7 Days Ausngate Trek Adventure

7-Day Ausangate Trek Itinerary & Rainbow Mountain Experience with Peru’s Leading Tour Operator.

Adventure this Ausangate trek 7 days to Rainbow Mountain!

Embark on the extraordinary EXTENDED AUSANGATE – RAINBOW TREK, a high-altitude odyssey like no other!
Marvel at the majestic snow-capped peaks, serene glaciers, vibrant lakes, diverse wildlife, and the breathtaking Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. Witness the towering Ausangate peak (6,385 m/20,948 ft), the highest summit in the Cusco region.

Discover a thrilling adventure covering approximately 100 km (62 mi) and reaching heights of 5,400 m (17,716 ft). The Ausangate trail offers a tranquil trekking experience amidst awe-inspiring natural wonders – from dramatic mountain vistas and turquoise lakes to herds of llamas, alpacas, and elusive vicuñas. Encounter quaint villages, adorned with Quechua traditions, along the way.

This rewarding 9-day journey commences from the charming Andean village of Tinqui, circling the grandeur of Ausangate mountain, traversing numerous lofty passes. Adequate acclimatization is key, with a recommended stay of two to three days in Cusco or similar altitudes before your hike. Expect chilly evenings at the elevated campsites.

A moderate to challenging Adventure, this trek features high mountain passes and frosty nights, offering a non-technical yet demanding route. The trek requires a minimum of 2 participants to depart (single or custom treks available at an additional cost), with group sizes limited to 10 individuals (unless arranging a private group).

NOTE: If our Machu Picchu and Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek intrigues you and you’re considering booking, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Please be aware that the National Parks authorities regulate visitor numbers to Machu Picchu, with only 2,500 daily permits available, this includes guides.

To ensure availability, especially during peak season (June, July, and August), we recommend securing your Machu Picchu permit at least 3 months in advance. If you plan to visit during off-peak months, we advise booking your Machu Picchu entrance and Huaynapicchu ticket at least three months ahead. Your train ticket should also be booked in advance. We’re excited to help you prepare for an unforgettable adventure in Peru.

Private Service Price

From $1050 Pp

(5/5)

Itinerary highlights

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Tour Name: Ausangate Trek with Rainbow Mountain to Machu Picchu

  • Tour/Trek Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights
    Location/Terrain: Glacial, snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes, multiple high passes, rocky terrain, screed
  • Accommodation: 6 nights camping facilities along the Ausangate Trek, we use four-person tents which are shared by only two people, come with one-Inch thick foam mattress pad, and pillow. Therma-Rest and sleeping bags are provided upon request.

One night 3-star Hotel in Aguas Calientes Town / Machu Picchu Pueblo at Cabaña Hotel Machu Picchu or Tierra Viva Machu Picchu (Double occupation / hot showers, private bath, and breakfast included)
Acclimatization: Due to the high altitude, we recommend 2 to 3 days in Cusco before embarking on our Ausangate Trek 7 Days Plus Rainbow Mountain Experience to Machu

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Get ready to Explore in the mesmerizing Sacred Valley of the Incas and level up your hiking skills!

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Embark on an epic adventure, tracing the sacred Inca Trail of the Incas along the legendary pilgraming Path!

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Rediscover the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu

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Visit The Most Colorful Rainbow Mountain in Peru.

Adventure

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Adventure Rating: Very Strenuous – Challenging, lengthy, and high altitude with an average of 16,400 feet above sea level, and campgrounds are 14,435 feet above sea level. This trek is designed for experienced active travelers with excellent physical and health conditions. Full-day hikes (8-9 hours), mountainous, some very steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 4,000 feet) on many days, with some camping and hiking at extreme altitudes along remote mountain slopes, where you can enjoy quiet nights under a star-filled sky.
Activities: Hiking / Trekking, Camping, Archaeology and Cultural Adventures
Altitude: 3700m/12,139ft to 5135m/16,850ft
Departures: Daily departures with 2 or more people
Customizable: Yes! Private, custom, add-ons all available

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Hotel accommodations in Cusco & Sacred Valley, for every budget.

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Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge
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Door to Door service
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Meet and greet airport service

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We offer personalized tours to Peru tailored to your schedule! Let us create an unforgettable experience that perfectly matches your desired number of days.

Highlights

HOW TO GET PERU?

How To Get To Cusco City?

Currently, the airport in Cusco serves exclusively domestic flights. As a result, all international travelers arriving by plane must disembark in Lima and proceed through Customs.

Even if your flight to Cusco is scheduled on the same day with the same airline carrier, it is necessary to retrieve your luggage in Lima and check it in again.

The best way to reach Cusco is by air, and luckily there are several options from different airlines. Start Peru or LATAM are highly recommended, although they can be a bit pricey. They offer the most flights and flexibility.

Just keep in mind that delays or cancellations may occur. We Highly Recommend You Travel Insurance. If You do have one we work with Allianz.com we can help you create your package just contact us.

