Ausangate Hike to Sibinacocha 6D

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Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Availability : Every Day.
Depart: Tinqui
Destination: Cusco
Difficulty : ★★★★ Challenging
Adventure : ★★★★ Very adventurous
Min Age : 10
Max People : 12

Ausangate Hike to Sibinacocha 6 Day Highlights

  • On this Ausangate hike you can expect to see spectacular mountain views, hot springs, gorgeous glacial lakes – often just outside your tent!
  • Keep an eye out for the abundant Andean wildlife, including geese, ducks, alpacas, llamas and possibly even vicuñas.
  • A great alternative trek around the Apu Ausangate that takes you to the magnificent lake Sibinacocha.

About the Ausangate Hike to Sibinacocha 6 Day

See a side of the Ausangate hike (6372m / 20,900ft) that few people get to see! Leave the crowds behind as you deviate from the normal Ausangate hike in order to take in the majestic Sibinacocha Lake for a chance to really commune with nature and appreciate Apu Ausangate in all its glory. 

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Embark on a 6 day journey where you’ll trek through virtually uninhabited regions where your companions are more likely to be Andean geese than other trekkers! We start from Cusco and head out to Urcos to see its colorful local markets and other small communities until we reach our Ausangate to Sibinacocha trail.
Throughout our entire trip you’ll be amazed by the spectacular mountain views, glacial lakes, hot springs and the abundant wildlife that includes geese, alpacas and vicuñas.
The Ausangate hike to Sibinacocha ends at Phinaya, a remote Andean community free of vehicles other than horses and the occasional bike. This is an unforgettable trail for mountain lovers and those seeking to get off the beaten path.

We treat our staff right!

The Andean treks around Cusco are notorious for the mistreatment of porters, mules and other trail staff who are asked to carry more than government regulation allow. At Apus Peru, we do things differently, going above and beyond these minimums. Read more about how we take care of all our staff, including porters and horsemen.


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


4-6 people


7-8 people


9-12 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

Important Details About the Ausangate Hike to Sibinacocha 6 Day

What is Included?

  • Pre-trek briefing
  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of the Ausangate hike to Sibinacocha
  • Private transport from Cusco to the trailhead and return at the end of the trek
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide, plus an assistant guide for groups over 8
  • Entry fee to Ausangate Mountain
  • 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.
  • Cook and cooking equipment, plus assistants for larger groups.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary. Our professional cooks prepare a combination of traditional Peruvian and Western cuisine. Talk to your guide if you have certain preferences! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. When served, salads are washed in boiled water.
  • Toilet tent
  • Horses and horsemen, who carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7kg/15lbs per person).
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if you are a little slower
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs, and kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
  • Tents, sleeping bags and mattresses for our staff to sleep in, plus a budget for their meals
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

What is Not Included?

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Sleeping bags. Available for rent if you don’t have one with you. Sleeping bags good to at least -15˚C (5˚F) are recommended.
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Additional horses for your personal luggage

You Should Bring

    See What To Bring for our comprehensive recommendations on what to pack for your trek. Note: it gets VERY cold in the Ausangate Region! You should be prepared for extra cold temperatures during the evenings. For more great suggestions, check out our blog about How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru.

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.

    • Extra horse to carry luggage exceeding the allowed 7kg (15lbs) 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
    • Single-occupancy tent supplement
    • Comfort Camping Upgrade
    • Combine with a Machu Picchu Trek Extension


    • 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.

Available Discounts

  • Students: USD $30 off, in certain circumstances. Please enquire for details about eligibility.
  • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 5-11 years: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 0-4 years: Free. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group. This discount does not apply to train fares. Children under 2 will not be considered to occupy a seat on any train or bus, and instead must ride on a parent’s lap.
  • 5% off a day tour listed price when you also book a 3-day or longer trek operated by Apus Peru

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 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 hike to Sibinacocha 6D 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 freezing at night. We strongly recommend using a sleeping bag good for at least -15˚C (5˚F).
  • Our Ausangate hike to Sibinacocha Lake 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.
  • 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. 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.

