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Rainbow Mountain Trek 2 Days

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Rainbow Mountain Peru Trek

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5,040 MASL / 16,535 FT.

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Rainbow Mountain Trek 2 Days Details

Ausangate is known around the world as Rainbow Mountain. Locally, it’s called Vinicunca. The steep slopes and ridges of this area are striped with beautiful colors. Looking out on the landscape, you can see gold, maroon, green, lavender, and turquoise. It’s one of the world’s great geological marvels. The area is also a holy site for local indigenous peoples.

Our Rainbow Mountain trek 2 days are designed to get you out of sync with the crowds! We’ll climb high passes with stunning views of snow-capped mountains, incredible valleys and, of course, the namesake colored stripes of Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.

  • Accommodation:
    1 Day Camping.
  • Departures Day:
    Daily Departures.
  • Max People:
    12 people
  • Languages:
    English - Spanish
  • Starts:
    Pick up at Cusco: 4:30 AM
  • Ends:
    Drop-off at Cusco: 6:00 PM
Itinerary Rainbow Mountain 2 Days


On the first day of your Rainbow Mountain adventure, we will pick you up at your hotel at 4:00 am and drive 3 hours to the trailhead. While packing up our gear near the trailhead, our chef will be preparing a hot breakfast to get you fueled up for the hike ahead of you. Our guides will go over the itinerary for the day and safety tips to ensure you are fully prepared for the next two days. The trek begins in a large green valley. There, you will see hundreds of alpacas, local farmers, and the beautiful Ausangate Mountain, towering high above. This is only a teaser for what is to come on your journey!

As you continue making your way on the trail, you will conquer the first pass of the trek, the Pucacocha pass. At around (4876mt, 16,000 ft), the pass sits just above Pucacocha Lake, and the massive Ausangate Mountain is directly in front of you. After a successful climb, we will stop around noon to eat lunch and recharge our bodies for the remainder of the hike.

Our destination for the night is Anata, where we will enjoy a beautiful evening surrounded by jaw-dropping landscapes at the base of the Andes Mountains. As the sun sets, we set up the dining tent with chairs for the group to relax and enjoy conversation while dinner is being prepared. This night you will see an unforgettable night sky full of constellations, and shooting stars, and keep yourself warm with coca tea or hot chocolate made from Peruvian chocolate.

  • Shuttle to Upis:
    4 hours by bus from Cusco
  • Hiking distance:
    12 Km. / 7.45 miles.
  • Hiking time:
    5 to 6 hours approximately(round trip).
  • Climate:
    cold in the day and cold in the night.
  • Meals:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Difficulty Levels:
    Moderate 3 of 5
  • Maximum Altitude:
    4,500 masl. / 14,762 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude:
    4,950 masl. / 16,240 ft.


Today is what you have been waiting for! Your chance to see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain, and the best part is you’re almost there! We will wake you up bright and early between 4 am and 5 am with coca tea delivered to your tent and serve a hearty breakfast to fuel you up for your final climb to Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain). Upon arrival, you can take all the time you want soaking in the amazing 360-degree vistas of the surrounding lands and explore the mountain itself. Take some time to yourself and really enjoy the beauty of nature around you. It truly is a magical place. The hike down will only take about three hours and here we will celebrate a successful journey, and enjoy lunch before departing back to Cusco (3 hours). Arrival time back in Cusco will depend on how long you want to spend on Rainbow Mountain, but we typically get back around 5 pm and drop you off at your hotel.

  • Hiking distance:
    14 Km. / 8.69 miles.
  • Hiking time:
    5 to 6 hours approximately(round trip).
  • Climate:
    cold in the day and cold in the night.
  • Meals:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Difficulty Levels:
    Moderate 3 of 5
  • Maximum Altitude:
    5,040 masl. / 16,535 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude:
    4,700 masl. / 15,419 ft.
  • Shuttle to Upis:
    4 hour by bus from Cusco
Included Rainbow Mountain 2 Days
  • Pre-departure briefing.
  • Pick up at your hotel.
  • Professional bilingual guide (English / Spanish).
  • Private transportation from Cusco – Qesiuno – Cusco.
  • Camping equipment: tents, inflatable mattresses, dining tent, kitchen; tables, chairs, tablecloths.
  • Profesional Cook.
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including muleteers.
  • Meals (2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no additional cost.
  • Snack for the days of walking.
  • water for the walks.
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • Biodegradable dishwashing detergents used by kitchen staff.
  • First aid kit and oxygen cylinder.
Not Included:
  • Dinner on the last day.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Extra Drinks
  • tips
Rainbow Mountain Packing List:
  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco .
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping. * This is a particularly cold trek, you should make sure you have a lot of very warm clothes.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
  • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
  • Binoculars (if you have them)
Map Rainbow Mountain 2 Days

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