The high altitude of Cusco makes landing a bit challenging, especially in bad weather conditions. If you’re up for an adventure, bus travel is always an option.

Although it can be a long journey, the buses in Peru are well-maintained and quite comfortable. This option is particularly encouraged if you’re coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Arequipa, Puno. If you’re traveling from Lima, be prepared for a 21-hour bus ride. Safe travels!

How To Treat The Elevation In Cusco Peru

Treating elevation (altitude) sickness in a place like Cusco, Peru, which sits at a high elevation of about 3,400 meters (11,150 feet), requires some precautions and strategies to help your body acclimate to the thin air.

Altitude sickness can range from mild discomfort to severe symptoms, so it’s important to take it seriously. Here’s how you can treat elevation sickness:

1. Acclimatization:

Gradual Ascent: If possible, try to gradually ascend to higher altitudes over a few days rather than going directly from sea level to Cusco’s altitude.
– Take Breaks: Plan for rest days or shorter activities upon arrival to allow your body to adjust.

2. Hydration:

– Drink Plenty of Water: Staying well-hydrated helps your body cope with altitude. Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption, as they can contribute to dehydration.

3. Rest:

– Allow for Rest: Listen to your body and get plenty of sleep during the first few days at high altitude. Avoid overexertion.

4. Diet:

– Eat Lightly: Consume easily digestible foods and avoid heavy, greasy meals that can stress your digestive system.

5. Medications:

Diamox (Acetazolamide): This prescription medication can help prevent and alleviate altitude sickness Please consult a doctor before using it and discuss potential side effects.

6. Supplemental Oxygen:

– In severe cases, supplemental oxygen might be necessary. Some hotels in high-altitude areas offer oxygen tanks for guests.

7. Avoid Alcohol and Smoking:

– Alcohol and smoking can worsen the effects of altitude sickness. It’s best to avoid them while acclimating.

8. Listen to Your Body:

– Pay attention to any symptoms like headache, shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue, or dizziness. If symptoms worsen, it’s crucial to descend to a lower altitude.

9. Natural Remedies:

– Some people find relief from altitude sickness by drinking coca tea, a traditional remedy in the Andes. However, it’s important not to overdo it, as excessive consumption could have negative effects.

10. Consult a Doctor:

– If you have a history of heart or lung problems, or if you’re concerned about altitude sickness, consult a doctor before traveling to high altitudes.

Remember that everyone’s body reacts differently to altitude, and there’s no way to completely avoid altitude sickness. It’s essential to be prepared, give your body time to acclimate, and seek medical attention if symptoms become severe.

How Is The Weather In Cusco Peru?

Cusco, Peru, has a temperate and relatively mild climate due to its elevation in the Andes Mountains. The city’s high altitude of around 3,400 meters (11,150 feet) influences its weather patterns. The climate is characterized by distinct wet and dry seasons. Here’s an overview of the weather in Cusco:

1. Dry Season (May to September):

– This is considered the best time to visit Cusco, as it experiences less rainfall and generally clearer skies.
– Daytime temperatures are mild, ranging from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F).
– Nights can be chilly, with temperatures dropping to around 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F).
– It’s the peak tourist season, so expect larger crowds, especially around popular attractions like Machu Picchu.

2. Wet Season (October to April):

– The wet season in Cusco coincides with the Southern Hemisphere’s summer and is characterized by more frequent rainfall.
– Daytime temperatures during this period are similar to the dry season, but nights might be slightly warmer.
– Rainfall is heaviest from November to March, with January and February being the rainiest months.
– Rain showers can be intense but are often followed by periods of sunshine.
– This season is considered the low tourist season, so there might be fewer crowds and lower prices on accommodations and tours.

Keep in mind that weather can be unpredictable, even during the dry season, due to the city’s high elevation. It’s a good idea to pack layers, including warm clothing for the nights, as well as waterproof gear for potential rain showers. Additionally, the weather in Cusco can vary based on the specific month and even week, so checking a reliable weather forecast before your trip is recommended.

Bring Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is an absolute must! Whether you’re planning trips for months or embarking on adventurous journeys, unexpected events can strike at any moment. Protect your investment and embrace peace of mind with the right insurance. Need assistance? We’re here to connect you with an expert agent who’ll guide you through the process!

Health Concert Along Cusco Tour

Open communication with your Tour Leader regarding any health conditions or concerns is vital. Although our guides are not medical professionals, they are equipped with first-aid training. Additionally, we collaborate with a clinic in Cusco to provide support to our team when needed.

Please that you assess whether a Tour is suitable for you. Consulting your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in planned activities is recommended. It’s also important to seek your physician’s advice regarding vaccinations and medical precautions. Please note that Tour Leaders Peru does not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level, and medical needs.

If you experience severe altitude sickness or any other condition that prevents you from Touring, but you still want to visit Machu Picchu, we will gladly assist you in coordinating a train trip. Please note that since this will be a new itinerary, additional fees may apply. However, we will make every effort to utilize as much of the original plan as possible to keep costs to a minimum.

