Rainbow Mountain 1-day Tour
A fantastic day tour of trekking through lands of wild desert to the 7 Color/Rainbow mountain (5100m/missing ft).
Private Service Price
- 2 people USD$ 130.00 per person
- 3 people USD$ 115.00 per person
- 4 people USD$ 100.00 per person
- 5 people USD$ 85.00 per person
- 6 + people USD$ 70.00 per person
Every Day Of The Year
We have group trips for ONE DAY TOUR every day of the year.
Availability: Make your reservation (reserve at least one day in advance). Take advantage of our group prices and let yourself be enchanted by the magic of the Inca culture.
Details & Itinerary
Rainbow mountain is located close to the peak, Ausangate (6,385m/20,945 ft), which is the highest mountain in the Cusco region and considered a holy mountain or mountain spirit by local people.
This route will take you through stunning landscapes with glaciers, snowcapped mountains, and crystal-clear rivers and lakes. You’ll pass by local Quechua and campesino villages and explore the breathtaking nature all around, filled with llamas and alpacas.
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You will be picked up from your accommodation around 5:00 a.m. and we will start making our way to Arco (on the road to Puno), continuing on to Pitumarca and a number of small villages, until we reach the community of Hanchipata-Quesuno (approx. 3-hour drive total), where we will begin our hike.
The whole trek lasts approximately 5-6 hours, beginning at 4250m/missing ft and ascending to Vinicunca-Rainbow Mountain-Cerro Colorado at 5020m/missing ft for roughly 3-3.5 hours of that time. We will follow a lovely stream on the ascent whilst being surrounded by the stunning mountainous landscape and local wildlife including different camelids. You will also gain a better idea of how local communities have adapted to live in this impressive mountain range. As you get closer to Rainbow Mountain, you will begin to see the first signs of the colored minerals that formed the painted hills, and your guide will have explained how Rainbow Mountain was formed along the way. Once we reach Rainbow Mountain, we will spend about an hour relaxing, taking photos and taking in the stunning views including the Ausangate glacier. Afterwards, we’ll hike back to the starting point of the trek and return to Cusco, arriving at approximately 05:00 p.m..
- Daily Departures and hotel pick-up
- Advance bookings are highly recommended
- Duration: 16 hours
This tour involves at least 5-6 hours of high-altitude trekking, so you should be reasonably fit!
- Starting altitude: 4,256m/14,189 ft
- Highest altitude: 5,020m/16,466 ft
- Length of hike: 15km/9.3 miles
- Elevation gain: 685m/2,250 ft
Despite the gradual climb and wide valley walk, this is a challenging day of hiking due to the elevation. We recommend spending at least 3 days in Cusco or somewhere with a similar elevation, to give you enough time to acclimatize.
Keep in mind that Rainbow Mountain’s colors are only bright on sunny days.
We require at least 2 people to confirm before we can run this tour, but there are usually two people as it is a very popular tour.
- Pick up from your hotel in Cusco (the tour ends in the Main Square or you can be dropped off at your hotel)
- Private transport
- Spanish and English-speaking professional guide
- Entrance fee to the park
- Breakfast and 1 Buffet lunch.
- First Aid Kit including a small oxygen tank
- Horseback service (available upon request)
- Trekking poles – you can rent these from our agency
- Travel Insurance – we strongly recommended that you purchase travel insurance for the duration of your trip
What you need to bring
- Copy of Passport
- ISIC card (www.isic.org) if applicable
- Hiking boots
- Rain gear: a good raincoat or a plastic rain poncho
- Long -sleeved shirt
- Thermal gloves, scarf, hat
- Day pack
- Water bottle (recommended 1 liter)
- Sunscreen – factor 35+ recommended, hat and sunglasses
- Trekking poles (can be rented from us)
- Headlamp with spare batteries (very important)
- Camera with spare batteries – batteries run down at a faster rate at high altitudes
- Extra money for drinks, souvenirs, tips etc. (soles or dollars)