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Rainbow Mountain Overnight Trek from Cusco

On this Rainbow Mountain overnight trek, explore snow-capped peaks and star-filled skies over Ausangate Mountain, experience the red, green, and white rock layers of Rainbow Mountain, and encounter the living legacy of the Quechua indigenous people.

 

USD $318.00

Per Person


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Experience Brilliant Night Skies, Mountain Vistas, and the Colorful Rock Layers of Rainbow Mountain

On this Rainbow Mountain overnight trek, explore snow-capped peaks and star-filled skies over Ausangate Mountain, experience the red, green, and white rock layers of Rainbow Mountain, and encounter the living legacy of the Quechua indigenous people.

Enjoy private transportation from Cusco to the trailhead at Quesiuno, and trek overnight through breathtaking landscapes and small villages to Rainbow Mountain. Your bilingual guide will lead you through the rugged mountain trails and teach you about the local geology and wildlife. You’ll enjoy well-earned meals cooked fresh by a professional chef!

Highlights

  • Start your Rainbow Mountain overnight trek stress-free, with a pre-trek briefing
  • Encounter herds of llamas and alpaca living in the mountains
  • Get stunning views of Ausangate Mountain and Glacier
  • Hike through small mountain villages and meet locals on the trail
  • Enjoy spectacular stargazing in the mountains
  • Experience the stunning rock layers at Rainbow Mountain

Tour Information

  • Start/End location: Cusco
  • Overall trek distance: 9 miles (15 kilometers)
  • Starting altitude: 14,200 feet (4,325 meters)
  • Maximum altitude: 16,500 feet (5,020 meters)
  • Overall trek difficulty: Challenging (Level 4 of 5)

Itinerary

Pre-trek briefing
The day before you begin your Rainbow Mountain overnight trek, your guide will meet you at your hotel (or consult via video-chat) for a pre-trek briefing. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any last-minute questions and make final preparations.

Day 1: Trek from Quesiuno to Llamachimpana
You’ll begin your Rainbow Mountain overnight trek at 4:30 am with hotel pick-up and transfer from Cusco to the trailhead at Inkintuyok Bridge in Quesiuno. The drive will take approximately 3 hours. Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast overlooking the bridge and load your gear on the horses. After breakfast, you’ll begin your hike uphill along a bubbling brook. As you ascend, you’ll be surprised by the herds of llamas and alpacas grazing in the highlands all around you.

As you hike, you’ll get incredible views of Ausangate Mountain and Glacier. You’ll hike through villages, interact with local residents, and experience all kinds of wildlife — including chinchillas! After approximately 3 to 4 hours, you’ll arrive at your campsite near the village of Llamachimpana just in time for lunch. Enjoy your meal, then take the afternoon to relax, hike nearby trails, take photos, or visit the town!

If the night is clear, stay up late and look up — the stunning, starry night sky is crystal clear.

Day 2: Trek from Llamachimpana to Rainbow Mountain
Wake up with a cup of hot coca tea, and watch a stunning sunrise over the valley. After breakfast, you’ll set out for Rainbow Mountain — a 2 hour hike uphill. The climb is challenging, but as you hike the ridge, you’ll get spectacular views of red mountains and the Ausangate glacier. You’ll arrive at Rainbow Mountain (16,400 feet / 5,000 meters), by mid-day.

Rainbow Mountain was formed when the Pacific and Atlantic tectonic plates collided, pushing millennia of rock and mineral layers up and sideways. Rainbow Mountain is a testament to the power of the Earth’s tectonic plates, and of the art-like beauty in nature.

Upon arrival, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the area, take photos. In the mid-morning, you’ll leave Rainbow Mountain and hike a moderate trail downhill and along a quiet road. After approximately 4 hours, you’ll stop where the road ends for a well-earned lunch. Your car will pick you up here and drive you back to Cusco. You’ll arrive at your hotel by approximately 7:00 pm.

What’s Included

  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • Pre-Departure briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek
  • Round trip transportation from your hotel to the trailhead at Quesiuno
  • Four-person tent for every 2 people
  • Inflatable Mattress and pillow
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Toilet
  • Professional chef and assistant chef
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • Horse to transport 18 pounds (8 kilograms) of your personal gear
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear
  • Two breakfasts two lunches and one dinner
  • Hot water for washing
  • Boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit, finger tip pulse oximeter

What’s Not Included

  • Sleeping bag – available to rent for $10 USD
  • Hiking poles – available to rent for $10 USD
  • Available upgrade – private tent rental for $15 USD

What to Bring

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag –
  • Clothes (warm/winter jacket, rain pants, hiking boots, poncho, winter hat, gloves)
  • Water
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sun block, factor 35+ recommended
  • Head lamp
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera with spare batteries – batteries run down faster at high altitudes
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents) – must have rubber tip

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