Llama Packing Trek to Ausangate, Rainbow Mountain & Machu Picchu 7D/6N

We are delighted and excited to be able to offer this brand new itinerary from Cusco. Unique to us, our tours now include “Llama Packing”. Using these beautiful, elegant animals to carry our packs and equipment rather than mules or horses, they are incredible strong and have personalities all their own. We guarantee you will fall in love with them!

The multi-day trek combines the rugged beauty of the Ausangate Trail, the breathtaking colours of the Rainbow mountains and the iconic wonder of the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, satisfying even the most intrepid of explorers.

Spending 5 nights trekking and camping in the most beautiful, remote locations that the area has to offer you will be rewarded with incredible vistas of the majestic snow-capped Andes; witness the most spectacular starlit skies; walk through tiny remote communities and stroll amongst flora and fauna that is unique to the area. Watch-out for Alpacas, Vicuñas and maybe even the mighty Condor soaring overhead!

Our trekking takes us to some of the highest passes in the region, with some challenging, steep ascents and so we recommend this itinerary for people with a good basic level of fitness. At all times though, our guides ensure that the pace of the trek is suitable for everyone in the group, taking rests whenever necessary.

We aim to make your trekking camping experience as comfortable as possible, using high quality equipment, providing excellent, nutritious meals and using only experienced, knowledgeable guides and porters.

Providing transfers to and from your hotel, reserving seats on the scenic train service, and booking entry tickets to Machu Picchu we really do take care of everything so that all you have to do is enjoy the journey.

And so we invite you to join us for this trip of a lifetime, and to make your own unforgettable memories from your time in Peru.

Highlights:

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Upis

Your adventure begins with an early alarm call! We will collect you from your Cusco hotel at around 5am for the 3.5 hour drive to the trailhead near the town of Upis. Don’t worry though, we use comfortable mini-vans for all transfers so you can sit back and enjoy the ride and maybe even catch a little more sleep.

At Upis we join the rest of the team who will join us on this incredible journey; the kitchen team, the porters and, of course, the Llamas who will be carrying our equipment. A unique element of our trips, these elegant animals are as tough as any pack mule, but a lot more beautiful. You’ll very quickly grow to love them!

After one final equipment check, we begin our trek with a gradual uphill trail into the most beautiful countryside. As we walk through tiny local communities and pass remote working farmsteads with roaming Alpacas, you will feel a million miles from the hustle and bustle of Cusco. Our pace is never rushed, and so you will have plenty of time to capture the memories on camera, and maybe even talk with the local people as they go about their daily lives.

Reaching the top of our climb, we stop for lunch looking out to the spectacular snow-capped peak of the Ausangate Mountain. The view is quite the reward for our morning’s efforts and your first taste of the culinary delights from our mountainside kitchen are guaranteed to make your mouth water!

Rested and re-energised, we spend the afternoon on a gently undulating path to the foot of Mount Ausangate, and our campsite for the night. Our team of porters will have reached camp before us, and so everything will be prepared ahead of our arrival. All you need to do is to change into warmer more comfortable clothing, and then lay back to enjoy the incredible display from the Andean night sky as it opens above us.

Our chef will prepare a sumptuous dinner for us to share together, before retiring for the evening to rest any aching muscles and prepare for the next day’s trekking.

QUICK FACTS:
Time:6 hours
Hiking Distance:6 miles
Minimum Elevation:12,800 ft
Maximum Elevation:15,000 ft
Level of difficulty:Moderate

Day 2: Upis – Arapa – Auqui

We like to start every day at camp with a gentle wake up call and our porters bringing you a fresh cup of cocoa tea to your tent. While you prepare yourself for the day, our chef will be preparing a delicious and nutritious breakfast, perfect fuel for the efforts to come!

On Day 2 we have two big passes to conquer! Beginning our hike at around 8am, we spend the morning gradually ascending to the first pass. As we climb, the views around us get ever more spectacular with the majesty of the snow-capped peaks of the Andes stretching far into the distance. Reaching the pass, we are rewarded with an incredible 360 degree panorama, and we will take our time to rest and take in the views.

Lunch today will be next to the beautiful, crystal blue Pukacocha Lake, so why not take the opportunity to cool your weary feet in the ice cold mountain water, or just lay back and enjoy the view while you rest.

Our hike in the afternoon is a more gentle, downhill trail for around 2 hours to reach our campsite at Auqui where, once again, we will be treated to a delicious dinner.

QUICK FACTS:
Time:8 to 9 hours
Hiking Distance:8 miles
Minimum Elevation:15,000 ft
Maximum Elevation:16,500 ft
Level of difficulty:Moderate to Challenging

Day 3: Auqui – Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) – Ausangate Qocha

On Day 3 our team will wake you before dawn, and after breakfast we make a challenging, steep ascent.

At the top of the pass we will get our first views of the breathtaking Vinicunca (Rainbow) mountains in the distance. After a short rest, we the take a more gentle uphill path for around 1.5 hours to reach the Rainbow Mountains themselves.

It is rare to see such a vivid display of colours from Mother Nature, and all of the photographs that you may have seen can never really prepare you for the awesome beauty of this mountain range. You will be glad of our early start as we will arrive well ahead of the main tourist crowds, and so you will have plenty of time to enjoy the solitary beauty, and to take plenty of unforgettable photographs.

