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Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night
Availability : Every Day.
Depart: Qh'esihuno
Destination: K'airahuiri
Min Age : 8
Max People : 12

About the Rainbow Mountain 2 Day Trek

Our Rainbow Mountain 2 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.

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Get to know another side of Ausangate on our Rainbow Mountain 2 day trek! Known locally as Vinicunca (cunca means “neck” in Quechua, the local indigenous language), this hidden gem in the Ausangate region goes by a lot of nicknames: Rainbow mountain, Painted mountain, Colored mountain, and even Stripy mountain – all of which speak to its radiant colored peaks.

Rainbow Mountain 2 Day Trek Highlights

  • Hike a unique route with incredible views of Ausangate and other snowy peaks
  • Roam across beautiful pampa, with loads of Andean flora and fauna - including herds of alpacas, llamas and vicuñas
  • Marvel at the colorful Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain - without the crowds
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Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private trek, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

2 people

$665

4-6 people

$339

7-8 people

$285

9-12 people

$265
WHY BOOK WITH US?

High quality personalized experience

Unique, off-the-beaten track routes

Experienced staff

Verified sustainability practices

$20 of every trek donated to Threads of Peru

Important Details About the Trek

What is Included?

Accommodation

  • 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. See Optional Extras & Upgrades below.
  • Toilet tent

Meals

  • 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! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. When served, salads are washed in boiled water.
  • Lunch on the last day is included in this itinerary
  • Boiled water for drinking during the hike (which you can carry in your own reusable water bottle)
  • Filtered water provided on the first day

Transport

  • 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

Trekking Team

  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide, plus an assistant guide for groups over 8
  • Horses and horsemen, who carry your luggage (up to 8kg/17lbs), camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils.
  • Tents, sleeping bags and mattresses for our staff to sleep in, plus a budget for their meals

Safety

  • 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

Additional inclusions

  • Pre-trek briefing. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 8kg/17lbs per person).
  • Entry fee to the area

What is Not Included?

Meals

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night.

Equipment

  • Sleeping bags. Available for rent if you don’t have one with you. Sleeping bags good to at least -15˚C (5˚F) are recommended
  • Additional horses for your personal luggage (beyond the allowed 7kg/15lbs)

Other

  • Tips for the guide, cook and horsemen
  • Flights to/from Cusco
  • Travel insurance

Optional Extras & Upgrades

We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trek and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.

Equipment Available for Rent

  • Extra horse to carry luggage exceeding the allowed 8kg (17lbs) per person
  • Extra horse for you to ride, and horseman to lead it
  • Sleeping Bag suitable for -5˚C
  • Deluxe sleeping bag suitable for -15˚C
  • Light-weight aluminum walking stick. Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
  • Thermarest inflatable mattress
  • Thermarest inflatable pillow

Service Upgrades

Optional Activities

Important!

  • When calculating the cost of renting equipment, calculate using the length of the entire trip, not just the number of trekking days.
  • Please be careful with rented equipment! You are responsible for the cost of replacement if something is damaged or broken.
  • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.

What to Pack

See What To Bring or our comprehensive recommendations on what to pack for an Andean trek.

This is a particularly cold trek due to the high altitude and proximity to glaciers, and the nighttime temperature can reach as low as -15°C (5°F). You must make sure you bring enough warm layers with you!

To protect you from the elements, we particularly recommend:

    • A warm fleece or down jacket;
    • Zip-off hiking trousers combined with thermal leggings for extra warmth;
    • A waterproof jacket or rain poncho;
    • Sturdy, well worn-in, water-resistant trekking boots or hiking shoes, preferable with ankle support; and,
    • Extra socks!

During the hike, your personal belongings will be carried by mules or horses which may be very far ahead of you on the trail. Therefore, don’t forget to bring a daypack as well in which to carry essentials that you’ll need with you on the trail (see below, under FAQs, What do I need to carry on the trail?)

