The rainbow mountain or 7 color mountain from cusco Peru in 1 day
The Rainbow Mountain ( Altitude 5100 M.S.N.M) of Peru. A fantastic day tour (with trekking) to the 7 Color mountain, through an undiscovered land of wild desert landscapes. Start from cusco, located in southern peru.
Close to “Ausangate mountain “, This is considered a holy mountain (or mountain spirit) by local Peruvians. (6,385 m / 20,945 ft), the highest mountain in the Cusco region. The area is inhabited by traditional Andean people or Quechuas. It,s a very good chance to observe the real country life in Peru.
This route will take you through stunning landscapes with glaciers, snowcapped mountains, and crystal clear rivers and lakes. Pass by local villages and explore the breathtaking surrounding nature with llamas and alpacas. The colours of the Rainbow Mountain are amazing!
1 Day tour
You will be picked up from your accommodation at around 3.00 am and start making your way first to Arco (on the route to Puno) Then we will continue to Pitumarca and a number of small villages, till we reach the community of Hanchipata-Quesuno (another 1,5 hours). From here we start our hike after in total 3 h drive. You will experience how locals live in the mountains. We will be able to enjoy the view of numerous mountains around, as well as of the Ausangate glacier. We will be able to witness up close the local wildlife and camelids in their natural environment. The trek lasts for about 3 to 3 ½ hours following a lovely stream, until we get to the stunning landscape of Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountains).Where we see a spectacular geological formation and colors. The total hike is approximately 5 to 6 hours ( go and back). We start our trek from 4250 m to 5020 m Cerro Colorado “vinicunca. As you get closer to the Rainbow Mountain you will begin to see the first signs of the colored minerals that formed the painted hills. Your guide will explain what makes up the existence of the Rainbow Mountain. Here we will have about one hour to relax and take amazing pictures of this natural wonder. We then hike back to the starting point of the trek, and from there return to Cusco (arriving at approximately 19.00).
*Transport to and from your hotel in cusco
*Breakfast and Lunchbox
*First aid kit (including a small oxygen tank)
Services Not Included:
*Entrance fee (10 soles to the community – subject to change)
*Water and snack
*Horseback available upon request
*Travel /Health / Emergency insurance
*Trekking poles – you can rent them from us
What to bring:
*Rain jacket / poncho/ Long sleeve shirt
*Winter hat and gloves
*Sun block, factor 35+ recommended
*Sunglasses and sun hat
*Camera with spare batteries – batteries run down faster at high altitudes
*cash for the entrance fee and extras.
*Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
*This tour is involves at least 5 to 6 hours trekking so you should be reasonably fit !
*Starting / minimum altitude: 4,256 m / 14,189 ft
*Maximum altitude: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
*This is a challenging day of hiking. Spend some time in Cusco to acclimate (we recommend 3 days in Cusco or similar elevation). The hike takes place over 4500m (15,000ft) and is about 15 kilometers in length (9.3 miles) in total length, with an elevation gain of 685m (2250ft). The main reason this trek is difficult is because of the elevation. The terrain is a gradual climb and you are walking in a wide valley for the majority of the trek.
*Level : Challenging
*Keep in mind that colors are only strong on sunny days!
*There is a requirement of a minimum of 2 people to confirm this tour but it is usually confirmed everyday as it is popular.