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Rainbow Mountain trek

The “rainbow Mountain trek” is a stunning trek through the wildest and rarely visited areas in Peru. Traversing the Cordillera Vilcanota, the trek takes hikers over several high passes, down into low alpine valleys and through traditional Peruvian villages. You’ll see snowcapped peaks, herds of llamas, glaciers and turquoise lakes, all set within an incredibly colorful mountain range. The trek is one of the quietest in the region and you’ll likely not see another trekker.

The “rainbow Mountain trek” offers a selection of wildlife including soaring condors, vicunas, bobcats and pumas. The colorful sandstone mountains in the Vinicunca area is probably the coolest thing you’ll see in Peru. The route achieves a circuit of scale; passing by collars located between 4,710 and 5,200 masl. The “rainbow Mountain trek” begins after 3-hour drive to Qesihunu Community which is the east of Cusco city. It is slightly up to the ridge at the rainbow mountain which is mostly leads through the Vilcanota mountain range and passing by small village. and 5,200 masl.

rainbow Mountain trek

FULL TOUR ITINERARY-RAINBOW MOUNTAIN 1 DAY TOUR

THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN is Located at the south of Cusco and dominated by Ausangate Mountain (6371masl), this moved back area always remained isolated from the external influences and knew to keep intact much customs and habits of the pre-colonial period. This trek will satisfy most demanding and will get unforgettable memories: sumptuous panoramas of high mountain, formidable glaciers and crystalline rivers, turquoise lakes, peaceful pastoral scenes of the herds of spangled and alpacas kept on by Andeans with multi-coloured clothing This new route, apart from the beaten paths, is a true adventure through a nature preserved and wild, where the only meetings which you will make will be VINICUNCA OR CERRO COLORADO, the colorful mountain and those small communities of Quechua peasants who exploit the vast wide ones of “Altiplano”.

TOUR ITINERARY

At 03:30am pick up from your hotels, private vehicle for 3:30 hours drive through the Southern Valley of the city of Cusco to the trailhead at the community of "Quesiuno" (4,326 m / 14,189 ft).

Before we begin to hike we’ll have a breakfast at the starting point. We then start off on our hike, following a lovely stream. You will be immediately surprised by literally herds of alpacas and llamas. We will have consistent views of the Ausangate Mountain. We will hike through villages and interact with the local residents. We will stop for a deluxe box lunch along the trail.

Back on the trail, we encounter more of the traditional elements of this trek. This includes potato fields and unique fauna. We have the prospect of seeing chinchillas and vicunas. Vicunas are the only non-domesticated animal of the llama family in Peru. Many red mountains are also a highlight of this portion of the hike.

After a total hike of approximately 4 hours, we finally reach our destination, what we came to see “THE RAINBOW MOUNTAINS” (5,020 m / 16,466 ft). After getting over the shock of their beauty, you will have time to explore the area. You will have time to take pictures and soak in the environment. We will spend approximately 45 minutes at the top.
At this point, it is time to go back down. We hike downhill the way we came. The hike will take 3:30 hours approximately. Our private van will be waiting for us when we return.

We will embark on the 4:00 hours drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel. Approximate arrival time is between 8 and 9 PM.

  • Meals:Breakfast / Box lunch
  • Lowest Elevation: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
  • Distance to walk: 15 km / 9 ¼ miles
  • Approximate walking time: 4 to 5 hours up and 3 to 4 to hours down
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

The Tour Includes

  • Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before of your tour in our office or in you Hotel.
  • Collection from your hotel in Cusco from (04:00 am)
  • Private bus to trek starting point
  • Lunch.- (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat free or special diets upon your request.)
  • 2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
  • 2 expert SUNRISE PERU TREK gourmet mountain cooks, assistants.
  • Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance..
  • Guided tour and extra time for yourself on the rainbow mountain.

