Quelccaya Glacier: Discover the diamond of the mountains Quelccaya Glacier: Discover the diamond of the mountains
Discover the diamond of the mountains

Rainbow Mountain and Quelccaya Glacier

US$ 230.00 per person
2 Days & 1 Night Duration
5,200 m / 17,060 ft Max. Altitude
4,700 m / 15,420 ft Min. Altitude
11.3 km / 7.02 mi Walking Distance
  • Quesiuno
  • Rainbow Mountain
  • Sibinacocha Lake
  • Ruita Campsite
  • White Lake
  • Quelccaya Glacier

Road to Quelccaya Glacier

Are you one of those people who love hiking in the mountains? Do you like to witness the best views of glaciers and lakes? Then, we offer you a two-day mini-program that includes camping in front of a breathtaking view. We will take you through the most spectacular destinations of the southern route of Cusco, surrounded by beautiful landscapes, nature, and lots of adventure. We will visit the Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca and the beautiful Quelccaya Glacier. Let yourself be captivated by its impressive snow-capped mountains, stone cliffs, and beautiful lakes; undoubtedly, wonderful gifts of nature.

Are you one of those people who love hiking in the mountains? Do you like to witness the best views of glaciers and lakes? Then, we offer you a two-day mini-program that includes camping in front of a breathtaking view. We will take you through the most spectacular destinations of the southern route of Cusco, surrounded by beautiful landscapes, nature, and lots of adventure. We will visit the Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca and the beautiful Quelccaya Glacier. Let yourself be captivated by its impressive snow-capped mountains, stone cliffs, and beautiful lakes; undoubtedly, wonderful gifts of nature.


We will start this program by heading south of the city of Cusco to reach the picturesque Rainbow Mountain. After exploring this beautiful place, we will head in our private transport to the Sibinacocha lake, the second-largest in Cusco. We will camp in the Ruita sector, from where we will be able to appreciate the great Quelccaya glacier.

Afterwards, we will walk to the White lake and enjoy its crystal clear waters. From this point, we will ascend and admire the largest glacier in the world, Quelccaya (5,200 m), also known as Challpa. At the end of the day, we will return to Cusco, taking with us pleasant moments of this beautiful experience.

Trip Highlights

  • Contemplarás la Montaña de Colores o la Montaña Arcoíris con sus bellas tonalidades. Te dará la sensación de ver un gran poncho multicolor en el paisaje.
  • Almorzarás en la gran laguna Sibinacocha, desde aquí obtendrás vistas increíbles del glaciar Quelccaya.
  • Visitarás la laguna Blanca que se encuentra al pie del glaciar Quelccaya.
  • Tendrás la oportunidad de acampar a más de cuatro mil metros de altura.
  • Conocerás de cerca el gran glaciar Quelccaya con su extensión de 17 km, considerado el glaciar tropical más extenso del planeta.
Included meals Breakfast: 2
Lunch: 2
Dinner: 1
Trip staff Explore Tour Leader
Transport Bus
Accommodation 1 night camping
Walking grade: Moderate
Group Size: Up to 10 People
Day 1 Cusco - Pitumarca - Rainbow Mountain - Sibinacocha Lake - Phinaya - Ruita Campsite
Highlight of the day: Visit the Rainbow Mountain and Sibinacocha lake.

Today is the first day of this fabulous program, we will leave Cusco early in the morning to head to the village of Pitumarca, where we will have a delicious breakfast. After gaining energy, we will travel for another hour and a half until we reach the community of Cayrahuiri, considered the starting point of the trek to reach the Rainbow Mountain. We will ascend little by little until we reach the planned objective, the viewpoint of the majestic Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca (5,100 m / 16,732 ft.).

