Rainbow Mountain – Mount Vinicunca – 1 Day

Rainbow Mountain – Mount Vinicunca. Trek one of the most intriguing and colourful mountain ranges in Peru.

Located in the Peruvian Andes in Cusco; just 3 hours away from the historical center. Rainbow Mountain is becoming one of the main attractions to see after or before Machu Picchu. After all; the mountain is famed for its natural; multi-colored beauty at a staggering 5,200m above sea level. This rainbow-like appearance is created by the sediment of minerals throughout the area. This gives the mountain its rainbow of colours such as turquoise, lavendar, gold and others.

However; it was only recently discovered due to the snow melting revealing this hidden gem; that’s still considered holy by many until this day. Since its discovery; Rainbow Mountain has slowly started gaining popularity. It has even been listed in National Geographic’s “Top 100 Places To Visit Before You Die”.

Thus; the first step in any hike is always to prepare for any issues you expect to encounter; and hiking Rainbow Mountain is no different.

Mt. Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) standing a little over 17,000ft; (altitude sickness can kick in anywhere over 8,000ft); a 34 hour trek on this route can have even the fittest trekkers breathing hard.

We always recommend to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco beforehand acclimating yourself to the area’s elevation.

Day 1
Rainbow Mountain (Mount Vinicunca) - Day Trek Group
Today will begin with an early pick-up from your hotel in Cusco for the 3.5-hour drive to the start of the trek. When reaching the trailhead, you'll enjoy a breakfast snack before starting the ascent. Beginning from Chillca, at 3,700 m/12,139 ft elevation, it's around a 4-hour, uphill hike to reach the famous Rainbow Mountain. Along the way, you will enjoy amazing views of the Andes, glacial peaks, red mountains, rocky hills, along with llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley. Once you arrive at the top of Rainbow Mountain, you will have enough time to absorb the majesty of the red mountains that surround this area. You will also see amazing views of the valleys and Ausangate Glacier Peak in front of you. Ausangate is the tallest mountain of the Cusco region (just under 21,000 ft elevation) and is part of the Cordillera Vilcanota Range. After taking in the view, you'll descend back to transport for the drive back to our hotel in Cusco.
Overnight: Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast snack, Boxed Lunch
  • Breakfast Snack
  • Boxed Lunch
  • Transportation to start point
  • Professional Bilingual Guide

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