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  • Group size: 2-10
  • Tour Type: Hiking / Adventure
  • Max. Elevation: 12 km/ 7.5 miles

Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake 6D/5N

$900

Ausangate  Trek & Sibinacocha Lake 6D/5N 

The Ausangate hike & Sibinacocha Lake program it is one of the most beautiful hikes in south america, that are off the beaten path

Ausangate is one of the highest snowy mountains in Peru located in the Vilcanota mountain range 130 kilometers from Cusco and reaches an altitude of (6,372 m / 20,905 ft), and Sibinacocha it is one of the biggest lakes in Peru, the Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake has several lagoons of a bright green blue color, yellow and reddish lagoons, it also has a natural landscape of great beauty, it is full of herds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas in addition of giving you the chance to inmerse with traditions and lifestyle of the andean communities; do not think about it anymore and join us and experience the amazing Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake.

Highlights of our Ausangate  hike & Sibinacocha Lake

In order to give you the best experience on this Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake, we created a unique itinerary that gives you the precise hours of hiking to make you really enjoy, observe, acclimatized to the altitude, take your time and appreciate the landscape beauty of our Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake 

Besides we also provide you with four highlights on this Ausangate hike. 

Firstly on the first night you have the chance to enjoy the overlooking of the fantastic milky way and starry sky of this part of the andes, in relaxing outdoor hot springs.

Secondly we located our second campsite right at the foot of Ausangate mountain to you be pleased in the evening by a breathtaking starry sky over the Ausangate snowcapped mountain in addition of enjoying an amazing sunrise over the glacier the next day in the morning. 

Thirdly with our unique Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake itinerary you will have the oportunity to visit the espectacular Sibinacocha and its mysteries.

Fourthly, we afe pretty sure you will have the best natural and with cosmos connection of your whole life on this unique trek.

Besides to all of the above, we prepare food for our hikers and team with 100% organic vegetables purchased from local producers and also we do a demostration of a typical peruvian dish called Pachamanca which is an underground hot stone barbecue.

Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake Trip Overview

  • Trek Type:trekking/hiking, landscape, experiential, adventurous, and cultural, colors and flavors
  • Good for: people with hiking experience in high elevations
  • Difficulty:moderate to difficult
  • Considerations:In order to give you the best itinerary and experience on this trek our program it is completely different from the other companies
  • Season:From March 1st to December 31th

Day 1: Cusco-Tinki-Pacchanta

  • Hiking distance: 7.4 miles/12 km (6 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 3950 meters above sea level
  • Considered: easy to moderate
  • Weather: Cold and windy

We pick you at 5.00 am from your hotel and we drive you in our van for three and a half hours to Tinki hamlet located  at 3700 m.a.s.l. where is the trailhead of our ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake, also here our chef will prepare a delicious and nutritious breakfast; following we will hike uphill for three hours through a grassland landscape and a couple of snowy mountains towards  our lunch area. 

After lunch and digest time we will hike for three hours through an area composed of traditional villages and locals dressed in their colorful traditional outfits, accompanying their llamas, alpacas or working in the potatoe and quinoa crops.

Upon arrival to our first campsite our staff of porters will have the tents and duffels already pitched for you, providing you also warm water in buckets so you may washed up, be comfortable and rest after a llitle difficult but rewarding day in the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake, then in the evening enjoy happy hour with hot chocolate, popcorn and dinner.

** Perfect itinerary to have plenty of time to hike in a slow and steady pace, take pictures and to be pleased by the andes mountain range, ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake, its colors and sounds

** At night you will have the marvelous experience of stargazing the andes and milky way from relaxing outdoor termal baths

Day 2: Pacchanta-Ccampa pass- Ausangate Basecamp

  • Hiking distance: 10 miles/16 km (8 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 4100 meters above sea level
  • Considered:  moderate to difficult
  • Weather: Cold and windy

We come to your tents at 5:30 am with a hot coca tea to wake you up and enjoy the great morning view with the sunrise over the sakantay mountain, after 5 minutes we provide you with warm water in buckets so you may washed up and wake up in a better way, then we give bewteen 30 to 40 minutes to pack essentials and then have breakfast for another 30 minutes. 

Then we hike a gentle uphill for 4 hours through a region crowded by many lagoons of diverse colors and a lot of snowcapped mountains in direcction of our lunch spot, once here our team will be waiting with cooled fruit juice and a lovely buffet lunch; after lunch and digest time we will hike for one hour and a half to the Qampa mountain pass located at 5500 m.a.s.l. where we will celebrate our target giving thanks to Pachamama ( mother earth) and Apus (mountain gods), so we will perform an Andean ritual to show respect.

