Qoyllur Rit’i Festival Trek 2D

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Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night
Availability : May 26th, 27th, or 28th, 2024
Depart: Mahuayany, Ocongate
Destination: Sinakara Mountain
Min Age : 8
Max People : 12

Qoyllur Rit'i Festival Trek Highlights

  • A shorter two day trek to see one of the coolest festivals in all of Cusco
  • Visit the Sanctuary of the Lord of Qoyllur Rit’I and watch as groups of colorful costumed dancers express their devotion
  • Make your dreams come true at the market of miniatures

About the Qoyllur Rit'i Festival 2 Day Trek

The Qoyllur Rit’i festival is absolutely not to be missed. Join hundreds of Andean pilgrims as they make this important religious pilgrimage to venerate the Lord of Qoyllur Rit’i in this incredible blend of Catholic and Andean faith.

> Read more about this fascinating piece of cultural history!


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The Qoyllur Rit’i festival takes place every year at the base of Mt Sinakara in the Ausangate area, just days before Corpus Christi is celebrated in Cusco.  To celebrate the Qoyllur Rit’i Festival on this two day trek, we depart on the Sunday, Monday or Tuesday before Corpus Christi (in 2023, this means the 4th, 5th, or 6th of June).

Read more about the fascinating Qoylloriti festival on our Cultural Events page, and join the cultural adventure of a lifetime!

For a more in-depth experience, we also offer a 4-day Qoyllur Rit’i Pilgrimage!

Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private trek, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

2 people


3 people


4-6 people


7+ people


High quality personalized experience

Unique, off-the-beaten track routes

Experienced staff

Verified sustainability practices

$20 of every trek donated to Threads of Peru


What is Included?


  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of your departure to the Qoylloriti Festival
  • Private transport from Cusco to the trailhead and return at the end of the trek

Trekking Team

  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide, plus an assistant guide for groups over 8
  • Horses and horsemen, who carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 8kg/17lbs per person).
  • Tents, sleeping bags and mattresses for our staff to sleep in, plus a budget for their meals


  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary. Our professional cooks prepare a combination of traditional Peruvian and Western cuisine. Talk to your Travel Consultant during the booking process if you have certain preferences! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. When served, salads are washed in boiled water.
  • Cook and cooking equipment, plus assistants for larger groups.
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs, and kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals


  • Tent: 2 people in a 4-person tent, allowing for greater comfort and backpack storage!
  • Basic foam mattress. If you require greater comfort during the trek we can rent you an inflatable mattress. See Optional Extras & Upgrades below.
  • Toilet tent


  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if you are a little slower
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

Additional inclusions

  • Pre-trek briefing

What is Not Included?


  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last day.


  • Sleeping bags. Available for rent if you don’t have one with you.
  • Additional horses for your personal luggage


  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters

Optional Extras & Upgrades

We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trek and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.

Equipment Available for Rent

  • Extra horse to carry luggage exceeding the allowed 8kg (17lbs) per person
  • Extra horse for you to ride, and horseman to lead it
  • Sleeping Bag suitable for -5˚C
  • Deluxe sleeping bag suitable for -15˚C
  • Light-weight aluminum walking stick. Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
  • Thermarest inflatable mattress
  • Thermarest inflatable pillow

Service Upgrades

Optional Activities


  • When calculating the cost of renting equipment, calculate using the length of the entire trip, not just the number of trekking days.
  • Please be careful with rented equipment! You are responsible for the cost of replacement if something is damaged or broken.
  • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.

What to Pack

We recommend that you bring the following items with you:

  • A fleece or down jacket is an essential item at this elevation;
  • Hiking trousers with zip off shorts are a good idea, as day time temperatures can be quite warm, yet temperatures plummet as soon as the sun goes down. You can supplement these with leggings or thermals to wear underneath;
  • A rain poncho or waterproof jacket is also important. It can rain or even snow at certain times of the year!;
  • Water-resistant trekking boots are advisable. The trail on this hike can sometimes be muddy and wet, so we also recommend to bring extra socks!;
  • A warm sleeping bag, rated to -15°C (5°F). If you prefer, you can rent one from us;
  • A headlamp or torch;
  • A high factor (SPF) sunscreen, a sun cap and sunglasses. The sun can be really strong, especially in dry season. Sun protection is essential!;
  • A small daypack to carry your necessary items for each day’s hiking.

