the rainbow mountain


  • 02 Days / 01 Nights


Day to day itinerary

  • LEVEL : Challenging hike (you need at least three days acclimatized)
  • DURATION : 2 days /1 night
  • SEASON : April to October
  • LOCATION : Ausangate area
  • DEPARTURES : Everyday upon request
  • DISTANCES : 21.60 KM (hiking distance)
  • HIGH ALTITUDE : 5040 masl

After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel and set out on a drive through the South Valley, following the asphalt road towards Puno; on the route we will have chance to visit the picturesque Andean village of Checacupe with its colonial stone worked bridge and the colonial Church “Immaculate Conception”; go on driving we will arrive to Pitumarca (3600 masl) the last village where we can buy some supplies or snacks; from this point the route to follow is unpaved path until reach Quesoyoni (4376 masl), where we will meet our local horseman who will accompany us on this hiking adventure. Overnight.

We will load all the gear on the horses and begin our hike uphill, following a lovely stream; you will be immediately surprised by herds of alpacas and llamas. We will arrive to Anantapata where we will have the lunch; from this place we will have great views of the magnificent Ausangate Mountain and the valley. After lunch, we will hike for almost 2 hours, climbing steadily until we reach the Anantapata pass (5010 masl); an amazing view of the vilcanota chain from this pass. From here, we will hike down for 1 hour to our campsite close to the Surine qocha (4795 masl) where we will spend the night.

Distances for this hiking day:
  • Distance from Cusco to Quesoyoni: 135 km (by bus)
  • Distance from Quesoyoni to Anantapata pass: 9 km
  • Distance from Anantapata pass to Surine Qocha: 1.20 km
  • Lowest elevation: 4376 masl (Quesoyoni, starting point of the hiking)
  • Highest Elevation: 5,010 masl (Anantapata pass)
  • Distance to walk: 10.20 km
  • Average walking Time: 6 hrs.

We will have an early breakfast to start our last day hiking; today our main goal is to reach Vinicunca Mountain (5040 masl). After 1 ½ hours hiking up we will be rewarded for our efforts when we finally see the amazing Vinicunca (known as the rainbow mountain) with its colorful layers of rock sediment (turquoise, orange, brown and red), beside to the great views of the colored mountain, we will appreciate the snow-capped of Ausangate. Time to take pictures and soak in the environment.
After some time to rest, we will start to hike downhill following the K´airahuire valley, we will enjoy our last lunch at K´airahuire (4530 masl); finally we will arrive to Quesoyoni where we will aboard our private transport to return to Cusco.

Distances for this hiking day:
  • Distance from Surine Qocha to Vinicunca: 3.4 km
  • Distance from Vinicunca to Quesoyoni:: 8 km
  • Lowest elevation: 4376 masl (Quesoyoni)
  • Highest Elevation: 5,040 masl (Vinicunca)
  • Distance to walk:11.40 km
  • Average walking Time: 5 hrs.

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