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Ausangate Trek 2 Days to Rainbow Mountain

This Aunsagate Trek 2 Days ends in rainbow mountain

2 DAYS / 1 NIGHTS Short Hike

Ausangate Trek 2 Days to Rainbow Mountain 23 reviews
Ausangate Trek 2 Days to Rainbow Mountain

Ausangate Trek 2 Days to Rainbow Mountain

This Aunsagate Trek 2 Days ends in rainbow mountain

2 DAYS / 1 NIGHTS Short Hike

Ausangate Trek 2 Days to Rainbow Mountain 23 reviews
Sullpayky Experience
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Aunsagate Trek 2 Days

Ausangate Trek 2 Days to rainbow mountain 02 days has been a tradition for many centuries. One of these regions that have undergone minor changes in the Andean communities that reside in the hills of Ausangate. The journey we offer will allow you a glimpse of Peruvian’s living in their natural environment.

An actual image of the Andean High Range is the Ausangate Trek to the rainbow mountain for two days.

You will have the opportunity to meet traditional indigenous Quechua-speaking natives, who live at an altitude of 14,000 m / 45,932 ft., herding llamas and alpacas.

They live in the “Cordillera del Vilcanota” (Vilcanota Mountain Range) isolated region among glaciers, brightly colored lakes, and relaxing hot springs.

Along this Ausangate  Trek to rainbow mountain two days, the likelihood of seeing a condor soar is high (South America’s most giant flying bird).

Aunsagate Trek 2 Days
Aunsagate Trek 2 Days

You’ll also be able to witness Andean fauna such; vicuñas, marmots (Vizcacha), geese, falcons, and wild ducks. Although you will be hiking in high elevations, the trek is considered moderate once acclimated.

CAUTION:  Please allow a minimum of two (02) days to acclimate before considering beginning your adventure package



Sites to Visit Day 1


This great adventure will begin at 4:00 am. (pick up at your hotel) and we leave Cusco city in our private vehicle.

We will arrive at the beginning of the trail, called Alcantara (4,000 m/16,464 ft.), we will be there for 3 hours. Here we will meet with our horses and muleteers, here our chef will have prepared a delicious breakfast.

We will make a light to moderate ascent crossing «La Puna» (high and dry area with little vegetation) and we will reach the first pass on the way we will see a lot of llamas and alpacas and some impressive views; you will surely be able to take some pictures.

From here, we will walk for 1 / 30 minutes downhill until we reach our lunch. After that, we will continue walking for another 1/30 minutes to reach the first high point of the trek called warmisaya (5000 m -16400 ft), and then it will only be downhill until we reach the first camp called Qellwacocha.

Ausangate Trek 4 Days

Ausangate Trek 4 Days


Sites to Visit Day 2


We will start the day enjoying a coca tea; after breakfast, we walk gradually uphill for 1:45 hours until we reach the Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain (5,030 m / 16,480 ft).

Your guide will take you to the best places to get amazing photos of these incredible vinicunca rainbow mountains and the other surrounding mountains. Your guide will explain why the colors of these mountains are so unique to this area.

After taking pictures and enjoying the view, we will continue hiking until we reach the end of the trail. This is a 1 hour downhill hike. There we will have lunch.

After lunch, Will takes our transportation to get to Cusco and to his hotel.


  • Briefing by your guide the two nights prior to departure.
  • Pick up at your hotel at departure.
  • Private transportation with good views to Upis (trailhead).
  • Entrance fees for the attractions
  • First breakfast on the trail, at the beginning of the trek.
  • English speaking tour guide.
  • A professional chef who will prepare delicious food.
  • Men on horseback and their assistants.
  • Horses to carry all the trekking equipment such as, tents, food, gas, your bags, etc.
  • An emergency horse in case you get tired or want to try to ride.
  • Tent designed for 4 people, but used only for 2, for more space and comfort.
  • 02 breakfasts, 02 lunches, 02 dinners.
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent, table, chairs.
  • Boiled water is provided in the morning, at lunch, tea and dinner time.
  • Additional hot water for washing proposed every meal time.
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Visit to the traditional houses of the Ccasccara camp.
  • Foam mat
  • Vegetarian/special diet options available.
  • 8 kl (16 pounds) of your stuff included in the price so we provide you with a duffel bag the night before your departure.

No Included

  • First Breakfast and last dinner
  • Water on Day 1, just half day
  • ** Tips for horse men, cooks or guides


  • If you live at an altitude lower than 1000 meters above sea level, we recommend that you stay in Cusco for at least 2 to 3 days to acclimatize before taking this tour.
  • To have better acclimatization you should take coca leaves tea, you should take short walks around the city of Cusco on your own, or you can also hire a short tour like the City Tour, the Sacred Valley, the salt mines of Maras – Moray or Machu Picchu full day (separate reservation).
  • If you find it difficult to continue the hike you can hire a horse to go all the way. This service has a cost of US $ 12.00 per day.

