This is a breathtaking full day trek in the Vilcanota´s mountain range, on a route we call “the rainbow mountain” located close to the highest and most sacred mountain in southern Peru Ausangate Mountain (6,377mts). This “Apu” is the best about Life and The Guardian of one of the most pristine mountain ecosystems in the world. Our trek will be accompanied by snowcapped peaks, herds of lamas, glaciers and horses that will carry our gear, and are owned by shepherds of the community of Chillca, who are proud to share their land with us, as well as the Spirit of their inspiring world. This trek offers a selection of wildlife including soaring condors, vicuñas, bobcats and pumas. The colorful sandstone mountains in the Vinicunca area is probably one of the coolest things you’ll see in Peru.
- Pick up from your hotel and transfer to train-head.
- 4 hours of Hiking through the most isolated communities, having the opportunity to interact with them
- Enjoy the amazing views of glaciers, valleys and the most natural colorful rainbow mountain.
- Late afternoon, we take our van back to Cusco
- Daily Departures: From 3:30 a.m. to 7:00 pm approx.
- Meals: breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinking water
- Walking distance: 15 km
- Highest elevation: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft.
- Weather: Dry / cold
- Considered: Moderate
We will pick you up from your hotel at 3:30am, and then we will begin our amazing full day adventure. We will drive 3.5 hours in our private van through the South Valley until arrive to the trailhead at Quesiuno (4,326 m / 14,189 ft.). A long the way there are amazing views of farming Inca terraces, canyons and nice Rocky Mountains.
Once we reach the trailhead, we will take a light breakfast that will be provided by our company and then we will start hiking up a moderate climb following a lovely stream. You will be immediately surprised by 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 people who are still keeping the culture alive.
After a total hike of approximately 3.5 hours, we will finally reach our destination, what we came to see Vinicunca the Rainbow Mountain (5,020 m / 16,466 ft.). After getting over the shock of their beauty, you will have time to take pictures and soak in the environment. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top. After celebrate having completed, it is time to go back down. We hike downhill the way we came. The hike will take 2.5 hours until get back to our starting point, where will have a lunch prepared for our chef. After lunch, we will embark on the 3 hour drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel. Approximate arrival time is between 6 and 7 PM.
- Information from your guide the night before your departure.
- Pick up from your hotel on your departure.
- Private transportation with a nice views to Quesiuno ( trail head )
- The first breakfast on the way
- Box lunch and snacks
- English speaking tour guide.
- Horse men and their assistants.
- Two emergency horses in case you get tired or you want to try to ride.
- Entrance fee to access to the mountain area
- Lunch in Pitumarca
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Vegetarian/special diet options available
- Some help for the local people and the kids.
- Private transportation to back to Cusco
- Taxes included
- Walking sticks
- Horseback available upon request – $30usd
- Water: please bring 2 liters per person
- Voluntary Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide (Every DESTINY PERU staff receive a fair and decent payment immediately after they end the trip. Tips are optional but of great appreciation for them – according to your wish)
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO TAKE
- Good day back pack.
- Copy of your passport.
- Good hiking gear like hiking boots, Scarf, Polar or thermal clothing , gloves, hat warm fleece and Wool socks.
- Waterproof pants and Warm jacket
- Long sleeved shirts and sweater
- rain poncho
- Sun hat
- Sun protection cream
- Personal medication
- Camera and films
- Walking sticks.
- EXTRA MONEY FOR SOUVENIRS, DRINKS & TIPS.
Little presents for kids of communities along the trail such as school supplies, second hand clothes
Places to Stay
|Number of Paxs||2 persons||3 persons||4 persons||+5 persons|
|Prices per person||USD 170||USD 160||USD 150||USD 140|
If you are a group more than 8 people let us know, we can make a special price.
If you need a Hotel in Cusco, just let us know when you plan to stay and we’ll do the rest. We can also include the transport “Airport – Hotel – Airport” in Cusco the days of arrival and departure by an additional $ 10.00 per person.
Weather in the Andes can be unpredictable ranging from hot and sunny to rain, wind and cold. Hikers should be prepared with proper gear and be ready for variable weather conditions throughout the day. Small changes in the itinerary are a possibility as well as trip cancellations due to bad weather. We reserve the right to cancel a trip if we feel conditions are unsafe. If this happens you will be refunded your deposit in full (see full Terms & Conditions), however trips still go out when there is rain, snow or fog. Temperatures can range from 0 degrees celcius in the morning to 15 degrees celcius in the afternoon. The sun does get intense in the afternoon and we highly recommend bringing sun protection.
As you embark a trip of lifetime, we want to make sure you are fully prepared. Our treks are challenging and often take place in rugged and isolated terrain. Hikers should be reasonably fit and healthy. Remember you are trekking at high elevation(anywhere between 4200m (14,000ft) and 5100m (17,000ft), you should be rested up to start this journey. We highly recommend spending at least two to three days in cusco or similar elevation to acclimatize prior to your trek, and drink plenty of water while in elevation. If you are corcerned with the altitude or have never trekked in high altitude before please consult your doctor for proper advice to prevent altitud sickness.
Items to bring*
Small presents for kids of villages along the trail such as school supplies, second hand clothes, etc. (Please no candies!)