Rainbow Mountain – Mount Vinicunca. Trek one of the most intriguing and colourful mountain ranges in Peru.
Located in the Peruvian Andes in Cusco; just 3 hours away from the historical center. Rainbow Mountain is becoming one of the main attractions to see after or before Machu Picchu. After all; the mountain is famed for its natural; multi-colored beauty at a staggering 5,200m above sea level. This rainbow-like appearance is created by the sediment of minerals throughout the area. This gives the mountain its rainbow of colours such as turquoise, lavendar, gold and others.
However; it was only recently discovered due to the snow melting revealing this hidden gem; that’s still considered holy by many until this day. Since its discovery; Rainbow Mountain has slowly started gaining popularity. It has even been listed in National Geographic’s “Top 100 Places To Visit Before You Die”.
Thus; the first step in any hike is always to prepare for any issues you expect to encounter; and hiking Rainbow Mountain is no different.
Mt. Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) standing a little over 17,000ft; (altitude sickness can kick in anywhere over 8,000ft); a 3–4 hour trek on this route can have even the fittest trekkers breathing hard.
We always recommend to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco beforehand acclimating yourself to the area’s elevation.
Transportation to start point
Professional Bilingual Guide
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Machu Picchu Extension – Entrance Tickets, Transport & Guide (can be organised as part of trip)
|Joining Arrangements||There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.|
|Food & Water||Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.|
|Special Diets||We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.|
|Trekking Crew||We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.|
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
|Machu Picchu||An excursion to Machu Picchu can be included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco. To be confirmed on reservation.|
|Covid-19 (Coronavirus)||We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.|
|Covid-19 (Useful Links)||World Health Organisation | World Health Organisation – Peru | Covid-19 Data – Peru | Covid-19 Daily Statistics|
|Available Discounts||Throughout 2022 we’re offering a 15% discount for each member of a group larger than 4+|
|Reservation||Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.|
|Customer Service||Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.|
Today will begin with an early pick-up from your hotel in Cusco for the 3.5-hour drive to the start of the trek. When reaching the trailhead, you’ll enjoy a breakfast snack before starting the ascent. Beginning from Chillca, at 3,700 m/12,139 ft elevation, it’s around a 4-hour, uphill hike to reach the famous Rainbow Mountain. Along the way, you will enjoy amazing views of the Andes, glacial peaks, red mountains, rocky hills, along with llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley.
Once you arrive at the top of Rainbow Mountain, you will have enough time to absorb the majesty of the red mountains that surround this area. You will also see amazing views of the valleys and Ausangate Glacier Peak in front of you. Ausangate is the tallest mountain of the Cusco region (just under 21,000 ft elevation) and is part of the Cordillera Vilcanota Range. After taking in the view, you’ll descend back to transport for the drive back to our hotel in Cusco.