Rainbow Mountain Trek and Red Valley

Enjoy the natural colours of the rarely visited Rainbow Mountain, located in one of the mountain ranges of Peru that has the highest concentration of snow-capped peaks and near the highest peak in southern Peru, the Ausangate ( 6,377 meters) in the mountain ranges of Vilcanota. This creates beautiful high-Andean landscapes with extensive snow-capped mountains and beautiful lagoons. We will travel through some isolated communities, where you can interact with the locals that still keep alive the culture that are mostly alpaca breeders, will make this tour a unique experience. You will see snow-capped peaks, herds of llamas, glaciers and turquoise lakes, all within an incredibly colorful mountain range.

  • Lowest Elevation: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft
  • Distance to walk: 15 km / 9 ¼ miles
  • Approximate walking time: 5 to 6 hours up; 4 to 5 hours down
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging
* For this tour we organize trips every day, for which the passenger needs at least one full day of acclimatization in Cusco, this is a prerequisite to go on this the tour because you start above 4300mts and the summit is over 5020mts.


We pick you up in your Hotel around 3:30 to 4:00 a.m.

then we’ll travel 02 and ½ hours on a bus to Pitumarca where you’ll have a delicious breakfast, after we continue to K’ayrawiri (4326 mts. /14192 fts.) this is the trail head where we start the hiking.

First we walk 2 and an 1/2 to three hours uphill where you will find a beautiful landscape, big mountain and local people with their typical clothes making their daily life, you will find big groups of Alpacas, Llamas and sometimes wild Vicuñas, also small lagoons created by the thaws of the glaciers, once you arrive to the summit (5020 mts. / 16469 Fts.) you will have a free time to rest and to take your pictures.

Then, we start to go back by a different way, the “Red Valley”, we call it likethat for the red color of the mountain soil, they look pretty nice, this will be other three hours walk downhill to arrive again in Japura where you will have a comforting lunch, then we will bring you back to Cusco again (arrival around 6:30 or 7:00 p.m.).


Services Included

  • Information from your guide the night before your departure.
  • Pick up from your hotel on your departure.
  • Private transportation with a nice views to Quesiuno ( trail head )
  • The first breakfast on the way
  • Box lunch and snacks
  • English speaking tour guide.
  • Horse men and their assistants.
  • Two emergency horses in case you get tired or you want to try to ride.
  • Entrance fee to access to the mountain area
  • Lunch in Pitumarca
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Vegetarian/special diet options available
  • Some help for the local people and the kids.
  • Private transportation to back to Cusco
  • Taxes included
  • Walking sticks
  • Horseback available upon request – $30usd
  • BIKING to return in red valley

Services Not Included

  • Water: please bring 2 liters per person
  • Voluntary Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide (Every DESTINY PERU staff receive a fair and decent payment immediately after they end the trip. Tips are optional but of great appreciation for them – according to your wish)
  • Additional Personal horse for riding 30.00 USD

What to bring

  • Good day back pack.
  • Copy of your passport.
  • Good hiking gear like hiking boots, Scarf, Polar or thermal clothing , gloves, hat warm fleece and Wool socks.
  • Waterproof pants and Warm jacket
  • Long sleeved shirts and sweater
  • rain poncho
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Walking sticks.

Little presents for kids of communities along the trail such as school supplies, second hand clothes

For availability of spaces for this service, please contact us info@iteptravel.com and we`ll send you detailed information, prices, terms and conditions.

ITEP TRAVEL, specializes in organizing the ideal travel plan to Peru, with hotels and destinations that you choose, because we have all confidential and promotional rates. For guidance on how to organize your custom package. Please write us.

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1 Days

Max Altitude:

1,609 - 5,200m. / 5,278ft - 17,060ft.


Moderate - Challenge - Easy

Departures Dates:

Every day (Please check availability in our groups)


Archaeological, Trekking, Landscape

Type of Tour:

Archaeological Cultural Trekking Landscape Ecological Camping Flora & Fauna

Meals provided:

Vegetarian option at no extra cost. Check our regular menú


If you want to make a reservation, please fill out our Passenger Details Form.

*** Each reservation requires a USD $ 200.00 deposit as a down payment per person + 10% transfer tax (Total USD $ 220.00). The final balance can be paid at our Local office in cash during your briefing a day or two before your trip.

Once the deposit will be confirmed we will send you your contract voucher.


*** USD $ 200.00 is not the price of the Trek, is only a down payment.


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