Rainbow Mountain Peru Tours 2023




What to Expect on my Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour

Spend a day hiking up to the beautiful Rainbow Mountain in Peru, known as Vinicunca to the locals. The day will start at a gorgeous little village with herds of llamas and alpacas nearby. It will then pass through a green valley, as we work our way up the mountain. As we get closer to the top. the vibrant colors of Rainbow Mountain will come into view, capping out the climb at just over 17,000 feet.

Talk about a day that will take your breath away! Literally! This hike is no joke, and a lot of people give up on making this trek. It is a very high altitude climb with changing weather conditions. You seriously need to pick yourself up by the bootstraps for this one but have no fear.   It’s a serene hike and you will feel a distinct sense of accomplishment getting to the top.

Be sure to check out our guide here for everything you need to know about going to Rainbow Mountain in Peru!


Included in Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour Package:


  • English-Speaking Tour Guide
  • Permit for Rainbow Mountain Entrance
  • Transportation to and from Rainbow Mountain
  • Breakfast and lunch provided

Not included in Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour Package:


  • Guide tips
  • Horse provided for the hike – $85
  • Trekking poles – $30


When should I make reservations for my Rainbow Mountain Peru tour?

As far in advance as possible is best, so that we may reserve your spot for transportation. You may reserve this tour up until 2 days prior to the tour. Please note due to the rainy season, we only run Rainbow Mountain from the Months of April to November. It is just not safe nor enjoyable to do this trek during the rainy season.

How fit do I need to be to climb Rainbow Mountain?

Rainbow Mountain is a high altitude, strenuous hike with constant changing weather conditions. The start of the hike is 4,326 m or 14,189 ft. You will climb to just over 17,060 ft., or 5200 m. For reference, the highest point is nearly the height of Everest Base Camp.  We do provide a horse for you, but you need to be in good physical and cardiovascular shape because the horse cannot climb all the way to the top. You will climb the last 1,000 ft of elevation gain without the horse. Try to spend 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3400m) prior to starting the trek. If you do not exercise regularly, have heart, respiratory, knee or back problems, do NOT consider doing the trek.

Is there an age restriction?

Cachi Life, Inc does not accept reservations for children under the age of 8 years old and adults over 67 years old. All children under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Trekkers over 64 years old must also consult with their doctor prior to starting the trek to check that they are fit to participate in the trek. We require proof of physician consult if you are over the age of 64. We recommend that clients over 64 years old arrive in Cusco at least 3 days prior to starting the trek. We recommend that all clients over 59 years old talk to their doctor in advance about how best to plan for the trek and also to ensure that their travel insurance covers such adventure activities. We do not accept bookings from hikers over 60 years old traveling on their own and group bookings where everyone in the group is over 64 years old.

What sort of meals do you offer?

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Dinner is not included. We recommend bringing a few snacks to give you some energy during the hike as well. There is also some beer, other drinks, and snacks for purchase at the end of the hike from the local Quechua people.

What about medical conditions?

You must disclose at the time of booking any medical condition that could affect your ability to do the Rainbow Mountain tour. Cachi Life, Inc reserves the right to deny a trek booking if we feel that a medical condition may put your life or the lives of any of our trekking staff or other clients at risk on the hike. People with medical conditions must bring a medical note from their doctor stating that they are fit to undertake the tour. They will also be required to be accompanied by a partner on the tour at all times who will be at their side and be familiar with any medicine required in case of an emergency. Cachi Life, Inc reserves the right to cancel the booking of a client if the client has not fully disclosed at the time of booking a medical condition that may pose a risk to the health of the client and/or other hikers. No refund will be given.

Cachi Life, Inc will not accept any responsibility, either directly or indirectly, for any problems due to your special dietary requirements / medical condition. We suggest that you check with your doctor before booking the tour.

How many people are in a group?

We have no minimum. However, if we are unable to combine you with a Cachi group due to group size we will place you with another company. If that happens you will have your own Cachi guide with that group. 

When's orientation?

Orientation will take place at approximately 6:00 PM at your hotel the day before your trip. We know everyone’s travel plans are different therefore we try and accommodate. Once your trip is booked you will be assigned a travel expert who will help you organize a time and place for your guide to meet you.

Where do I store my luggage during the Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour?

You will have to make your own arrangements. Most hotels will hold your luggage for free or with a fee.

How's the weather?

Rainbow Mountain’s weather conditions change frequently and without notice. Typically, high altitudes are colder, so prepare for potential snow, even during dry season. You should prepare for any type of weather. We run rain or shine. Please note due to the rainy season, we only run Rainbow Mountain from the Months of April to November. It is just not safe nor enjoyable to do this trek during the rainy season.  Check out our blog post on the best time to visit. This goes into extensive detail about the weather.

Can I rent a horse or trekking poles?

We highly recommend renting a horse for $85. This is an extremely difficult hike. Up to 90% of people end up with a horse by the time they are at the top. We can also rent you trekking poles if you prefer for $30.

What is the cancellation policy?

Unfortunately, no refunds can be provided within 30 days of departure.  The payment is used to purchase and reserve your spot on the private bus, secure your permits, and pay for your horse. Any cancellation over 30 days is subject to a cancellation fee as outlined in the terms and conditions.

When is payment due?

A non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. The full payment is due at 30 days prior to tour departure. If booking within thirty days of the tour, full payment of the tour is required. This guided tour is $250 per person. This provides payment for your transportation, tour guide, horse, meals and entrance fee to Rainbow Mountain.

What should I bring on my Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour?

We recommend you bring a daypack (up to 20 liters), water bottle, camera, sunscreen, hat, rain jacket, hiking/comfortable walking shoes, hiking poles (with rubber tips!), money for tips, Pepto-Bismol tablets, hand sanitizer, and a backpack. Also, dress in layers. Bring a puffy jacket, wool hat, and wool gloves.

Do I need a passport for the Rainbow Mountain tour?

No passport is required for this trip, however, we recommend keeping a copy of your identity on you at all times.

How long is the tour?

This is a day trip tour. You will be picked up early in the morning from your hotel (around 4:00am local time) and make your way by bus to the base of the hike. You will be back in Cusco around dinner time.

How do I get from Cusco to Rainbow Mountain?

We ask that you notify us of your pick-up at least two days prior to the tour. In the morning, we will pick you up at your hotel. We will then transport you to the Rainbow Mountain trailhead. From there you will hike/ride your horse to the top of Rainbow Mountain. The return trip is via the same path and transportation that was taken to the trailhead.

Upon return to Cusco the bus will drop the group back at your hotel.

What can I expect from my tour guide?

Our tour guide all speak excellent English. We guarantee that your guide will stay with you on all parts of your tour. All our guides provide the highest level of service. Ask as many questions as you like and ask to see what you want. Our guides will tailor your experience to your needs! This is your trip!

Are there bathrooms?

There are a few bathrooms along the hike. Some require a rental fee, usually just a few soles, and some do not have an actual toilet, it is just a hole. We recommend using the restroom before you start the hike.

Have Questions? Contact us!