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Ausangate Sibinacocha Trek 6 Days / 5 Nights

This amazing trek runs next to the spectacular snow-capped “Apu” of Ausangate (6.372m/20900ft) and takes you over mountain passes, awesome mountain scenery, remote Andean villages, hot springs and turquoise lakes. This alternative route to the classical circuit around Mount Ausangate still offers the most spectacular views of this sacred Andean mountain before it deviates towards the impressive Sibinacocha Lagoon, leaving tourist crowds behind and entering an almost uninhabited area in which one has the very special impression of being in the closest contact with nature. The hike ends in Phinaya, a small and remote Andean community with just horses and bicycles as sole transportation means. This is an unforgettable hike recommended for lovers of high mountain trekking searching for an intense experience in still untouched areas and wild, extreme nature. This is also one of the very few treks in the world, which allows to spot wild vicuñas in its natural habitat.

Trip Overview

  • Day 01: Cusco to Qomerqocha Lagoon
  • Day 02: Qomerqocha Lagoon to Yanamayo
  • Day 03: Yanamayo to Condorpaso
  • Day 04: Condorpaso to Source of Sibinacocha Lagoon
  • Day 05: Source of Sibinacocha Lagoon to Ccascana
  • Day 06: Ccascana to Phinaya and back to Cusco

Price: Sale: $600.00 USD per person

Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco to Qomerqocha Lagoon (Ausangate trek )

Very early we leave the city of Cusco in a private transport, and drive along the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado highway in the direction of Pacchanta (4100m/13448ft). On the way we pass through Urcos, where we may spot a beautiful lagoon with the same name, continue on to Cattca, an agricultural and cattle raising community where we can appreciate the region’s spectacular views, Ocongate, capital of the district with the same name and finally cross Tinki, a small community already enjoying impressive views of Mount Ausangate, located only half an hour away from our destination. After an approximated 4,5 to 5-hour drive, we arrive in Pacchanta, a rural community that boasts some well-known hot springs where we can enjoy a nice dip with awesome views of the faces of Ausangate. At this point we meet our wranglers and horses and enjoy a first delicious lunch. In the afternoon we follow our hike through a slight climb up the Pacchanta valley, having the chance to spot llamas and alpacas, until we reach the beautiful Qomercocha lagoon where we set our camp and have dinner. Our campsite will be set in a spectacular spot with amazing views of Ausangate, Santa Catalina, Maria Huamantiqlla, Pucapunta and Colquecruz snow-capped mountains. Meals L, D

Day 02: Qomerqocha Lagoon to Yanamayo (Ausangate trek )

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 2-3h until we reach Yanamayo where we set our camp in an impressive valley overlooked by the stunning Tres Picos, Colquecruz and Pucapunta peaks. Meals B, L, D

Day 03: Yanamayo to Condorpaso (Ausangate trek )

We leave camp and start a gradual climb up toward Yanaqocha or “Black Lagoon” its name being due to the dark color of its waters. In this area we can appreciate a soil of volcanic origin, its color turning to dark red and black, as well as moraines, showing the previous presence of glaciers in this region. We will go over Yanaqocha mountain pass (5050m/16564ft) to then discover a surprisingly beautiful valley with an explosion of colored mountains, three spectacular lagoons and the presence of llamas and alpacas, which we will cross to head towards our next mountain pass (5100m/16728ft). From this point, an additional hour of hike leads us to Condorpaso, our next campsite, located very close to the mountain pass of the same name which will be our challenge for the next day. Meals B, L, D

Day 04: Condorpaso to Source of Sibinacocha Lagoon (Ausangate trek )

After breakfast, we continue on a gradual climb up the valley that takes us to the mountain pass Abra del Condor (5200m/17056ft) after an approximated two-hour walk. From the pass, the highest point of our trek, we may not only enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range and the Sibinacocha Lagoon, our next milestone, but also hopefully see wild vicuñas. Immediately, we continue our hike for an additional 3 hours, crossing another mountain pass on the way and then descending into the valley of the Sibinacocha Lagoon’s source. We will camp next to the lagoon and very close from its source, where an impressive glacier stands and nourishes the lake with its turquoise waters that contrast with the dark blue pure color of the lagoon. The lagoon boasts a wide bio-diversity, we will most probably be able to spot Andean Coots, “Huallatas” or Andean Geese as well as Andean Ducks from our camp. Meals B, L, D

Day 05: Source of Sibinacocha Lagoon to Ccascana (Ausangate trek )

