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Visit and camp at high mountain lakes

Trek through the natural colours of the rarely visited Rainbow Mountain



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This specially designed multi-day tour is exclusive to Guiding Peru. This 3 day trek is a great option for those wishing to hike into Rainbow Mountain without the crowds. As the only company that travels through this amazing landscape located in the Santa Elena communities, along the highland full of lakes of brilliant colors with amazing views of glaciers our group arrives to Rainbow Mountain alone, allowing for the best photos and to enjoy the scenery in solitude on the last day of this adventure.

Tour Price

Pricing: $550.00/person (2 person minimum)

Rainbow Mountain Tour

Tour Details

*One day before the trek: Guide briefing in your hotel lobby. Time to be determined at time of booking.


  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Highest Elevation: 13600ft
  • Campsite elevation:13120ft
  • Distance to walk: 10 km
  • Approximate walking time: 4-5 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: moderate
  • Area: Dry mountain cold, windy

Early in the morning our staff will pick you up from your hotel lobby to start our adventure. The journey by private van will be about 2.45 hours until we reach the starting point of the hike, located in a little community called Huayllasca (12704ft). Upon arriving, our chef will prepare a delicious breakfast and we will introduce you to all our staff: guide, cooks, horseman, and horses.

After breakfast, we will begin hiking uphill for about 1 hour which is the challenging part of today. We will reach the summit of Mount Apachetas (13600ft). Here the guide will share with you some of the local traditions such as making a little gift for the mountains that will be our protector during our journey. We will then we go along a gradual path with amazing views of mountains, alpacas, llamas, vicuñas, and, if lucky, the amazing Condor. After the summit, we hike for about 3.30 hours along 3 beautiful lakes called Ccomercocha until Santa Elena Cocha which will be our first campsite. Lunch time today will be dependent on the speed of the group. We can choose to have lunch at one of the first lakes or wait until Santa Elena,the last lake, and stay for the rest of the afternoon and evening. Tonight is a lovely night to enjoy the Cusco sky, have dinner near the lake and go to sleep.


  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Highest Elevation: 13600ft
  • Campsite elevation: 13440ft
  • Distance to walk: 17 – 18 km
  • Approximate walking time: 7-8 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: moderate
  • Area: Dry mountain cold, windy

Wake up time will be 5:30am. We will have a hearty breakfast and start to hike the longest day of the journey. The morning trail is nice and flat along the normal habitat of the vicuñas. We will hike for about four hours reaching a secluded spot for lunch. After lunch we will  enjoy stunning scenery around the lakes. The first lake we will pass through is call Acoyara which is a completely black lake located over (12800ft) After 3 hours of hiking along an almost flat trail, we will rich our campsite located near one of the most beautiful lakes caledl Huampo (13440ft.). Tonight will be another cold night, and our staff will have hot drinks waiting for us , a nourishing dinner and bags of hot water for us to have in our sleeping bags.


  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Highest Elevation:16224 ft
  • Distance to walk: 14 km
  • Approximate walking time: 5 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: challenging
  • Area: Dry mountain cold, windy

The third day will be another early start to beat the crowds at the famous Rainbow Mountain. Today we will hike for 2:40 hours to reach the top of Rainbow Mountain, elevation 16224 ft. The climb is mostly gradual, uphill, with some steepness in a couple of sections. This will be the hardest climb of the trek. At the top it is normally windy. We will spend about 40 min at the summit taking pictures and enjoying the views. We will begin our descent taking the other site of the mountain until reaching the starting point of the hikers doing the one day option. It is about 2 hours of descent until the little community called Quesiunu located at (13248ft). We will have lunch in Quesiunu and then take our private transport back to Cusco for approximately 3 hours, arriving to your hotel in Cusco about 4:00pm.

When to Travel

  • High Season (June – August): Dry season in the Andean highlands. Best time for dry conditions for hiking in the Sacred Valley and on Inca Trail.
  • Shoulder Season (September-November and March-May): Occasional rainstorms Trails are less crowded, making for ideal visits with more solitude.
  • Low Season (December to February): Rainy season. Expect persistent daily rains.
  • The Inca Trail is closed in February for trail maintenance and campsite clean up.

Suggested Packing List

  • Original passport.
  • ISIC international student card if applicable.
  • Day pack to carry your personal items
  • Comfortable trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperatures
  • Thermal underwear for cold conditions
  • Gloves or mittens, wool socks, beanie for cold conditions
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort
  • Personal medications
  • Flash light, head lamp and extra batteries
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Sun hat, Sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Rain jacket/pants or high quality rain poncho
  • Personal Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelette
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles

What’s Included

  • Local Indigenous Guide with expert knowledge of the area and its customs.
  • Assistant guide (depending on the number of guests)
  • Pre trek briefing with lead guide
  • Professional chef-prepared meals
  • Purified daily drinking water
  • Large 4 man tents (shared by 2 guests)
  • Toilet tent, Kitchen tent, Dining tent
  • Private hot shower tent
  • Cooks, assistants, porters, horseman
  • Tables and chairs
  • Pack horses (to carry the tents, food, cooking equipment, and all your personal belonging 8kilos per person)
  • Entrance tickets
  • Private van transport
  • Emergency riding horse
  • First-aid kit and oxygen
  • Duffel bag
  • Hiking poles
  • Sleeping bag, pillow, air mattress
  • Radio communications


  • Alcohol
  • Solo fee – private tent ($35.00)
  • Tip