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Rainbow Mountain Trek 1 Day

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  • We are a local company located in the heart of Peru, Cusco, the imperial city of the Incas. We have for you the most fair prices, since we are an operating Agency that counts with professional and experienced local guides in long walks and expeditions all over Peru. If you are booking a tour with us you are generating work and helping the poorest villages and children, as we are the only agency that supports native peoples.
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  • SAFE ADVENTURE – Covid 19

    This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in Private groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

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    Duration : Full Day Trek
    Availability : Daily Departures
    Departure Location : Cusco
    Destination : Rainbow Mountain Full Day
    Min Age : 6+
    Max People : 12 PER GROUP

    Trip styles

    Mountain altitude

    Max. Altitude

    5038 M. / 17414 FT.

    4 HOURS


    Activity Level


    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.

    Rainbow Mountain Trek Detailed Itinerary

    You will need to wake up early to enjoy this natural marvel at its best. Between 4:30 am and 5:00 am we will collect you directly from your hotel to start our ride to Qollasuyu, located to the south of Cusco city. First we will drive for around 1 and a half hours where we will then stop for 20 in the district of Cusipata (3310m.a.s.l.) There we will find a restaurant where we get to enjoy an appetizing breakfast.

    After this, we will continue our journey for another hour to Fulawasipata (4660m.a.s.l.), where we will speak about the details of our route. From there, at the foot of the sacred mountain Ausangate, we will begin our hike. We start with an approximately 2 hour ascent with our destination being Rainbow Mountain, or Vinicunca Mountain (5038m.a.s.l.).

    Along the way we get the opportunity to observe diverse South American camelid species like alpacas, llamas and vicunas. When we reach the red hill or colina roja you will have some time to rest, enjoy the impressive landscape and and take photos of Vinicunca mountain that shows us all it’s imposing colors: red, pink, turquoise and yellow.

    At this point it will be time to start the descent back along our return route. We descend for an hour towards level ground and then upwards again to where we started the days hike in Fulawasipata. There our transport will be waiting to take us to the restaurant where we enjoy an energizing lunch. Finally we return back to Cusco city arriving at approximately 4:30pm to 5pm.

    Allí nuestro transporte estará esperando para llevarnos al restaurante donde disfrutaremos de un almuerzo energizante. Finalmente regresamos a la   ciudad de Cusco llegando aproximadamente a las 4:30 p.m. a 5 p.m.

    • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
    • Difficulty:  Moderate
    • Walking Distance:  4.97 miles
    • Minimum Elevation:  4400 m / 14432 ft
    • Highest Elevation:  5020 m / 16466 ft
    Packing List
    Before You Go
    What Is Included?
    What is included in the Rainbow Mountain Trek one Day?
    • Extra oxygen
    • First Aid kit
    • Professional and experienced guide licensed in tourism (English or Spanish)
    • Round trip transportation
    • Breakfast
    • Buffet lunch
    • Handmade sticks
    We use Mercedes Benz modern vehicles, Usually we make groups of 15 to 16 people with a maximum of 18 people per group.
    Our guides are English speaking who will help you to reach the Mountain of Colors and will always be aware of those who suffer a bit to arrive as well as they carry an oxygen bottle and first aid kit for any emergencies.
    The breakfast consisting in juice of fruit, hot drinks may be chocolate or coffee or some tea and you will have a bit of fruit salad and bread or pancakes accompanied by jams and mantequilla of course you can drink coca tea.
    Lunch is buffet style, on the table you will have different options, including dishes prepared with vegetables, potatoes, salads, meat, pasta, stews which you can eat and combine as as you wish, there is also vegetarian options
    We provide handmade poles for each one, this if you wish you can take it as it can be very helpful for the rockin in the trails that you will walk.
    It includes the entrance to for the Rainbow Mountain which is collected by the local communities which has a cost of 10 soles. If you are doing the red valley there is an entrance fee of 15 soles that you pay to the local community, which you can do directly once you are in the red valley.


    What Is Not Included?
    • Travel Insurance
    • Tips for our staff
    • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
    • Personal clothing and gear
    • Emergency horse
    • Water
    • 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!

    Briefing or informative meeting

    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.

    Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

    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.

    Storing your luggage at our 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.


    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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