TREK TO QUELCCAYA GLACIER BY ANDEAN GREAT TREKS
RAINBOW MOUNTAINS OF CUSCO BY ANDEAN GREAT TREKS

Rainbow Mountains & Quelccaya Glacier 3 Days

APR 2022 - DEC 2023 Price from $ 590 USD pp $ 645 USD
Trip Type Walking & Trekking
Difficulty Level Challenging/Tough
Group Size 2-8 people
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This excursion to the rainbow mountains of Vinicunca and the Quelccaya glacier, It is designed for lovers of the outdoors. The Quelccaya Glacier is  cataloged as one of the largest tropical snow-capped mountains in the world.
These natural attractions should be on your bucket list of trips to South America, its landscapes are unique ; since it will delight all your senses with the impressive sunsets in the great Ausangate mountain range, very similar to the  lands of Patagonia.
Cusco is one of the most diverse regions in terms of landscapes, it has Amazon jungles, mountains, snow-capped mountains and valleys that give it a large number of climates and areas of unique habitats in the world. It is so that since 2014 one of the most impressive natural attractions of Peru has been visited, we refer to the colored mountains of Vinicunca, which as an effect of the deglaciation showed us its beautiful colors, this natural wonder enchants all visitors to the ancient capital of the Inca empire.
Unaltered landscapes for thousands of kilometers, pure air, pristine lakes, unexplored mountains, ancient ice fields and blue glaciers. And above all there are enormous distances to cross in silence, accompanied by the wind. You’re going to want to become an explorer. They will make you want to explore the desolate routes, traverse dusty paths between mountains and snowy peaks.
The feeling of freedom is in tune with the horizons that feel infinite and unaltered, and that feeling will be what marks your journey. Quelccaya is a land to explore, to feel that you arrive at a place that no one has ever seen before.
The Quelccaya glacier is a place of dreams, it is a land of enormous beauty with some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN OF VINICUNCA AND QUELCCAYA GLACIER 3 DAYS

  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. The meeting will be day before the trip begins.
  • Transportation: All your transportation is included in this package. We will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the starting point of the trek. Once you complete the tour, we will take you back to the door of your hotel.
  • Qualified guides: Our guides have dominion of English and Spanish, professional education and official certification. They will explain to you about the history, culture and environment along the trail, as well as lead the group in ancestral rituals and ceremonies. They’ll also take care of your safety, health and comfort during the trip so you can enjoy the trek worry-free.
  • Porters and horsemen: They will be in charge of preparing and transferring the duffle bags of all our passengers.
  • Emergency horse: All our alternative routes include an extra horse if any of our passengers cannot continue the tour on foot.
  • Equipment: Andean Great Treks uses the best equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Every two people will share Salewa tents with a capacity for four people. Also, you’ll have a spacious dining tent where you can enjoy your food problem-free.
  • Camping equipment: We have tents for cooking and eating, as well as tables, chairs and complete kitchen equipment. All of this is transported by horses.
  • 1 duffle bag: There, you can carry your personal belongings (including your sleeping bad) up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15 lbs.
  • Pack mules: Our pack mules will transport all camping equipment, as well as your personal luggage in the canvas bag.
  • Food: Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets, so let us know if you have any particular restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You will enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks. Every morning we will give you your snack so you can enjoy it during the walk.
  • Water: Andean Great Treks will provide you with all the water you need. The water is boiled, filtered, and cooled. You must bring your water bottles or camelback. We recommend a capacity of 3 liters. You’ll be able to fill your bottles during each meal.
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners. Special menus such as vegetarian or vegan meals are available without additional costs.
  • Morning tea: Every morning in our campsites, you’ll enjoy a cup of hot coca tea as soon as you wake up. It will be an excellent way to start the day.
  • Tea time: In our campsites, we’ll serve you popcorn, cookies, coffee, chocolate, tea, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won’t have to wait until dinner to fill your stomach.
  • Snacks (Days 1, 2,): We’ll offer you delicious snacks in a cloth bag: local fruits, cookies, chocolates, candy, etc.
  • First aid: All Andean Great Treks guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes.) and oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.
  • Oxygen bottle