After enjoying the unique views, we will descend until we reach the transportation that will take us for two hours to the Sibinacocha lake. Here, we will be able to appreciate the diverse fauna typical of the Andean region, alpacas, and vicuñas that walk around the mountains. We will take a short walk around the lake to appreciate the scenery and learn about the trout, the main fish of the area. We will enjoy our lunch while contemplating the great Quelccaya glacier and the mountains of the Vilcanota range on the horizon.

In the afternoon, our private transportation will take us for an hour and a half to Ruita, passing through the village of Phinaya. Before dinner, we can take a short hike and explore the area with its beautiful scenery. In the evening, we will rest in our camp to regain strength after a wonderful day.

We start leaving the city of Cusco towards Pitumarca to have a delicious breakfast. We will continue traveling until we reach Cayrahuiri, the starting point of the hike to the Rainbow Mountain. After enjoying this incredible place, we will descend for private transportation to take us to the lake Sibinacocha. We will appreciate beautiful panoramas and have lunch here with a wonderful view of the great Quelccaya glacier. In the afternoon, transportation will take us to Ruita, where we will set up camp.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
  • Moderate Difficulty
  • 4 km / 2.49 mi Walking distance
  • 1.45 hours Walking time
  • 4,700 m / 15,420 ft Starting elevation
  • 4,700 m / 15,420 ft Minimum height
  • 5,100 m / 16,732 ft Highest elevation
Day 2 Ruita Campsite - White Lake - Quelccaya - Cusco
Highlight of the day: The great Quelccaya glacier.

After warming up with a coca tea and enjoying a refreshing breakfast, we will begin our adventure for the day. We will walk for about 30 minutes to the lake Blanca, also known as Saqracocha. We will enjoy the place to continue with a steep ascent through some stone cliffs that have the appearance of guardians.

As we go up, we will have impressive views of the Quelccaya glacier, also called Challpa. It is worth mentioning that, due to the extension that the glacier occupies, it is located between two regions: Puno and Cusco, has an area of 44 km2 and stands out because its ice mass is not located around any of the peaks of the Vilcanota mountain range, but on a plain.

When we reach the top of the trail (5,200 m / 17,060 ft), we will feel happy to have achieved our goal. In addition, we will discover lakes born from the melting of the glacier. We will return to our campsite and get ready to finish our trip. On the way, we will be able to appreciate parihuanas known as flamingos and vizcachas which are part of the typical fauna of the area. Finally, we will arrive in Cusco after this beautiful experience and we will end our program.

We will start our last day enjoying a nutritious breakfast. We will walk about 30 minutes to the White lake and after contemplating the incredible landscapes of the place, we will ascend through the stone cliffs. On the way, we will have the best views of the Quelccaya glacier, also known as Challpa. Once we reach the imposing glacier (5,200 m / 17,060 ft), we will be able to appreciate indescribable panoramas. Finally, we will arrive in Cusco after this beautiful experience and end our program.

  • Breakfast, and Lunch Meals
  • Challenging Difficulty
  • 7.3 km / 4.54 mi Walking distance
  • 4.30 hours Walking time
  • 4,840 m / 15,879 ft Starting elevation
  • 4,840 m / 15,879 ft Minimum height
  • 5,200 m / 17,060 ft Highest elevation

At Ausangate Peru, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details to avoid missing anything. Some items may differ for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

What is Included?

  • High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure Briefing
    Detailed trek briefing with your Guide the day before the tour. The meeting is at 5:00 pm in our office.
  • Experienced Tour Guide
    An official English and Spanish-speaking tour guide will accompany you along the route. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings and keep you safe, sound, and comfortable to enjoy your trip worry-free!
  • Private Camping Equipment
    • A spacious dining tent to enjoy your meals worry-free
    • Tables, chairs, dishware, and cooking equipment
    • A portable travel toilet
    • Inflatable mattress
    All equipment carried by our horses
  • One Duffle Bag
    For the trek, you’ll receive a duffle bag to pack your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15.4 lb (this weight includes your sleeping bag). The horses will carry it on the route.
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Trekking Poles
  • Medical Kit or First AID Kit
    All Ausangate Peru guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions for them every February. Your guide will always have a first aid kit and oxygen to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers' diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.). If necessary, we'll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.
  • Extras Included in our Service
    We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You’ll receive a sleeping pillow, a cover to protect your backpack on the route, and a rain poncho.
  • 24/7 Customer Service
    We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication with Ausangate Peru leading up to your tour.
  • Satellite Phone
    Your tranquility is our first priority. Although our guides are prepared for emergencies in the mountains, calling a doctor, hospital, or a friend can make you feel more secure. For this reason, each Salkantay Trekking guide carries a satellite phone to call any location worldwide and from anywhere on the mountain.
  • Accommodation

