The trek is classified as grade C which means the trek is fairly long and many sections are at high altitude (5,000 mtrs or +16,000ft). We strongly recommend you have spent at least 3 days in Cusco or at a similar altitude immediately prior to undertaking this trek to acclimatise.
This trek is not suited to first timers. If you are a strong walker and have completed some moderate treks prior to this then you should be fine. You’ll need a good level of fitness and stamina as you’ll be trekking over many steep sections.
Hey – this is the mountains and they can produce their own weather. Even 500 metres in height changes can bring about different weather patterns. In the higher regions weather can get quite rough and blizzards are certainly not uncommon.
All this in One day?
Yes it is possible.
This one day trek to the Rainbow Mountains of Peru will be a tough trek so you need to be fit for this one. A very early start and a fast pace are required if you are to pack all this in in just one day. Our experienced guides will show you the way but this is definitely not a trek for the faint hearted!
You will rise through altitude quickly so climatising in Cusco or at high altitude elsewhere for a few days is a definite recommendation.
The high altitude (5,000 meters) can bring it’s own weather too and blizzards are not uncommon so be prepared for all weathers.
Your day starts in Cusco where you are picked up at 4am for a 3 hour trip via private car or minibus to the start of the trail at Quesiuno. There we will have our breakfast at a local Family House and then this is where the trek starts.
We set off uphill along side a babbling mountain stream and herds of alpaca into the next valley.
Here, weather permitting, you may get your first glimpse of our target – Rainbow Mountain!
The trek up to the mountain will take around 3 hours from here depending on your fitness level.
Up on top, we will take a well deserved break and have some snacks. This is also your opportunity to catch your breath and to enjoy the stunning views. This is where you will be so glad your brought your camera!
After this we will set of on the trek back down to the trailhead (about 2 hours). This part of the trek you will find much easier. Back in the mountain community you will have lunch at Family House and take a bit more time to relax.
The driver and our private vehicle are waiting to take you back to Cusco (3hr) for a drop off at your hotel arriving around 7pm.
You will likely be exhausted but will go to bed with a big smile on your face knowing you have completed one of the hardest treks in Peru!