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Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley Trek 2D/1N

Rainbow Mountain Hike

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes Mother Nature produces a display of color so vibrant and varied, that it seems almost implausible that it could have occurred naturally. Yet as your eyes fall upon the beauty of Peru´s Rainbow Mountain, you are quite literally looking at millions of years of geological history and a natural wonder seen almost nowhere else on Earth.

Hiking through the Red Valley, surrounded by majestic snow capped peaks and stunningly beautiful hillsides, you will feel the peace, tranquility and solitude of this lesser known trail. At times our only company will be the curious Alpacas, Llamas and Vicuñas that we see along the way. As the trail takes us through remote Andean villages, you will pass the villagers and herders going about their wonderfully simple lives.

The night skies in the Andes truly have to be seen to be believed, and you will be mesmerized by the display of shooting stars and constellations as you rest overnight in our remote campsite. You will arrive at camp to find your high quality tent already pitched (complete with mattress and pillow), your gear in place, and your crew preparing a sumptuous dinner. After a well-earned night’s sleep you will be woken at dawn with a cup of steaming hot fresh coffee or tea and hot water to wash with, before sitting down for a nutritious and energizing breakfast. All you need for the days hiking ahead.

A challenging but incredibly rewarding 2 day hike, your Action Treks Peru team will be with you at all times, whether guiding and providing commentary on this unique area, cooking you the most sumptuous meals or preparing your comfortable campsite.

So why not take some time out from the tourist traps of Cusco, and join us on this inspiring and memorable trek to one of Mother Nature’s true wonders.

  • Overview

    • Day 1: Cusco – Pitumarca – Quesiuno – Pampa Alcataury – Anantapata – Surine Cocha
    • Day 2: SURINE COCHA – VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – RED VALLEY – LABRAMANI

    Overall trek distance: 28 km / 17.3 miles

    Starting altitude: 4,380 m / 14,370 ft

    Maximum altitude: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft

    Overall trek difficulty: Challenging

    Pre-trek briefing:

    Our guide will provide you with a pre-trek briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before we depart. Whilst we always aim to provide as much information as possible, this also gives you the opportunity to ask questions about the trek, your crew or the areas we’ll be visiting.

  • Day 01: Cusco – Pitumarca – Quesiuno – Pampa Alcataury – Anantapata – Surine Cocha

    The days start early with Action Treks Peru, and we will pick you up from your Cusco hotel at 4:00am before taking a 3 hour drive to the trailhead (Pampa Alcataury). Don’t worry, our vans are comfortable and we will provide blankets in case you want to continue sleeping!

    As we make final preparations to our trekking gear your incredible chef will be preparing a delicious, nutritious breakfast to give you all the energy you need for the trekking ahead. Over breakfast your guide will spend some time talking through the day’s itinerary along with any safety tips.

    We begin our adventure from the lush, green valley floor, surrounded by views of the stunning mount Ausangate. You will also pass numerous Llama farms and remote Andean villages, observing first-hand the simplicity of the lifestyle of the villagers.

    We take a steep 2 hour ascent to the first pass of the trek; Puccacocha (4,930 m / 16,170 ft.). Sitting just above the crystal blue Puccacocha Lake the views from the pass are spectacular. With the majestic Ausangate Mountain directly in front of you, you will witness first-hand this beautiful, active glacier crashing into the lake below.

    After enjoying the views at the pass we take a 2 hour undulating trail to Anantapata where we will stop for lunch. Prepare to be amazed at the culinary wonders your chef can create in a small tent on the side of a mountain, as you refuel for the remainder of the day’s hike.

    After lunch and a rest we continue hiking for another 3 hours until we arrive at the highest point of our trek, Minasniyuc pass (5,025 m / 16,486 ft.) Have your cameras at the ready, as from here we will have our first views of the Vinicunca ‘Rainbow’ mountain in the distance.

    We now make a short descent for 40 minutes to our camp for the night at Lake Surine Cocha. Where your support team will have setup camp before we arrive, and after settling in we will enjoy a sumptuous dinner surrounded by this unique landscape in the heart of the Andes. The temperatures at night can be very cold, so make sure you bring layers of clothing and that your sleeping bag is up to it! Your reward will be an unforgettable night sky full of constellations and shooting stars. Your team will be keeping you warm with supplies of hot cocoa tea or coffee before you retire to your tent for a well-earned night’s sleep.

    • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Snacks
    • Lowest Elevation: 4,380 m / 14,370 ft.
    • Highest Elevation: 5,025 m / 16,486 ft.
    • Distance to walk: 14 km / 8.6 miles
    • Approximate walking time: 8 to 9 hours
    • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

    Day 2: Surine Cocha – Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain – Red Valley – Lambrani

    You will be woken early with a gentle tap on your tent, and a steaming hot cup of coca tea or coffee. Then, fully refreshed after a hearty breakfast, we set off for our ascent to Rainbow Mountain and the lesser known (but equally spectacular!) Red Valley.

    The day begins with a short but steep 45 minute ascent to the Rainbow Mountain lookout point. Here, you will have time to explore on your own, take photos and soak in the spectacular views, not only of Rainbow Mountain, but also of Ausangate and the other Andean peaks that dominate the area.

    We then begin our hike to the spectacular Red Valley. As mentioned, this is a lesser known, lesser travelled area and you will be amazed not only by the beauty, but also by the tranquility. It is a short 25 minute trail to reach the Red Valley lookout point from where we will have views right across the valley.

    Finally we take a 4 hour descent passing more Llama farms and villages. We may even spot some vicuñas which are the only non-domesticated animals seen in Peru since pre Inca times. Our hike ends at Labramany (4,250 m / 13,943 ft.) where we will enjoy a final delicious lunch before our bus journey back to Cusco, arriving at your hotel in the early evening.

    • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Snacks
    • Lowest Elevation: 4,250 m / 13,943 ft
    • Highest Elevation: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
    • Distance to walk: 14 km / 8.6 miles
    • Approximate walking time: 4 to 6 hours (5 hours up)
    • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

    Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or other events which are beyond our control. At Action Treks Peru we will always do our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible.

  • Services Included:

    • Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
    • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
    • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Pampa Alcataury and return transportation with hotel drop off
    • Four-person tent for every 2 people.
    • Inflatable Mattress and pillow
    • Kitchen tent
    • Dining tent with tables and chairs
    • Toilet tent and portable toilet
    • Professional Chef and assistant chef
    • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.)
    • Horse to transport 8 kg of your personal gear
    • Duffle bag for your personal gear
    • Two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner
    • Hot water for washing
    • Boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
    • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.

    Services Not Included:

    • Sleeping bag – you can rent one from us
    • Trekking poles – you can rent them from us
    • Tips for the crew (guide, chef, wranglers)
    • Travel /Health  / Emergency insurance

    What to bring:

    • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
    • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
    • Clothes (warm/winter jacket, rain pants, hiking boots, poncho, winter hat, gloves)
    • Water
    • Snacks
    • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
    • Sun block, factor 35+ recommended
    • Head lamp
    • Sunglasses and sun hat
    • Camera with spare batteries – batteries run down faster at high altitudes
    • Binoculars
    • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us), must have rubber tips

  • Group Service

    • US $350 per Person

    Private Service

    • US $400 per Person

    Rentals

    • Hiking poles – US $10.00 (pair)
    • Sleeping bag – US $10.00

    Upgrades

    • Private tent – US $15

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