trek in Cotahausi Canyon, an isolated area 8 hours travel by bus from Arequipa, and well away from general tourist attractions. I had contacted many trekking companies from Arequipa and Cusco but most were only interested in taking me to Colca Canyon, a popular and closer option. Through Bookmundi, I was lucky enough to contact James Mackender, Unu Raymi Expeditions, who was willing to look into the possibility of arranging flexible trekking options for me from the township of Cotahuasi, in Cotahuasi Canyon. James also organised the guide from Arequipa as well as accommodation, meals, bus and plane fares.

I travelled with my guide in a bed bus from Arequipa to Cotahausi and at 5:00 am the next morning we caught a collectivo to start the first trek. All travel to the distant little villages in the Canyon was by local collectivos and the guide used his knowledge of the timetables to catch the collectivos on their return journeys. Travelling with local people was an extremely interesting glimpse into everyday life.

One morning we caught a bus at 3:00 am to travel to Puyca to walk up to the Wari ruins high above the village at the Archaeological site of Maucallacta, 3925 metres: such a peaceful, pre Inca site high up against the heights of the Canyon overlooking ancient terraces that swept down to the bottom of the valley. There was even a stone bathing area that we recognised as an Inca addition.

Cotahausi Canyon is extremely beautiful, remote, diverse and unspoilt with many interesting attractions to walk to including the impressive tall Cactus Forest and Sepia Falls. One very cold morning we travelled to a village called Huaynacotas high up on the sides of the Canyon. It had snowed the night before and a volcanic crater and the ridges above the snow line were dusted with white. After walking along the ridge road to enjoy the view along the canyon, we took five hours to walk on a narrow track down to the river and then on to Luicho to splash in the local thermal pools.

Cotahuasi Canyon is an amazing place to trek and I am very grateful to James and my guide that I was given the opportunity to have such an authentic experience.”
Unu Raymi Expeditions responded to this review on : “Hola Jenny! Many thanks for your detailed review, it was a real pleasure to have you with us and helping you to plan and operate your trip. I'm absolutely delighted we could setup Cotahuasi Canyon for you, because it is remote but also a really beautiful place. The thrill of the adventure is what we enjoy the most and knowing we helped you get the most from your trip is awesome. Thanks Jenny, I know we'll keep in touch and would be great to see you back someday!”
  • 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.

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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).
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