Chocolate Lake & Rainbow Mountain Trek – 3 Days

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  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Difficulty: 7/10
  • Pick up: Hotel Cusco
  • Drop off: Hotel Cusco
  • Availability: April - October
  • Tour type: Adventure, Off the beaten path
Palomani Pass
Trail to Rainbow Mountain
Rainbow Mountain Peru
Rainbow Mountain
Red Valley
Red Valley Trek

Chocolate Lake & Rainbow Mountain Trek – 3 Days

If you want to visit Chocolate Lake, Ausangate Mountain, and the colorful mountain of seven colors but love the idea of a 3-day trek to maximize your experience, then the Chocolate lake Trek to Rainbow Mountain 3-day is for you. All in one amazing tour, you’ll hike through some of the gorgeous Andean mountain scenery and explore the tallest mountain in the Cusco region and the brilliant Rainbow Mountain!

Departure & Return Location:

Hotel Cusco.

Departure Time:

Pick up from your hotel (3:30 am – 4:00 am).

Return Time:

Hotel Cusco (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

Chocolate Lake & Rainbow Mountain Trek – 3 Days highlights:

  • The Ausangate red lake aims to become the new fashion destination.
  • Discover the latest hidden gem of Cusco.
  • You will have the opportunity to appreciate the Ausangate mountain, the fifth highest mountain in Peru.
  • See the herds of alpacas.
  • Trek to the summit of Rainbow Mountain with a private guide
  • Instagram-worthy views of the colorful Rainbow Mountain
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Enjoy one of the most scenic strolls in your lifetime
  • Even though Rainbow Mountain is usually full of tourists, we start our adventure very early to be the first to arrive.



A non-refundable deposit (varies depending on tour) is payable from the Client to Huaynas Expeditions when reserving any Product. If the reservation is made 7 days or fewer before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. Depending on the original booking method, the client should send the non-refundable deposit to Huaynas Expeditions or the authorized Agent through whom they made their reservation.

Tour Briefing

A pre-tour briefing is given to you, ideally two days before the start of the trek. This is comprehensive information on the tour schedule, required gear, altitude, weather, etc. Questions and concerns will be clarified so that you fully comprehend the tour schedule.


It is strongly suggested to be progressively acclimatized; thus, you should arrive in Cusco 2 days previous to trek departure. Altitude sickness causes you a headache, stomache, hands tingling, etc. There is certain medicine you may take to avoid altitude sickness, for instance acetazalomide; moreover, it is helpful to have coca tea; and hot liquids to not become dehydrated. You must descend as the ultimate emergency if you develop serious altitude sickness.

Pick Up of Guests

If your hotel is located in the Historical Center of Cusco, Huaynas Expeditions will pick you up there. Although your guide will schedule the pickup time during the briefing, please be aware that the pickup time could change by up to 20 minutes due to traffic.

Cusco is an ancient city, and there are lots of winding cobblestone streets there. It may be challenging to move luggage to some hotels and Airbnbs because they are situated on car-free streets or long, including inclines. Booking lodging with adequate access is something we strongly advise.

Duffel Bag or Canvas Case

You’ll be given a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. Our horses will transport them, and the horsemen will hand them to you as you arrive at each camp. They are 60 x 24 x 22 centimetres (23.6 x 9.45 x 8.66 in).

Each duffel bag can only contain a maximum of 7 kilogrammes (15.4 lb), which includes the weight of your clothing, sleeping bag, and other personal belongings.

Strikes and Demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are frequent in Peru, which may stop some of our tours. Roads can be stopped, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will attempt to keep your vacation as initially planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these conditions, trips may potentially be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, our operations department will manage everything with you. Your safety is our priority, and our decisions will be taken to protect it.

Group Tours

Because group trips are made up of various persons, physical states and ages may differ. You acknowledge that some persons may be faster or slower than you if you choose to participate in a group trip. As a result, everyone on the road may proceed at their own speed.

It is conceivable that a group may want to change the itinerary; however, after discussing with all participants, the guide will determine if such changes are allowed.

Travel Insurance

We highly advise you to buy comprehensive travel insurance before departing. A comprehensive travel insurance coverage that covers everything from high-altitude treks to unforeseen trip adjustments is a must-have travel gear. Please remember that your standard medical insurance plan will not cover some possibilities in your own country. We suggest searching for a plan that covers the following coverage:

  • Adventure trips and any specific activity you will be undertaking on your journey (such as a high-altitude trek).
  • Recovery of your non-refundable booking deposit in the event of trip cancellation due to illness or accidental injury.
  • National or international emergency evacuation.
  • Patriation of remains in the event of death.
  • Other medical expenses related to injury, illness or death.