Today, we depart early to walk along the shores of the Sibinacocha Lagoon for 3h until we reach the Yayamari community, next to the mountain of the same name, an impressive rocky peak overlooking the lagoon (5500m/18040ft). We then continue across a pampa where we will most probably see hundreds of llamas, alpacas and hopefully vicuñas, to then follow towards the Abra Ccascana at 5000m/16400ft, which will lead us to the lagoon of the same name, in which area we will set our last camp. In this remote spot, surrounded by impressive snow-capped peaks such as Montura and Chumpi and inhabited by small rural communities, we may have the chance to spot ¨Huallatas¨ or Andean geese and maybe even flamingoes. Meals B, L, D

Day 06: Ccascana to Phinaya and back to Cusco

After our breakfast, we leave Ccascana to walk for three and a half hours towards Phinaya. This is a small Andean community with a beautiful little church and no presence of vehicles except bikes and horses, where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, we meet our private transport that will drive us back to Cusco, where we expect to arrive after nightfall. Meals B, L

Included / Not Included

Group  Size: 02min – 10max.

What is Included

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Tinki, starting point of the trek
  • Tinki visitor fee
  • Campsite fees
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. The tents employed for treks around the Ausangate area are 4-season Kailas, 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
  • English speaking professional and official tourist 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 9kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag)
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 persons
  • Wranglers
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • Meals (05B, 05L, 05D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
  • Filtered 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 Tinki to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco
  • 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit

What is not Included

  • sleeping bags
  • One pillow
  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish

What we Recommend that you Bring

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera 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 10% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Cash in soles 300
  • Original passport
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles

Appropriate Clothing along this Hike

  • Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required along the whole route, down jackets, down sleeping bags and thermal clothes being very recommended. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.

Climate

  • Cusco’s climate is divided into two differentiated seasons: the rainy season, from November to April (the heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January – March); and the dry season, from May to October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night.
  • Along the Ausangate trek, temperatures range from 10-20ºC during the day if it’s sunny, to 05-10ºC during the day if not sunny. Given the high altitude of the campsites, temperatures drop significantly in the evening and especially at night, where they may get down to -10ºC or even lower in the dry season. Warm clothes are therefore especially requested for this hike.

Difficulty:  Challenging due to the altitude: we recommend a period of at least 3 days for acclimatization in Cusco or over 3000m/9840ft.

Prices & Avaylability

Price Information: Price per person 2017 – 2018

GROUP  SERVICE PRICE  2017 – 2018
Number of People for group :
2 Passenger 3 Passenger 4 Passenger 5 Passenger 6 – 10 Passenger
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Departure Dates: Departures are available along the year although due to weather conditions, the recommended period for this trek is April to November. All private service departure dates are adapted to your request.

OUR FIXED DEPARTURE 2017-2018

January: 11th,15th,17th
Fefruary:
March:
April:
18th,21st,24th,26th,27th,30th
May: 3rd,7th,9th,10th,12th,14th,15th,18th,21st,24th,26th,27th,30th
June: 01st, 05th, 09th, 10th,16th,18th,19th,20th,21st,23th,24th,25th
July: 1st,2nd,5th,8th,10th,13th,16th,18th,19th,20th,21st,23th,24th,25th
August: 14th,15th,18th,21st,24th,26th,27th,30th
September: 8th,10th,13th,16th,18th,19th
October:
November:
,21st,24th,26th,27th
December:

CHECK AVAILABILITY

Terra Quechua Peru offer daily departures on the Inca Trail (excluding February when the trail is closed).

Since 2000 the Inca trail has been regulated by the country of Peru. This has provided many wonderful things, like clean trails and camping sites, but it has also limited the amount of people on the trail each day. Now only 500 people are permitted on the trail every morning – this includes hikers, guides, porters and cooks. If your date is not available, do not fret, there are many wonderful treks to Machu Picchu – just as beautiful as the Inca trail and not as crowded.

DATE

AVAILABILITY

JANUARY 2017
SOLD OUT
FEBRUARY 2017
INCA TRAIL IS CLOSED
MARCH 2017
SOLD OUT
APRIL 2017
SOLD OUT
MAY 2017
SOLD OUT
JUNE 2017
SOLD OUT
JULY 2017
SOLD OUT
AUGUST 2017
SOLD OUT
SEPTEMBER 2017
SOLD OUT
OCTOBER 2017 AVAILABLE
NOVEMBER 2017 AVAILABLE
DECEMBER 2017 AVAILABLE

It is strongly recommended to book your Inca Trail at least 4 months in advance as permits can quickly sell out.

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