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Trekking poles: You can also rent in Cusco.
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Clothing and personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for our team: Keep in mind that our personnel receive payment for their services, so feel free to give tips or not.
  • Additional costs: There could be additional expenses, delays or modifications of the itinerary that are outside of the responsibility of the agency, such as: bad weather conditions, security or health problems, changes in government policies, political instability, strikes, etc.

Breathtaking Scenery

  • Peru is home to some of the most breathtaking natural wonders on earth. A must visit is Ausangate and Quelccaya Glacier. Top to bottom, you’ll see a glorious storyline of mountains, including a large portion of the Andes buried under centuries of ice and snow, as well as, glaciers, glacial lakes.

The Night Sky

  • Quelccaya has been called an astronomers’ dream come true and possibly the best place on Earth to observe the stars. Because of the sparse population in the region, light pollution is low, allowing for excellent viewing year-round. Star trekking is now as popular as glacier trekking.

Disconnect in a Remote Outdoor Paradise

  • What we love most about Quelccaya Glacier is its undeniable sense of remoteness. When you are exploring Ausangate Mountains, it is just you and nature. You can hear the birds chirp and the wind howl. The air is fresh and free of pollution. It’s truly an opportunity to be alone in the midst of wild nature.

Taste Peruvian Gastronomy

  • The traditional meal that’s prepared in the Andean of Cusco, It has an ancient tradition, inherited from the ancient Peruvian cultures, the local gastronomy is based on tubers such as potatoes, Oca, Añu, and the most famous dish of the southern Andes is the  Pachamanca, which is prepared with hot stones and different types of meat, accompanied by beans, corn, seasoned with a very fragrant dressing, from the herbs of the sacred valley

The Ausangate Rainbow Mountains and the Quelccaya Glacier  will undoubtedly and literally blow you away with its spectacular views and strong, bustling winds. In these areas, you can marvel at some of the world’s most incredible glaciers, mountains, and the turquoise glacial lakes will leave you with rare and gorgeous views.

You will go through unrepeatable experiences and sensations in the middle of nature. Feel the ice blocks of the Quelccaya glacier crack like thunder, walk on the same glacier until you feel in the middle of a fantasy place, sunrise next to the Sibinacocha lagoon, see the Ausangate mountain range wake up among the clouds. You’re going to want to become an explorer. The Quelccaya glacier calls for adventure. They will make you want to explore the desolate routes, traverse dusty paths between mountains and snowy peaks.

High Mountain Camping Tents 02 nights:
On our Ausangate trekking adventures, we use the best outdoor trekking gear. Our camping tents have the best technology to withstand the harshest climates in the Andes. They are Tents that have a capacity for three people, but are only used by 2 people. For your comfort, an inflatable mattress and additional blankets are provided to insulate you from the cold. Because it is always different to experience the true spirit of Trekking, our company maintains that idea of not using Lodges or huts as other companies do.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 5050 m
Hiking Distance 6 km
Approximate walking time 4 hrs

Today we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 5:00 am, and then depart on our 3-hour drive through the South Valley, en route to the trailhead at Llacto (4,638 m / 15,216 ft). Along the way, there are stunning views of Inca agricultural terraces, traditional villages, valleys, and high Andean peaks.
The walk to the hill of 7 colors will take about 4 hours and has a distance of 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). Along your journey you will pass through a vibrant green valley with the snow-capped peak of Apu Ausangate rising in the distance. You will see hundreds of roaming alpacas and have the chance to really see how the Quechua people live. As you get closer to the Mountain of 7 colors, you will begin to see the first signs of the colored minerals that formed the painted hills. Your guide will explain what the existence of the Mountain of 7 colors consists of and how it was formed, and finally, with one last push, you will go up to a viewpoint that gives you a 360 degree view of the beautiful landscape that makes up the sacred land.
At this time you can also enjoy a coca tea that the locals prepare for visitors. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top. Then there is a hike or to the viewpoint of the great Red Valley.
At noon we will go down the other route down to the community of Quesiuno, where our cook will be waiting for us with a delicious lunch. In the afternoon we will continue in our private transport to the base camp, near the Sibinacocha lagoon, where we will contemplate the last rays of the day’s sun, drinking a hot coffee. And in the evening we will have a nutritious dinner. Star lovers will be able to enjoy the constellations and the milky way that can be seen very clearly in the Andes of Peru.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner

