Rainbow Mountain Trek

Rainbow Mountain is a unique natural formation located close to the Ausangate Mountain range. This mountain reflects its name, in that it features brightly colored minerals that cascade down and blend into each other. This challenging hike takes you up to approximately 5,000 meters (16,404 feet) so it is only recommended for travelers who are well acclimated to the high altitude.

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at about 5:00 am, and from there we will drive about 4 hours to the south of Cusco. We will follow the highway before following a mountain road that passes through traditional villages and fertile valleys. Once we arrive to the start of the hike, we will have breakfast. If it is a clear day we will be able to see the nearby snow-capped Ausangate Mountain, which is the tallest mountain in the Cusco Province at 6,384 meters or 20,945 feet. Then we will start hiking at 4,350 meters (14,271 feet) and it will take about 2 hours to reach the top of Rainbow Mountain. First, we will go through a valley, gradually ascending and will be able to see alpacas and llamas. Along the way we will pass apachetas or Andean rock piles that are set up as offerings. We will reach the first pass which is at 4,710 meters (15,454 feet) and can stop to have a break and eat some snacks. Here, we will be able to see our destination, and then will finish the hike to the top of Rainbow Mountain which is at 4,980 meters (16,338 feet). This incredible mountain features beautiful colors of red, orange, yellow, green, and purple as a result from the minerals it is formed from. You will have the option to hike up another 50 meters (164 feet) to take incredible photos of this beautiful natural formation, and when you are ready we will start our descent. Hiking downhill, we will reach our vehicle in about 1 hour, and on the way we will choose a place to stop and eat our boxed lunches. We will then drive back to Cusco, dropping you off at your hotel at approximately 5:00 pm.

  • Transportation from your hotel in Cusco to the start of the hike and back to your hotel at the end.
  • Entrance ticket to Rainbow Mountain
  • Experienced tour guide fluent in English, Spanish and Quechua. Our guides are equipped and trained to practice First-Aid and administer oxygen if needed.
  • Breakfast
  • Box lunch and snacks for the hike (please note that you are responsible for carrying these)
  • 2 bottles of water

Not Included:

  • Horse to ride (this can be contracted at the beginning of the hike if you prefer)
  • Trekking poles (can be rented from us)
  • Tips for your guide and driver (optional)
  • A small day backpack to carry your personal belongings and boxed lunch
  • Trekking poles (or you can rent a pair from us)
  • Good sneakers or light hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Rain jacket and plastic poncho (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March)
  • Comfortable hiking clothes
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Cap for the sun
  • Warm clothes including a fleece, warm hat, and gloves
  • Toilet paper
  • Water (we will provide you with 2 bottles of water per person, but we recommend that each person take a minimum of 2 liters total)


More Tours

Biking Maras Moray
River Rafting
Horseback Riding