AUSANGATE SIBINACOCHA TREK 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS

This challenging trek will lead you through a diverse range of environments, from pampa to high mountain passes. We will have the opportunity to appreciate glaciers and glacial lakes, even from our campsite. The entire trek takes place in the shadow of the mighty Ausangate, Peru’s 5th highest mountain at 6372m, providing us with spectacular views. We are also certain to spot many llamas, alpacas and maybe even vicuñas along the way, as well as a vast array of local plants and flowers. What is vrey special about this trek is the oportunity it gives you to meet with the local people, in particular children, and to explore a school, giving you a much better insight into the daily life of these mountain communities.

Another unique element of this, and all of our treks, is the special attention we pay to photography during our journey. This is not just about conquering physical challenges, but also learning new skills and appreciating those of others. Your expert guide, Flavio, will impart his excellent photographical knowledge on you, helping you to explore new perspectives and techniques. The stunning natural environment will provide the perfect opportunities to take beautiful photos, including flora, fauna, macro and landscapes. Since you will be camping on the trail, you will also be able to capture many wonderful sunrises and sunsets in the mountains. And when the sun does go down, you won’t want to go to bed, as the beautiful starry night sky will make you desperate to experiment with lightpainting and night photography. We just hope you bring enough memory cards!

Day 1: Cusco – Tinki – Pacchanta – Qomercocha

We leave the city of Cusco in local bus, and drive along the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado truck road in the direction of Tinki (3800m). On the way we stop in Urcos 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 views and finally pass through Ocongate, capital of the district with the same name and only half an hour away from our destination.

After breakfast, we spend some time visiting the Tinki public school and have the chance to meet the children of the neighboring communities that study in this place. We encourage you to give them some useful presents, such as notebooks or pencils, which will be highly appreciated. We then leave Tinki and start a 2.5 hour walk towards Pacchanta (4100m), where we stop for lunch. Pacchanta is a rural community that boasts some well-known thermal baths where we can enjoy a lovely swim, enjoying beautiful views of Ausangate Mountain. In the afternoon we continue our hike with a slight climb up the Pacchanta valley, having the chance to spot llamas and alpacas, until we reach the beautiful Qomercocha lagoon where we make camp and have dinner. Our campsite is in a spectacular spot with amazing views of Ausangate, Santa Catalina, Maria Huamantiqlla, Pucapunta and Colquecruz snow-capped mountains. (L / D)

Day 2: Qomerqocha – Yanamayo

We leave at around 7.00am and head towards the first mountain pass of our trek, the Abra de Q´ampa at 5000m, which we will reach after about 4 hours. 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 2-3 hours until we reach Yanamayo where we make camp in an impressive valley overlooked by the huge and awesome Tres Picos, Colquecruz and Pucapunta peaks. (B / L D)

Day 3: Yanamayo – Condorpaso

We leave camp after breakfast and start a gradual climb up towards Yanaqocha or “Black Lagoon”, so called due to the dark color of its waters. In this area we can appreciate a soil of volcanic origin, its color ranging from dark red to black, as well as moraines (glacial debris), proof of the former presence of glaciers in this region. We will go over Yanaqocha mountain pass (5050m) to then discover a surprisingly beautiful valley with an explosion of colored mountains, three spectacular lagoons and the presence of llamas and alpacas. We will cross this valley to head towards our next mountain pass (5100m). From this point, an additional hour of hiking 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. (B / L / D)

Day 4: Condorpaso – Sibinacocha Lake

After breakfast, we continue on a gradual climb up the valley that takes us to the mountain pass Abra del Condor (5200m) after about a 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 Lake, our next milestone, but also hopefully see vicuñas. We then continue our hike for an additional 3 hours, crossing another mountain pass on the way and descending into the valley of the Sibinacocha Lake’s source. We will camp next to the lake and very close to its source: an impressive glacier that stands and nourishes the lake with its turquoise waters that contrast with the dark blue color of the lagoon. The lake boasts extensve bio-diversity; we will most probably be able to spot Andean Coots, “Huallatas” or Andean Geese as well as Andean Ducks from our camp. (B / L / D)

Day 5: Sibinacocha Lake – 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 (5500m). We then continue crossing a pampa where we will most probably see hundreds of llamas, alpacas and hopefully vicuñas, to then follow the trail towards the Abra Ccascana at 5000m, which will lead us to the lagoon of the same name, where we will make camp. In this 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 Flami.

Day 6: Ccascara – Phinaya 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, and also where we will have lunch. This is the end of our trek, and in the afternoon, we drive back to Cusco, where we expect to arrive after nightfall.

Included:

  • Pre-Trek Briefing 
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure. 
  • Public transport from Cusco to Tinki (the trailhead) and private transport return from Phinaya at the end of the trek. 
  • Entry fee to the Ausangate Mountain
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (Assistant guide for groups of over 8 people). 
  • Tents – 2 people in a 3-man tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks
  • Basic foam sleeping mattress 
  • Cook and Cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups) 
  • Toilet tent 
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary, vegetarian and special diets catered to on request
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils, as well as your duffel bag (5kg). If you wish to take more, you can hire an extra mule at a cost of $25 per day. 
  • Duffel bags given at your briefing for your personal items (up to 5 kg per person)
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower 
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals 
  • Tents for our staff to sleep in 
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

Not Included:

  • Breakfast on the first morning
  • Sleeping bags (can be hired from us). For this trek you need a bag rated to at least minus 10 
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional horses for personal luggage

We recommended you bring:

  • 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. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping. 
  • Sleeping bag
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries 
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries are consumed quicker in 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 
  • Toilet paper – pack in & pack out 
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw 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
  • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one. 
  • Walking sticks or poles (can be hired from us)
  • Binoculars (if you have them) 

Optional extras:

  • Walking poles
  • Extra mule for personal belongings (e.g. camera equipment) US$25 per day

Discounts

  • Student Discount: $35 off per personStudent Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to phototourperu@gmail.com
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$35.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$50.00

Private Service Prices 2015

  • 1 person : US$1750.00 per person
  • 2 people : US$1300.00 per person
  • 3 people: US$1250.00 per person
  • 4 people : US$1200.00 per person
  • 5 people : US$1150.00 per person
  • 6 people : US$1100.00 per person
  • 7+ people : US$1050.00 per person

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

As you see in our Additional Items under Trip Overview, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.
Huaynapicchu: $65 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $65 per person

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