Rainbow Mountain Trek


Trek for five days along the “Camino del Apu Ausangate” route in Vilcanota’s Cordillera, in the shadow of the sacred snow-capped Apu Ausangate that rises to 6,372 metres. This breathtaking trek takes you through one of the most pristine mountain ecosystems in the world, past glaciers, snow-capped peaks, rivers and alongside herds of llamas and alpacas and to the incredibly beautiful Rainbow Mountain.

Llamas and horses owned by the shepherds of the Chillca community accompany us on our trek carrying our trek gear. Each night is spent in an eco-friendly Andean Lodge or “Tambo” with meals prepared by experienced chefs who serve up a variety of delicious Peruvian dishes using local produce. On some evenings, the local villagers entertain us with authentic traditional music.

5 Days


Inclusions & Details

Accommodation Standard

Services of expert guides in high mountain trek.
Private transport to Chillca and back to Cusco.

Accommodation in double rooms.
Breakfast and dinner served in the lodges, snacks and lunches served on the way.
Waterproof bags for the baggage carried by llamas.
First aid kit and oxygen.



Flights to and from Peru / Cusco, or any kind of transport before or after completion of the program.
Tipping staff

Difficulty Rating 4 (Good fitness level required)
Single Surcharge

FROM US$5,750 - Subject to season and availability, contact us for more details. 


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Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.

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Accommodation & Pricing

Standard PETSANT-STD AUD 2180

The below hotels are our preferred options for the respective tour standards mentioned above. Hotels can easily be changed at the customers request. We also note that in some cases our preferred hotels may be unavailable and in those circumstances we may need to provide an alternative hotel of a similar standard.

 Huampococha Tambo - Cusco Treks
Standard Room
The last of the four tambos lies within the territory of the community of Osefina, the inhabitants of which, together with their distant neighbours of Chillca, also participate in the Andean Lodges Project. In addition, they are expert weavers who will show us their textile creations.
 Anantapata Tambo - Cusco Treks
Standard Room
This building is different from the other three tambos, with its prefabricated wooden structure erected upon a solid stone base, as it was built by members of the Chillca community, with the financial support of a government grant, and is now integrated in the operation circuit of the Apu Ausangate Trail Project.
 Machuracay Tambo - Cusco Treks
Standard Room
This tambo is the highest lodging installation in the world, as it is located at 4,600 m. / 15,792 ft. in altitude and at the foot of Mount Ausangate, the most Sacred Mountain of the Incas. In addition, Machuracay Tambo can also be used as a base-lodge, to climb to the summit of Mount Ausangate, the highest peak in the Cordillera Vilcanota (See our special section for the optional ascension to the summit of the Apu Ausangate).
 Chillca Tambo - Cusco Treks
Standard Room
This is the starting point of the Apu Ausangate Trail Trek, as it is nestled less than 3 miles from the end of the Cusco-Chillca Road, in the large glacier valley of Quencomayo, at an altitude of over 4,000 m. / 13,000 ft., where you can enjoy beautiful views of Mount Cayangate. It is a great place to acclimatize and immerse oneself in a high Andean valley, as well as to appreciate some of the highest potato fields in the world.

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