2-Day Rainbow Mountain Trek - Hike to Rainbow Mountain

2 Day Ausangate Rainbow Mountain Trek

2 Day Tour
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Up to 8 People Group Size
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5,036 m / 16,522 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate - Challenging Difficulty

Explore the most famous mountain in Peru

Checacupe - Pampachiri- Rainbow Mountain Peru
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Camping Accommodation
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Up to 8 People Group Size
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5,036 m / 16,522 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate - Challenging Difficulty

Wondering about the crowds on Rainbow Mountain? No worries! We have the perfect trip for you to this iconic mountain in the Andes of Peru. We devised a perfect itinerary to explore the incredible scenery hidden in a remote area that seems like something out of a dream. Indulge yourself in an out-of-the-ordinary adventure to discover some natural marvels where nature has created the most ethereal-colored landscapes. Hike between herds of alpacas and learn the local traditions with our expert guide.

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  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
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  Overview

The 2-Day Rainbow Mountain Trek with Red Valley allows you to explore this iconic tourist destination away from the crowds and enjoy the incredible views before the people arrive. Reconnect with nature by camping at the bottom of the Seven Colors Mountains on a starry night. Our knowledgeable guide will teach you the Inca civilization and why it was important in ancient times. Learn the incredible history of the Andes while your guide makes a ceremony to be grateful to Pachamama (Mother Earth). Hike to Rainbow Mountain early in the morning to have a fantastic view of the sunrise and be amazed by its natural colors. You will also hike to the surreal Red Valley, a little-known destination with almost no tourists. Not many hikers get the chance to explore this unique landscape.

Highlights: Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley
Hiking distance: 18km/11 miles
Considerations: Acclimatization is required
Season: March to November
Max. Altitude: 5,036 m / 16,522 ft

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day01

    Cusco - Pitumarca - Anantapata - Warmisaya - Surineqocha

    Explore the fantastic Peruvian highland scenery with Ausangate Mountain as the main attraction.
  • Day02

    Surinaqocha - Rainbow Mountain – Red Valley - Cusco

    Reach the iconic Rainbow Mountain early in the morning and enjoy the beautiful sunrise before the crowds arrive. Make your way to the Red Valley and be amazed by its red color.
  Itinerary
Day 01

Cusco - Pitumarca - Quesiuno Ausangate - Anantapata - Warmisaya - Surineqocha

Highlight of the day: Hike through herds of alpacas and enjoy the incredible Apu Ausangate.

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Lunch and Dinner Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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11 km / 6.8 miles Walking Distance
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7 - 8 hours Walking Time
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4,370 m / 14,357 ft Starting Elevation
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4,920 m / 16,141 ft Highest Elevation

Our adventure will start with a pick-up from your hotel and a drive for 3 hours to Quesiuno, 4,370 meters (14,357 feet), where we start our hike. We will meet our trekking team and take time to repack our items. We will begin hiking through herds of alpacas on a path gradually ascending to reach the first viewpoint called Inca Pass, 4,830 m (15,846 ft), where you will see the mystical Apu Ausangate with beautiful lakes at the bottom.

You'll be amazed by the breathtaking views of different lakes, feel the profound energy of the mountains around you, and connect your soul with the spirit of the Pachamama. After enjoying the beautiful landscape, we continue our hike to Anantapata to enjoy our delicious lunch. Afterwards, we hike up to the next pass, Warmisaya, at 4,920 meters (16,141 feet). From here, you'll get the first view of Rainbow Mountain in the distance. We then descend for half an hour to reach our camp. Then, we enjoy our tea time and dinner before going to rest.

Our representative will collect you from your hotel in Cusco around 5:00 am, then we'll drive to Pitumarca, where we'll have a stop to supply the last items before reaching the trailhead. You also have the chance to take a local breakfast at some restaurants around. We continue to drive for another hour and reach Quesiuno, 4,370 meters (14,357 feet), where our hike begins. After repacking our trekking gear, we start hiking in a green valley for an hour, then walk on a gradually ascending path where you will see the mystical Apu Ausangate, which is considered the highest snow peak in Cusco. While you are hiking, you will appreciate some picturesque communities and immerse yourself in a deep connection with nature. You will also see some herds of alpacas.

