Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek

Grade of Hike: Hard
Trekking duration: Itinerary below (4 days - 3 Nights) - Optional: (5 days - 4 Nights) or (3 days - 2 Nights)
Start Hiking point: Upis (4,400 m / 14,435 ft)
Max. Elevation: Rainbow Mountain (5,100 m / 16,732 ft)
Major Attractions: Lakes, Mountains, Flora and Fauna.
Best Period: From May to September

Ausangate to Rainbow Mountain Trek is one amazing route in the Cordillera Vilcanota in the Andes of Peru. Each Campsite are over 4 thousands, there are beautiful colorful lakes, wild birds such as Andean geese, wild ducks, etc., camelid like Vicuña and Alpaca and Llama during this trek you will be surrounded by mountains and you will see local people with their own traditional dress, all of them make more beautiful, the spot is unique and Rainbow Mountain is one of incredible spots with those natural colors from the high point you can enjoy the view of the red valley which is in the background of the Rainbow Mountain.

Day 01: Cusco (3,400 m / 11,154 ft) - Upis (4,400 m / 14,435 ft)
After having breakfast in the hotel, we go by car for around 4 hours to Upis campsite passing some small villages each of its landscape is unique, we go until Tinki we can stop there in order to explore a bit that village, the local market is very nice local people selling their local products. Then we continue by can until Upis around there we see Alpacas and Llamas they make more beautiful the landscape, we arrive to our first campsite and then we walk until Upis Lake for an hour then go back to the campsite and stay overnight at 4, 400 meters in tents. 

Upis Upiscocha



Day 02: Upis (4,400 m / 14,435 ft)
- Arapo Pass (4,850 m / 15,912 ft) - Pumacocha Lake (4,585 m /15, 042 ft)

After breakfast at Upis, we start hiking up to Arapo Pass (4,850 m). It has an amazing view of Ausangate Mountain and the colorful mountains in the background, it takes 2 hours approximately to reach it. Then, we walk down until Pumacocha, It is a big Lake there are many Andean birds like Andean geese during our trek we see Alpacas around the lakes, we arrive to the second campsite, we stay overnight at 4,585 meters and sleep in tents.

Arapo Pass Pumacocha Lake


Day 03: Pumacocha Lake (4,585 m /15,042 ft) -
Apachita Pass (4,780 m / 15,682 ft) - Altaquri (4,450 m / 14,599 ft)
After an early breakfast, we start hiking up to Apachita pass 4,780 meters. It takes 2 hours approximately a beautiful spot in order to enjoy the view of Ausangate Mountain and the Pumacocha lake after that we go down to the next campsite which is Altaquri during this day we have a nice view of colorful mountains mostly are red. Finally, we arrive to the third campsite and stay overnight at 4,450 meters in tents.

Apacheta Pass Altaquri


Day 04: Altaquri (4,450 m / 14,599 ft) -
Rainbow Mountain (5,100 m / 16,732 ft) - K'ayrahuiri (4,630 m / 15,190 ft) - Cusco (3,400 m / 11,154 ft)
An early breakfast our last campsite, we start hike up to K'ayrahuiri high point then we continue until Rainbow Mountain or Quechua name "Vinicunca" we hike up until the view point of Rainbow Mountain after that we visit the red valley then we walk down to K'ayrahuiri village from there we go back to the hotel in Cusco and it takes 3 hours.

Rainbow Mountain Kayrawiri