Following we continue with our ausangate trek & and sibinacocha lake itinerary with a downhill hike for two hours through amazing views of five snowy mountains, and herds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas towards our second campsite

Upon arrival to our campsite our staff of porters will have the tents and duffels already pitched for you, providing you also warm water in buckets so you may washed up, be comfortable and rest after a difficult but rewarding day in the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake, then in the evening enjoy happy hour with hot chocolate, popcorn and dinner.

** This day inside the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake will be fascinating because we will have the opportunity to see one of the most starry sky of the entire ausangate trek & rainbow mountain program right at the foot of the highest glacier from Cusco region.

Day 3: Ausangate Basecamp-Wayracmachay- Yanamayo

  • Hiking distance: 9 miles/15 km (8 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 4000 meters above sea level
  • Considered:  moderate to difficult
  • Weather: Cold and windy

After tasting a very delicious and nutritious breakfast we will hike for five hours in a secction full of little uphillps, downhills and flat areas full of cascades, teal lagoons and birds such as the andean goose, andean gull and wild ducks on their banks; after those five hours of hiking we will get our lunch spot, located in the beautiful Pampacawa plateau.

After our yummy buffet lunch and digest time we will hike downhill for three hours towards our campsite; along the way we will observe dramatical set of reddish and yellowish mountains and locals taking back to their homes their herds of llamas, sheeps and alpacas.

Upon arrival to our campsite our staff of porters will have the tents and duffels already pitched for you, providing you also warm water in buckets so you may washed up, be comfortable and rest after a moderate but awesome day in the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake, then in the evening enjoy happy hour with hot chocolate, popcorn and dinner.

** Another fascinating day, inside the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake program where you will have the chance to interact with the locals and their traditions.

Day 4: Yanamayo-Condor Pass- Sibinacocha Lake

  • Hiking distance: 10 miles/16 km (8 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 4750 meters above sea level
  • Considered:  challenging
  • Weather: Cold and windy

Today will be one of our hardest days, after our rewarding breaskfast we will hike uphill for three hours  to the Cordor mountain pass located at 5400 m.a.s.l. along the way we will be able to see herds of vicuñas, the vicuñas are the wild ancestors of the alpacas; upon our arrival to the mountain pass we will be provided you hot coca tea or coffee and a sandwich to enjoy, in a better way the majestic view of the snowy mountains around. 

Following our ausangate trek and sibinacocha program, we will hike for two hours downhill to our lunch area ,which is located next to a cascade and a pretty turquoise lagoon; after tasting our yummy buffet lunch and 30 minutes of digestion we will continue hiking through a grassy plateau for two more hours towards our breathtaking campsite located right at the bank of the sibinacocha lake.

upon arrival to our campsite our staff of porters will have the tents and duffels already pitched for you, providing you also warm water in buckets so you may washed up, be comfortable and rest after another challenging but rewarding day in the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake, then in the evening enjoy happy hour with hot chocolate, popcorn and dinner.

** Although the fourth day in the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake will be challenging, remember that only 100 hundred people a year have the great oportunity to delight and hike the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake.

Day 5: Sibinacocha Lake -Vicuña Pass-Ccascara Lagoon

  • Hiking distance: 7.4 miles/12 km (8 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 4700 meters above sea level
  • Considered:  moderate to difficult
  • Weather: Cold and windy

We will wake you up at 5:30 am to you be able to appreciate the a fascinating sunrise in the andes mountain range over one of the biggest lakes of Peru;  also we will deight an outdoor breakfast just right at the bank of the lake.

Following we will hike for two hours on the bank of the lake observing birds such as the andean ibis, the andean goose, wild ducks and many other ones; then we will hike two more hours uphill to the Vicuña mountain pass located at at 5350 m.a.s.l. once here, the views are just magical and also the area is pretty windy, so quickly we will perform a andean greeting to show  respect to Pachamama ( mother earth) and Apus ( mountain gods).

Then we will hike one hour downhill in order to get our lunch spot alocated next to a beautiful stream;  after our buffet lunch and digest time, we continue with our ausangate trek and sibinacocha lake program hiking downhill for one hour towards our campsite.

In the afternoon after our deserved rest inside our tents we will organize with our team a fishing to delight fresh trouts, of the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake

**  Another fascinanting day on the ¨ ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake¨ where we will birdwatch on the lake and fish fresh grey and rainbow trouts.

