Rainbow Mountain and Ausangate 7 Lakes hike, also known as “Montaña de Siete Colores” or “Mountain of Seven Colors,” is a vibrant, multi-hued peak situated in the Andes of Cusco, Peru. It gained international fame in recent years due to its striking colors, caused by the presence of different mineral deposits in the rock formations.
The mountain’s distinct coloration ranges from shades of red, pink, yellow, green, and blue, creating a mesmerizing visual effect. The trek to Rainbow Mountain typically starts from the town of Llocto o Qosqopata, taking around 2 hours to hike to the summit (altitudes of over 5,000 meters/16,400 feet). The journey offers stunning views of the surrounding Andean landscape and the snow-capped peak of Ausangate.
The Ausangate 7 Lakes trek is a rewarding and less-frequented alternative to the more popular Rainbow Mountain trek. The journey allows travelers to immerse themselves in the serene beauty of the Andean highlands, passing through traditional villages, grazing llamas, and awe-inspiring mountain vistas.
The trek typically takes several days and requires a higher level of physical fitness and acclimatization than the Rainbow Mountain hike. Along the way, trekkers may encounter unique wildlife, such as vicuñas and alpacas, as well as Andean communities that have maintained their traditional way of life for centuries.
The highlight of the Ausangate 7 Lakes trek is reaching the turquoise glacial lakes, set against the backdrop of the Ausangate Mountain. The pristine, shimmering waters of the lakes add a magical touch to the already breathtaking landscape, making it a photographer’s dream.
Both Rainbow Mountain and Ausangate 7 Lakes provide unforgettable experiences for nature lovers and adventure seekers, showcasing the natural wonders and cultural richness of the Peruvian Andes. As with any high-altitude trek, it’s essential to be prepared, travel responsibly, and respect the local environment and communities.
Our guide will go by your hotel with our private car to pick you up from 4:20 to 4:30 am, then we will go to Qosqopata (4,700 m / 15,419 ft) where we will begin the trek. Meanwhile, our cook prepares a delicious breakfast for our entire group to then start the hike to the rainbow mountain. And after breakfast we will start the 1.5 hike to the famous rainbow mountain, for sure we will be the first to arrive and appreciate the beautiful landscapes that surround the rainbow mountain and the red valley.
Then we will go to the red valley (5,200 m/17,060 ft), which is 30 minutes from the rainbow mountain, in the red valley we will explore for 30 minutes, and then continue our trek for about 3 hours to our camp in Hananta ( 4,750m). / 15,584 f), our cook will be waiting for us here with the food ready, where we will have lunch with beautiful views of green valleys and snow-capped mountains. After lunch we have the afternoon free to explore or rest, and at 5:30 PM our cook prepares us a delicious dessert to enjoy and after 30 minutes we will start dinner where our guide will also explain the plan for the next day.
Today we will be woken up by our cook with a hot tea or coffee, also our Guide will be there to solve your questions, we will go to have breakfast prepared by our professional Chef, then we will continue our way uphill for 2 hours to the puka cocha pass (4,870 m / 15,978 f), from here we will have beautiful views of colorful lakes and Ausangate mountain (6,372 m / 20,905 f) surrounded by beautiful landscapes and large herds of camelids, after exploring we will continue a trail downhill to Huchuy Pukacocha where our lunch place will be located on the shores of lake pukacocha.
After lunch we will continue our trek all terrain flat for 1 hour and uphill for 1,5 hour until we arrive to Yanacocha camp (4,650 mt / 15,256 ft.), here you will be able to see the sunset on the shores of Yanacocha lake.
Today our professional chef as every day will wake us up with a hot tea or coffee, we will head for breakfast, after finishing our nutritious breakfast we will continue hiking for 1,5 hour all flat until we reach the Arapa pass (4,800mt./ 15,748ft.) where you will have beautiful views of snow-capped mountains and vicuñas in the distance, then we will continue downhill for 1,5 hours to our lunch camp located in Upis (4,250 m / 13,944 ft), here we will have lunch with beautiful views of green landscapes and in front of the imposing Apu Ausangate (6,372 m / 20,905 f). Then we will continue our hike for another 3 hours to the 7 lakes camp (4,600m / 15,091ft), where you will have beautiful views of Andean houses and colorful lakes, also you can interact with the Andean people, during the whole hike our guide will be explaining everything about the place, you will hear incredible stories about the Peruvian Andes.
Today is a great day, likewise our cook will wake us up with a cup of tea or coffee, then we will go to have breakfast on the shores of lake ComerCcocha, after having our breakfast we will visit the 7 lagoons of Ausangate each lake has a different name for the color acquired by different minerals found inside the lake, also you will be able to see chinchillas, alpacas, vicuñas, and with a lot of luck you will see condor sacred bird of the andes.
After exploring we will continue our way downhill for 2 hours to Pacchanta village (4,200 / 13,779ft) where our cook will be waiting for us with a great buffet lunch, but first we will take a nice bath in the hot springs of Pacchanta which also has medicinal properties, then we will go to eat the delicious lunch prepared by our professional chef, then we will board our private car to travel back to Cusco for 3 hours, our adventure will end at your hotel in Cusco.
We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about Rainbow Mountain and Ausangate 7 lakes Hike 4 days in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.Has another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line, and we will get back to you asap!
All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the (Peru Hike) offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.
ou’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and will deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm / 2 ft. Long x 36 cm / 1 ft. Wide.
A maximum of 5 kg is allowed for each duffel bag that includes the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes and other personal items.
The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.
It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.
Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.
Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.
Peru Hike Company can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.
Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.
Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.
You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.
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Carlos took our family of four to Rainbow Mountain (with Percy driving) and he made our experience unique despite the crowds. He set a slow and steady pace toward the 5,000 m asl summit, taking frequent breaks and checking in with us about how we were feeling. He took us round the mountain to get the best and uncrowded views of Ausangate glacier.
Breakfast & lunch were included in the day package and were both abundant and tasty. Though this day trip could be organized on one’s own, we found Carlos’ presence and expertise as a guide very reassuring, especially hiking at altitude! Rainbow mountain is amazing and definitely worth getting up at 5:30am to see it!
A challenging but great experience on the 3 day Rainbow Mountain To Ausangate 7 lakes hike! Our wonderful guide Eduardo was knowledgeable and patient, and great food and support staff. The Rainbow Mountain/Red Valley experience was much less crowded as we arrived before most of the day trippers. Strong recommend!
We did Rainbow mountain + Ausangate 7 lakes hike 3 days 1 night ; it was so good; we received all the information prior to the trip and is was helpfull; the place is beatiful and the accomodstion was perfect !! Excellent plan
We completed the 3-day Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Ausangate 7 Lakes Hike. The views were absolutely amazing! The change in scenery from one day to the next is unbelievable. We got lucky with the weather as it was sunny both days. We would definitely recommend this tour! We especially enjoyed the company and knowledge of our tour guide, Carlos Baca, he always made sure we had everything we needed. The chef, Rosalio, made delicious food while it was freezing outside. Our horseman, Rocky, helped with serving the food and made our tents in the freezing cold.
We had never heard of this circuit, so we booked it because it sounded very interesting, so we contacted Franklin, and he was very kind to explain everything about the tour, so we started the tour, the guys were very punctual and we started them, and the circuit is really beautiful. We were all my family and no one else in the group, so we really enjoyed this tour, the distances of the walk are really short and relaxing. peru hike company.