raimbow mountain

ausangate hike 6d/5n


  • Tour Type: Hiking, Adventure, Camping
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Distance: 70 km / 43 miles
  • Considerations: Good physical condition required
  • Elevation: 4000-5000 msl
  • Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
  • Weather: Cold, temperature may go below 0 degrees at night


Traversing the Cordillera Vilcanota, the Ausangate trek is a less-frequented, high altitude trek that takes hikers over high passes, down into alpine valleys, past turquoise lakes, dazzling glaciers, and through traditional Andean communities. With an average altitude of over 4000meters/ 13,123 feet, the Ausangate Trek is for adventure lovers, looking for a challenging and rewarding experience that is off the beaten path. As Ausangate is one of the tallest mountains in Southern Peru, hikers must have a good level of fitness and pre-trek acclimatization to get the most out of their experience. 


day 01: Cusco - upis
termal baths

We will depart from Cusco at 5.00AM. and drive for three hours to the trailhead at Tinki, an Andean village near the Ausangate mountain. Upon arrival, you will meet your team: the chefs and porters that will accompany you over the next five days. From T’inki, you will make your way to the starting point of Qoñamuro. The first leg of the hike will be about 6 hours walking, with lunch and breaks. By late afternoon, we will arrive at our first campsite, Upis, a marshland located in the skirt of the Ausangate mountain. At Upis you will have the opportunity to soak in natural thermal baths, which locals claim to be medicinally beneficial.

Facts and Figures:

  • Hiking Distance: 5.5 Hours/ 9 km (Approximately 5.6 Mi)
  • Elevation Gain: 120 km (394ft)
  • Highest Elevation Point: 3,000 M (9,842 ft)
  • Considered: Moderate & Relaxing day
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Coffee

day 02: cusco upis to
puca cocha

Departing from Upis, we will ascend to the passage of Arapa at 4800m/ 15,748ft. Accounting for lunch and breaks, we estimate 9 hours of walking on the second day to arrive at the second campsite of Pucacocha. This campsite sits among two stunning Lagunas, on the western side of the mountain. If you are lucky, you will bear witness to some mini avalanches up above. Weather permitting, you will be camping below a bright, starry sky.

Facts and Figures:

  • Hiking Distance: 8 Hours (18 km /approximately 11.1847 Miles)
  • Highest altitude: 3,900m (12,795 ft.)
  • Considered: Moderately Challenging day
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Coffee

day 03: puca cocha to raimbow mountain

We will rise and depart from Pucacocha early to begin a 1-hour climb to the Apacheta Pass (4700)  Surimana pass at 4900 m/ …… before descending towards the famous rainbow mountain of Vinicunca. After taking some time to appreciate this unique geological phenomenon, we will continue our descent towards the dazzling Ausangate Cocha laguna. There, we will enjoy a hearty lunch, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. With replenished energy, we will press onwards, ascending two hours to the highest pass on our route, the Palomani at 5190m/ 17,030 feet. Upon summiting Palomani, we will descend towards our campsite, located in Phinaya Valley that awaits us on the other side. Our campsite is close to the local village of Phinaya at an altitude of 4500m/ 14,765ft.

Facts and Figures:

  • Hiking Distance: 9 Hours (18 km /approximately 11.1847 Miles)
  • Highest altitude: 3,900m (12,795 ft.)
  • Considered: Moderately Challenging day
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Coffee

DAY 04: raimbow mountain to jhampa

We will have another early departure with a gentle ascent through the Phinaya Valley. After walking for several hours through the valley, we will make the 3-hour ascent to our final pass, Ccampa at 5180 m/ 16,995ft. After crossing Ccampa, we will hike down for two hours towards our last campsite at the Laguna Otorongo Cocha; a breath-taking spot with three large and three small Lagunas considered sacred to the modern and ancient civilizations that have inhabited this area.

