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Quelccaya Trek
Quelccaya Trekking
Quelccaya Hike
Quelccaya Peru
Ausangate Mountain
Ausangate Cusco
Quelccaya Trek
Quelccaya Trekking
Quelccaya Hike
Quelccaya Peru
Ausangate Mountain
Ausangate Cusco

The Quelccaya Glacier is listed as one of the largest tropical snow-capped mountains in the world. Our Quelccaya Trek 3 Days is a it is a great option! that will allow you to visit this distant and wonderful glacier and finish with a visit to the Rainbow Mountain on the last day of the program.

The Quelccaya glacier, is located at 5,500 meters above sea level and 44 square kilometers of its cap in the Vilcanota mountain range (Cusco - Peru) make it the largest tropical glacier on the planet, it is reduced every year and would disappear before 10 years, according to tracking records.

Useful Information

Starting Altitude – 3,350 meters / 10990.81 feet.
Highest Altitude – 5.500m / 18044.62 ft.
Meals – 2 breakfast, 3 lunch, 2 dinner, 2 tea times, 2 wake up tea
- Overall Difficulty - Moderate - Challenging
- STARTING POINT: - Cusco at your hotel


The Quelccaya is one of the few glaciers that can tell what the climate of Peru and South America has been like in the last 1,600 years, and based on this, geoscientists predict how the climate will evolve.

Brief Itinerary

- DAY 1: Cusco – Phinaya – Quelccaya
- DAY 2: Visit the Quelccaya ice cap
- DAY 3: Quelccaya – Phinaya – Rainbow mountain – Cusco

Day 1: Cusco – Phinaya – Quelccaya

At 06:30, we will leave the city of Cusco in a private transportation, and drive 4 hrs. along the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado, after an approximated 4 hours drive, we will arrive in Phinaya, (3900m/12664ft). then We continue 1 hr. to Pascata where we meet our wranglers and horses here. After the lunch We start our trek of 4 hrs. to appreciate the lagoon near the ice cap from here we already have beautiful views of the glacier, after half hour We will return to camp site, where we will spend the night.

Day 2: Visit the Quelccaya ice cap

Early morning. After the breakfast We hike 4 hrs. to reach the Quelccaya ice cap and the We will be able to enjoy the view of the landscape, then We will trek for about 1 more hours until we get to the stunning ice caves, the lagoon and the ice wall,here we will have enough time to visit and explorer the ice cap and take wonderful photos, We then hike 4 hrs.to camp site.

Day 3: Quelccaya – Phinaya – Rainbow mountain – Cusco

After the nutritious breakfast We will, take the our transport to return to Cusco in the route We will go to the rainbow mountain, the hike is about 3 hrs. and take amazing pictures, then We return to bus station for the lunch, in the afternoon We will return to Cusco arriving at approximately 18:00 hrs.


Trek briefing with your guide. one night before the trek at your hotel
Professional trek guide - in different languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, and more) - Second tour guide for groups of 9 passengers to more.
Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to starting point of the trek
camp staff and camp site
Meals 2B, 2L, 2D . (Vegetarian option available)
Double-occupancy tents and camping equipment
Horses to carry personal gear and equipment.
First aid kit
Return bus to Cusco including transfer to your hotel


Breakfast on the first day
Dinner on the last day
Sleeping bags
Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company
Additional horses for extra personal luggage above that of the personal item allowance.
Travel Insurance
**Tips, for the crew (muleteers, chef and guide)

What you need to take:

A backpack
A beanie hat or ear warmer
Sun hat
A mid weight sweater
A longsleeve t-shirt
1 – 2 t-shirts
A lightweight suater or vest
A pair of long pants
Hiking shoes
An extra pair of shoe
2 – 3 pairs wool socks
A jacket
A small towel
Rain gear
1 – 2 pair shorts
A small headlamp
A toothbrust and other personal toiletries
Toilet paiper
Sun cream
Camera and film
Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if applicable)
Extra money for drinks.
Emergency money at least 300-450 extra soles (USD$ 220)

List of objects to take to the trek.

Cusco Destination


Remember that!!! This walk is available everyday - We can depart any day of the week, as long as permits are available. Please remember, permits are only needed for your start date. Quelccaya0 Trek 3 Days / 2 Nights, prices are based on the number of people in a group.

