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Cusco Peru Rainbow Mountain tour- Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour

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Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour - Cusco Peru Rainbow Mountain tour

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour Hike or Cusco Peru Rainbow Mountain Tour is a popular full day tour from Cusco. We have designed this two day experience to give you a deeper insight of life around the snow capped peaks of Ausangate Mountain.  

This is unlike the traditional full day trip to Rainbow mountain Vinicunca. Accompanied by a local tour guide, you will be witnessing the highlights of Ausangate Trek and will be spending a night in the wilderness experiencing the most seven colored mountains. 

This tour operates on a regular basis. We offer this both as a private tour and in small groups. 

Please note, the highest point of the trek is at 5020 metres (16466 feet) above sea level. We highly recommend you to spend a few days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness. For detailed information, check our detailed guide about the Rainbow Mountain hike.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0600 AM

Price Includes

  • Private Happy Gringo Transport to Arapa– (starting point of the trek.)
  • 2 people per tent (large and comfortable) and foam mattress.
  • English speaking experienced professional mountain guide.
  • 6-8 people with 1 guide, 2 Guides for a group of 9-17 trekkers.
  • 8 kilos porterage service for your personal items. A duffle bag is lent to you.
  • Full board meals 4 Breakfast, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners. (Buffet Style Peruvian Gourmet Cuisine).(Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request).
  • Dining tent and cooking tents with tables and chairs.
  • Experienced Chef, assistants and cooking equipment and kitchen tent.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Mules to carry tents, mattress, food, cooking equipment.
  • Hot water for washing purposes.
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles everyday except the first day morning
  • Free storage in Cusco for your belongings at Happy Gringo Tours office.

Price Excludes

  • Water to drink on day 1 in the morning
  • Dinner on Day 4th

Recommended To Carry

  • A warm and good Sleeping Bag (Minus 8ºC) : (Can be rented at Happy Gringo Tours office)
  • Hiking boots (sneakers or running shoes are not recommended)
  • Trekking poles
  • Warm clothes layers for variable temperatures
  • Flashlight with extra batteries necessary
  • Camera & Extra Film & Batteries / Charger
  • Sun Protection : Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses
  • Thermals, Wool Socks & Woolen Hat for cold nights
  • Gloves, Scarf
  • Insect Repellant for Valleys
  • Rain Poncho / Good rain jacket
  • Toiletries, Toilet paper, small towel
  • Trekking pants or similar
  • Water container to fill up
  • Personal medical kit
  • Original passport and ISIC student card is applicable
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips to your staff
Useful Information
  • Trip Type: Hiking, adventure, history, culture and organic food.
  • Good For: Moderate physical fitness.
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Starting Altitude: 4326 m – 14,189 ft.
  • Highest Altitude: 5020 m – 16,466 ft.
  • Hiking Distance: 16 km – 10 miles
  • Accommodation: 1 nights in tent
  • Coldest Night: Day 1 around 0º Celsius
  • Recommendation: Try to arrive days in advance to acclimate.

Day 1Cusco - Quesino uno - Circle Lake

We will pick you up at your hotel at 6:00am. We will then embark on a three hours drive to Quesino uno. This is the starting point of the trek. Here we will be serving you a traditional breakfast. 

Then we climb up for 4 hours through the pristine areas of the Peruvian Andes. We will reach the lunch camp before we begin the high altitude trek.

We will be passing through local herders, lush flat plains and hundreds of llamas which are along our hike. Our campsite for the night is Circle Lake. Here we will enjoy a beautiful evening surrounded by mountains and beautiful landscapes in the middle of the Andes.

Day 2Circle Lake - Rainbow Mountain - Cusco

Today is what you’ve been waiting for! Your chance to see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain. The best part of the hike.

We will begin our final climb to Vinicunca “Rainbow Mountain”. Upon arrival to the top you can take all the time you want soaking in the amazing 360 degree vistas of the surrounding lands and explore the mountain itself. 

If desired, you can hike further to the red valley.

Once you have had your fill of this enigmatic place, we will hike down the hill for three hours to our lunch camp. After lunch, we will be taking the transport back to Cusco.