Peru by Locals, is always putting amazing adventures together for you, now you have the chance to experience the 3 togheter, Ausangate, Rainbow mountain and Machu Picchu. It is the true Paradise filled with cool mountain strams, blue-green lakes, picturique vellages, Llamas and Alpacas everywhere, snow caped mountains, the colorful rainbow mountain that remains you a painted hills that is a must see one of the most breathtaking places on earth and the most important a trek thats far from the crowds.
Whiteness the majestic Ausangate, standing tall looking the grassland, the guardian of our ancestors Incas.
This journey ends with a tour of the most amazing cities ever built by the Incas Machu Picchu with a beautiful train rode back to Cusco.
Day 1: Cusco – Upis bajo – Pamparapa
We deapart Cusco by 5am for a journey of 3 hours to the trail head at Upis bajo, here we will meet tour Llameros or llama riders, our adventure starts with gradual up hill in the direction of Ausangate mount through Llama and Alpaca herds. We would considere this part of the hike gente but because the elevation can be chalening for many of our guest, you should not be worried about it, our passionate guides will be there for you to encorage you every step to make it to camp with total happiness.
One making to camp you have the time to enjoy the views as well as have the chance to jump in the hot springs while you watch the sun set over the mountains.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Hiking Time: 5 hours
- Hiking Distance: 12 km / 7.4 miles
- Lowest elevation: 4237m / 13,900 ft
- Highest elevation: 4568 m / 14,983 ft
Day 2: Upis – Arapa pass – Puka cocha – Auqui
Waking up with our style coffee or coca tea in your tent followed by a belicious breakfast, what a way to start the day, we will the start our trek towards the first pass called Arapa that was once and it is still for our Quechua people considered a sacred spot, here we will do a small ceremony to the mountains as our anscestor did especially when we will be pretty close to the most sacred mountain for the Incas – The Ausangate mountain. After this nice moment we head down to lunch spot next to a beautiful lake Pukacocha right down at the bottom of Ausangate mount. After our lunch with its propper nap we will continue our journey up on steep switchback trail towards the second pass where we will find a big pile of stones made by the Incas long ago called Apacheta as marking along the trails, also it offer us the views of more snow capped mountains, red mountains, glassy lands and perhads the wild Vicuñas after a good rest here we start decending do camp for couple hours where we spend the night.
- Hiking Time: 9 hours
- Hiking Distance: 16 km / 10 miles
- Lowest elevation: 4,568 m (14,983 ft)
- Highest elevation: 4,934 m (16,187 ft)
Day 3: Auqui – Rainbow Mountains – Ausangate cocha
Very early morning hike to the next pass for about 1.5 hours from where we will be able to spot the Rainbow mountain in the distance as well as red mountains and more herd of Llamas, we will be arriving to Vinicunca or the rainbow mountain by 10 am, once there we will have enough time to enjoy this espectacular beauty of nature we will head back to the ame camp for lunch and continue onto camp for couple more hours.
- Hiking Time: 8 hours
- Hiking Distance: 12 km / 7.4 miles
- Lowest elevation: 4,570 m (14,993 ft)
- Highest elevation: 4,934 m (16,187 ft)
Day 4: Ausangate cocha – Palomani pass – Hatunpinaya
The day begings early with a hot drinks including coffee, hot chocolate and a great brekfast, it will be another another beautyful day awaits for us, Alpacas and Llamas headed by Local ladies, Wild Vicuñas, Chinchillas and of course the colurful mountains including Lakes and claciars all around.
We start hiking up for about 2.5 hours to Palomani pass over 15, 580 ft that is the highest elevation we reach in the intire trek, after a nice rest here we start heading down to lunch spot at Huchuy pinaya for over 1.5 hours.
The afternnon hike is in gente uphill for to camp sorounded by beautyful mountains and we also have the chance to see Condor that are the biggest fliying birds.
- Hiking Time: 8 hours
- Hiking Distance: 10.4 km / 6.4 miles
- Lowest elevation: 4,300 m (14,107 ft)
- Highest elevation: 5,110 m (16,756 ft)
Day 5: Hatunpinaya – Qanpa pass – Ninaparayoq
Today is the last day of long adventure, we hike up in gradual up hill all the way to the next pass, along the way we will see few families that still live at this altitude, few families that inhabit this área and pretty much survive in the Winter time. But looks like Paradise living here because how much land the have, botherered by nobody and owning especially docens and docens of Llamas and Alpacas, They are hight altitude dewellers.
After reaching the pass we will be facing alreay Cusco valley way far in the distance, the hike down for couple hours to Ninaparayoc for lunch accopanied by it’s propper nap, then another couple more hours to Camp at Pacchanta where we also have the chance to enjoy the hot springs.
