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Sibinacocha Lake

Ausangate Trek to Sibinacocha 6 Days

$1,160.00

Amazing trekking experience in the rugged Cordillera Vilcanota

TRIP OVERVIEW

TRIP CODE: ATS6D01
TYPE SERVICE: Private Service
TYPE ITINERARY: Fixed
ACTIVITIES: Hiking & Trekking, Cultural & History
DESTINATION: Cusco, Ausangate Mountain, Sibinacocha Lake

Amazing Ausangate Trek experience in the rugged Cordillera Vilcanota
This fantastic Ausangate trek runs alongside the breathtaking snow-capped Ausangate Mountain and guides you along mountain passes, scenic mountain beauty, rural Andean villages, hot-springs and turquoise lakes. This unconventional route to the typical circuit around Mount Ausangate still gives the most beautiful views of this revered Andean mountain before it swerves towards the remarkable Sibinacocha Lagoon, leaving behind tourists and entering an unoccupied region where you get the extraordinary feeling of being very close to nature. The walk ends in Phinaya, a tiny isolated Andean community where horses and bicycles serve as means of transportation. This is a memorable hike suggested for lovers of mountain climbing and trekking.

Highlights

  • Exhilarating day hikes and wonderful camping
  • Super Ausangate trek in the rugged Peruvian Andes
  • A Peru trekking holiday at its very best
  • A magnificent trek amongst Peru`s biggest peaks
  • End to end, through the most famous of Andean ranges
  • Eight major pass crossings and fantastic views

TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1 – Transportation to Tinki, Hike to Qomerqocha Lagoon
You will be picked up from your hotel at 6:00AM transfer to Tinki (head of the trail) we depart from Cusco in a private vehicle. On our journey we bypass Urcos, where we can catch a glimpse of a beautiful lagoon with the matching name, carry on to Ccatcca, a farming and cattle raising district where we are left in awe of the area’s fabulous views, Ocongate, capital of the district with the same name and at long last cross Tinki, a small neighbourhood that overlooks the stunning Mount Ausangate, located only half an hour away from our destination. After a long drive 4 hours, we arrive in Tinki, a bucolic community that is home to some famous hot springs where we can take pleasure from a nice swim and relax with splendid views of the faces of Ausangate. Here we encounter our wranglers and horses and have an appetizing first lunch. In the day, we continue our hike through a minor climb up the Pacchanta valley, getting to see llamas and alpacas, until we arrive at the picturesque Qomercocha lagoon where we settle down and have dinner. Our camp will be set in a wonderful area with startling views of Ausangate, Santa Catalina, Maria Huamantiqlla, Pucapunta and Colquecruz snow-capped mountains. Camping
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 – Ausangate trek: Qomerqocha Lagoon to Yanamayo
We leave at around 7:00 am and continue on towards the first mountain pass of our trek, the Abra Q´ampa at 5000m/16400ft, which we will reach after about 4h. We then descend towards the Ticllaqocha Lagoons, a beautiful group of little turquoise lagoons next to which we have lunch. In the afternoon, we continue our hike for an additional 2 to 3 hours until we reach Yanamayo where we set our camp in an impressive valley overlooked by the stunning Tres Picos, Colquecruz and Pucapunta peaks. Camping
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Ausangate trek: Yanamayo to Condorpaso
We pack up camp and make a move towards Yanaqocha or “Black Lagoon”, this name being given to the dark colour of its waters. In this section we discover a soil of volcanic origin, its color turning to dark red and black, as well as moraines, reminding us of the earlier presence of glaciers in this area. We will go over Yanaqocha mountain pass (5050m/16564ft) to then turn up at a surprisingly exquisite valley with a colorful outbreak of mountains, three spectacular lagoons and the presence of llamas and alpacas, which we will cross to move in the direction of our next mountain pass (5100m/16728ft). From this position, an extra hour of hiking leads us to Condorpaso, our next campsite, situated near to the mountain pass of the same name which will be our challenge for the next day. Camping
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Ausangate trek: Condorpaso to Source of Sibinacocha Lagoon
After breakfast, we proceed to a steady climb up the valley that takes us to the mountain pass Abra del Condor (5200m/17056ft) after a two-hour walk. From the pass, the uppermost site of our trek, we may not only rejoice the incredible views of the Vilcanota mountain range and the Sibinacocha Lagoon, our next landmark, but also with a bit of luck see wild vicuñas. Straight away, we continue our hike for another 3 hours, crossing another mountain pass on the route and then going downwards into the valley of the Sibinacocha Lagoon’s source. We will camp next to the lagoon and in close proximity of its source, where an imposing glacier stands and nourishes the lake with its turquoise waters that contrast with the dark blue natural color of the lagoon. The lagoon possesses a wide bio-diversity. We are likely to spot Andean Coots, “Huallatas” or Andean Geese as well as Andean Ducks from our camp. Camping
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – Ausangate trek: Source of Sibinacocha Lagoon to Ccascana
Today, we leave early to march along the coast of the Sibinacocha Lagoon for 3h till we reach the Yayamari community, next to the mountain of the same name, a striking rocky peak surrounding the lagoon (5500m/18040ft). We then proceed to move across a pampa where we are likely to spot hundreds of llamas, alpacas and hopefully vicuñas, and then carry on towards the Abra Ccascana at 5000m/16400ft, which will lead us to the lagoon of the same name, in this area we will camp one last time. In this isolated spot, enclosed by remarkable snow-capped peaks such as Montura and Chumpi and populated by small rustic communities, we may even catch a glimpse of ¨Huallatas¨ or Andean geese and maybe even flamingoes. Camping
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – Ccascana to Phinaya and back to Cusco
After our breakfast, we depart Ccascana walking for three and a half hours towards Phinaya. This is a little Andean community with a lovely small church and only bikes and horses around for transportation, where we will eat for the last time on our journey. In the afternoon, we meet our private convoy that will take us back to Cusco, where we expect to arrive after twilight.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