Camping elevation : 4,800 m / 15,748 ft

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 5150 m
Hiking Distance 15 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

Today we will get up at 7:00 am, during the early morning the cold is intense so you will have your breakfast inside your mountain tent. Then we will take the transportation until the hike point of Cochas. We will start the trek across a pretty valley filled with grazing llamas, alpacas, and multi-colored pools fed by glacial melting. We will cross a river, then begin a steady climb to Bajo Huancanay (4,755 msnm). After lunch, we will continue the ascent to Alto Huancanay (5150 msnm), and the current border of the Quelccaya Ice Cap. You will explore these impressive glaciers during the day, in the afternoon we will return to our base camp in Bajo Huancanay.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 4850 m
Hiking Distance 8 km
Approximate walking time 3 hrs

After two days full of many adventures and the best landscapes of the Andes, we will say goodbye to the Quelccaya glacier and the beautiful Sibinacocha lagoon. Our last day begins with an early breakfast, to then begin the walk back to the community called Cochas, where our private transport awaits us to return to the city of Cusco.
At approximately 5:30 p.m., we will arrive at the capital of the Incas, the great Cusco, whose final point will be your hotel.

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The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.

JANUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
FEBUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
MARCH Warm - Heavy Rain
APRIL Warm - Light Rain
MAY Hot
JUNE Hot
JULY Hot
AUGUST Hot
SEPTEMBER Hot - Warm
OCTOBER Hot - Warm
NOVEMBER Warm - Light Rain
DECEMBER Warm - Heavy Rain

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

APR 2022 - DEC 2023 Price from
$ 590 USD Per Person $ 645 USD
Tour for 2 - 4 persons $ 590USD Per Person
Tour for 5 - 8 persons $ 590USD Per Person
Note

To book this tour, a minimum of $ 200 USD per person is required, the remaining balance will be paid upon arrival in Peru, at the Cusco office.

Any other additional information, please coordinate with your travel agent.

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What our clients say about us

  • "Everything was perfect, from the office to the super Guide, Juve he was very careful with us ! Thank you! Raccomandatet!"

    Gino Di Tullio
    VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAINS & QUELCCAYA GLACIER 3 DAYS
  • " A agência tem preço competitivo e cumpriu exatamente com tudo que foi combinado. O guia da trilha foi excelente. Muito conhecimento sobre a cultura Inca, muito divertido, ótimo fotógrafo!
    I made the short Inca trail 2D / 1N and Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) with them. The price is competitive and the agency has exactly matched everything that was agreed. The guide of the trail was excellent, he has a lot of knowledge about Inca culture, he is a lot of fun and a great photographer! "

    Cris G
    VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAINS & QUELCCAYA GLACIER 3 DAYS
  • " We had Elmer as our guide and his knowledge about the culture, the ancient traditions and the trail itself is wide and deep at the same time. He was a pleasant and fun company throughout. His team of porters and Chef. Chino were amazingly hospitable in-spite of the strenuous trek. Always smiling and eager to serve. Our camping sites had the perfect view every single evening. We had rented the sleeping bags and trekking poles from them and all were in good condition. Tents were nice and warm as well. The food was something we did not expect at all. "

