We’ve compiled these frequently asked questions from our travelers.

Rainbow Mountain FAQs

Before reaching out with a general inquiry, we recommend you read through this page to see if you can find the answer you’re looking for.

Before reaching out with a general inquiry, we recommend you read through this page to see if you can find the answer you’re looking for.


We know that whatever trip you’re looking to book or have already got tickets for will still leave you with some unanswered questions. We’ve scoured the internet and read what our trekkers have to say to come up with the most frequently asked questions about Rainbow Mountain.

Before reaching out with a general inquiry, we recommend you read through this page to see if you can find the answer you’re looking for, along with our Salkantay trekking information and Peru travel information pages.

We know that whatever trip you’re looking to book or have already got tickets for will still leave you with some unanswered questions. We’ve scoured the internet and read what our trekkers have to say to come up with the most frequently asked questions about Rainbow Mountain.

We’ve compiled these frequently asked questions from our travelers for Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca

Frequent Questions

Here is a list of the frequently asked questions of our passengers

  • Why Choose Salkantay Trekking for Your Trek?

    There are a lot of companies out there who offer the day trip to Rainbow Mountain, so why choose Salkantay Trekking?

    Well, the Salkantay Team works extremely hard to go above and beyond your expectations. On the route, you’ll notice how safe and secure you feel in the hands of our trained professionals.

    We are a 100% Peruvian organization that strives to maintain the local community through social projects on the routes and in other small communities throughout the region. We take great care of our porters, horsemen, and other members of the team who work so hard to make the trip ideal for you.

    We also believe in responsible and sustainable tourism, which means we preserve the route and environment every step of the way.

    Our commitment to you is of the highest importance. We provide highly trained professionals and medical equipment to assure you feel safe and secure along the entire trek. With our satisfaction guarantee, you won’t be let down when you travel with Salkantay Trekking.

  • How Do I Book the Trip?

    Booking your trek to Rainbow Mountain is easy and doesn’t take long at all. You can either come into our office when you arrive in Cusco to make a booking or do it online before you come.

    If you book on the internet, you’ll need to follow these steps.

    • Step 1: Get in Touch:
      First, you need to give us a call or send an email to let us know you want to book the trip, and then we’ll tell you what to do next.
    • Step 2: Fill Out the Passenger Details Form:
      We’ll send you a Word document via email called a passenger details form. Ensure you fill it out with your exact details as they appear on your passport.
    • Step 3: Pay for the Trek:
      When we get all your details back, we’ll let you know the various methods of paying for the trek. Make sure you send us an email with a photo, scan, or screenshot of your payment.
    • Step 4: Confirm Your Reservation:
      Once we get confirmation of your deposit, you’ll receive a booking confirmation from us in the form of a PDF. Please double-check your details are correct and let us know if there are any mistakes.
    • Step 5: Briefing Session:
      You’re ready for the hike now! The only thing you need to do now before the trek is to come to our office at a date and time decided upon beforehand to learn about the logistics of the trip and ask any final questions you might have.
  • Why Do I Need to Pay in Advance?

    We need you to pay in advance so that we can organize and pay for your transportation, your meals, the guide, and your Rainbow Mountain entrance. This amount is non-refundable as we pay for everything as soon as we get your reservation.

  • Can I Rent Equipment for the Salkantay Trek?

    Yes, although most people don’t need to for the Rainbow Mountain trek as it’s a one-day trip. If you would like, you can rent walking poles from Salkantay Trekking.

  • Can I Hire an Extra Horse?

    Yes. If you feel you’re getting too tired or finding the trek extremely difficult, there are horsemen on the trail. You can rent a horse to take you to the top of the mountain so you don’t miss out on the spectacular view and experience.

  • How Can I Prepare Physically for the Trek?

    The one-day Rainbow Mountain trek is relatively challenging due to the uphill climb toward the end and the high altitude. You’ll be heading up to around 5,200 masl.

    For this reason, we suggest you do a bit of preparation back home before you come and follow some other tips.

    • At home, do plenty of cardiovascular exercise, including lots of hikes over varied terrain.
    • Make sure you eat a well-balanced diet to keep your body in top condition.
    • Ensure you stay in Cusco for at least 2–3 days before your trek departs. When you don’t do this, you run a higher risk of getting altitude sickness, which would likely mean the end of your hike.
    • You also need to make sure you use worn-in hiking boots. New ones can give you blisters and cause a lot of pain.
  • Is Water Included on the Trip?

    Yes. We recommend you take your own refillable bottle and that it’s already filled with water. However, you are able to refill your bottle at breakfast or lunchtime at the restaurant.

  • What Is the Food Like on the Trek?

    On the Rainbow Mountain trek, we’ll take you to a restaurant for both lunch and dinner. We understand that you need to be well-nourished to hike, especially at such a high altitude, so we guarantee that you have a wide array of options available for you to pick and choose from to get the most balanced meal possible.

    You’ll find a buffet-type setup with many dishes to choose from. They’re local plates that also give you a great opportunity to try some different Peruvian dishes.

    Do you suffer from allergies or have specific dietary requirements you need to follow? Don’t worry. As long as you let us know the day before (or when booking), we’ll ensure you have plenty of options to choose from so you can eat as well-balanced as everyone else.

    We also recommend you take snacks to nibble on when you get hungry or need an energy boost. You’ll find that near the top of the mountain there are also local people selling small snacks and water. As you can see, you certainly won’t go hungry on the Rainbow Mountain trek.

