Rainbow Mountain Trek 1 day - Orange Nation Peru

Rainbow Mountain Hike 1 day

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From $97


Appreciate the natural rainbow colors of the recently discovered Rainbow Mountain Trek, walking through some isolated communities, where you can interact with indigenous people who still keep their ancient culture alive! You’ll see snow-capped peaks, herds of llamas, glaciers, and turquoise lakes, all within an incredibly colorful mountain range. The Rainbow Mountain hike offers a selection of wildlife including flying condors and Cara Cara hawks. The colorful sandstone mountains in the Vinicunca area are probably the coolest and most unique natural phenomenon you will ever see.

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Service Level: Private vehicle with own chauffeur. Private chef, with an assistant. Bilingual guide trained in CPR that has an oxygen tank at hand.
Physical Rating: Gradual Incline at very high altitudes. A moderate level of fitness is essential.
Travel Style: Adventure, Hike
Group Size: Small group experience; Max 12, Average 5.



Your journey to the mystical Rainbow Mountain begins at the crack of dawn, around 4:30am. We embark on a relaxing 3 hour scenic drive through the South Valley, all the way to the starting point of the trek.

Along the way, enjoy views of ancient Inca terraces, still in use by local farmers, beautiful valleys, and rugged mountain landscapes. It quit a long drive to the trailhead, so use the opportunity to stretch your legs in our comfortable and spacious vehicles to get some extra sleep.

Once we arrive to Cusipata we head into a local restaurant to enjoy breakfast together before heading back to our private van and continuing on to Llacto, where the trailhead begins. You will see herds of llamas and alpacas milling around, and huge mountains in every direction.

Locals will welcome us in Quechua (the ancient language of the Incas) as we make our way down the trail. The women dress in beautiful, brightly colored traditional clothing, with layered skirts and bright hats.

You can purchase a variety of items from the vendors along the trail, including souvenirs, water, energy drinks, local beer, chocolate bars and other snacks.

The entire route is clearly visible and looks deceptively easy. However, the entire hike is at very high altitudes and has a steady climb. Even though it’s a gradual ascent, it is important to pace yourself.

The trail starts at over 4000m and reaches 5200m above sea level. It is very easy to get altitude sickness- even if you didn’t experience it while in Cusco, you might still here, so be cautious.

It is crucial that you spend at least a day or two acclimatizing in Cusco or the Sacred Valley before doing this trek, despite the fact that it is a relatively short hike, with only one extremely steep climb.

Despite (or perhaps because?) of the altitude, the views along the way are absolutely stunning, and the experience is a highlight for many travelers to Peru. From the snow-capped mountains, to the villagers in their traditional costumes, and of course, the rainbow mountain itself- there is plenty to enthrall you along the way.

After you have had your fill of the mountain, we continue our trek down the mountain, returning to our private transport. Alternatively, you can continue on to the optional hike of the Red Valley.

We highly recommend the Red Valley and fortunately it has a more moderate hike compared to Rainbow Mountain. The Red Valley greets its visitors with an otherworldly landscape, completely red mountains with a scattering of green bushes.

The Red Valley also tends to be less crowded, giving you plenty of unobstructed photo opportunities. There are restrooms along the trail, but unfortunately they are not the most sanitary, so we recommend using the flush toilets at the trailhead for a small fee.

Once we return to the van we head to our lunch spot, another local restaurant. Finally, we return to Cusco with an estimated time of arrival at 6:00 p.m.

***If you book a private service than starting times are flexible, you can request for a later departure time.


2 people $ 117 USD per person
3 people $  97 per person
 4 to 5 people $ 87 per person
 6 to 8 people $ 70 per person


If you wish, a horse can be rented for the ride from the locals when you arrive for around $30 USD (100 soles). You must bring Peruvian soles in cash for the local indigenous people who rent their horses.


What does the Rainbow Mountain Trek include?

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Private transportation from/to your hotel in Cusco (Door to Door Service).
  • Expert trekking guide fluent in English/Spanish.
  • Fees to access private land
  • First aid kit and emergency oxygen
  • All entries
  • Everything will be in a small group of up to 12 people.

What is not included in the Rainbow Mountain Trek?

  • Tips
  • Rental horse to take you to the  summit (available from the locals at  an additional fee)
  • Travel insurance
  • Walking Poles: $10 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)


  • A lightweight and waterproof backpack
  • rugged hiking boots
  • Warm clothes and mountain pants, not jeans.
  • Layers of clothing for variable temperatures
  • Camera with extra film and batteries
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses
  • Thermal, wool socks, gloves, scarf, wool hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Waterproof clothing and/or rain poncho.
  • Reusable water bottles (do not bring disposable)
  • personal first aid kit
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips
  • Walking sticks (rentable from Orange  Nation)
  • favorite snacks
  • Toilet paper
Rainbow Mountain Hike 1 day
From USD $97

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

Travelers' Choice Awards 2023
Excellent based on 360 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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