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Hike to Rainbow Mountain Cusco

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Tour Details
Hike to Rainbow Mountain Cusco

This exclusive 4 Day Hike to Rainbow Mountain Cusco is the best alternative to Ausangate Trek. On this 3 nights and 4 day you with our local guide you will see some of the beautiful landscapes. 

Hike to Rainbow Mountain Cusco is a challenging hike. This is a high altitude experience. The highest point is at 5200 metres (17,000 feet) above sea level. It is highly recommended that you spend a few days in Cusco acclimatising before the trek to avoid altitude sickness

The Rainbow Mountain in Peru is one of the most visited attractions after Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Infact, it is one of the popular day tours in Cusco

We have designed this 4 day trip to let you experience the beauty of the wilderness here. You will also get to know a bit about the traditions and culture of locals living here.

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Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0600 AM

Price Includes

  • Private Happy Gringo Tours bus to Arapa– (starting of our 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
  • Travel Insurance

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: 3,800m – 12,467ft.
  • Highest Altitude: 5020m – 16,481ft.
  • Hiking Trek Distance: 46 km – 28 miles.
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in tent
  • Coldest Night: Day 2 around 0º Celsius and day 3 around 0º celsius
  • Recommendation: Try to arrive days in advance to acclimate.

Day 1Cusco - Upis Pampa

We will pick you up at your hotel at 6:00am. Then we will drive nearly 3 hours to Tinki. It is often referred as the gateway to Ausangate. Here we will stop for organic breakfast which is prepared by our professional chef.

 After breakfast the hiking is around 5 hours to get to the lunch camp. Our destination for the night is Samacancha. Here we will enjoy a beautiful evening surrounded by sharp mountains and beautiful landscapes in the middle of the Andes.

Day 2Samacancha - Four Lagoons (Puka Qocha)

We will have early in the morning our organic breakfast. Afterwards we will hike through the Ausangate Mountain. It is incredibly colorful as it has four lagoons; Yanacocha, Vinococha, Huchuy Pucacocha and Hatun Pucacocha. They are even more alluring than the seven colored mountains. 

We will then continue ahead, meeting native quechua-speaking people. They are Inca descendants and spend their life in the middle of these mountains. Its fauna including the Llamas, Alpacas and Vicuñas luckily are the main resource for them. 

The day is finished after 6 hours of hiking in Hatun Pukacocha.

Day 3Hatun Mapayoq - Yauricunca

After an early, organic and nutritious breakfast with your trekking team, you will prepare for the third day of the hike. This day offers a variety of colorful lakes and dramatic scenery along a steady climb, which allows for plenty of breaks. 

We will arrive into the high pampas –  rugged meadows of long grass across to Apacheta Pass (4850m). We will take the trail to another mountain pass, dropping down, by Lake Ausangate. This region is surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and the great valley below. 

We will be camping at Surapampa. The campsite is one of the most beautiful campsites located on the hillside of the Ausangate peak and at the bank of the lake. You can see amazing views from here and perhaps some condors and eagles flying nearby.

Day 4Vinicunca - Cusco

After an early breakfast we will trek to visit Rainbow Mountain. It will be a 2 hours gradual uphill trek to reach the summit. Pucapunta, the red sandstone sedimentary formations, offers such a wonderful experience and the Red Valley is located at 5200m /17060 ft elevation. 

Along the way you get to see Vicuñas and Condors. Here you will see Vinicunca, a mountain of striations of colors embedded in the hillsides. Best known as The Rainbow Mountain, it speaks for itself.

After taking some pictures and enjoying the views, you will continue the expedition to the end of the trail. This is all downhill along the Valley for about 3 hours. 

At the campsite, you will enjoy your final lunch of the trek with your team. We will then drive back to Cusco. You will be arriving in Cusco around 6 to 7pm.