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Ausangate sibinacocha lake 7 Days

  • 7 Days 6 Nights
  • All food on the trail
  • Accommodation: Camps
  • max. Altitude:
    5400m / 17.716ft
  • Difficulty:
    Moderate to challenging
  • Professional guide
    (English and / or Spanish)


Ausangate trek and sibinaqo’cha is one of the best alternatives in Cusco for lovers of hiking and mountains, walking through these sacred mountains offers us some of the most wonderful landscapes in this part of Cusco. When walking through this part of the Andes we can enjoy the wonderful view of the Apu Ausangate (sacred mountain for the Andean man) whose peak is located at 6,372m / 20900ft and also around it other peaks that exceed 5000 meters of altitude.

Ausangate Explore has designed this special alternative for you who really like this type of activities in the open field where natural beauty and nature will be our companions day by day while we make this walk through valleys, peaks and finally being able to appreciate the Sibinaq lagoon. ocha that feeds on the melting of the glaciers that are there and also see herds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas.

dare to live not only an adventure but also a unique experience in life immortalizing those unique moments with many photographs that you can take to remember.


Ausangate Trek and Sibinaq’ocha is located within the Vilcanota mountain range which belongs to the Andes mountain range, it is one of the best options for people who love to be outdoors and enjoy the landscape and natural beauty, the trek It is through valleys where rivers flow that come down from the melting of the glaciers and that for millions of years have been forming these beautiful landscapes and always with a very impressive view of the Apu Ausangate. Ausanagate is one of the highest mountains in the region whose peak reaches 6,372m / 20900ft, as well as being an important spiritual center for Andean culture. For this reason, year after year for centuries, pilgrimages have been made to its icy slopes.

As we trek around this mythical sacred mountain, we will camp near Asuangate Mountain and turquoise lakes. We will observe species of birds, including the Andean goose and the majestic condor, as well as llamas and alpacas and vicuñas grazing peacefully. With spectacular glacial landscapes, natural beauty and a deep tranquility, this is perfect for hikers who love a true outdoor adventure and take away a beautiful experience.

  • Camp along remote mountain sides, where we can savor peaceful nights beneath a star-filled sky.
  • Enjoy the wonderful landscape with glaciers, and lakes
  • Observation of herds of Andean camelids such as alpacas, lamas and vicuñas as well as vizcachas (south American rabbit).
  • Splendid views of the Ausangate mountain (6,384 masl / 20,945 fasl)
  • Hiking in Peru is a life-changing experience.
  • Beautiful views to some of Peru’s most beautiful snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and lakes.
  • Small groups, Big adventures (min 2 – max 8 / average 4).

Day 1Cusco | Ocongate - Tinki – Pacchanta

We will start today at 5:00 am. We will pick you up from your hotel and we will go to the town of Tinki (3,700 masl) in our own transport. Along the way, we will stop at the viewpoint of the Huacarpay lagoon so you can take some amazing photos of this colorful landscape. We will continue our trip to Ccatcca where we will fill our stomachs with a delicious breakfast while we contemplate, in the distance, the perpetual glaciers of the sacred mountain of Ausangate. An additional 1-hour drive awaits us to the starting point of the trek.

We will start the walk in front of the impressive glaciers of Ccolque Cruz and Caracol. We will stop along the way for lunch in the company of our team and perhaps some local children. We will continue the route, and coincidentally we will meet some residents who still dress in the traditional way with colorful costumes of the place. You can also see herds of llamas and alpacas. Finally, at approximately 5:00 p.m., we will arrive at our first camp. Arriving at camp in the afternoon, your tents and your luggage will be ready and waiting for you. Before dinner, we will visit the famous Pacchanta hot springs where you can relax and enjoy a beautiful view of the night sky.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner.
Altitude of the camp: 3,950 masl / 12,959 ft
Distance traveled: 12 km / 7.4 miles
Walking time: 5 hours aprox.
Difficulty level: Moderate.

Day 2Pacchanta | Ccampa Pass - Tikllacocha

After breakfast we will start our 4 hour uphill trek to our lunch spot. Along the way, we will observe amazing glacial landscapes, rivers, valleys, adorned by lagoons with crystal clear turquoise waters. Among them is Q’omerq’ocha, which is characterized by its green waters. During the month of August, special rituals dedicated to the Apu Ausangate and Pachamama or Mother Earth are performed, where Andean priests ask for their energy to heal the surrounding communities. At approximately 1:00 pm we will arrive at a place called Puka Mocco or Red Knee, where we will have lunch surrounded by immense snow-capped peaks. Feel the energy of the mountains that embrace you from every corner. Once we have recharged our energies, we will continue our journey through the true heart of the Andes. Open your mind and spirit to nature. Stretch your arms to the sky and release whatever pain you have brought here. Finally, we will arrive at Paso Ccampa (5000 masl / 16404 fasl), where we will perform an Andean ritual ceremony with coca leaves in honor of these impressive sacred mountains. Later we will begin the descent to our camp located right on the slopes of Ausangate mountain.