Once we have gotten the pass, you will appreciate the incredible views of the Pucaqocha Lake at the bottom of Ausangate Mountain, enjoy the truly panoramic view of the glacier, and see how the snow is melting and the water runs to create the most fascinating landscapes in the high Andes. You can feel the profound energy of the mountains deep inside. After enjoying the beautiful landscape, we continue our hike to Anantapata, where our delicious lunch awaits us. rest for a bit, relaxing in the green field. Afterwards, we hike up to the next pass called Warmisaya, 4,920 meters (16,141 feet). From here, you'll get the first view of the Rainbow Mountain in the distance. We then descend for half an hour to reach our camp, which is down in the valley next to the lake. Then, we enjoy our tea time and dinner before going to rest.

Day 02

Surineqocha - Rainbow Mountain - Red Valley - Llactoc - Cusco

Highlight of the day: The Espectacular Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley

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Breakfast and Lunch Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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7 km / 4.3 miles Walking Distance
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6 - 7 hours Walking Time
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4,630 m / 15,190 ft Starting Elevation
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5,036 m / 16,522 ft Highest Elevation

Today our team will wake up with a hot tea at 4:00am. After our breakfast, we head up to Rainbow Mountain. The hike will take around 1:30 hours on an ascending path, and as you get closer, the views will amaze you with their colors. The Rainbow Mountain stands at 5,036 meters (16,522 feet), and its colors will be easily appreciated from the view point, as will the Ausangate glacier at your backside. Breath deeply and take a time to enjoy the majestic views around you before the large groups arrive.

Once we have explored this natural marvel in the Andes, we head towards the incredible Red Valley, which takes only 30 minutes to hike. This is a spectacular red valley where not many tourists go, and it seems like another planet. You will feel the tranquility of the area as you explore the beautiful red mountains around you.

Finally, we will hike down to the valley, following the path, and embark on our bus drive to our lunch spot, then drive for 2 more hours back to your hotel in Cusco.

This day we wake up very early in order to see the sunrise at Rainbow Mountain. 4:00 am is the wake-up call. Enjoy a hot Coca tea, enjoy an Andean breakfast prepared by our professional chef, and be ready for the most beautiful adventure in the Andes. We will ascend gradually for about an hour and a half, then we'll arrive at the view point of Rainbow Mountain, which is 5,036 meters (16.522 feet) and will amaze you with its colors. You'll have the time to explore and capture the best moments, and our guide will show you where the best angles are before the big groups arrive.

After we have explored the natural marvel in the Andes, we continue hiking towards the fascinating Red Valley. It seems like you are on another planet, and you probably won't see many people due to the fact that only a few people have the chance to explore this incredible spot. Your guide will take you through the circuit and allow you to enjoy different views at each corner.

Finally, we will hike down to the valley, following the path, and embark on our bus drive to our lunch spot, then drive for 2 more hours back to your hotel in Cusco.

  Inclusions

At Vidal Expeditions, we are transparent and provide specific details of what is included and excluded in our 2 Day Rainbow Mountain Trek. We know this is very important so that you know exactly what to bring and don’t miss anything. We provide this information to ensure that you have an incredible experience during your tour.

WE INCLUDE

Vidal Expeditions Team Provide

  • Pre-departure briefing

    Once you book the tour with us, you will get a notification about the pre-departure briefing, where you will meet with your adventure guide and the tour group in our office the night before your Rainbow Mountain departure. During this briefing, you will receive important details about the tour.

  • Professional Cultural Guide

    All our tour guides have a great reputation for customer service and have been leading groups for many years to the fantastic Seven Colors Mountain. Our tour guides have graduated with a tourism career from the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. They have also studied English at a private language institute. Through their patience, responsibility, knowledge, passion for adventure, and pride in having been born in the land of the Incas, we ensure our tour guides provide an excellent experience for you when you explore the Rainbow Mountain.

  • Entrance Fees

    Once we receive your details and the deposit for your tour, we will purchase all the necessary tickets for you to explore Cusco. They will be for a specific date.

Transportations

  • Private Transport

    We included all the transportation during your tour. We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and take you to the beginning of the trail. The bus returning once you are done with the Rainbow Mountain trek to Cusco will drop you off at your hotel.

Equipment

  • Walking Sticks

    Hiking with trekking poles has its benefits. They protect your knees while you are hiking downhill, especially in remote areas where there are many ups and downs. Trekking poles also help you during the ascent and provide increased stability. Vidal Expeditions will include a pair of trekking poles.

  • Camping Gear

    We will provide you with camping gear, a tent, a mattress, and a dining tent. Our team will transport all these and set them up for you.

