This 4 day trek through Rainbow Mountain takes you past snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes, glacial peaks, colorful striated mountains, and incredible flora and fauna! The Rainbow Trek is a new route located in the high Andes and traverses the incredibly colorful Vinicunca or Rainbow Mountains. This is a true off the beaten path wilderness trek – above the tree line with incredible views of the Andes and glacial peaks. Along your journey you will see turquoise lakes, glacial mountains, llamas, alpacas, chinchillas, and maybe even a wild vicuña
the cultural Cusco and stay at some of the beautiful boutique hotels we
have to offer. Ask us about our 3 night pre and post - Cusco Packages
which includes a comprehensive Cusco City Tour and more.
Tonight you will meet your guide(s) and other travelers for an important, informal meeting held either at your hotel or a local cafe (your choice) at approx 7pm. The meeting will run for approximately 45 minutes. Your guide will answer any questions you may have, go over the trek itinerary and give you a dry bag to pack with your overnight gear.
Accommodation and meals not included on this day.
Day 1: Cusco - Tinqui Village - Upis
Early transfer from your hotel in Cusco with 6:00 am departure. We drive for 4 hours on a new
highway to Tinqui, passing Urcos Pass (4,000 m) along the way.
Tinqui is a village on the high plains “altiplano” east from Cusco and is where we will start our trek. We follow a wide, gently ascending path toward the northwest face of the impressive Ausangate mountain. We will continue walking through fields and by scattered stone farm houses, and later in the day we will begin to see llamas and alpacas. We ascend gently to the Upis pass (4,435m) and camp at Upis Hot Springs (4,250 m) where we will be surrounded by snow capped mountains. There are thermal springs at Upis where we can enjoy a soak at the end of the day.
Campsite: Upis Hot Springs (4250m.
Trek distance:16 km (6 hour acclimatizing hike).
Meals include: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 2: Upis - Arapa Pass - Pucaccocha
After an early breakfast we begin our second day of the hike. You will hike very close to the Ausangate Glacier Peak and will have incredible views of this mountain as well as beautiful lakes and waterfalls. We may see some llamas, alpacas and wild vicuñas (the undomesticated ancestor of the alpaca) and perhaps a rare condor soaring above. We will have a 3-hour uphill hike to reach the first pass (4800m) where you will have magnificent views of the surrounding area. After taking a few amazing pictures we continue hiking gradually downhill for another 1½ hours to our beautiful lunch spot. After lunch we hike for another 2½ hours to arrive at our campsite at Puca Ccocha (Red Lake). This spot is one of the most beautiful campsites located at the skirt of the Ausangate peak and at the bank of the lake.
Campsite: Pucacoccha (4300m).
Trek distance: 12km (7-8 hours).
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 3: Pucacoccha - Puca Pass - Chillca Valley - Anantapata
Wake up early with a hot cup of coca tea to start one of the most
beautiful days of the trek, enjoying majestic views of some of the
highest peaks in the Andes and depths of the beautiful valleys. This
morning we will summit the Puca Pass. After an early breakfast we begin
our 2-hour steep climb to the Puca Pass (5050m). Along the
way we have gorgeous views of turquoise lakes and the Ausangate glacier.
Once you reach the summit of this mountain, you will be located right
in front of the Ausangate Mountain and you can enjoy the views of
Chillca Valley, with alpaca grazing along these hills. After enjoying your lunch and a little rest and
relaxation, you will continue on to the next camp site. To reach camp we will hike along a gentle trail for
2-hours with a short climb at the end. Along the way we may see some
condors and vicuñas if we are lucky.
After an early breakfast we hike gradually uphill for 1½ hours until
we reach the highest pass of the trek, the Pitumarca pass
(5250m). After enjoying the views at the top we descend for 20
minutes to Yanacocha lake. Then we continue for 1 hour to the famous Rainbow Mountains (Vinicunca Mountains or Montañas de Colores) and the
Red Mountain Valley located at 5200m elevation. Your guide
will explain what makes these mountains so unique: they are composed of
various minerals, which make different colors of stone striations. This
is definitely one of the most stunning places in South America and one
of the most beautiful natural attractions in Peru.
After, you will continue on your expedition
downhill along the Chillca Valley for about 3 hours where we will enjoy
an early lunch and meet our private transport. We will then drive you
back to your hotel in Cusco – about a 4-hour drive that provides nice
views of the Andes, passing some traditional villages along the way.
Trek Distance: 16 km (about 6 hours).
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.
Departs - Daily
Our campsites will be along the trail, provided with 4-season tents, thick foam mattress pads, and dry bags for your overnight gear.
Meals as specified
Private transfers to/from hotel, pre- and post- trek.
Personal porter to carry your overnight gear up to 8kg
Drybag to carry your overnight gear so it won’t get wet or dusty
Tents and foam mattress
English speaking professional guide
Emergency horse (1-2 per group depending on group size)
Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent
Dining and cooking tents with tables and stools
Horsemen and horses (to carry tents/food/cooking equipment)
Hot water every morning/evening for washing purposes
Boiled water to fill water bottles every morning/afternoon
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tan
What's not included?
Passport, visa and immigration fees
Airport arrival/departure taxes
Travel protection plan
Pre- or post- trek hotel nights
Sleeping bags or trekking poles
Entrance to hot springs(10 soles)
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
*A minimum of two trekkers is required for this trek. Prices will vary depending on the number of trekkers in a group. Please contact us for more details.
Altitude & Acclimatisation
We recommend that our guests spend at least three nights in Cusco
prior to departure. The campsites are at high elevations and therefore will be quite cold in the evenings. It also helps with acclimating to the altitude and also
provides an opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Cusco.
Everyone’s tolerance to altitude differs and we encourage our guests to
make exercise and a healthy diet a part of their training program before
Warm clothing that will protect you from wind and rain i.e. coats, cotton pants, gloves, socks
Protection from sun and sweat i.e. thermal clothing, short sleeves, hat/cap, small towel
Appropriate footwear i.e. hiking boots for treks and shoes/sandals for inside lodges
Swimwear if you wish to soak in the hot springs
Hiking poles, torch/headlights, binoculars, pocket knife, water bottles, day backpacks, pillow
Plastic bags for dirty/wet clothes, and for battery storage
Memory cards or reserve batteries for your camera
Sun Protection, toiletries and any medication depending on your needs