Food included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Altitude of the camp: 4,100 masl / 13,451 ft.
Distance traveled: 16 km / 9.9 miles
Walking time: 6 hours.
Difficulty level: Moderate.

Day 3Tikllaq’ocha | Wayraqmachay Lagoon - Yanamayo Camp

After enjoying a very nutritious breakfast, we will say goodbye to the camp with a spectacular view of the valley, the river and the falls. You will also be able to observe the imposing presence of the mountains, small groups of turquoise lakes, as well as local birds: geese, seagulls and different types of ducks. After a 5-hour walk, we will arrive at the Pampaccawa viewpoint, where an appetizing lunch awaits us, accompanied by an infusion of Andean herbs that will help with digestion. Later we will have time to fish in a beautiful river and walk through a fantastic valley where we will observe hundreds of llamas, alpacas and sheep returning from the mountains to their pens. Plus, you’ll be dazzled by the brilliant colors of the famous Rainbow Mountain in the distance. We will finally arrive at our camp at approximately 5:00 p.m. It will be located near the most impressive waterfall on the route, always under the watchful eye of the giant glaciers, while we contemplate the immensity of the night sky of the Andes.

Food included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Altitude of the camp: 4,000 masl / 13,123 ft.
Distance traveled: 15 km / 9.3 miles.
Walking time: 6 to 7 hours.
Difficulty level: Moderate.

Day 4Yanamayo Camp - Cóndor Pass - Sibinacocha Lagoon

After breakfast, we continue with a gradual ascent through the valley that takes us to the Cóndor pass (5200m/17056ft) after a hike of approximately two hours. From the pass, the highest point of our trek, we can not only enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range and the Sibinacocha lagoon, our next landmark, but also, with luck, see vicuñas. Immediately, we continue our trek for an additional 3 hours, crossing another mountain pass on the way and then descending into the valley of the source of Lake Sibinacocha. We will camp next to the lagoon and very close to its source, where an impressive glacier rises that nourishes the lagoon with its turquoise waters that contrast with the pure dark blue color of the lagoon. The lagoon has a great biodiversity, and with a bit of luck we will be able to see “huallatas” or Andean geese, as well as Andean ducks from our camp. (Total hours of walking – 6-7 hours).

Food included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Distance traveled: 15 km / 9.3 miles.
Walking time: 6 to 7 hours.
Difficulty level: Moderate.

Day 5Sibinaq’ocha Lagoon | Ccasccara Lagoon

This day we will walk on the shores of the Sibinacocha lagoon, which is the most famous and extensive body of water in the area. We will make several stops to observe the birds that you will find there. You will also have the opportunity to fish with the permission of the local people. We will arrive at our lunch spot where after satisfying your stomach, you can take a short break. We will continue with a slight ascent for 2 hours to the Nevado Vicuña (5,350 masl / 17,552 fasl). The weather changes dramatically from here. The wind blows very strong, so it is necessary to take some precautions. It is essential that you do not leave the group. From there you can see the abundant potato crops made by local farmers and strange rock formations. They enjoy a peaceful and fulfilling life in deep connection with nature! At approximately 4:00 pm, we will arrive at our camp near Laguna Ccasccara (5,000 masl / 16,404 ft). You will be able to relax at ease after five days of hiking! Some local people will come to our camp and invite you to fish with them. Break the barriers of your mind, make new friends and enjoy fresh fish for dinner. This is the best camp on the route because you will sleep in front of the lagoon and the glacier. Pure magic in the middle of the Andes.

Food included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Camp altitude: 5,000 masl / 16,404 ft.
Distance traveled: 12 km / 7.4 miles.
Walking time: 6 to 7 hours.
Difficulty level: Moderate.

Day 6Ccasccara Lagoon | Phinaya

Today we will wake up early for breakfast and after this energetic and healthy breakfast we will visit the home of local families to appreciate and understand their lifestyle at 5,000 meters above sea level: mud and stone walls, guinea pigs in the kitchen and relationship intimate with nature. Generally, children in this area have restricted access to education due to the distance from their community. Therefore, it is worth bringing them a gift: colored pencils, markers, notebooks, paintings, toys, or any item that can brighten their day. Textiles are one of the main economic activities of the local population due to the large number of llamas, alpacas and sheep they own. The fiber they produce is of high quality and they use natural dyes to obtain beautiful shades. Take this opportunity to buy beautiful hand-woven garments. In this way, you will not only take home a unique memory but also help the community to move forward.

