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Rainbow Mountain Hike 4 Days / 3 Nights. The route achieves a circuit of scale, passing by peaks located between 4710 and 5200 meters in Palomani Pass.
Rainbow Mountains Hike is a trek around the snow capped mountains, a dramatic scenery located in Cusco, the largest peak in Cusco´s southern región. Happy Gringo Tours offers you one Amazing circuit around Ausangate and one very non-traditional to Vinicunca, you end up doing two adventures in the area.
Playing cards and drinking whisky in the middle of the mountains to balance the cold.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will pick you up at your hotel at 6:00am to drive nearly 3 hours to stop in Tinki for organic breakfast which is prepared by our professional chef. After breakfast the hiking is around 5 hours to get the lunch place. Our destination for the night is Samacancha, where we will enjoy a beautiful evening surrounded by sharp mountains and beautiful landscapes in the middle of the Andes.
We will have early in the morning our organic breakfast. Afterwards we hike through mountain ranges of Ausungate, it is incredibly colorful as it has four lagoons; Yanacocha, Vinococha, Huchuy Pucacocha and Hatun Pucacocha, even outside of the magical landscapes of Vinicunca. We continue ahead, meeting native quechua-speaking people, inca descendants, people who 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.
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 arrive into the high pampas – rugged meadows of long grass across to Apacheta Pass (4850m). We take the trail to another mountain pass, dropping down, by Lake Ausangate, surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and the great valley below, where we’ll camp at Surapampa, this 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.
After an early breakfast with your trekking team, it will be about 2 hours gradual uphill trek to reach the famous RAINBOW MOUNTAIN. Pucapunta the red sandstone sedimentary formations, offers such a wonderful experience and the Red Mountain Valley located at 5200m /17060 ft elevation, along the way you get to see Vicuñas and Condors. where you encounter 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 where you will enjoy your final lunch with your team. The drive itself provides really nice views of the Andes, passing some traditional villages along the way. You will be arriving into Cusco around 6 to 7pm. We end up having a marvelous time!