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How to Prepare for Rainbow Mountain

The trail toward Rainbow Mountain starts on even ground and gradually rises through the valley until you reach a steeper incline that heads toward the destination. To access the classic view of the mountain, it is necessary to climb the considerably steep, dirt packed mountainside across from the mountain. The summit point enables you to capture a beautiful view of the mountainside and other gorgeous views of the green, lush scenery that melds into the snowcapped mountain peaks. At Cusi Travel, we provide you with a great opportunity to access various hiking packages with your visit to Peru and Machu Picchu.

The Hike Up the Mountain

It is important to understand that the trek to Rainbow Mountain is a high-altitude adventure. The challenge of the hike is related to its altitude even more so than the trail’s incline. The trail begins at about 14,000 feet (4,300 meters) and ascends to a little over 16,400 feet (5,000 meters). If you have a hard time along the way, the option to pay for a horseback ride is available through a local along the trail route. Also, it is extremely important to acclimate at least 2-3 days in Cusco before doing this hike, and you can also take altitude sickness pills as an extra precaution. In addition, make sure that you have the proper footwear before embarking upon this adventure.

The Weather

Depending on the time of year you visit, you may encounter a range of weather conditions, including sunny skies, rainy periods, some cloudiness and even snow as you reach the peak of the hike. Therefore, it is important to have a rain poncho and warm clothing for these conditions.

Restrooms and Toilet Paper

Although not the most ideal situation, very rudimentary bathroom facilities are available along the trail. Take your own toilet paper roll with you so you’re properly prepared.

Suggested Packing List

Some important items to bring with you when embarking upon a trek to Rainbow Mountain include:
  • Some snacks for the hike. You may encounter some locals that sell small snacks near the trailhead, as well as water, soda, and candies.
  • A bottle of water. It is important to drink plenty of water for the hike.
  • Comfortable walking shoes with solid traction.
  • Warm clothing including a winter jacket (or several layers), gloves or mittens, and a warm hat.
  • If you want to pay for a horse ride, you should have about 70 soles in small bills.
Send us an email today at info@cusitravel.com if you are interested in more information about the Machu Picchu hiking options we provide at Cusi Travel. If you would like to book your trip, tell us how many will be in your group, the hike of your choice, and the date you would like to schedule your hike.