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Ausangate Trek to Sibinacocha 6D/5N

Created with Sketch. Ausangate, Sibinacocha, Cusco.
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Duration

6D/5N

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

10 people

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Languages

Español, Ingles

Overview

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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    Activities: Trekking Adventure
    Shuttle to Tinqui: 4½ hour by bus from Cusco.
    Difficulty Levels: 3 of 5
    Maximum Altitude: 4350 masl. / 14271 ft.
    Accommodation: 3 Days Camping
    Optional Activities: Horse Reading, Hotspring.
    Locations: Ausangate, SibinaCocha Lake.
    Departures Day: Daily Departures.
    Starts: Pick up at your accommodation in Cusco around 4:00 AM
    Ends: Drop-off at Cusco around 18:15 PM

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - 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.

Hiking distance: 10 Km. / 7.0 mile.
Hiking time: 3½ to 4 hour approximately.
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Climate: night temperature – 0°C
Acomodation: Camping.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 4100 masl. / 13451 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3800 masl. / 12464 ft.
Day 2: Pacchanta - 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.

Hiking distance: 15 Km. / 9.3 mile.
Hiking time: 7½ to 8 hour approximately.
Level of Difficulty: Challenging
Climate: Approx. night temperature -5°C
Acomodation: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 5060 masl. / 16601 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 4100 masl. / 13448 ft.
Day 3: Jampa 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.

Hiking distance: 7 Km. / 4.3 mile
Hiking time: 3-4 hour approximately.
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Climate: Approx. night temperature -5°C
Acomodation: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 4710 masl / 15452 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 4500 masl / 14763 ft.
Day 4: Quillita - 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.

Hiking distance: 16 Km. / 9.9 mile
Hiking time: 6-7 hour approximately.
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Climate: Approx. night temperature -5°C
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 5221 masl / 17129 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 4897 masl / 16066 ft.
Day 5: Sibinacocha 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!

Hiking distance: 14 Km. / 8.6 mile
Hiking time: 7-8 hour approximately.
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Climate: Approx. night temperature -5°C
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 5040 masl / 16535 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 4900 masl / 16076 ft.
Day 6: Ccascana - 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.

Hiking distance: 7 Km. / 4.3 mile
Hiking time: 3½-4 hour approximately.
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Shuttle to Cusco: 6½ hour by bus from Phinaya.
Maximum Altitude: 4920 masl / 16141 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 4800 masl / 15748 ft.

Include:

  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Private van transportation from your Cusco hotel to Tinqui (the trailhead)
  • Private van transportation from Quesiuno Village to your Cusco hotel
  • Four person tent for each 2 persons.
  • Thermarest Inflatable Mattress
  • Kitchen tent
  • Professional chef and assistant chef
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Toilet tent and portable toilet
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • Horse to carry 8 kg of your personal gear
  • Emergency horse in case we need it
  • Four breakfasts, four lunches, and three dinners
  • Hot water for washing twice daily
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Admission fee for the Upis Hot Springs

Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Trekking poles (can be rented from us)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Day 4 dinner
  • Tips for the crew (muleteers, chef and guide)

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Ausangate, Sibinacocha, Cusco.

Tour Map Ausangate Trek to Sibinacocha 6D/5N

FAQs

What Should I Bring for the Tour?
– Original passport
– For students: ISIC card
– Insurance card/certificate
– Walking stick ( Highly Recomemded )
– Hiking boots
– Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
– Warm jacket
– Hat and gloves
– 2-4 t-shirts
– 2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
– Long underwear for sleeping
– Hand sanitizer
– Comfortable trousers
– Sun hat or cap
– Sunscreen
– Insect repellent
– Water
– Toiletries/ Toilet paper
– Personal medication
– Camera
– Flashlight or headlamp
– Extra money for tips/snacks/beer.
How difficult is the Ausangate Trek?
You just need to remember that you are able to go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, pace yourself, and enjoy. Ausangate Trek is considered as a moderate hike; not a technical hike but high altitude may affect some people.
Are trekking poles or sticks necessary?
We recommend the use of trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known knee problems. There are multiple times during the trek that a trekking poles is handy, be it ascending a mountain or walking along the rough trails.
Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Ausangate Trek?
It's impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full 2-day trip spent in Cusco (3,399 masl), taking it very easy and drinking plenty of water is enough for some people but if you can arrange to have minimum 2-3 days in case of any travel disruptions as well, then this is what we recommend as there is also so much to do here! The highest point you will get to while hiking Ausangate reaches 5,280 masl on the 2nd day.
Do I Need A Permits?
The Lares Trail does Not require permits as the Inca Trail, but it is important to reserve in advance do to the trip requires train tickets and entrance to Machu Picchu which once are limited.
Will I need to bring water?
We recommend that you purchase a 1.5 – 2 liter bottle of water to take with you on the first day. Every night during the trek, we will boil water so you can refill the same bottle every morning before setting out. If you are planning to drink from any streams or waterfalls, we strongly suggest you bring water purification tablets or filters. Also, you will be able to buy water along the way on Day 1, for the first few hours of Day 2, then again on the afternoon of Day 3, and of course at Machu Picchu.
Is the Ausangate Trek still good during the rainy season?
Some people actually like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists but we say please be prepared for wet weather and have suitable clothes and equipment. Possibly snow, so be prepared for a possible change of route if a pass is deemed impassable by the guide. We do not recommend this trek in the months of January, February and March.
Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Ausangate?
You first encounter Machu Picchu as the sun rises over the high mountains encircling it. It is already dawn but this impressive moment of Machu Picchu coming out of the shadows of the looming mountains is awesome.
Will I need any extra money?
Yes or yes we recommend taking extra money, tips for the trekking staff, souvenirs, snacks, bottled water, drinks, etc. You should take at least 300 soles as emergency money.
What Type Of Food Will We Get On The Ausangate Trek?
Our cooks prepare excellent high-energy meals appropriate for a trek of this nature. The menu usually includes pasta, rice, chicken, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of oatmeal, eggs and other breakfast foods. Vegetarian alternatives are available upon request at the time of booking.
Do Tour guides speak English?
Completely fluent in English. Our guides are also one of the most popular aspects of our tours some of them being historians and archaeologists and all demonstrate a great passion for their culture and heritage.
Is This Recommended For Children?
This tour is not recommended for children because they may have trouble walking, but if the child enjoys hiking at high altitudes, they can do it.
Can People With Medical Problems Make This Trip?
If you have medical problems, you should consult your doctor and indicate that you want to or are planning a hike in the Peruvian Andes and the height is 5040 m (16,400 ft) above sea level. If you have medication, you must bring it with you to continue your treatment.
Horse Rentals?
Horseback is available as an option at an additional cost of $20usd per day for those who have not built up stamina for long distance hiking or who may not have time to acclimatize. (This option requires advanced notice)
Where Do I Store My Luggage?
All luggage not needed for the hike should stay in Cusco. All hotels are very accommodating and quite used to storing luggage on site. But we have storage in Cusco where we can keep all your belonging.

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  • Sleeping Bag & Walking Sticks ⇨$50,00
  • Horse Ride ⇨$120,00
  • Pachamanca Lunch ⇨$100,00
  • Private Service ⇨$250,00
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