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Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain 4 Days

Cusco - Upis Hot Springs - Lakes - Rainbow Mountain
Service Level:
Activity type:
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Local Culture
  • Wildlife
  • Scenic Vistas
Physical Rating:
Trip Type:
Private Tour & Semi-Private Tour
Trip Length
4 Days
Starting from
$ 620
per person

Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain 4 Days Premier Adventure!

Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain—A renowned adventure for very good reason, this getaway takes us through spectacular mountain regions and geological formations to iconic Rainbow Mountain over the course of four extraordinary days.

This highland and trekking circuit winds its way through this rarely-visited Vilcanota range, on quiet trails, following scenic alpine valleys that are home to traditional Quechua Andean herdsmen and some of Peru’s most rare and spectacular wildlife, including herds of grazing vicuñas and the majestic Andean condor. This 4-day Ausangate trek to Rainbow Mountain takes you to the true off-the-beaten path, following a trail through the highland valley of Vilcanota mountain range, where the highest peak of Cusco is located: Ausangate (6,389m/ 20,961 ft).

This 4-day trek will treat us with impressive and beautiful landscapes of the Andes, snow-capped mountains, glaciers, azure lakes, cascades, surreal rainbow-striped passes, herds of llamas, and alpacas, massif ice body of Ausangate, and the incredible colors of Rainbow Mountain. This beautiful multi-day hike to get the ultimate destination Rainbow Mountain is designed for a smoother and leisurely hike in the remote and untouched wilderness of the Ausangate route – a bucket-list trek high in the Andes. At the end of each thrilling day of the trek, our crew will welcome you to our campsite located at dramatic settings, each one featuring private roomy tents, dining tent, toilet tent, and delightful cuisine! Join us.

Why you will love this tour

  • Get off the beaten path and explore remote mountains along the Ausangate hike, in a high Andean realm close by to herds of llamas, and alpacas to the iconic Rainbow Mountain.
  • Enjoy the stunning and remote hike in Peru, trekking along the untouched wilderness with the view of ice-clad Ausangate mountain.
  • Hike the most scenic part of the Ausangate Circuit with spectacular views of glaciers, turquoise lagoons with flocks of birds, and towering peaks.
  • A trek designed for a smoother and leisurely experience in the remote part of the Ausangate region.
  • Explore the unique natural formations on earth the Rainbow Mountain with a professional guide – some of the most beautiful, natural landscapes in all of South America.
  • Camp along remote mountainsides and enjoy the great starry nights.
  • Enjoy the comforts of our premium Ausangate Trek camping services—the best on the trail.
  • Travel with your own private guide, muleteers, horses, delicious cuisine prepared by your personal cook.
  • This is a fully supported trek by a private guide, emergency horse, muleteers, and packhorses (to carry tents, food, cooking gear, and backpacks).
  • Small groups and Big adventures (min 2ppl – max 8ppl — average 4ppl).
  • Trek this Ausangate Trek 4 days with a local tour operator, managed by expert local guides, accredited by the Peruvian Ministry of Tourism.

Trip Details

  • Tour duration: 4 days
  • Activities: Hiking, culture, and nature.
  • Trek starts from: Cusco
  • Trek ends in: Cusco
  • Group Size: Small groups for big adventures (min 2ppl – max 8ppl – average 4ppl)
  • Good For: Those with a sense of adventure and in good hiking shape
  • Physical rating: Moderate – demanding due to the altitude of the trail
  • Consideration: Please remember coming prepared for this trek. And allow you at least 2 days to get acclimated in Cusco before the trek begins.
  • Hiking time: 7-9 hours every day.
  • Trail distance: 42km/ 26.09 miles.
  • Highest point: A couple of 5,000m/ 16,404 ft.
  • Departure: Daily


Welcome Briefing

You will have a thorough pre-departure briefing with our guide the night before your trek. This meeting will be at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask final questions and make any final preparations for your hike.

To start our 4-day Ausangate trek to Rainbow Mountain, our Cusco Local Friend guide will pick you up at 5:30 am from your hotel in Cusco. We will then drive for approximately 3.5 hours to the trailhead. Along the journey, we will pass by quaint villages. After driving for about 3 hours, we will stop in Tinki town (3815m/ 12516ft) for toilets and grab something we forgot to buy in Cusco, next, we will continue driving for 30 minutes on a dirt road to reach the beginning of the trail.