If you encounter difficulties during your Tours and are unable to proceed, a dedicated private Guide will accompany you ( Extra Cost ).

Comparison Between Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain in terms of time, distance, and location

Machu Picchu Mountain: Price $80.00
– Time: The hike to the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain usually takes about 3 to 4 hours round trip, depending on your pace.
– Distance: The trail is approximately 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) one way, making it a total hike of about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).
– Location: Machu Picchu Mountain is located to the northwest of the Machu Picchu archaeological site itself. It offers panoramic views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding area.

Huayna Picchu Mountain: Price $80.00
– Time: The hike to the top of Huayna Picchu generally takes around 2 to 3 hours round trip.
– Distance: The trail is shorter but steeper, with a distance of about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) each way, making it a total hike of around 2 kilometers (1.2 miles).
– Location: Huayna Picchu is the iconic mountain that rises directly behind Machu Picchu. It offers breathtaking views of Machu Picchu and the Urubamba River valley.

Both mountains require a separate entrance ticket and have limited daily slots due to conservation efforts and the preservation of the sites. The hikes are considered moderately challenging and involve steep ascents, uneven terrain, and sections with stairs and narrow pathways. It’s important to consider your fitness level and any altitude-related factors before attempting either hike.

Machu Picchu entrance Times and Circuits

As of our last update in September 2023, Machu Picchu has specific entrance time slots to manage the flow of visitors and preserve the site. These times may vary, so it’s important to confirm the current entrance times with our office before your visit. Here’s a general idea of the entrance times:

There are typically two entrance time slots for Machu Picchu:

1. Morning Entrance:

– The morning entrance allows you to enter Machu Picchu early in the day.
– It often starts around 6:00 AM and lasts until around noon.
– This entrance time is popular for visitors who want to experience Machu Picchu in the cooler morning hours and have more time to explore the site.

2. Afternoon Entrance:

– The afternoon entrance is usually from around 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM.
– This time slot is often less crowded than the morning entrance and can be a good option if you prefer a quieter experience.

It’s also important to book your tickets well in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to secure your preferred entrance time.

Pre Departure Briefing

We kindly request you to join us at our office o Hotel for the pre-tour briefing, which takes place at 7:00 PM on the evening before your tour. If you are unable to attend at this time, we would be more than happy to arrange an alternative time that suits you. The briefing session typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes, during which you will also be provided additional information.

Pick-Up Time For The Cusco Tours

Tour Leaders Peru stands out as one of the few companies that offers hotel pick-up services. If your accommodation is located within Cusco City’s central area, your Tour Guide will arrange the pick-up time during the briefing session. Please note that pick-up times may vary by 30 – 45 minutes due to traffic conditions and previous pickups.

Cusco, a city steeped in history, boasts charming cobblestoned streets and narrow passageways. However, it’s important to note that smaller hotels and Airbnb options are often nestled in car-inaccessible streets, sometimes located on hilly terrains. As a result, hauling luggage could pose a challenge. For a more convenient stay, we highly recommend selecting accommodations with improved accessibility. We have curated a list of comfortable hotels that are easily reachable for both pick-up and drop-off purposes.

Certain Tours offer the convenience of pickups in the mesmerizing Sacred Valley, as described in detail below.

Return To Cusco After Your Tour

Returning From Machu Picchu requires a lot of logistics, which are all included in your tour.

From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, you will take a 25-minute bus down to the village. Buses are first come first serve and run all day.
You will take a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. Your guide will give you your train tickets with train time. Make sure you get to the platform 30 minutes ahead of time.

* Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo is 2 hours

* Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy is 3.5 hours

Once you arrive at the train station, look for a gentleman wearing our Logo sign. He will then drive you to San Francisco Square, Cusco

* Van ride from Ollantaytambo to nearby San Francisco Square is 2 hours Aprox.

* Van ride from Poroy to nearby San Francisco Square is 30 minutes

Once you arrive near San Francisco Square, you will separate into separate pre-paid taxis and be driven back to your hotel.

What Do We See And Doo in Cusco Before Hiking Ausangate Trek

Cusco, often referred to as the historic capital of the Inca Empire, is a city brimming with history, culture, and beautiful architecture. Before visiting Machu Picchu, there are several things to see and do in Cusco:

Explore Cusco City:

1. Plaza de Armas: Start your exploration at the heart of Cusco, the main square. Here you’ll find the Cathedral of Santo Domingo and the Church of La Compañía de Jesús.

2. Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun): Visit this ancient Inca temple, which was once covered in gold and dedicated to the Sun God. It was one of the most revered temples during the Inca Empire.

3. San Pedro Market: Immerse yourself in the local culture by wandering through this bustling market. Experience local produce, and handicrafts, and try some traditional Peruvian snacks.

4. Sacsayhuamán: Explore the impressive Inca ruins located just outside of Cusco. The massive stone walls and panoramic views of the city are worth a visit.

