Ausangate & Pacchanta Rainbow Mountain Trek

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Soaring glacier peaks scrape the sky to the left. A valley plummets to the right. Front and center is a mound of earth striped with intense turquoise, rust red and golden yellow. The colors flow like a wave so perfectly that you would believe they were painted by the gods. The only way to get to this secret corner of the earth is the Ausangate Trek. This trail is for those who are looking to explore the Andes in the puna areas – exploring the majesty of the Andes and learning about the traditions of the Andean people.

Details

Duration: 7 Days
Starts in: Cusco
Ends in: Cusco
Group Size: 6-12
Difficulty: 4/5

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Peak Explorations

Peak Explorations is a social enterprise that offers affordable treks and tours for those who seek a different kind of adventure while making the planet a better place.

Additional Information

The area is inhabited by traditional Inca animals such as large herds of llamas, alpacas and this is the only area in Cusco region to see the Inkan indigenous habitat of the VICUÑA (which has most expensive wool in the world!). Besides seeing these most impressive views of the glacier peaks and blue lakes, you will enjoy the hike of llamas in the Vilcanota Mountain Range. You will also be amongst the first to enjoy the newly discovered and now famous RAINBOW MOUNTAINS in Vinicunca.


FIXED DEPARTURE DATES FOR 2019

OCTOBER 15-21
CUSTOMIZED DATES ALSO AVAILABLE

ITINERARY

 
DAY 1
Arrive in Cusco There will be a group meeting on the first day to discuss the trek and answer questions. 

DAY 2
Cusco-Tinki/Pacchanta After three hours by bus, we will arrive at Tinki and start hiking or horseback riding to Pacchanta native community. Through the way, the silence and sound of the wind will let us discover the landscape, and the local fauna and flora, and we'll see herds of alpacas beyond the glaciers. (L/D) 

DAY 3
Pacchanta -Qampa After passing through the small community of Q'ampa we will head North west to the last pass of this hike, the Q'ampa pass (5000 metres/ 16400 feet). We will see several different coloured lakes and lunch beside Q'oma Q'ocha. We hike for several hours before arriving at the small village of Pacchanta. We can soak in the thermal springs for a couple of hours, and even have a well-deserved beer! We will set up camp near Qampa and you will have the afternoon free to explore this interesting Andean village. (B/L/D) 

DAY 4
Qampa-Ausangate-Qocha From qampa we ascend to the Palomani pass (5,200 metres/ 17 056 feet); the highest point of the trek. From the pass we follow the trail into the valley ausangate qocha then we will continue to Jatun Puqa Q’ocha. From your camp site you can choose to climb a nearby ridge to view the red-tinged lake of Vino Q’ocha. Each lake in the region is coloured differently depending on the coloured sediment of the nearby mountains. (B/L/D) 

DAY 5
Pukaqocha-Huampococha Today is a big day and the most anticipated day of the trek. We hike up to 17,000 feet where you will be graced with views of the majestic painted hills, but don't get too excited yet, we still have a few hours to go before we finally arrive at the Rainbow Mountain of Vinicunca. We have a celebratory lunch on top and take long break to enjoy the views. After lunch we head back up the valley and set up camp near Lake Yanaorqo. (B/L/D) 

DAY 6
Vinicunca-Cusco Continue as far as we can towards Puca punta the red sandstone sediment formations, such a wonderful experience. Here we see vicuñas and luckily condors, to shorten the climb this is a relatively short day and eventually encounter Vinicunca a mountain of striations of colors embedded in the hillsides. best known as The Rainbow Mountain, it speaks for itself. We ended up having a marvelous time and arrive to Cusco. (B/L) 

DAY 7
Fly home from Cusco (via Lima).  Group transfer to airport will be provided.

NOTE: Consulting with your doctor prior to joining the trip is recommended.  It is highly suggested that you familiarize yourself with the hazards and risks of high altitude trekking.   Please be advised that by joining this trip, you are assuming the ALL risks associated with high altitude trekking, outdoor activities, and adventure travels outside the United States as noted in the Liability Waiver form.  A completed & signed Liability Waiver form and travel insurance to cover 100% trip cost, emergency medical and evacuation are REQUIRED to join this trip.  After completing your trip booking and deposit, you will be required to purchase the required travel insurance by the trip balance due date.  Failure to obtain adequate travel insurance will result in cancellation of your booking and loss of trip deposit.

 

TREK STYLE 

This trek is STRENUOUS given the high altitude, the possible low temperatures, with the highest point at 5200 meters. You must be physically fit, in good health, and preferably with recent backpacking/hiking experience.

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