Upon arrival to the trailhead, called Upis Village (4,150mt/ 13,615ft). We will have time to organize our rucksacks and duffle bags, our tour guide will introduce you to our crew that will be in the Ausangate Loop Trek with you. Our trek begins on a small path that winds up through the Andean potato and grain fields. The first three hours of hiking run over hilly plain crossing some streaming and slight rise where you see some Andean row of houses built like in their ancestor’s time. As we hike through the grassy highland valley, we might spot some Andean geese hovering in the wind, also we hike nearby of small ponds, which is a perfect habitat for ducks. After over 3 hours of hiking, we will reach the place for lunch and our campsite, a lovely place with Ausangate Mountain (6,389m/ 20,961 ft) at backdrops. Once at the campsite camp, we will have free time to take a rest or walk around before the happy hour (afternoon tea), followed by dinner. Lunch and dinner included.

  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 10 km / 6.21 miles
  • Lowest Point: 4,150mt/ 13,615ft.
  • Highest Point: 4,550mt/ 14,928ft.
  • Physical rating: Moderate
  • Meals: Lunch, snacks, afternoon tea time, and dinner

Today, we will start with hot drinks in our tent, we will then enjoy freshly prepared breakfast, which will prepare us for the second thrilling day. After breakfast, we will begin the hike through a beautiful green high alpine valley and on a winding path with phenomenal views of Ausangate peak to the first Arapa Pass (4,800mt/ 15,748ft). At the pass, we’ll enjoy dazzling views of the Vilcanota mountain range with its massive spire peaks. If we are lucky, we might see some wild vicuñas grazing freely close by, Andean condors, and chinchillas.

After having a good at the highest pass, we’ll continue hiking downhill to get to our lunch spot located at an impressive spot, right next to the glacial lake of Yanacocha with backdrops of stunning snow-clad of Ausangate mountain. After lunch, our trek continues through the highland plain to the second campsite, called Pukacocha (4,600m/ 15,088ft), which lies at the foot of the western icefall of Ausangate with glacial lagoons. In the evening, we will enjoy the afternoon tea, followed by dinner. All meals included.

  • Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 11 km / 6.83 miles
  • Lowest point: 4,150mt/ 13,615ft.
  • Highest point: 4,800mt/ 15,748ft
  • Physical rating: Moderate – Challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea time, and dinner

Today’s hike will be very stunning since we’ll hike the most picturesque part of this 4-day Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain. After a nutritious breakfast, we’ll start hiking up on the steep switchback trail towards the second pass called Pukacocha Pass (5,000m/ 16,404ft). Once at the pass, we will have an extraordinary vantage point to look down and see the snow-capped mountains going in different directions, lagoons formed by melting glaciers, and the reddish hills of the highlands with colorful mountains and an untouched landscape. After this pass, the trail comes downhill until getting to the valley part, on this section will see a lot of freely grazing llamas and alpacas, we will still hike up the valley to reach the lunch spot located in Ananta (4,650m/ 15,256 ft) located in a highland valley with incredible views everywhere and more llamas grazing nearby.

Following lunch, we continue trekking uphill for 2 more hours to reach the next pass called Warmisaya Pass at 5,000 m / 16,404 ft, from this pass, we will have the first sights of the iconic Rainbow Mountain in a further distance and more stunning views. After witnessing the views and taking some pictures, we will walk the last 30-45 minutes downhill to reach the second campsite located at Comercocha (4,680 m / 15,354 ft). At the camp, we will enjoy afternoon tea and dinner and then go to sleep because the next day we will get up early to visit the amazing Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. All meals included.

  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 11 km / 6.83 miles
  • Lowest Point: 4,600mt. / 15,092ft.
  • Highest Point: 5,000mt. / 16,404ft.
  • Physical rating: Challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea time, and dinner

Probably the most important day has arrived, the day to witness the colors of the iconic Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley, for this a great fresh prepared breakfast will make us ready. Next, we will have a brief farewell to our muleteers because our transportation will reach this last campsite to pick up our gear. We will then hike up for 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach Rainbow Mountain. Once we arrive, we’ll have enough time to enjoy this unique place, located in the high and remote mountains of the Peruvian Andes. After witnessing the striking colors of the Rainbow Mountain, we’ll head out to the Red Valley for 45 minutes, this is another breathtaking place that fewer hikers go to; we’ll be treated by the fascinating colors of the reddish valleys, reddish striped hills. We’ll hike through this valley down to the end of the trail for 2 more hours. We’ll eventually arrive at our lunch spot for our last meal made by our cook. We will then drive back to your hotel in Cusco. End of the adventure.