While we try to be understanding when situations arise, the fact is that Trip Changes and Trip Cancellation incur penalties.


To book the below things in your name, we require a photo of your passport’s bio page (Peruvian Government Requirement). Please keep in mind that each traveler must be aware of the re-entry laws for their place of residence/citizenship. Some nations require a passport valid for 6 months beyond the travel date. Please confirm that your passport is current and meets your country’s and residency standards. We can purchase your flights with an expired passport, but we will require a copy of the current passport as soon as you receive it in order to update your tickets.


Most countries are permitted to obtain a visa at the point of arrival. Only a few nations require visas to be obtained in advance. Please remember that each tourist is responsible for determining whether or not a visa is required before admission. Please remember that tourist visas are usually valid for 90 days or less and require proof of return travel.

Lost Objects

Please be aware of where you leave your belongings, and remember to take everything with you once you leave our transportation, tents, or restaurants. You are solely responsible for your items throughout the trip.


Ethical, Sustainable, Eco-friendly

Our objective is to provide great treks, tours, and adventure experiences while adhering to environmental, sustainable, ethical, and socially conscious travel practices. We make every effort throughout our excursions to avoid negative affects and enhance benefits to the local people and natural ecosystems we visit. We pay fair, livable rates to ensure that we employ and retain the best guides and support workers. We follow worldwide sustainable tourism criteria and have continuous community projects and charity activities that benefit four or more local Andean villages.


We take pleasure in offering five-star service before, during, and after your vacation. Huaynas Expeditions is committed to providing exceptional customer service and adventure experiences.


When walking over tough mountain terrain at high altitudes in unpredictable weather, it is critical to have the best equipment possible. We supply Mountain Hardwear 4-season tents (3 seasons for Inca Trail because of warmer weather), extra thick mattress mats, dry bags for your overnight gear, and other amenities to ensure a safe and enjoyable trek.


Any hike or tour can be tailored to your travel, fitness, financial, and time constraints. Do you need a journey or tour for a business or work event, a charity organization, or any significant occasion? Get in touch; we can handle everything!

Leave No Trace

As it should be, our journeys leave nothing but smiles and footprints.

Reduce Reuse Recycle

We care about the environment, which is why we reduce, reuse, and recycle. Our equipment is reusable (no paper or plastic plates/cups/utensils), we buy locally and avoid paper/plastic packaging, and we recycle anything we can. This is not the norm in Peru, but we intend to make it so one day soon!


All of our staff are enthusiastic about their jobs. Who wouldn’t want to work in an office surrounded by gorgeous mountains and endless vistas? We are happy to provide our guides and employees with the highest rates in the industry.


Day 1: Cusco – Huchuy Phynaya – Chocolate Lake - Palomani Pass - Ausangate Cocha.

At the appointed time, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and take you on an about three-and-a-half-hour journey to the village of Huchuy Phynaya, where our cook will prepare a hearty breakfast before you start the hike. You will also meet the horseman here who will carry our equipment on the trek. Then we begin the 3-hour walk to Chocolate lake, the path is uphill, and the gorgeous surroundings and some llama and alpaca herds may be seen along the way. The breathtaking panoramic views of Chocolate Lake will transport us to another dimension.

As soon as we get there, we’ll have beautiful shots of this lake and have some free time to explore it. Our tour guide will provide the significance of the mountains, explain the lake’s cocoa-colored color, and keep us entertained.

After that, we will have a delicious lunch next to the Chocolate lake.

After eating our lunch, we continue our hike to the highest point of the trek (Paso Palomani, 5.200m), from where we will have a beautiful360-degree view, this part takes 2 hours of hiking.

From the Palomani pass, we descend to Ausangate Cocha for 2.5 hours, where our team will set up your tents, and in the evening, we will enjoy tea and dinner. We will have a clear view of the Milky Way at night thanks to the sky.

Accommodation: Tent (4-season tent, 4 people made a tent for 2 people, allowing greater comfort).
Maximum Altitude: 5.200 m.
Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch, Tea, and Dinner.
Distance of walking: 15 Km / 9,32 miles.
Highlights: Chocolate Lake, Santa Catalina mountain, Ausangate mountain, Ausangate Cocha – Lake.

Ausangate red lake trek
Chocolate Lake

Day 2: Ausangate Cocha - Apacheta Pass - Anantapata.

Today we will wake you up with a cup of coca tea or coffee, then have breakfast with the team.

