Glacier Quelqqaya Peru – Quelccaya Ice Cap In Peru

Glacier Quelqqaya Peru


Trek to Glacier Quelccaya Peru is one of the news activities from Cusco City. Quelccaya Ice cap in Peru is the most extensive tropical glacier in the world. It comprises of 44 square kilometers and an ice layer more than 200 meters thick. It is the world’s largest tropical ice cap located in the Andes of Southern Peru.

Glacier Quelqqaya Peru is a popular destination among experienced mountain climbers. If you are an amateur climber, fret not, our Auqui Peru climbers have years of experience and are passionate to teach new climbers tricks and techniques for conquering the Andes.

Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru is home to countless species of fauna such as alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas. These Andean camelids 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 Cordillera Blanca of the Vilcanota mountain range.

Although you can hike to the summit of Glacier Quelqqaya Peru round the year, we highly recommend doing this during the dry season, between April and November. It is when there is a favorable air temperature in Central Andes.

Day 1: Cusco – Pitumarca – Sibinacocha – Phinaya

At 0700 AM, we will be picking you up from your hotel in the City of Cusco. We will then embark on a three hours drive in our private transport to Pitumarca. We will be having a brief stop here so you can buy some last-minute supplies for this two-day trek to the glaciers in the tropical Andes.

All set, we will be driving to Ofecina Valley. You will witness the typical bucolic landscape of the Andes of Peru, surrounded by great mountains and herds of llamas grazing next to their shepherds. We will continue driving to Chilca Valley where we will climb to the highest point of the first day, Jahuaycate Pass (5070m/16634ft).

During this journey, you will have captivating views of the highlands of the Cusco region surrounded by snowcapped Andean peaks. We will be reaching Sibinacocha lake by noon. It flows right next to the picturesque Yayamari Mountain.

At 0100 PM, we will be reaching Phinaya (4700m/15419ft). We will be checking into a local family house where we will be spending the night. After lunch, we will be driving for 30 minutes to explore the Parque de Los Glaciares (Glacier Park). After witnessing the sunset in Cascara lagoon, we will return to Phinaya.

Day 2: Phinaya – Exploring Quelqqaya – Cusco

At 0600 AM, we will wake you up to a cup of freshly brewed coca tea of Peruvian coffee. By 0745, we will begin our hike up the hill through Ruyta Wetlands. After two hours of climb, we will be reaching the Ch’allpa lagoon. You will get a stunning sight of Ausangate Mountain from here.

We will have a short break here and continue hiking for two more hours to the Quelccaya glacier lagoon. We will begin exploring the glacier in all its magnitude. Then we will hike further to the viewpoint where we can see two lagoons, one chocolate-colored and the other turquoise, on the foothills of the stunning snow-capped Quelccaya Peak.

We will be having our box lunch here and start descending to Ruyta Valley. On this section of the trek, we will be passing through terrains home to Vicuñas and Alpacas. We will be finishing the trek by 0300 PM.

We will then return to Phinaya at dusk and start our drive back to Cusco city. We will be reaching by 10:00 PM.


  • Private transportation
  • Professional guide (English and Spanish)
  • Food: 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast
  • Andean local lodge (1 night)
  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen bottle
  • 1 emergency horse


  • High mountain clothing and equipment
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking sticks
  • Riding horse (if required)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses

Glacier Quelqqaya Peru 2022 – Prices

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