Day 6: Ccasccara-lagoon-Pinaya village-sicuani-cusco

  • Hiking distance: 5.6 miles/9 km (4 hours)
  • Considered:  moderate to difficult
  • Weather: Cold and windy

This day will be memorable, due we going to visit rustic mud brick and stone houses of the locals and will see how those people raise their alpacas, llamas, sheep and also guinea pigs that lives inside the kitchen, also we will learn about their lifestyle, traditions and idiosyncrasy;  and also if you would like, you may buy some reminders from the locals made of 100 % baby alpaca that they elaborate with by hand and using organic dyes that they obtain from the plants. 

After visiting the families we will hike downhill for 4 four  until we reach Phinaya hamlet, once we arrive here our team will be waiting with cooled fruit juice and a delicious buffet lunch; after lunch and digest time we  have a small ceremony to thanks our porter, muleteer and chef. 

After the tipping ceremony, you can finally say,» the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake is done», get ready to board our private van be brought, for six hours towards Cusco, where we will arrive by 8 pm.

** Our service is from the door of your hotel to the the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake and then back to the door of your hotel again

Included on the Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Mountain

Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grewp up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake

Permits:  As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake

Briefing: The night before your trip, you will come to our office for your informative meeting. You will receive your duffle bag that will stay with your porters while you hike on the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake. This duffle bag should not exceed 7 kg / 14 pounds and should include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

Porters: We include a personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffle bag and also our camping equipment and food to our basecamp. There is no additional cost for this. You will not have access to your duffle bag until you arrive at your camp in the afternoon.

Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake; you will be picked up from your hotel at 5 am and brought to the trailhead to begin your ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake. We also include mules and horses that will carry our equipment and the private van from the Phinaya hamlet to Cusco.

Equipment: Incas path has the best equipment; we use Eureka Timberline 4 tents that are shared by only two people. You will have a large dining tent to enjoy your meals.

Food: Our ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake includes expert hiking chefs who will cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know. Food is typically all served as buffet.

Water: Starting from your first lunch until your last breakfast we will provide you boiled, filtered, and then cooled water before distributing; you must bring personal water bottles and or a camelback. We advice you to bring a bottle or camelback of 1.5 litters , as being well hydrated is the key to feeling great in the mountains.

Details: we profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies; each hiker receives a small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress to insulate, a backpack cover to protect their belongings while hiking and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best holiday.

Satellite phones: our priority will always be the safety of our customers and our crew. While all our guides are prepared and trained to deal with most basic problems that occur in the mountains; very rarely serious problems may occur that will require the assistance of a specialist doctor and that is when our satellite phones are very useful and necessary, also if you want to call a friend who is anywhere in the world, from the Alpaca pass in the Ausangate trek or from the rainbow mountain or in case you need to verify the puppy that you left at home with the grandmother. While satellite phones are not cheap, We believe they are very important for your security and to give you the best possible experiencie.

First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend; your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.

Not Included on the Ausangate Trek & Rainbow Mountain

Rentals: Due there we are hiking the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake, each trekker needs a sleeping bag when camping, inflatable air mattresses and trekking poles (with rubber tips). They are optional but encouraged for a better comfort; if you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:

  • Sleeping Bag: $35
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $30
  • Trekking Poles (Pair): $30

We would love to tour the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to Ausangate trek. We can leave any day from March to January as the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake is always available

Group Price (2020):

  • $750 per person

Private Tours are based on Group Size (2020):

Priced per person

  • Two trekkers: $1250 per person
  • Three trekkers: $1200
  • Four trekkers: $1100
  • Five trekkers: $950
  • Six trekkers: $775
  • Seven trekkers: $725
  • Eight, or more, trekkers: $690

Student Discount:

  • – $ 25 discount per person

Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC) at the beginning of the hike or who is 17 years old or younger; for those who use an international student card or for children under 17, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount of the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake of the government.

Please send everything to incaspath@hotmail.com

Packing list

This ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake, includes porters who will carry all your duffle bag while you hike on the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake. We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during the ausangate trek.

Essentials:

  • Original Passport,
  • STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) remember that the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake is entirely dirt soil

For Your Duffel: Our porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air mattress. 

  • 6 wicking t-shirts
  • 3 hiking pants
  • 6 sets of undergarments.
  • 6 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 fleece and 1 down jacket; it gets cold at night
  • 1 rain jacket and rain pants /rain poncho
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 wool hat
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Hiking boots
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might bring a towel a little larger.
  • Bathing suit
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Battery Charger: There is no place to plug, on the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake!
  • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep away clean clothes from dirty clothes.
  • Earplugs in case someone from the group snores
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least

Toiletries:

  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  • Bug spray
  • Handsanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toiletpaper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.

