Rainbow Mountain Packing List

The Rainbow Mountain hike is one of the most difficult treks in Peru. You’ll want to make sure that you bring the right items with you to have an easier hike. Here’s a list of the basic items that you should bring with you when hiking Rainbow Mountain in Peru:

  1. Dress in Layers: The weather on Rainbow Mountain is volatile and unpredictable. It’s possible that the weather will change from hot, to cold, and snow, or rain–all during one trek. Prepare for all of this by wearing layers.

  2. Rain Gear: There’s always a chance of rain on Rainbow Mountain, even during the dry season. Bring rain gear (such as a poncho) in case you get caught in the rain during your trek.

  3. Winter Gear: If hiking Rainbow Mountain during the wet season, bring a warm hat, scarf, and gloves with you.

  4. Comfortable Shoes with a Good Grip: Wear comfortable walking shoes with a good grip. Having a good grip is important because the last part of the hike involves walking up a steep incline.

  5. Lots of Water: There’s no way to purchase water near Rainbow Mountain. Bring as much water as you think you’ll need.

  6. Coca Leaves: Altitude sickness (lightheadedness, shortness of breath) may hit during your trek. A great way to offset this is by chewing on coca leaves. You can pick them up in Cusco City before your trek.

  7. Toilet Paper & Hand Sanitizer: Public bathrooms in Peru don’t always have toilet paper or soap. Bring your own with you.

  8. Sunscreen: You will be at a very high altitude which will cause heavy exposure to the sun. Wear sunscreen during your trek.

  9. Camera: Definitely bring a camera with you; there are tons of great photo opps during the trek on Rainbow Mountain — especially on the top!

  10. Lightweight Backpack: You’ll need a small backpack to carry everything in. Try to make it as lightweight as possible so that you have less to carry during the already difficult hike.