The surreal mountain ranges of Ausangate will welcome you on this expedition to the Rainbow Mountains. The beautiful colors of the mountains gives travelers an unforgettable experience. The rural Andean communities will give you an insight to how the Inca's used to live.
Day 01: Cusco - Tinqui - Upis
This expedition starts early when we pick you up from your hotel or hostel. We will head towards the small village of Tinke for three hours. We will then hike three hours until reaching the hot springs at Upis (14,432 feet or 4,400 meters). We will set up camp here for the night.
Day 02: Upis - Lake Puka Q'ocha
We will start early this morning and trek to the Arapa pass (15,908 feet or 4,400 meters). We will continue for 3.5 hours into the valley, stopping by the green lake of Lake Jatun Puqa Q'ocha. We will stop here for lunch and then continue until Puqa Q'ocha, after we will set up camp for the night.
Day 03: Lake Puka Q'ocha - Qampa
We will start our ascent to the Palomani pass (17,056 feet or 5,200 meters), this is the highest point of the trek. We will continue to follow the train into the valley and the stop for a nice lunch. We will also enjoy the colorful views of Puca Punta. We will head towards the green valley of Pampa Jutunpata and to the Rio Q'ampa valley. We will spend the night close to the Sorococha Lagoon.
Day 04: Q'ampa - Pachhanta
We will start the day by heading north west to the last pass of the Q'ampa pass after passing through the community of Q'ampa (16,400 feet or 5,000 meters). We will get to see the breathtaking and colorful lakes. We will continue hiking for a couple of hours before arriving in the village of Pacchanta. After a relaxing break in the hot springs, we will enjoy a cold beer. We will also set up camp close and you will have the afternoon to explore on your own.
Day 05: Pacchanta - Cusco
We will start the three hour trek back to Tinke and we will explore the Andean village before returning to Cusco.