Ausangate - Sivinacocha 7D/6N

  • Tour Description


    Day 1: Cusco – Tinki
    We will drive for approximately 4 hours by private vehicle along the Cusco-Puerto Maldonado paved road to Tinki (3800m). We make a stop in Urcos (major bus road junction) to take pictures of the colorful market. We continue on to Catca, an agricultural and cattle raising community where we can appreciate the spectacular views. Finally, we pass through Ocongate, capital of the district with the same name, and eventually arrive in Tinki, where we camp overnight in a local campsite.

    Day 2: Tinki - Pacchanta – Qomerqocha Lake
    After breakfast, we will visit the Tinki public school and give them some highly appreciated useful school supplies, such as notebooks or pencils, and enjoy interacting with the school children. Then we leave Tinki and begin a 2.5hour) walk to Pacchanta (4100m), where we stop for lunch. Pacchanta is a rural community that boasts of some well-known thermal baths where we can enjoy a nice dip with lovely views of Ausangate Mountain. In the afternoon we continue our hike up a slight incline to the Pacchanta valley, probably spotting llamas and alpacas along the way. When we reach the beautiful Qomercocha lagoon, we set up camp and have dinner.

    Day 3: Qomerqocha Lake – Yanamayo
    After breakfast, we leave our campsite around 7:00 a.m. and head toward the first mountain pass of our trek, the Abra de Q’ampa (5000m), which we will reach after about 4 hours. We then descend to Ticllaqocha Lake, a beautiful group of little turquoise lakes, next to which we have lunch. In the afternoon we continue hiking for an additional 2-3 hours until we reach Yanamayo, where we set up our camp in an impressive valley overlooked by the huge and awesome Tres Picos, Colquecruz and Pucapunta peaks.

    Day 4: Yanamayo – Condorpaso
    We leave camp after breakfast and start a gradual climb to Yanaqocha, or “Black Lagoon”, named for 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 valley. We will go over the Yanaqocha mountain pass (5050m) to then discover a surprisingly beautiful valley with an explosion of colored mountains, three spectacular lagoons and the presence of llamas and alpacas. We will cross this valley and head toward our next mountain pass (5100m). We hike another hour from this point to Condorpaso, our campsite, which is located very close to the mountain pass of the same name –our challenge for the next day.

    Day 5: Condorpaso - Source of Sibinacocha Lake
    After breakfast, we set out on a 2 hour gradual climb from the valley to the mountain pass Abra del Condor (5200m). From this pass, the highest point of our trek, we will enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range and the Sibinacocha Lagoon, our next milestone. Hopefully, we will also see vicunas. We continue on immediately for an additional 3 hours, crossing another mountain pass on the way and then descending into the valley of the Sibinacocha Lake’s source. We will camp next to the lagoon, near its source, where an impressive glacier nourishes the lake with its turquoise waters that contrast with the pure dark blue color of the lagoon. The lagoon boasts of broad bio-diversity; we will most probably be able to spot Andean coots, “Hallatas”, or Andean geese as well as Andean ducks from our camp.

    Day 6: Source of Sibinacocha Lake – Ccascana
    Today we depart early and walk along the shore of the Sibinacocha Lake for 3 hours until we reach the Yayamari community, next to the mountain of the same name, which is an impressive rocky peak overlooking the lake (5500m). We continue crossing a pampa, where we will most probably see hundreds of llamas, alpacas and, hopefully, vicunas. We will then head toward the Abra Ccascana (5000m), which will lead us to the lake of the same name, where we will set up our last camp. At this site, surrounded by impressive snow-capped peaks such as Montura and Chuumpi and dotted with small local communities, we may luck out and spot “Huallatas”, Andean geese and perhaps even flamingos!

    7: Ccascana – Phinaya Cusco
    After our breakfast, we leave Ccascana and walk for three and a half hours to Phinaya. This is a small Andean community with a beautiful little church and no presence of motorized vehicles - just bikes and horses. We have lunch in Phinaya and later drive back to Cusco, typically arriving after nightfall.

    Difficulty Level:
    Very Difficult (you must have acclimated to the altitude)

    Easy Moderate Moderately Difficult Very Difficult Impossible...nothing
    is impossible!

    Please Note: Difficulty level is highly dependent on your fitness level and how you acclimate to the altitude.


    Departure and arrival times are approximated.
    **Campsites are subject to change according to our guide’s criteria and the group’s progress.

    • Professional, bilingual Tour Guide
    • Pick up from hotel
    • Return transportation (car transport )
    • *6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 6 dinners (breakfast on day 1 and dinner and lunch in Sicuani town are not included)
    • Dining tent with tables and chairs
    • Cook
    • 2-person tent
    • Inflatable sleeping mattress
    • Horseman and mules (They carry cooking and camping equipment and up to 12 kilos of tourist’s belongings.)
    • Extra oxygen
    • First Aid kit
    *Vegetarian/special diet options available

    What you need to take:
    • Original passport and Student card
    • Travel Insurance is essential
    • Sleeping bag (not included)
    • Walking boots
    • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
    • Warm jacket
    • Hat and gloves
    • T-shirts
    • Comfortable trousers
    • Sun hat
    • Sun protection cream
    • Insect Repellent
    • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags.
    • Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with drinking -previously boiled- water).
    • Toiletries
    • Personal medication
    • Camera and film
    • Flash lights with spare batteries
    Optional items to take:
    • Shorts
    • Walking stick
    • Plasters and bandages
    • Sandals
    • Extra money

    Optional services (not included):
    • Hire of sleeping bag – 5 season ($25)
    • Walking sticks ($10)
    • Day packs ($10)

    Prices 2017: Consult

    (minimum 2 people) Includes horses to carry personal belonging -up to 12 kilos.

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