Other items you should make sure to pack for your 2 day Rainbow Mountain trek:

    • sun hat
    • sunglasses
    • sunscreen
    • headlamp or torch

For more great suggestions, check out our blog about How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru.

Available Discounts

  • Students: USD $30 off, in certain circumstances. Please enquire for details about eligibility.
  • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 5-11 years: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 0-4 years: Free. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group. Car seats, cribs and other baby needs may not be included and must be discussed in advance. For more information about travelling with infants and toddlers, please see this blog as well as the Age Requirements section of our Booking Conditions.
  • 5% off a day tour listed price when you also book a 3-day or longer trek operated by Apus Peru

Our Guides & Safety on the Trail

All of our guides are chosen based on their knowledge of the trekking route, their personality and experience with trekking in remote regions. As well as being authorized official guides, our team regularly participates in specialized training courses such as high altitude first aid and mountain rescue courses. If you want to know more about our guides, meet our team!

Apus Peru is one of the longest-serving trekking companies in Cusco. Safety is one of our main priorities which is why we have a comprehensive risk assessment policy. This policy covers a lot of issues which could occur on any of our treks, from vehicle maintenance to sickness and evacuation procedures on the trail.

Our commitment to safety is why we do not operate several treks – including the 2 day Rainbow Mountain tour – during the rainy season when conditions make most trails unsafe.

Trekkers Wanted

Want to join a Rainbow Mountain 2 day trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone!

Read more about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Important Info

  • Each guide has their own preferred route and so the route you trek might not correspond exactly to the route described in our itinerary.
  • The times cited in this Rainbow Mountain 2 day trek itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group, and the guide may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.
  • Remember that no trek in the Andes is easy. You should be fit and prepared to hike in difficult conditions.

Ready to Book?

  • Does this trek sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
  • Travel insurance is a must! World Nomads offers travel insurance for adventure activities.

Rainbow Mountain 2 Day Trek Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Pitumarka - Hanchi Pacha - Qh'esihuno - Anantapata

    • Total Walking Distance: 12km
    • Total Walking Time: 5-6 h
    • Minimum Altitude: 4500m (14,762 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 4950m (16,240 ft)
    • Altitude of camp: 4750m (15,583 ft)

    Our Rainbow Mountain 2 day trek starts early as we travel from Cusco to Rainbow Mountain after breakfast at your hotel. To start our trip, we head in the direction of Puno. We will travel on an asphalt road across the altiplano and through the fertile Vilcanota Valley.

    After about 2 hours of driving, we will turn off onto an unpaved road, stopping at the picturesque village of Checacupe. After a visit to the Colonial Church of the Immaculate Conception, we’ll start ascending the Pitumarka Valley.

    We arrive at Pitumarka town for a brief stop: we can buy some basic refreshments here before continuing through to the village at Hanchi Pacha. From here it’s one hour more on our way to the trailhead for our 2 day Rainbow Mountain trek, travelling through some lovely picturesque valleys and canyons. There are some interesting rock formations on this section of the road, and we will definitely allow time for scenic photos!

    Starting our Rainbow Mountain Hike!

    We should arrive at the village of Qh’esihuno after a total of 4 hours of travel from Cusco. From here, we will hike for approximately 3 hours, climbing steadily until we reach the Ausangate viewpoint at Pucacocha Pass (4950m / 16,240 ft). Here, we’ll enjoy incredible views of the valley, colorful lagoons and the magnificent Apu Ausangate itself.

    We then descend to Anantapata at 4750m (15,583 ft) where we will camp for the night. As this is a high altitude campsite, it is important that you’ve had at least 3 days of acclimatization at altitude before starting this hike. It can also get very chilly, so we recommend layers of warm clothing and a -15˚C (5˚F) sleeping bag!

    Along the route, there might be the chance to meet one of the local weavers keeping watch over her flocks, while weaving. This part of the Rainbow Mountain region, Quispicanchis, has a wonderful textile tradition!

