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6 Days / 5 Nights
Availability : We depart any day during dry season with 2 people. Not available Dec-Mar.
Tinqui
Cusco
Difficulty : ★★★★ Challenging
Adventure : ★★★★ Very adventurous
Solitude : ★★★★ Remote
Min Age : 10
Max People : 12
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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. You’ll trek through virtually uninhabited regions where your companions are more likely to be Andean geese than other trekkers! 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.

What to Expect on the Ausangate Hike to Sibinicocha 6D

On this Ausangate hike you can expect to see spectacular mountain views, hot springs, gorgeous glacial lakes – often just outside your tent! – and an abundance of Andean wildlife, including geese, ducks, alpacas, llamas and possibly even vicuñas.

 

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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

$1598

4-6 people

$945

7-8 people

$780

9-12 people

$690
Details

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

    Important!

    • 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. A valid student card which clearly shows the expiry date must be presented upon booking.
  • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 5-11: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 0-4: 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.

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.
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 Sibinaocha 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 to Pacchanta (4100m/ 13448ft), 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.

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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 Qomercocha (“green lake” in Quechua) 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!) 5080m / 16400ft. We then descend towards the Ticllaqocha Lagoons, a stunning group of jewel-like turquoise lagoons and a fantastic backdrop for lunch. With our batteries charged and spirits replenished, we continue another 2 h after lunch 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.

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Day 3Jampa Pampa - Condorpaso

    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 cross Yanaqocha Pass (5050m / 15,564ft) and 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/16,728ft) and then continue on to Condorpaso where we will camp for the night. Our campsite is located very close to the mountain pass of the same name, which will be our challenge for tomorrow!

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Day 4Condorpaso - Source of Sibinacocha Lake - Momorani

    Well-rested and with bellies full, we’re ready to meet the challenge that awaits: the Abra del Condor, or Condor Pass (5200m / 17,056ft), 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.

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Day 5Momorani - Ccascana

    From our lakeside camp, we start out walking along the shores of Sibinacocha Lake until we reach the village of 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 (5000m / 16,400ft). 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!

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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.

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