  • Do I Need to Bring Extra Money for the Trek?

    Yes. Everything you book is already paid for, but you might want to buy some extra water or snacks along the way. It’s also a good idea to have extra cash just in case of emergencies. We recommend S/200.

  • Do I Need a Permit for the Rainbow Mountain Trek?

    You don’t need a permit as such, just the entrance that costs 10 soles. If you do the hike with Salkantay Trekking, we’ll buy this for you so you don’t need to worry about anything.

  • Can I Do the Trek With Kids

    Yes. You can do the Rainbow Mountain trek with kids, but we recommend that they’re at least 8 years old. The distance isn’t really that long, but the high altitude makes it much more difficult. With smaller children, it’s highly likely you’d end up carrying them a lot of the way.

  • How Much Should I Tip the Trekking Team?

    There’s no specific amount we recommend you tip, but it’s always highly appreciated. Your guide and the rest of the team do an amazing job at keeping you safe and making sure you enjoy every part of your day out. The amount you decide to tip is at your discretion.

  • How Many People Will Be in My Group?

    The maximum number of people in our Rainbow Mountain trekking groups is 8. However, we can also do the tour with 2 people. This tends to depend on whether it’s high or low season.

  • What Should I Take on the Trek?

    As this is only a day trip, you don’t need to take too many things with you. You want your backpack to be as lightweight as possible as you’ll be carrying it the whole way. We recommend the following items:

    • Rain jacket/poncho
    • Fleece
    • Sunhat/beanie
    • Water bottle
    • Sunscreen
    • Personal medication
    • Toilet paper
    • Cash
    • Passport
    • Camera
  • What Size Bag Do I Need to Take With Me?

    For the Rainbow Mountain trek, you only need to take a small backpack. You want it to be lightweight and comfortable. You can see you don’t need to take many items with you. A 20L backpack is sufficient. If you do decide to take anything larger, keep in mind that you’re going to be carrying it the entire way.

  • Is the Rainbow Mountain Trek Worth It?

    Most definitely! Rainbow Mountain, or Vinicunca, is one of the most unique places on our planet. The natural color formation can only be seen here in Peru and in China. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most who visit.

    The trip is only a day, so it won’t take up much time on your itinerary and we organize everything for you. The hike is relatively challenging, but it’s well worth it.

  • Is the Rainbow Mountain Trek Difficult?

    Yes. A lot of the hike is quite easy as it’s along a relatively flat path. However, toward the end, there’s a steep incline and this is very tough, especially at the high altitude. The overall difficulty level is moderate, as most of the trek isn’t that hard.

  • How Far Do We Walk?

    On the Rainbow Mountain, Peru, trek, you’ll walk 7 km over around 2–3 hours.

  • How Much Does the Rainbow Mountain Trek Cost?

    There are varying costs for the trek to Rainbow Mountain available. But, if you decide to hike with Salkantay Trekking, you’ll pay $100 per person. This includes your ticket, guide, transport, and two meals.

  • Will I Have Access to Bathrooms Along the Trek?

    On the Rainbow Mountain trek, you’ll find there are toilet facilities in the restaurants. APart from that, you’ll find the occasional very rustic bathroom. They likely won’t have toilet paper, so you need to ensure you take some with you.

  • When’s the Best Time of Year to Trek Rainbow Mountain?

    This depends on what you want from your trek. From June to August, the Rainbow Mountain route is very busy as this is the highest season of the year tourism-wise. You’re going to see large crowds and might get held up on parts of the trail. However, the weather is great at this time of year as it’s in the middle of the dry season. You can expect great views and lots of sun.

    From November to April, it’s the rainy season. You’re going to see far less people on the route, which might appeal to you, but be prepared for showers. You’ll need to wear hiking boots with a great grip to avoid slipping and take waterproof gear.

    May and October are the start and end of the high season. You won’t see quite as many people on the route and it’s not very likely to rain. These are our top two months to visit to avoid large crowds and get the best weather.

  • What Happens If I Get Altitude Sickness?

    If you start to feel sick while on the Rainbow Mountain trek, you’ll be delighted to know that all our guides have received extensive training in the event someone falls ill. The law forbids us from giving you any medication, but we do our best to make you feel better in other ways.

    At the restaurants and on the route, we provide coca tea, which is fantastic at combating altitude sickness symptoms. The guides also carry oxygen bottles with them in the event you need one. If you feel too tired to walk, you can hire an extra horse.

  • Can I Join as a Solo Traveler?

    Yes, you can join us by yourself. However, we can only guarantee your spot when we already have a booking for the day you wish to travel. If you want to hike on a day when there’s no group already organized, you won’t be able to go by yourself, unfortunately.

  • What Will the Weather Be Like on the Rainbow Mountain Trek?

    The weather in Cusco is very unpredictable, and it’s the same at Rainbow Mountain. For this reason, it’s very difficult to say exactly how the weather will be at the site.

    However, there are wet and dry seasons that can give you a better indicator of when to expect rain. The dry season is from May to October and the wet season from November to April. June and July are the coldest months and you’ll start to feel very chilly when standing at the top of the mountain for a while.

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Travel Associations & Certifications

  • Logotype: CALTUR - Plan Nacional de Calidad Turística
  • Logotype: AATC - Asociación de Agencias de Turismo de Cusco
  • Logotype: SERNANP - Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas por el Estado
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  • Logotype: DIRCETUR - Dirección Regional de Comercio Exterior y Turismo Cusco
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