Ausangate Hike to Sibinacocha 6 Day Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Tinqui - Pacchanta

    Today we leave Cusco behind as we head south on the Trans-Oceanic Highway for a three-hour journey to the Ausangate Hike to Sibinacocha Lake trailhead. Our first stop is Urcos where we can snap some photos of the colorful local market. From here we continue on to Ccatcca, an agricultural and cattle-raising community which will give us spectacular views of the region. After, we continue on to Ocongate, capital of the region with the same name, and just a half hour from our destination, Tinqui. Once we arrive in Tinqui, we will have lunch and then start a 3-hour hike by the road to Pacchanta (4100m/ 13,451ft), where we will camp for the night. Pacchanta is a rural community that boasts some well-known hot springs where we can enjoy a nice dip, under the shadow of the imposing Ausangate Mountain.

    Total Walking Distance – 10km
    Total Walking Time – 3:30 hs
    Minimum Altitude – 3800m / 12,467ft / Maximum Altitude – 4100m /13,451ft
    Altitude of camp – 4100m /13,451ft
    Approx. night temperature – 0°C

Day 2Pacchanta - Qomerqocha Lagoon - Jampa Pampa

    After a good night’s rest, we start the day with a slight climb up the Pacchanta Valley in the company of llamas and alpacas casually grazing on the hillsides around us, until we reach Ninaparayoc lagoon where we will stop for lunch. This is a spectacular spot with incredible views of all the major snow-capped peaks around us: Ausangate, Santa Catalina, Maria Huamantiqlla, Pucapunta and Colquecruz. See if you can name them all!

    After lunch, we will hike for about 3 hours towards the first mountain pass of our trek, the Abra de Q’ampa (also called Jampa), at a breathtaking (literally!) 5060m / 16,601ft. With our batteries charged and spirits replenished, we continue another 2 h until we reach Jampa Pampa where we set up camp in an impressive valley overlooked by the huge and awesome Tres Picos, Colquecruz and Pucapunta peaks.

    Total Walking Distance – 15 km
    Total Walking Time – 7hs
    Minimum Altitude – 4100m /13,451ft / Maximum Altitude – 5060m /16,601ft
    Altitude of camp – 4500m / 14,763ft
    Approx. night temperature – -5°C

Day 3Jampa Pampa - Quillita

    Our morning begins with a gradual climb up to Yanaqocha (“black lake” in Quechua), whose dark color gives it its name. Dark red and black volcanic soils color our journey while moraines reveal the geological history of this region – glaciers once covered these slopes! We enter a beautiful valley that boasts an explosion of colored mountains, three gorgeous lagoons and a smattering of fuzzy llamas and alpacas. After crossing this valley, we reach our next mountain pass (5100m/16,732ft) and then continue on to Quillita where we will camp for the night.

    Total Walking Distance – 7km
    Total Walking Time – 3 hs
    Minimum Altitude – 4500m / 14,763ft / Maximum Altitude – 4710m /15,452ft
    Altitude of camp – 4710m /15,452ft
    Approx. night temperature – -5°C

Day 4Quillita - Source of Sibinacocha Lake

    Well-rested and with bellies full, we’re ready to meet the challenge that awaits: the Abra del Condor, or Condor Pass (5221m / 17,129ft), and the highest point on our Ausangate hike to Sibinacocha trek! As we reach our first milestone of the day, we’re rewarded with spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range and maybe even some wild vicuñas! The glacial-fed Sibinacocha Lake – our next destination – looms in the distance. It’s three hours from here to Sibinacocha, and we’ll cross another mountain pass and a valley before we get there. We’ll camp alongside the dark blue waters of the lagoon, not far from its glacial source. This is an area rich in biodiversity and with any luck, we’ll spot plenty of huallatas or Andean geese, coots, and ducks as they visit the waters near our campsite.

