Rainbow Mountain – Full Day Tour
Duration: Full Day- 4:00AM – 6:00PM.
Distance: 10km/ 6.2miles (round trip).
Elevation: 4460 (14,600ft) – 5035m (16,520ft).
Hiking time: About 5 hours.
Highlights: Rainbow mountain & Red Valley.
Your day starts in Cusco where you are picked up from your hotel at 4:00am for a 3.5 hour trip via private van to the start of the trail. You will be given a local Peruvian style breakfast prepared by our chef and fuel up for the hike ahead of you.
The hike to the rainbow mountain will take around 2 hours and is a distance of 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). Throughout your journey you will pass through a vibrant green valley with the snow capped peak of Ausangate towering in the distance. You will see hundreds of roaming alpaca, and have the chance to truly see how Quechua people live. As you get closer to the Rainbow Mountain you will begin to see the first signs of the colored minerals that formed the painted hills. Your guide will explain what makes up the existence of the Rainbow Mountain and how it was formed, and finally with one last push you will hike up to a vantage point that gives you a 360 degree view of the beautiful landscape that makes up the sacred land.
We will have snacks on top and take a relaxing break to soak up the vistas, where you can enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. After about 30 min. we will continue on to the red valley, another awe inspiring area not to be missed by trekkers but seldom visited. From here, we continue our hike back to the trailhead (2.5 hours), where you will have a gourmet lunch prepared by our chef in a traditional mud-house and depart back to Cusco. Arriving in Cusco around 6pm.
- Peruvian style breakfast.
- Lunch prepared by our chef in our local community home.
- Snacks for the trek.
- Drinking water (1.5 liter).
- Bag of Coca leaves.
- Private transportation to and from your hotel in Cusco.
- Fluent English/ Spanish speaking expert trekking guide.
- Fees to access private land.
- First aid kit & Oxygen.
- Additional Water: we recommend bringing 1 liter per person (there are locals along the way who sell water if you run out).
- Voluntary Gratuity.
- Personal riding horse*
- Travel insurance.
You should wear:
- Warm clothes, bring rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
- Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
- Sun block.
- sun cream.
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
- We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.