Rainbow Mountain 1 Day
Rainbow Mountain is a unique natural formation located close to the Ausangate Mountain range. This mountain reflects its name, in that it features brightly colored minerals that cascade down and blend into each other. This challenging hike takes you up to approximately 5,000 meters (16,404 feet) so it is only recommended for travelers who are well acclimated to the high altitude.
|Perfect for:||Travelers looking for a short, challenging hike in a remote area of Cusco Province to visit a one of a kind mountain|
|Level:||Difficult, depending on fitness level|
|Limited Spaces:||This hike does have not a restriction on the number of people allowed, so there is always availability.|
|Acclimatization:||The highest point is 5,030 meters or 16,502 feet, so it is essential that you are well acclimatized to the altitude before beginning the hike. We recommend that you spend at least 2-3 days in Cusco or the surrounding high altitude area before starting the hike in order to properly acclimatize.|
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at about 3:30 am, and from there we will drive about 4 hours to the south of Cusco. We will follow the highway before following a mountain road that passes through traditional villages and fertile valleys. Once we arrive to the start of the hike, we will have a boxed breakfast and hot drinks. If it is a clear day we will be able to see the nearby snow-capped Ausagante Mountain, which is the tallest mountain in the Cusco Province at 6,384 meters or 20,945 feet. Then we will start hiking at 4,350 meters (14,271 feet) and it will take about 4-5 hours to reach the top of Rainbow Mountain. First, we will pass through a small village and go through a valley, gradually ascending and will be able to see alpacas and llamas. We will reach another traditional village called K’ayrawiri (4,520 meters or 14,829 feet) where the trail levels out before we continue ascending, passing apachetas or Andean rock piles that are set up as offerings. We will reach the first pass which is at 4,710 meters (15,454 feet) and will stop to have a break and eat our snacks. Here, we will be able to see our destination, and then will finish the hike to the top of Rainbow Mountain which is at 4,980 meters (16,338 feet). This incredible mountain features beautiful colors of red, orange, yellow, green, and purple as a result from the minerals it is formed from. You will have the option to hike up another 50 meters (164 feet) to take incredible photos of this beautiful natural formation, and when you are ready we will start our descent. Hiking downhill, we will reach our vehicle in about 2-3 hours, and on the way we will choose a place to stop and eat our boxed lunches. We will then drive back to Cusco, dropping you off at your hotel at approximately 7:00 pm.
- Transportation from your hotel in Cusco to the start of the hike and back to your hotel at the end
- Entrance ticket to Rainbow Mountain
- Experienced tour guide fluent in English, Spanish and Quechua. Our guides are equipped and trained to practice First-Aid and administer oxygen if needed.
- Box breakfast with hot drinks in the morning
- Box lunch and snacks for the hike (please note that you are responsible for carrying these)
- Bottle of water
- Horse to ride (this can be contracted at the beginning of the hike if you prefer)
- Trekking poles (can be rented from us)
- Tips for your guide and driver (optional)
What to Bring
- A small day backpack to carry your personal belongings and boxed lunch
- Trekking poles (or you can rent a pair from us)
- Good sneakers or light hiking boots
- Rain jacket and plastic poncho (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March)
- Comfortable hiking clothes
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Cap for the sun
- Warm clothes including a fleece, warm hat, and gloves
- Toilet paper
- Water (we will provide you with a 0.75 L of water, but we recommend that each person take a minimum of 2 liters total)
Horses: When we arrive to the start of the hike, there is the possibility to hire a horseman with a horse that you can ride. You pay the horseman directly at the end of the service.
Trekking Poles: If you would like to rent a pair for the whole hike, the price is $5 USD per person.
Additional Information: To see information on cancellations and other policies, please see our Cancellations page here.
How to Book
Since the Rainbow Mountain Hike does not require permits, there is always availability. We only require a minimum of 2 people to start this hike, so if there are at least 2 people total in your group we can organize your hike for the start date that you choose. If you are traveling by yourself, please email us to check the availability and let us know the hike(s) you are interested in and the dates when you are available to start the hike.
To reserve your tour, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information for each traveler: complete name, nationality, date of birth, and gender. Please let us know the tour you want to do, the date you are looking to do the tour, and how many people are in your group. The next step to reserve your tour is to have each person pay a deposit of $50. To make your deposit, please pay by selecting the correct amount below or by visiting our Book Now page. The remaining balance is due in Cusco in cash (either in US dollars or Peruvian soles), or if you prefer you may pay with a Visa credit card at our office. To pay with a credit card, before your tour please visit our office which is located at Calle Union #140 in the reception of the Cusco B&B Hotel.
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