Inside Your Daypacks:

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Some items are listed below

  • Sunhat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Camera
  • Music (IPhone)
  • Handsanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips

 

Where do we pick up the hikers for the Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake?

Pick up will be from your hotel at 5:00 a.m. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching our office in Cusco.

Where to pay the remaining amount for the Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake?

Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain for proper acclimatization. Once you are in Cusco it is imperative that you come to our office to review the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining amount of your ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake.

Reserve for the Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake?

We try to make the booking as easy as possible in Incas Path. We prepare a reservation form where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of $ 200 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake permits are in our hands, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.

Permissions for the Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake?

Only tour operators licensed by the goverment, such as Incas Path, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the government allows us to change are passport numbers.

Passport Number Update?

The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.

Where to stay in Cusco?

You can stay in a hotel that you consider convenient, however you must have the account of the location of the hotel because the traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 5 years. Many roads are up to 100 years old; Especially near the main square the roads are only for pedestrians. We will notify you if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel and coordinate another nearby pick-up point. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your Incas Path sales representative.

Can I stay in the sacred valley?

Not, as the driving route to get the trailhead of the Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake does not go through the sacred valley of the incas.

During the trip, how challenging is the Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake?

Remember that this ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake, it is challenging  because you will hike in very high areas and also climb three very high mountain passes; also if rains, the dirt soil path could be muddy and slippery ( don´t worry if you have good hiking boots), so it will be exhausting but it will be worth it when you arrive at campsite.

Will I need extra money on the Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake?

Of course, if you want to buy some type of drinks, reminders or for tiping, take about 400 soles with you;«also remember that along the days of hiking into the Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake just cash is accepted».

How many people will be in my group on the Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake?

We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our groups that start each day; we can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 and 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience in the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake. During the low season it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.

Do you need hiking boots for the Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake?

We always recommend hiking boots, since if it rains a little the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake can become a bit muddy and slipery; please make sure they have good soles.

Are trekking poles really necessary on the Ausangate Trek & Sibinacocha Lake?

For the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake we recommend the use of trekking poles for everyone, especially for those passengers with knee problems or older people; there are several sections during the tour where you will need to use the walking sticks, either climbing or descending the dirt soil path. 

Are there any toilets along the Ausangate  hike & Sibinacocha Lake?

Along the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake there are 3 places that has toilet; firstly at the hiking start, then at lunch spot and at basecamp. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.

Can I use plastic botles during the Ausangate hike & Sibinacocha Lake?

Due to New goverment regulations for the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain it will be 100% BANNED to BRING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES. We kindly suggest you getting your aluminum plastic bottles to avoid any dissapointment at the check points along the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake

Aluminum water bottles can be bought in many different shops around the main square. 

If you are still at home and ready to fly to Peru for your ausangate hike & sibinacocha lake we recommend you bringing aluminum water bottles or camel bags. 

Where do I store my luggage?

All luggage not necessary for the hike must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing luggage of their guests, or if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage

What should I expect from the weather on the Ausangate hike & Sibinacocha Lake?

Please understand that this is a very difficult question to answer. Historically, from April to October it is the dry season, from November to March it is the rainy season, but in recent years our weather has been affected by climate change and today it is very difficult to predict. Remember that in the mountains the radiation and heat are very high during the day and the evenings and nights always cold, we always recommend a short sleeve shirt for the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake, long pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, rain jacket and a fleece jacket and for the night a down jacket.

Can Incas Path please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?

For us it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or any type of allergies, we have a team of chefs with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets on the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake. Also remember that we want to pamper you during your trip to ausangate trek & rainbow mountain and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets.

What type of outlet is used in Cusco?

Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output and also that of South America.

What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?

Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip to ausangate trek & rainbow mountain and, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, we always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not mandatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.

In general, participants in a group show their appreciation as a group for their porters and chef and a personal appreciation towards their tour guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.

Is there a possibility to cancel my Ausangate hike & Sibinacocha Lake?

There is no possibility to cancel the ausangate hike & sibinacocha lake. Even in extreme weather conditions or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The peruvian government does not have any type of refund or change of date, because if there is any weather problem or strike that prevents us from entering the ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake; we will do our best to provide you with an alternate hike or take you to the trek in some way. We will keep you very informed in case there is a strike or weather inconvenience in Peru, Cusco, ausangate trek & sibinacocha lake or Machu Picchu. In the event that a passenger decides to cancel their trip to Peru, they will lose the total amount deposited because the permits and logistic are already organized.