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Rainbow Mountain Trek by Cusipata – 1 Day

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  • Large Group Service(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)Start Time: 02:15
  • Small Group Service(Group Size: 02 Min - 08ppl Max)Start Time: 02:15
  • Private/Closed Group Service(Group Size: Upon Request)Start Time: 02:15

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  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Difficulty: 4/10
  • Pick up: Hotel Cusco
  • Drop off: Hotel Cusco
  • Availability: Year Round
  • Tour type: Adventure, Off the beaten path

Rainbow Mountain Trek by Cusipata - Short Trail

We will be the first ones at Rainbow Mountain and beat the crowds!

Trek the Vinicunca rainbow mountain by Cusipata in 1 day with Huaynas Expeditions. We offer you the short path and the best tour you would do when visiting Cusco. This mountain has gained a lot of popularity since 2016, and it is the second one most visited beside Machu Picchu.

To visit this mountain before was only by Pitumarca a long drive and long way to hike to reach the peak but now they opened a new route by Cusipata which make the access short and easy to get the mountain. If you book your tour with us, we will be the first ones on the mountain, since we pick up the group as early possible than our competitors so that we will beat the crowds.

Departure & Return Location:

Hotel Cusco.

Departure Time:

Pick up from your hotel (2:15 am – 2:35 am).

Rainbow Mountain Trek availability:
The availability for Rainbow Mountain is unlimited.

Rainbow Mountain Trek by Cusipata highlights:

  • Trek to the summit of Rainbow Mountain with a private guide
  • Witness the magnificent view of snow-capped Ausangate
  • Instagram-worthy views of the colorful Rainbow Mountain
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Drive through the countryside of Peru, far from the beaten path
  • 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.

We recommend you be in Cusco at least 2 days before your trek to be acclimatized to Cusco’s altitude so that you won’t have a problem during the tour.

About us:
We are Huaynas Expeditions, a direct local tour operator in Cusco; we do not share service with any other agency, as most of them do. We will make the Rainbow Mountain Trek even if you are 2 people only. We won’t cancel your trip! We are a responsible company with vast experience in the tourism industry; we have the best professional team to make your journey unforgettable.


Cusco – Cusipata – Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain – Cusco

We come and pick you up at 2:15; this is because our goal is to BEAT THE CROWDS! We will have the mountain for a while just for us (Rainbow Mountain nowadays receives over 1000 people per day), so after everyone is picked up, in about 2 hours we make our way to the breakfast location (Cusipata),  we have breakfast at one of the local restaurants there.

Then we keep driving for 1 more hour by unpaved road until Phulawasipata (4.840 m.a.s.l.), from where we start hiking to the rainbow mountain, we get to the summit at around 7 am when the sun is coming up, the hike itself at the beginning is gently uphill and the last part a bit steep. It takes 1.5 hours to get to the summit and you will be rewarded with 360 stunning views of the mountain before all the tourist arrives.

Our guide will give you enough time and take care of everybody if someone has problems with the altitude; also he will explain to you all about this mountain and take you great pictures. Next, he will lead you to the red valley on the way back. The red valley is on the right side of the Vinicunca rainbow mountain; it takes 30 minutes to walk there; it is much less traveled and is even much more impressive than the rainbow mountain because you will feel like walking on Mars due that there are lots of red mountains.

Subsequently, we hike down to the starting point of the hike; we will see people hiking up while we went down already; going down is much easier than going up. In less than 1 hour we will be at the bus station to take our transport back to Cusco. There is a stop for lunch in Cusipata. We stop at the same restaurant to have lunch (good and tasty traditional buffet lunch), there will be toilet facilities. Afterward, we go back to the city of Cusco and drop you off at the main gate of your hotel.

The arrival time will be around 3 pm.

Maximum Altitude: 5,038 m / 16,528 ft.
Food: Breakfast & lunch.
Distance of walking: 06 Km / 3.72 miles.
Highlights: Spectacular views of the Vinicunca, Ausangate Mountain, we beat the crowds!.


