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Rainbow Mountain 2 Days Tour

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Rainbow Mountain 2 Days Tour

  • 2 Days 1 Night
  • All food on the trail
  • Accommodation: Camps
  • max. Altitude:
    5100m / 16.732ft
  • Difficulty:
  • Professional guide
    (English and / or Spanish)

Rainbow Mountain Trek 2 Days


Mother Nature will surprise us with an impressive display of vibrant and varied colors scattered throughout the high peaks of Cusco. Remember that when you set your eyes on Rainbow Mountain, you will be contemplating millions of years of geological history and a natural wonder that is not repeated in almost any other corner of the planet. You can also feel extreme tranquility while hiking through the Red Valley, surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains and beautiful slopes. Sometimes their only company will be herds of alpacas, llamas and vicuñas. In addition, from time to time, you will be able to observe the daily life of the Andean man in their communities that are located in that sector.

Sometimes it is hard to believe how wonderful the Andes are with mountains that exceed 6000 meters of altitude, with spectacular sunsets and starry nights.

Ausangate Explore offers you to live a unique experience in one of the natural and unique wonders that this region has, dare to enjoy this spectacular natural attraction by taking a tour through dreamy valleys and mountains.

  • Enjoy a unique adventure walking through these beautiful places.
  • Connect your mind and body with the energy that these mountains have.
  • Visit the mountain of colors (winincunca) and the red valley and have a beautiful experience.
  • Enjoy the local flora and fauna and the people who live in the surroundings.

Day 1Cusco | Pitumarca - Quesiuno - Alcataury - Anantapata - Surina Cocha

This day starts early. We will pick you up from your hotel at 4:00 in the morning and we will travel by van for approximately 3 hours until we reach the community of Alcataury, the starting point of our walk.
While we organize the last details to start the adventure, our fantastic chef will prepare a delicious and nutritious breakfast to give you all the energy you need. The guide will explain the itinerary in detail and share some safety tips to follow.

We will begin our adventure starting from a fertile valley, dominated by the impressive sacred mountain of Ausangate. You will also observe the lifestyle of the Andean communities, as well as the local fauna of the place such as llamas and alpacas.

We will ascend for 2 hours to the Puccacocha pass (4930 masl / 16170 fasl), where we will find a blue lagoon of crystalline waters of the same name. The landscape from there is impressive, it seems like a dream. With the majestic Apu Ausangate right in front of you, with water that flows from the perpetual glaciers that give rise to the lagoon.

Then we will take a winding road for 2 hours to Anantapata where we will stop for lunch. You will be amazed by the culinary wonders prepared by our chef in the middle of the mountain.

After having recharged our energy, we will continue walking for another 3 hours until we reach the highest point of our trek: the Warmisaya Pass (5,025 masl / 16,486 fasl). From here you can already see the first views of Rainbow Mountain in the distance.

We will continue with a brief descent of approximately 30 minutes to our camp, which will already be installed, near the Surina Cocha lagoon. Before going to bed, we will enjoy a well-deserved dinner in the middle of this unique landscape in the heart of the Andes. Temperatures at night drop sharply, so be sure to pack several layers of clothing and a cold-weather sleeping bag. To keep your body warm, our team will provide you with hot cups of coca leaf tea or coffee before retiring to rest.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
Minimum altitude: 4,380 masl / 14,370 fasl
Maximum altitude: 5,025 masl / 16,486 fasl
Walking distance: 14 km / 8.6 miles
Walking time: 8 to 9 hours.
Difficulty level: Challenging.

Day 2Surina Cocha | Rainbow Mountain (Winincunca)-cusco

Very early, we will gently wake you up with a hot cup of coca leaf tea. Then, we will enjoy a delicious and nutritious breakfast to begin our ascent to Rainbow Mountain.

It will take about 40 minutes to the highest point of the place from where we will appreciate all the fullness of the Rainbow Mountain. Here you will have time to explore and contemplate this natural wonder and of course, take photos and immerse yourself in the spectacular views of the Rainbow Mountain and the Apu Ausangate and the other snowy peaks that dominate the area.

