You will explore the majesty of the Andes in Perù, and learn about the traditions of the Andean people. The area is inhabited by traditional Incas animals, such as large herds of llamas and alpacas. Besides seeing these most impressive views of the glacier peaks and blue lakes. You will be among the first to enjoy the Rainbow Mountains (Vinicunca).
We will pick you up from your hotel at 4 a.m. to begin your expedition. You will have private transportation to the trail head at Tinki. Tinki is a small Andean village located near Ocongate, located at 3,900 m/12,795 ft above sea level. Here, you will meet your horsemen and horses. You will enjoy your first breakfast prepared by our trekking chef. Then, you will start the gradual, uphill hike. It will be three or four hours until we reach our lunch area. Along the way, we will have amazing views of Ausagnate, far in the distance. We will pass by traditional villages, and perhaps meet some local people, dressed in their colorful, traditional clothing. They may be accompanying their indigenous llamas. Our lunch spot is in an amazing location, surrounded by stunning mountains and an excellent view of Ausangate Glacier peak. After lunch, it will be another two hour hike until we reach our campsite at Upis Alto, near the famous hot springs. Upis Alto is a small village located at 4,100 m/13,451 ft elevation. This will be our first campsite at the skirt of Ausangate.
Walked Distance: 13 km / 8 m
Campsite Elevation: 4,100 m / 13,450 ft
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water
Weather: Dry and cold
After an early, nutritious breakfast you will prepare for the second day of the hike. Today, you will have wonderful views of the Ausangate glacier peaks. You will also see the lakes and waterfalls, and perhaps some llamas, alpacas and wild vicuñas (the undomesticated ancestor of the alpaca), as well as condors soaring above. We will have a three hour, uphill hike until we reach the first pass, which is at 5,000 m/ 16,404 ft high. You will have magnificent views of the surrounding area, especially in the dry season. In some months of the year, we will hike through some snow. You will most likely get to see vicuñas, which are the most impressive, wild animals in Peru. They belong to the family of Andean camelids. Today, their fleece is the most expensive wool the world. After taking some amazing pictures, we will continue on a two and a half hour, gradual, downhill hike until we reach a beautiful area, where you will enjoy your second day’s lunch. Following, it will be another two and a half hours until we arrive at our campsite, at Puca Ccocha (Red Lake). This campsite is one of the most beautiful campsites, located at the skirt of the Ausangate peak and at the bank of the lake. You can see amazing sunsets from here, and perhaps some condors and eagles flying nearby.
Walked Distance: 12 km /7.5 mz Campsite Elevation: 4,300 m / 14,100 ft
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water Weather: Dry and cold
We will wake you up early with a hot cup of coca tea, to start one of the most beautiful days of the trek. You will enjoy the majestic views of some of the highest peaks in the Andes, and the depths of the beautiful valleys. You will have two mountain passes to make today.
After an early breakfast, we will start with a two to three hour, steep climb to Alpaca Pass at 5,100 m/ 16,732 ft elevation. Along the way, you will have gorgeous views of the blue lakes and the Ausangate Glacier Peak. You may even see avalanches happening from the glacial hills. Once you reach the summit of this mountain, you will be right in front of Ausangate, so you will be able to enjoy the Chillca Valley, and the many alpaca grazing along these hills. After taking some great pictures, you will continue for another two hours on a gradual, downhill trek, then we reach our lunch spot, located in Chillca Valley. Be aware that some sections of the trail can be a bit difficult to see. You will see views of the waterfalls, green hills and snow-capped peaks. After enjoying your lunch and a little nap, you will continue on to the second pass of the day, called Vicuña pass, at 5,300 m/17,388 ft elevation. It will be a slow-paced, hour and a half hike to reach the summit of this highest pass of the trek. Along the way, it may be possible to see some condors, and vicuñas. Once we are on top of the mountain we will enjoy a cup or two of traditional coca tea which will be provided by your porters. Then it will be another one hour, downhill hike until we arrive at our campsite at the banks of Lake Yanaccocha, where you will enjoy our daily happy hour of hot drinks. This campsite is located few hours away from our final destination, The Rainbow Mountains.
This is a perfect place to spot the famous Inca constellations and do some star-gazing.
Walked Distance: 15 km/9.3 m Campsite Elevation: 4,400 m/ 14,435 ft Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water Weather: Dry and cold
After another early breakfast with your trekking team, you will will gradually trek uphill for an hour and a half until we reach the famous Rainbow Mountains and the Red Mountain Valley, located at 5,200 m /17,060 ft elevation. Your tour guide will walk you to to the perfect spots for postcard pictures. He will also explain why these mountains are different from any other mountains in the Vilcantoa Range. Part of the difference is due to a composition of various minerals, which make different colors of stone striations in the middle of the Red Mountains. This is one of the key tourist highlights in South America, and one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Peru.
After taking photos and enjoying the views, you will continue on the expedition to the end of the trail. This is all downhill, along the Chillca Valley. You will travel three hours until you stop to enjoy your final lunch with your team. We will then drive for hours back to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel. The drive provides nice views of the Andes and we will pass some traditional villages along the way. You will be arriving into Cusco around 6 p.m.
Walked Distance: 12 km /7.5 m Meals: Breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinking water Weather: Dry and cold
Rainbow Mountain & Vinicunca Trek 2 Days / 1 Nights
Trek briefing with your guide.
Excellent English speaking tour guide
Private tourist transport (minivan for 5 people, van for 12 people, or bus for 20 people)
Explore: Checacuppe, Uchulluqllo lookout, LLAMAS, Alpacas and the Rainbow trek
Ticket to the Rainbow Mountain.
All pick-ups (pick up and drop off at your hotel)
Horses or mules and indigenous horsemen to carry camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking utensils, tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food and fresh vegetables.
Personal items up to 7 kg/15.4 lb. will be carried for you, so you just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day in your Rainbow Mountain & Vinicunca Trek.
Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, and meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking. (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request) Rainbow Mountain & Vinicunca Trek
1 night camping; spacious tents and sleeping mat
A duffle for personal items
Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
Oxygen tank & First aid kit
All local taxes
Sleeping bag, Bring a good one! four season is recommended.
Trekking poles or the Rainbow Mountain & Vinicunca Trek.
Travel /Health / Emergency insurance
Horseback for riding + horseman $85
Travel /Health / Emergency insurance
WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE
A good daypack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack or an appropriate pack (to carry your personal belongings).
1 rain jacket (even if we are in dry season) Rainbow Mountain & Vinicunca Trek
1 warm/winter jacket / gloves, scarf, cap cold, thermal clothing full bod!
1 good sleeping bag liner that is super lightweight and easy to pack. Definitely does its job!
Travel-size tissues and wet wipes–The air is cold and damp so your nose is going to run a lot. Everyone seems to run out of tissues by the end of the trek. In addition, most bathrooms do not have toilet paper (if you even get a bathroom), so wet wipes are key.
Bring some meds to Rainbow Mountain & Vinicunca Trek.
Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptom Rainbow Mountain & Vinicunca Trek.
Sun protection Rainbow Mountain & Vinicunca Trek cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelback Rainbow Mountain & Vinicunca Trek
Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste/floss, shampoo/conditioner, brush/comb, Vaseline (for feet great for potential blisters), feminine hygiene products, deodorant, nail clippers/file/tweezers, spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, contact lenses if required and supplies, hand sanitizer etc.–and whatever else you need, but pack light.
Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes if it raining in the Rainbow Mountain & Vinicunca Trek
A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
Camera and film.
Bandages or moleskin for the Rainbow Mountain & Vinicunca Trek
Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, & tips for your staff
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