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Rainbow Mountain + Ausangate Trek. The Ausangate trek is considered the crown jewel of the Andes. This isn’t a trek for all, but those who want to get off the beaten path will find this an experience of a lifetime. You will cross 4 mountain passes, experience diverse landscapes, enter into remote Andean culture and see an unforgettable night sky.

And of course you will experience the breathtaking Rainbow Mountain and Red Mountain valleys- some of the most beautiful, natural landscapes in all of South America and the world. Are you ready to explore the majestic andes with us? Grab some friends and book below!

$545 / P

This was hands down the best decision of my life. I met more than just guides.. I met friends for life.

Ahmed Sanie Eldin

Proctor & Gamble Analyst. Travel is my passion!

Small group travel done differently. We take pride in creating meaningful travel experiences for members of our tours – “I can’t believe we did that” – moments.

Each tour is accompanied by a VSA guide that is with you at all times. We are here to help in anyway possible so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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Private/Custom Tours Available

Travel Style: Trekking 

Outdoor fun with camping accommodations. Private chef following the trip cooking group delicious meals.

Service Level: Luxury Camping

Best up to date camping tents and gear. Porter available at extra costs.

Age Requirement: All Ages

Group tour available for all ages.

Physical Rating: Above Average

Intense hiking at high altitudes ranging from 4,000m to 5,000m.

Trip Type: Small Group

Avg. 4; Max 10

Included Activities

  • 4 mountain passes (Including Rainbow, Ausangate, Arapa, and Chilca Mountain).

    Fees to access private lands

    Fluent English/Spanish speaking guides

    All gear and camping supplies

    First aid kit and oxygen tank


  • 3 night luxury camping.


  • All meals included, except for dinner day 4.


  • Private Van, Horses available (extra costs)



We leave Cusco at 6am by private van to the the start of our trek at the base of the impressive Mount Ausangate. From Tinqui we hike though many local villages with several stream crossings until we reach the small settlement of Upis and your first hot springs of the journey (10soles- optional) Here camp will already be set up and you have the option of soaking your muscles to prepare yourself the the 5 days to come. Our chef will prepare dinner and you will get your first taste of the Ausangate night sky- a sight you will remember forever.

With two passes to cross today, we wake everyone up at 5am with coca tea brought to your tent and you will fuel up with a big breakfast for the day ahead. The morning starts with a hike up Arapa pass (4958m) before a slight decline to our lunch spot near Lake Pucacocha- a deep blue lake and a perfect stop for a break. Along the way you will see local herders and llamas, Ausangate mountain to your left, and you will have your expert guide explaining the history of the locals and talking about the landscape along the way. After lunch we continue uphill for our second pass for the day (Pucacocha pass-5000m) where if you’re lucky you may see condors and vicuñas until descending to our campsite of chillca where you will be surrounded by high mountains and incredible hanging glaciers- watch for the glacier crashing into the lake below! As always camp will be set up for you to change and rest your weary legs and dinner will be prepared.

Today starts with Chillca pass (5051), a very colorful mountain but only a precursor of what is to come. You enter into the Red Mountain valley, a wildly desert landscape with vibrant colors all around, and llamas roaming the ground below- as you approach the top of the pass you will see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain in the distance, but your not quite there! From here you descend to circle lake and continue walking a Peruvian flat until we are presented with one final climb to the Rainbow Mountain. Soak in the sights and enjoy what you’ve worked so hard for. We will enjoy lunch after, and walk to the remote Qencha village for the evening.

After breakfast on our last day we will descend to the Qesuno village enjoying more beautiful landscapes, glaciated peaks and the flora and fauna of the area. Today after lunch we say goodbye to our horse and and the cook and depart back to Cusco where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or other events which are beyond our control. We will always do our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible.

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