Ausangate trek to Sibinacocha 7d/6n

7 Days / 6 Nights 65 km 3800 msnm – 5200 msnm difficult/ challenging
with some high passes
Cusco – Tinqui Phinaya – Cusco

If you are looking for an unforgettable, adventurous and challenging trek in the untouristed part of Andes this trek is for you! This very special trek takes you alongside the spectacular snow-capped “Apu” of Ausangate (6.372m/20900ft) the highest mountain in the South of Peru. It takes you over mountain passes, through awesome mountain scenery, authentic 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 (4950m) – the highest large lagoon in Peru, leaving tourist crowds behind and entering an almost uninhabited area where you can truly commune with nature. The hike ends in Phinaya, a small and remote Andean community with just horses and bicycles as sole transportation means.

Day 1: Cusco – Tinqui – Pacchanta
You will be collected from your hotel in private transport and drive along the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado truck road in the direction of Tinqui (3800m/ 12464 ft). On the way we stop in Urcos (major bus road junction) for some pictures of the colorful market. We then go on to Cattca, an agricultural and cattle raising community where we can appreciate the region’s spectacular. After an approximated 4 hours drive, we arrive in Tinqui, where we will have lunch and then start walking for about 3.5 hours towards Pacchanta (4100m/ 13448ft), where we stop to camp. Pacchanta is a rural community with well-known thermal baths where we can enjoy a nice bath, offering very nice views of Ausangate Mountain.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

Day 2: Pacchanta – Qomerqocha Lagoon – Pampa Corral

We contiue our hike with a slight climb up the Pacchanta valley, having the chance to spot llamas and alpacas. We reach the beautiful Qomercocha lagoon. This is a spectacular spot with amazing views of Ausangate, Santa Catalina, Maria Huamantiqlla, Pucapunta and Colquecruz snow-capped mountains. Next we arrive at beautiful three-coloured lagoons where we have lunch. Afterwards we ascend to Pampa Corral – our campspot. Total walking time this day is 5-6 hours.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 3: Pampa Corral – Yanamayo – Quinaya

After breakfast we continue towards the first mountain pass of our trek, the Abra de Q´ampa at 5000m/ 16400ft, which we will reach after about 1.5 hours. We then descend towards the Ticllaqocha Lagoons, a beautiful group of little turquoise lagoons. Then we continue our hike until we reach Yanamayo village located in an impressive valley overlooked by the huge and awesome Tres Picos, Colquecruz and Pucapunta peaks. We will have our lunch there. After lunch we continue to Quinaya where we set our camp. Total walking time this day is about 7 hours.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4: Quinaya – Condorpaso – Mormorani
We leave camp after breakfast and start a gradual climb in the 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 (5100 m/ 16728 ft). From this point, another hour of hiking takes us to Condorpaso, our lunchspot, located very close to the mountain pass of the same name. After lunch we continue on a gradual climb up the valley that takes us to the mountain pass Abra del Condor (5200 m/ 17056 ft) 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 vicuñas. We camp close to Sobinacocha Lagoon at the spot called Mormorani (4950 m) where one local family lives.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 5: Mormorani – Source of Sibinacocha Lagoon 

After breakfast we continue our hike for an additional 3 hours into the valley of the Sibinacocha Lake ‘s source. We have the whole afternoon to explore and enjoy the area. We will camp next to the lagoon and very close to 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, and with luck we will be able to spot Andean Coots, “Huallatas” or Andean Geese as well as Andean Ducks from our camp. After the lunch we have time to hike to Mormorani massive glacier to enjoy its changing colours. For properly prepared and equipped people it is possible to walk and climb the glacier.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 6: Source of Sibinacocha Lagoon – Ccascana 

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

Day 7: Ccascana – Phinaya Cusco 

After our breakfast, we 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 drive back to Cusco (approximately 6 hours), where we expect to arrive after dark.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


  • The time of hiking will depend on the group. The guide can change the places for having lunch and camping according to the physical condition of the group.
  • Each guide has his own way of leading his groups but always his decisions will be for the benefit of the tourists.
  • The Ausangate region is very high, plus you are close to a snow covered massif. Temperatures are cold, and can fall well below freezing in the nights. You should travel well prepared for cold temperatures. Hire/or carry sleeping bags for temperatures less than freezing (minus 10 celsius or more).
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required for this hike.
  • AUSANGATE. This is an adventure trek. To enjoy it in full – bring an open mind, a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.


  • An explanation two days before departing
  • Transport in private bus to the start of the trek
  • Transfer to your hotel on return
  • Meals according to the program (Vegetarian option available)
  • Boiled water on all days for your bottles
  • Snacks far walking
  • Camping tents for 2 and 3 persons depending on the requirements
  • Inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest)
  • Camping equipment, dining tents, kitchen, tables, chairs
  • Cook and assistant cook
  • Kitchen/eating utensils
  • Pack animals (mules and horses) to carry the baggage and equipment
  • Emergency horse
  • Wranglers to care for the pack animals
  • Professional guide who speaks English, Spanish and Quechua
  • Assistant guide for groups larger than 8 people
  • Entrance tickets to Ausangate area
  • First aid equipment and oxygen tank


  • Breakfast the first day
  • Dinner the last day
  • Tips for personnel: guide, cook, wranglers (according to their job)
  • Sleeping bags (they can be rented in the office)
  • Entrances to hot springs
  • If you would like to rent an additional horse, the cost is $10 per day

  • 1 small nylon reinforced backpack to carry the things you need for the trek (camera, drinks, etc.)
  • 1 large backpack or suitcase to keep the things you don‘t need in your hotel in Cusco until you return from your trek
  • Sleeping bag good for -5°C (which can be rented in Cusco)
  • Small flashlight and extra batteries
  • 1 water bottle (1 liter) or a small plastic throw away bottle
  • Hiking boots
  • Tennis shoes
  • 1 jacket (of nylon with hood and water and wind resistant)
  • 1 Fleece Jacket
  • 1 pair of gloves and hat of wool (they can be bought during your trip)
  • 3 or 4 short sleeved shirts (preferably “dryfit” that don’t retain water)
  • 1 pair of shorts such as bermudas.
  • 1 pair of long trekking trousers
  • Thermal underwear
  • Socks: 4 pairs of wool and 4 of fiber (coolmax) for the trek (avoid cotton as these can retain water)
  • 1 sun hat and sunglasses
  • Binoculars for birdwatching
  • Personal medications and toiletries in small containers
  • Sunscreen for your skin and lips
  • Insect repellent
  • Moisturizer lotion to avoid the drying out of the skin
  • Bathing suit for the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes
  • Energy foods according to your needs: chocolates, granola bars, dried fruits, etc. (they can be purchased in Cusco).


  • Sleeping bags which can be rented in the office for $5 per day and good for – 10°C.
  • Professional walking sticks can be rented in the office for $2 per day

Ausangate trek to Sibinacocha 7d/6n – 2015/2016

PRICE PER PERSON IN USD $ 1,265 $ 920 $ 765 $ 660 ask us for prices
  • If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour, letting us know which date you wish to leave, and you must make your reservation a week ahead of time so that we can organize your tour.
  • If you wish to go with other people, check our group departures site to join an existing group.
  • Write to us to make your reservation and we will send you the form and the payment conditions


  • Volunteers in Peru: $20 U.S. (with a confirmation of volunteering activities)