5. San Blas Neighborhood: Wander through the narrow streets of this artsy neighborhood filled with galleries, artisan workshops, and charming cafes.

Experience Cultural Activities:

1. Museums: Visit museums like the Museo Inka and the Pre-Columbian Art Museum to learn more about Inca history and ancient Peruvian cultures.

2. Traditional Dance Show: Enjoy a traditional dance performance showcasing the vibrant culture and colorful costumes of Peru.

Taste Peruvian Cuisine:

1. Local Gastronomy: Try local dishes like ceviche, alpaca meat, and traditional Peruvian stews at local restaurants or street food stalls.

2. Pisco Tasting: Visit a bar or distillery to taste Peru’s national spirit, Pisco, and try different variations such as Pisco Sour or Chilcano.

Adventure and Excursions:

1. Cusco City Tour: consider visiting trails like the Cusco circuit to the ruins of Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, and Q’enqo.

2. Sacred Valley of The Incas: Take a day trip to explore the Sacred Valley, visiting Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo, and other archaeological sites.

Exploring Cusco before visiting Machu Picchu allows you to acclimate to the altitude, immerse yourself in the local culture, and witness the remnants of the impressive Inca civilization.

Take your time to savor the city’s rich history and vibrant atmosphere before embarking on your journey to Machu Picchu.

We Answer your Questions Ausangate Trek Rainbow Mountain

WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR TRIP?

This alternative Ausangate Trek 7-day is perfect for those who want a light/moderate/challenging adventure and like to explore new things. Travelers should be in good shape since you’ll be hiking for long periods, Hiking unstable ground, and going upstairs without any handrails.

RECOMMENDATIONS

It is suggested to have hiking preparation at least 2 months in advance with activities that help strengthen the muscles of the legs with a good technique to hold your breath as this tour generally covers heights over 14,000 feet above the mountains in very rough terrain and very low temperatures as well as very high temperatures.

TRIP PREPARATION

During your Pre-departure for this Classic Ausangate trek, you will explore various areas including the Cusco City tour (Recommended )

This trip preparation is for acclimatization purposes; there are several day tours options such as Sacred Valley, Maras Moray, Walk with Llamas, and Alpacas Tour. The walks will be moderately difficult with options for more strenuous hikes. You’ll also get to see numerous archaeological sites along the way.

CUSCO CITY ELEVATION

Cusco is located at a high altitude of 11,200 feet. The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu are lower, at 9,200 and 8,000 feet respectively.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Each Hiking Tour Adventure includes  Hotels and you’ll stay in wonderful accommodations that have been chosen for their excellent quality, location, and personality. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions about Peru Hotels!

OUR PRIVATE TEAM

Throughout the Hike, you will be accompanied by our top private Tour Leader. You will also meet local experts as detailed in the itinerary.

TRANSPORTATION

In Peru, we offer a variety of transportation options to cater to your travel needs as outlined in your itinerary.

If you want to go see something that’s not already on the agenda while you’re here, just let your private guide know. They will be more than happy to help recommend some options for getting there.

WHY YOU SHOULD TRAVEL WITH TOUR LEADERS IN PERU?

LOCALLY OWNED COMPANY.

Founded by former Inca Trail Tour Guide Cesar Conde, founder of www.blissfultravelescapes.comTOUR LEADERS PERU is a locally-owned company in Cusco, Peru. It proudly stands as the sole tour operator and agency with deep roots in the region, offering unparalleled expertise and insider knowledge.

OUR CAMPING EQUIPMENT.

With its dedication to utilizing top-of-the-line equipment like HALF DOME REI tents, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags, Tour Leaders Peru has established itself as a trailblazer in the industry, driving impactful change.

FOOD IN EACH TRAIL.

With Tour Leaders Peru, indulging in culinary delights is almost guaranteed. Our talented chefs undergo specialized training annually to craft exquisite meals throughout the journey. Prepared with fresh ingredients, our buffet-style food selection includes delectable options spanning breakfast, snacks, and lunches complete with soup, main courses, and hot Drinks.

To welcome you at each campsite, we’ll treat you to a delightful hot drink during our happy hours.

PORTABLE TOILETS.

At Tour Leaders Peru, we prioritize the comfort and convenience of our valued clients. That’s why we offer exclusive access to portable ecological toilets at all of our campsites. Rest assured, these facilities are available solely for the private use of our esteemed clientele, ensuring a seamless and eco-friendly experience for everyone involved.

PERSONAL PORTER.

Our hiking services encompass porter assistance, allowing travelers to bring along 6 kg (13 pounds) of personal belongings while on the trail. Our dedicated porters will shoulder the responsibility of carrying all your belongings, ensuring your trek is hassle-free and enjoyable.

HOTEL TO HOTEL SERVICE.

Tour Leaders Peru provides convenient hotel-to-hotel service for all our travelers. Our comprehensive services start by offering direct pick-up from your Cusco hotel accommodation and conclude with a seamless drop-off in Cusco. Experience seamless and hassle-free transportation throughout your journey with us.

