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Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain 6D / 5N

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DAY 1: CUSCO – TINQUI VILLAGE – UPIS

Early pick up from your hotel. We drive for 3 hours on a new road to Tinqui, it is a village on the high plains east of Cusco and is where we will start our trek. We follow a wide, gently ascending path toward the northwest face of the impressive Ausangate mountain. We will have a small lunch around noon by the side of the trail. We will continue walking through fields and stone farm houses, and later in the day we will begin to see llamas and alpacas. We ascend gently to the Upis pass (4,435 m/14,107 ft) and camp at Upis camping ground (4,250 m/13,779 ft) where we will be surrounded by snowcapped mountains (Ausangate and Maria Huamantilla). Later that day we will enjoy dinner.
Walking distance approximately 16 km/9.9 miles (6 hour ). Campsite elevation 4250m/13,779 ft

DAY 2: UPIS – ARAPA PASS – PUCACCOCHA

After an early breakfast we begin our second day of the trek. You will hike very close to the Ausangate Glacier Peak and will have incredible views of this mountain as well as beautiful lakes and waterfalls. We may see some llamas, alpacas and wild vicuñas and perhaps a rare condor soaring above. We will have a two-hour uphill hike to reach the first pass (4800m/15,748ft) where you will have magnificent views of the surrounding area. Aftter taking a few amazing pictures we continue hiking gradually downhill for another one and a half hours to our lunch spot. After lunch we hike for another two and a half hours to arrive at our campsite at Puca Cocha (Red Lake). This spot is one of the most beautiful campsites located at the skirt of the Ausangate peak and at the bank of the lake.
Approximate walking distance: 12km/7.5 miles (7-8 hours). Campsite elevation: 4300m/14,100ft

DAY 3: PUCACCOCHA – PUCA PASS – ANANTAPATA – WARMISAYA – YANACOCHA

After an early breakfast we begin our 2-hour steep climb to the Puca Pass at (5050m/16,568ft). Along the way we have gorgeous views of turquoise lakes and the Ausangate glacier. Once you reach the summit of this mountain, you will be located right in front of the Ausangate Mountain and you can enjoy the views of Chillca Valley, with alpaca grazing along these hills. Also, from this pass you will see the beginning of the Rainbow Mountain range with their strikingly striated colors. After taking some great pictures we continue gradually downhill for another 2 hours until we reach our lunch spot located at Anantapata 4400m/14,435ft. After lunch and a little rest, we will hike gradually uphill for 1 1⁄2 hours until we reach the the Warmisaya pass 5050m/16,568ft. After enjoying the views at the top, we descend for 30 minutes to Yanacocha lake where we set up camp for the night.
Approximate walking distance: 12 km/7.5 miles (about 7-8 hours). Campsite elevation: 4400m/14,435ft

DAY 4: YANACOCHA – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – ANANTAPATA – AUSANGATECOCHA

After breakfast (5am) we hike 1 hour up to see the beautiful Rainbow Valley at sunrise! Enjoy the view for an hour without the crowds as we are one of the first groups to arrive. Your guide will show you to the best spots to get the perfect postcard pictures of these incredible mountains and the other surrounding peaks, then will explain what makes these mountains so unique: they are composed of various minerals, which make different colors of stone striations. This is definitely one of the most stunning places in Cusco. There are Rainbow Mountains in only a few other locations in the world. After enjoying the sunrise view, we continue our trek to Anantapata again where we stop for lunch. After a well-deserved rest, we hike 2 hours uphill to Ausangatecocha, where we join part of the Ausangate Trail. Along the way you will see beautiful mountain scenery, small streams, herds of llamas and alpacas and snow-capped peaks. At Ausangatecocha we camp close to a beautiful dark blue/green lake. Mountain.
Approximate walking distance: 12 km /7.5 miles (about 7-8 hours). Campsite elevation: 4300m/14,108ft.

DAY 5: AUSANGATECOCHA – PALOMANI PASS – PAMPACHACA

After breakfast we begin a steep climb for 2-3 hours to Palomani Pass (5,200m/17,056ft). From the pass there are extensive views of all the peaks in the Vilcanota mountain range. We then descend for 2 hours on a steep trail into the Huchuy Finaya Valley where we will be surrounded by beautiful mountain views. From our lunch stop we will have a view of “Las Dos Gemelas” or the two twin mountains. After lunch we hike another 2 hours to our campsite, 45 minutes of which is a steep climb and the rest is a gradually uphill trail. Along the way you see streams and a small waterfall, chinchillas, llamas, alpacas, and snow-capped mountains. We camp tonight at Pampachaca 4400m/14,435ft.
Approximate walking distance 16 km/ 9.9 mi (7-8 hour hike). Campsite elevation: 4400m/14,435ft.

DAY 6: PAMPACANCHA – QAMPA – PACCHANTA - CUSCO

After some hot coca tea and a good breakfast we hike for 2 hour to the the Qampa Pass (5,200 m/17,056 ft). At this pass we have incredible views of The Three Peaks, the Pacchanta Valley, and will hopefully get a glimpse of some wild vicuña and deer, and if we are really lucky, a condor. We then descend gradually through the Pacchanta Valley, walking between Ausangate Mountain and the Two Twin Mountains for 3 hours until we get to our lunch spot at Pacchanta (4200m/13,780ft). Along the way we see glacial moraines, beautiful lakes, and snow- capped peaks. This is the end of our trek and is near the Pacchanta hot springs where you can take a well-deserved soak with stunning views of the Ausangate Mountain if you wish. After that we will take our transportation back to Cusco city
Approximate walking distance: 15 km/ 9.3 mi (6 hour hike). Campsite Elevation: 4200m/13,780ft.