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Quelccaya Trekking 2020

Quelccaya Trekking with Ayni Peru

It´s hard to believe, but 2020 marks Ayni Peru´s seventh year operating treks to the Quelccaya Ice Field! We´re happy to be one of the most experienced trek operators on these routes, which explore one of the largest glaciated area in the tropics.  It´s also home to some of the fastest-retreating glaciers in the world.   Needless to say, there have been dramatic changes in the landscape in the past years.   It´s time to re-explore our Quelccaya trekking routes, and modify accordingly.  Once Coronavirus quarantine travel restrictions are lifted, we can´t wait to get started!

Quelccaya Trekking in Cusco Peru

Unforgettable Quelccaya Trek Scenery

Located in the Peruvian department of Cusco, Quelccaya is a truly unforgettable sight.  The ice cap begins around 5000m, but varies by location. From this viewpoint, it´s possible to enjoy panoramic views of the Cordillera Vilcanota, enormous Lake Sibinacocha, and the seemingly endless snow and ice fields that comprise the Quelccaya Ice Cap.   Our longer 7D/6N Quelccaya- Marcapata trek follows the edge of the cap, descending quickly to the high jungle.  Here, trekkers experience a dramatic change in scenery, as Peru´s famous microclimates transform from icy mountain tops to the beginning of the Amazon Rainforest.

Apart from our standard 3D/2N and 7D/6N routes, trekking around Quelccaya combines easily with routes through the gorgeous Cordillera Vilcanota.  This includes Vinicunca, Peru´s “Rainbow Mountain”, Palccoyo, and Apu Ausangate.   There are multiple excellent route options, with possibilities to customize Quelccaya trekking to individual needs.   Our current routes range from overnight treks, to a 10D/9N program covering the Rainbow Mountain, the Quelccaya Ice Cap, and the high jungle.

Lake Sibinacocha Peru trekking

Why Choose a Quelccaya Trek?

There are many great reasons to choose Quelccaya over the other wonderful trek routes in the Cusco region.  Here are the most important:

  • The Quelccaya Ice Cap is retreating rapidly. While estimations vary, its almost certain the glaciers will all but disappear in the coming years.  In other words, this is an adventure that won´t be possible in the future.
  • Diversity of scenery: because of the dramatic range of altitudes, it´s possible to visit Peru´s gorgeous natural beauty in a relatively short amount of time.
  • Flexibility: there is a huge amount to see and do in the area. We´re happy to modify and combine routes to match your interests and fitness level.
  • Remote routes: no matter how long you choose to trek, Quelccaya trekking is among the most remote in Cusco. It´s likely you won´t see anyone other than locals most of the time!
Quelccaya Glacier Trek

Quelccaya Exploration Trek

As mentioned, Quelccaya is changing quickly.  After following a similar route for seven years, it´s time to make some adjustments!  While Peru´s international borders remained closed at this time, international flights are planned to resume July 1, 2020.   Although circumstances can change, we´re currently planning on a Quelccaya guide exploration trip for the third week of August 2020.   We welcome anyone to join; please contact us or write contact@ayni-peru.com for details.

A few more images from the area are posted below!

Ayni Peru Quelccaya Trek 1(1)
Peru Quelccaya Ice Cave
Lake Sibinacocha Reflection