FREE LUGGAGE STORAGE.

At Tour Leaders Peru, we go the extra mile to provide exceptional service. That’s why we offer complimentary luggage storage for all your extra bags and personal belongings. So, whether you’re exploring the city or catching a flight, you can trust us to keep your belongings safe and secure while you enjoy your journey worry-free. Experience hassle-free travel with Tour Leaders In Peru!

TOP QUALITY SERVICE.

We are the only company that prides itself on consistently receiving excellent reviews on TRIPADVISOR. Our satisfied customers have raved about our exceptional services, describing the unforgettable experiences they’ve had on our tours.

With us, you can expect nothing less than a remarkable journey filled with immersive adventures, knowledgeable guides, and delightful discoveries. Join us for a Private tour along the Inca Trail that will leave you with cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Upis Village – Upis Hot Springs

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Fig.1 Seven Laggons – Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain

Day 1: Training Day

We will Pick you up from your Cusco hotel at 4:30 am and embark on a 3-hour drive to the enchanting community of Tinki, arriving around 8:00 am. After indulging in a delectable breakfast, we shall commence your Ausangate Trek with a 4-hour uphill hike to our lunch spot at the base of the majestic Ausangate Mountain, the highest peak in the Cusco region towering at 20,926 ft.

Following lunch, we will trek downhill for two more hours, arriving at the picturesque community of UPIS, situated at an elevation of 14,458 ft. Tonight, we shall camp near the invigorating medicinal hot springs. Take a moment to unwind and relish the soothing warmth of the waters amidst the crisp mountain air in the afternoon.

Hiking Distance: 13 km / 8 m
Elevation: 14,458 ft
Hiking time Approx: 6h
Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch, Hot Drinks, dinner
Accommodation: Camping

Day 2: Upis Hot Springs – Arapa Pass - Pucaccocha

Ausangate Trek
Fig.2 – Second Day Hike From Upis to Puka Qocha
Following an early breakfast, we embark on the second day of our hike.
The trail offers a close-up view of the majestic Ausangate Glacier Peak, presenting breathtaking vistas of the mountain, serene lakes, and cascading waterfalls. Keep an eye out for llamas, alpacas, and wild vicuñas – the untamed predecessors of alpacas – and possibly catch a glimpse of a rare condor soaring high above.

The trek entails a challenging 3-hour ascent to the initial pass at 4800m/15,748ft, rewarding you with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Capture some stunning moments with your camera before descending gradually for 11⁄2 hours towards our picturesque lunch spot.

Post a satisfying meal, we continue hiking for another 21⁄2 hours until we reach our campsite at Puca Ccocha (Red Lake). Nestled at the base of the Ausangate peak and beside the tranquil lake, this campsite stands out as one of the most enchanting spots along our journey.

Approximate walking distance: 12km/7.5 miles (7-8 hours)
Campsite elevation: 4300m/14,100ft
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on the trail, boiled water at breakfast, lunch, and camp.

Day 3: Pucaccocha - Yanacoccha Campsite
Sun Gate

Fig. 3 – Sun Rise at Rainbow Mountain.

(Sunset hike to Rainbow Mountain Pass)

Begin your day early with a steaming cup of coca tea, setting the stage for an exquisite trek through the Andes.

Behold the breathtaking vistas of towering peaks and lush valleys. Our morning adventure leads us to the Puca Pass, a challenging ascent reaching an altitude of 5050m/16,568ft.

En route, feast your eyes on the splendor of turquoise lakes and the majestic Ausangate glacier. At the summit, the grandeur of Ausangate Mountain unfolds before you, offering a glimpse into the tranquil Chillca Valley where alpacas graze peacefully.
Admire the vibrant hues of the Rainbow Mountain range from this vantage point. Following a picturesque lunch break at Anantapata (4400m/14,435ft), surrounded by verdant hills and snow-capped peaks, we embark on a gentle uphill trek to the Warmisaya (Pitumarca) pass at 5050m/16,568ft.

Revel in the panoramic views before descending to Yanacocha lake for camp setup. As twilight descends, embark on a serene sunset hike to the Rainbow Mountain Pass, witnessing the sun’s golden descent over the Rainbow Valley. Conclude the day with a leisurely return to camp at Yanacocha for a delightful evening of tea, snacks, and a sumptuous dinner.

Approximate walking distance: 17.7 km/11 miles (about – 8 hours)
Campsite elevation: 4400m/14,435ft
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on the trail, boiled water at breakfast, lunch, and campite.

Day 4: Yanacocha - Ausangatecoccha
Machu Pichcu Lost Inca City

Fig.4 – Rainbow Colorfulll Mt – Nikon D7500.

Embark on an early morning adventure to the captivating Rainbow Mountains, also known as Vinicunca or Montañas de Colores.

Witness the stunning Rainbow Valley at sunrise after a brisk 1-hour hike, savoring the view in solitude before the crowds arrive. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you to prime photo spots to capture the vibrant colors and unique mineral composition that define these extraordinary peaks.