Day 2Anantapata - Vinicunca - K’airahuiri - Cusco

    • Total Walking Distance: 14km
    • Total Walking Time: 5-6h
    • Minimum Altitude: 4700m (15,419 ft)
    • Maximum Altitude: 5040m (16,535 ft)

    After an early breakfast, we begin day 2 of our Rainbow Mountain 2 day trek. We will walk for about 3 hours, ascending towards Vinicunca Pass and passing over two mountains along the way. After the first 1h30, we will reach the Warmisaya Pass (5020m / 16,469 ft). Our breathing will become more and more labored as we gain altitude. Once we arrive at the top of the pass there may be some cold gusts of wind, so make sure that you are bundled up and that your head is covered with a woolly hat!

    From this point we will have a splendid view of the Apu Ausangate and the colored rainbow mountains in the distance. We will descend to a lagoon before continuing to ascend in the direction of Vinicunca.

    We Made It! Quick, Get Your Camera

    You will be rewarded for your efforts on this Rainbow Mountain 2 day trek when you finally see the amazing Vinicunca, with its colorful layers of rock sediment: turquoise, orange, brown, and red! In addition to the great views of the colored mountain itself, you will have impressive views of the snow-capped Apu Ausangate, when the day is clear.

    After some time to rest and take photos, we’ll head back the way we came until we reach K’airahuiri. The return hike downhill will be a lot quicker than the ascent, and should take around 2-2.5 hours. There will be plenty of beautiful scenery to feast our eyes upon along the way.

    We’ll have an early lunch at K’airahuiri, say goodbye to our local crew, and then head back to Cusco in our private transport. We should arrive back in Cusco at approximately 4 pm.

    Optional Extra: Time and energy permitting, for those who are in good physical condition and well-acclimatized, we can take an optional extra hike through the Red Valley before returning to Cusco.

Rainbow Mountain 2 Day Trek FAQs

How difficult is the 2 day Rainbow Mountain trek?

We rate this 2 day Rainbow Mountain trek as moderate.(See how we rate all of our treks in the Cusco region!)

You will be hiking 12-14km (roughly 5-6 hours) each day. The trail is rocky and mountainous with a series of steep ascents and descents each day. The uphill climbs are challenging for most people as they provide an intense cardiovascular workout! The downhill sections can also be hard on the knees. We recommend walking sticks as they can help with both uphill and downhill.

The Rainbow Mountain Peru 2 day trip is also a particularly high altitude trek. You will be hiking to altitudes of over 5000m (16,404 ft) and camping at 4750m (15,583 ft). The altitude only amplifies the challenges of a strenuous hike and can cause altitude sickness symptoms in those who are not properly acclimatized. You must spend at least 3 days acclimatizing to the altitude before beginning this trek.

Weather in the Andes is fickle and even more so at high elevations. Changing conditions – including gusts of cold wind, freezing overnight temperatures, unexpected rain showers or even snow – can all add to the difficulty of this 2 day hike.

Remember: there are no “easy” treks in the Cusco region. Even short treks like this 2 day Rainbow Mountain trek present their own challenges, mostly due to the high altitude, steep mountains and changing weather conditions.

What training is recommended?

For general advice about what you can do to get fit and ready for your trek, check out our Trekking Tip #3.

In general terms, the fitter you are, the easier and more enjoyable the hike is going to be. Let that be your rule of thumb!

For the Rainbow Mountain 2 day trek, if you have a regular fitness regimen, are used to doing multi-day hikes (especially in the mountains!) and have spent time acclimatizing to the altitude, you should have no trouble meeting the challenges of this trek.

If you don’t have a lot of hiking experience or work out regularly at the gym, we recommend embarking on a fitness program before you travel to Peru. This might include a cardiovascular program at a gym, or day hikes in your area. Any training program you undertake should be done under the supervision of a doctor or fitness professional, and should be tailored to your own specific abilities and level of fitness.

How can I prepare for the altitude and avoid altitude sickness?

Despite being just 2 days, the Rainbow Mountain 2 day trek reaches some of the highest elevations of any trek in the region, so the more time spent acclimatizing, the better. We recommend a minimum of 3 days.

