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Rainbow Mountain Hike Peru – Vinicunca Trek 2D/1N

Rainbow Mountain Hike

The Rainbow Mountain Peru, officially named Vinicunca, are stunning and a bucket list destination for many. Situated near the incredible Ausangate Mountain, they are generally reached on the Ausangate Trek, a 6 day trek.

As Apu Ausangate is the holiest mountain in the region, the deity of Cusco and the highest mountain in the Cusco area (6,385 m / 20,945 ft), the 6 day trek with the bonus of seeing the Rainbow Mountains is well worth it. Since pre-Inca times the mountain has been a place of worship and offerings and this tradition continues today, with the yearly Qoyllur Rit’I pilgrimage, consisting of over 10,000 pilgrims.

We have come up with this 2 day, 1 night route that allows you to reach Vinicunca in 1 ½ days. The hike up itself is amazing and features herds of llamas and alpacas, many native communities, potato fields and consistent views of Apu Ausangate glacier and Surine Mountain.

With uninterrupted beauty and solitude, this is a spectacular trip for trekkers who love a true outdoor adventure. Please join us for this unique adventure.

  • Day 1: Cusco – Urcos – Quesiuno – Llamachimpana

    Day 2: Llamachimpana – Vinicunca – Quesiuno – Cusco

    • Overall trek distance: 15 km / 9 ¼ miles
    • Starting altitude: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft
    • Maximum altitude: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
    • Overall trek difficulty: Challenging*

  • Pre-trek briefing:

    You will have a thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your trek. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.

    Day 1: Cusco – Urcos – Quesiuno – Llamachimpana

    We will pick you up early from your Cusco hotel and set out on a drive through the South Valley. The drive to the trailhead at Quesiuno (4,326 m / 14,189 ft) is 3 hours long. Once we reach the Inkintuyoc bridge, our chef will cook us an amazing breakfast.

    After breakfast, we will load all the gear on the horses and begin our hike uphill. Following a lovely stream, you will be immediately surprised by the literally herds of alpacas and llamas. We will have consistent views of the Ausangate Mountain. We will hike through villages and interact with the local residents. We have the opportunity to see chinchillas and vicunas. Vicunas are the only non-domesticated animal of the llama family in Peru.

    After at hike of 3 to 4 hours, we will reach our camp Ccayrabiri, near the village of Llamachimpana. Our chef will make us a fantastic lunch when we arrive. After lunch (time permitting), we will go to the village and have the chance to interact with the residents. They will tell us about their local customs and love to share their history with trekkers. They will tell us about the fields of potatoes that surround the area.

    We then return to camp where we will have happy hour and dinner. When night falls, we will have a serene night´s sleep under the stars.

    • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
    • Lowest Elevation: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft
    • Highest Elevation: 4,598 m / 15,082 ft
    • Distance to walk: 4 km / 2 ½ miles
    • Approximate walking time: 3 to 4 hours
    • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

    Day 2: Llamachimpana – Vinicunca – Quesiuno – Cusco

    We wake up to a cup of hot coca tea and the gorgeous sunrise. Our chef will prepare an amazing breakfast to start the day. Our destination today is the Rainbow Mountain. This is a two hour uphill hike.

    On the way up, we will have consistent views of stunning red mountains, the Ausangate glacier and Surine Mountain.

    Finally, we reach our destination, what we came to see….the Rainbow Mountains (5,020 m / 16,466 ft). After getting over the shock of their beauty, we will have time to explore the area. We will have time to take pictures and soak in the environment. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top.

    At this point, it is time to go back down. We hike downhill the way we came. The hike will take 4 to 5 hours. Our chef will be waiting for us at the bottom with a hearty lunch.

    Following lunch, we will embark on the 3 hour drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel. Approximate arrival time is 7 PM.

    • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch + snacks
    • Lowest Elevation: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft
    • Highest Elevation: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
    • Distance to walk: Uphill: 3.5 km / 2 miles; Downhill 7 km / 4 ½ miles
    • Approximate walking time: 2 hours up; 4 to 5 hours down
    • Level of Difficulty: Difficult

  • Services 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.
    • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Quesiuno and return transportation with hotel drop off
    • Four-person tent for every 2 people.
    • Inflatable Mattress and pillow
    • Kitchen tent
    • Dining tent with tables and chairs
    • Toilet tent and portable toilet
    • Professional Chef and assistant chef
    • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
    • Horse to transport 8 kg of your personal gear
    • Duffle 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.

    Services Not Included:

    • Sleeping bag – you can rent one from us
    • Trekking poles – you can rent them from us
    • Tips for the crew (guide, chef, wranglers)
    • Travel /Health / Emergency insurance

    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 (can be rented from us)
    • Clothes (warm/winter jacket, rain pants, hiking boots, poncho, winter hat, gloves)
    • Water
    • 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
    • Binoculars
    • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us), must have rubber tips

    Our trek rankings are the following

    • Easy
    • Moderate
    • Difficult
    • Challenging
    • Demanding

  • Group Service

    • US $400 per Person

    Private Service

    • US $450 per Person

  • Rentals

    • Hiking poles – US $10.00 (pair)
    • Sleeping bag – US $10.00

    Upgrades

    • Private tent – US $15

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