This South American gem stands as one of Peru’s most breathtaking natural wonders, with only a handful of similar marvels worldwide. Following the sunrise spectacle, trek downhill for about 3.5 hours to Quesouno for a satisfying lunch break.

Energized and refreshed, continue your journey with a 2-hour uphill hike to Ausangatecocha along the Ausangate Trail. Traverse picturesque landscapes, encounter llamas, alpacas, and snow-capped peaks, culminating in a serene night’s camp by the mesmerizing dark blue/green lake, gazing upon the majestic Ausangate Mountain.

Approximate walking distance: 16 km /9.95 miles (about 6.5 hours)
Campsite elevation: 4300m/14,108ft
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on the trail, boiled water at breakfast, lunch, and camping

Day 5: Ausangatecoccha - Comercocha
Machu Pichcu Lost Inca City

Fig.5 – Perfect View From Our Campsite

Following breakfast, we embark on a challenging ascent lasting 2-3 hours across glacial moraine to reach the majestic Palomani Pass at 5,350m/17,552ft.

At this vantage point, the Cordillera Vilcanota’s peaks unfold in a breathtaking panorama. Subsequently, we descend for 2 hours along a steep trail into the picturesque Huchuy Finaya Valley, where we pause for a scenic lunch amidst the mountainous backdrop.

The lunch spot offers a splendid view of “Las Dos Gemelas” or the twin mountains. After lunch, we trek for another 2 hours to our campsite. This leg includes a 45-minute steep climb, followed by a gradually ascending trail. En route, you’ll encounter babbling streams, a serene waterfall, chinchillas, llamas, alpacas, and the awe-inspiring snow-capped mountains, known as the Three Peaks. Our campsite for the night is nestled at Comercocha at 4400m/14,435ft.

Approximate walking distance: 16 km/ 9.9 mi (7-8 hour hike)
Campsite elevation: 4400m/14,435ft
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on the trail, boiled water at breakfast, lunch, and campsite

Day 6: Comercocha - Pacchanta ( Hot Springs )
Llamas

Fig.6 – Llama and the Cordillera of The Andes

After enjoying some hot coca tea and a hearty breakfast, we embark on a 1-hour hike along a diverse trail through the captivating Pampacancha Valley at 4,300 m/14,107 ft. Here, vast open spaces and herds of llamas and alpacas greet us.

Moving beyond the valley, we ascend towards the pinnacle of our trek, the Qampa Pass at 5,400 m/17,716 ft, a 2-hour climb offering breathtaking vistas of The Three Peaks, the Pacchanta Valley, and the chance encounters with vicuñas, deer, and with luck, the majestic condor.

Descending gradually through the Pacchanta Valley, we meander amidst the Ausangate Mountain and the Twin Mountains for 3 hours until we reach our campsite at Pacchanta (4200m/13,780ft).

En route, we traverse glacial moraines, serene lakes, and snow-capped peaks. The campsite rests close to the Pacchanta hot springs, inviting you to relax in its rejuvenating waters while marveling at the majestic Ausangate Mountain.
We offer the optional Hoh Spring experience (entrance fee: 10-20 soles). Some tourists prefer relaxation in their tents over jumping into the spring.

Approximate walking distance: 15 km/ 9.3 mi (6-hour hike)
Campsite Elevation: 4200m/13,780ft
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on the trail, boiled water at breakfast, lunch, and campsite.

Day 7: Pacchanta ( Hot Springs ) - Tinqui - Cusco
horses

Fig.7 – Horses are the best companions for your Ausangate adventure.

Following a satisfying breakfast, we embark on a scenic hiking adventure along a broad dirt trail resembling a village road, spanning 3-4 hours until we arrive at the quaint town of Tinqui (3600m/11,811ft).

En route, you’ll encounter numerous residents, farms, and adorable farm animals, with cheerful children rushing over to greet you. While it’s advisable to refrain from giving them sweets due to limited access to dental care, feel free to share other items like fruits, pencils, and more.

In Tinqui, we indulge in a delightful lunch before setting off on our private transport back to your Cusco hotel, reaching there by around 5 pm. The scenic 2.5-hour drive offers splendid vistas of the Andes, passing through charming traditional villages along the way.

Approximate walking distance: 9 km/5.6 mi (3-4 hour hike, 2.5 hour drive)
Meals: breakfast, lunch, and snacks on the trail, boiled water at breakfast, lunch.

PACKING LIST

Recomended Inca Trail 5 days to Machu Picchu Packing List

In order to prepare your Machu Picchu packing list, you’ll need to understand some basics about the logistics of the hike, weather seasons by month, and what tour companies provide top-of-the-line equipment. Before you purchase any gear, research carefully and also find out what the tour you’ve booked (or are considering) includes.