* Departure and arrival times are approximated.
** Campsites are subject to change according to our guide’s criteria and the group progress

PRICES PER PERSON (*)

# of People 2 people 3-4 people 5-6 people 7-9 people 10 people ++
Price per person US$ 1160 US$ 975 US$ 894 US$ 812 US$ 754

(*) Price based in sharing one tent 2 people.

Is there any additional cost for Solo Travelers?
Yes, there is an additional cost for single travelers; make an inquiry about it.

What’s included 6-day Ausangate & Sibinacocha trek?

  • Accommodation: 5 night(s) camping
  • Camping equipment: Overnight in 4 season tents including comfortable inflatable sleeping pads, cooking equipment, kitchen and dining tent including tables and chairs
  • Excursions: 6-day Ausangate trek and Sibinacocha Lake
  • Entrance fees to parks and cultural sights: Ausangate Park
  • Transfers: All airport transfers, Hotel pickup and drop-off, all transfers are assisted by English-speaking staff.
  • Transport: All land transport involved in the itinerary (bus, minivan, hiking)
  • Meals: According mentioned in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
  • Support Staff: Cook and Wranglers.
  • Pack animals: To carry camping equipment and food, horse to carry your personal gear up to a maximum of 10kg per person (including sleeping) and one emergency horse.
  • An experienced local English speaking guide throughout the 6-day trek.
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Pre-departure briefing, one day before trek departure.
  • 24 hour support by our local staff.

Services not included

  • International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru, airport departure taxes (Approximate cost US$ 31.00 international flights, and US$ 7.40 for each domestic flight)
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items
  • Pre & post tour accommodation
  • Spending money – allow approximately US$ 35-50 per day to cover meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • Sleeping bag and breakfast on the first day

Optional services for Ausangate trek

  • Sleeping bag rental for Ausangate trek add US$ 30
  • Walking stick rental for Ausangate trek add US$ 30 (one pairs)
  • Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to shared tent) add US$ 30

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