- Hiking Time: 6 hours
- Hiking Distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles
- Lowest elevation: 4,700 m (15,416 ft)
- Highest elevation: 5,010 m (16,437 ft)
Day 6: Pacchanta – Ollantaytambo Town train ride to Machu Picchu Town
Wake up for our last brekfast with our team, then 4 hour ride to the town of Urubamba where we stop for lunch at the best restaurant in town, then 20 minutes ride to Train station in Ollantaytambo to catch the train at 3:37 pm Vistadome train so, we can enjoy the train ride during the day light, the journey is through a beautyful lash valley, Inca ruins, the Urubamba river. Upon arrival to town we will check in in the hotel to enjoy the hot showers and have have a propper rest in bed.
- Hiking Time: 2 hours
- Hiking Distance: 5 km / 3 miles
- Lowest elevation: 2,700m (8,858 ft) (Train station at Ollantaytambo town)
- Highest elevation: 4,250 m (13,943 ft)
Day 7: Machu Picchu tour and train ride back to Cusco
This day we will have very early brekfast in the hotel for taking one of the first buses to Machu Picchu and get the sun rise at Machu Picchu. We will catch an early bus up to Machu Picchu where we will have two and a half hours guided tour of theple of the sun, main temple, terraces, sundile, school and other in this amazing Inca city. Afterwards if you booked Huaynapicchu mountain permits in dabace you can do it that will take for about 2 hours round trip, when you are done with this hike you will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town), where you will catch the train back to Cusco which will mark the end of your journey.
- Machu Picchu elevation: 2400m / 7874 ft
What to bring on the Ausangate Trek
- Passports. Please bring the same once you used to book the trip
- Good hiking shoes – they should be breaked already; if you have acquired new ones, make sure to break them down before you come. They should be comfortable for your feet and possibly have ankle support. Also considere bringing extra shoose so, you can wear them at camps
- Down warm fleece – jacket has to be warm enough for the nights and the jacket that is a wind breaker and/or waterresistant.
- Few t-shirts – made for hiking; as you will sweat a lot, you may consider bringing at least 3 or 4 of them
- Socks – bring at least 3 pairs ore ven one pair per days is ideal
- Sun hat – as some days can be hot and sunny, we recommend you to bring a sun hat that can keep the sun off your face.
- Light long pants – trekking pants are the best ones, especially those that you can zip off the legs, plus they dry fast.
- Clothes for sleeping – warm long underwear; you can use your fleece to sleep in and you may consider bringing gloves especially for the camp site
- Head lamp – all the camps are dark so you will need to bring your head lights for organizing your stuff in your tent or going to the bathroom at night
- Sunscreen – SPF 35+ recommended
- Trekking poles – they are very helful, they can take 30% of you weigh (if you don’t have them, you can rent them from us for $10 per pair for 5 days hiking)
- Camera with spare batteries or just phones take great pictures nowadays (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
- Book to read – you will have some spare time at every camp to read your favorite book or those that are about Machu Picchu that may make you journey more interesting (the following books are recommended by us: Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie, Machu Picchu’s Sacred Sisters: Choquequirao & Llactapata by Gary R. Ziegler
Seasons in Peru:
- Summer: 22nd December to 21st March
- Autumn: 22nd March to 21st June
- Winter: 22nd June to 22nd September
- Spring: 23nd September to 21st December
The weather in the Andean Mountains of Peru is always unpredictable because of the geographical conditions. In general, the mountain area has a cold and dry climate, and in the north the rains are more frequent.
September to May is the rainy season, so be prepared and expect anything from sunshine, to light showers, even and thunderstorms. You always have to carry rain jacket and poncho with you, but please don’t forget the sun block! Temperatures can change from 7° C / 45° F to 27° C / 80° F in the same day, so be sure to carry different layers of clothing.
In winter, from March to August, temperature drop below 0 degrees at nights, but the day temperatures can rise to a very warm, up to 27° C / 80° F. In the high mountains areas, the night temperatures can drop to below freezing point. But rest assured, the camping equipment provided by PERU BY LOCALS will keep you warm and snug.
Additionally, our Inca trail trek passes through ten bio-zones ranging from high altitude alpine conditions to high jungle. During a sunny day you can expect temperatures of about 18-25°C (65-77°F), however on the second day the weather is very unpredictable and temperatures can drop to 6°C (42°F) during the day at the pass (but you won’t spend a lot of time up there). The Machu Picchu area has a humid climate and tends to be warmer, since it is located at a lower altitude and near to the Amazon jungle. The average temperatures at Machu Picchu are between 23°C to 25°C (73°F and 77°F), with the minimum temperature around 18°C (64°F).