TREK TO THE LARGEST TROPICAL GLACIER IN THE WORLD QUELCCAYA

MAR 2022 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 180 USD pp
Trip Type foodCulture & Adventure
Difficulty Level Verystrenuous/Highaltitude
Group Size 2-8 people
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The Quelccaya glacier is located in the southeast of Peru, in the Cusco region, it is the most extensive tropical glacier in the world of 44 square kilometers and an ice layer more than 200 meters thick. It is one of the favorite destinations for professional mountaineers, who come to conquer its peak. To reach this glacier the hike lasts two days and begins in the Phinaya community that belongs to the Pitumarca district of the Canchis Province. The largest tropical glacier in the world is located at 5,600 meters above sea level. and the temperature gets below zero at night.

Quelccaya is a majestic glacier, ideal for practicing adventure sports and appreciating nature; numerous species of fauna such as alpacas, llamas and vicuñas inhabit this area, which are of great importance to the nearby populations of this area. It is made up of U-shaped valleys, glacial streaks in the volcanic rocks and beautiful lagoons in the Vilcanota mountain range.

Peru is a country where you can find almost all the ecosystems in the world. A clear example is the Quelccaya glacier in Cusco, considered one of the wonders of the country. Glaciers are the largest freshwater reserves on the planet. They are a source of water for agriculture, industrial activities and domestic uses.

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR:

  • Round trip transportation.
  • Professional Guide
  • Food: 02 lunches, 01 dinner, 01 breakfast
  • Camping equipment: Tents and mats
  • Dining tent
  • Table and chairs

NOT INCLUDED

  • 1st breakfast
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking sticks
  • Entrance to the Glacier – 10 soles
  • Numerous species such as alpacas, llamas and vicuñas inhabit this majestic glacier, which are of great importance to the nearby populations of this area.
  • Likewise, it is made up of U-shaped valleys, majestic glaciers and beautiful lagoons.
  • Cusco is considered the capital of the Tahuantinsuyo Empire, which has a great historical and architectural legacy.
  • The Quelccaya glacier is considered by the inhabitants of the high Andean zone as one of the main Apus of the Vilcanota mountain range.
  • Quelccaya is a perfect attraction for hiking and enjoying its enigmatic landscape.

Cusco is one of the most surprising destinations in Peru. Here you will find incredible places such as the Quelccaya glacier, which is ideal for practicing adventure sports and appreciating nature. Near the Quelccaya glacier live some peasant communities, who, through their knowledge and traditions from their ancestors, seek the conservation of this sacred place. According to some of its inhabitants, Quelccaya is of great importance for their gratitude rituals.
Likewise, during your visit to this wonderful glacier you will be able to meet and interact with some of these communities and acquire several of their crafts made with Alpaca. Likewise, you will have the opportunity to listen to the different myths and legends that are part of their oral tradition.

Confortable Mountain Tents: 1 night

Level Verystrenuous/Highaltitude
Max Elevation 4870 m
Hiking Distance 8 km
Approximate walking time 4 hrs

Our tour begins with the departure from the city of Cusco at 4:00 am heading south for an approximate trip of 1 hour and a half to the district of Cusipata, where we will enjoy our breakfast in a local restaurant. After breakfast we continue to the town of Qqehuar – detour from our road, and then continue along a trail along the Santa-Barbara – Phinaya route for approximately 03 hours and 40 minutes to the base camp. Arriving at approximately 1 pm.

Our base camp is located at an altitude of 4870 meters above sea level; The tents will be assembled there. After our lunch we will start our walk to go to the Quelccaya Lagoon with a round trip time of approximately 04 and a half hours. Upon returning to our camp we will have our dinner and spend the night. The temperature at night averages -7 ° C.

Level Verystrenuous/Highaltitude
Max Elevation 5250 m
Hiking Distance 7 km
Approximate walking time 6 hrs

We will start with our breakfast at 4:30 am, and then we will begin our walk to our destination, with an average of approximately 04 hours, the first part of the road is a flat terrain and then we will ascend 450 meters of unevenness. Arriving at the snowy – lower part at 5250 masl where we will have a space for photos for a certain time.

We will return to the base camp with a walk of approximately 03 and a half hours, and then have our lunch. After lunch we will return to the city of Cusco for an approximate trip of 05 and a half hours. Approximate arrival in Cusco at 9:30 pm at night.

warm jackets
Hydration bladder
wool socks
camera
scarf
first aid kit
hiking shoes
Dry bags
Trekking Poles
sun cream
Snack
sun hat
bathing suite
rain coat
Sandals
insect repellent
Passport
Down Jackets
toilet paper
daypack
Wool cap
head lamp
gloves
sun glasses
cap
extra cash
Trekking pants

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

MAR 2022 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 180 USD Per Person
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Why travel with Andean Great Treks

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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