Rainbow Mountain Trek 1 day - Orange Nation Peru

Rainbow Mountain Hike 1 day

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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 begins at the crack of dawn, around 4:30am. We embark on a relaxing 3 hour scenic drive through the South Valley to the amazing Rainbow Mountain hike. Along the way, enjoy views of ancient Inca terraces still used for agriculture, 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.

The path leading to your trailhead passes a scenic view of a flowing creek with crystal clear water. Once you reach the trailhead, breakfast is served surrounded by herds of llamas and alpacas. You also have the pleasure of unobstructed views of the majestic Ausangate Mountain (6385m/20,948ft) which is the third highest mountain in Peru. Along the trail you will be welcomed by the locals in their colorful attire traditional attire, speaking the ancient language of the Incas, Quechua. The women have really intriguing outfits, with their stunning layered skirts, each layer a different bright color. 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 a steady climb. Even though it´s a gradual ascent, it is important to walk at a considered pace because the trail is over 4000m above sea level and reaches 5200m above sea level, therefore it is easy to get altitude sickness. It is important that you spend a day or two acclimatizing in Cusco or the Sacred Valley before doing this trek. It’s a relatively short hike, with only one extremely steep climb. The views along the way are absolutely stunning, from the snow-capped mountains, to the villagers in their traditional costumes, it truly is an unforgettable experience. Once you conquer the only challenge of the trail, the staggering beauty and strikingly vibrant colors of the mountain will take your breath away.

After having our fill of the mountain, we continue our trek down the mountain to our private transport or 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. Upon arrival at the Red Valley, you are greeted by 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. Later, we return to the trailhead to enjoy a delicious 5-course lunch prepared by our skilled chef. 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

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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