Rainbow Mountain Hike

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN HIKE

Spend the day hiking to a newly discovered area, now known as "the Hidden Mountain"
Activity Level: 3  | Duration: 1 day | Group Size: 2-16 | Price: $150

Overview

Travel to a newly discovered section of the Vincuna Mountain Range, known as Rainbow Mountain or the Painted Hills. 

This stunning stretch of land is a geological wonder and home to various minerals that combined to turn the soil of this mountain into a masterpiece of colors. Enjoy personalized service throughout the entire day as our staff handles all of the details. 

This hike takes place a very high elevation, reaching over 17,000 feet, so make sure you are adequately acclimated! 

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy stunning scenery and unique topography
  • Learn about Ancient Inca history
  • Newly discovered route in Vincuna mountain range
  • Breakfast and lunch prepared by a professional chef
  • Professionally guided trek

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Scenery
  • Wildlife
  • Great company

Accommodations

  • NA

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

TRANSPORTATION
All transportation for the hike.

This includes:
   - Pickup from your hotel (or nearby) in Cusco in a private van
   - Drop-off in private van from the same place we pick you up
FOOD
We provide breakfast and lunch for this hike. The meals will be prepared by a professional chef and made from fresh, organic, and locally-sourced ingredients. 

NOTE: Please notify our staff of any food allergies or restrictions, and we will ensure that the food is prepared properly.
PROFESSIONAL GUIDES
Kusa Treks strives for greatness and this begins and ends with our people. All of our Lead and Assistant Guides are locals to this region and studied Tourism and/or Archaeology in University. They are all fluent in English and are passionate about their work. Trust us when we say, there is no better person to be on a trip with than a Kusa Treks guide. You will be in incredible hands.
PERMITS AND TICKETS
Once you pay the trip deposit, we will purchase your hiking permits.
MEDICAL EMERGENCY
Alright, emergency sounds a bit dramatic. However, you can be confident in your Lead Guide and his staff. All of Kusa Trek's guides receive extensive First Aid training from a qualified and licensed physician, and we conduct mandatory review/training sessions twice a year.

Your Lead Guide will carry a Hiking First Aid kit (including oxygen), and should the need arise we will get you off of the trail and to a medical facility as quickly and comfortably as possible.

NOTE: We have never had to evacuate a hiker.
SUPPORT STAFF
In addition to your incredible guides, this hike requires a support staff including: chef, assistant chef, horse master and porters. We started Kusa Treks for several reasons, one of which was to provide living-wage jobs for local Peruvians.

We employ individuals passionate about Peru's culture and nature and who want to share their incredible country with our clients. You will be absolutely amazed at how hard these people work to provide you with an incredible trip. 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

EQUIPMENT
We have high quality equipment available for rental during this trek. 
   - Trekking Poles (2): $10
   - Personal Horse: $80, if you don't want to walk...ride!

Pricing:

We offer Private service for this day-hike.

PRICE: $150 USD per person

NOTE: We require a minimum of 2 people to book this trip.

Itinerary:

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN DAY-HIKE ITINERARY:

MORNING

The day will begin with an early morning pick-up from Cusco around 4-4:30AM. You will commence on a 3.5 drive in a private van, passing through traditional villages to the trail head. You can sit back and catch some more sleep, or if you look outside during the drive, you will see a beautiful country-side passing by.

Once you reach the trail head, you will stop and enjoy a hearty breakfast, prepared by our professional chef.

After breakfast the hike will start from the town of Chillca, located at 12,100 feet. In this town, you can choose to hire a horse and horse-handler to take you up the mountain ($80 USD). The hike is approximately 4-hours long and is a pretty tough but gradual ascent. The high altitude makes this hike particularly difficult, but the incredible destination makes it all worth it!

During the hike, you will enjoy amazing views of the surrounding Andes, glacial peaks, red mountains, rocky hills, and traditional llamas and alpacas that graze in this valley. As you reach the summit of the mountain, you will be able to spot more Andean wildlife. This is one of the few places in the world where you can see wild Vicuñas (the Andean camel). Vicuñas are in the same family as llamas, although they are much smaller. Their wool is the most expensive wool in the world. One sweater made of Vicuña wool is more than $5,000!

AFTERNOON/EVENING

Once you arrive at the top of Rainbow Mountain, you will have time to absorb the majesty of the colorful mountains that surround you. You will see amazing views of the valleys and Ausangate Glacier Peak in front of you. Ausangate is part of the Cordillera Vilcanota Range and is the tallest mountain of the Cusco region (just under 21,000 feet elevation). While taking in these magnificent views, our staff will bring you some hot drinks and share some information with you about the composition of these mountains and how they became striated in a rainbow of colors.

After taking a few amazing pictures and soaking in the views (perhaps we will even see a few condors floating on the air currents), you will begin the descent back to the trail head. This will be a 2-hour, downhill hike. You will meet up with our professional chef and enjoy a delicious and freshly prepared hot lunch.

After lunch you will get back in the van for the return trip back back to Cusco. Drop off at your hotel will be around 7 – 8 p.m.