The best way to prepare yourself for the high altitudes reached on this trek is to spend time acclimatizing at a high-altitude city, such as Cusco. Some people make the mistake of going too high, too soon. Acclimatization should be gradual, and the first day or two should be taken slowly.

When you are not acclimatized, high altitudes put a lot of stress and strain on the whole body – not just your lungs. Therefore, you should make sure to get plenty of rest when you first arrive at altitude, and not over-tax yourself. Light, nutritious meals, plenty of fluids (water or herbal tea), and restful sleep will all help you adjust and avoid symptoms of altitude sickness.

Learn more about Altitude and How to Acclimatize before you begin your hike.

What is the best time of year to do the Rainbow Mountain 2 day trip?

    • Between May and August is the best time of year to plan your 2 day Rainbow Mountain hike. This is known as “dry season” in the Andes, when conditions are most favourable to trekking. The trails should be clean and dry, and you are most likely to have clear, sunny days while you hike. Dry season also coincides with winter, though, so it can feel quite cold. On this trek, expect overnight temperatures well below freezing!

December to March is the rainy season, so we don’t recommend hiking the 2 day trek to Rainbow Mountain during these months. Heavy rains can provoke rockslides and road washouts, creating unsafe trekking conditions. Rain also often means snow at higher elevations. This can dramatically affect your trekking experience and, what’s more, your views of the spectacular Rainbow Mountains themselves! You don’t want to hike all that way just to find them covered in a blanket of snow.

It is also possible to do the 2 day Rainbow Mountain trek during the months of April, September, October. The weather during these “shoulder months” is a harder to predict, so we book treks on a contingency basis and monitor conditions carefully. Our wet season policy indicates that we have the right to cancel or change the trekking route on any trek or tour booked during these months if conditions are unsafe.

Read more about the best time to hike and take note of our wet season trekking policy.

On average, how much hiking is there each day?

    We will be hiking for approximately 5 to 6 hours per day, depending on your pace. We will cover 12km on the 1st day and 14km on the 2nd day. The trekking time each day will be broken up with rest stops to allow you to take photos, enjoy the views and also have lunch.

Can I charge my devices during the hike?

    Yes! Our team will take solar-powered battery chargers on the trek. It is a good idea to bring along extra batteries as a back-up, just in case it is not very sunny!

What are the food and accommodations like on the 2 day Rainbow Mountain hike?

    • Our Rainbow Mountain 2 day trek starts and finishes in Cusco. The first breakfast and last dinner are not included, but all other meals are!

One of our professional trail chefs will be with you on your trek to prepare delicious and nutritious meals to power you up to the Rainbow Mountain! You will be surprised what amazing food our team can come up with at almost 5000m elevation! We carefully train our chefs so that they know what meals to cook and they know all about peoples’ dietary requirements. Just let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or preferences whilst on the trek.

You will spend one night camping on the trail. We provide top-of-the-range North Face tents, purpose-made for the extreme conditions we could face at a high elevation campsite. Our industrious muleteers will go on ahead and make sure the camp is set up for your arrival.

We also provide a sponge sleeping mattress, however you must bring your own sleeping bag unless you rent one of ours. We have toasty warm sleeping bags (good to -15°C / 5°F!) available for rent, excellent for high elevation camping.

You may prefer our Comfort Camping option which is available on this route. Comfort Camping includes larger tents, deluxe sleeping bag, comfortable blow-up mattress beds, and even a hot shower (albeit a short one!).

Read more at the link about What to Expect on the Trail, including more about equipment and meals.

What permits do I need for Rainbow Mountain?

    The entrance ticket for Vinicunca is included in the cost of your trek. You do not need to purchase any other permits in order to join this hike.

Is it possible to customize my Rainbow Mountain 2 day trek?

    • Yes! At Apus Peru, we specialize in providing personalized experiences to our clients to ensure they have the experience of a lifetime while in Peru.