It will take us about four hours to reach the Apacheta pass after breakfast; from this elevation, you can see Ausangate Mountain and the colorful lakes below. We will take photos, breathe the purest air of the Andes, and begin to descend towards the Anantapata camp.

We will have lunch, install our stores, and watch the sunset upon arrival. We will see how the animals (Alpacas, llamas, and sheep) arrive at their huts for the night. At 6.30 pm, we will have dinner and prepare for the rest of the trip. We will leave early in the morning for Vinicunca and arrive there before people come.

Maximum Altitude: 5.000 m / 16.404 ft.
Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch, Tea, and Dinner.
Distance of walking: 13 Km / 8,07 miles.
Highlights: Ausangate Cocha, Ausangate Mountain, Ausangate Lakes.

Ausangate Trekking
Apacheta Pass

Day 3: Ananta - Warmisaya Pass - Sorococha - Rainbow Mountain - Red Valley - Qayrahuiri - Cusco.

We’ll climb through the night to the peak Vinicunca after waking up at three in the morning and eating a leisurely breakfast. The first hour of the hike will be uphill until we get to the Warmi Saya pass (4,980m), where we’ll watch the dawn. Then, after a 40-minute descent to get to the Surini lagoon, we’ll climb steadily for an hour to get to Vinicunca’s mountain of colours (5,038m).

We will have fun there because we will be the first visitors to the mountain, avoiding the crowds of people who arrive later. We will also take some great photos there, and our local guide will explain how the mountain was formed and why it is significant. Then, if you choose, you can climb an additional hour to “Red Valley,” a region of red mountains that are unquestionably unparalleled to the mountain of colours. And then descend to Alqatari in about two hours to have our delectable lunch and celebrate the accomplishment of your journey.

After lunch, we will say our goodbyes to our horseman and cook and board our private transport back to Cusco, which will be waiting for us. We expect to arrive in Cusco around 4 p.m.

Maximum Altitude: 5,038 m / 16,528 ft.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
Distance of walking: 08 Km / 4.97 miles.
Highlights: Rainbow mountain, beat the crowds, the Red Valley.

Rainbow Mountain
Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain

Note on Itinerary: Please keep in mind that itinerary changes are possible for various reasons (safety, weather, natural phenomena, strikes, etc.). For example, if the weather is extremely bad, the trail may be unsafe, and we may be forced to cancel or change the schedule, or we may be able to substitute another trek/tour instead, depending on the conditions. And we will make it an unforgettable experience!


Price Includes for Chocolate Lake & Rainbow Mountain Trek - 3 Days:

  • Pre trek briefing (briefing at the hotel or Office).
  • Pick up from your hotel on the morning of departure.
  • Roundtrip private transportation.
  • English / Quechua / Spanish professional guide speak.
  • Second Tour Guide over 12 people.
  • Local food service (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 Dinner, snacks).
  • Vegetarian and free gluten food for no extra cost.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Entrance fee to Chocolate Lake & Rainbow Mountain.
  • Master Chef.
  • Horseman and Horses. To carry our camping equipment, food and 8 kilos of your personal stuff like sleeping bag and mat as well as clothes. We Never overload our Horses (well Animal Welfare).
  • Dining equipment including portable chairs and tables.
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent, which allows for greater comfort and storage of backpacks.
  • Thermarest air-inflate Comfortable sleeping Mattress.
  • Portable environmental Biodegradable toilet.
  • Camping spots fees.

Price Excludes for Chocolate Lake & Rainbow Mountain Trek - 3 Days:

  • Extra expenses.
  • Dinner – Day 3.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please).
  • Sleeping bags (it can be rented from us for US$ 15 for the entire trip).
  • Walking sticks (it can be rented from us for US$ 10 for the entire trip).

Items to bring for Chocolate Lake & Rainbow Mountain Trek - 3 Days:

  • A travel insurance card is essential.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) or poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased for about $ 2 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear waterproof trekking boots are recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Warm clothes include jackets, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and knit / tour beanies. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Camera, films, and batteries.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from sun, rain, and cold.
  • Sunblock.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • Your own special medicines you may need, paracetamol, second skin blisters, etc.
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Eager and adventurous spirit to enjoy your hike.

Would you like Chocolate Lake & Rainbow Mountain Trek - 3 Days in a private service?

We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.

