Duration: 7 days/ 6 nights
Quelccaya Trek Departure Dates: Any day you would like!
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Pricing: From $589 USD per person, for groups of 4 or more trekkers. Please contact us for pricing for smaller group treks.
Our Quelccaya trek is a remote, gorgeous, and truly unique following along the expansive Quelccaya Ice Fields, the largest glaciated area of the tropics worldwide. Beginning in high-altitude area of Killacocha, we trek along stunningly blue Lake Sibinacocha, then ascend toward Quelccaya. Next, descend past beautiful snowcapped peaks and through a variety of microclimates before arriving in the high jungle. Our end point, Marcaopata, is a lovely colonial town with a fascinating church, excellent thermal baths, and amazing views of the surrounding valleys.
We will depart early in the morning for our trek departure point of Killacocha, at approximately 4,800 msnm. The drive is approximately 6 hours, with the final half along a remote, unpaved road. This is a long ride, but the scenery is beautiful and we have a good chance of spotting wild vicunas along the way. We will have lunch in Killacocha before beginning the hike to our campsite at Mormorani.
Duration: 10 km / 5 hours
Meals: B, L, D
Our route on this day will take us along beautifully blue Lake Sibinacocha, with snowcapped peaks surrounding us. We will camp near Yayamari on this night.
Duration:10 hours / 5 Km
Meals: B, L, D
In the morning we will have the option of ascending Yayamari before continuing on to Cascara. Yayamari is a challenging climb with a peak a 5,500 msnm, and we will be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and Sibinacocha. We will camp for the night below Cascara Pass, at 5,050 msnm.
Duration: 7 hours/12 Km
Meals: B, L, D
After breakfast we will begin the hike to our campsite at Ayniwasi, located in a broad, high-altitude valley (4, 855 msnm).
Duration: 7hrs /8km
Today we set out for the tiny, traditional community of Parina. The day begins with a tough climb to Yanacasa pass, at 5,175 msnm. As we ascend we will enjoy increasing interesting views of surrounding glacial fields and colorful yet barren hillsides. At the pass we will be only a few meters from the ice fields, with magnificent views of the valleys below us. From there, we descend to our campsite for the night, at 4, 811 msnm.
Duration: 7hrs /9km
In the morning we will begin a long and gentle descent to our high jungle end point. We will pass high pampas with grazing llamas and alpacas, glacial streams and snowcapped mountains before reaching our relatively lush and warm campsite at Ataotambo.
Duration: 6hrs /13km
After breakfast we will continue our descent along an original Inca trail. The landscape will become increasing lush as we arrive at our pickup point in the town of Marcapata. In town we will have the opportunity to bathe in the local hotsprings and visit the beautiful local church and cemetery before beginning the drive back to Cusco.
Duration: 3hrs /6km