Facts and Figures:

  • Hiking Distance: 7.5 Hours (9 km /approximately 8.7 Miles)
  • Highest altitude: 2,800m (9186 ft.)
  • Considered: Moderately day
  • Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, Coffee (lunch and dinner are not included)

DAY 05 : jhampa to

Our final day will be more relaxed with a later departure from Otorongo Cocha. We will hike down for three hours, towards the community of Pacchanta, at 4200m/ 13,780ft. Once we arrive in the village, you will have the option to soak in the natural thermal baths, or immediately return back to Cusco. If you decide to enjoy the thermal baths, there is also the possibility to arrange our final lunch in the village of Pacchanta.

Facts and Figures:

  • Hiking Distance: 9 Hours (18 km /approximately 11.1847 Miles)
  • Highest altitude: 3,900m (12,795 ft.)
  • Considered: Moderately Challenging day
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Coffee




All of our guides are native to the region and have a true passion for teaching others about their culture and heritage. They have all studied English; as well as several other languages to ensure that communication is clear on your adventures with us. All our guides are experienced with the Inca Trail, and our other high-altitude treks. They will support you and ensure that you are safe and happy throughout your trip.



We are one of the few tour operators authorized to operate many treks Including Ausangate Hike and all tickets and permits are included in this magnificent 5-day trek, as well the entrance to Ausangate Hike, The Raimbow Mountain, All campsites, Tickets to the thermal baths, etc.



Our highly trained chefs cook delectable, nutrient-rich meals, that honor your food restrictions while surprising you with International and Peruvian flavors. Prepare for a superb culinary experience to accompany this unforgettable expedition. Food is typically served family-style, three times a day in our dining tent.


horses wranglers

We include horses and wranglers, who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag. There is no additional fee for this, however you will not have access to your duffel bag until the campsite. We strive to keep our horses well cared for and healthy, so we limit duffel-bag weights to 7 kg/ 14 lbs, which should include your sleeping bag



During your briefing, you will receive a personal duffel bag to pack all of your necessary belongings in; and will be carried by our porters. The duffle should not exceed more than 6kgs /15.4 lbs, including your sleeping bag. All other personal items needed, should be packed in a personal day pack.



We consistently maintain 4-season tents in order to ensure peak performance on our treks. In order to ensure maximum comfort, we provide you with a four-person tent to sleep yourself and one other hiker. If you wish to have your own personal tent to yourself, you can request our first class experience option. 



We always ensure you have plenty of clean drinking water for mealtimes, as well as enough for you to refill your bottle whenever needed. We use fresh spring water running down from the mountains. We require that you bring your own personal water bottle/s or Camelbak. To care for our spectacular environment, we humbly request that you use a reusable non-single-use plastic bottle.



Your transportation from Cusco to and from this trek is included. You will be picked up directly from your hotel in Cusco and taken to the start of your trek in Ollantaytambo. After your return riverside journey on the train, you will reach the train station, where you will be picked up by a van to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.



Every guide is first aid trained, and carries a first-aid kit and oxygen for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, elevation sickness, cuts, scrapes, etc.). In case of emergencies, every guide is equipped with a satellite phone which will allow for a quick exit off the trail to get you directly to a clinic for treatment, if needed.



You will either receive our North Face or Therm-a-rest down alpine mummy bag, which has an impressive temperature limit of -10C. Boasting quilted blanket interior, foot warmer pocket and a cinchible fitted design. Best of all, these sleeping bags are certified for responsible, sustainable down manufacturing. We  also carry extra blankets, pillows and sleeping bags for your comfort.



The night before your Machu Picchu hike, you can either come to our office or we can come to your hotel lobby for your briefing. During the briefing, you can also meet some of your fellow travelers that you will be with for the next couple of days. Your guides will explain the itinerary in detail, and will give you your duffel bag for you to pack your personal belongings that will be carried by our porters.



We believe it´s the attention to small details that separates us from our competitors. Every hiker receives a small pillow to sleep with, a foam mattress for insulation, a day pack cover to protect their things while hiking, and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best experience to remember for a lifetime!

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  • 3 People $830.00
  • 4 People $750.00
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  • 6 People $640.00
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