Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Llama Trek - 4 Days

Experience the Magnificent Ausangate Trek on this Llama Pack trip

Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Llama Trek - 4 Days

Experience the Magnificent Ausangate Trek on this Llama Pack trip

The Ausangate trek is considered the crown jewel of the Andes. This isn't a trek for all, but those who want to get off the beaten path will find this an experience of a lifetime. On this 4 day llama pack trek through the Peruvian Andes, our llamas will carry our food, water and gear to each destination we seek.

With the help of your friendly Llama companions, you will cross 4 mountain passes, experience diverse landscapes, enter into remote Andean culture and see an unforgettable night sky. And of course you will experience the breathtaking Rainbow Mountain and Red Mountain valleys- some of the most beautiful, natural landscapes in all of South America and the world. Come explore the Andes with us!

NEW: We now have exclusive FlashpackerConnect mountain shelters at our featured campsites, something you won't find with any other company. These shelters offer a retreat in the evenings from the cold weather and provide some excellent comfort to relax and enjoy your dinner. We also have built in Andean style thatch tent shelters for added protection from the elements.

Why Llamas: Llama are currently an underutilized Eco Friendly way to transport gear and supplies in the high mountains. With the growth of tourism, vulnerable mountain ecosystems are at jeopardy and require responsible management. This is why we use the native Llamas just as the ancient Incan cultures did.

In ancient times llamas were key to the success and survival of the Inca culture. Now we can utilize them to carry our supplies with minimal impact. Once on the trail you will truly understand the power of these animals and why people have been packing with them for centuries, it’s just in in their DNA. Their feet have a leather pad similar to that of a dog, and a split toe that allows for larger surface area and gripping ability. When it comes to rocky, steep, and tough to navigate terrain llamas excel where some pack stock might fall short. They are smaller than horses and thus they eat and drink much less in comparison, making them much more low impact animals and Eco Friendly.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Tinqui – Upis

Distance: 7 km (4.35 mi)
Elevation: 3800m (12467 ft) - 4200m (13780 ft)
Hiking time: 3 hours

We leave Cusco around 6:00am by private van to the start of our trek, at the base of the impressive Ausangate Mountain. For Tinqui we hike through local villages until we reach the small settlement of Upis and with an opportunity to take a dip in the local hot springs (10 soles). Here camp will already be set, and you will have the chance to enjoy the picturesque mountain backdrop as the sun sets on the mountains. Our chef will prepare lunch and dinner.

Day 2: Upis – Pucacocha

Distance: 10 km (6.21 mi)
Elevation: 4300 m (14,108 ft) - 4750 m (15,584 ft)
Hiking time: 5 hours

The morning starts with breakfast and a hike up Arapa Pass (4950m) before a slight decent to our lunch spot. After lunch we continue on to Lake Pucacocha - A deep turquoise lake and a perfect stop for a break. Along the way you will see local herders and llamas, and your expert guide will explain the history of the locals and the landscape along the way. Our campsite tonight is located just below the towering Ausangate Mountain. At our exclusive camp features thatch shelters for our tents, for added protection from the elements. Your evening will be enjoyed with dinner in our Mountain Refugio, here you will be surrounded by mountain views and incredible hanging glaciers.

Day 3: Pucacocha – Ananta

Distance: 9KM/ 5.6 MILES
Elevation: 4500M/ 14,760FT - 4990M/ 16,370FT
Hiking time: 4 hours

Today is difficult but short. We start with a steep ascent up Puncacocha Pass. This pass boasts incredible views and as you reach the top you are rewarded with 360 views of one of the most incredible landscapes on earth. After conquering the pass we continue through a vivid green valley full of alpacas and llamas, if your lucky you might catch a glimpse of a Andean Condor or the rare vicuña. As we approach our destination for the night we will have camp set up for you to enjoy your surroundings and relax.

Day 4: Ananta - Rainbow Mountain - Cusco

Distance: 10km (6.21mi)
Elevation: 4700m (5,420ft) - 5050m (16,568ft)
Hiking time: 5 hours

Enjoy a sunrise summit to the Rainbow Mountain!

On this morning our goal is to wake up early and leave camp by 5am, this allows us to approach and experience the Rainbow Mountain in all of its glory with solitude. So, after a hot breakfast, and some coca tea we start with the uphill climb - Ananta Pass. From here you will see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain in the distance. We descend to a large valley and continue walking a Peruvian flat until you are presented with the final climb to the Rainbow Mountain. From here we head downhill to the village of Qesuno where we will have lunch, and pack up the van before heading back to Cusco with a drop off at your hotel. We typically arrive back in Cusco around 6:00PM.

Additional Trip Info

  • Private transportation to/ from your hotel in Cusco
  • Pack Llamas to carry all of the gear and personal belongings (up to 6kg per person)
  • All meals/drinks prepared by private cook
  • Boiled water and snacks
  • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking guide
  • All gear and camping supplies
  • Top of the line 4 season expedition Mountain Hardware tents (3 person tents provided for 2 guests for extra room)
  • Duffel bags for your personal belongings (carried by horses)
  • Large Dining tent with table, stools, cutlery, & kitchen
  • Portable toilet
  • Fees to access private land
  • First Aid kit including oxygen tank
  • Sleeping pad (thermarest)
  • Sleeping bag (Mountain hardware -30F/ -34C)
  • Exclusive Mountain Shelters at our signature FlashpackerConnect campsites

We provide all high quality camping gear to keep you warm and comfortable in all conditions. Using the best equipment available

  • Personal trekking gear
  • Breakfast Day 1/ Dinner Day 4
  • Personal riding horse*
  • Voluntary Tips for Guide, Driver and Cook
  • Travel Insurance - We recommend  World Nomads, or Global Rescue

Horseback is available to hire through local horsemen. Horses are not the property of FlashpackerConnect. If you choose to hire a horse please note horseman do not speak English nor do they always stick with the group of hikers and the guide as the horses walk faster than the hikers. Should you choose to hire a horse you assume all liability and ride at your own risk. FlashpackerConnect is not responsible for any accidents that occur from riding a horse.


1st Layer:

  • Underware
  • Long sleeved Thermal Shirt
  • Thermal form- fitting pants

2nd Layer:

  • Polar Fleece
  • Trekking pants
  • Thick socks

3rd Layer:

  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof pants (optional)
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Scarf
  • Cold weather Hat
  • Gloves
  • Buff/ handkerchief
  • Sun hat


  • Backpack 20-30 L
  • Waterproof cover for backpack
  • Trekking shoes (waterproof and firm)
  • Sport shoes/ sandals for campsites
  • Camping pillow
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sturdy water bottle
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp
  • Plastic bags for wet items
  • Toiletry kit (toothbrush, wet wipes, etc)
  • Swimsuit/ towel
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended)
  • Sunscreen lip protector
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent


  • Personal Medications
  • Motion sickness tablets for van ride
  • Camera/ Extra battery
  • Personal snacks
  • Hand warmers (optional)
  • Leisure book for evenings
  • Cash and small coins

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