500.00 USD.

Per person ( Eight, or more, trekkers)

“This trek is available everyday provided we have a minimum of 2 hikers”


Cusco Destination

The weather on the Quelccaya Glacier route is very unpredictable, changing frequently and rapidly. You may see hot weather and sunny skies and then cloudy skies. The best idea is to make sure you are prepared for changeable weather.

You’ll be walking for about 8 or 9 hours approximately on an average day. If you want to get a good idea of how far you walk and for how many hours at a time, check out the our Quelccaya itinerary.

The highest peak of the glacier is located at 5,650 meters above sea level

The route to the Quelccaya glacier is considered moderate, with varied days of difficulty. The hike is classified as Grade C difficulty, which involves walking at elevations between 15,400 and 17,700 feet (4,700-5,400 m) and 6-8 hours of walking per day. There are some steep sections that generate a rapid increase in altitude. Persons in good physical condition can easily undertake this trek, but it is recommended that hikers have experience in multi-day treks at high altitudes.

If you feel like you might need to ride a horse sometimes, you can rent an extra one during the briefing or when you book. Otherwise, you can also rent them at certain points along the route.

Because it is one of the moderate routes, it requires an excellent physical and mental level, we recommend doing this activity only for young people between 15 and 55 years of age. Since they can function more easily in these difficult routes of the Peruvian Andes.

You don't need to be "super fit" for the walk, but you do need to be in good general physical condition and a regular walker.

Like most Cusco treks, the best time to do the Quelccaya Glacier trek is in the dry season between May and September. Unlike other popular hikes, the Quelccaya route is very calm, even in high season.

The Quelccaya Trek route doesn’t tend to sell out in advance because not so many people hike it. However, we still recommend booking as far in advance.
If you leave it to the last minute, they may be fully booked on other routes and not have enough staff available to accommodate you on the route.

We like to keep our group sizes small so that you enjoy more quiet and get to spend as much time with your guide as you like to ask questions. You always enjoy front-row spots. The maximum number of people that will be in your group is 8 passengers.

Not. At each campsite, There is no electricity or solar energy. You have to bring a battery to charge your electronic devices..

To avoid altitude sickness, give yourself time in Cuzco to acclimatize to the change in altitude. Two days minimum is recommended!!! Try to avoid alcohol before and during your trek, and make sure you eat lightly and drink plenty of water. Make sure to stay hydrated during the Quelccaya Trek, don’t force yourself to walk faster than your body wants to, and take frequent breaks. Drinking coca leaf tea helps a lot, and you may wish to speak with your doctor about Diamox pills.

You can join us if you’re traveling by yourself but it must be on a day when we already have a tour planned. With the costs involved, we can’t start a new group with just one person. As long as two people are already signed up for a specific date, you can join their group.

We recommend to make your reservation in advance and we will guarantee your Spaces for this hike. Each reservation needs 50% of deposit as first payment. The final balance(50%) will be paid in Cusco(Briefing Day). About Payment you must choose where would you like to make the deposit: Payment system online: - Paypal - Western Union - Peruvian Banking Account We use the money from your deposit to make several important purchases, including the entrance fee to Ausangate Route, Transprt, Guide, etc. In addition, making a deposit assures us that you will be coming on the trek, and are unlikely to cancel at the last minute. This helps us with knowing how much food to buy, how many of our guides to use for the trek, etc. The deposit is non-refundable once we receive it, because we will immediately use in preparation for your walk.

First, we will send you an email to confirm your payment.
Two weeks before your tour date, we will contact you by email to request the final payment. We will also ask you where you will be staying in Cuzco, to be able to pick you up on the day of your hike.
After we receive the final payment, we will send you an email confirming your tour date and informing you of important contact information for our tour agency, as well as some final tips to prepare for the trek.

A lot. The cold can be intense, especially at night. In summer the temperature can drop to -5 or -10 degrees and there is always a chance of snowfall falling on you. It must be taken into account that most of the time you walk above 4,000 meters above sea level.

It is highly recommended. We don't want to be the voice of your conscience, but if anything happens up there and they have to come looking for you, it won't be cheap. We had insurance that covered rescues up to 5,000 meters above sea level.

Yes. It's not that there isn't a marked path, it's that there are many and they intersect with each other, plus you arrive at esplanades where it is very easy to get disoriented. We 100% recommend the use of a GPS that works in the mountains, or failing that, an offline map. We use Maps.me and it worked for us.

We recommend 400 soles or 110 USD dollars. This is because sometimes you can need money for water, snacks, extra drinks, any kind of emergency.

