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Ausangate Glacier & Rainbow Mountain Bike Trip

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This is possibly the most incredible mountain bike tour in South America.

The Ausangate Glacier (6380 meters) is located 4 hours south of Cusco.

We will cross on bikes 3 high mountain passes, some of them reaching over 5,000 meters (16500 ft.) On our journey, we will camp near turquoise lagoons, rivers of high mountains and spectacular valleys, always accompanied by the view of the imposing Ausangate Glacier.

The bike tour around Ausangate Mountain is more than just a trail. It is the best of the Andes by mountain bike. The views of breathtaking beauty, the flora and fauna, the local communities that we will find along the way and the experience of being living an authentic bicycle adventure will make this trip remain forever in your memory.

It is important to reiterate that the weather is unpredictable, the camping is in the high mountains, the food is basic and it is common to have to push the bike up the mountain, of course always we will have some mules that will carry the equipment and food.



  • Spend incredible moments with our team of expert mountain guides.
  • Surrounding the Ausangate Glacier knowing local communities and a landscape of
  • Incomparable beauty.
  • Visit the famous Mountain of 7 Colors.
  • Ride mountain bike trails at more than 5,000 meters
  • Camping near turquoise lagoons, glacial lakes, rivers, forests.
  • Spend your camera's memory with incredible landscapes.
  • Know the depths of our local customs.
  • The trip to Ausangate Mountain is named by National Geographic Channel,
  • As one of the "TOP 5 most beautiful places in the World".

Day 1: Welcome to Cusco, time to start the adventure

In the morning we pick you up from the Cusco airport (Velazco Astete) and we will go to our lodge to assemble the bikes and receive the explanation of the program in detail by part of our team of guides. Later we will do a detailed general review of all our necessary equipment for the expedition; in case we lack something we will have time to buy it in the different bike shops and adventure stores that Cusco city offers.

Night in Cusco

Day 2: South Valley Enduro Warm Up

Day 3: South Valley Enduro Warm Up: THE EXAM

Day 4: Meet Apu Ausangate on bikes

Day 5: Visit the Rainbow Mountain & Taste the Pachamanqa (Local BBQ)

Day 6: Top of the World - Ausangate and Lakes

Day 7: The Last Stash

Day 8: Tupananchiskama

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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  

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