RAINBOW MOUNTAIN 1 DAY OR 2 DAY TOUR
ONE DAY OPTION:
This tour starts very early in order to avoid the crowds. You will be picked up by private driver at your hotel at 2 am. It will likely be cold so you have to dress very warmly with hat, gloves and warm coat. We will have pillows and blankets in the van so that you can try and continue resting on the way while we will drive 3 hours to the trail head where a hot breakfast will be prepared and served. After breakfast, we will start ascending from 4,300 meters (14.200 feet) towards our goal of 5,200 meters (16,200 feet). Because of the elevation, it is best to do this trek towards the end of your time in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Depending on your fitness level, we will hike for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. The terrain will vary between flat and steep, and the path can be dusty and slippery because of the gravel. During our hike, we will see stunning views of Ausangate the highest mountain the Cusco region while hiking through fields where alpacas, llamas and vicuñas are grazing. When we reach the summit, we will be rewarded with the magic vistas of the rainbow mountain and your tour guide will explain the geology and geography of the region. There will be time for photos and questions before we start our descent which will take 2 to 2 1/2 hours. On the way back, we will stop at one of the amazing viewpoints for a box lunch before hiking all the way and taking the bus back to Cusco where we will take back to your hotel by about 7 pm.
Included: private transport, certified official guide, fluent English speaker, entrance fee, guide breakfast and lunch, snacks
Cost: $175 per person (minimum of 2), horseback available for extra $45
What to bring: Daypack with rain cover, 2L water per person, warm clothes with thermal layers, rain coat, hiking shoes, sunscreen, camera, hat, gloves, scarf, sunglasses
TWO DAY OPTION:
Rainbow Mountain (2 Day)
DAY 1: CUSCO-QESUNO-ANATA
Distance: 14km/ 8.7 miles Elevation: 4200m-5000m Hiking time: 5-6 hours
On the first morning, I will pick you up at your hotel at 5:00 am and drive 3 hours through beautiful scenery south of Cusco to the trailhead. On our way, we will make a stop in a local village to visit a local market where we can see the locals selling fruits and vegetables and their famous massive loaves of bread. Before starting the hike, we will enjoy a hot breakfast. We will carry our day packs and leave rest of our gear to the local horseman that will meet us at our breakfast spot. The hike will start in a beautiful valley where we will see local families farming and herding llamas and alpacas just like the Incas used to do.
We continue ascending slowly and steadily to our first pass, Condor pass, which is at an elevation of 16,000 feet. We will be rewarded by amazing views of the glacier covered Ausangate mountain and learn about how the Incas used to worship this mountain. We can take time to take photos of 5 crystal clear lakes blow. We will descend a bit and hike for another 2-3 hours to reach Ananta, where out campsite will be located where our chef will be waiting with a delicious lunch. After lunch, we can have a siesta and walk around and take in the incredible views. We will have dinner at 7 pm and then will take time to look at the stars and see the Southern Cross, Venus and Jupiter and the milky way.
DAY 2: ANANTA - RAINBOW MOUNTAIN- CUSCO
Distance: 18km/ 11 miles Elevation: 5000m-5200m-4200 Hiking time: 6-7 hours
We will wake you up at 5 am with Coca tea delivered to your tent. After a delicious hot breakfast, we will hike to our second pass. After about one hour, we will reach the second pass where we can see our first glimpse of Rainbow Mountain. We will then descend for half an hour and after 1 and a half hours we will reach the final destination of Rainbow Mountain. You can take as much time as you want to take photos of this magical place. The benefit of the 2-day Rainbow Mountain trek is that we arrive early, before the majority of the other trekkers arive. The hike back to the trailhead will only take about three hours we will enjoy lunch before departing back to Cusco (3 hours). We typically get back around 5pm and will drop you off at your hotel.
What to bring: Daypack with rain cover, 2L water per person. It can be very cold, especially at night so make sure to bring very warm clothes with thermal layers, rain coat, hiking shoes, sunscreen, camera, hat, gloves, scarf, sunsglasses
Price: $375 per person, minimum of 2