What To Bring

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the entire period of the trek.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Sturdy footwear, waterproof trekking boots are recommended
  • Sandals or sneakers for comfort during the camping trip
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleece. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping. A down jacket is especially recommended for this trek, as it is done at high altitude and temperatures can easily drop below freezing in the afternoon and at night
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries drain more quickly in cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and coldSunscreen
  • After-sun cream or moisturizing cream for face and body
  • Tissues
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: cookies, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Water container and water for the first morning.
  • Optionally: water sterilizing tablets in case water is collected from streams or rivers along the route.
  • Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water,
  • Small towel
  • Bathing suit (if you wish to take a dip in the hot springs along the route)
  • Cash in soles and/or dollars
  • Copy of original passport
  • Optional: walking sticks


Luxury All Inclusive Service
Number of personsPrice per person

Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2022 through January 2023. All prices quoted are $USD

    • group service:  $420 per person

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the horses (NO need of extra porter hire!).


    • Student Discount 20$ dollars
    • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$20.00
    • Under 7 years Discount: US$35.00

Frequently Asked Questions: Ausangate Trek 2 Days to Rainbow Mountain

How difficult are the Ausangate Trek 2 Days?

The Ausangate Trek 2 Days is considered difficult with several high passes of more than 5,000 meters with drops of 2,500 meters and an approximate distance of 47 km.

Ausangate Trek 2 Days is classified as level 4, In this category, we need all our fitness and good response to altitude, it means that the trek is long and many sections are at high altitude, you will walk many steep sections where the altitude changes significantly in a short space of time.

The route is pretty clear and well-defined. If you use a horse, you will most likely be on horseback for most of the flat sections. This Ausangate Trek 2 Day is probably not suitable for beginner trekkers. If you are a strong walker and have completed a few moderate walks before this then you should be fine.

The weather can often be quite harsh in the higher regions and blizzards are not uncommon. You just need to remember that you can go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, stay calm and enjoy. Ausangate Trek 2 Days.

Are trekking poles necessary to Ausangate Trek 2 Days?

We recommend the use of trekking poles as a priority, especially in cases of elderly people or people with excess body weight, when carrying very heavy backpacks, on slippery terrain, when walking at night or in fog,´7 and in case of suffering from joint problems in the legs. or the spine. To reduce the weight that our knees and hips support during descents. It helps us climb better or faster.

The more muscles are used when walking, and the greater their mass, the less we tire and the faster we do it. This is why many people use poles on the ascents of trail running; to help your legs with the effort of your arms.

Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Ausangate Trek?

At high altitudes, some people may experience altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness or SOROCHE, this is associated with the lack of oxygen that occurs at high altitudes. It can present with headaches and nausea, even stronger symptoms.

Proper acclimatization will prevent you from getting sick from this disease. Acclimatization refers to the process by which the body becomes accustomed to lower oxygen levels, and is only achieved by spending time at various levels of altitude before progressing further. In mountaineering parlance, there are main levels of altitude:

  1. Altitude describes the zone of altitude between 2,500m and 3,500m
  2. Very high altitude is between 3,500m and 5,500m, and
  3. Extreme altitude is greater than 5,500m masl there are other zones above extreme altitude, but these are limited to the Himalayas, like the death zone that is above 8,000 masl!

Ausangate is one of the highest altitude treks in Peru and obviously comes with certain risks of altitude sickness. Altitude acclimatization is the key factor in ensuring you have a safe and enjoyable hike. It is 100% recommended.

Acclimatize for a minimum of 2 days in Cusco, where you relax and drink plenty of fluids Make sure you stay well hydrated on the way: drink 3-4 liters of water a day Go slowly, enjoy the scenery and do not overdo it Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol and stimulants along the way It is recommended to rest for one or two days near the acclimatization line usually resolves the symptoms of altitude sickness, However, continued ascent would worsen your condition.

Natural preventive measures – Coca tea or coca leaves Coca is a plant that grows naturally in Peru and stands out in Andean culture for its medicinal and superstitious qualities.

A pharmacologically active ingredient in the coca plant, called coca alkaloids, accounts for about 0.8% of the fresh leaf and in its refined form produces cocaine. However, drinking coca tea or chewing coca leaves does not produce the same effects as cocaine.

When chewed, coca can act as a mild stimulant and has been shown to suppress hunger, fatigue, thirst, and pain. Traditionally, various Andean cultures use the coca leaf for various medicinal, nutritional, and religious purposes.