      • Short on time or prefer not to camp? – We offer a one day option to Rainbow Mountain, too! This day trip starts and ends in Cusco but follows a slightly different itinerary than most agencies, helping keep you off the beaten track and allowing you to enjoy more of your surroundings with fewer tourists.
      • Want to add some Inca Ruins to your itinerary? – Add an extra day and visit the Q’eswachaka Bridge. This famous Inca rope bridge is a piece of living Inca history that is re-woven every year by hand! Or, add a one day hike to the fascinating but little-known Inca Fortress, Waqrapukara.
      • Looking for a longer trek, but still want to see the Rainbow Mountains in Peru? – For the more “hard-core” trekkers, we offer a 5 day Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain trek that lets you combine the beautiful Ausangate mountain circuit with a visit to the popular Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.
      • Want to visit Machu Picchu, too? – The Rainbow Mountain 2 day trek does NOT include Machu Picchu. It is actually in a totally different direction! If you want to visit Machu Picchu, we have one day and two day train tours to Machu Picchu that you can add to your itinerary. The 2 day Machu Picchu tour includes an overnight in Aguas Calientes.

For more customizations, get in touch with one of our Trek Experts by sending us an Enquiry!

What do I need to carry on my Rainbow Mountain hike?

    • Since most of your belongings will be carried by the mules in the duffle bags we provide, the only thing you really need to carry with you is a light day pack. In your day pack, you should carry all the essentials you will need for each day’s hike. You will only have access to your duffle bag once we reach the campsite. The mules often go on ahead with the muleteers to set up the campsite, so they are not with you all along the trail.

Some things we consider essential to put in your daypack:

      • your (filled) water bottle
      • some extra layers, plus a warm hat (beanie), gloves and scarf
      • camera
      • rain poncho
      • sun protection: sun hat, sunscreen and sunglasses

Water is super important during the trek, and we recommend 2L per day. We will provide boiled and filtered water during the hike, including at the lunch stop, where you can refill your water bottle. However much water you need, let your guide know so that enough water can be boiled for everyone’s needs.

We provide meals and snacks during the trek, and meal times are a hearty experience! However, if you have a big appetite and like the odd snack or two during a hike, please bring your favourite snacks to help you up the higher passes!

Is the 2 day Rainbow Mountain trek right for me?

In order to answer whether the 2 day Rainbow Mountain trek is right for you, please ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have the time to properly acclimatize? – This is a high altitude trek, with passes over 5000m (16,404 ft). You spend at least 3 days acclimatizing to the altitude before doing this trek. If you do not have enough time to acclimatize, consider doing a different hike.
  • Can I handle steep ascents and descents? – The 2 day hike to Rainbow Mountain is steep and challenging for many. It is not a stroll! We recommend walking sticks, especially for the descents.
  • Do I want to capture that Insta-worthy shot of Rainbow Mountain? – If so, this is the perfect trek for you. While there are always a lot of people visiting Vinicunca, we plan the route to specifically avoid the tour groups. Our out-of-sync itinerary allows for a more authentic experience – and a greater chance of snapping that perfect pic without so many tourists around!
  • 2 days or 1 day? – We also offer a one day trip to Rainbow Mountain for those short on time or who don’t like to camp. What the 2 day Rainbow Mountain trek offers that the day trip doesn’t is a greater chance to immerse yourself in the mountains around Ausangate. Instead of joining the literally thousands of other tourists hiking up, getting their photo, and then hiking back down again, you will have a chance to really explore. You might even get to interact with some locals – human and non-human! Ausangate is known for its wildlife (think llamas, alpacas and vicuñas) but these are sights you might miss on the one day trip.
  • Am I interested in hands-on learning and interacting with locals? – If you are looking for more cultural immersion or the opportunity to get your hands dirty, you may be interested in our Cultural Immersion Tours.
  • Am I hoping to see Incan Ruins? – The 2 day Rainbow Mountain trek does not include any Inca ruins. For a tour with more Inca or pre-Inca history, you might want to consider one or even a variety of our Nature and History tours, or another short trek Waqrapukara or Huchuy Qosqo.
  • Do I want a short hike that includes Machu Picchu? – Machu Picchu is in the opposite direction from Rainbow Mountain. For a short hiking experience that includes Machu Picchu, try the 2 day Inca Trail or our 3 day Huchuy Qosqo trek.

