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2-Day Trek to Rainbow Mountain from Cusco

From US$350.00
  • Leave the crowds behind by choosing a longer, more remote hike
  • Provided camping gear keeps you warm in the mountains
  • Carry only your day pack: pack animals take care of the rest
2-Day Trek to Rainbow Mountain from Cusco
From US$350.00
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2-Day Trek to Rainbow Mountain from Cusco
From US$350.00
Hike to Rainbow Mountain on a 2-day, small-group trip from Cusco that includes a night of camping high in the Andes. Following part of the dramatic Ausangate Circuit trail on your way to Rainbow Mountain, this 2-day hike is a great way to experience the gorgeous Andean landscape at its most pristine, with time to star gaze and relax after crowds of day-hikers have returned to Cusco.
What to Expect

Distance: 14km/ 8.7 miles
Elevation: 4200m-5000m
Hiking time: 5-6 hours

On the first day of your Rainbow mountain adventure we will pick you up at your hotel at 4:00am and drive 3 hours to the trailhead. While packing up our gear our chef will be preparing a hot breakfast to get you fueled up for the hike ahead of you. Our guides will go over the itinerary for the day and safety tips to ensure you are fully prepared for the next two days. 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 around noon 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: 18km/ 11 miles
Elevation: 5000m-5200m-4200m
Hiking time: 6-7 hours

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 dependent 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.

Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or other events which are beyond our control. We will always do our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible. 
Pick up is between 4am and 4:30am, please be waiting in your hotel lobby

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Reviews (27)
1 - 5 of 27 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Probably the best hiking trip I ever did

The views and wildlife away from the main tourist routes were amazing. We got up super early on the second day to be the first at rainbow mountain to see it before it gets crowded. Jacob was an awesome tour guide. He could explain everything...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank nielsgerlach
Reviewed 29 October 2018
Best part of our entire trip

The 2-day trek to Rainbow Mountain was by far my favorite part of our entire trip. I was a little worried since I come from a place right at sea level, and had no chance to really try hiking in a higher altitude before our...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kimberly Q
Reviewed 28 October 2018
Great experience

Our guide was David and he was really awesome in all possible ways. His english was perfect, he was extremely helpful when we struggled with the altitude and very knowledgable about the region. Organization-wise everything was great as well. Really can't find a negative thing...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank onefunkydude7
Reviewed 10 October 2018
BEAUTIFUL!!! and not just rainbow mountain...

We had Amilcar and Jacob as guides and they were the best. Our group was a well balanced group and we were allowed to take our time. They food was very good as well as the van. Flashpackers was great when I realized that I...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank littlebuddies
Reviewed 26 September 2018

We just completed the 2 day Rainbow Mountain trek with an awesome and professional guide named Jacob. The hike itself was challenging at such altitude. I am a generally fit person but found inclines above 4000m caused serious shortness of breath and slight headache. Jacob...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank travellingmel2018
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19 April 2018|
Response from 17JajaB | Reviewed this property |
If there are others then they have no issue with someone signing up solo. We had another couple with us and also a single hiker. No issues.