Ausangate treks

Ausangate Treks

Unveiling Sacred Peaks and Rainbow Mountains

Join us and explore the amazing Ausangate treks, which take you through the shadow of Apu Ausangate, Cusco’s most sacred mountain. Discover the newly found Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain and the famous Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain in Peru. Our Ausangate treks, reaching nearly 6400m at their peak, lead you past glaciers and high alpine lakes, through villages where you’ll see alpaca herds and few other trekkers. This high-altitude route, with passes close to 5000m, combines beautiful scenery with cultural experiences, offering a unique journey through stunning Andean landscapes. Encounter plenty of wildlife, from llamas and alpacas to the rare vicuña, and relax in natural hot springs along the way.

See all our Ausangate Hikes by clicking through the tours below!

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    Palccoyo Mountain Tour 1D

    Duration: 1 Day
    Availability : Availability: Every Day
    Depart: Cusco
    Destination: Palccoyo
    Max People : 12
    (1 Review)
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    Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Tour 5D

    Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
    Availability : Every Day.
    Depart: K'airahuiri Alto
    Destination: Pacchanta
    Max People : 12
    (6 Reviews)
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    Ausangate to Laguna Sibinacocha 6D

    Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
    Availability : Every Day.
    Depart: Tinqui
    Destination: Cusco
    Max People : 12
    (3 Reviews)
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    Ausangate Trek 5D

    Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
    Availability : Every Day
    Depart: Tinqui
    Destination: Cusco
    Max People : 12
    (5 Reviews)
  • Rainbow Mountain Day Trip 1D

    Duration: 1 Day
    Availability : Every Day.
    Rainbow Mountain
    Max People : 12
    (3 Reviews)
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    Rainbow Mountain Trek 2D

    Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night
    Availability : Every Day.
    Depart: Qh'esihuno
    Destination: K'airahuiri
    Max People : 12
    (3 Reviews)

What makes the Ausangate treks special?

The Ausangate treks, including those to Rainbow Mountain Peru, stand out because they traverse the sacred landscapes of Apu Ausangate, Cusco’s most revered peak. These trails guide you through quaint villages with alpaca herds, past magnificent glaciers, and beside high-altitude lakes, often with little to no other hikers in sight.

Rising to nearly 6400m, Ausangate is the tallest mountain in the Cusco region and holds deep spiritual significance in Andean culture. The 5-day trek kicks off about 100 km southeast of Cusco, starting at the trailhead in Tinki.

The  5-day Ausangate trek is a demanding high-altitude adventure, with numerous passes approaching 5000m. It also allows for a visit to the famous Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. This journey is among the most scenic in the Andes, featuring sparkling lakes, towering peaks, and diverse wildlife, including llamas, alpacas, and the rare vicuña. If you’re lucky, you might also encounter the playful vizcacha, a relative of the chinchilla. One of the trek’s highlights is the chance to unwind in several natural hot springs along the route!

Hiking Routes Around Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain

What if you are looking for an Ausangate trek in 3 days, or in 4 days?  Well, you’d have to be extremely fit to do the Ausangate trail in 3 days but… we will adapt our 5 day Ausangate itinerary for 4 days if you require a customised trek.

Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain Tours

As trek specialists we are always looking for the most unique trek options. If you don’t like crowds and would enjoy visiting a rainbow mountain without lots of people then a Palcoyo rainbow mountain tour might be your best option.

Palccoyo Mountain Tour 1D – an innovative new tour that visits this little known Rainbow Mountain.

But… I do want to visit the famous Rainbow Mountain Peru!

Our specially crafted 2 day rainbow mountain trek is designed so that you visit the Rainbow Mountain when there aren’t so many people!

Rainbow Mountain Trek 2D  – camp close to the famous mountain and visit when no one else is there!!! Super special!

If you are short of time, and want a one day tour to the Rainbow Mountain, here is our quality private tour Rainbow Mountain Day Trip 1D.

Festival treks in the Ausangate mountain region

Ausangate is also known for the once in a lifetime visits to the Qoyllur Riti festival – an annual pilgrimage that blends Christian and Andean faiths with. Explore this fascinating event with 2- and 4-day pilgrimages to Qoyllur Riti.  Like all of our treks, these Ausangate treks are designed to get you off the beaten path – ideal for the adventurous trekker looking to escape the crowds and see the real Peru.

More inspiration All About the Señor de Qoyllur Riti Pilgrimage


Need help deciding which Ausangate mountain trek is right for you? 

Be inspired by the cosmology and people of the sacred Apu Ausangate.

How do Ausangate treks compare to the other treks around Cusco, discover Why You Should Trek to Ausangate Cusco


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