  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 10 km / 6.21 miles
  • Lowest Point: 4,200mt. / 13,800ft.
  • Highest Point: 5,050 m / 16,568 ft
  • Physical rating: Moderate — Challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, snacks.


  • Private transportation for all transfer services.
  • Camping Equipment (tents, sleeping pads)
  • Other camping equipment like a dining tent with table and chairs; and a kitchen tent.
  • Entrance tickets to the park.
  • Tour guide.
  • Meals: Breakfast (3), lunch (4), dinner (3), and snacks. If you’re veggie? no problem! we have great options.
  • A professional cook.
  • Horses, and muleteers; horses carry your 8-kg / 16-pound personal items.
  • Emergency horse to escort us during the trek.
  • Oxygen tank.

Not Included

  • First breakfast on day 1.
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Hiking poles.
  • Extra expenditure during the trek.
  • Tipping for the trek leader, porters or muleteers, and other staff.
  • Travel Insurance.

Prices per person

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2 People $ 690.00 Enquire Now
3 People $ 660.00 Enquire Now
4 People $ 640.00 Enquire Now
5 People $ 620.00 Enquire Now
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What to Expect

Impressive views, cold temperatures at night and in the mornings; mostly sunny days during the months of May, June, July, and August; very high altitude points every day so you need to have enough time in Cusco to get acclimated before your trek begins.

Food is amazing from vegetables, just made soups, pasta, to Peruvian delicious cuisine, desserts, and buffet options. All this, prepared by our experienced cook.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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How hard it this trek?

It’s quite easy

It’s very unpredictable

It’s just amazing

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Trip Reviews

Cusco Local Friend has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence due to the most consistent 5-star reviews in Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu for exceptional levels of service and care.

