Ausangate Trek – 6 Days/5 Nights

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    6 Days/5 Nights

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See the 6 Biggest Attractions in the Cusco Region all in one hike!

See the 6 Biggest Attractions in the Cusco Region all in one hike!

Machu Picchu (twice!)     Rainbow Mountain     Inca Trail      Ausangate Mountain     Red Valley Seven Lakes

The Ausangate (Ow-Sun-GAH-tay), Rainbow Mountain, & Machu Picchu Trek, without a doubt, gives you the most bang for your buck when it comes to any hiking trip in the Cusco region.  This is an amazing option for anyone who wants to see it all – from a challenging, high-altitude hike that includes incredible scenery over three mountain passes to the cloudy forest and ruins on the famous Inca Trail.  Along the way, you’ll also get the bonus of seeing unique wildlife, getting close to the glacier of Ausangate – the 2nd highest mountain in Peru – and finally hiking into the jewel of Peru – Machu Picchu city.

This trek will take you back in time to a place where the locals still wear traditional ponchos and hats and reward you with quiet, uncrowded trails, spectacular glacial lakes, stunning snow-capped peaks, and the unusual streaked landscapes of the Rainbow Mountains of Vinicunca.

*This is a full-service trek.  A duffel bag will be provided prior to hiking for your personal items and our staff will transport the bag and all other equipment (tents, food, cooking supplies) from campsite to campsite.  All you will need to carry is your day pack.*

What's Included

  • Transportation from end to end
  • Private, English speaking guide
  • All meals as listed (can accommodate dietary restrictions with proper notice)
  • Duffel bags for items to be carried by porters (up to 15lbs/7kilos per person).
  • Clean water at every meal stop
  • Tents – 2 people/tent (single occupancy available for additional charge.)
  • All entrance fees and permits
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Basic First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Walking sticks (available for rent)
  • Lunch and Dinner - Day 6
  • Alcoholic Beverages of any kind
  • Gratuity
  • Breakfast – Day one
  • Travel Insurance
  • Sleeping Bag (can be rented for $30)

Departure/Return Locations

Your hotel in Cusco

Departure Time



Your adventure awaits!

  • We will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning for a GORGEOUS three hour drive to our starting point in Tinqi.
  • You’ll meet our staff and hit the trail for 2 hours on an easy, steady incline until we get to the lunch spot for our first amazing meal of the trek.
  • Three more hours of this steady pace will bring us to the first campsite in Upis.
  • You have the option to take a dip in the hot springs in Upis if you bring a swimsuit!


Hope you’re feeling refreshed!

  • After breakfast, we’ll start the 3 hour climb to our first mountain pass – the Arapa Pass (4850m/15908 ft).
  • We’ll spend a little time here to celebrate our accomplishment before rewarding our legs and lungs with a descent to our next campsite.
  • We will reach camp at Puka Qocha where the chef will be waiting with Andean happy hour and dinner.


Earning our bragging rights today!

  • After breakfast, we’ll start the 2 hour trek around the Ausangate glacier to the Puka Pass (16,370ft) where we’ll find the most beautiful turquoise, crystal clear lake surrounded by llamas, alpacas, and the snow-capped peak of Ausangate – the second highest mountain in Peru.
  • Just when you think it can’t get more beautiful, we’ll start to descend for 2 hours and find our first views of the famous rainbow mountains until we get to lunch.
  • With a full stomach, we’ll hike for another 1.5 hours to the 3rd and final mountain pass – Warmisaya (14,370ft).  We can spend as much time as we want here before hiking the last 30 minutes to our campsite.*

*Before dinner, if the weather is nice, you will have the option to do an additional 1.5 hour round trip hike to Rainbow Mountain for sunset.


Ready for a shower yet?

  • We’ll start the day off early with a 30 minute hike to Rainbow Mountain.  We’ll have the site to ourselves for the morning and can spend as much time here as we want.
  • When we are ready to go, we will take the off-the-beaten-path trail through the spectacular red valley for 2 hours and will be treated to stunning sights around every corner.
  • After reaching our lunch spot in Vinicunka, we will take a van for 3.5 hours to Ollantaytambo where you’ll have a hotel with a comfy bed and hot shower for the night.


A change of scenery, but the fun’s not over!

  • We’ll have breakfast at the hotel before taking a scenic train ride to the start of the short Inca Trail – KM 104.
  • We’ll climb through the cloudy forest on a trail and a maze of stone steps and Inca ruins until we reach the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna (Forevery Young).  This is a tough day, but we’ll be with you for every step and it will feel amazing at the end.
  • From Wiñay Wayna, we will have a bite to eat and walk on an easy path to the entrance of Machu Picchu – the Sun Gate.
  • After celebrating this incredible accomplishment, we’ll hike down into Machu Picchu city for a quick look around before heading to Aguas Calientes and another nice hotel for the evening.


The icing on the cake!

  • Today we go back to Machu Picchu (yes, you’ll get to visit Machu Picchu twice!) for a 2 hour guided tour of the mysterious citadel.
  • You have the option to add a Huayna Picchu climb or Machu Picchu mountain climb (if you book tickets in advance!) if you want to do something extra within the city.
  • When you have explored all the highlights, you’ll take the bus back to Aguas Calientes for lunch or a quick snack before your train back to Ollantaytambo.
  • Our van will be waiting there to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.
For a more detailed itinerary, click here.


$688USD +tax  (Normally $860 Per Person)

Only your $200* non-refundable deposit is due today to reserve your space!  Please note: You will be asked to provide passport information* at checkout.

After receiving your deposit, an email will be sent from with more information about renting equipment, dietary restrictions, etc. Please check your SPAM folder if you don’t see this email within 24 hours of deposit.

Once we’ve determined any equipment rental needs, a final invoice will be sent for your balance due 30 days before your trek. You will be able to pay in installments or in one lump sum.


Do I need to bring my own camping equipment?

We will provide a tent and padded sleeping mat.  Tents are set for double occupancy.  If you need your own tent, there will be an additional $25 charge.

Sleeping bags are available for rent for $30 per person.

Duffle bags and porters will be available to carry non-essential items up to 15lbs/7kilos between campsites.  You will only need to carry a day pack.

What are the accommodations?

We work with 3 star hotel-level accommodations (two double or queen sized beds with private bath).  Costs are set for double occupancy.  If a single room is required for the hotel stay, there will be an additional charge of $100.

What is the weather like?

The weather in Cusco is consistent all year round with warm days (70-75F) and cold nights (30-40F).  The mountains are unpredictable though so you should always pack layers and be prepared for rain.  Packing recommendations will be provided with purchase.

What is your cancellation policy?

The deposit is non-refundable.

Otherwise, 100% of the remaining balance is refundable if you cancel more than 60 days before your trip.  50% of your balance is refundable if you cancel between 59 and 31 days prior to the trip.  If you cancel within 30 days, no refund will be available.

Please visit this page to review our other terms and conditions prior to purchase.

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