Rainbow Mountain Llama Trek

Cusco, Peru
5.0 (2 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Towering, Glaciated Mountains
  • Stunning Alpine Lakes
  • Llamas!
  • Tour of Machu Picchu
  • High Mountain Lakes & Wildlife
  • Stunning Rainbow Mountain
  • High Elevation Trekking Through the Andes
  • Breathtaking Mountain Views

Description

Our Rainbow Mountain Llama Trek is the triple crown adventure of Peru trekking! It is one of the most special and memorable hikes in the world and is truly one not to be missed! It combines the uniqueness and cultural significance of Peruvian llama trekking with remote, high-altitude hiking in the Andes Mountains. Highlights of the trip include towering snow-capped peaks, high mountain passes (our high point is 16,437 feet!), mountain lakes, hot springs, amazing cultural immersion, the vibrant and other-worldly landscape colors of Rainbow Mountain, and of course a trip to the ancient Inca ruins at Machu Picchu.

This trek takes place south of Cusco, Peru adjacent to Mt. Ausangate, which was an “Apu” or sacred mountain to the Inca people. This trip is one of the best undiscovered treks in the world and provides solace from the larger crowds that inhabit more famous trails. Hiking through this vast and dramatic landscape in the heart of the Andes with the help of the iconic animal of the Inca, llamas, provides a well-rounded, culturally rich and awe-inspiring adventure in Peru.


Required Acclimatization Days

For guest safety, due to the high elevations of this trek (16,437′), it is required that you acclimatize (at 10,000 feet or greater) for a minimum of 2 nights prior to the trip start date. This can be accomplished simply by arriving in Cusco (11,152′) 2 days prior. Acclimatizing, being well rested, staying hydrated, and eating well are important steps to helping your body adjust to the higher elevations of this trip. Being well adjusted will give you the best opportunity to have a safe and enjoyable trek. If your looking for acclimatization activities, check out our Cusco and Sacred Valley Acclimatization Day Tours.

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5 Days
$2400 Per Person
$60 Single Supplement

$60 Single Supplement

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Trip Type: Llama Trek
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 2-12 Guests
Trip Length: 5 Days
Distance: 24MI / 38KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 5

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This trip requires significant elevation gains and losses on rocky trails, and tops out at nearly 17,000 feet. The higher elevations make the trekking more difficult and necessitate training for most guests to be well prepared.
Hiking Distances:

Up to 7 mi
Backpack Weight:

10-15 lbs
Terrain:

Significantly Rugged
Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 2200 ft
Heights Exposure:

Moderate

Physical requirements:

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 10-15 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on variable, uneven terrain
  • Hiking at high elevations of 17,000+ feet

SOLITUDE LEVEL 4

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Peru hike a solitude 4. You can expect to a couple other groups of hikers per day.

BOOKING FLIGHTS

For guest safety, due to the high elevations of this trek (16,437′), it is required that you acclimatize (at 10,000 feet or greater) for a minimum of 2 nights prior to the trip start date. This can be accomplished simply by arriving in Cusco (11,200′) 2 days prior. Acclimatizing, being well rested, staying hydrated, and eating well are important steps to helping your body adjust to the higher elevations of this trip. Being well adjusted will give you the best opportunity to have a safe and enjoyable trek. Unless we tell you otherwise, you will meet your guide and group at the Tierra Viva Centro Hotel in Cusco, Peru for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.

Flights to and from Cusco are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into Cusco, and nearly all connect through Lima. You can reach Lima from many U.S. and European international airports. Some of the primary U.S. departure cities include Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Minneapolis, Chicago, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. The duration of nonstop flights to Lima is 5-9 hours. The duration of flights from Lima to Cusco is 80 minutes.

We do not recommend planning departure flights on the final day of this tour due to time constraints and the inability to guarantee when we will arrive back to Cusco.

 

Group of hikers in Peru

Make the most of your time in Peru with an add-on day hike around Cusco! Explore a stunning alpine lake with amazing turquoise water (Lake Humantay); or one of the most unique and breathtaking mountains in the world with rainbow-colored soils that make for spectacular photography (Rainbow Mountain).

*Rainbow Mountain is included as part of this trip’s larger itinerary.

Private Trips

Travel in perfect company by booking a private trip exclusively for your group!

Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 2
  • 4-5 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 6-10 People: Rate x 1.15
  • 11-12 People: Rate x 1

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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TRIP ITINERARY

TRIP ITINERARY

DAY 1

  • Hiking Mileage: 6.2 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 12,795 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 14,763 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 5 hours
  • Accommodations: Premier Camping

Today your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco for transport to the start of our trek at Upis Bajo. We will have our first wonderful meal prepared by our camp chef and meet our llama wranglers to load the equipment. Our trek starts with a gentle incline through small villages, farms and high grasslands, helping us ease into the experience of hiking at high elevation. In this area, we often meet large herds of grazing llamas and alpacas. A true Peruvian Andes hiking experience! Our views are filled by the Vilcanota Range, home to the highest peaks in the Cusco region. Tonight’s camp sits below the towering and glaciated Mount Ausangate (20,945′), a deeply sacred mountain to the Inca and the highest peak in the range. Our camp has one more optional treat – hot springs. Those who desire can enjoy a soak in the small thermal pools not far from camp. A wonderful Peruvian dinner and great night’s sleep cap off our first day of trekking.