  • 1 Night Accommodation in Tents
    Ausangate Peru uses the best equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Every 2 people will share a Eureka Timberline or Mountain Hardwear tent with a capacity of 4 people.
  • Meals

  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, and 1 Dinner
    Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountains. We respect all diets (vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost). Meals include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and complimentary hot drinks and snacks.
  • Water on the trail
    We'll provide you with boiled, filtered, and cooled water during your hike. For this, you need to bring a camel bag or an empty bottle, which you can refill during each meal (we recommend a capacity of 2 liters).
  • Wake up tea
    You'll wake up with a cup of hot coca tea! Our staff will bring it to your tent so you can warm up before you start your day.
  • Daily snacks on the trail
    Every morning we’ll give you snacks so you can enjoy them during the walk. The snacks include local fruits, biscuits, chocolates, caramels, etc.
  • One cloth snack bag per person
    To avoid the use of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we'll give you a cloth bag for your snacks.
  • Hygiene Products
    We'll provide you with a small towel and soap to clean your hands before each meal.
  • Transportation

  • Private Transport
    All transportation is included in this tour. We’ll pick you up from your hotel and after the end of the trip, we’ll drop you back at the door of your hotel in Cusco.
  • Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entry to the Rainbow Mountain

Not Included:

  • Day 2 Dinner

  • Personal Hiking Gear

  • Travel Insurance

  • Tips for our staff

    Tipping is usual on any excursion in Peru. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the horsemen and chefs together.
  • Additional costs or delays beyond our control

    Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemics, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, an act of God, etc.

Our Hiking Team

Our tour leader in Ausangate mountain

Our Tour Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained and highly experienced professional with a very solid guiding background, years of hiking and wilderness experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into unforgettable adventures.

Our cook in Ausangate Peru

Our Cooks

After a challenging trek we know how important a good hot meal can be to prepare your body and warm you up. That’s why on every trek with Salkantay Trekking we employ chefs with years of experience cooking on the trails so that they provide filling.

Meals: What to Expect in Ausangate

Meals: What to Expect

All of our hiking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola.

Our Horseman and Horses in Ausangate trek

Our Horseman and Horses

Our Horseman and his horses are in charge of all our gear and will always await us within the safe and comfortable camp sites.

Essential packing list for trekking

So you are planning to trek the famous Ausangate?

his Ausangate Packing List will help you to prepare for your outdoor adventure in one of the most stunning regions of South America.

In it we have provided as much detail on every piece of kit you will need for a safe and successful trekking. The packing list includes personal recommendations on gear that we own and use. We believe these recommended items of gear provide the best value for money and deliver the best performance.