    Total Walking Distance – 16km
    Total Walking Time –7hs
    Minimum Altitude – 4897m /16,066ft / Maximum Altitude –5221m /17,129ft
    Altitude of camp – 4897m /16,066ft
    Approx. night temperature – -5°C

Day 5Sibinacocha Lake - Ccascana

    From our lakeside camp, we start out walking along the shores of Sibinacocha Lake until we reach Yayamari nestled beneath the rocky mountain of the same name. From here, we cross the pampa where we are likely to see hundreds of llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas (if we’re lucky!) until we reach the Abra Ccascana (5040m / 16,535ft). Surrounded by snow-capped peaks Montura and Chumpi, we reach Ccascana lagoon, where we will camp for the night. We may be treated to more Andean wildlife in this spot, including Andean geese and maybe even flamingos!

    Looking for more adventure? Add on an extra day and do the Yayamari Scramble, a non-technical climb of this shale-covered peak!

    Total Walking Distance – 14km
    Total Walking Time – 7hs
    Minimum Altitude – 4900m /16,076ft / Maximum Altitude – 5040m / 16,535ft
    Altitude of camp – 4900m /16,076ft
    Approx. night temperature – -5°C

Day 6Ccascana - Phinaya - Cusco

    Our last day of the Ausangate Hike to Sibinacocha Lake sees us leave Ccascana Lake behind as we make the 3.5h trek to Phinaya. Phinaya is a small Andean community with a beautiful church and zero traffic besides horses and the occasional bicycle. Here we will have lunch before we start our long journey home by private vehicle. We expect to reach Cusco after dark, after about 6 hours of driving.

    Total Walking Distance – 7km
    Total Walking Time – 3.5h
    Minimum Altitude – 4800m /15,748ft / Maximum Altitude – 4920m /16,141ft

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Aberdeen from UK

Family Traveller

We are a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 kids – 18, 15 and 14) and we chose this trek (6 days/ 5 nights) because we wanted something off the beaten track and certainly didn’t want to trek with 500 others on the Inca Trail. I think we only saw 4 other trekkers (on the second day) and none after that.

Pre trek organisation both from the UK and meeting in Cusco were all fantastic, easy communication and heaps of useful information. And on the trek all the staff were superb, from our guide who gave us brilliant Peruvian history lessons each evening, the cook who never stopped smiling and managed to prepare the most incredible meals. Anyone prepared to bring me a cup of tea in bed at 6.00 am when there’s half of foot of snow outside deserves a medal!

The scenery on the trek is spectacular, the areas we camped in all stunning and always left spotlessly clean. The distances covered/heights climbed are not too great but this is a hard trek because of the altitude (three of the nights we were camping above 4,900 m) and because of the cold (easily – 10 at night and not particularly warm during the day). We wore every single layer of clothing we had, including alpaca socks bought from 2 lovely ladies on the first day. We were prepared for the cold but maybe not prepared for the amount of snow that fell….it snowed overnight on three of the nights and the last day we walked out in over 8″ of snow, which the horses struggled through. The van luckily had made it to Phinaea and despite struggling up some of the bends it made it back too (not a given…over 70 km of dirt track much of which was covered in snow).

Overall a fantastic experience.

2 August, 2018

SNG56 from US

Couple Traveller

The trek was absolutely everything we could have wanted and more, gorgeous scenery, attentive guide, cook and horsemen. Although we are members of the senior set, we are avid hikers and spend much time in Colorado. We truly didn’t have a problem with the altitude in terms of sickness. Our tent was incredibly spacious and the sleeping bags provided kept us nice and warm at night. The horsemen set everything up for us so all we needed to carry was a daypack. It was so nice to arrive in camp and see everything ready for us. The cook was fantastic. His food was fresh, creative and plentiful. Especially memorable was a breakfast of fresh trout he prepared using fish that had been caught the night before. In addition to our 3 meals, we had a teatime with snacks (great popcorn). Absolutely fascinating. In addition, our guide knew the flowers, animals, and birds, we saw along the way.

My husband and I both felt that Roger was, hands down, the best guide we had ever had. All in all the trek was everything we had hoped for and truly exceeded our expectations. We also appreciate that a percentage of the monies received by Apus Peru goes to a worthy cause. I highly recommend this company and can guarantee that if you book with them, you will love your experience.

26 October, 2016
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