Peru: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain by the Numbers


Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain

Canchis Province, Cusco, Peru

Vinicunca or Montaña de Siete Colores is a colorful mountain in Andean Mountain Range of Cusco, Peru. Popularly referred as the Rainbow Mountain, Vinicunca is nested at 5,200 meters above sea level and can be done as day trek from downtown Cusco.

A day tour here usually departs before 3:30AM to drive for three hours to the trailhead at Canchis Province. From the trailhead to the Rainbow Mountain is eight kilometers, 16 round trip.

Here is the summary in numbers of my day tour to Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.

Travel time from Cusco to the trailhead (hours): 3
Hiking Distance (two-way, kilometers): 16
Starting altitude (meters): 4,326
Maximum Altitude (meters): 5,200
Elevation Gain (meters): 874
Average trekking hours (up): 4
Average trekking hours (down): 2.5
Minimum day/s required to trek: 1
Rate of trekking tours (USD): 35