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Sibinacocha Lake

Ausangate Trek to Sibinacocha Lagoon 5 Days


Amazing trekking experience in the rugged Cordillera Vilcanota


TYPE SERVICE: Private Service
ACTIVITIES: Hiking & Trekking, Cultural & History
DESTINATION: Cusco, Ausangate Mountain, Sibinacocha Lake

Hike through the Ausangate Mountain and the amazing Sibinacocha Lagoon

This trek will take you on an unforgettable journey along the beautiful, all year round snow-capped Ausangate Mountain majestically standing at 6,372 meters/20,900 feet. You will go over soaring mountain passes, set eyes upon exquisite landscapes such as an incredible turquoise lake, and even first-hand experience typical Andean villages to gain a better understanding of their lifestyle- after all, travel is about having new eyes! Although alternative from the classic route, this trek still includes all of the same impressive views of the sacred Ausangate Mountain before swerving towards the impressive Sibinacocha Lagoon. It is then that the noise fades as you stray away from tourists and enters into an uninhabited area where one can truly become one with nature. Calling all hikers, nature and culture lovers, or those with a hunger for the alternative to this trek!


  • A first-hand looks into the lifestyle of small Andean communities.
  • Experiencing native creatures such as llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, flamingos, and Andean geese or ducks in their natural habitats.
  • Camping alongside the Sibinacocha Lagoon surrounded by incredible glacial mountain views and turquoise lakes.
  • Natural wonders such as the Black Lagoon situated on volcanic soil causing the lake to change between red and black.


Day 1 – Transportation to Pacchanta, Hike to Pachas

  • Hotel pick-up at 06:00am by private transportation. Route along the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado road, direction Tinki (3,800m/12,467ft). In the route, we will pass by the towns of Urcos, Ccatcca and Ocongate in that order.
  • After 3 hours in the car, we will finally arrive to Tinki which will then begin the 45 minute drive along an unpaved road to the trailhead Pacchanta (4,280m/14,042ft). We will then be greeted by our Arrieros (horsemen) and their noble steeds (horses).
  • The hike will begin around 10:30am with a slight ascent up the Pacchanta valley. There you will be able to watch llamas and alpacas in their natural habitat until we reach the stunning Uturunco cocha lagoon. We will then delight in a lunch in this remarkable spot surrounded by wonderful views of snow-capped mountains. Then we continue for an hour’s walk and we arrive at the camp of Pachas (4,800m/15,748ft).
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate walking distance: 10 km (6. 21 miles)
Estimated time walking: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,800m/15,748ft
Campsite altitude: 4,800m/15,748ft

Day 2 – Hike from Pachas to Quilleta 

  • We start the day off right with a balanced breakfast. We will carry on for about 2 hours towards the first mountain pass called the Qampa pass (5,050m/16,568ft) from this step we will have a spectacular view of Ausangate, Santa Catalina, Maria Huamanticlla, Puca punta and Colquecruz snow-capped mountains.
  • After enjoying a panoramic view we will continue the walk down to a small hamlet called Sorapata (4,800m/15,748ft) where we will have lunch. After lunch we will continue our trek through the Qampa valley; a stunning valley in the shadow of three stunning mountain peaks; in this section we have the possibility to see vizcachas (a type of wild rabbit) if we are lucky we can see Vicuñas (South American camelids).
  • After 2 hours of hiking in the valley we will reach the second camp called Quilleta (4,750m/15,584ft) where we will spend the night.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate walking distance: 12 km (7. 46 miles)
Estimated time walking: 7-8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 5,050m/16,568ft
Campsite altitude: 4,750m/15,584ft

Day 3 – Hike from Quilleta to Mormorani 

  • Breakfast, we begin to ascend gradually by a ravine to Yana cocha lagoons. After a fascinating experience, you will gradually climb to the valley that leads us to the mountain pass mentioned above, Condorpaso (5,200m/17,060ft). From this pass, being the highest on the entire trek, we will not only feast our eyes upon the lovely Vilcanota mountain range and incredible Sibinacocha Lagoon (4,873m/15,988ft).
  • Immediately after, we must continue our hike for another 3 hours, crossing another mountain pass, followed by the descent into the valley surrounding the Sibinacocha Lagoon’s spring. We will then have the amazing experience of camping very near the incredible lagoon in a small hamlet called Mormorani (4,900m/16,076ft), right in the shadow of an impressive glacier that mightily stands, giving the lake the nutrients to possess such brilliant turquoise waters, even more impressive in contrast with the pure dark blue pure color of the lagoon.
  • The lagoon is also home to a wide variety of bio-diversity! We will likely be able to spot Andean Coots “Huallatas”, Andean Geese, as well as Andean Ducks from our camp.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate walking distance: 14 km (8. 70 miles)
Estimated time walking: 7-8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 5,200m/17,060ft
Campsite altitude: 4,900m/16,076ft

