The Rainbow Mountain Peru, officially named Vinicunca, are stunning and a bucket list destination for many. Situated near the incredible Ausangate Mountain A two days breathtaking trek in the Cordillera Vilcanota, on a route we call the “Camino del Apu Ausangate” located in close proximity to the highest, sacred mountain in the Cusco region.
The “Apu” is the bearer of life and the guardian of one of the most pristine mountain ecosystems in the world. Our treks will be accompanied by llamas and horses that carry our gear, which that are owned by the shepherds of the Chillca community whom are proud to share with us their land and the spirit of this inspiring world. On our hikes and in our unique.
Day 1: Cusco – Urcos – Quesiuno – Llamachimpana
We will pick you up early from your Cusco hotel and set out on a drive through the South Valley. The drive to the trailhead at Quesiuno (4,326 m / 14,189 ft) is 3 hours long. Once we reach the Inkintuyoc bridge, our chef will cook us an amazing breakfast. After breakfast, we will load all the gear on the horses and begin our hike uphill. Following a lovely stream, you will be immediately surprised by the literally herds of alpacas and llamas. We will have consistent views of the Ausangate Mountain. We will hike through villages and interact with the local residents. We have the opportunity to see chinchillas and vicunas. Vicunas are the only non-domesticated animal of the llama family in Peru. After at hike of 3 to 4 hours, we will reach our camp Ccayrabiri, near the village of Llamachimpana. Our chef will make us a fantastic lunch when we arrive. After lunch (time permitting), we will go to the village and have the chance to interact with the residents. They will tell us about their local customs and love to share their history with trekkers. They will tell us about the fields of potatoes that surround the area. We then return to camp where we will have happy hour and dinner. When night falls, we will have a serene night´s sleep under the stars.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
Lowest Elevation: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft
Highest Elevation: 4,598 m / 15,082 ft
Distance to walk: 4 km / 2 ½ miles
Approximate walking time: 3 to 4 hours
Level of Difficulty: Challenging
Day 2: Llamachimpana – Vinicunca – Quesiuno – Cusco
We wake up to a cup of hot coca tea and the gorgeous sunrise. Our chef will prepare an amazing breakfast to start the day. Our destination today is the Rainbow Mountain. This is a two hour uphill hike.On the way up, we will have consistent views of stunning red mountains, the Ausangate glacier and Surine Mountain.Finally, we reach our destination, what we came to see….the Rainbow Mountains (5,020 m / 16,466 ft). After getting over the shock of their beauty, we will have time to explore the area. We will have time to take pictures and soak in the environment. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top.At this point, it is time to go back down. We hike downhill the way we came. The hike will take 4 to 5 hours. Our chef will be waiting for us at the bottom with a hearty lunch.Following lunch, we will embark on the 3 hour drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel. Approximate arrival time is 7 PM.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch + snacks
Lowest Elevation: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft
Highest Elevation: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
Distance to walk: Uphill: 3.5 km / 2 miles; Downhill 7 km / 4 ½ miles
Approximate walking time: 2 hours up; 4 to 5 hours down
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Bilingual English speaking Photographer tour Guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Quesiuno and return transportation with hotel drop off
Four-person tent for every 2 people.
Inflatable Mattress and pillow
Dining tent with tables and chairs
Toilet tent and portable toilet
Professional Chef and assistant chef
Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
Horse to transport 8 kg of your personal gear
Duffle bag for your personal gear
Two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner
Hot water for washing
Boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
Services Not Included:
Sleeping bag – you can rent one from us
Trekking poles – you can rent them from us
Tips for the crew (guide, chef, wranglers)
Travel /Health / Emergency insurance
What to bring:
Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
Clothes (warm/winter jacket, rain pants, hiking boots, poncho, winter hat, gloves)
Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
Sun block, factor 35+ recommended
Sunglasses and sun hat
Camera with spare batteries – batteries run down faster at high altitudes
Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us), must have rubber tips
Our trek rankings are the following
Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative)
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