For starters – very hard! Not impossible (far from actually) but still hard.

The trail itself is actually easy enough, it’s never so steep that you can’t handle it – what truly gets you is the fact that you’re in one of the highest altitudes in the world (even higher than Machu Picchu or Cusco) and the lack of oxygen in the air means you’re constantly struggling to catch your breath!

When you do get there though, the hike is totally worth it!

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You definitely have to get a guide to do this hike. Our guides at Flashpacker Connect not only know the route and how to best handle it but they are there to handle any emergencies. They even carry oxygen with them, just in case you need this. Remember, you’re in one of the most unusual places in the world – expert knowledge is not to be discounted here!

*Sidebar – I made it about halfway before deciding to get a horse. The horse still doesn’t take you the entire way. For your safety, you have to get off to walk through the steeper bits and the long bit at the end. Lloyd and the other trekked the entire way!


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  • Kirsten

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to get to Peru!

    -Kirsten // http://www.porkandcookies.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Peru is such a magical country! You’ll love it, Kirsten 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Greta

    How very cool! I didn’t know there were Rainbow Mountains…

    -Greta
    http://www.mintyfrosting.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      They’re beautiful aren’t they. Such a magical place! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Eemma Iseman

    So beautiful! They have similar mountains like these in China as well, unfortunately I have been to neither! Hopefully I will be able to visit soon as I live in Mexico and not too far away from Peru!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      You’re right, there are similar ones in China, too. We’ve not been to those but we can vouch for how beautiful the mountains are in Peru 😍

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Jennifer Stewart

    Wow. I didn’t even know this existed. Now I want to see it and hike it. This is beautiful!
    jenstewie.wordpress.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It really is a beautiful place, isn’t it, Jennifer. 🌈

      Lloyd & Yaya 😘

  • I can’t wait to do this, I’m currently planning a trip for early next year to Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia, slowly over a few months. This looks tough but so beautiful, I just have to experience it!!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      You’re going to love it, Reena – let us know if you need any tips for Peru – it’s such an incredible country!

      Lloyd & Yaya 😘

  • Tam

    Ahhh! I’m going to Peru and this is totally on my bucket list. I have issues with altitude so thanks for the heads up. Any advice on dealing with that? Or just go up slowly? Thanks!

    Tam @ http://freshcoffeestains.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Hey Tam – you’re goign to love Rainbow Mountain – it’s such a gorgeous place, the trek is hard (mainly due to the altitude) so take it slow and easy (with a guide). We also took a drug called, Acetazolamide (brand name, Diamox) – this was given to us by our doctor. As always, check with them before taking this, they will know if it is safe for you to take.

      If you need any other advice, do ask – always happy to help!

      Lloyd & Yaya 😘

  • Wow! Such and amazing place!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      it really is beautiful isn’t it! We loved the whole region. 🌈

      Lloyd & Yaya 😘

  • Natalie Redman
    • HandLuggageOnly

      Peru is an incredible country isn’t it! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx