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Ausangate Glacier & Rainbow Mountain Bike Trip

7 days

This is quite possibly the greatest supported bikepacking trip in South America! We’ll bike around Mt. Ausangate (6,380 m; 20,931 ft.), several hours to the south of Cusco, crossing over three mountain passes that hover at more than 5,000 m (16,404 ft.) of elevation! Along the way, we’ll make camp alongside reinvigorating hot springs and enchanting turquoise-colored lagunas.

The Mt. Ausangate Circuit is more than a trail. It’s a butterflies-in-your-stomach, lick-your-lips challenge that won’t be denied. The views, flora and fauna, and local communities encountered along the way are one-of-a-kind, the types of experiences and places that are truly unforgettable and unattainable anywhere else in this world.

It should be understood that the weather is unpredictable, camps are basic, bike portage is more frequent, fatigue is more common, and, in general, the unknown is more unknown…



  • Good times with a fun-loving team of guides
  • Ride a circuit around Mt. Ausangate through mountain communities and farmlands
  • Climb to above 5,000 m (16,400 ft.) three times!
  • Camp alongside thermal hot springs and glacial lakes
  • Live a photographer’s dream
  • Escape to Cusco’s South Valley for secret Enduro singletracks

Day 1: Welcome to Cusco. It's on!

Whether your plan is to strictly bike or to include our package as a part of an extended visit to Cusco, we’re happy to accommodate you – and your bike. We’ll arrange pick-up at Cusco’s Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport and help to get you settled and relaxed. Furthermore, our bike workshop is available for use to get your mountain beast assembled and ready for some one-of-a-kind trails! Just let us know how we can help.

Day 2: South Valley Enduro Warm-up

Day 3: Meet Apu Ausangate

Day 4: Q'ampa Pass Singletrack Descent

Day 5: Maximum Ascent

Day 6: Closing the Loop

Day 7: Ride on!

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Prefer to organize a private tour group of your own? We're cool with that! Send us an email to info@perubiking.com and we'll make it happen...

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off at Cusco’s Alejandro Velasco Astete International airport
  • Pre-expedition orientation
  • Private transportation (all expedition-related transport)
  • Expert MTB guide
  • Assistant MTB guide
  • Water, fruits and snacks
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches
  • 6 Dinners
  • 2 Nights of lodging in Cusco
  • 1 Night of lodging in The South Valley
  • 3 Nights of camping
  • 1 MSR Tent per 2 riders (3-person tent for greater comfort)
  • Access to MSR water filters, Dragonfly Stoves, fuel bottles and cookware
  • Mules to transport provisions, tents and expedition equipment
  • Mule handler
  • Access to first aid supplies and oxygen tank
  • Access to two-way radios and emergency satellite communicator
  • Access to bikestand and maintenance tools
  • Admission to all hot springs
  • Complimentary Perú Biking hat
  • Non-stop Good Times!

Elevation Profile

Mt Ausangate Bikepacking Expedition Elevation Profile English Units

Mt Ausangate MTB Expedition Elevation Profile

Ride Data Table (English Units)

Day Ride Ride time (hrs) Distance (mi) Climb (ft) Descent (ft) Max. Elev. (ft)
1 Arrivals 0 0 0 0 0
2 South Valley Warm-Up 4 14.5 436 7,245 14,730
3 Meet Apu Ausangate 2.5 4.5 1,670 10 15,800
4 Q'ampa Pass Descent 4 8.4 1,146 2,165 16,630
5 Maximum Ascent 5.5 7.3 2,801 2,367 16,790
6 Closing the Loop 4 11.7 1,030 3,336 15,585
7 Ride on! 0 0 0 0 0
  Totals 20 46.4 7,129 15,123  

Ride Data Table (Metric Units)

Day Ride Ride time (hrs) Distance (km) Climb (m) Descent (m) Max. Elev. (m)
1 Arrivals 0 0 0 0 0
2 South Valley Warm-Up 4 23.3 133 2209 4,491
3 Meet Apu Ausangate 2.5 7.2 509 3 4,817
4 Q'ampa Pass Descent 4 13.5 349 660 5,070
5 Maximum Ascent 5.5 11.8 854 722 5,119
6 Closing the Loop 4 18.8 314 1,017 4,752
7 Ride on! 0 0 0 0 0
  Totals 20 74.7 2,159 4,611  

Ride blog

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Contact info

+51 958 348 300

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