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Rainbow Mountain is a thing of wonder. At 17,000+ feet in altitude, it is a challenging hike with a crazy beautiful reward. But now the secret is out: Rainbow Mountain is amazing and everyone wants to see it! So on this week’s podcast episode, we’re diving deep and giving you our top tips for hiking Rainbow Mountain…including how to avoid the crowds!
From adjusting to the altitude beforehand to the best guided tour that’ll get you there before the hoards of people, we’re spilling all the tea on how to best visit Rainbow Mountain.
So whether you’re hiking for the ‘gram or you want to behold this sacred mountain and check out the stunning mountain scenery all around, you’ll fall hard for this beautiful trek in Peru.
Time Stamps Tips for Hiking Rainbow Mountain:
- 0:19- Intro
- 1:01- Topic
- 2:07- Updates and chat
- 2:52- Overview of Rainbow Mountain
- 9:46- 1st Tip for hiking Rainbow Mountain: Adjust to the altitude/Do at the end of your trip!
- 14:18- Tip #2 for hiking Rainbow Mountain: Go with a reputable guide
- 22:53- Tip #3 for your Rainbow Mountain hike: Get there early
- 31:23- Tip #4 is to dress in a lot of layers and wear sunscreen!
- 37:52- Tip #5 for Rainbow Mountain: Bring cash and your passport!
- 42:00- Final tip for hiking Rainbow Mountain: Consider hiking the Red Valley as well!
- 46:03- Wrap up
Helpful Links & Further Reading:
- Ultimate Guide to Hiking Rainbow Mountain
- Other Peru articles:
- Flashpacker Connect Rainbow Mountain tour that we booked!
- Where to stay in Cusco: We LOVED Rumi Wasi for the beautiful views, great central location, and gorgeous decor. Read reviews on TripAdvisor and book here!
- Don’t forget to check out trip insurance! We love World Nomads for every international trip we take, including our time hiking in Peru. They have great plans that cover a ton of stuff and are affordable.
- What to wear/pack for Rainbow Mountain:
- Sunscreen (higher altitude= yes, you can still get a sunburn when there is snow!) We love this environmentally friendly one!
- Proper hiking boots and hiking socks. I love my Merril Moabs and Chris has his Keens. They kept us stable and comfortable on our hike.
- I wore thermal leggings from Lululemon and Chris wore hiking pants.
- Multiple layers! We wore an undershirt, long sleeve, and I wore my thermal hoodie and Chris wore a quarter zip.
- Thick jacket, like this 3-in-1 Northface with thermal and raincoat attached. I wore all 3 layers.
- Earmuffs and gloves are a must! It was around 32ºF (0ºC) when we started our hike!
- Pack your camera! We had our Nikon Coolpix and it worked perfectly!
- To carry your things, we love our Daylite Sling!
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