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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

We require a minimum of 2 participants to book this tour
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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

Why Travel with us

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Your time is precious - we know that. Your experience is our top priority. No big bus groups, No flags to follow! Traveling with a private guide and driver you’ll do what you want, when you want with the freedom to change your plans on the fly.

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Great sights don’t make an amazing tour. Great guides do! Our guides don’t read from a script, we give them the freedom to make each tour their own, and your experience unique. We love what we do and it shows. From the moment you arrive, you'll feel the buzz and excitement that Cusco Local Friend to offer.

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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.

Kathy C
Kathy C
August 29, 2022.
Most Amazing Guided Tour EVER! I very highly recommend this amazing tour company. We worked closely with Percy and customized a 4 day trip with the incredible Juan Carlos. We had the best time and felt like family since the very beginning of our time. Hats off to our fabulous driver as well. I have already told several friends that THIS is the tour company you want. I have hired many in different countries and this was the best experience. Fell in love with Peru, I'll be back. Thank you Percy, Juan Carlos and Team for making this the best trip ever! Kathy C
Elizabeth M
Elizabeth M
August 4, 2022.
Best tour guides ever! We had Edgar and Abraham as our drivers/guides on a full day tour of the Sacred Valley and they were phenomenal! They were already outside at 7am when we walked out. Both were friendly and held meaningful conversations along the way, in addition to Abraham explaining the historical significance of each site. We loved the unexpected, fun stops we made along the way. They even took us to the train station at the end of the tour and showed us how to get there from the plaza so that we could spend time exploring the area instead of waiting 2 hours at the train station. We highly recommend them!
jason p
jason p
July 24, 2022.
A great service provider Excellent trip arrangements by Hugo to for airport transfer, and visit to Humantay lake and rainbow mountain. He took extra effort to arrange us to get visa in Bolivia consulate in Cusco and bought us SIM card in advanced which is so useful. The tour guide, Smith is also a very nice person and we enjoyed the trip very much even though it was tiring. Thumbs up to Cusco Local Friends !
Dee P
Dee P
July 22, 2022.
Cusco to Ollantaytambo made pain-free Used this service to go from Cusco Airport to Ollantaytambo and then Ollantaytambo to Cusco city. Can't say enough good things about how easy it was to book service with them and I highly recommend using a private taxi vs a bus. I was forced to use a taxi due to the bimodal service via PeruRail having issues with a bus driver strike. This meant that the bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo was canceled. Cusco Local Friend emailed me within minutes of requesting taxi service and charged $35 USD which was such a good deal that I used them to return to Cusco even though the bus driver strike was over. Drivers Daniel and Rafael were safe and efficient on the roads. Recommend that you speak a little bit of Spanish but not necessary.
baron s
baron s
July 12, 2022.
7 day Journey through Cusco, sacred valley, macchu Picchu, rainbow mountain We planed a honeymoon 7 day adventure with local Cusco friends and my wife and I had a 5 star experience. First off the communication between Hugo and Percy were amazing in helping plan this once in a lifetime experience. A lot goes into planning a Trip to Peru including admission tickets, transportation, train tickets etc and everything was orchestrated flawlessly. Ferdinand was out tour guide and he went above and beyond in teaching us about the Incan/ preincan/ modern culture. As well as show us many local spots. Alex was our driver and he was extremely professional and was prompt at making our itinerary move smoothly. I can honestly say that by the end of the trip we were sad to leave Alex and Ferdinand as we have all become good friends. I have already referred this company to two couples that are visiting in the next few months. Go ahead and book with this company you won’t regret it.
July 6, 2022.
Yes - They are locals and they are friends! I had a terrific experience with Cusco Local Friend and wouldn’t hesitate to tell any of my friends to use them. I started working with them back in 2019 to plan my dream trip to Machu Picchu. My private tour all arranged with Cusco Local Friend included hiking the short Inca Trail, a day visit at MP with an additional hike up Huayna Picchu, another day around Aguas Calientes, and then the Belmond Hiram Bingham train back to Cusco. My trip was originally scheduled for April 2020, and the world shut down. I worked with Cusco Local Friend to postpone my trip until further notice, and they did not hesitate to make that accommodation on our arrangements. Then, a year later, I finally rescheduled the trip for September of 2021, but the Delta variant was high and Huayna Picchu