Having a good guide is an essential part of having a good trek. Because of this, CUSCO DESTINATION hires and works with some of the best guides in the business. Our guides are knowledgable in the areas of history, archaeology, ecology, and are natives of the Cuzco area.

Sleeping bags are not included, so we recommend carrying a compact three-season sleeping bag. If you travel between May and October, a 4-station sleeping bag is recommended. These can be rented with us. For approximately $ 20 for the duration of the walk. Foam mats are provided, however, some travelers also bring their own self-inflating mat (ie, a Thermarest).

Our Cook prepare excellent high-energy meals appropriate for a walk of this nature. The menu generally includes pasta, rice, chicken, fresh fruits and vegetables and a variety of oatmeal, eggs and other foods for breakfast. Vegetarian alternatives are available upon request at the time of booking.

Tipping is at your discretion, but is always appreciated. If you enjoyed the service you enjoyed from your guides and support staff

By booking or participating in a tour and any related products or services (a “Tour”) with Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L., you agree to these Terms & Conditions.


Your booking is confirmed and a contract exists when the Tour Operator or your travel agent issues a written confirmation after receipt of the applicable deposit amount. Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to the Tour Operator or authorized agent immediately. Please ensure that names are exactly as stated in the relevant passport.
You will pay a deposit which is completely non-refundable in any situation. There are no exceptions.
You will be required to show the original passport (not a copy) that you booked with, at the checkpoint to enter the route. If you originally booked with an old passport and then renewed your passport, you must also bring your expired passport along with your new, valid passport to permit entry or they will refuse your entrance to the trail.
IDs with expiry dates the following year, even though clearly valid, will not be accepted by the Peruvian government. You must submit a copy of this card at time of booking.


Cancellations: In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 50% is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing (we do not accept medical notes of any kind) as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us.. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:


Cancellation By
91 days or more before departure we will retain 50% of your deposit.
90 – 30 days before departure we will retain 75% of the total tour cost.
29 – 0 days before departure we will retain 100% of the total tour cost.


Permits: Permits for the trek are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L. (or any agency).
In extreme cases when the “Quelccaya Trek” is declared closed for safety reasons, Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L. will replace your trek with an alternative trek.

Medical Information:

You must advise Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L. of any medical problems or allergies you may have. You need to be in good physical health, and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70 years old, then you will need to present us with a current good health medical certificate.
You are responsible for assessing whether a Tour is suitable for you. You should consult your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in any planned activities. You should seek your physician’s advice on vaccinations and medical precautions. The Tour Operator does not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your own unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level and medical requirements.
Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L. reserves the right to deny you permission to travel or participate in any aspect of a Tour at any time and at your own risk and expense where the Tour Operator determines that your physical or mental condition renders you unfit for travel or you represent a danger to yourself or others.
Pregnancy is considered a medical condition and must be disclosed to the Tour Operator at the time of booking. The Tour Operator may refuse to carry pregnant women over 24 weeks. The Tour Operator may refuse to carry anyone with certain medical conditions if reasonable accommodation or alternatives cannot be arranged.
It is strongly encouraged to purchase Travel Insurance to protect you in case of medical emergency or any tour cancellations.

Tours and Treks:

All balances need to be paid in either cash, Western Union, Transfer Bank or PayPal (in full) prior to the briefing which will be held the night before your tour. Visa incurs a 5% service fee and if you need to use another card, it must be through PayPal which incurs a 5.5% service fee.
You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the services of the guide or tour, please advise the guide in that moment, so that he can resolve any problems.
If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter air lifts and medical assistance are at the expense of the trekker. There will be no refund of the original payment. However, we will prepare a document to certify illness which can be presented for your travel insurance.
Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L. will take all reasonable care in providing to our clients avoidance of accident, illness, and loss of personal property, and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L. cannot, however, be responsible for any action of third parties. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L. does not take responsibility for unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal ítems, etc. It is the client’s responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L. may modify your itinerary where reasonably required in its sole discretion.
Group tours might be as large as 16 participants. Groups are open to everyone no matter skill or age. By accepting a Group Tour you acknowledge that others might change the speed and timing of the tour.
All tours are done in English.


Any costs, whether direct or incidental, incurred by the Customer as the result of delays caused by bad weather, trail conditions, river levels, road conditions, transportation delays, sickness, government intervention or other contingencies which are beyond the control of southern explorations will not be reimbursed.

Thank you so much for choosing
Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L.!!!

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