Ausangate Trek 6 days to Lake Sibinacocha

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Ausangate Trek 6 days to Lake Sibinacocha

Ausangate Trek 6 Days to Lake Sibinacocha is a perfect option to take a break from the tourist sites and get immersed in nature. This six days trek takes you through the untouched lands of Andes. You will be getting a closer look at the tallest and the sacred peak of locals, “APU” Ausangate. This snow capped peak dominates the southern skyline of Cusco. 

The six days Ausangate Trek 6 Days to Lake Sibinacocha offers beautiful views of highland lagoons, hot springs and glaciers. To most this is a lifetime experience. 

This is an out worldly experience. Apart from being amidst the serenity of nature, you will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with Andean communities. Their main profession is farming. You will also be visiting many local highland farms along the trek. 

Although the trek does not take you to Machu Picchu, it is as interesting as Inca Trail trek

Most mountain passes on this trek range from 4700 to 5200 metres. We highly recommend you  spending some time acclimatising before the trek. While you are acclimatising you may choose to visit Inkilltambo or do Condor Spotting in Chonta

Why Encuentros Peru Adventure?

We are a locally owned outdoor company based in Cusco. Our guides are locals. They have an extensive knowledge about the culture and traditions. 

To us, mountaineering is a passion. You will be in an experienced and safe hands. 

We highly recommend you to carry some energy bars chocolate, raw fruits, muesli etc. as these would help you between meals while climbing at high altitudes. 

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0500 AM

Price Includes

  • Pre trek briefing
  • Pickup from your hotel on the day of departure.
  • Transport from Cusco to the trail head in a private vehicle.
  • Return private transport to Cusco at the end of the trip (from Phinaya).
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional local guide (you will have an assistant guide if you are in a group of over 6 people).
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which offers a greater comfort and also enough space to store your backpacks.
  • Basic foam mattress. If you require greater comfort during the trek you can hire an inflatable mattress (eg. Therma-rest).
  • Toilet tent, toilet paper, pack-in & pack out
  • One recyclable cotton snack bag per person. We tend to avoid usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment.
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipments, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7 kg/15 lbs. per person). If you are ill or are a bit slow, we will have a ho
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Chef and Cooking equipments. (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Please communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water.
  • Warm 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
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals.

Price Excludes

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Sleeping bags – If you haven’t one then you can hire from us.
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco .
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended for sleeping. *This is a particularly cold trek, you should make sure you have plenty of warm clothes.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun Block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, dry fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks and souvenirs.
  • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
  • Walking sticks or poles
  • Sleeping Bag suitable for minus 15 degrees celcius.

Day 1Cusco – Tinqui – Pacchanta Valley

At 0530 in the morning we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will drive you to Tinqui. This Andean village at 3800 metres serves as a gateway to Ausangate. 

On our way, we will be stopping in Urcos. This beautiful town is home to a traditional colourful market. You can pick up any last minute things that you may need for the trek from here. 

At Tinqui, we will be meeting out muleteers. We will have lunch here before beginning the Ausangate Sibinacocha Trek. 

After lunch, we will start with a gradual climb for three hours to Pacchanta. This is a small Andean community with a beautiful surrounding at 4100 metres above sea level. It is popular for thermal baths. Here we will be camping for the night. 

Meals Included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Trekking Time: 3 Hours

Day 2Pacchanta – Qomerqocha Lagoon – Jampa Pampa

We will wake you up to a freshly prepared breakfast. Then we will hike up the valley of Pacchanta. We will be reaching Qomercocha lake. 

The route offers spectacular views of the snow capped peaks. You will also get to see Llamas and Alpacas. This picturesque lagoon is snuggled between the snow capped peaks of Maria Huamantiqlla, Ausangate, Colquecruz, Pucapunta and Maria Huamantiqlla. We will then stop here for lunch at a desired spot. 

After relishing on a freshly cooked nutritious lunch, we will be hiking for three more hours to our first highland pass. Jampa (Q’ampa) Pass nestles at 5080 metres. From the pass you will get a panoramic view of the valley. 

Then we will hike down the hill for two hours to Jampa Pampa village. The village is one of the prettiest ones in Peru. We will be camping here for the night. 

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Trekking Time: 6-7 Hours.

Day 3Jampa Pampa – Condorpaso

After relishing on a fresh and nutritious breakfast, we will start our third day’s hike. We will begin with a slight climb up the hill to Yanaqocha lake. The word Yanaqocha in Quechua means dark as the water of this lake has a dark color, it is named after it. 

Along the way, you will see some moraines. These are a proof of this part’s glacial history. From here, we will be hiking to Yanaqocha pass at 5500 metres. 

From the pass, you will get an enchanting view of the valley. We will hike further to Condorpaso pass at 5100 metres. Here we will be camping for the night. 

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Trekking Time: 6-7 Hours.

Day 4Condorpaso – Lake Sibinacocha

We will start the day with a hike to the highest point of Ausangate Sibinacocha Trek. A two hours trek up the hill will take us to our next pass at 5200 metres. You will get the first glimpse of Sibinacocha Lake from here.

The lake is a hidden gem. This is truly an off the beaten experience. It is very rare that you will see any other trekkers here. You will be able to get a blissful view of the unspoiled landscape and Andean camelids grazing around. 

From this pass, we will hike down the hike for five hours to Sibinacocha Lake. For the night, we will be camping on the shore. The source of Lake Sibinacocha is a few meters away from the campsite. 

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Trekking Time: 6-7 Hours.

Day 5Momorani – Abra Ccascana

We will have breakfast by enjoying a pristine view. After breakfast, we will be walking along the shores of the lake to Yayamari. It will be a three hours trek. 

Yayamari is another beautiful village. It is located on the foothills of Mount. Yayamari. 

We will be trekking through some beautiful Andean farmlands. You will get to see more Andean camelids here. We will then start hiking up the hill to cross another mountain pass, Ccascana pass at 5000 metres. We will be camping right next to the Ccascana lake. 

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Trekking Time: 6-7 Hours.

Day 6Ccascana – Phinaya - Cusco

Last day of Ausangate Trek 6 days to Lake Sibinacocha. After breakfast, we will start with a three and a half hours trek to an idyllic town, Phinaya. This small remote town is home to an Andean community. 

There are no motorised vehicles here. Locals commute by bike or on horseback. Here we will have lunch. After lunch, we will drive back to Cusco. 

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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Wendy McKenzie

Couple Traveller

Cant speak highly enough about this tour company and Jose. Just a remarkable experience. Nothing was lacking and the tour was very well organised with a lot of fun and learning.

March 2, 2020

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