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Rainbow Mountain 2 Day Trek

Overview

Glamping Peru Treks will take you on a trek through a landscape unlike anything else in Peru! The wide open spaces and brightly colored sands look more like Mars than like the lush jungle that you will see around Machu Picchu. As you hike through some isolated communities, you may interact with the local people who are still keeping the Inca culture alive! You will see herds of llamas, alpacas and sheep with their shepherds and a selection of wildlife including soaring condors and caracara falcons. When you reach the Rainbow Mountain you will be amazed by the natural colors of the colourful sandstone mountains in the Vinicunca area!
from $497 USD per Traveller
  • Max. Altitude: 5200 m.s.n.m
  • Group Size: 8 m.s.n.m
  • Physical Level: 2
  • Activities: Trekking, Culture and adventure
Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO-QUESIUNO-ANATA

On the first day of your Rainbow Mountain adventure, we will pick you up at your Cusco hotel at 6:00am and drive 3 hours to the trailhead. Once here, you have time to sort your duffel to hand over to the packhorses while our chef prepares a gourmet hot breakfast to get you fueled up for the hike ahead. Your guide will go over the itinerary for the day and safety tips to ensure you are fully prepared for the next two days. The trek begins in a large green valley. You get to see hundreds of alpacas, local farmers, and the beautiful Ausangate Mountain looming in the distance. This is only a teaser for whats to come on your journey!

As you continue making your way along the trail, we will conquer the first pass of the trek, the Pucacocha Pass. At 4,876m/16,000 ft, the pass sits just above Pucacocha Lake. You will be mesmerized by the massive Ausangate Mountain directly in front of you. At this altitude, it will seem as if you could reach out and touch it! After a successful climb, we stop around noon to eat a hearty and delicious lunch to recharge our bodies for the remainder of the trek.

Our destination for the night is Anata, where you get to enjoy a beautiful evening surrounded by jaw dropping landscape at the base of the Andes Mountains. As the sun sets, we set up the dining tent with chairs for the group to relax and enjoy hot drinks and appetizers while dinner is being prepared. This night, you will see an unforgettable night sky full of constellations, shooting stars, and keep yourself warm with coca tea. After dinner, endulge in a glass of sparkling wine or a beer to end off your day in the Andes. Sit back and learn from your knowleagable guide about the Inca constellations, as they were used for agricultural and sacred purposes.

  • Accommodation: Glamping Facilities
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Distance: 14km/ 8.7 miles
  • Elevation: 4,200m-5,000m
  • Hiking time: 5-6 hours

DAY 2: ANATA – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN- CUSCO

Today, we will get to see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain! We will wake you up bright and early with a hot cup of coffee or tea delivered to your tent. Enjoy your hot drink in your sleeping bag before getting up for another delictable and hearty breakfast to fuel up for your final climb to Vinicunca (better known as Rainbow Mountain). Upon arrival, you can take all the time you want to soak in the amazing 360-degree views of the surrounding area and to explore the mountain itself. The trek downhill will only take about three hours, after which, we will celebrate a successful journey and enjoy lunch before departing back to Cusco. Arrival time back in Cusco will depend on how long you want to spend at Rainbow Mountain but typically we get back around 5pm or 6pm and drop you off at your hotel.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch
  • Distance: 18km/ 11 miles
  • Elevation: 5,000m-,5200m-4,200m
  • Hiking time: 6-7 hours

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED ON THE 2 DAY RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK?

  • Pickup from your hotel
  • Private transport from Cusco to the trailhead and back to Cusco
  • Professional, English speaking, experienced in trekking guide
  • Comfortable four-person tents for each two people
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (request prior trek for any special dietary restrictions)
  • All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen and toilet tent
  • Tent for our staff
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen
  • Air mattresses
  • 7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes and sleeping bag will be carried by our mules
  • Boiled water for drinking
  • shower

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK 2 DAYS?

  • Sleeping bag adequate for the temperature of minus 10°C
  • Trekking poles
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters of GLAMPING PERU TREKS

Price

The Rainbow Mountain Trek 2 days is available on any date that is best for you as long  as we have a minimum of 2 trekkers.

PRICE $497 USD per person

***This price includes an extra pack horse which will carry your belongings up to 7 kgs/15 lbs, we will provide you a duffel bag, in which, you can put your things in.

