RAINBOW MOUNTAIN: SHORT TREK
2 DAYS 1 NIGHT
Our Rainbow Mountain two day trek is designed to get you out of sync with the crowds! We’ll climb high passes with stunning views of snow-capped mountains, incredible valleys and, of course, the namesake colored stripes of Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.The Short Rainbow Trek is a beautiful route located in the high Andes that traverses the incredibly colorful Vinicunca or Rainbow Mountains. ).Roam across beautiful pampa, with loads of Andean flora and fauna - including herds of alpacas, llamas and vicuñas.This beautiful two-day hike surrounded by glacial mountains treks in the shadow of the highest mountain in the Cusco Region, Ausangate (6300 m (21,000 ft).
Moderate to strenuous, lengthy, high altitude
Quiet, remote, off the beaten track
Best Time to Visit
Best from March to November
Cost Per Person (USD)
6-10 trekkers: $300
3-5 trekkers: $400
2 trekkers: $500
Is This Trek Customizable?
Yes! Private, custom, add-ons all available
Off the beaten path
1 - 2 day acclimatization and hiking experience recommended
2 Days 1 Night
17 km (10.6 miles)
3300 m (10,827 ft) to 5050 m (16,568 ft)
Daily departures with 2 or more people
The Rainbow trek is very high altitude, therefore the weather can be quite cold and unpredictable. The nights on this trek are usually around 20F/-7C. During the day it can get quite warm if the sun is out; anywhere from 60-75F/15-24C. Keep in mind, if the weather is rainy or cloudy it will be colder, and that the weather can change in an instant, particularly when up at the high-altitude passes. It is often quite windy at the top of the passes as well. As with any high-altitude trek you’ll need to bring plenty of layers to adjust to the fluctuating temperatures and conditions as well as appropriate sun/rain protection.
Tent: 2 people in a 4-person tent, allowing for greater comfort and backpack storage!
Basic foam mattress. If you require greater comfort during the trek we can rent you an inflatable mattress.
Dining tent with camp tables and chairs, and kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
Cook and cooking equipment, plus assistants for larger groups
Meals as indicated in the itinerary. Our professional cooks prepare a combination of traditional Peruvian and Western cuisine. Talk to your guide if you have certain preferences!
Lunch on the last day is included
Boiled water for drinking during the hike (which you can carry in your own reusable water bottle)
Filtered water provided on the first day
Collection from your hotel on the morning of your Rainbow Mountain trek departure
Private transport from Cusco to the trailhead and return at the end of the trek
English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide, plus an assistant guide for groups over 8
Horses and horsemen, who carry your luggage (up to 8 kg (17 lbs)), camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils.
Tents, sleeping bags and mattresses for our staff to sleep in, plus a budget for their meals
1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if you are a little slower
First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
We provide duffel bags for your personal items (up to 8 kg (17 lbs)).
Entry fee to the area