See the magical Rainbow Mountain in its full glory on a day trip with a local operator
A small breakfast and lunch are included on the trek and transfer to and from Cusco
Experienced bilingual guides with great local knowledge assist you throughout the day
Trek through wild desert landscapes, snow-capped peaks, herds of alpaca, and arrive at the ultimate destination - the painted hills hidden deep in the Andes – the iconic Rainbow Mountain. The region around the mountain offers impressive scenery of mountains, glaciers, lagoons and streams.
All year round
Cuzco hotel and hostel pickup
San Francisco Square
ONLINE BOOKING NOT AVAILABLE
We will pick our passengers up at 4:30am from their hotels with our private mini-bus transport. Then, we will travel for about 2 hours by road to Pitumarca, which is a small village close to the Ausangate snow-capped mountain (the second highest mountain in Peru, at 6,410 metres). There, we will have our breakfast, and afterwards we will go ahead to Chiripampa and we will hike for 2 hours to get to the spectacular Rainbow Mountain (4,800 metres). After that, we will return to Pitumarca (2 hours) to have lunch. Finally, we will make our way back to Cusco, arriving at 6:30pm.
The hike takes place at over 4,500m (15,000ft), and is about 15 kilometres in total length, with an elevation gain of 685m (2,250ft). The main reason this trek is difficult is because of the elevation. The terrain is a gradual climb on wide stable paths.
Weather in the Andes can be unpredictable, ranging from hot and sunny to rainy, windy and cold. You should be prepared with proper layers of clothing, and be ready for variable weather conditions throughout the day. The temperature can range from 0°C to 20°C throughout the day, and the sun can be very strong in the early afternoon.
Highest Altitude – 5,200m / 17,060ft
-This is a challenging day for hiking. Hikers should be reasonably fit, and spend some time beforehand in Cusco to acclimatise (we recommend 3 days in Cusco or a place of similar elevation)
-If you are staying at a different location than the one you select as your pick up location, it is explicitly your responsibility to be at the main entrance of the hotel or hostel selected as your pick up location for the duration of the pickup time range on your tour date. You must be in a visible place easy to see for the operator and be alert for their vehicle/guide when they go to pick you up for the tour.
-Please be aware that February is the month of the year with the highest amount of rainfall in the Cusco region. During this month visibility can be limited on the mountain and in extreme cases the tour may have to be cancelled.
04:30 - 05:00
Pick up from your hostel/ hotel
05:00 - 07:00
Go to Pitumarca
7:00 - 8:00
08:00 - 09:00
Go to Chiripampa
09:00 - 11:00
Uphill to the rainbow land (4,800 metres above sea level)
Marvel at the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain and the stunning scenery
14:30 - 15:30
Back to Pitumarca and have buffet lunch (outdoors)
15:30 - 18:30
Back to Cusco city
- Professional tour guide
- Private transport
- Hostel/hotel pick-up
- Breakfast and buffet lunch (outdoors)
- Emergency oxygen
- Entrance to national park (10 soles)
- Emergency horse
- Camera and batteries
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
- After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
- Toilet paper
- Sun glasses
- Sun block
- Small backpack
- Cash in soles and/or US$
- Copy of original passport
- Optional: walking sticks or poles
Cancellation or changes to this tour:
CHANGES: Any changes to the tour date need to be done before 6:00 pm the day before the tour begins.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel the day prior to the tour before 6:00 pm (Lima time), a 10% administration fee (+ the card fee). After this time, there is a 100% no-show or cancellation fee.
You must email firstname.lastname@example.org (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or to make any changes.
I can’t find my accommodation listed in the operator pick up locations as I’m making my booking. What should I select?
This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodation listed, this covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. They do not provide pick-ups or drop-offs at private residences, Airbnbs, bus terminals etc. Select an alternative close by and be ready there for pick-up at the time on your booking confirmation.
Do I need to bring trekking shoes?
Not necessarily, but as you will spend several hours hiking up and down through the canyon, we recommend that you at least wear stable and comfortable shoes.
Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?
Altitude sickness can catch many travellers a little bit off guard. Not everyone gets sick in high altitudes, and it is difficult to predict who is likely to be badly affected by it. For most people, it is nothing more than a headache and a dizzy sensation that diminishes over a short period of time, 1 to 2 days for most people. If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, do not fly directly into high altitude - proceed slowly, allowing your body time to acclimatise as you ascend gradually. However, for many that is not possible, so it’s important to drink lots of water, and to slow down! This sounds simple, but both of these things are very important. Your body is struggling because you don’t have enough oxygen, so avoiding any strenuous activity is a good idea. Chew some coca leaves - the native people of South America have been chewing coca for centuries, thanks to its ability to alleviate mild altitude sickness symptoms. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket, and even souvenir shops or street stalls. Take altitude sickness pills (Soroche): these are sold over the counter all over Peru and Bolivia, and are just a few dollars. If you are flying straight into altitude over 2500meters without spending any time at an intermediate elevation, and you’re worried about getting sick, you can ask your doctor for more specific and stronger altitude sickness medication in advance. In the rare case that your symptoms are more severe than a headache and mild dizziness, you should descend in altitude and seek medical assistance.
How do I avoid altitude sickness?
Take Soroche (Diamox) pills, eat small meals, drink coca tea, drink lots of water, and avoid alcohol (it’s a dehydrator). The best way to avoid altitude sickness is to acclimatize yourself. The recommended approach for acclimatization is to ascend gradually, spending at least 24 hours at every 2,000 ft increase in altitude.
What are the symptoms of altitude sickness?
Common symptoms of altitude sickness (sometimes called acute mountain sickness) can be similar to a bad hangover, and may include a headache, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, tiredness, loss of appetite and shortness of breath. A severe headache that is not relieved by medication, nausea and vomiting, and increasing fatigue or shortness of breath may indicate more serious problems – seek medical attention.
How physically fit do I need to be?
You should be reasonably fit to undertake the trek. The trek is not particularly steep, but at this altitude the gradual climb is difficult.
Can I rent a horse during this trek?
Yes, you can rent a horse for 80 soles for approximately 6 hours, but there are some parts that you will need to walk (approx. 20 to 40 minutes). If you want to hire a horse, you will need to inform the guide at the beginning of the tour and it is subject to availability.
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Can I rent trekking poles with the operator?
Yes, you can rent a pair of trekking poles; the price is 20 soles per set per day. You need to inform us 24 hours before your tour date.