Rainbow Mountain Trek 1 day - Orange Nation Peru

Rainbow Mountain Trek 1 day

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Appreciate the newly discovered geological wonder the natural marvel that is Rainbow Mountain. Hike through isolated communities, passing herds of llamas and alpacas. Hike at high altitudes along side the great Ausengate snow-capped mountain peak.. stunning turquoise lakes, locals dressed in colorful traditional attire and a diverse range of fauna like the massive soaring Condor and Cara Cara falcons.

The hike is challenging because its  such high altitude, however the trail itself is a gradual incline with only one steep section. As a reward for reaching the top, feast your eyes on the many vibrant colors that cover the  mountain like turquoise, lavender, orange. gold and so much more.


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Service Level: Comfortable modern vehicles with private driver, private chef for your group to cook a hot breakfast and lunch and a complimentary optional trek to the Red Valley.
Physical Rating: Moderate to difficult. Even though its a short hike, its at very high altitudes with one strenuous incline to end the trek. Its highly recommended to acclimatize properly and include some physical activity in your routine to prepare.
Travel Style: Private van, trekking and adventure
Group Size: Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 5.


Your journey begins at the crack of dawn, around 4 am. We embark on a relaxing 3-hour scenic drive through the South Valley to the incredible Rainbow Mountain. Along the way enjoy views of ancient Inca terraces that are still used for farming, beautiful valleys and rugged mountain landscapes. You could also use this opportunity for some brief shut eye.

The road leading to the start of your trail goes along a scenic view of a flowing stream with crystal clear waters. Once you reach the trailhead, breakfast is served surrounded by herds of llamas and alpacas. You also get the pleasure of getting unobstructed views of the majestic Ausangate Mountain (6,385 m/ 20,948 ft) from the trailhead and the entirety of your hike. You get to witness the locals in their colorful traditional outfits, speaking the ancient language of the Incas, Quechua. The women´s outfits are the most intriguing, with their stunning layered skirts, each layer a different bright color.

The route is visible through-out and looks deceivingly easy. However, the entire hike is at very high altitudes and a steady climb. Although it is a gradual climb, its important to hike at a considered pace because it is easy to suffer from altitude sickness this high up. It is important that you consider spending a day or two acclimatizing in Cusco or the Sacred Valley before doing this hike. It is a relatively short hike, with only one extremely steep uphill. The views are absolutely stunning along the way, from the snow broached mountains, to the villagers in their tradition outfits, it’s an unforgettable experience. Once you concur the only challenge on the trail, the jaw dropping beauty and strikingly vibrant colors of the mountain will take your breath away.

After having your fill of the mountain, we continue our hike down the mountain back towards our private transport or to the optional hike to Red Valley. Red Valley is definitely worth it and a more moderate hike. On arrival, you welcomed by scenes that are other worldly, mountains that are totally red with a scattering of green bushes. The Red Valley also tends to be less crowded, giving you plenty of opportunities to take unobstructed photographs. There are bathroom along the trail, but are unfortunately not the most sanitary, so we recommend using the flushing toilets at the trailhead for a small fee. Later, we head back to the trailhead for a scrumptious 5-course lunch prepared by our talented chef. Finally, we drive back to Cusco with an estimated arrival time of 6:00pm.

1 person $ 190 USD per person
2 to 3 people $ 99 per person
4 to 5 people $ 77 per person


If you desire, a horse can be rented for the trip from locals when you arrive for about $25 USD. You must bring cash in Peruvian Soles for the indigenous locals who rent their horses.


Whats in included for the Rainbow Mountain Trek?

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Private transportation to/ from your hotel in Cusco ( Door to Door service).
  • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking expert trekking guide
  • Fees to access private land
  • First aid kit & emergency oxygen
  • All entrances
  • Everything will be in a small group of up to 12 people.

What is not included for the Rainbow Mountain Trek?

  • Tips
  • Horse for one way or round trip (can only rent from the locals)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Walking Poles: $15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Hotels before and after trek
  • Flight tickets


  • A lightweight, waterproof day pack
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Warm clothes and hiking pants, not jeans
  • Layers of clothes for variable temperatures
  • Camera with extra film and batteries
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses
  • Thermals, wool socks, gloves, scarf, wool hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Waterproof clothing and or a rain poncho
  • Reusable water bottles (please do not bring disposable)
  • Personal medical kit
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips
  • Walking sticks (rentable)
  • Favorite snacks
  • Toilet paper

Why travel with Orange Nation Peru?

We have become the leaders in small group adventure travel over the past three decades by consistently listening to our travelers and delivering what they desire: adaptable itineraries, the freedom to explore, smaller group sizes, safety and peace of mind, and knowledgeable local guides who provide unique insights into the destination that would be missed through any other means of travel.

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EXPERT GUIDES : Our expedition staff are experienced, enthusiastic and among the best in the industry - they are our secret to success

SMALL GROUPS: Travelling with us will always feel like going with friends and not with a group of strangers in an organized tour.

OUR EXPERIENCE: With fifteen years’ experience and over 25 Packages to Machu Picchu alone, our team knows how to deliver a successful expedition.

ENVIRONMENTAL: ENVIRONMENTAL: Education and conservation are our passion. We aim to create lifelong ambassadors for the protection of all wilderness areas.

Travelers' Choice Awards 2022
Excellent based on 280 reviews based on 280 reviews

Letty C

Excellent worker

Jun. 2023

Joaquín excellent 👍 Very Caballero helped me with my 🎒 offered me oxygen does very well His work ⁇ in singing to Subme to the 🐎 And what a beautiful mountain it cost me to Climb but with the Joaquín's help I did!

Mariana D

A great adventure!

May. 2023

We made 4D / 3N of the Inka Trail. The experience was challenging, but it was worth it. Chef Fortunato's meals and explanations of Jony and David's places were very complete. Tmb the patience to make sure we all get there on time.


Fast and friendly service

Dec. 2022

We did not get to specify the service due to the political situation in the country, however the company quickly and carefully proceeded with the return. Very good service and when the situation calms down we will resume service with them.

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