Peru 2019 – 7 Day Ausangate Expedition

Dates: June 1-7, 2019

Location: Full Ausangate Cuircut with Rainbow Mountains


15 adventurers have the opportunity to join Nickofthewoods for an incredible, high altitude trek (5400m) in this remote and beautiful section of the Peruvian Andes!

The Ausangate Loop and Rainbow Mountains Trek is the best of both worlds: a stunning, remote trek past snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes, and the colorful striated mountains. This beautiful extended multi-day hike is tucked away in a well-hidden section of the Vilcanota Mountain range and includes the ENTIRE Ausangate Circuit as well as the Rainbow Trail. This route is 62 miles long and climbs from 10,827ft to over 17,700ft. We will be hiking in the shadow of Ausangate, the highest mountain in the Cusco Region (over 21,000 ft). This is a truly remote wilderness trek with incredible views of the Peruvian Andes.

We will see turquoise lakes, glacial mountains, llamas, alpacas, chinchillas, and maybe even a wild vicuña. This is a moderate to challenging trek, not technical, with several high passes. The campsites are at high elevations and will be quite cold in the evenings, below freezing. It is essential to be properly acclimatized for this hike, spending at least two or three days in Cusco (or equivalent altitude) before starting.

Highlights: Remote, off the beaten path, pristine wilderness, glacial mountains, turquoise lakes, Rainbow Mountains, Ausangate Mountain!
Distance: 62 miles
Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights
Altitude 10,827ft to 17,717ft
Adventure Rating: 5/5 Moderate to strenuous, lengthy, high altitude
Solitude Rating: 5/5 Quiet, remote, off the beaten track
Location/Terrain: multiple high passes, rocky terrain, cold nights

– A full gear list will be provided
International airfare is not included but a group flight can be arranged so we all travel together.

Registration: $1250

Deposit – $300 due to secure your spot on this trek



-Checks are also accepted. Please pm for details

Trip Includes:
• All airport transfers
• Full rescue insurance valued at $200
• Hotel stay on the day of arrival
• Private transport to start of the trek
• Personal porter to carry your overnight gear up to 8kg/17.6lbs
• Dry bag for your overnight gear so it won’t get wet or dusty along the trail
• 3 person, 4 season tents (2 people in a large and comfortable tent)
• One inch thick foam mattress pad
• Self-inflating Alps Mountaineering mattress pad
• Wool blanket, pillow, hot water bottle for your feet at night
• Dining tent with tables and stools
• Toilet tent with toilet and toilet paper
• English speaking professional guide
• Full meals on trek (3 meals per day, tea time every afternoon, and snacks on the trail)
• First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank and emergency horse
• Chef, cooking equipment, and kitchen tent
• Horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment, and your duffel bags)
• Hot water every morning and evening for hand washing purposes
• Boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and afternoon
• Entrance to the Ausangate/Rainbow trail
• Private transport back to your hotel in Cusco

Not Included
• International flights
• Dinner on the last day
• Sleeping bags and walking poles
• Entrance to hot springs (10 soles)
• Personal gear
• Tip for your guide(s) and trek staff are optional but highly encouraged if you enjoy your trek

Please send all questions to



Nick Gordon, NREMT and Wilderness EMT, is the owner and lead instructor for NOW Outdoors LLC. He teaches more than a dozen wilderness adventure courses for UW-Milwaukee and teaches for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine. Since 2009, Nick has been teaching and guiding wilderness adventure, emergency readiness, and survival courses throughout the Great Lakes region and abroad. In addition to running the largest meetup community in Wisconsin, he volunteers as a Regional Coordinator for the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education.