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Rainbow Mountain trek 1 day

Rainbow Mountain trek 1 day


Activite type



Group Size

min 2 / max 10


Max Altitude

2430 m / 7932 ft


Activity Level


The 1 day Rainbow Mountain Trek is a stunning adventure. It offers the beautiful and natural colors of the area as you hike through an isolated valley, which allows you to interact with the local people. You’ll see how these people keep the Quechua culture alive amongst herds of alpacas, snowcapped mountain peaks, birds of prey, and glaciers. 

This 1 day Rainbow Mountain Trek allows you to see a wide array of wildlife that is indigenous to the area and other familiar animals. The mountains in the Vinicunca area are filled with colorful sandstone. They are a unique ecosystem that is set apart from the rest of Peru.

If you are limited on time and want to participate in a small adventure, then the 1 day Rainbow Mountain Trek is perfect. You’ll start early in the morning with a trip to the trailhead. After a hot breakfast, you’ll hike for about two hours up to a beautiful desert valley with will give you a splendid view of mountain glaciers. Don’t forget to bring your camera and take pictures.

After the summit, you have the option of an extra hike that will take about 45 minutes long. This hike will take you to a gorgeous view of the Red Valley. While going up takes longer, you will have an easier time going down as the trip takes about an hour. 

On this trek, you’ll see stunning glaciers, opulent valleys, and the colorful Rainbow Mountain, which at its highest elevation is 16,732 ft and worthy of its name. Your trip isn’t complete until you sit for a delicious lunch and a ride back to Cusco. If you got some extra time on your hands, but not enough for a full trek, then the 1 day Rainbow Mountain Trek is a perfect choice.

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1: Cusco – Rainbow Mountain – Cusco

  • Highest Altitude: Rainbow Mountain 5,200m / 17,060ft
  • Walking/ Hiking Distance: 6 km / 3.7 miles
  • Walking/ Hiking time: 2 – 3 hours approx.
  • Highlights:

Useful info

  • Level of difficulty: Moderately difficult
  • Consideration: Entrance fee required
  • Tour availability: Daily departures min 2 people
  • Weather: dry from May to October, wet from November to April
  • 1 or 2 days Acclimatization is Recommended
  • Service offered: Group service, Private Service and Luxury Service
  • Tour Operator: Machu Picchu Tours & Treks



Day 1: Cusco – Rainbow Mountain – Cusco

You will be picked up from your hotel at 5 am to leave to the southern valley of Cusco, a bus drive of approximately 2 hours. Here you will have a small stop for breakfast (included). After breakfast, the trip will continue for 45 more minutes on bus until you reach the starting point of the Rainbow Mountain Trek.

The Rainbow Mountain 1 day Trek takes approximately 2 hours until reaching the top of the mountain. The hike is mostly a climb up to the top (16,732 ft / 5,100 m), which is generally an easy trail. Nevertheless, the altitude is what makes this hike a challenge. Along the hike you will see beautiful landscapes, some local families and of course many llamas and alpacas. Once you reach the top you can appreciate grand Ausangate, one of the largest snowfalls in the Cusco region. When everyone finishes taking pictures of the Rainbow Mountain, you will start the descent until getting back to the bus. You will return by bus to Ccolca and have lunch there. After lunch, the bus drive will continue for 2 more hours until arriving at Cusco at 4pm – 5pm approximately.



Pick up from your hotel.
Professional Tour Leader
1 Buffet lunch
Hot drinks
LeaderRound trip Transportation
First Aid kit and Oxygen bottle.
Rainbow Mountain Entrance fee
Horse for emergencies.

Not included

Tips for your crew
Horse for entire trip

Rainbow Mountain Trek 1 day – Packing list

Daypack, warm clothes (scarf, sweaters, rain jacket, gloves)
Walking boots.
Walking sticks
Rain poncho
Sun hat + sunglasses.
Toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
Extra money, minimum 200.00 soles (USD $60.00)

$110 USD
Contries: Perú stay: 1D

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