Ausangate Peru is a Cusquenian company tour Operator in Cusco Peru, Leaders and Specialized on treks around Ausangate Mountain, we have more than 10 years of experience

+51 984 060 568
Triunfo Street 392, office 207 - Main Square of Cusco
info@ausangateperu.com

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.

Overview:

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.

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1:  Cusco – Ocongate – Tinki Community
DAY 2:  Tinki – Pacchanta – Qomerqocha Lagoon
DAY 3:  Qomerqocha Lagoon to Yanamayo
DAY 4:  Yanamayo to Condorpaso
DAY 5:  Condorpaso to Source of Sibinacocha Lagoon
DAY 6:  Source of Sibinacocha Lagoon to Ccascana
DAY 7:  Ccascara to Phinaya Village and back to Cusco
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Cusco
  • Departure Time

    5:00 AM
  • Return Time

    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Included

    Entrance ticket
    Meals
    Snacks
    Tours Guide
    Transport
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Day 1: Cusco - Ocongate - Tinki Community

We leave the city of Cusco in a private transport, and drive along the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado highway in the direction of Tinki (3800m/12464ft). On the way we stop in Urcos, where we may visit a beautiful lake with the same name. 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 an approximated 6-hour drive, we arrive in Tinki, Tinki will be our first campsite and start the trek the next morning.
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Day 2: Tinki - Pacchanta - Qomerqocha Lagoon

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 at this place and eventually give them some useful presents such as notebooks or pencils which are highly appreciated. We then leave Tinki and start a 2,5h walk towards Pacchanta (4100m/13448ft), where we stop for lunch. Pacchanta is a rural community that boasts some well-known hot springs where we can enjoy a nice dip, offering awesome views of Ausangate Mountain. In the afternoon we follow our hike through a slight climb up the Pacchanta valley, having the chance to spot llamas and alpacas, until we reach the beautiful Qomercocha lagoon where we set our camp and have dinner. Our campsite will be set in a spectacular spot with amazing views of Ausangate, Santa Catalina, Maria Huamantiqlla, Pucapunta and Colquecruz snow-capped mountains.
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Day 3: Qomerqocha Lagoon to Yanamayo

We leave at around 7.00 am and continue on towards the first mountain pass of our trek, the Abra Q´ampa at 5000m/16400ft, which we will reach after about 4h. 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 2-3h until we reach Yanamayo where we set our camp in an impressive valley overlooked by the impressive Tres Picos, Colquecruz and Pucapunta peaks
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Day 4: Yanamayo to Condorpaso

We leave camp and start a gradual climb up toward Yanaqocha or “Black Lagoon” its name being due to the dark color of its waters. In this area we can appreciate a soil of volcanic origin, its color turning to dark red and black, as well as moraines, showing the previous presence of glaciers in this region. We will go over Yanaqocha mountain pass (5050m/16564ft) to then discover a surprisingly 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 (5100m/16728ft). From this point, an additional hour of hike 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.
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Day 5: Condorpaso to Source of Sibinacocha Lagoon

After breakfast, we continue on a gradual climb up the valley that takes us to the mountain pass Abra del Condor (5200m/17056ft) 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 wild vicuñas. Immediately, we continue our hike for an additional 3 hours, crossing another mountain pass on the way and then descending into the valley of the Sibinacocha Lagoon’s source. We will camp next to the lagoon and very close from 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, we will most probably be able to spot Andean Coots, “Huallatas” or Andean Geese as well as Andean Ducks from our camp.
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Day 6: Source of Sibinacocha Lagoon to Ccascana

Today, we depart early to walk along the shores of the Sibinacocha Lagoon for 3h until we reach the Yayamari community, next to the mountain of the same name, an impressive rocky peak overlooking the lagoon (5500m/18040ft). We then continue accross a pampa where we will most probably see hundreds of llamas, alpacas and hopefully vicuñas, to then follow towards the Abra Ccascana at 5000m/16400ft, which will lead us to the lagoon of the same name, in which area we will set our last camp. In this remote 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 flamingos.
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Day 7: Ccascara to Phinaya Village and back to Cusco

After our breakfast, we leave Ccascara 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, where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, we meet our private transport that will drive us back to Cusco, where we expect to arrive after nightfall.

What is Included?

Pre-departure briefing
Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Tinki (starting point of the trek)
Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Kailas, Pro aconcagua and Rei 4 Outfitter tents are employed when double accommodation is requested.
One sleeping pad per person
1 Blanket or Liner
One pillow per person
Dining tent with tables and chairs
Kitchen tent
English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 10 people)
Chef and cooking equipment
Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 7
Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 7
1 emergency horse every 8 persons – days 1 to 7
Accommodation for all our staff
Meals (07B, 07L, 07D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards
Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff
Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
Private transport from Tinki to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco

Not Included:

Breakfast on the first day
Lunch and Dinner on the last day
Sleeping bag
Drinks

Recommendations:

1-liter water bottle
Hat, sun block, sunglasses
Extra layers for the cold and wind
Trekking poles
Trekking shoes/boots
Snacks (i.e. dried fruit, chocolates, granola bars, nuts, etc.)
PRICE: Price: $800.00 per person(Group Services)
PRIVATE SERVICE: To open a NEW "FIXED DEPARTURES DATE IN A PRIVATE SERVICE"
We only need 2 paxs
2 person group US$ 900.00 each
3 person group US$ 850.00 each
4 to more person group US$ 800.00 each
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