Traditional use is in the prevention of altitude sickness. Locals chew the leaves or drink coca tea, and encourage tourists to do the same as a preventative measure.

However, there is no conclusive evidence that coca leaves help prevent the onset of altitude sickness or, in fact, help treat symptoms.

The jury is also out on other natural medicines like Ginkgo Biloba, although a 2007 research study found evidence that G.Biloba helps prevent altitude sickness. Prescription Drugs – Diamox Acetazolamide, known by the brand name Diamox, is a drug that has been shown to be effective in mitigating the effects of altitude sickness.

It is a prophylactic (preventive) medicine, not a cure. In other words, it promotes faster acclimatization and helps prevent the onset of altitude sickness, but does not cure it. In some countries, the drug requires a prescription, but it can generally be purchased without a prescription.

However, one should consult their doctor before using it. Pregnant women or people with kidney and liver problems should not take the drug. Side effects include increased urination; numbness and tingling in the tips of the fingers, fingers and nose; taste disturbances; and nausea, vomiting, and drowsiness.

The last three side effects can be confused with altitude sickness, so it is recommended that one take a short dose of Diamox a few weeks before leaving for Machu Picchu to test for side effects. Diamox is usually sold in a 250g tablet format.

Hikers usually take 125g in the morning and the remaining 125g in the evening, starting one day before arriving in Cusco and ending the day they leave Cusco. We believe that Diamox is worth taking as a preventive measure, but we recommend consulting your doctor before doing so.

NOTE: Disclaimer: The information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and should not be used or relied upon for diagnostic or treatment purposes.

This information is not intended as patient education, does not create a doctor-patient relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

Research in this area is always progressing, which may mean that some of this information is out of date. It is your responsibility to seek the latest information in the event you go to a high altitude.

Will I have to bring water?

We recommend that you buy a 2 liter bottle of water to take with you on the first day. Every night during the walk we will boil water so you can fill the same bottle every morning before you leave.

If you are planning to drink water from streams or waterfalls, we strongly suggest you bring water purification tablets or filters. Also, you will be able to buy water on the way on the first day.

Is the Ausangate Trek still good during the rainy season?

Like most treks in the region, the best time to do the Ausangate trek is in the dry months between May and September. Unlike other popular hikes, Ausangate is very quiet, even in high season.

In the months of April and October, the weather is pleasant and it is very possible. However, due to its altitude, you will have to deal with freezing nights, even in the dry season. Due to the altitude and the snow, it is best to avoid the trek in the coldest and wettest season, between November and February.

Daytime temperatures in the dry months are usually quite mild and visibility is very high, you’ll need to make sure you’re wearing clothes, especially for the cooler nights. Some people are in the process of being able to travel in the rainy season.

Possibly snow so be prepared for a possible course change if the guide deems the pass impassable. We do not recommend this walk in the months of January, February and March.

Travel Guide Ausangate Trek 2 Days to Rainbow Mountain


Ausangate is the best option for high altitude trekking in the Cusco region. It is a hike through spectacular mountain scenery, snow-capped peaks, hot springs, turquoise lakes and glaciers. We will have the opportunity to meet the native inhabitants who live more than 4000 m. away in the remote region of the Cordillera Vilcanota.


  • High Andean (Puna) cold nights with constant rain throughout the year.
  • Minimum: Between 4 °C – 11 ºC Cusco (June)
  • Maximum: Between 7 ºC – 15 °C Machupicchu (June).
  • Rainfall: November to April
  • Total distance: 60 km / 37 miles


Considerations according to difficulty:

Physical Condition. Good health condition. It is recommended to pass a medical check-up before your arrival in Peru or before 72 hours of the activity (trekking).

Age: Minimum – 12 years old

Notes: Minors (up to 17 years and 11 months) must have the authorization of their parents or guardians according to the form «Affidavit of authorization for minors and conditions for the provision of the service».

For participants over 65 yold, it will be mandatory that they have a medical check-up prior to their arrival in Peru or within 72 hours of the activity (trekking).


High: To have done a hike of one or more days that has exceeded 4800 meters above sea level. Otherwise, it is recommended to stay 07 days in places over 3000 m.a.s.l. before starting the service.

The physical level of Ausangate Trek 2 Days

Horseshoe trails, with animal crossings, in rainy weather can be slippery, it is highly recommended to use traction shoes and walking sticks with rubber protection on the tips (protection of cultural heritage). Very steep slopes, people with balance problems and vertigo would not be suitable for this hike/trekking.

Items not allowed

  • Bladed weapons and firearms.
  • Hunting and fishing implements
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Pets/animals
  • Fuels
  • Transportation vehicles. (scooter)
  • Single-use plastics.
  • Use of bonfires in non-permitted places.

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