EXTRAS

  • Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)

ADDED VALUES  FOR FREE

  • TRANSFER – from the airport to hotel (Cusco only)
  • DUFFEL BAG AND PLASTIC BAGS – for personal items
  • BOILED WATER is provided at each meal
  • OXYGEN TANK will be available along the trek
  • SMALL PILLOW

Why Glamping Treks

WHY CHOOSE GLAMPING PERU TREKS

Glamping Peru Treks is a family-owned direct local tour operator based in Cusco with personal experience from over many years of trekking.  Glamping Peru Treks is a 100% Cusqueñian Company without any shareholders.

Our dream as a locally based company is to create small personalized tours & treks strictly operated by local professional staff catering in PERSONALIZED and HIGH-QUALITY SERVICE.  

We take pride in our reputation as a RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator. Our staff are like extended family! We support them financially by paying them a good wage. We are so proud of our team, without them we wouldn’t give the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients

SMALL GROUPS

In an effort to provide a more personalized service to our passengers, Glamping Peru Treks has a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.

OUR TOUR GUIDES

We are proud of our guides! Highly professional and fluent in English. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about Inca heritage and history.  Our guides dedicate themselves to continuous professional development, learning to ensure that you receive accurate and recognized theories about Inca and Andean culture. They are fun loving, great sportsmen and well–educated, they hold a degree in at least one of the following: Archaeology, Tourism, Botany, History or Anthropology.

OUR PORTERS

Trekking 2 days to Rainbow Mountain with Glamping Peru Treks is a life changing experience with a fully portered trek, where your comfort and enjoyment are our first priority! We work hard to make sure you have the best holiday experience in Peru, while you interact with the locals, explore fantastic sites and re-discover remote ancient Inca towns. Our pack horses will carry your gear and your horsemen will set up your camp and tents, avoiding crowded campsites. They will take good care of you while you sit back and relax.

We provide the following  items to our horsemen and porters for free: Jacket, sun hat, warm hat, t-shirt, pants, hiking boots, canteen, comfortable backpacks, girdle for protecting their spine, sleeping bags, mattresses and travel insurance. We hire all our horsemen and porters from isolated communities and give them the opportunity to work with our company for a fair wage. This support helps them to better their economic circumstances as well as help their children obtain an education!  We at Glamping Peru Treks, ensure that all of our employees are treated like family!

OUR COOKS 

The food prepared by our chefs is always well recieved. Its delicious, abudant and gourmet. Our dedicated chefs prepare a blend of Peruvian and International cuisine from a mixture of local and exotic ingredients. If you have any dietery restrictions or food allergies of any kind, we can cater to your needs! GPT trains all its staff in the strictest hygiene protocols for trekking.

Glamping Peru Treks caters to any food restrictions or special diets such as vegetarian or vegan!

OUR EQUIPMENT

Our team (guides, cooks, porters, horsemen) and our equipment are what really makes Glamping Peru Treks stand out from all the competition. For all our adventures hikes we include the following items:

  • OUR TENTS: Enjoy a good night’s sleep in our 4 season EUREKA Timberline tents. All our tents are 4 person tents, but ONLY sleep 2, leaving lots of room to spread out comfortably and store your duffel bags. They also include a little vestibule in front, giving you some extra outdoor space to leave your boots and walking sticks so you don’t have to bring in dirt.
  • AIR MATTRESSES: They are used to separate and insulate you from the ground. They are all big and thick.
    OUR KITCHEN & DINING TENTS: The dining tent is used as our meeting room at meal time. It’s a place to enjoy our meals and the company of fellow trekkers.
  • OUR TABLES & CHAIRS: The interior of the dining room includes tables and chairs with two doors on each side, which are adaptable to weather conditions.
  • DUFFLE BAGS: Will be provided at briefing time the night before the trek.
  • MORE: Pillows, backpack, rain covers, survivor t-shirts, hot shower and the biochemical camping toilet, are provided on trek.

OUR SERVICE PROJECTS

Glamping Peru Treks has always believed that we should give back to the isolated communities we pass on our treks. Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many service projects and hire locally.

GLAMPING Peru Treks is proud to be able to support our local people, not only in hiring them but also to bring us back to our grassroots. We get personally involved  in our community  outreach programs. Our community outreach programs include sharing our knowledge of  the industry, sponsoring trips to Machu Picchu, food and supplies, as well as profit sharing with our employees families. We feel this holistic approach with our employees and their families is conducive to long term growth!

A beautiful reflection of our attitude in everything we do is making life richer and more meaningful for all involved.