What to bring:

  • Water
  • Rain jacket / poncho
  • Winter hat and gloves
  • Rain pants
  • Snacks
  • Sun block, factor 35+ recommended
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera with spare batteries – batteries run down faster at high altitudes
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)

FULL TOUR ITINERARY-RAINBOW MOUNTAIN 2 DAYS TOUR

The trek offers a selection of wildlife including soaring condors, vicunas, bobcats and pumas. The colorful sandstone mountains in the Vinicunca area is probably the coolest thing you’ll see in Peru. The route achieves a circuit of scale; passing by collars located between 4,710 and 5,200 masl.

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1.-  CUSCO – CHEQHAKUPE -  PITUMARKA – HANCHI PACHA– K’AIRAHUIRI ALTO.

We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 7.00 am. And begin our trip towards the south of the city of Cusco, and we travel on the asphalt road section through the fertile “Vilcanota” Valley; after 2:30 hours we arrive to “Cheqhakupe” village we stop here and continue through unpaved road through the Pitumarka Valley.

We arrive at Pitumarka town for a brief stop: we can buy some basic refreshments here before continuing through to the village at Hanchi Pacha.  From here it’s one hour more, travelling through some lovely picturesque valleys and canyons. Sensing our approach, llamas and alpacas look up from their grazing with curious stares. There are some interesting rock formations on this section of the road, and we will definitely allow time for scenic photos! 

Along the route, there also might be the chance to meet one of the local weavers keeping watch over her flocks, while weaving.  This region, Quisipicanchis, has a wonderful textile tradition.  After lunch, we will hike for approximately 2 or 2:30 hours, climbing steadily until we reach the village of K’airahuiri Bajo  (4550m/14925ft). Here, we’ll attain great views of the magnificent valley and its surrounding mountains.
From here, we will continue another 40 minutes to our campsite, and to the control point in K’airahuiri Alto (4700m/15420ft), with views across the green, lush valley.  As this is a high campsite, we will require three days of acclimatization in Cusco (or at altitude) before doing this hike.  We also recommend lots of warm clothes and a -15 degree C sleeping bag.

  • Overnight: K’airahuiri Alto (camping)
  • Meals: L - D
  • Accommodation: 2 People per Tents
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,700m/15,255 ft.
  • Distance Travelled: 4 hours by private car
  • Approximate Walking Time: 2 or 3 Hours

DAY 2 - K’ARIAHUIRI ALTO  –– VINICUNCA 5,000m/16,400 ft – HANCHIPACHA – RETURN TO CUSCO

After early breakfast we continue walk of about one and a half hours towards Vinicunca Pass. At this point, our breathing will become more and more labored as we gain altitude. Once we arrive at the top of the pass, there may be some cold gusts of wind so please ensure that you are wrapped up warm and that your head is covered with a woolly hat.

You will be rewarded for your efforts when you finally see the amazing Vinicunca, with its colorful layers of rock sediment: turquoise, orange, brown, and red! In addition to the great views of the colored mountain itself, you will have impressive views of the snow-capped “Apu Ausangate”, when the day is clear.

After some time to rest and take photos and the chance to observe an impressive sunrise, we’ll head back the way we came until we reach the start point of the trailhead. The return hike downhill will be a lot quicker than the ascent, and should take around 3:00 hours. There will be plenty of beautiful scenery to feast our eyes upon along the way
We’ll have an early lunch back at Hanchi Pacha, say good-bye to our local crew, and then head back to Cusco in our private transport. We should arrive back in Cusco at approximately 3 pm.

  • Meals: L - D
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,000m/16,400 ft
  • Distance Travelled: 4 hours by private car
  • Approximate Walking Time: 3 Hours

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • Pre trek briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure
  • Transport from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the trek in private car
  • Entry fee to area
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 6 people).
  • Tents - 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Cook and cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
  • Toilet tent
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Please communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water.
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items and sleeping bag (up to 7 kg/15lbs per person).
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if is a little slower
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
  • Tents for our staff to sleep in
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Private transport to your hotel at the end of the trip
  • Lunch on the last day is included in this itinerary.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • Breakfast on the first morning
  • Dinner on the last night
  • Sleeping bags - If you haven't got a sleeping bag or you don't want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you, then we have sleeping bags for hire.
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Additional horses for passenger’s luggage