For our full packing list for treks in the Andes, see What to Bring.

Our blog How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru will also give you some great tips for how to get ready for your trek, before you even leave home.

Available Discounts

  • Children 0-4 years: 75% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group, but will be charged 25% of the per person price based on final group size. For example, a group of 4 adults and one child under 4: adults will be charged the full price per person based on a group size of 4 and the child will be charged 25% of the per person price for a group of 4. Children under 3 will not be considered to occupy a seat on any train or bus, and instead must ride on a parent’s lap. Car seats, cribs and other baby needs may not be included and must be discussed in advance. For more information about travelling with infants and toddlers, please see this blog as well as the Age Requirements section of our Booking Conditions.

Trekkers Wanted

Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone!

Read More about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Important Info

  • Each guide has their own preferred route and so the route you trek might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
  • The times cited in this Qoylloriti Festival itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group, and the guide may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.
  • The Ausangate region is at very high altitude, and you’ll be hiking close to glaciers and snow-covered mountains. Translation: it’s very cold! Temperatures can fall well below zero at night. We strongly recommend using a sleeping bag good for at least -15˚C.
  • This is a totally off-the-beaten-path trek, and tourist infrastructure is very limited. Instead, we’ll be making use of local facilities where possible.
  • Please note: this is a true adventure and things may not go exactly according to plan! Keep an open mind and let yourself enjoy the cultural differences you may experience. Most of all, remember you are joining a genuine Andean fiesta, an event with real meaning and importance to the local community, and at which you are a guest. You should be willing to accept their means and methods of celebration. Please be respectful. Please refer to our Responsible Tourism pages. You can also ask for our Traveler’s Code of Conduct guide. There is always an opportunity to learn something!

Ready to Book?

  • Does this trek sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
  • Travel insurance is a must! World Nomads offers travel insurance for adventure activities.


Day 1Cusco - Mahuayany - Sanctuary of Qoylloriti

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Leaving Cusco at 5 am, we travel about 3 hours to Mahuayany (via Tinqui, the trailhead for the Ausangate trek) along the Transoceanic highway. The Qoyllur Rit’i Festival awaits! We pass through spectacular landscapes and stop for photos along the way at Urcos, Ccatcca and Ocongate.

We will have an early lunch with other pilgrims at Mahuayany (4600m), which will be bursting at the seams with visitors. Then, we start our hike up to the Sanctuary of Qoylloriti. The Sanctuary is located in a breathtaking spot, surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

We slowly hike 3-5h along an uphill trail following the 14 Stations of the Cross, the last one being located at the Sanctuary itself. In the evening, we can attend one of two services at the Sanctuary, at 6 pm or at 8 pm. We will have dinner and camp at the Sanctuary. Note: the Sanctuary is located at a very high altitude, so you should be well-acclimatized!

Day 2Sanctuary of Qoylloriti - Cusco

The morning is spent at the Senor de Qoyllur Rit’i Sanctuary, watching and learning about the activities of the pilgrims as they celebrate the Qoyllur Rit’i Festival. There will be lots of music and dancing! We attend the alacitas market in the morning, where you can buy miniature goods such as trucks, houses, cattle, university titles and anything that your heart desires. The legend says that whatever you purchase and then sacrifice to the Lord will come true thanks to the power of the Lord of Qoyllur Rit’i.

There are various masses for the Pabluchas (Ukukus) and also the Señor de Tayancani. After lunch, we will begin our descent to Mahuayany, where our private transport will be waiting for us. We will arrive back in Cusco late, between 9 and 10pm.

Note: Thursday is Corpus Christi in Cusco. We organise this 2-day Qoylloriti trek so that you will be in Cusco for this event, which is another fascinating cultural experience.

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Paul from US

Group Traveller

A very dependable and well organized trekking company. I highly recommend Apus Peru and the team in Cusco, especially if you are planning a more challenging trek.

14 June, 2017

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