The Rainbow Mountain Trek Biodiversity

The Rainbow Mountain Trek Biodiversity


The Rainbow Mountain Trek and Ausangate Hike Biodiversity

The snow capped Ausangate and its surroundings, are highly respected by the Andean people; As it is considered an ancestor, protector and provider of water. The high Andean ecosystems, lagoons, the sibinacocha lake; more than 50 snow peaks and the largest tropical glacier in the world, called Quelccaya; make the Rainbow Mountain trek biodiversity, an important area for the conservation. 

In this area of 126 000 hectares, will be protected; the impressive puna grasslands, the flora of the rocky areas and high Andean shrubs of singular importance for the fauna of the place. Likewise, wetlands made up of a group of lagoons, that allow bird population feeding spaces; and herbaceous vegetation, that provides food for the populations of domesticated alpacas and wild vicuñas.


The creation of the Ausangate protected area and the rainbow mountain trek biodiversity, is in danger due to the presence of new mining concessions.

The delivery of mining concessions within the territory requested; as the Ausangate Regional Conservation Area: Was one of the main obstacles to its creation. Currently there are eight mining rights, that put the conservation of this area at high risk; and therefore the beautiful and important landscapes through which we travel on our, Ausangate Trek, Rainbow Mountain and Sibinacocha Lake.


Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek Biodiversity.


At present, two towns near the snow-capped Ausangate; are fighting for its conservation.

The Sallani and Phinaya communities, are fighting hard; for the preservation of what has been their home for decades. These communities would be greatly affected by mining; Because 100% of its economy is due to the raising of South American camelids, that drink the water that comes from the snowy mountains.


Fredy Chuquichampi; the alpaca breeder who leads the conservation of Mount Ausangate.

Fredy Chuquichampi is a leader in the rural community of Sallani; a town at the foot of the Ausangate snow-capped mountain, in the Pitumarca district. He has been one of the main promoters of the proposal, to create the Ausangate regional area. This community member has been an assiduous defender of the lagoons and snow-capped mountains; that are now part of the protected area. He has also protested against the mining concessions, and illegal mining, that were being installed within the territory that should be protected.


Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek Biodiversity.
Sibinacocha Lake.

The fight to protect the largest tropical glacier in the world.

The Quelccaya, is the largest tropical glacier in the world. Located at 5600 meters above sea level; over an area of ​​44 square kilometers. This glacier feeds the Vilcanota or sacred river of the Incas and the Sibinacocha lake; where there is a dam that supplies electrical energy to Cusco. 60 meters of ice are lost annually on this glacier; so its conservation is of great urgency.


The biodiversity of animals and plants that can be found; in the Rainbow Mountain trek and Ausangate hike


andean grass on the ausangate trek
Andean grass “Ichu”.


yareta on the ausangate trek
Azorella compacta “Yareta”.


clover on the rainbow mountain trek
Trifolium repens “Clover”.


andean condor on the ausangate trek
Vultur gryphus “Andean condor“.


the rainbow mountain trek biodiversity
Phoenicoparrus andinus “Pariguana”.


the rainbow mountain trek biodiversity
Chloephaga melanoptera “Huallata”.


 Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek Biodiversity.


Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek Biodiversity.

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