Essential packing list

PACKING LIST: Duffle Bag Duffle Bag
PACKING LIST: Daypack Daypack


PACKING LIST: Original Passport Original Passport


PACKING LIST: Underwear Underwear
PACKING LIST: Base Layer Base Layer
PACKING LIST: Trekking Shirts Trekking Shirts
PACKING LIST: Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear
PACKING LIST: Insulated Jacket Insulated Jacket
PACKING LIST: Fleece Jacket Fleece Jacket
PACKING LIST: Trekking Shorts and Trousers Trekking Shorts and Trousers


PACKING LIST: Hat for Sun Protection Hat for Sun Protection
PACKING LIST: Head Band or Beanie Head Band or Beanie
PACKING LIST: Neck Gaiter or Balaclava Neck Gaiter or Balaclava


PACKING LIST: Inner Gloves Inner Gloves
PACKING LIST: Outer Gloves Outer Gloves


PACKING LIST: Hiking Boots
PACKING LIST: Trainers (Trekking shoes / sandals) Trainers (Trekking shoes / sandals)
PACKING LIST: Hiking Socks
PACKING LIST: Thermal Socks Thermal Socks
PACKING LIST: Gaiters Gaiters

Important Accessories

PACKING LIST: Sleeping Bag Sleeping Bag
PACKING LIST: Trekking Poles Trekking Poles
PACKING LIST: Sunglasses Sunglasses
PACKING LIST: Headlamp Headlamp
PACKING LIST: Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
PACKING LIST: Camera / Videocamera Camera / Videocamera
PACKING LIST: Notebook / Journal and Pen Notebook / Journal and Pen

Personal Gear and Medications

  • Trekking Towel:

    A small to medium sized hiking towel can come in great use. LifeVentures or Discovery provide good, quick-drying trekking towels.
  • Small Locks:

    To protect your belongings in your rucksack or duffle bag
  • Waterproof Ziplock Bags:

    These come in handy for storing important / valuable items like your money, a passport and electrical equipment
  • Isotonic Powder:

    Can be used to flavour your water nicely and helps replace electrolytes, improving energy levels and aiding water absorption. Here are some good Isotonic powdered drinks
  • Diamox:

    Also know as acetazolamide, is a medication that can be used as a prophylactic (preventative) solution for altitude sickness. It does not cure altitude sickness and should never therefore never be used as a method to continue ascending to high altitudes. It can however help prevent the onset of altitude sickness and is commonly used by high altitude climbers and trekkers.
  • General Medications:

    We recommend taking paracetamol or aspirin for headaches (a common altitude sickness symptom on the Salkantay Trek) and Imodium for diarrhoea (another common problem as food preparation can be a little unhygienic)
  • Basic First Aid Kit:

    If you are joining an organised trek, your guide will most likely be carrying a first aid kit. If you are hiking unsupported or independently then a first aid kit is a must. Here are some compact and good outdoor first aid kits: Outdoor First Aid Kits
  • Suncream / Lip balm:

    No one wants burnt skin or cracked lips! Be sure to bring 1 x suncream (SPF 30) and 1 x lip balm
  • Baby wipes:

    For quick and easy wet washe when no showers are in sight! bring 1 x baby wipes
  • Blister Plasters:

    The dreaded blisters! We recommend taking Compeed blister plasters
  • Hand Sanitizer:

    Great for disinfecting hands before and after eating, or when they get dirty during the hike

2021 Land Cost

The "Rainbow Mountain and Quelccaya Glacier" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.

Total Price per person from
US$ 230.00

Required Pre-payment: per person.
US$ 100.00

Balance (Cusco): (Commonly paid in Cusco after the briefing).
US$ 130.00

This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Notice that PayPal charges a fee of 8%, which we ask the client to cover since it's due to the use of its service. This tax is just for online deposits so that you will pay the remaining in cash (the briefing day in Cusco) without charges.

lease, after your deposit, send us the transfer number to info@ausangateperu.com; only after that, we'll be able to confirm your deposit and reservation.

Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your Peru Adventure.

  • Rainbow Mountain: US$ 80.00
  • Sacred Valley: US$ 50.00
  • City Tour: US$ 20.00

Additional Items

There are additional items you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices.

  • Sleeping bag: US$ 20.00
  • Inflattable mattress: US$ 20.00
  • Walking poles (pair): US$ 20.00

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed, we guarantee the price won’t increase, whatever the circumstances. So please, before booking, ensure you’ve read all our important tour information.

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