Rainbow Mountain Hike | 2 Day Hike to Rainbow Mountain
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Rainbow Mountain Hike

Rainbow Mountain Hike

They call it "The Rainbow Mountain", "Colored Hill" and sometimes "The Mountain of the 7 colors” because the variety of names originates in the imagination of adventurous travelers, admiring this chain of mountains that radiates indescribable emotion at the moment to visit it.

The plateaus, streams, valleys, mountains and snows just complement the greatness of this, accompanied by animals such as camelids, birds, sheep and of course the local people whose happiness is contagious no matter how strange the visitor. This landscape shows the whole one of the most beautiful geographical features that our nature gives us. For this and many reasons it was included by "National Geographic" as one of the 100 places that one must visit before leaving for the next life

Guardian of the Cusco region, Ausangate is the fifth highest mountain in Peru, with its 6,384 meters of height for centuries it has received many names; "The Roof of the Inca Capital", "Hill of Colors”, etc. Located in the district of Pitumarca, province of Canchis, Cusco region; Ausangate is considered the most important mountain of the Andean cosmovision.

Before you go

Quick Itinerary 

Day 01: Cusco - Quesuno - Anata 

Day 02: Anata - Rainbow Mountain - Cusco 

Highlight of the 2 Day Rainbow Mountain Hike 

  • The landscape reserve has an approximate area of ​​15,026 hectares. Its climate has an average of 13 degrees Celsius and drops to -5 degrees at night. · During the journey we observe herds of alpacas, llamas and the vicunas.
  • According to the study prepared by the anthropologist Rolly Gilmar Alcázar Holguín, in these places you can also find foxes, skunks, partridges, deer, vizcachas, condors and wild cats.
  • We observed that part of the mountains had a line of snow on top. The natives tell us that these great hills were snowy in past decades. 

Departure Point: Cusco - We pick you up from your hotel. 

Departure Time: 04:00 

Briefing Point: Our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the trek 

Briefing Time: Between 17:00 - 18:00


Tour Operator: Salkantay Trek Machu

Service Level: Comfortable Camping equipment, tourist train and private transport. 

Physical Rating: 4 - Difficult - Some high-altitude hikes, but accessible to most healthy travelers 

Age requirement: 12+ / All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Crew: A professional Tour Guide, a chef, equestrian and horses for the Rainbow Mountain. 

Accommodation: Camping (1 night). Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner and afternoon tea. 

Transportation: Transportation by private van.

Important Information

  • The best time to visit the Rainbow Mountain We recommend to visit the mountain during the months of June and August because is less rain. Of course, it will be necessary to carry items as a blocker or a hat to protect from solar radiation.
  • Some Recommendations: Adapt to the altitude: Make the visit on the last day of your passage through Cusco, or 2 days after arriving, since with the passage of time, the body adapts to the altitude and the resistance is greater. Wrap up you: It is 5,000m high, with a changing climate (rain, wind, cold and hail).


Day 01: Cusco - Qesuno - Anata

On the first day of your Rainbow mountain adventure, we will pick you up at your hotel at 4:00 am and drive 3 hours. While packing up our gear our chef will be preparing a hot breakfast to get you fueled up for the hike ahead of you. The trek begins in a large green valley. You will see hundreds of alpacas, local farmers, and the beautiful Ausangate Mountain looming in the distance- this is only a teaser for what is to come on your journey. As you continue making your way on the trail, you will begin to conquer the first pass of the trek- Puccacocha pass. At around 16,000 feet, the pass sits just above Puccacocha Lake, and the massive Ausangate Mountain is directly in front of you, while a beautiful active glacier crashes into the lake below. After a successful climb, we will stop for lunch and to recharge your body for the remainder of the hike. Our destination for the night is Anata, where we will enjoy a beautiful evening surrounded by jaw dropping landscape in the still of the Andes. As the sun sets we set up the dining tent with chairs for your group to relax and enjoy conversation while dinner is being prepared. This night you will see an unforgettable night sky full of constellations, shooting stars, and keep yourself warm with coca tea. 


Distance: 14km/ 8.7 miles 

Elevation: 4200m-5000m 

Hiking time: 5-6 hours 

Day 02: Anata - Rainbow Mountain - Cusco

Today is what you've been waiting for. Your chance to see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain; and the best part, you're almost there. We'll wake you up bright and early (time dependant on weather- usually between 4am and 5am) with coca tea delivered to your tent, and serve you a hearty breakfast to fuel you up for your final climb to Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain). Upon arrival, you can take all the time you want soaking in the amazing 360-degree vistas of the surrounding lands and explore the mountain itself. Take some time to yourself and really enjoy the beauty of nature around you- it truly is a magical place. The hike down will only take about three hours and here we will celebrate a successful journey, and enjoy lunch before departing back to Cusco (3 hours). Arrival time back in Cusco will depend on how long you want to spend on Rainbow Mountain, but we typically get back around 5pm -6pm and drop you off at your hotel. 


Distance: 18km/ 11 miles 

Elevation: 5000m-5200m-4200m 

Hiking time: 6-7 hours


  • Pre-trek briefing 
  • Early morning transfer by private bus to Qesuno - the initial point of the trek
  • Campsites (1 nights)
  • Entrance fee to the red of Rainbow Mountain
  • Meals: 1x breakfast, 2x lunch, 1x dinner and 1x afternoon hot beverages (please advise us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost)
  • Snack every morning
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide
  • Professional Cook
  • Horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 5 kg of each passenger's stuff
  • Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • Camping equipment: Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress);A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C); A blanket per person; A pillow; Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings)
  • Tourist bus Cusco - Qesuno - Cusco
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters 
  • Additional horses for passenger´s luggage.

Suggested Items

  • A lightweight backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek - prepare for a wide range of changes in temperature.
  • Rain clothes (jacket and pants if available) or a rain poncho. 
  • Sturdy footwear, you recommend waterproof hiking boots. 
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, polar linings, gloves, scarf and hat. Thermal clothing is also recommend, especially for sleeping.
  • Camera, rolls and batteries (batteries are consume more quickly under cold conditions). 
  • Hat or cap to protect from the sun, rain and cold. 
  • Sunscreen
  • Cream after sunbathing or moisturizer for the face and body. 
  • Toilet paper. 
  • Snacks: cookies, energy bars, chocolates, fruit, granola, etc. 
  • Your own medical kit with any special medication you may need, SOROCHI PHILS, blister protection, etc. 
  • Small towel 
  • Cash - enough for snacks, tips and souvenirs. 
  • Binoculars (if you have)

Optional Extras

  • Extra riding mule and muleteer to lead it 
  • Walking sticks
  • Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share a tent)

From $ 300.00
per person
Code MOC2
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