Price Includes for Rainbow Mountain Trek by Cusipata:

  • Pre orientation one night before your departure (Hotel / Office).
  • Pick up / Drop off hotel Cusco.
  • Roundtrip transportation.
  • Professional guide with Spanish / English / Quechua speaking.
  • Second guide for groups with over 12 people.
  • Local food (1 breakfast, 1 lunch) prepared by a restaurant.
  • Vegetarian food without additional cost.
  • First aid kit and oxygen tank.

Price Excludes for Rainbow Mountain Trek by Cusipata:

  • Entrance ticket to Vinicunca (10.00 Soles).
  • Entrance ticket to Red Valley (15.00 Soles).
  • Other meals not mentioned.
  • Extra expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Tips (optional).

Items to bring for Rainbow Mountain Trek by Cusipata:

  • Travel insurance.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Poncho for the rain.
  • Warm clothes.
  • Camera and batteries.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (chocolates, raw fruits).
  • Your own first aid kit with special medications you could use.
  • Enough money for snacks, tips, and gifts.
  • Enthusiastic and adventurous spirit to enjoy your walk.

Would you like Rainbow Mountain Trek by Cusipata 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 Rainbow Mountain Trek by Cusipata private service, includes additional items such as:

  • Master Chef.
  • Dining equipment, including portable chairs and tables.
  • Sabor the Peruvian cuisine. (You will savor the Peruvian cuisine, which our master chef will prepare.)
  • An extra horse for any emergency.
  • Ticket to Vinicunca rainbow mountain.
  • 01 pair of walking sticks per person.
  • Private transportation is just for you.
  • Professional guide to Palccoyo mountain to explore the time you want and of course, we increase the salary for our team.


We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.

We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.

We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.


(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)

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(Group Size: 02 Min - 08ppl Max)

Per Person


(Group Size: Upon Request)

Per Person



Where is Vinicunca Rainbow mountain?
The rainbow mountain of Vinicunca is located in the mountain range of Vilcanota, at 5,038 m.a.s.l, in the district of Pitumarca in the community of Pampachiri and at 29 km of Pitumarca in Cusco.

Are there toilet facilities in Rainbow Mountain?
Yes, at the beginning of the walk, you will find public baths that cost S/.1 Sol.

What if I suffer from altitude sickness?
Our tour guide is professional; he will treat you accordingly with the oxygen tank; we always provide an oxygen tank for this tour.

When is the best time to go to Vinicunca Mountain?
Best season: Dry season (May to October)

What is Vinicunca?
Vinicunca is where the mountain of 7 colors is; recently, it was made known to everyone, and since then, it has received thousands of visitors.

Why Huaynas Expeditions?
  • High quality services
  • Best price guarantee!
  • Local 100% Peruvian Tour operator (Based in Cusco).
  • We Never Pass you onto another operator.
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed!
  • TripAdvisor recommended!
9 Reviews
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Eiko Tomokiyo

Couple Traveller

Fantastic experience but tough to those who are not good at altitude like me. I used a horse to go up to half way for 60 solos, which was helpful. Early start is worth it as not many people around but FREEZING!

February 9, 2022

John Atkinson

Couple Traveller

breathtaking nature. literally. it’s a high altitude walk. take care. be prepared and you Will be really pleased with the beauty of it.

July 22, 2019

Bronwyn Planck

Solo Traveller

The climb was so worth it!!! It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Prepare well for the altitude but it is a must visit!

June 12, 2019

Monique Roberts

Couple Traveller

Beautiful view! Must bring poncho very likely to experience snow or hail. I would strongly suggest riding the horse only 60 soles each way

September 1, 2018

Jaquelin Jara

Solo Traveller

It’s so beautiful I don’t have words to describe that

August 8, 2018
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