DAY 1: CUSCO – UPIS VILLIGE – HOT SPRING
We will begin this 4-day walk to Ausangate at 5:30 am, which is the time we will pick you up from the hotel where you are staying, heading to the town of Upis, for which it will take us about 3 hours and during the tour, You will see the people who live in the place, beautiful houses, and a landscape without a doubt incomparable. As we travel we will make a couple of stops so you can observe the landscape and take some photos.
Arriving at the town and ready with all the necessary equipment for the hike to Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain, we will embark on a trip that will last 2.5 hours through the Ausangate Valley. During the tour you will be able to observe part of its fauna, made up of alpacas, llamas, the beautiful Andean goose, and the friendly Andean cat, which is in danger of extinction.
At the end of this 2-and-a-half-hour tour, we will take a break in Upis to recharge our batteries and fill our stomachs with the best gastronomy in the area. After lunch, in the afternoon you will have free time to take a dip in the hot springs and we will offer you a delicious and nutritious dinner, as well as a comfortable resting place for day 2.
- Walking Distance: 7km/ 4,5 miles.
- hiking hour: 3 hours roughly.
- Trailhead Elevation: 4,220 meters / 13,840 feet.
- Difficulty: moderate.
- Campsite Elevation: 4,320 meters / 14,100 feet.
- Accommodation: Cabins.
DAY 2: UPIS - PUCA COCHA
This day our tour will consist of visiting Yana Qocha and Qomer Qocha in-depth, so we will start our activities at 5:30 am to have breakfast, drink a delicious mate, and get ready to continue the 4-day hike to Ausangate.
We will resume the hike for 3 and a half hours more to reach the Yana Qocha camp, and from there we will visit Arapa, where we will observe the mountains and eroded valleys of the area that are simply majestic.
Continuing through an altiplano valley, we will descend to the second camp of Puca Cocha, near the snowy Ausangante where you will have a starry night and also the chance to see the Milky Way.
- Walking Distance: 10 km/ 6,21 miles
- hiking hour: 5 hours roughly
- Difficulty: moderate/difficult
- Campsite Elevation: 4,500 meters / 14,760 feet.
- Accommodation: Mountain Huts
DAY 3:PUCA COCHA - QOMER COCHA
On this day our route will consist of visiting Yana Qocha and Qomer Qocha in depth; therefore, we will start our activities at 5:30 am to have breakfast, drink a delicious mate, and prepare to continue the 4-day trek to Ausangate.
The tour will be along a path with irregular ascents and descents in which you will be able to see beautiful lagoons with an intense turquoise color, worthy of a postcard. After walking for 1 hour and a half, we will come across a zigzag path from which you can admire the Vilcanota mountain range from a good angle, with its glacial peaks and hills full of vibrant colors.
Once there, we will descend little by little towards a place called Ananta, which is where we will have lunch and continue for 2 hours walking until we reach a pass called Warmisaya. From this place, you will be able to see how majestic and imposing the rainbow mountain of Ausangate is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful panoramas.
After visualizing this incredible landscape and seeing that every minute of the walk was worth it, we will go down for 30 minutes towards the second camp that awaits us where we can eat, bathe, relax, and recharge our batteries for day 4.
- Walking Distance: 10 km/ 6,214 miles
- Campsite Elevation: 4,900 meters / 16,076 feet
- hiking hour: 7 hours roughly
- Difficulty: moderate/difficult
- Accommodation: Camping
QOMER COCHA- RAINBOW MOUNTAIN - CUSCO
The four-day begins with a nutritious breakfast and an energizing coca tea to explore the rainbow mountain. We will leave the camp to the rainbow mountain and the journey will take approximately 1 hour and a half. We will stay about 45 minutes at our destination to enjoy and admire the surroundings,, you can observe the end of this tour which is really beautiful, capture the last hours of this journey, to finally board the transport that will take you to the city of Cusco.
- Hiking time: 3-4 hours
- Hiking distance: 6 km / 3.72 miles