We will continue our journey through the surroundings of the rainbow mountain and visit the viewpoint of the spectacular Red Valley. This tourist destination is still little known; therefore, you will be surprised by its beauty and the deep tranquility that you will feel. It takes only 25 minutes to reach the viewpoint from where we can appreciate the entire valley.

Finally, we will descend for 1 hour to the lunch spot, while we appreciate more herds of llamas and alpacas grazing freely. If you are lucky, you will also be able to observe the vicuñas, which are beautiful animals that have not been domesticated yet. After lunch we will have to return to Cusco by bus. We will be traveling for approximately three and a half hours and finally we will arrive in Cusco in the afternoon and we will leave you at the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch,.
Minimum altitude: 4,791 masl / 15,718 fasl
Maximum altitude: 5,020 m.a.s.l. / 16,466 fasl
Walking distance: 6 km / 3.2 miles
Walking time: 4 to 5 hours.
Difficulty level: Moderate.

Price Includes

  • Pre-departure briefing with the guide
  • Pick up at your hotel on the morning of trek departure
  • Transportation from Cusco -Alcatauri- cusco
  • Professional guide (English and / or Spanish)
  • Entrance Ticket for Ausangate Trek and Rainbow Mountain
  • Tents
  • Basic foam mattress. If you need more comfort during the trek we can rent you an inflatable mattress ( Thermarest).
  • 1 duffle bag
  • Cook and kitchen equipment
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
  • Snacks
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including riders. These carry the camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at our briefing for your personal items (up to 7kg / 15lbs per person)
  • Tent for eating with camping tables and chairs and tent for the Kitchen for the cook to prepare meals
  • Tents for our staff to sleep
  • First aid kit including an emergency oxygen bottle

Price Excludes

  • Sleeping bag: However, you can rent one from us. We have sleeping bags that will protect from down to -18 °C (0 °F).
  • Trekking poles: You can also rent these from us
  • dinner on the last day
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for our team
  • Additional costs

You must bring

  • A light backpack with a change of clothes for the entire period of the trek - be prepared for a wide range of changes in temperature
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or a rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco
  • Resistant footwear, waterproof trekking boots are recommended. The extra stockings can not be missing
  • sandals or flip flops are also good to give your feet a chance to breathe at night if you want to wear them
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and hat. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flashlight / Hand lamp and extra batteries
  • Camera, film and batteries (batteries consume more quickly in cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect yourself from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper, inside and outside the luggage
  • Snacks: cookies, energy bars, chocolates, fruit, granola, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications you may need, paracetamol, blister protection, etc.
  • Small towel
  • Bathing suit (if you intend to bathe in the hot springs)
  • Cash - enough for snacks, tips and souvenirs
  • Original passport
Before You Go:

How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Trek?

It is very important to be well acclimatized to the altitude before pushing yourself on a hike. We recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least two to three days before the trek begins to help you adjust and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness during the trek. You may have already been to another area of Peru at high altitudes before arriving in Cusco. In that case, we recommend that you have a full day in Cusco to rest, recover from your trip, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before leaving for the trek. Here are some suggestions of activities to do in the vicinity of Cusco before starting your adventure trip:

  • City Tour
  • Sacred Valley
  • Rainbow Mountain

Briefing or Informative Meeting

All meetings and briefings are very important, which takes place at our office or at your hotel at 5:00 p.m. one night before the tour starts. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If for any reason you cannot attend our informative meeting, you must contact Ausangate Explore by email or by Whatsapp.

Trek Balance Payment (in Cusco)

The hike must be paid in full. one day before your departure (usually after the briefing). It would be greatly appreciated if you pay the balance of the trek in cash in US dollars or local currency at our Office. You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay a 5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance in traveler’s checks.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are common in Peru, and this can interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and railway tracks can be taken. However, we will try to make your trip as smooth as possible. originally planned, even if it means going out the night before the scheduled date. under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you and our operations staff. Your safety is our top priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

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