Ausangate Mountain Lake

Machu Picchu, Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain

6 Days / 5 Nights
from US$750
Max. Altitude
5050 m / 16568 ft
Group Size
Up to 12 people
Hostel & Camps
Moderate - Challenging
  • Cusco City
  • Machu Picchu
  • Ausangate Trek
  • Rainbow Mountain

Discover the personality of the Andes

This package is the most fantastic adventure in the Andes; it combines Cusco's most amazing places (Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Ausangate and, Rainbow Mountain). Discover the personality of the Andes on a long-winded trek. Recharge yourself near the most powerful energy points in the Cusco region. Immense sacred glaciers such as the imposing Apu Ausangate, turquoise lakes, wild animals, and the captivating Rainbow Mountain will be the perfect prelude to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu.

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Discover together with Cusco Expeditions the best that Cusco has to offer. In 6 days you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the fascinating culture and history of this part of the world. Feel the call of the Incas as you tour the city of Cusco. Get to know the monumental agricultural laboratory of Moray with its circular terraces and the thousands of small salt pools of Maras. See fertile cornfields in the middle of huge mountains during your visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Be amazed by the genius of the ancient Peruvian builders in the citadel of Machu Picchu, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. As a finishing touch, you can walk to the Vinicunca mountain, also known as Rainbow Mountain, Mountain of 7 Colors or simply Mountain of Colors due to the stripes of colors that its surface exhibits as a result of its complex mineral composition.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 0

    Pre-Departure Briefing


  • Day 1

    We welcome you to Cusco – City Tour Cusco Half Day

    • On your first day, you will be collected at the Airport and Transferred to your hotel in Cusco.
    • You will enjoy and visit the Main Plaza, the Historical Center, Main Cathedral of Cusco, Coricancha (Temple of the Sun) & Santo Domingo Convent, and the archaeological sites of Saqsaywaman, Tambomachay, Qenqo, and Puca Pucara.
  • Day 2

    Cusco | Chinchero - Maras-Moray - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

    • Enjoy the wonderful climate of the Sacred Valley while observing the endless fields of cultivation of Chinchero.
    • Discover the gigantic circular terraces of Moray, the largest agricultural laboratory in the world, and learn about the pink salt extraction process in the Maras salt mines.
    • In the afternoon, travel aboard a beautiful train through the Sacred Valley and enter the tropical jungle. Machu Picchu and its mysteries await you.
  • Day 3

    Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

    • In Machu Picchu, make your dreams come true and enjoy this archaeological sanctuary to the fullest in a package that gives you, like no other tour, the most incredible amount of time in Machu Picchu.
    • After Machu Picchu guided tour, you will have time to explore your own and climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain.
  • Day 4

    Cusco | Tinque - Upis - Abra Arapa - Yanacocha - Pucacocha Lake

    • You will trek through one of the most pristine mountain ecosystems in the world and take in beautiful mountain views and wildlife in its natural habitat for two days.
  • Day 5

    Pucaccocha | El Abra Puca - Anantapata - Warmisaya - Yanacocha (Sunset Hike to the Rainbow Mountain)

    • Sleeping relatively close by to Rainbow Mountain in a comfortable tent also avoids the need for a painfully early departure time pre-sunrise from Cusco as a day trip.
  • Day 6

    Yanacocha | Rainbow Mountain (sunrise walk) - Cusipata - Cusco

    • To end this unforgettable trip, get ready to visit one of the most surreal landscapes you can find on Earth: The Rainbow Mountain of Vinicunca.

Why Take the trip?

  • The Ausangate Trek is the second-highest mountain in Peru. It takes you through some of the country’s wildest scenery and is the perfect opportunity for travelers to get off the beaten track.
  • Enjoy the pleasant climate of the Sacred Valley while observing fertile corn fields and the peaceful lifestyle that exists in the area.
  • Relax during the enchanting train ride to the cloud forest, in the company of the immense Vilcanota River.
  • Walk the ancient stone streets of one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, the archaeological sanctuary of Machu Picchu, at dawn. You'll have the best light for the best photographs!
  • Join us on this breathtaking trek through the Andes Mountains as you traverse epic landscapes and summit gorgeous mountain paths.
  • Experience the best trek of the Andes, with fabulous views of the Apu Ausangate, red, turquoise, and green lakes.
Day 1

We welcome you to Cusco – City Tour Cusco Half Day

We'll be waiting for you at the airport upon your arrival in the ancient capital of Tawantinsuyu and we'll take you in our comfortable mobility to your hotel. You'll have time to refresh yourself and rest a bit. In the afternoon we'll visit the main spots of this ancient city. Among the most important sites that you'll visit are the Temple of the Sun or Qorikancha, the Cathedral, and the Inca fortress of Saqsayhuamán. At the end of the tour, we'll drop you back at the door of your hotel.

