This very special alternative trek takes you alongside the spectacular snow-capped «Apu» of Ausangate (6.372m/20900ft) and 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, 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. An unforgettable hike for lovers of mountain trekking searching for something entirely different and away from the increasingly popular traditional Ausangate trek.
Highlight: Ausangate mountain, Sibinacocha lagoon, remote mountain scenery, high mountain passes
Location: About 3 hours drive east of Cusco, leaves from village of Tinqui. Returns from Phinaya (6 hours drive)
Duration: 7 Days – 6 Nights
Adventure Rating: Adventurous and few visitors. You should be prepared for the cold.
Level: Diffucult / challenging with some high passes, you should be well acclimatized
Inca Trail Alternative: Can be combined with a day trip to machu picchu at the beginning or end of your trip.
Departs: Any day with two people. Not available during the rainy season. (December through March)
Acclimatisation: Minimum 3 days at altitude recommended.
Departure Time5:00 AM
Return TimeApproximately 8:30 PM.
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