  • Medical First Aid Kit

    All tour guides at Vidal Expeditions are very well trained in first aid. They received training courses every six months on how to assist someone who is in an emergency situation. Also, they are trained on how to supply balloon oxygen if someone requires it.

Meals

  • Meals

    At Vidal Expeditions, we know food is such an important part of any vacation, and getting the right fuel on an active holiday is crucial. We include 1 breakfast 2 lunch and 1 dinner And of course, we cater to all dietary restrictions. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and others—just let us know. Our chefs are well-trained to prepare the best food you've ever had with local and organic ingredients.

  • Water

    We provide water from the first lunch until the last lunch after we are done with the tour. Keep in mind that you need to bring a water containment; we recommend 2 litters.

WE NOT INCLUDED

  • Sleeping bag

    Every customer needs a sleeping bag for one night; if you don't have your own, we can hire you a down sleeping bag with a temperature resistance of -10°C.

  • Travel Insurance

    We recommend buying travel insurance before leaving your country in case something happens during your visit to Peru.

  • Tips for our team

    Tips are not included. Tipping the team is usual on any excursion in Cusco, and although we pay good salaries to our entire team, tips are welcome as a token of your appreciation for the team hard work.

  Packing List
INFO

At Vidal Expeditions, we focus on making your trip an unforgettable experience, and we want to provide all the details you need to know before leaving your country and starting your life experience in Peru.

What you need to pack? Important
  • Passport
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelback is encouraged - but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking pant
  • Trekking poles

INSIDE YOUR DAYPACKS:

A daypack can be any size for hiking, but we always say the smaller, the better. If it is larger, try to make it as light as possible.

  • Rain gear
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Personal medication or Own first aid kit
  • Snacks (Chocolate, energizing bars, caramels, etc.)
FOR YOUR DUFFEL:

Horses will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 3 kg.

  • 2 wicking t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants
  • 2 sets of undergarments.
  • 1 Fleece
  • 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • 1 Rain jacket and pants
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 wool hat
  • Bathers / swimsuit for the hot spring
  • Small towel
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Comfortable shoes for camp or flip flops
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho

  • Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
    Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
    Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
  Faqs

PREPARING FOR YOUR RAINBOW MOUNTAIN 2 DAYS TREK!

Here some frequently asked question about our Rainbow Mountain 2 Days Trek in Cusco

At Vidal Expeditions, we try to make the booking system as easy as possible for you. Once you decide to do some of our day tours, we will send you a booking form where you need to complete all the required details that we need to book your tickets. We also need a previous deposit of 50% of the price per person. As soon as you pay it, we immediately book a spot for this tour. Once we are done with it, we will send you your invoice and a confirmation form that all the booking processes have been satisfactorily set up.

Yes, our work policy is to be in contact with our customers as long as necessary to inform them of all the details and changes that could occur after they have confirmed the reservation. Please check your email constantly, and if you have any issues, let us know so we can solve them as soon as possible.

Cusco is a big enough city to find different categories of hotels, from 2 stars to 5 stars. There are also Airbnb places where you can stay without any problem. Cusco streets are narrow, especially near the main square, and some streets are pedestrian with some stairs. We will send you a notification for the pick-up if it is not possible to access them with our car and arrange another place to pick you up and drop you off. Also, a night before your tour, you will meet with your tour guide, who will tell you all the details about the tour. If you want some recommendations, please ask the Vidal Expeditions sales team.

In case you have extra luggage that you do not need to bring to the trek, all the hotels in Cusco have storage where you can leave your luggage completely free even if you are changing hotels after the trek; however, we have storage available at the Vidal Expeditions office. Get more information from our office team.

Yes, our car will stop in some places where you can use the restroom (toilets), and in the restaurants you will find these. We will also keep the portable toilet with us during this 2-day trek; this will be at a specific location, lunch spot, and campsite.

Well, this Rainbow Mountain Trek particularly challenging due the altitude and the terrain, We recommend to spend a few days in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude before heading to this trek because the Rainbow Mountain is at 5036 m (16,522 ft).

The Rainbow Mountain is located at 5036 m (16,522 ft) and the hike will begin at 4,370 meters (14,357 feet)

The hike to this natural Rainbow Mountain is a 2,30-hour round-trip on a day tour. During the two-day tour, it will be about 14 hours, or 18km (11.1 miles).