Our Chocolate Lake & Rainbow Mountain Trek – 3 Days private service includes additional items such as:

Additional Inclusions:

  • Extra emergency horse to ride.
  • North Face 4-season tents.
  • Sleeping bag / Silk Liner included.
  • 02 Waking Poles per person.
  • 1 Duffel Bag to carry all your sleeping bags, self-inflating pad as well as clothes.
  • Private round trip transportation.
  • Tour Guide to explore Red lake, Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley all day. And of course, we pay a little more to our Staff and Guide.


Our prices for the Chocolate Lake & Rainbow Mountain Trek – 3 Days are reasonable and are in different packages with the prices that are handled in the city of Cusco, and discounts will apply automatically for groups of over 5 people when booking this tour together at the same time.
We are a local tour operator that never shares service with any other company in Cusco, most agencies in Cusco share their service to save operating costs with poor quality. We guarantee to make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
Our booking process is simple and you can secure your trip with only a 30% deposit and pay the rest at the destination.

Large Group Service WITH NO Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)
Adult: USD 490
Student: Not available
Child: USD 470
Infant: Free

Small Group Service WITH NO Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: 02 Min - 08ppl Max)
Adult: USD 520
Student: Not available
Child: USD 500
Infant: Free

Private Group Service WITH Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: Upon Request)
Adult: USD 650
Student: Not available
Child: USD 630
Infant: Free

Private Group Service WITH NO Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: Upon Request)
Adult: USD 550
Student: Not available
Child: USD 530
Infant: Free

Solo Traveller WITH NO Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: SOLO)
Adult: USD 970
Student: Not available
Child: Not available
Infant: Not available

Solo Traveller WITH Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: SOLO)
Adult: USD 1260
Student: Not available
Child: Not available
Infant: Not available

Our Fees:

  • Adult (12+ Years): Over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Younger than 25 years old with valid Student Card.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years):  Between 3 years old and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Younger than 2 years old. (The infant can only ride on the adult’s lap. If you want them to ride in a seat, add them as a child).

*Remember that age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.



We want your vacation to Peru to be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. This section contains answers to any inquiries regarding going with Huaynas Expeditions. Please read the following information; it will assist you if you have any queries regarding our services.

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When do we Pay the balance?

You’ll pay your remaining balance once you arrive in Cusco and in cash in US dollars or soles (Peruvian currency) to the change of the day. If you prefer payment through PayPal, you’ll be charged an additional 6% due to bank commissions. It is better to pay us with cash because there is no transaction fee.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the tour, your main luggage can be stored in our office or at your hotel. Both of them are free.

Can I change departure date after the Confirmation of the tour?

Yes, it is possible. But you should let us know 7 days in advance.

Do I need to bring my original passport?

It is not mandatory to bring your Passport.

How far in advance should I book the tour?

At least 7 days in advance.

Is there student discount for this tour?

Unfortunately, there is no student discount.


Tipping is not required, but it is appreciated if you are satisfied with the services. Even though it might not be familiar in your country, the people who will look after you during the tour place a lot of importance on it. Many Huaynas Expeditions’ destinations encourage top-notch service and are a foundational aspect of the travel and tourism sector. It’s up to you how much to tip based on how well you thought out the tour and how long it lasted. Remember that leaving a tip is optional and should only be done if you receive first-class service.

Is Huaynas Expeditions sustainable?

Yes, Huaynas Expeditions is a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator; for that, we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and appreciate the local places and their people.

What is the Tour Guide like?

Our guides make us so happy! Their English is excellent, and they are extremely professional. They have a great deal of knowledge and love for the history and heritage of the Incas. Constant professional and personal growth is a priority for our tour guides. They conduct research to make sure that the Inca and Andean cultural theories you are given are accurate and widely accepted. Our team members are smart, athletic, and fun-loving. All of them have academic backgrounds in archaeology, tourism, botany, history, or anthropology.

How many days do I need to be acclimated before starting the trek?

You should have at least 48 hours or more in Cusco. It’s recommended to enjoy these days in the city of Cusco and in the Sacred Valley.


When making plans for a long-awaited dream journey, choosing the right travel agency or tour operator is the most crucial option you will make. Initially, some businesses might appear more affordable. But if you dig a bit further, you’ll discover why booking with Huaynas Expeditions ensures that your trip will be as remarkable as it can be.


All our Tours & Treks are provided only by Huaynas Expeditions staff and professional guides. That means Huaynas Expeditions will never pass you on to another company or 3rd Party.


Our staff comprises tourism industry veterans eager to share their expertise and serve the passenger. They are prepared to show you the best of Cusco and Peru with their extensive knowledge.


We are a travel agency committed to providing the best tourism services and are eager to help you explore the numerous natural and archaeological treasures found in every region of the nation.


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