was still not open, so I decided to postpone indefinitely again. Again, no issues with this from our Cusco Local Friends! I FINALLY was able to get the trip successfully completed at the beginning of June this year. When we arrived in Cusco, Hugo and a driver were there waiting for us. We went into town for coffee and talk about the details of our planned MP experience. Afterwards, the driver took us to our hotel in the Sacred Valley where we were staying to acclimate for 4 days prior to our trek. On the morning of our trek, we were greeted by our guide, Juan Carlos and a guide in training at the time, Smick. We had an incredible day! The trek was hard, but Juan Carlos kept us on pace and even brought some wine for us to have during lunch, which was a fabulous touch. Note: It was raining most of our trek, so a nice glass of red wine warmed up, and prepared us for the final push, along with our coco leaves, of course. The next day when we toured MP and climbed Huayna Picchu, we had both Smick and Juan Carlos along for the ride. They took amazing pictures for us and answered all our questions. The following day, we had not planned anything, but to relax, but Hugo at Cusco Local Friend said that Smick could hang out with us that day and take us to the butterfly place and do a hike to a waterfall that was close to town. Since Smick was in training and needed the experience, they just threw that time in for us! So generous! We had a great day with Smick! When we finished up our day, Smick got us to the train station, and we said our farewells. Back in Cusco, we planned to see Hugo again and give him our feedback on our trip. He came and met us at our hotel and even brought us a little gift. He also arranged for a transport to the airport for us in a couple days, no extra charge. I had an excellent experience with Cusco Local Friend! They are all LOCALS to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and that is always what is important to me when deciding on what tour company to use. Plus, the communication and number of times we had to change plans, was all smooth and easy. We learned so much on our MP trek, and it will be an adventure that I will never forget. Thank you, Cusco Local Friend!
Aubry A
Aubry A
June 23, 2022.
We Loved Rumi For Helping Our Different Abilities Wonderful experience. My family and I loved Rumi our guide. Unfortunately for Rumi, we got confused about when and where we were supposed to meet Rumi, but he did really well tracking us down in no time even though we were like herding cats. The confusion was our fault not his. On the tour Rumi was wonderful. He had brought a binder full of pictures and references to show us Machu Picchu at different times in history and different references about the area. He was also very sensitive to my family members that had ability differences. He even held my mother-in-laws hands while she walked up and down the more precarious areas of Machu Picchu. Be aware that this isn't an easy hike. My father-in-law had a knee replacement a year prior to our trip and he struggled with the ups and downs and the length of the hike. If you are determined, like he is, you can do it but just be aware its not like an American National Park with rails and flattened walk ways. It was 100% worth it for all of us though. Thank you Rumi and Cusco Local Friend.
Timo W
Timo W
May 15, 2022.
Perfectly organised, great and knowledgeable guide. Unforgettable experience! From start to finish our tour was perfectly organised. During the planning of this trip Percy was our contact person. He replied quickly, proposed ideas and he felt really engaging en determined to create the best experience in and around Cusco for us. During our stay Abraham was our guide and we had a variety of drivers. Abraham was super knowledgeable and found the perfect balance between explaining but not overloading us with knowledge. All of the drivers were super punctual and drove us around very comfortable. We had some challenges as there was a strike in the region that we visited however we never noticed a thing about it. Percy contacted us in advance and was super flexible in changing our itinerary. When the train back from Aquas Calientes was fully booked due to the strike Percy upgraded us to make sure that we didn’t have to change our itinerary. If you are to plan your trip to Cusco make sure to use Cusco Local Friend as they will make sure that you will get an unforgettable journey.
May 14, 2022.
Remarkable World Wonder From the pre-booking, to booking, to post-booking, the information given and provided is spot on. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable, gave an in-depth insight into the area and provided "theorized" answers to questions asked. Would rebook hands down without hesitation! September was a great month. Cool weather, slight rain encountered, which made the experience even better as the climate shifting throughout the day could be easily felt.
May 7, 2022.
Sacred valley tour Our guide Abraham was very knowledgeable, friendly and flexible allowing stops for photos. Edgar our driver had the van so clean and windows clear for taking pictures. He cleaned windows after each stop. We were a small group but had a wonderful experience. Would highly recommend these fine men. We did the Sacred VALLEY. Thank you so much. PAUL AND BARBARA BURLEIGH, CANADA

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