Rainbow Mountain - 2 Days

Code: LMJUYH
2 DAYS 1 NIGHT

Tour Description

The “Rainbow Mountain”, officially named Vinicunca, is an stunning and a bucket list destination for many.

As Apu Ausangate is the holiest mountain in the region, the deity of Cusco and the highest mountain in the Cusco area (6,385 m / 20,945 ft).Since pre-Inca times the mountain has been a place of worship and offerings and this tradition continues today, with the yearly Qoyllur Rit’I pilgrimage, consisting of over 10,000 pilgrims.

The hike up itself is amazing and features herds of llamas and alpacas, many native communities, potato fields and consistent views of Apu Ausangate glacier and Surine Mountain.

With uninterrupted beauty and solitude, this is a spectacular trip for trekkers who love a true outdoor adventure. Please join us for this unique adventure.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Cusco
DEPARTURE TIME 6:00 am
INCLUDED
Bilingual English speaking tour guide Transportation
Tent, inflatable mattress and pillow Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
Two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Travel /Health / Emergency insurance
Sleeping bag

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Day 1: Cusco – Urcos – Quesiuno – Llamachimpana

We will pick you up early from your Cusco hotel and set out on a drive through the South Valley. The drive to the trailhead at Quesiuno (4,326 m / 14,189 ft) is 3 hours long. Once we reach the Inkintuyoc bridge, we will have an amazing breakfast. After breakfast, we will load all the gear on the horses and begin our hike uphill. Following a lovely stream, you will be immediately surprised by the literally herds of alpacas and llamas. We will have consistent views of the Ausangate Mountain. We will hike through villages and interact with the local residents. We have the opportunity to see chinchillas and vicunas. Vicunas are the only non-domesticated animal of the llama family in Peru. After at hike of 3 to 4 hours, we will reach our camp Ccayrabiri, near the village of Llamachimpana. Our chef will make us a fantastic lunch when we arrive. After lunch (time permitting), we will go to the village and have the chance to interact with the residents. They will tell us about their local customs and love to share their history with trekkers. They will tell us about the fields of potatoes that surround the area. We then return to camp where we will have happy hour and dinner. When night falls, we will have a serene night´s sleep under the stars.

Highlights of the first day

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
  • Lowest Elevation: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,598 m / 15,082 ft
  • Distance to walk: 4 km / 2 ½ miles
  • Approximate walking time: 3 to 4 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

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Day 2: Llamachimpana – Vinicunca – Quesiuno – Cusco

We wake up to a cup of hot coca tea and the gorgeous sunrise. Our chef will prepare an amazing breakfast to start the day. Our destination today is the Rainbow Mountain. This is a two hour uphill hike. On the way up, we will have consistent views of stunning red mountains, the Ausangate glacier and Surine Mountain. Finally, we reach our destination, what we came to see….the Rainbow Mountains (5,020 m / 16,466 ft). After getting over the shock of their beauty, we will have time to explore the area. We will have time to take pictures and soak in the environment. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top. At this point, it is time to go back down. We hike downhill the way we came. The hike will take 4 to 5 hours. Our chef will be waiting for us at the bottom with a hearty lunch. Following lunch, we will embark on the 3 hour drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel. Approximate arrival time is 7 PM.

Highlights of the second day

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
  • Lowest Elevation: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
  • Distance to walk: Uphill: 3.5 km / 2 miles; Downhill 7 km / 4 ½ miles
  • Approximate walking time: 2 hours up; 4 to 5 hours down
  • Level of Difficulty: Difficult

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