Day 2

Cusco | Chinchero - Maras-Moray - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

We'll pick you up from your hotel in the city of Cusco at 07:30 am. We'll go to our first stop in Chinchero, a beautiful place known not only for its impressive landscapes but also for the quality of its textile art. We'll visit the home of a local family where we'll learn some of the main textile techniques inherited from generation to generation. The low prices and the very high quality of Chinchero fabrics make this an ideal opportunity to do the best shopping.

As we continue our journey we'll observe endless fields of cultivation, small traditional communities, and huge snow-capped peaks. After a short while we'll arrive at Moray and will visit its spectacular concentric terraces. Scholars have verified that Moray functioned as a true agricultural laboratory where food from other altitude and climatic regions could be produced. Next we'll go to the Maras salt mines that have been in operation since pre-Inca times. Be amazed by the more than 5000 salt pools that are flooded, day after day, by water that comes from inside the earth.

At noon, we'll be heading to Urubamba to recharge our energies with a well-deserved lunch. We'll continue our tour of the Sacred Valley and arrive at Ollantaytambo, considered by many to be the only living Inca city to this day. Its streets preserve the original layout made by the ancient Peruvians and the water still runs through the canals that are found next to the main roads. In addition, you'll visit its impressive archaeological site in the company of our guide who'll show you the most extraordinary details.

When we've finished touring this dazzling place, we'll go to the Ollantaytambo train station and enter the Amazon jungle. It'll be an unforgettable 3 hours of travel on the rails next to the furious Vilcanota River. We'll arrive at Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town), an intense miniature metropolis where you'll spend the night in a hotel.

Day 3

Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

The dream day starts very early. At 05:30 am, after enjoying breakfast at your hotel, we'll board a bus that'll take us to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. This journey takes about 25 minutes.

As soon as you enter Machu Picchu you'll be invaded by an intense energy. This pre-Hispanic marvel of architecture and engineering is built on the top of a mountain in complete harmony with nature. We'll be one of the first groups to enter, so you'll be able to contemplate - without the distraction of a multitude of tourists - how the orange light of the dawn sun is covering these ancient corners.

Learn about the true history of Machu Picchu on a 2-hour guided tour. You'll discover the main sectors of this citadel and then have free time to rediscover this enigmatic archaeological site on your own.

If you have managed to obtain an entrance to the Huayna Picchu mountain, our guide will accompany you to the starting point of the trek. It will take approximately 2 hours to ascend and descend.

At the end of this unforgettable tour you can choose one of the countless restaurants in Aguas Calientes for lunch (price not included in the tour). Then, according to the departure time of your train, you'll return to the Ollantaytambo station where our mobility will be waiting for you to transport you to the door of your hotel in the city of Cusco.

Day 4

Cusco | Tinque - Upis - Abra Arapa - Yanacocha - Pucacocha Lake

We'll start our adventure very early. We'll pick you up from your hotel at 5:00 am and we'll go in a private vehicle to the city of Urcos, capital of the province of Quispicanchi. On the way we'll be able to observe picturesque towns and beautiful lagoons along the Vilcanota Valley. We'll continue to the town of Ocongate and then towards Tinque where you can make your last minute purchases before we reach the community of Upis (3,799 masl / 12,464 fasl), the starting point of our walk. After breakfast, our first day begins on a plain that looks directly at the immense Ausangate glacier (6,300 masl / 20,900 fasl). You can concentrate and feel the emotion that this great mass of snow provokes in your heart. As we move forward, we'll meet local people wearing their beautiful and colorful traditional clothes. Herds of llamas and alpacas will also accompany our steps. We'll arrive at the thermal baths of Upis (4,198 masl / 13,776 fasl) to enjoy our lunch.

After a delicious Lunch in the middle of the cold of the high mountains and then begin our walk in a beautiful high Andean valley towards the Arapa pass, always accompanied by the spectacular Ausangate mountain. From the top of the pass (4,798 masl / 15,744 fasl) the beauty of the landscape multiplies. You'll be able to observe the size of the mountain range and, if you're lucky, the solemn flight of the condor. Our guide will explain a little more about the impressive local flora and fauna. Then we'll begin to descend and will run into the beauty of the crystalline multi-colored lagoons of Yanacocha (black lagoon) and Pukacocha (red lagoon), as well as several waterfalls. Later, we'll arrive at our camp where you'll have time to take a reenergizing nap. In the afternoon, we can explore the vicinity of the lakes and drink a delicious tea. Obviously, before you go to sleep, a nutritious dinner awaits you.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:  Camp
  • Difficulty:  Challenging
  • Walking Distance:  14 km / 6.21 miles
  • Minimum Elevation:  4599 m / 15088 ft
  • Highest Elevation:  4850 m / 15912 ft
Day 5

Pucaccocha | El Abra Puca - Anantapata - Warmisaya - Yanacocha (Sunset Hike to the Rainbow Mountain)

There’s nothing better for your body than waking up to a hot herbal tea of coca leaves. Get up early to start one of the most beautiful days of the entire excursion. Be amazed by the stunning views of the snow-capped mountains and deep green valleys. After a hearty breakfast, we will go up to Abra Puca. Feel the impressive presence of the Apu Ausangate and take photos of its beautiful turquoise lagoons. Once you reach the top, you’ll feel that you have the giant face of the Apu Ausangate right in front of you. In addition, you’ll be able to observe the extended beauty of the Chilca Valley where llamas and alpacas will be passing quietly. From this open you can already see the beginning of the Rainbow Mountain range with its striking stripes of colors.

