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Rainbow Mountain Trek 1 Day All inclusive

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  • GROUP SERVICEStarts in the morning
    Adult: $33 Children: $30
    Start Time: 04:30Available: 150 seats
  • PRIVATE SERVICEStarts in the morning
    Adult: $75 Children: $65
    Start Time: 07:30Available: 12 seats

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Spanish, English
Departure city: Cusco, Peru
Ends in the city: Cusco, Peru
Group Size: 12 PER GROUP
Availability: Daily Departures
Trip Styles: Hike
Max Altitude: 5050 M. / 17414 FT.
Lodging Type: Not
Difficulty: Moderate

Rainbow Mountain Hike

Rainbow Mountain Tour, also known as Vinicunca is an undiscovered land full of wild desert landscapes, snow capped glaciated peaks, herds of alpaca, and pristine beauty. This hike allows you to experience summiting a mountain over 16,000ft!

Explore the Rainbow Mountain in one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Peruvian Andes, the Rainbow Mountain is located about 100 kilometers from Cusco, the adventure lasts 1 full day. The walk is 4 hours round trip to the bus. The path has a distance of 5 kilometers one way and 5 kilometers return. On the way to the Rainbow Mountain it is 3 kilometers flat and 2 kilometers is inclined, we will reach the highest point which is the viewpoint that measures approximately 5038m. From this point we will have magnificent views of the Red Valley and the Ausangate mountain.

Why Take the Rainbow Mountain Trek?

  • The Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca, is in the midst of a land full of wild desert landscapes, snow-capped glaciated peaks, herds of alpaca, and pristine beauty.
  • Rainbow Mountain is close to the highest sacred mountain in the Cusco region, Ausangate.
  • You will trek through one of the most pristine mountain ecosystems in the world and take in beautiful mountain views and wildlife in its natural habitat for two days.
  • This two-day route allows you to avoid most crowds and follow little-trodden trails to reach the colorful summit.
  • Sleeping relatively close by to Rainbow Mountain in a comfortable tent also avoids the need for a painfully early departure time pre-sunrise from Cusco as a day trip.
  • You will be able to reach Rainbow Mountain before most of the crowds descend on the peak.

DAY 1Rainbow Mountain Peru explore this wonder in Cusco

Visit places
Rainbow Mountain

Our adventure begins at 4:00 am. We will pick you up from your hotel’s door to head for 3 hours towards the Southern Valley in our private transport. Remember that the starting point of our walk is at (4,630 m / 15,190 ft). Along the way, we’ll observe picturesque Andean towns, agricultural platforms from the Inca period, fertile valleys, and beautiful rolling mountains. Even in the morning, the herds of llamas and alpacas will entertain you while you enjoy a delicious continental breakfast.

We’ll continue our journey until we reach the starting point of the walk. There we’ll head down a meandering path in the middle of the Andean mountains following a beautiful stream. As you ascend, you’ll be rewarded with an impressive view of the Ausangate Mountain (6,300 m / 20,900 ft). Take a few minutes to understand why this mountain is a living deity for the Andean people.

This whole area is home to many people, and you’ll have the opportunity to see them working the land. You’ll surely also be surprised to see the traditional clothing they use and that they make themselves thanks to the practice of textile art they have inherited from their ancestors. They preserve their ancient culture and refuse to be submitted by the rules of the western world. Your guide will teach you about the meaning of some clothes and, if you want, you can ask him to teach you some words in Quechua.

After an hour and a half of walking, we will arrive at the impressive Rainbow Mountain of Cusco (5100 m / 16,564 ft). Take your time to admire this natural formation’s unique beauty and feel the thrill of witnessing an unforgettable spectacle. Explore the surroundings while your guide explains the theories regarding this mountain’s origin that seems to be taken from the gods’ colorful dream. Take photographs and immerse yourself in the landscape that also shows you the splendor of the great mountain Ausangate in the distance.

There we will take a break between 30 minutes and 1 hour, depending on your steps’ speed and the weather condition. If you want to stay longer, inform your guide. Later, there’s the possibility of walking through the Red Valley, if the climate and weather allow it. Don’t miss this valley of completely red mountains!

It’ll take between 45 minutes and 1 hour to arrive again at the starting point where we’ll enjoy our box lunch. Once we have filled our stomachs, we’ll embark on our private transport back to the city of Cusco. At approximately 5:00 pm we’ll leave you at the door of your hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Walking Distance:7 Km / 4.35 miles
  • Starting Elevation:4,630 m / 15,190 ft
  • Minimum Elevation:4,400 m / 14,432 ft
  • Highest Elevation:5,100 m / 17,414 ft
Trip Info
Packing List
Before You Go
High Quality Service & Safety
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Experienced Guide speaks English and Spanish
  • Medical Kit – First Aid Kit
  • Customer Service 24/7
  • Extra oxygen
Permits & Entrance Tickets
  • Entrance ticket to Rainbow Mountain
  • Private transportation from your hotel in Cusco to the start of the trek.
  • Private transportation from the end of the trek to Cusco to your hotel.
  • Meals: 1 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches
  • Meals: vegetarian and vegan
What Is Not Included?
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff
  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
  • Extra Horse ($25)
  • Original Passport
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film with extra batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Daypack

Information Before leaving for the Rainbow Mountain Trek

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 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!

Can I store my luggage at your office?

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.

Pick up of guests

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

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

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.

Lost objects

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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Timothy Gunderson

Couple Traveller

My wife and I booked a 1-day Rainbow Mountain trip along with a 5-day Ausangate Trek with Franklin (read my longer Ausangate review). His trips are well thought out and organized. The transportation, meals, and knowledge of the guides was outstanding. We always felt we were well taken care of. All guides were concerned about how we felt at altitude. I highly recommend a trip with Franklin and Peru Hike.

6 May, 2024

GERAUD Charlotte

Couple Traveller

Beautiful day where you learn about local communities and the rainbow mountain history. The path is easy but you need to be well acclimated. Great breakfast and lunch and perfect timing for the day. Excellent communication with Peru Hike.

21 August, 2023

Spectacular Trip

Group Traveller

Ruben was a fantastic guide. One of the other trekkers in our group developed altitude sickness and he gave her oxygen and got her back down on horseback. Rainbow Mtn is 16,550 feet high. Be sure to adapt ti the 11,200 feet altitude in Cusco first. The trek around Rainbow along the saddle to see the Red Valley is sooooo worth it.

19 November, 2022

Chiara L

Group Traveller

This was an absolutely amazing experience! Anibal was the best guide we could have ever asked for. He played us fun inspirational music on the hike up and made sure we were all doing okay. At the top he helped us take pictures and was a lot of fun to be around. This was a once in a life time experience.

19 November, 2022

Katie M

Group Traveller

This was amazing trip and very worth it . The hike is hard because of the high altitude, but it’s the most spectacular hike I’ve ever done. Our tour guide was Hanibel and bryan they were both so sweet and funny! THey guided us with music and stories to make sure we got to the top! We rented the horses for part of the way and it was lovely and made the hiking part much more bearable ! Strongly strongly recommend !

19 November, 2022
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