Once the visit is over, we will continue our trek downhill for 3 hours to our lunch spot. You will see the last glaciers, rivers, waterfalls and red and green mountains that were once covered with glaciers. Unfortunately, climate change is to blame for the disappearance of these perpetual snows. Perhaps when you appreciate with your own eyes the terrible impact of global warming, you will understand the seriousness of the matter. Your heart will be filled with gratitude towards the Andean peoples who still practice ancestral rites in honor of the mountains and Pachamama or Mother Earth. Finally, at 3:30 pm we will arrive at our last camp in the small community of Phinaya (4,000 masl / 13,123 ft.) where we will have the rest of the day at leisure. We will organize some activities such as cooking classes with our chef or a visit to the community.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Camp altitude: 4,700 masl / 15,419 fat.
Distance traveled: 9 km / 5.59 miles.
Walking time: 3 hours.
Difficulty level: Moderate.

Day 7Phinaya | Santa Barbara - Sicuani – Cusco Hotel

Today concludes our exciting adventure through the Vilcanota mountain range and the Apu Ausangate. In the morning we will take an extra walk to the viewpoint from where we can see the town of Phinaya. You can decide to stay there, walk through its streets, make new friends among its inhabitants, or visit the school where boys and girls learn in their mother tongue: the ancient Quechua language. Don’t forget to bring some gifts for them!.

After a brief stay in the place, we will have to say goodbye to our muleteer because they will return to the place where we started this trek and after that we will board the bus that will take us along a road for 4 hours to the city of Sicuani. Once there, we will continue along a road. paved road to Cusco where it will arrive between 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. and finally we leave you at the door of your hotel.

Food included: Breakfast and lunch. Dinner is not included.

Price Includes

  • Pre-departure briefing with the guide
  • Pick up at your hotel on the morning of trek departure
  • Transportation from Cusco tinky cusco
  • Transportation from phinaya - cusco
  • Professional guide (English and / or Spanish)
  • Entrance Ticket for Ausangate Trek
  • Tents
  • Basic foam mattress. If you need more comfort during the trek we can rent you an inflatable mattress ( Thermarest)
  • Cook and kitchen equipment
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
  • 1 duffle bag: There, you can carry your personal belongings (including your sleeping bad) up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15 lbs
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including riders. These carry the camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils
  • Tent for eating with camping tables and chairs and tent for the Kitchen for the cook to prepare meals
  • Tents for our staff to sleep
  • First aid kit including an emergency oxygen bottle

Price Excludes

  • Sleeping bag: However, you can rent one from us. We have sleeping bags that will protect from down to -18 °C (0 °F)
  • Trekking poles: You can also rent these from us
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for our team
  • Additional costs

You must bring

  • A light backpack with a change of clothes for the entire period of the trek - be prepared for a wide range of changes in temperature
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or a rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco
  • Resistant footwear, waterproof trekking boots are recommended. The extra stockings can not be missing
  • sandals or flip flops are also good to give your feet a chance to breathe at night if you want to wear them
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and hat. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flashlight / Handlamp and extra batteries
  • Camera, film and batteries (batteries consume more quickly in cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect yourself from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper, inside and outside the luggage
  • Snacks: cookies, energy bars, chocolates, fruit, granola, etc
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications you may need, paracetamol, blister protection, etc.
  • Small towel
  • Bathing suit (if you intend to bathe in the hot springs)
  • Cash - enough for snacks, tips and souvenirs
  • Original passport
  • Binoculars (if you have)
Before You Go:

How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Trek?

It is very important to be well acclimatized to the altitude before pushing yourself on a hike. We recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least two to three days before the trek begins to help you adjust and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness during the trek. You may have already been to another area of Peru at high altitudes before arriving in Cusco. In that case, we recommend that you have a full day in Cusco to rest, recover from your trip, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before leaving for the trek. Here are some suggestions of activities to do in the vicinity of Cusco before starting your adventure trip:

  • City Tour
  • Sacred Valley
  • Rainbow Mountain

Briefing or Informative Meeting

All meetings and briefings are very important, which takes place at our office or at your hotel at 5:00 p.m. one night before the tour starts. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If for any reason you cannot attend our informative meeting, you must contact Ausangate Explore by email or by Whatsapp.

Trek Balance Payment (in Cusco)

The hike must be paid in full. one day before your departure (usually after the briefing). It would be greatly appreciated if you pay the balance of the trek in cash in US dollars or local currency at our Office. You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay a 5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance in traveler’s checks.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are common in Peru, and this can interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and railway tracks can be taken. However, we will try to make your trip as smooth as possible. originally planned, even if it means going out the night before the scheduled date. under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you and our operations staff. Your safety is our top priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

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