After taking some photos we continue with a gradual descent for 2 hours to our lunch point located in Anantapata (4,400 masl / 14,435 fasl). Once we have filled our stomachs, we’ll take the opportunity to rest and relax before continuing with an ascent to the Warmisaya or Pitumarca pass (5,050 masl / 16,568 fasl). From there you’ll feel like you are a bird and you’ll observe the vastness of the horizon. We only have to descend for 20 minutes to the Yanacocha lagoon where the camp will be waiting for you. Before stopping, we’ll continue our 1 hour walk to the Rainbow Mountain pass to see the majestic sunset show over the Rainbow Valley. Once we have rejoiced in the sunset, we’ll return to the camp in 45 minutes to enjoy happy hour (drinks and snacks) and then a dinner that will surprise you.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:  Camp
  • Difficulty:  Challenging
  • Walking Distance:  17 km / 11 miles
  • Minimum Elevation:  4400 m / 14435 ft
  • Highest Elevation:  5050 m / 16568 ft
Day 6

Yanacocha | Rainbow Mountain (sunrise walk) - Cusipata - Cusco

After a tasty breakfast at 5:00 am, we will return to the Rainbow Mountain to contemplate this colorful valley lit by dawn. You'll have time to enjoy this paradise for 1 hour before the tourist crowd begins to arrive. Our expert guide will take you directly to the key places to get the best pictures.

Your guide will explain in detail why this mountain has such unique colors. It's one of the most amazing places in South America and one of Peru's main natural attractions. The only other colored mountains can be found in China.

Once we get to the Rainbow Mountain viewpoint, you'll have enough time to take pictures of this prestigious geological phenomenon.

We'll begin the return descent for 1.5 hours to the base camp of Phulawasipata, where the transport will be waiting for us to take us back to Cusipata. There we'll satisfy our appetite with a delicious lunch.

You can enjoy the beautiful Andean landscape at sunset from the car while we return to the city. We'll arrive in Cusco at approximately 6:00 pm to drop you at the door of your hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Walking Distance:  9 km / 5.6 miles
  • Minimum Elevation:  4250 m / 13943 ft
  • Highest Elevation:  5050 m / 16568 ft

What Is Included?

  • High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure briefing

    You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our porters. The meeting will be at 6:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.

  • Experienced Guide

    All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. Also, they speak English. As good cusqueños, they feel a great commitment to transmit the knowledge they have inherited from their grandparents. They are very friendly and professional. They’ll make sure you are safe and happy.

  • Medical Kit

    All Cusco Expeditions guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergency situations (altitude sickness, traveller’s diarrhoea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.

  • Customer Service 24/7

    We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication and preparation with the agency leading up to your trek.

  • Meals

  • Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners

    Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets so let us know if you have any special restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner; in addition to hot drinks and snacks. Every morning we’ll give you your snack so you can enjoy it during the walk. Remember that your last lunch will be on day 4. Dinner on the last day is not included.

  • One cloth snack bag per person

    To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we will give you a cloth bag for your snacks.

  • Products for hygiene

    You will be provided with a small towel before each meal to clean your hands.

  • Transportation

  • All transport

  • EXTRAS included in our service.

  • We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You’ll receive a small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress, a cover to protect your backpack on the road, and a rain poncho.

  • Satellite phones:

    Our main priority will always be the tranquillity of our clients. While all of our guides are prepared for emergencies in the mountains, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps you feel more secure. Each Cusco Expeditions guides has a satellite phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to call anywhere in the world. You can also use it even if it’s not an emergency.

What Is Not Included?

  • Travel Insurance

  • Tips for our staff

    Tips are usual on any excursion to Machu Picchu. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the porters and chefs together.

  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management

    Landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.

  • Day 6 Dinner

  • Personal clothing and gear

  Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

Has another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line, and we will get back to you asap!

Briefing or informative meeting

All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the Cusco Expeditions offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.

Duffel bag or canvas case:

ou’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and will deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm / 2 ft. Long x 36 cm / 1 ft. Wide.

A maximum of 5 kg is allowed for each duffel bag that includes the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes and other personal items.

Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Storing your luggage at our Office.

Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.


Cusco Expeditions can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Group tours:

Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.

Strikes and demonstrations:

Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects:

You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.


The trip can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.

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Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information

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Due to the rainy season and trail maintenance, we don't offer this trek during the whole month of february. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, we are working to provide you a better service!

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Cusco Expeditions organized a first aid and rescue course in which all its guides actively participated.

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The food is one of the most important things on the trek, we bring balance and nutritive food along the trail.

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