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, vicunas, bobcats and pumas. When you reach the Rainbow Mountain you will be amazed by the natural colors of the colourful sandstone mountains in the Vinicunca area. It is probably the coolest thing you will see in Peru.
On the first day of your Rainbow mountain adventure, we will pick you up at your hotel at 4:00am and drive 3 hours towards the trailhead. While packing up our gear, our chef will be preparing a hot breakfast to get fueled up for the hike ahead. Our guides 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. There, you will see hundreds of alpacas, local farmers, and the beautiful Ausangate Mountain looming in the distance. This is only a teaser for what is to come on your journey.
As you continue making your way along the trail, we will conquer the first pass of the trek, Pucacocha pass. At around (4,876m/16,000 ft), the pass sits just above Pucacocha Lake and the massive Ausangate Mountain is directly in front of you. After a successful climb, we will stop around noon to eat lunch and recharge our bodies for the remainder of the trek.
Our destination for the night is Anata, where we will 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 conversation 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.
Today, we will get to see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain! We will wake you up bright and early between 4am and 5am with coca tea delivered to your tent and serve a 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 soaking in the amazing 360-degree views of the surrounding area and explore the mountain itself. Take some time for yourself and enjoy the beauty of nature. 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.
The Rainbow Mountain Trek 2 days it’s available on any date that it’s best for you as long as we have a minimum of 2 trekkers.
***This price includes an extra porter who 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.
Glamping Peru Treks is a family owned direct local tour operator based in Cusco with personal experience over many years of trekking. Glamping Peru Treks is a 1oo% Cusquenian Company without any shareholders.
Our dream as a locally based company is to create small personalized tours & treks strictly and only operated by local professional staff catering in PERSONALIZED and HIGH QUALITY SERVICE.
We take pride in having a reputation as being a RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator. Our staff are like extended family. We ensure they are supported financially by paying them a good wage. We are proud of our team without them we wouldn’t give the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients.
In an effort to provide a more personalized service to our passengers, we, at Glamping Peru Treks have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.
We are very proud of our guides! Highly professional, speaking fluent English, very knowledgeable, passionate about Inca heritage and history, dedicated to a steady personal development, learning to ensure that you receive accurate and recognized theories in Inca and Andean culture. Fun loving, great sportsmen and well educated crew as well as holding degrees in Archaeology, Botany, History or Anthropology. Some of them are great entertainers and the best “Salsa Dancers” this side of Machu Picchu.
Trekking 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 make sure that you get the best experience for your holiday in Peru, while you interact with the locals, explore fantastic sites and re-discover remote ancient Inca towns. Our porters will carry your gear, prepare your meals, set up your tents by avoiding crowded campsites and take care of you while you sit back and relax.
We provide the following items to our porters for free: Jacket, sun hat, warm hat, t-shirt, pants, hiking boots, comfortable duffel bags, canteen and girdle for protecting their spine, sleeping bags, mattresses and travel insurance. All of our porters are hired from isolated communities and are given the opportunity to work with our company, in regards, to better their economic circumstances as well as getting help for their childrens’ education! We, Glamping Peru Treks, ensure that all of our porters are treated like family!
The food on the Rainbow Mountain Trek has been highlighted by all our clients they say “that it was better than in the restaurant’s. “Delicious and abundant gourmet style meals, Peruvian and International Cuisine are prepared by our professional and dedicated cooks from a mixture of local and exotic produce. If you are vegetarian or have food allergies of any kind, we can cater our meal to adjust to your needs.
Glamping Peru Treks honours any food restrictions and special diets such a vegetarian or vegan!
Our team (Guides, Cooks, Porters, Cowboys) and our equipment are what really makes Glamping Peru Treks stand out from all the competitors…. For all our adventures we hike we include the following items:
Glamping Peru Treks has always believed that we should “give back” to the communities, we passby when on our treks. Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many social projects and hire locally.
Glamping Peru Treks is so proud to be able to support these beautiful people, not only employing them work but also to keep things at grassroots, to share in their homes and with their families. This makes us happy to have this holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!
A beautiful reflection of our attitude in everything we do, is making life richer and more meaningful for all involved.
“Please read carefully the following information; it will help with your questions about our services and the Rainbow Mountain Trek”
You will be greeted at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to trek´s start. Look out for our representative holding an orange board of Glamping Peru Treks at the arrival terminal.
It will take place the night before the trek at 6pm, at our office, which is located at Calle Santa Teresa Nº383 ; 303 (second floor) we are next to SUBWAY restaurant.
Of course! During the Rainbow Mountain Trek, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are for free.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, train tickets without the following information:
SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.
It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately, the answer is generally No. With alternative treks we may be able to change dates for a fee depending on what has been already purchased. Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date.
*** If you cancel your Trek, the deposit is not refundable at all!
Yes for sure! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your trek, other entrances and reservations. The train company will also check your passport before allowing you to board the train. In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 USD per person.We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.
If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to be to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter, Machu Picchu or get on the train. They are very strict about this here!!
The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. BUT you will have many different seasons as you pass through the numerous microclimates and will depend on the location. We highly recommend you bring some warm clothes and good rain gear in your day backpack.
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.
The recommended remedies for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN IF NEEDED; our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness. For more detailed information on Altitude Sickness click this link: Altitude Sickness.
The maximum group size is 8 persons. Our groups are between 2-6 persons. Glamping Peru Treks specializes in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provides a personalized service.
The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFEL BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/14p. Your team of porters will carry your duffle bag for you, together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware, that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually a 30 to 50L backpack is sufficient.
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. This trek is from moderate to difficult level.
It has been highlighted by most of our clients, especially by our female trekkers ,who want a private, clean and sanitary toilet!! Glamping Peru Treks toilet 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. Our toilet is always set up 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 government.
In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, Glamping Peru Treks will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.
Absolutely!! Included in the package and on the last day we will drop you at your hotel! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Glamping Peru Treks destinations. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you feel it, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
Yes, we are 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 local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.
As a Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.
We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40L for hiking in the day. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.