As the crowds start arriving, we will be making our way back to camp for lunch. Then, after lunch, we walk for another 3 hours to our next campsite at Ausangate Cocha. The views around us change as frequently as the altitude, and so we will always take our time so that you can really look around and take in the sights and sounds of this incredible area.

The night skies in the Andes have to be seen to be believed, and every night you will be truly mesmerised at the display of constellations and shooting stars; as beautiful and magnificent as any of the views that you’ll see on this trek!

QUICK FACTS:
Time:10 hours
Hiking Distance:10 miles
Minimum Elevation:15,000 ft
Maximum Elevation:16,500 ft
Level of difficulty:Challenging

Day 4: Ausangate Qocha – Jampapampa

Day 4 takes us to the highest point in our trek. The Palomani pass stands at almost 17,000 ft and so not surprisingly it provides spectacular 360 degree views as far as the eye can see! It is genuinely humbling to see the vastness of the Andes stretching far out to the horizon and beyond, so make sure those camera batteries are fully charged.

The climb to the pass will leave us all a little tired and breathless, and so after lunch we will take a short siesta before a shorter 2 hour hike into camp and a well earned rest.

QUICK FACTS:
Time:8 hours
Hiking Distance: 7 miles
Minimum Elevation:15,000ft
Maximum Elevation:16,900 ft
Level of difficulty:Moderate to Challenging

Day 5: Jampapampa – Jampa Pass – Pachanta

This is our last day of trekking and camping, but it is no less beautiful as we climb to our last pass at Jampa. We cover a shorter distance today, perhaps a welcome relief for those of us whose legs may be feeling the effects of the previous days of trekking.

After our morning climb, our afternoon is a more gentle trail to our campsite at Pachanta.

As always, breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided and it is always fun to share our trekking experiences over our last starlit dinner together!

QUICK FACTS:
Time:6 hours
Hiking Distance:5 miles
Minimum Elevation:15,500 ft
Maximum Elevation:16,500 ft
Level of difficulty:Moderate

Day 6: Pacchanta Town – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes Town

Today we change transport from Trek to Train!

After breakfast, our comfortable mini-van will be waiting to take us on a beautiful 4 hour drive through the Sacred Valley to the vibrant town of Ollantaytambo. Bustling with Artesan street sellers and busy cafes, this is a far cry from the quietude of the mountains.

After lunch, we join the scenic train service that will take us to our destination for the evening at Aguas Calientes. As the train carves along the lush valley floor, you will see a whole different perspective of the mountains in which we have spent so many days hiking. From the comfort of your seat, you will be able to take some wonderful photos and reflect on your experiences from the last few days.

Arriving in Aguas Calientes we will check you into your comfortable hotel for the evening, and then you will have a little time to explore the town, and maybe even visit the hot baths from which the town takes its name. We get together in the evening for a group dinner before retiring for the evening excited about the finale to our adventure.

Day 7: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Our final day together, and the pinnacle of the tour, we will wake early to join the queue for the bus to Machu Picchu.

The 1 hour journey is on a gently winding hill that takes us to the gates of the sacred Citadel and, as dawn breaks around us, you will be mesmerised at the beauty of the sun rising over the mountains.

Nothing quite prepares you as we walk through the entry gates for our first glimpses of the most iconic ruins in South America, if not the world! The culmination of 6 days of strenuous efforts can be quite overwhelming, but is hugely rewarding. Your guide will take you on a 3 hour tour of the site, bringing the story of the place, the politics and the people to life, and ensuring that you get to the right spots for those unforgettable photos. There is a reason that Machu Picchu is on most people’s bucket lists, and this is your chance to capture your moment forever!

Once the tour is completed, you will have some time to spend alone walking around the site, or just sitting and reflecting, before returning on the bus to Aguas Calientes. We have lunch together in town before taking the train journey back to Cusco, where we will transfer you back to your hotel.

Inclusions & exclusions

Inclusions

  • Transport whenever needed
  • Meals during the trek
  • One dinner at Indio feliz restaurant in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance tickets to Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain area
  • Llamas to carry all your belongings
  • Horses to carry heavy equipment such as gas tank, chairs, cooking tent and others
  • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu (does not include Huayna Picchu)
  • Chef and assistant chef
  • Boiled drinking water during the trek
  • Trekking guide, knowledgeable in rescue management, history, traditions, fauna and flora
  • First Aid Kit, carried by your guide
  • Equipment (sleeping tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table, chairs, air mattresses)
  • Duffle bag for your belongings to put on the Llamas
  • You have access to 17 pounds (8 kg) bag for the Llamas where you can put your personal belongings
  • Round-trip bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town
  • Train ride from Cusco to Machu Picchu both ways (Vistadome service)
  • 2 nights hotel in Cusco and one night in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town (3 star hotel)

Exclusions

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us for $ 40 for 6 nights camping)
  • Meals no mecioned
  • Gratitudes for muleteers and guides

Additional options

Llama Packing Trek to Ausangate – Additional options

Horse ridingUSD 80 per day
Single tent requestUSD 15 per day

Prices

Price
$ 1430 per person

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