Daypack:

You will need a daypack for the 5-day Machu Picchu trek; this must be small, light, and comfortable. For Machu Picchu, backpacks should not be larger than 25 liters; Osprey Day Pack Amazon or DayPacks for Hiking REI.COM however, if yours is bigger is ok; you can make it look smaller or store it on the last day.

Duffle Bags:

The Tour Leaders Peru office will have a special treat for you the day before your tour begins: a handy duffle bag. This bag is super convenient because you can stow all the essential equipment you’ll need during the exciting 5-day adventure. And guess what? The amazing porters will carry these bags for you! Just remember, the weight limit is 6 kilos, which includes your cozy sleeping bags and comfy air mats.

Passports:

On the epic Inca Trail adventure, don’t forget your original passport! Make sure it’s valid for at least 6 months from your visit to the country. And hey, if you’re booking as a student, remember to bring along your student card. Can’t wait to see you on this amazing journey
Recommendation:
Bring a waterproof neck wallet travel pouch and passport holder

Sleeping bags:

Make sure to bring high-quality sleeping bags rated for temperatures as low as -10°C. During winter, mountain temperatures can drop to 0°C below. Don’t worry if you don’t have one; you can rent a sleeping bag from us for just $25 for the entire trip! our recommendation is to buy down sleeping bags 0 degree

Inflatable mattresses:

We provide foam mattresses for the Inca Trail; if you want more comfort, you can bring an inflatable mattress or rent it from the Tour Leaders Office for 20$ for the whole trip or buy your own inflatable mattress pad online

Trekking poles:

REI.COM Trekking poles are incredibly useful when conquering mountainous terrains—helping you tackle both ascents and descents with ease! Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with them; our knowledgeable tour leader will provide a thorough explanation of how to use them effectively. You have the option to bring your own trekking poles for hiking Online or rent a pair from us for just $15 for the entire trip. So, gear up and get ready for an exhilarating hiking adventure!

Hiking boots:

waterproof hiking boots are a must-have for this hike. Prioritize their use before embarking on the Inca Trail, as they provide crucial ankle and toe support.

Hiking Socks:

Make sure to pack 4 – 5 pairs of hiking socks for your adventure! Opt for thick wool hiking socks to keep those blisters away and enjoy your hike to the fullest!

Sandals or sneakers:

After an exhausting day of hiking, it’s time to free your feet from the confines of your boots. Instead, slip into some comfortable, lightweight footwear as you wander around the campsite. Remember to bring along camp sandals or light Hiking shoes for both the camping and hotel in Aguas Calientes. Your tired feet will thank you!

Rain gear:

You must always bring rain gear; even during the dry season, rain can occur anytime. We will provide you with rain plastic for your duffle bags during the Inca Trail.
Bring:
1. Waterproof Jackets.
2. Gloves.
3. Rain Hiking Pants. You will need to get some waterproof bags to keep your clothes dry.

Warm clothes:

Please Make Sure to have warm clothes with you at all times in your daypack while hiking!
Don’t forget to bring
1. Down jacket
2. Hats for hiking.
3. Thermal hiking gear
As temperatures might drop below freezing at night. Stay prepared and enjoy the winter season in Peru!

Toilet paper:

Carry toilet paper in your daypack. Additionally, it’s advisable to bring wet wipes antibacterial or tissues for added convenience.

Water container:

Ensure you bring water bottles, bladders (Camelbak water bladder), or any reusable containers with at least a 2-liter capacity. Kindly note that single-use plastic bottles are strictly prohibited on the Inca Trail and at Machu Picchu.

Toiletries:

Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, dry shampoo, moisturizers, small Travel towel

Personal medication:

Headache pills, pain killers, Pepto, Imodium, Diamox, band-aids, hand sanitizer, and a basic first aid kit travel.

Cameras:

Cellphones, GoPro, and travel cameras must be comfortable and not very heavy. Note that to use tripods need special permission. During The Inca Trail tour, we camp in the mountains, and at some campsites, we don’t have electricity; you need to bring extra batteries or a portable power bank.

Headlamp:

Headlamps are essential for the Inca Trail; you will need them to go to the restrooms at night, during dinner time, and if you are late on the trail walking in the dark is always good to prevent always carry in your daypack.

Sun Protection:

Sun hats, long sleeves for hiking, and sunscreen are always with you.

Insect repellent:

Don’t forget to pack bug spray for people – something with feet works wonders! If you’re hiking the Inca Trail between July and October, we highly recommend the mosquito net for head and face. Stay protected and enjoy your adventure to the fullest!

Snacks:

Pack energy bars, chocolates, candies, crackers, and granola. While we do provide daily snacks, it’s always great to have some extras on hand! Let’s keep the energy high and the snacking game strong!

Extra Money:

Bring extra money in Soles to the Inca Trail; you will need them to buy water, use toilets during the first and last day, buy souvenirs, or tip.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Machu Picchu Packages: Before embarking on your journey to Machu Picchu and Peru, you might have some burning questions. Wondering about the best time to visit Machu Picchu? Look no further! Let’s explore and discover the answers together.

Is Rainbow Mountain hard?

