The Rainbow Mountain Hike, is a tour that depart from cusco, it’s one of our favorite day hike programs to Vinicunca or the rainbow mountain, the rainbow mountain is part or the Ausangate mountains range, located on the highlands at east of Cusco city. There are several rainbow mountain trek itineraries, that start at other places and after 3 nights camping they reach the rainbow mountain, but our day hike tour is within the best itineraries, it is one of our recently tour incorporated to our day hikes. Our rainbow mountain tour program, allows you to enjoy the place at a better time, before the crowds.
The Vinicunca or the rainbow mountain, is considered a sacred mountain by the locals, that is the reason why they go from time to time and to Andean rituals, they bury offering consisting in natural products, it is kind of pilgrimage hike: While for us it is an amazing mountain that has several colors and offers a wonderful 360 degrees view, many colored mountain tops, and land of llamas and alpacas; by the way it is incredibly nice and worth to get there.
Discover this fantastic rainbow mountain, and the picturesque villages with thatched roofs, see the llamas and alpacas in its natural habitat, and be part or a fantastic day hike to a mountain with rainbow color that is seen only in china and peru. Our expert local guides will make the difference. Ask this tour as the rainbow mountain tour.
Our Rainbow mountain tour, starts with an early meet up in your hotel, and drive our private transport towards east of cusco, after about 3 hours’ drive, we’ll reach a highland settlement named Kayravini “4,426m / 14520ft”, at this place we will stop for breakfast, our cook will make us nutritious breakfast with all the nutrients to provide us enough energy to success this day hike, This is a village of llama farmers, but villagers has found new way of getting their income, they hire their horses and pull their horses. We will begin our hike by a gentle flatland and reach a point where we can see locals in line, all of them with their traditional clothes, they are the muleteers (if we hire a horse, there is no way of negotiating the rate, they have set-up price, and depart according the line-up), as we walk after about 20 minutes will arrive to the control and pay for the park. Then we will walk towards the rainbow mountain, will cover about 4.17miles / 08kms. Along the way we will see nice mountains covered by highland grass named Icchu, we will also see llamas, alpacas and locals with colorful dress, the trail is gentle uphill and some small steep part, as we gain altitude we can start seeing reddish color mountains, after about 2.2 hours of walk we will finally reach the summit of Rainbow Mountain “Vinicunca“5,000m / 16, 404ft” approximately.
At the summit we will enjoy this magnificent scenic view of many mountains, most of them are colorful, we will have time to explore the area and climb up to a higher point to make some unique pictures, then after a good time to enjoy it, we will return, since we did all uphill , now the trail is all gentle downhill, we will arrive to our village and have lunch made by our cook, after lunch we will board our exclusive transport and return to Cusco arriving back at around 18:00 hrs, at arrival our guide will escort you to your hotel where our fantastic Rainbow mountain hike ends.
Rate:Our rate in our exclusive small group service is us us$160 per person, Minimum required 02 people. Ask for our rate in private service.