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With an altitude of 6384m the Ausangate Mountain is one of the highest mountain tops in the region of Cusco and it is the 5th highest mountain in Peru. The famous mountain is also known as “El Techo de la Capital Inca”, “Vinicunca” (Colored Mountain).

Montaña Arcoíris

During the Ausangate trek we will come across the “Rainbow Mountain” or “Colored Mountain”, recently also called “Mountain of 7 colors”. These names were given to the mountain top by visitors who arrived at the mountain top after an intensive climb and admired this impressive mountain chain and its beautiful colors. The incredible landscapes during this hike, like valleys, streams and snowy mountain tops make this an unforgettable experience.  The mountain owes its beautiful landscape of colors to the presence of sedimentary rocks that are in erosion.

We will leave very early in the morning (4:30 – 5:10 am) from Cusco to the village of Cusipata (3430 m) from where we will go to the small village of Paucarpata. after we will arrive at the road point (4900m) where we will have breakfast.

After breakfast, accompanied by a beautiful sunrise, we will start our hike for approximately 1h (1.5km) following the road through the ravine, crossing small streams, until we arrive at “Vinincunca”(5200m.) from where we will have an amazing view at this unique mountain and its wonderful colors.  We will have time to take pictures and enjoy the view. Later we will start our descend to  thea car will take us to the places where we will have our lunch. After lunch the car will bring us back to Cusco.

The Tour Includes

  • Briefing
  • Transport from Cusco to Rainbow Mountain
  • Professional guide who speaks English/español
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch (vegetarian meals possible).
  • Entrance to Vinincunca
  • Snack
  • Personal oxygen (Oxishop 4 liters)

The Tour does not include

  • Extra horse (USD 35)
  • Extra drinks
  • Tips
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Life insurance

Recommendations for the Tour

  • A light backpack with extra clothes for the whole trek
  • Clothes for rainy weather (jacket and pants if you have them with you) or a rain poncho
  • Appropriate shoes, we recommend waterproof trekking boots. Extra stockings cannot be missing
  • Warm clothes;  including jacket, polar liners, gloves, scarf and cap
  • Camera and batteries (Batteries consume faster in a cold environment)
  • Hat or cap for sun, rain and cold
  • Sunscreen
  • After sun cream
  • Snacks: energy bars, fruit, chocolate … etc.
  • Water for the hike
  • Your own first aid kit, containing personal medicine that you might need
  • Cash: for snacks, tips, souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks
  • Binoculars (if you have one)

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