Important Info

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please read the following information carefully. It will help with your questions about our services and the Rainbow Mountain Trek 2 days. 

THE BRIEFING

Your briefing will take place in the comfort of your hotel, the day before your trek.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE

Of course!During the Rainbow Mountain Trek 2 days, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, whichever is more convenient for you.

HOW TO BOOK THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK

FIRST, to book your Rainbow Mountain Trek 2 days, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase permits without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as it appears on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.O.B. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of $103.00 USD per person.  You can make your deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISAor PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

To avoid the excessive credit card fees in Peru, you can pay in cash at our office (we accept US dollars or Peruvian soles) in Cusco. We have many ATMs within the historical center to withdraw money.  You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but there is a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address glampingperutreks@gmail.com to complete the payment.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?

The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee.  You will have many different seasons as you pass through the numerous microclimates, each with its own unique weather systems. We highly recommend you bring some warm clothes and good rain gear in your day backpack.

WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS 

In general, if you exercise regularly and spend 2 to 3 days in Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley for acclimatization to the altitude, you may be just fine. It is important to note that the Rainbow Mountain trek is the highest altitude of all treks. Always consult your doctor at home before you travel internationally.

We recommend the following remedies for altitude sickness: WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN (when needed). Our guides are trained to treat you for altitude sickness. For more detailed information on altitude sickness click this link: Altitude Sickness.

IS THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK 2 DAYS DIFFICULT, DO I NEED TO BE FIT?

The trail is certainly not easy but you do not need to be an athlete or a trekking expert to complete it. Fitness is naturally important for the trek, and obviously the more fit you are the more you will enjoy the trail and the more chance you will have to take in the scenery and appreciate the Inca ruins dotted along the way. If you do not exercise regularly, it is advisable to do extra walking, hiking or some kind of aerobic activity in the months leading up to your trip.  The Rainbow Mountain Trek 2 days has a moderate to difficult level.

WHAT ABOUT TOILETS ON THE TREKS?

 Glamping Peru Treks  portable bathroom facilities have an individual tent and a camping toilet with a seat. Check out the picture, which illustrates how we set up our camping toilet on the trek by using this link: picture of toilet tent. We always set up our toilets a comfortable distance from our campsite.  At night, if you need to use the toilet, it is readily accessible and clean, unlike the dirty facilities supplied by the Peruvian government.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – the staff do appreciate it. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the tour.  It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Glamping Peru Treks destinations. Of course, you are free to tip what you feel is  appropriate, depending on your perception on the quality of service and the length of your tour. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service

ARE WE SUSTAINABLE? 

Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator! 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 local staff to know, understand and respect the places and the local people.

Packing Checklist

WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE WITH YOU

  • Original Passport (it has to be the same as the one used when booking your Rainbow Mountain trek 2 days)
  • Valid University card (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage:  2-3L (We encourage Camelbaks).
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from GPT)
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Toilet paper

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR DUFFLE BAG

As a Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and  INCLUDE an extra pack horse who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.

  • 1 t-shirts
  • at least 1 hiking pant
  • 2 sets of undergarments
  • 2 sets of hiking socks
  • Fleece/ Thermals, depending on the season
  • Warm clothes, down jacket, depending on the season
  • Warm gloves
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide a shower.
  • Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them.
  • Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us.

TOILETRIES

  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • Personl First aid kit

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK FOR THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK 2 DAYS?

We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 35L for hiking during the day. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.

  • Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot (bring your water bottles or Camelback). We will provide you with cold boiled water at every meal time.
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Wool hat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Snacks (chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits)
  • Rain plastic poncho
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips

Rainbow Mountain 2 Day Trek
From: $497

WHY BOOK A TRIP WITH US?

  • Expert guides

    All of our guides are experts in trekking and hold degrees related to tourism. They are passionate about their career and love to show others about their culture!

  • Small Groups & Big Adventures

    We specialize in providing our treks and tours with small groups. It helps create a more unique and personalized experience!

  • Our Experience

    We have more than 6 years experience, in providing high quality service. We are considered one of the few operators that most clients trust.

  • Fantastic meals

    All of our chefs prepare gourmet meals catering to different dietary needs. This sets us apart from other companies.

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  • Environmental Sensitivity

    As one of the few tour operators that dedicated itself to social responsibility. We are always looking for innovative ways of caring for our natural surroundings.

  • Camping Equipment

    Our camping equipment is top of the line being replaced when needed. Our camping equipment is available for rent as well.

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