The Peaks of Ausangate

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  • Trekking
  • Climbing
  • Hiking
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  • duration 6 days
  • tour type Private
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru
  • +4
  • Travel to the remote region of Ausangate, three hours away from Cusco
  • Trek and ascend the famous Rainbow Mountain (Mount Vinicunca)
  • Climb Qampa Mountain and enjoy stunning views of the Vilcanota Range
This incredible, six-day trip is for those interested in trekking and mountaineering. Travel all the way to the Cordillera Vilcanota, following a route known as the Camino del Apu Ausangate. Apu is the bearer of life and the guardian of one of the most pristine mountain ecosystems in the world.

Encounter a stunning and diverse route that shows you a part of Peru that is largely untouched by tourism. Communities here continue to live traditionally and without many of the modern utilities that are in use today. We will collect you early from Cusco and drive you in our private transport to the starting point of this trek where you will meet our barrieros and mules. They will accompany you for the duration of the trek and climbing expedition.

Following a short, three-day trek through the Vilcanota, you’ll then climb Nevado Qampa (also spelled Campa), the easiest and one of the most popular mountains in the Cusco region that can be summited even by those without any previous experience in mountaineering. Once on the top, you can enjoy an incredible panoramic view that reaches all the way to Salkantay over 200 km in the northwest.
5 - Excellent
Based on 8 reviews
  • Max
  • On Sep 03 2018
5 - Excellent
Max's review for another Unu Raymi Expeditions tour
“James did an awesome job. Due to bad weather conditions, we had to change to a different route and he met all my needs. The Choquequirao Trek was beautiful, my guide No was fit, knowledgeable and always in a good mood. The equipment was brand new and well suited for the trek. I was able to get a special diet during the trek and the food tasted very good. The cook and horseman worked really hard! I thank James for this five star experience in the Andes!”
Unu Raymi Expeditions responded to this review on : “Thanks for your kind words Max, it was a pleasure to have you with us & the crew loved trekking with you. Keep in touch, would be great to see you back in Peru another year!”
  • Jennifer
  • From Australia
  • On Oct 22 2019
5 - Excellent
Jennifer's review for another Unu Raymi Expeditions tour
“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!”
  • Cedric
  • On Sep 19 2019
5 - Excellent
Cedric's review for another Unu Raymi Expeditions tour
“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”
  • Day 1: Cusco – Anantapata
  • Day 2: Anantapata – Huampacocha via Rainbow Mountain
  • Day 3: Huampacocha – Pacchanta
  • Day 4: Pacchanta – Qampa Nevado Base Camp
  • Day 5: Qampa Nevado Base Camp – Summit – Qampa Nevado Base Camp
  • Day 6: Qampa Nevado Base Camp – Pacchanta – Cusco
  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • An experienced, English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation in camps as per the itinerary
  • Pickup and drop-off transfers from and to your hotel in Cusco
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Machu Picchu Extension
  • Travel insurance
  • International, domestic flights
  • Peru visa
  • Anything mentioned optional on the itinerary
  • Accommodation in Cusco
  • Expenses that are personal in nature like laundry and phone calls
  • Tips
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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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Other Practical InformationA good level of physical fitness required to undertake this itinerary. A full briefing will take place before departure.
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