You need at least two days in Cusco before heading to the Rainbow Mountain, which is located over 5,000 meters. Even if you have a good fitness level, you need a few days in Cusco to acclimate to the altitude.

We highly recommend visiting this Rainbow Mountain in May, because it is the end of the rainy season and starts the dry season. You can still see some green valleys around the Rainbow Mountain, and the weather is perfect. Other months are June, July, and August to explore this colored mountain. Even September could be good, but it is very cold in the morning and afternoon.

The Rainbow Mountain tour is on the bucket list of more Peruvian travelers. Its location over 5,036 meters makes it a very challenging hike in the Andes. We recommend hiking there after your Inca Trail trek because it will help you acclimate better to the altitude.

The Rainbow Mountain is one of the most visited tourist destinations after Machu Picchu in Peru. Everyday, around 2000 people go there, and in the last few years, it has become busy because the viewpoint is a small section where everybody wants to get there to take the classic photos. That is why Vidal Expeditions created the 2-day tour, which allows you to visit it before the crowds arrive.

The best time to visit Rainbow Mountain is early in the morning before the crowds arrive, from 7 to 9 a.m., and also in the afternoon once the large groups have already left; this is usually between 2-4 p.m. However, during our two-day tour, you will have two options to visit this iconic mountain: in the afternoon on the first day and in the morning on the second day.

If you have time and want to take time to explore with no rush, definitely the two-day trek to Rainbow Mountain is what you are looking for. This will allow you to visit this mountain early in the morning before the crowds arrive and enjoy the sunrise. You will also spend a night surrounded by incredible mountain views that are not something to see during the day tour.

We recommend taking a few days in Cusco to adjust to the altitude. Drinking plenty of water will benefit you a lot, and doing some cardio will also help you get better performance during this trek.

No worries, our guide and team are professionals, and they know how to solve this kind of problem. Your guide will have a first aid kit with some medications for these and an oxygen balloon in case you need it. Also, during our trips to Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake, there will be an extra emergency horse to take you to the best place where you can recover. Our team always has radio..

Definitely, it is always recommended to wear light hiking boots if possible. However, for our traditional day tours, where you do not need to hike for hours, you can go with sneakers. On the Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake tours, you need ones with ankle support, which are extra helpful, especially for the inexperienced hiker. Because you will be climbing and going down slippery stairs, some of which could be muddy, uneven, and at varying heights, the extra support helps prevent twisting your ankles.

Yes. Walking sticks are always helpful to trekkers, especially if it is raining along the trek. Using walking sticks can help take the pressure off your knees while doing some portions of the trek. Plus, they will help you get up the mountain as well.

Definitely, you will be amazed by the incredible natural colors and the surrounding landscapes, like the snowy mountains, lakes, wildlife, and many picturesque Andean communities.

The weather in Cusco and parts of the Andes is unpredictable, even if the weather forecast says it’s sunny. We can’t trust it. It is an impossible question for us to answer. Historically, April through September is the dry season; November through February is the rainy season; and March and October are bridge months—a mixture of both. But the clouds have not followed these rules in the last few years. Prepare for sun and rain, no matter when you come. As far as temperatures go, that is consistent throughout the year. Mornings and evenings are always cold. Make sure to bring a fleece jacket for the mornings and a down jacket for the evenings. Once the sun is up, you should be comfortable hiking in short sleeves. Long pants (for yoga or hiking) are encouraged to protect you from the cold

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From: USD 260.00 per person

USD 250.00: from 4 people to more

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WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?


At Vidal Expeditions we offer the best service for all our customers and here is what makes us different than others.

  • Small groups: Along our excursion group size is a capped at 8 people. This guarantees that you will enjoy every step of our excursion

  • Hotel: During our excursion to Machu Picchu, we offer a 3 stars hotel stay for the last night. This ensures you are well rested and ready to explore Machu Picchu.

  • Bus to Machu Picchu: To enjoy Machu Picchu, we provide a round trip ticket on the bus from Aguas Calientes to the main entrance of the archaeological site.

  • Local Tour guides: Our team consists of 100% local tour guides, who have expert knowledge in our ancient culture.

  • Best Camping Equipment: We have the state-of-the-art camping equipment for our excursion. The equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after every excursion.

  • Best Trekking team: At Vidal Expeditions we focus to create the best experience during our excursions. Our team that consists of tour guides, cooks, porters, horse drivers are handpicked. We train our team to offer you the best service. We take care of our team by providing them with good equipment and paying them fairly.

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