Rainbow Mountain trek in Peru
Description of Rainbow Mountain trek in Peru
This four day trek along Peru’s famous, and indeed famously beautiful Rainbow Mountain Circuit, otherwise known as Ausangate, is a tailor made trip, travelling with an expert mountain guide and a local trekking support team.
On this trekking holiday, you will be hiking through some of Peru’s most stunning scenery, all just a four hour drive from Cusco. The Rainbow Mountain Trek, is famous for its proliferation of glaciers, hot springs, glacial lakes and dramatic mountain passes, at elevations over 5000m. As well as spectacular snow covered peaks all around, the most famous being Rainbow Mountain itself, also known as Vinicunca.
You will be trekking on average for nine hours a day, camping with the help of a support team, including cooks and horsemen, their horses carrying supplies and bags. These staff come from the local Quechua communities where you will be hiking.
PlanetWe operate our Rainbow Mountain treks carefully, in ways that respect and sustain the natural environment. Waste is kept to a minimum and packed out with your group. Because waste and recycling services are not available anywhere near the trek route, all trash and any recyclable materials return to Cusco with us for disposal. This ensures that it is properly disposed of, instead of becoming litter.
Trekkers are asked to bring a refillable water bottle to reduce waste, reusable utensils and flatware are used at meals, and snacks are packed in reusable containers. We use solar lighting at night to reduce energy consumption and battery use.
We camp far from water sources to avoid contamination of lakes, rivers and streams. Noise and light are kept to a minimum at night, to disturb wildlife as little as possible. Trekkers follow only established trails, with the goal of protecting flora and minimizing erosion.
PeopleWe take well-being of the communities near Peru's Rainbow Mountain extremely seriously. Trek staff are locals, hired from area communities. Along with work as cooks and horsemen, their horses provide transportation for our equipment and supplies. All of this provides an important source of income in remote and rural areas that are often heavily reliant on subsistence farming and alpaca herding.
We respect community boundaries and their camping guidelines, and purchase supplies in the area whenever possible. Trek staff are permitted to wear traditional dress while working, and speak the indigenous language of Quechua if they prefer. All of our guides speak the language as well; our hope is that this will contribute to the preservation of this beautiful and endangered language.
While traveling to the Rainbow Mountain trek departure point, there are multiple cultural sites along the way. This includes tiny towns, colonial churches, and Inca ruins. We take advantage of this, with stops along the way that provide unique, interesting experiences for our clients and help spread the economic benefits of travel beyond traditional tourism paths through the purchase of entry tickets, snacks, meals and more.
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