Rainbow Mountain Llama Trek
Cusco, Peru5.0 (2 reviews)
- Towering, Glaciated Mountains
- Stunning Alpine Lakes
- Tour of Machu Picchu
- High Mountain Lakes & Wildlife
- Stunning Rainbow Mountain
- High Elevation Trekking Through the Andes
- Breathtaking Mountain Views
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.
$2400 Per Person
$60 Single Supplement
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 5
Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult
- Backpack Weight:
- 10-15 pounds
- Daily Hiking Distances:
- 5-10 miles
- Most Elevation Loss:
- 1900 feet
- Most Elevation Gain:
- 2200 feet
- Quality of Trails:
- The trails on this trip are quiet and rugged in places, but well-trodden
- 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.
- be active and healthy
- regularly exercise vigorously
- be comfortable hiking, biking, running, or swimming for several hours without many breaks
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.
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.
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.
Traveling in perfect company is a wonderful thing! With our private trip offerings you can book a trip exclusively for your group. Whether it’s with family, friends or colleagues, private trips are a fun and enriching way to explore the outdoors.
Private trip pricing is based on a sliding scale, depending on the number of people in your party. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax and national park fees (where applicable) or guide gratuity. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE to get the ball rolling!
Private Rates FOr This Trip
- 2 People: Rate x 2
- 3 People: Rate x 1.5
- 4-5 People: Rate x 1.3
- 6-7 People: Rate x 1.2
- 8-10 People: Rate x 1.1
- 11-12 People: Rate x 1
*all rates are per person and single supplements apply