DAY 2

  • Hiking Mileage: 6.8 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 14,763 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 15,748 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Accommodations: Premier Camping

Waking up in the mountains of Peru with Wildland means getting a hot drink of your choice delivered to your tent and a warm bowl of water to wash your hands and face; what a way to start the day! After breakfast, we begin our trek climbing towards our first pass called Arapa.

This area is sacred to the Quechua people. To show respect to their local culture, we will conduct a short ceremony just as the Quechua people have done for centuries before us. After this cultural moment, we hike down the trail to our lunch spot next to the pristine Yanacocha Lake. After lunch our journey continues until we reach our next camp at Puka Cocha. This camp is located right at the base of Mount Ausangate, which creates an incredible backdrop for our home for the night.

DAY 3

  • Hiking Mileage: 6.5 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 14,763 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 16,404 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 7 hours
  • Accommodations: Premier Camping

Today starts with a cup of coffee or tea in your tent followed by a nutritious breakfast to get us going for the day. Our hike climbs us up switchbacked trails towards Ananta Pass, where we will find a large pile of stones left by the Inca cenuries ago. These cairns are called Apacheta in the Andes and were used as markings along trails. The view from the pass offers snow-capped, colorful mountains, grasslands and perhaps some unique wildlife, like the wild Vicuñas (wild relatives to the llama). After a good rest here we will descend for a couple of hours to a scenic lunch spot. Our afternoon hike takes us to Huarmisaya Pass, where we’ll catch our first glimpse of the magnificent Rainbow Mountain. From here we have only a short walk down to camp sitting next to Huarmisaya Lake, surrounded by the most stunning mountain views you’ve probably ever seen. What a place to spend the night!

DAY 4

  • Hiking Mileage: 3.7 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 14,107 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 16,437 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 4 hours
  • Accommodations: Tierra Viva Machu Picchu

Today we’ll get an early start to beat the crowds to famous Rainbow Mountain, and so we can get photos of its dramatic landscapes in the stunning, morning light. This is the type of place you just have to see to believe – truly breathtaking. After enjoying Rainbow Mountain for a couple hours, we’ll continue our hike down the Red Valley towards our awaiting shuttle.

We will be transported to the Sacred Valley and the town of Urubamba for a relaxing lunch. After lunch, we will drive to Ollantaytambo to board a train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, we will check into our hotel and have free time until going to dinner. Tomorrow we visit Machu Picchu!

DAY 5

  • Hiking Mileage: varies
  • Lowest Elevation: 6,726 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 7,874 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours

This morning we have some flexibility and a couple of different options depending on how the group is feeling. One option is to wake up early and take the tourist bus to Machu Picchu for the sunrise. Another option is to sleep in a bit, let the tourist crowds subside and take the bus to Machu Picchu around 10 am. We will discuss the options the night before and decide as a group which strategy we want to use.

At Machu Picchu our local Peruvian guide will lead us on a thorough and fascinating tour of the ancient Inca city for 3-4 hours. We will learn about the amazing cultural history of the Inca and their ancient city and delve into some of the mysteries that surround Machu Picchu. After the Machu Picchu tour we head back to Aguas Calientes for lunch. We then board a train back to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo, we board our private van to the town of Urubamba. Depending on the time, we may have dinner in Urubamba or continue on to Cusco where we will have dinner and drop you off at your hotel. What a trip it’s been!

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: lodging/campground availability, extreme weather, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
  • A professional Wildland guide, trained in 1st Aid, risk management and assessment and responsibility to provide overall standard of excellence in service quality.
  • Local Peruvian guide(s), expert in cultural and natural history, the local area, fauna and flora, etc.
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending in Cusco on Day 5
  • Luxury Vistadome train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
  • Lodging before our day at Machu Picchu
  • All camping gear and supplies (including a dining tent and kitchen tent)
  • Llamas to transport all gear, food, and most personal items
  • Professional camp chef
  • Drinking water and hot water for washing face, hands…etc.
  • Use of a backpack and trekking poles
  • Gratuity for in-country crew: Llama Wranglers, Chefs, Waiters, and Drivers. *Please Note: Gratuities for Guide(s) are not included in trip rate.
  • All meals for the duration of the tour (Lunch on day 1 through Dinner on day 5)
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Transportation to Cusco, Peru
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Acclimatization activities (2 days of pre-trek acclimatization required). If your looking for acclimatization activities, check out our Cusco and Sacred Valley Acclimatization Day Tours.
  • Lodging in Cusco before and after the trekking portion of the trip
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills, wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Clothes, rain gear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight (disposable plastic water bottles are prohibited; please have refillable water bottles or hydration bladders)
  • Gratuity for guide(s) (industry recommendation is 10-20% of total trip cost; USD is recommended.) *Please Note: Gratuities for Llama Wranglers, Chefs, Waiters, and Drivers are included in the trip rate.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

MEALS: WHAT TO EXPECT

This Peru hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by a professional camp chef. Some staples you may find are potatoes (papas), quinoa, rice, beans, meat, fish, various grains and vegetables.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you’re interested in.

