Caminata Ausangate a Sibinacocha 6D/5N
Ausangate to Sibinacocha Trek, See a side of the Ausangate trek (6372 m / 20,900 ft) that few people get the chance to see! Leave the crowds behind as you deviate from the regular Ausangate hike to enjoy the majestic Sibinacocha Lake and have the chance to actually commune with nature and see Apu Ausangate in all its splendor. The Ausangate to Sibinacocha trek ends in Phinaya, a remote Andean society independent of vehicles other than horses and rarely bicycles.
- Pre-departure information
- Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer by private transport to Tinki (starting point of the trek).
- Personal tents: 2 people in each tent with capacity for 4 people, to allow for greater comfort and safe maintenance of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season tents, highly maintained to ensure excellent performance in the field. The Kailas, Pro aconcagua and Rei 4 Outfitter tents are used when double accommodation is required.
- One sleeping pad per person.
- 1 blanket or liner
- One pillow per person
- Dining tent with tables and chairs.
- Kitchen tent
- Professional and official English-speaking tour guide (2 guides for groups of more than 10 people).
- Chef and cooking equipment
- Pack animals (for carrying tents, food and cooking equipment) - days 1 to 5
- Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7 kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) - days 1 to 5
- Lodging for all our staff.
- Meals (04B, 04L, 04D + daily snack + daily tea service except on the last day). Vegetarian or special menus available upon request at no additional cost.
- One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the use of plastic bags that pollute our environment.
- Filtered boiled water from lunchtime on the first day onwards.
- Biodegradable personal hand soaps
- Biodegradable dishwasher detergents used by our kitchen staff.
- Other: hot water every morning and evening for washing up / boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and evening, and at lunchtime if requested well in advance
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Private transportation from Tinki to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
- Sleeping bag
- trekking pole
- First aid kit
- One foam sleeping pad per person
- Inflatable mattress
- Last dinner, drinks are not included in the pax.
- Tips and extra money
- Others not mentioned
Today we leave Cusco behind as we head south on the Transoceanic Highway for a three-hour drive up the Ausangate Hike to the Sibinacocha Lake trail. Our first stop is Urcos, where we can take some photos of the colorful local market. From here we continue to Ccatcca, a farming and ranching community that will give us spectacular views of the region. Then, we continue to Ocongate, capital of the region with the same name, and only half an hour from our destination, Tinqui. Once we arrive in Tinqui, we will have lunch and then begin a 3-hour hike along the road to Pacchanta (4100 m / 13,451 ft), where we will camp for the night. Pacchanta is a rural community that has some well-known hot springs where we can enjoy a nice dip in the shade of the imposing Ausangate Mountain.
After a good night's rest, we start the day with a slight climb up the Pacchanta valley in the company of llamas and alpacas that graze casually on the slopes around us, until we reach the Ninaparayoc lagoon where we will stop for lunch. This is a spectacular place with incredible views of the main snow-capped peaks around us: Ausangate, Santa Catalina, Maria Huamantiqlla, Pucapunta and Colquecruz - see if you can name them all!
After lunch, we will hike for approximately 3 hours to the first mountain pass of our trek, the Abra de Q'ampa (also called Jampa), at an impressive (literally!) 5060 m / 16,601 ft. With our batteries charged and spirits replenished, we continue for another 2 h until we reach Jampa Pampa, where we camp in an impressive valley overlooking the huge and impressive peaks of Tres Picos, Colquecruz and Pucapunta.
Our morning begins with a gradual climb up to Yanaqocha ("black lake" in Quechua), whose dark color gives it its name. Dark red and black volcanic soils color our journey, while moraines reveal the geological history of this region: glaciers once covered these slopes! We enter a beautiful valley that features an explosion of colorful mountains, three beautiful lagoons and a handful of fuzzy llamas and alpacas. After crossing this valley, we reach our next mountain pass (5100m / 16,732ft) and then continue on to Quillita where we will camp for the night.
Well rested and with full bellies, we are ready to face the challenge ahead: the Abra del Condor or Condor Pass (5221 m / 17,129 ft), and the highest point on our Ausangate to Sibinacocha trek! As we reach our first milestone of the day, we are rewarded with spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range and maybe even some wild vicuñas. Glacier-fed Lake Sibinacocha, our next destination, looms in the distance. It is three hours from here to Sibinacocha, and we will cross another mountain pass and valley before we get there. We will camp by the dark blue waters of the lagoon, not far from its glacial source. This is an area rich in biodiversity and, with luck, we will see many Andean geese, coots and ducks as they visit the waters near our campsite.
From our lakeside campsite, we start walking along the shores of Lake Sibinacocha until we reach Yayamari, located below the rocky mountain of the same name.
From here, we cross the pampa where we are likely to see hundreds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas (if we are lucky!) until we reach Abra Ccascana (5040 m / 16,535 ft). Surrounded by snow-capped peaks such as Montura and Chumpi, we arrive at the Ccascana Lagoon, where we will camp for the night.
We may be treated to more Andean wildlife here, including Andean geese and even flamingos.
Looking for more adventure? add an extra day and do the Yayamari Scramble, a non-technical climb of this shale-covered peak!
Our last day of the Ausangate to Lake Sibinacocha trek sees us leave Lake Ccascana as we make the 3.5 hour hike to Phinaya.
Phinaya is a small Andean community with a beautiful church and zero traffic, plus horses and occasionally bicycles. Here we will have lunch before beginning our long drive home by private vehicle.
We expect to arrive in Cusco after sunset, after approximately 6 hours of driving.