Cat Z
Cat Z
January 26, 2022.
We love Cusco Local Friend! Lovely tour of Sacred Valley! We visited Chinchero, Moray, the Maras Salt Mines and Ollantaytambo. Percy was extremely helpful and communicative, going above and beyond to make the best suggestions and be flexible with our travel situation. Our tour guide Hugo was super friendly, talkative and informative. He introduced us to a few unique and off the beaten path options like a stop to drink some homemade chicha, a casual 1-hour hike down the Maras Salt Mines that ended up in a small village near the Urubamba River, and many pit stops to see additional sites, photo ops and interesting history lessons. Our driver Edison was also very polite. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a private, detailed tour of anywhere in Cusco!
January 10, 2022.
A wonderful Sacred Valley day tour! Percy helped design a tour for us during the day including our transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. The price was very fair and we had an amazing day, including a memorable lunch at a little spot with llamas everywhere! Our guide Carlos was super knowledgeable, friendly and professional and I'd recommend Cusco Local Friend to anyone!
Scotty W
Scotty W
December 31, 2021.
Peru’s Sacred Valley Tour These guys are amazing! They were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and made sure I was always well taken care of. They were also reasonable on prices. Highly recommended!
December 6, 2021.
3rd trip with Cusco Local Friend exceeded expectations ! Last July / August I took my 3rd trip with Hugo from Cusco Local Friend. Just like my two previous trips with them, it completely exceeded all expectations. And I’m already planning a 4th trip with them this coming summer! Hugo and Cusco Local Friend are the reason we fell in love with Peru. Hugo is professional, flexible, very knowledgeable and most of all FUN! The first two trips ( 2017 and 2018) I traveled with my two very food allergic daughters (allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, seafood and sesame). Hugo and Mario asked a lot of questions, took the allergies very seriously, and found us some great restaurants. We even ate a pachamanca lunch with Hugo’s parents on their farm. So delicious. This time, I traveled alone. I texted Hugo my list of places I wanted to visit, things I wanted to do, and how long I wanted to spend in each location. He created the perfect itinerary and made the most of my time in Peru. We hiked for three days - Rainbow Mountain ( Vinicunca ), Seven Lakes ( Siete Lagunas ), and the alternative Rainbow Mountain - Palccoyo. The hikes were so stunningly beautiful. Hugo planned the hikes perfectly. He paid attention to health and safety and carried supplemental oxygen, snacks and water for me. And, he made them fun! We also visited the Potato Park ( Parque de la Papa ) , spent the night with a host family, and visited Pisac. We were supposed to do a food tour on my last day in Cusco, my my stomach was a bit upset. So he planned some alternative things to do. He also arranged my COVID test prior to my flight home. I can’t wait for my next trip with Cusco Local Friend! Call or text them with WhatsApp at +51 984 585 909 or +51 996 550 700. Email at . Have a great trip!
Ferhat D
Ferhat D
November 2, 2021.
Perfect 👍🏻 Hugo was a great and knowledgeable person. He was so friendly and very patient with our questions. As a group, we really enjoyed our trip. I highly recommend him!! Thank you very much for the great experience, Hugo!!
November 2, 2021.
nice Everything went well. The tour was organised as individually as possible and all our wishes were taken into account immediately. Good guys, I recommend them.
Ahram A
Ahram A
October 26, 2021.
Thank you Hugo! I want anyone to know that you can trust Hugo from Cusco Local Friends. My wife and I spent 4 different days with Hugo hiking into Machu Picho, Rainbow Mountain, and on a beautiful, secluded hike to the Sun Gate above Ollantayambo. Hugo made everything easy with private car pick ups from the airport, and he is very knowledgable about the history of every place. I would hire Hugo again anytime when I go back to Peru. Thank you my brother! Ahram + Jennie
Andrew De Donato
Andrew De Donato
October 14, 2021.
Fantastic Tour on Short Notice Hugo was a fantastic guide to spend the day with. He met us in the morning at our hostel in Aguas Calientes and helped us get set up for the day as we picked up some last minute items like snacks, water, and insect repellant. We took the bus to Machu Picchu together and once we got to the site, he provided a really in-depth and interesting tour. He had great answers to every follow up question we had, took fantastic photos throughout the day, and was generally just a really nice and helpful person! I learned so much and will definitely use Cusco Local Friend again next time I visit. I should also add that I originally reached out to him only two days before we were slated to be in Aguas Calientes and he was easy to work with on such short notice and able to source some hard-to-find entry tickets for the time we wanted to visit.
Jessica K
Jessica K
August 17, 2021.
MAGICAL TOUR DURING OUR AMAZING HONEYMOON!! Hugo was truly our Local Friend! We had an amazing tour of Machu Picchu that made our Honeymoon even more fantastic than it already was. He gave us some very interesting and amazing details about the ruins and Incan culture. We would love to return to Peru to learn more and hop on another one of his tours. On top of everything, he even met up with us the next day to help us in Cusco get our Covid Antigen tests so we could fly home (We originally didn't know we needed them to return). Absolutely fun and professional man. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!
July 15, 2021.
Best tour experience ever! The best thing I can say about our 3 days touring with Hugo is that we left having made a great friend and look very forward to seeing him again. He led us on sensational tours of Ollantaytambo, Moray, Maras, Chinchero, Pisca, Rainbow Mountains and gave us valuable advice, counsel, and information for our self guided tour of Machu Picchu. Every day seemed to exceed the grandeur and historical significance of the previous day. Each day, with Hugo's terrific guiding, we found ourselves more captivated with Peru and it's history. Hugo is incredibly well versed in the history and lore of the Cusco region and is thoughtful and engaging in sharing his knowledge. He adjusted our tours to meet our needs, interests, age and fitness levels. He was always gracious, thoughtful, kind and understanding. If we were ahead of schedule Hugo always had an additional archeological site or worthwhile additional "something" to see. Sarah and I have travelled throughout the US, Scandinavia, Europe, and Southeast Asia. This was the single greatest travel experience we've shared. And a great deal of the credit is due to Hugo's thoughtful, caring personality and his singular interest in making each of his participants have a fully developed, well organized, educational, and enjoyable experience. I can't make a stronger recommendation than to say using any other tour service in the Cusco region would diminish your experience compared to what Hugo and Cusco Local Friends would give you.

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