GEAR WE PROVIDE

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Backpacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

WHAT GEAR TO BRING

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important.

WHAT CLOTHES TO BRING

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

WHERE DO WE MEET?

Unless we tell you otherwise, you will meet your guide and group at the Tierra Viva Centro Hotel in Cusco, Peru for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. Your guide will pick you up at any hotel in Cusco the next morning for transport to the trailhead. For Private Tours your guide will meet you at your hotel in Cusco at an agreed upon time. Your guide will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

REQUIRED ACCLIMATIZATION DAYS

For guest safety, due to the high elevations of this trek (16,437′), it is required that you acclimatize (at 10,000 feet or greater) for a minimum of 2 nights prior to the trip start date. This can be accomplished simply by arriving in Cusco (11,200′) 2 days prior. Acclimatizing, being well rested, staying hydrated, and eating well are important steps to helping your body adjust to the higher elevations of this trip. Being well adjusted will give you the best opportunity to have a safe and enjoyable trek. If your looking for acclimatization activities, check out our Cusco and Sacred Valley Acclimatization Day Tours.

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

Your safety is our top priority. Our Global Destination trips are led by professional hiking guides along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Finally, we’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

In the interest of your safety, it’s important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.

GUIDES

This trip is led by expert, local Wildland guides. Our approach to international travel is to combine the best of two worlds: the dialed-in details, professionalism and consistency Wildland trips are known for; and the cultural immersion and intimate regional knowledge that only locals can provide. To excel with this approach, we vet and hire the best local guides, welcome them into the Wildland family and train them to meet our standard of excellence with every aspect of a trip. But along with managing logistics and safety, your guides will teach you about the area’s history and culture, and provide a level of familiarity and intimate detail only locals can.

Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

GUIDE WORKING PARAMETERS

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

GROUP SIZE AND AGE RESTRICTIONS

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 12 guests and 2 guides, with a minimum of 2 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

TRIP INSURANCE

For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance. International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.

If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

If you secure an insurance policy please bring a copy of it to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.

WEATHER IN PERU

Peru is home to part of the Amazon Rainforest as well as the towering Andes Mountains. Machu Picchu is at an elevation of 7,972 feet (2,430 meters), but most of our treks in the region reach elevations well above 10,000 feet, some reaching nearly 17,000 feet. Because of the significant elevation changes and alpine hiking, the temperatures and weather can also vary widely. At elevations above 10,000 feet you can expect cold temperatures.

The average temperatures and precipitation in the Machu Picchu region are:

Month Hi Low Precip
March 70° F 45° F 11 days
April 72° F 40° F 8 days
May 70° F 36° F 3 days
June 70° F 34° F 2 days
July 70° F 30° F 2 days
August 70° F 34° F 2 days
September 72° F 40° F 7 days
October 72° F 43° F 8 days

Accommodations

Accommodations

PREMIER CAMPING

3 NIGHTS

Our Peru Treks feature premier camping with comfortable sleeping tents, kitchen tents, dedicated chefs, and a team of porters to carry and set up/break down camp each day. We provide all top-of-the-line gear. Our guests regularly rave about the camping accommodations on our Peru adventures!

TIERRA VIVA MACHU PICCHU

1 NIGHT

This hotel is in the quietest area of Aguas Calientes, facing the Urubamba River and surrounded by the Forest of Clouds. Modern and stylish, it features spacious and comfortable rooms, a lounge with a fireplace, and wonderful local art hung on the walls of the lobby and rooms.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (2 reviews)
Rebecca O.
5.0

Couldn't Have Asked for a Better Experience!

3 years ago

Edgard was such a fun and knowledgeable guide. We really enjoyed getting to know him and our other local support staff. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience!

Nicholas C.
5.0

Completely Blew My Mind

3 years ago

Completely blew my mind with how thought out the trip was. I did not expect the trip to be like what it was. The food that Santos prepared was fantastic. The horseman and llama care takers (Pablo and Fernando) were beyond helpful and Edgard was an amazing guide. Not only was Edgard a great guide, is was great how he also brought his love of birds and other wild animals onto the tour as well. I have already and will continue to highly recommend this trek and set of staff to everyone I know that enjoys backpacking or is looking for an adventure.

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