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Ausangate Trek to Lake Sibinacocha is one of the most picturesque treks in the Peruvian highlands. The six days high altitude trek takes you closer to the sacred peak of southern Peru, “Apus” Ausangate.
The peak is the highest in the region and it is sacred to locals. They refer to it as “Apus”. In Quechua the term signifies “Lord”, often a mountain with a spirit that is alive.
The snow capped peak rises to 6372 metres above sea level. On a clear day, it dominates the southern skyline of Cusco city.
This is truly a lifetime experience. You will see the captivating beauty of Andes. The trek rewards you with sights of lagoons, hot springs, Andean farms and villages.
These small Andean communities are untouched by modernity. They maintain their age-old customs and traditions.
On this six days Ausangate Trek to Lake Sibinacocha, you will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with locals. Apart from farming and grazing the Andean camelids, they are passionate about weaving. You will see them dressed in their traditional colourful attire often knitting something using Alpaca wool.
The highlight of this trek is the alluring blue waters of Lake Sibinacocha. It nestles at 4873 metres above sea level. Lake Sibinacocha is the 22nd highest lake on earth.
Tayra Tours Cusco is a reputed local tour operator based in Cusco. We offer an authentic experience on all our tours and treks. Our guides are locals from the region with an extensive knowledge about culture and history.
The six days Ausangate Trek to Lake Sibinacocha trek is a high altitude trek. Most mountain passes are above 5000 metres above sea level. The highest point of the trek is at 5500 metres above sea level.
In order to avoid altitude sickness, we highly recommend you to spend some time acclimatising in Cusco.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up early in the morning from our hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will drive you Tinqui. It is the starting point of the six days experience.
Tinqui is a small town in the Peruvian highlands. It is the gateway to Ausangate.
On our way from Cusco, we will make a brief stop in Urcos and Ccatta. Urcos is home to a colourful Andean traditional market. Ccatta is a remote Quechua speaking community whose prime occupation is cattle raising.
Passing through the pristine sight of Ocongate mountain range, we will reach Tinqui. Here we will be meeting the rest of our crew (porters, muleteers and chef). While you will be relishing on an authentic Peruvian meal for lunch, we will organise your personal belongings on mules.
After lunch, we will be hiking for three hours to our campsite in Pacchanta Valley (4100 meters / 13,448 feet). The valley is famous for highland thermal baths. Here you can rejuvenate by taking a dip in the natural hot springs.
We will be camping for the night here.
We will be waking you up to a freshly prepared breakfast. Then we will hike up to Qomercocha lagoon. The route has presence of Llamas and Alpacas grazing on the highland Andean farms.
You will also have the chance to spot Huallatas. Huallatas or Andean geese are distinct to the region.
Qomercocha lagoon is snuggled in between snow capped peaks of Santa Catalina, Maria Huamantiqlla, and Paucapunta peak.
We will be serving you lunch on the banks of this beautiful lake.
After lunch, we will be trekking for another three hours to the first pass of Ausangate Sibinacocha Trek, J’ampa Pass. This hike is somewhat arduous. The pass is at 5080 meters. You will have a captivating view of the valley from here.
From here, we will be hiking for two hours down the hill to the village of J’ampa Pampa. It is a beautiful setting amidst the Andean peaks. We will be camping here for the night.
After relishing on a nutritious breakfast, we will be hiking up the hill to a beautiful lagoon, Yanaqocha. The lagoon is named after the black color of the water.
Along the way we will be hiking through some moraines. This reflects the glacial past of the region. We will then be crossing the Yanaqocha mountain pass. It nestles at 5500 metres.
From here you will be having an enchanting view of the valley below. The beautiful valley is home to many beautiful lakes and farm lands. From here we will be hiking further to Condorpaso Pass. It nestles at 5100 metres.
We will be camping here for the night.
We will be waking you up to a freshly brewed coffee or coca tea, this will be followed by breakfast. We will then start with a slight climb to cross another mountain pass at 5200 metres. From here you will get a first view of the Lake Sibinacocha nestles between snow capped peaks of Vilcanota mountain range.
This section of the trek offers a lifetime experience. It is quite secluded, meaning you will barely see any other hikers. The route also offers views of the Andes, farmlands with Alpacas and Llamas. Here you will also be able to spot Vicunas.
We will then be hiking for some five hours down the hill to Lake Sibinacocha. Our campsite is located very close to the lake.
The highlight of the trek, after breakfast, we will be walking along the shores of the lagoon for three hours to Yayamari village. It nestles on the foothills of the mountain from which the village derives the name.
We will be trekking from here through the picturesque fields. Then we will be hiking up the hill to Abra Ccascana Pass at 5000 metres above sea level. We will then reach the Ccascana lake where we will be camping for the night.
The last day of Ausangate Sibinacocha Trek. After breakfast, we will be hiking to a village called Phinaya. It is home to a remote Andean community with a beautiful age old traditions and customs.
The village is so untouched by modernity that there are no automobiles. Locals continue commuting on horseback and bicycle.
Here we will have lunch before embarking on a journey back to the city of Cusco.