    Meena
    VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAINS & QUELCCAYA GLACIER 3 DAYS
  • " Great coordination from Miriam starting with orientation meeting and individualized attention via whatsapp. The hike to MP from km 104 was tough but lovely and Javier was a great guide with humor and knowledgeable. After 11km hiking we arrived to the Sun gate around 2pm and went down for the 1st visit to MP. Dinner in Aguas Calientes and early wake up to enter MP at 6am which was still very peaceful. It cannot get much better. great vale for money! "

    David D
    VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAINS & QUELCCAYA GLACIER 3 DAYS
  • " Amazing trek to Machu Picchu, with very knowledgeable guide and amazing Porter team! Beautiful views, great food, and good times!"

    Jeremy C
    VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAINS & QUELCCAYA GLACIER 3 DAYS
  • " We made the 2d/1n trip to Machu Picchu this was very worth. Our Guide Osman was very friendly and kind. During the trek he explained us the landscape, flowers and the history of the ruins very interesting. We can really recomand this trip for the people who don't like to do the long trek. Many thanks to Osman for the wonderful hike! "

    Melanie U
    VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAINS & QUELCCAYA GLACIER 3 DAYS
  • " We feel the genuine and warmth welcome of the city and the people in it, as if they treat us like family (especially our porters and our guide Alex). We are deeply grateful for all the help and patience they've extended to reach out to us. And forever grateful for the life's lessons learned and the experience. This adventure for sure will made an imprint in our hearts and in our life's journey, that we are very much willing to share it with our own family, friends and love ones. "

    Czarina 23
    VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAINS & QUELCCAYA GLACIER 3 DAYS
  • " To be honest, at the very end I would have gone thru the whole experience a million times without changing anything at all. Also, returning to Cusco wasn't hard, train was booked and transfer bus was there to pick us up on time. The overall experience, amazing. "

    Dacil A
    VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAINS & QUELCCAYA GLACIER 3 DAYS

Why travel with Andean Great Treks

VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAINS & QUELCCAYA GLACIER 3 DAYS
LOCALLY INSPIRED, DELICIOUS FLAVOURS
There is something magical about artisanal farming in the Andes. The rich soils and unique climate give products an otherwise unattainable flavor. Our chefs serve local and international food. With unparalleled views of the fabulous Andean Mountains, amid the highland forests from your table, you’ll enjoy delicious gourmet food and new spins on classic Peruvian favorites. We use only local produce and fresh ingredients.
VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAINS & QUELCCAYA GLACIER 3 DAYS
OUR PASSIONATE TOUR GUIDES
Unlock the secrets of Peru’s most iconic adventure destination. Our team is passionate about making sure your experiences are unique —some thrilling, some relaxing, all awe-inspiring. Our private guides will let you explore the Andes and rainforest at your own pace, stopping for a snack if you’re hungry, or racing to the top of a hill if you’re up to it.
VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAINS & QUELCCAYA GLACIER 3 DAYS
YOUR SAFETY OUR PRIORITY
We work with certified guides, the latest high-tech equipment and satellite communication, to guarantee your safety every step on the trail. Each year we do the course of rescue and first aid with all our hiking team (guides, cooks, horsemen, drivers). The course is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAINS & QUELCCAYA GLACIER 3 DAYS
ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY
We have deep love and respect for our Mother Earth or Pachamama since we are a 100% Cusco company. We know the importance of our Andean culture, and like good children of the earth, we do everything possible to avoid contamination.
VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAINS & QUELCCAYA GLACIER 3 DAYS
CAMPING EQUIPMENT
It’s essential to have the best equipment when you’re walking in the mountains. Due to the constant climate changes in the region, we use tents suitable for all four seasons.
VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAINS & QUELCCAYA GLACIER 3 DAYS
SMALL GROUPS & BIG ADVENTURES
With a maximum group size is 8 on most tours, it feels more like traveling with friends than being on an organized tour. You'll meet like-minded people where everyone is guaranteed to share a passion for travel.

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