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1-Day Rainbow Mountain Trek

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1510
Full Day
Availability : Jan 17’ - Dec 17’
Cusco
Rainbow Mountain
Min Age : 9+
Max People : 14
Overview

The simple act of walking, taking in a landscape and enjoying the nature of a mountain or any other natural spot makes you feel alive and connected with the land. Add a friendly and secure atmosphere and it makes for a perfect day. Vinicunca Mountain, also known as the Mountain of Colours (Rainbow Mountain), provides us with a natural colour palette that is hard to find anywhere else on Earth. Your experience will be enriched with safety protocols, Peruvian flavours and cultural sustainability. 

Inclusions:

  • Andean Blessing (Ancestral Ceremony for protection with a local shaman)
  • First aid kit including oxygen
  • Transport: Cusco – Trailhead – Cusco
  • Breakfast, Snack, Boxed Lunch
  • Professional, bilingual Trekking Guide (English – Spanish)
  • Emergency horse and wrangler for groups of 5 people or greater.
  • Entrance fee
  • Maximum group size 14 people

Not included:

  • Dinner
  • Gratuities for the guide and driver
  • Optional services for hire: horse and wrangler $35USD (round trip), Hiking Poles $ 4 usd per pole, Rain Poncho $ 5usd per day.

You should bring:

  • Camera.
  • Walking sticks
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Comfortable backpack for walking
  • Sun hat for the sun, sunblock and sunglasses
  • Warm clothes to be worn in layers, including a hat and gloves
  • Hiking boots (Due to the height of the trek there may be some sections where snow has fallen.)
Itinerary

Day 1The Rainbow Mountain (Full Day)

We’ll begin bright and early with 4.30am pick-up from your hotel. We will travel roughly 2.5 hours along a paved road to the community of Pitumarca before turning onto a dirt road for another 45 minutes until we reach its end and our beginning. After stretching our legs for a bit and having a light breakfast, we will start our hike towards Rainbow Mountain. The first half of our walk is a 9km, roughly 3-hour ascent to an elevation of 5,029m (16,500ft). This section will vary from moderate to very difficult. Once we arrive, we will be treated to unparalleled views and a huge sense of accomplishment. We will stay long enough to truly savor it and take some photos before descending to lower altitudes and warmer climes. On the way back, we will take a bit more time to see the glacial lagoons, where we will stop for lunch and to take in the wide-open landscapes of the area before returning to our starting point. Our driver will be waiting to take us back to Cusco, arriving between 5.00pm and 6.00pm.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS:

This trek’s difficulty
level is moderate. If you haven’t been at altitudes over 2000m (6561ft) in the
previous 2 weeks, we suggest that you take a few days to acclimatize before
doing this trek. If you are not used to hiking, we suggest that you hire one of
our horses (see above). This is a round trip service going at a slow pace and
which you can stop at any time to get off and hike. You can also use and even
share the horse service to carry your backpack or other things. The maximum
weight is 90 kg (202 lb).

We suggest that you use
hiking poles if you are not used to hiking or have any foot or knee injuries.
This trek can be hiked by people of almost any age, from 11 to 65.

Get some coca leaves to
chew and also to give to the locals along the way (we can tell you where to buy
them). This is a traditional Andean way of greeting and exchanging gifts, and
the locals will be very appreciative.

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