How can I travel to Cusco, Peru?

    • The Rainbow Mountain 2 day trek begins and ends in Cusco. International travel to/from Cusco is not included in the price of your tour so you will have to find your own way here! Luckily, you have options:

Travel Direct…

      • By Plane.Most international flights land in Lima, Peru’s capital. From here, you can take a domestic flight to Cusco. Some international flights go through other South American capitals, like Bogotá, Colombia, which also has connecting flights to Cusco.
      • By Bus.You can take an overnight bus from Lima to Cusco (it takes about 20-23 hours). One of the benefits of travelling slowly up from the coast is that you are automatically acclimatising as you travel. Not to mention you get an idea of the stunning landscape and mountains as you travel! The top recommended buses are Cruz del Sur, Palomino and ExcluCiva.

….or Take the Long Way

    • Via Arequipa and/or Puno – If you have the time, spend a day or two in Lima and then head to Arequipa or Puno (or both!) to gradually acclimatize to the altitude over the space of several days before you arrive in Cusco for your trek. We offer 3 and 4 day package tours to Arequipa and Puno that you can add onto to your trek.

More resources about Rainbow Mountain and Ausangate

    • For more information about the area surrounding Rainbow Mountain, check out our

landing page on Ausangate

    , or read these helpful articles about the region from our blog:

    • 15 Most Instagrammable Places in Peru – Peru is a hotspot for Insta-worthy photos these days, with many locations finding pride of place on the social media platform. And guess what one of those places is? Rainbow Mountain!
    • Exploring the Rainbow Mountain Hike – Once upon a time, “Rainbow Mountain” was a virtually unknown hidden gem. When it was still relatively new, the Apus Peru team decided to go exploring. We met with locals from the area who helped us design a unique route that would help keep our trekkers off the beaten path – just in time before it exploded in popularity!
    • The Spirit of Apu Ausangate – The Ausangate mountain is one of the most important in Andean cosmology. This blog describes life in the Ausangate region, what Ausangate mountain means for the people who live nearby and for their cultural traditions.
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Jami R

Couple Traveller

Urbano timed our arrival to arrive late in the afternoon to summit Rainbow Mountain lookout when most of the day’s crowd had left. Perfect! The entire second day was filled with spectacular views.

Meals were excellent! Our driver was very professional, took no chances as we witnessed from many other operators on the road!

Everything came off without any issues, pick ups, arrivals to/from adventures. Great team coordination again.

4 October, 2019

John H.

Couple Traveller

My wife and I enjoyed an overnight trek to Rainbow Mountain with Apus Peru. They were very well organized, the equipment was good, and the guide was knowledgeable. The cook even made us an anniversary cake (a real feat on a camping trip.) Even with questionable weather (we encountered rain, wind, a bit of snow, and a few moments of sun) the trip was fun. Bring good hiking shoe and warm clothes and acclimate before going in order to enjoy it to its fullest. This can be done in a very long day trip, but camping allows you to reach the mountain at first light and before the day trekkers, not to mention that camping is an experience in itself. We are and will be return clients!

26 October, 2016

Coriander from Santa Fe

Group Traveller

This seems like an unusual tour because most of the people were on the 1 day trip and they looked miserable. We took a slightly different route and camped at 14,900 feet. Woke up really early and finished climbing the mountain. Only one other group was hiking with us so we really had the top of the mountain to ourselves. We explored the area and got to see more than the the normal picture of Vinicunca.

As we hiked out we saw hundreds of people making their way up the mountain, some on horseback. We were happy to be hiking out.

Guide was a really fun, knowledgeable person and we enjoyed spending our time with him. The porters and horseman were also very lively and kind and were from the area at the base of the mountain.

12 June, 2016