Rainbow Mountain Hike: Approximately a 3-hour adventure!

Embarking on the Rainbow Mountain hike typically takes around 3 hours, with variations depending on your pace and physical fitness level. The trail, mostly flat throughout, presents its challenge during the final ascent due to the high altitude. Enjoy the scenic beauty while conquering this captivating journey.

How much does it cost to visit Rainbow Mountain?

Experience the breathtaking Rainbow Mountain with our private day tours, starting from just US$100 per person. For an enhanced adventure, opt for higher-cost tours that cover all fees and explore the lesser-known Rainbow Mountains of Palccoyo. Looking for a more immersive experience? Our multi-day tours range from US$400 to US$1,200 per person, offering various inclusions, flexible durations, and catered to different group sizes. Embark on an unforgettable journey and witness the wonders of Rainbow Mountain.

Are the Rainbow Mountains in Peru real?

Discover the captivating tale of Peru’s Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca. Nestled in the heart of Cusco, this awe-inspiring natural wonder has emerged as a must-visit location for travelers seeking unparalleled beauty and enchantment. What sets this majestic mountain apart is its extraordinary kaleidoscope of colors, creating an ethereal landscape that truly mesmerizes. Embark on a journey to witness the stunning allure and mystical allure of the Rainbow Mountain in Peru.

What is the altitude of Rainbow Mountain Peru?

Known for its challenging terrain, this trail typically takes around 3 hours and 32 minutes to conquer. Its popularity among hikers and horseback riders means you’ll likely cross paths with fellow adventurers along the way. With its year-round accessibility, this trail offers breathtaking beauty no matter when you choose to visit.

Can you do Rainbow Mountain without a tour?

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While the majority of visitors opt for large tour groups to explore the Rainbow Mountains, going without a tour can be an absolutely possible and much more enjoyable alternative. With hundreds, if not thousands, of people visiting every day, being in a swarm of crowds can be quite challenging and a tad bothersome.

What is the oxygen level at Rainbow Mountain Peru?

At Rainbow Mountain, the oxygen level is roughly 40% lower than at sea level. As a result, visitors may encounter altitude sickness symptoms such as headaches, breathlessness, and dizziness.

What is the hardest trek in Peru?

In our humble opinion, while the Salkantay Trek is often regarded as the toughest hike to Machu Picchu, we find the Ancascocha Trail to be the most breathtaking route. Among all the treks that lead to the renowned Inca citadel, the Salkantay Trek stands out as both the most challenging and the most enchanting.

How many days in Machu Picchu is enough?

For most visitors, one day is sufficient to explore the site and its surroundings at a relaxed pace. However, if you want to fully appreciate everything Machu Picchu has to offer and see it all, we highly recommend spending two days! This will give you ample time to immerse yourself in the wonders of this incredible destination.

What is the best month to go to Peru?

The winter season (May – September) in Cusco and Machu Picchu is the ideal time to travel. It’s the driest period, offering pleasant weather for exploration. On the other hand, the summer season (December – March) brings warmth but also frequent heavy showers. Stay prepared and make the most of your trip!

What is the best age to go to Machu Picchu?

While there is no specific age requirement for visiting Machu Picchu, it’s important to consider the walking times within the citadel. Generally, we suggest bringing children who are over 6 years old to fully enjoy the experience.

It’s worth noting that every child is unique, and parents are the best judges of their physical abilities. So, get ready for an exciting adventure and create unforgettable memories at this remarkable destination!

Combine any of these Day Tours

Discover the incredible flexibility of our Machu Picchu 8-day tour package with these exciting add-ons! Enhance your experience and customize your adventure to make it truly unforgettable. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventure, cultural exploration, or luxury relaxation, Tour Leaders Peru has the perfect day tour for you. Choose from treks through ancient Inca trails, jungle excursions, city tours, and more – all backed by our outstanding customer service and expert local knowledge.

RELATED TOURS

Are you a traveler looking for new adventures? A photographer in search of stunning landscapes? A hiker or camper who loves the outdoors? If so, you’re going to want to check out our new hiking tours of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu post. But hurry – restrictions are now in place due to Covid19 which may limit access in the near future. So don’t miss your chance to experience this unique and amazing journey!

Hiking Trail To Machu Picchu

Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 5 Days

Total distance: 26 miles/23km
Elevation: 4,200m/13,779ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require

Machu Picchu Ina Trail Hike

Short Inca Trail 2 Days

Moderate hike. The trek starts at 2100m (KM 104) and climbs to 2700m (Wiñay Wayna) before descending to 2400m (Machu Picchu). Since the trek is carried out at a much lower you do not need to worry about acclimatization.

Salkantay Trekking Tour 5 Days

Inca Trail Salkantay Trek 7D

Total distance: 46.7 miles/75km
Elevation: 4,821m/15,817ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
This is all-inclusive Tour

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Lares Valley – Inca Trail 4D

Total distance: 29,3miles/47km
Elevation: 4,700m/15,419ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
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