Day 4 – Hike from Mormorani to Ccascara 

  • Bright and early departure early to begin our 2 hour hike along the pristine shores of the Sibinacocha Lagoon in the direction of the Yayamari community (4,900m/16,076ft). Beside the mountain possessing the same name, we will set eyes upon an impressive rocky peak which overlooks the lagoon (5,500m/18,040ft).
  • Then we will cross a flat place where we can see hundreds of llamas, alpacas, and maybe if we are lucky we can see vicuñas. We continue the walk with a gradual ascent towards to Ccascara pass (5,030m/16,503ft), which will guide us to the lagoon possessing the same name. We will set up camp at Ccascara lagoon (4,920m/16,142ft).
  • In this lovely mountain-surrounded (Montura and Chumpi) spot, we will gain new perspectives into the lives of the local, rural communities who reside there.
  • Furthermore, we may have the beautiful opportunity to spot “Huallatas” or Andean geese and possibly even flamingos!.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Optional extra day:

  • If you are daring enough, you may do a “scramble” (non-technical climb on loose volcanic rock) all the way up to Yayamari Mountain (5,420m/17,782ft) which is an incredible snow-covered peak.
  • This is aimed for people hungry for a challenge! This scramble is rough and requires a physically strenuous challenge. It will take approximately 4 hours for the ascent and 3 hours for the descent.
  • Approximate walking distance: 14 km (8. 90 miles)Estimated time walking: 7-8 hours
    Maximum altitude point: 5,030m/16,503ft
    Campsite altitude: 4,920m/16,142ft

Day 5 – Hike from Ccascara to Phinaya  – Transportation back to Cusco 

  • After energizing with breakfast, we will set forth from Ccascara and begin a 3 and a half hour walk towards Phinaya community (4,700m/15,420ft) end of the trek.
  • We will travel back in time to have lunch in this simple, small Andean village including a lovely little church and only bikes and horses as means of transportation.
  • At 13:00pm, we will depart on our approximately 5 hour drive back to Cusco.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Approximate walking distance: 9 km (5. 59 miles)
Estimated time walking: 3-4 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,920m/16,142ft


  • 1 person = US$ 2,358
  • 2 people = US$ 1,217
  • 3 people = US$ 908
  • 4 people = US$ 773
  • 5 to 6 people = US$ 678
  • 7 to 8 people = US$ 595
  • More than 9 people = US$ 552

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

Extra Optional Services

  • Sleeping bag suitable minus 10 ºC for the whole trek US$ 25.
  • Walking stick with rubber feet (one pair) for the whole trek US$ 25.
  • Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share tent) US$ 25 per person.

Extra horse to hire (recommended):

  • We bring one emergency horse every 6 people.
  • You can put on the horse (up to 10 kg/22 lbs per person) we provide duffel bags for your personal items and sleeping bag.
  • If you want to ride or carry extra personal luggage (maximum luggage weight of 25 kg / 55 lbs); you can hire an extra horse for US$ 180 (days 1 to 5).


  • Pre-departure briefing, the night before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Pacchanta, starting point of the trek.
  • Ausangate and Sibinacocha Lagoon entrance fees for trekkers and our staff.
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 4-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field.
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities.
  • Professional English speaking tour guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people).
  • Chef and cooking equipment.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 10kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag).
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 persons.
  • Horsemen.
  • Accommodation for all our staff.
  • Meals (4 breakfast, 5 lunches, 4 dinners + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
  • One snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment.
  • Boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards.
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff.
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Private transport from Phinaya to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
  • 24 hour support by our local staff.


  • 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.
  • Pacchanta hot springs entrance fee.
  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Sleeping bag.


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