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2-Day Trek to Rainbow Mountain from Cusco

From USD 350.00
  • Leave the crowds behind by choosing a longer, more remote hike
  • Provided camping gear keeps you warm in the mountains
  • Carry only your day pack: pack animals take care of the rest
2-Day Trek to Rainbow Mountain from Cusco
From USD 350.00
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2-Day Trek to Rainbow Mountain from Cusco
From USD 350.00
Hike to Rainbow Mountain on a 2-day, small-group trip from Cusco that includes a night of camping high in the Andes. Following part of the dramatic Ausangate Circuit trail on your way to Rainbow Mountain, this 2-day hike is a great way to experience the gorgeous Andean landscape at its most pristine, with time to star gaze and relax after crowds of day-hikers have returned to Cusco.
What to Expect
Distance: 14km/ 8.7 miles
Elevation: 4200m-5000m
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
On the first day of your Rainbow mountain adventure we will pick you up at your hotel at 4:00am and drive 3 hours to the trailhead. While packing up our gear our chef will be preparing a hot breakfast to get you fueled up for the hike ahead of you. Our guides will go over the itinerary for the day and safety tips to ensure you are fully prepared for the next two days. The trek begins in a large green valley. You will see hundreds of alpacas, local farmers, and the beautiful Ausangate mountain looming in the distance- this is only a teaser for what is to come on your journey. 
As you continue making your way on the trail you will begin to conquer the first pass of the trek- Puccacocha pass. At around 16,000 feet, the pass sits just above Puccacocha lake, and the massive Ausangate mountain is directly in front of you, while a beautiful active glacier crashes into the lake below. After a successful climb we will stop around noon for lunch and to recharge your body for the remainder of the hike.
Our destination for the night is Anata, where we will enjoy a beautiful evening surrounded by jaw dropping landscape in the still of the Andes. As the sun sets we set up the dining tent with chairs for your group to relax and enjoy conversation while dinner is being prepared. This night you will see an unforgettable night sky full of constellations, shooting stars, and keep yourself warm with coca tea. 
Distance: 18km/ 11 miles
Elevation: 5000m-5200m-4200m
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Today is what you've been waiting for. Your chance to see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain; and the best part, you're almost there. We'll wake you up bright and early (time dependent on weather- usually between 4am and 5am) with coca tea delivered to your tent, and serve you a hearty breakfast to fuel you up for your final climb to Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain). Upon arrival you can take all the time you want soaking in the amazing 360 degree vistas of the surrounding lands and explore the mountain itself. Take some time to yourself and really enjoy the beauty of nature around you- it truly is a magical place. The hike down will only take about three hours and here we will celebrate a successful journey, and enjoy lunch before departing back to Cusco (3 hours). Arrival time back in Cusco will depend on how long you want to spend on Rainbow Mountain, but we typically get back around 5pm -6pm and drop you off at your hotel.
Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or other events which are beyond our control. We will always do our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible. 
Pick up is between 4am and 4:30am, please be waiting in your hotel lobby
Reviews (32)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Bucket list experience

My husband and I did the two-day Ausangate trek with Flashpacker Connect. I cannot recommend this experience enough. The trek itself is tough (particularly if you live at sea level) but our team, Nilo (guide), Juan (chef), and Roger (arriero) did everything to make the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank VeroPat89
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Amazing trip!!!!

This trip was absolutely incredible with insane views and an even better guide. Joaquin was supportive and helpful throughout the entire trip. Even though the elevation as well as the tough terrain was a real shocker, with Joaquin’s help the whole family made it to...More

Thank carolchou_19
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Best people = Best experience

You can of course read the details of the 2-day trek in the many other reviews. All I'll add is that Flashpacker's people will insure you have an outstanding experience. Starting with LeAnn, who answered every question promptly and with the right amount of detail....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank timothy c
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
We 💚 Joaquin!!

The entire staff made our 2 day trip up to rainbow mountain incredible, but with Joaquin as our guide things were especially great. He was patient, knowledgeable, and hilarious, making our entire trek fun and safe. The amount we hiked each day was perfect -...More

Thank Q2805HWalexandrac
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Magic snow-covered rainbow mountains

This was one of two tours we did with Flashpacker Connect, and both were perfectly organized. The guides and drivers were always a few minutes early so that we would definitely leave on time. The Rainbow Mountain trek was our favorite part of our vacation...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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19 April 2018|
Response from 17JajaB | Reviewed this property |
If there are others then they have no issue with someone signing up solo. We had another couple with us and also a single hiker. No issues.