Ausangate - Sibinacocha

7 days / 6 nights
A mountain pilgrimage to never forget...
Ausangate - Sibinacocha

Ausangate is the ultimate trekking destination in the Cusco area. This beautiful snow-capped peak is one of the main features of the Cusco skyline but very few people actually ever see it up close. The area around Ausangate is full of natural beauty; with azure lakes and the majestic snow-capped peak ever present, trekking here is truly amazing.

 

The 7 day Ausangate trek really allows you to see a part of Peru few ever visit, this unforgettable trail is perfect for people who love to get away from it all.

 

By booking the Ausangate Trek with Llamapath you are choosing the best. Don't believe us? Check out our reviews on TripAdvisor!

 

Useful Information

  • Starting Altitude - 3800m / 12,467ft.
  • Highest Altitude - 5200m / 17,056ft.
  • Walking Distance - ?km / ? miles
  • Longest Day - Day ?, approximately ?km / ? miles
  • Coldest Night - Day ? around ?º celsius
  • Overall Difficulty - V. Difficult



Very Important: Campsites may vary depending on booking time, weather conditions or on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by the Peruvian Goverment.

Day 1: Cusco - Tinki

Today we set out from Cusco along the Puerto Maldanado road heading for the village of Tinki where we will begin our trek. It's a 6 hour journey in total and along the way we will stop at various villages to learn about the different cultures, traditions and customs that exist in this area. On arrival to Tinki (3800m / 12467 ft.) we will spend the night in a local lodge.

Day 2: Tinki - Pacchanta - Lake Qomercocha

We start our day by visiting the public school here in Tinki. Tinki has the only school in the area so all the children from the surrounding communities come here to study. After meeting the children you can give them any gifts you may have brought such as pencils and notebooks before we begin our trek.

 

Our first destination is the community of Pacchanta, a 2 and a half hour walk away. Pacchanta is famous for the thermal baths there and we'll stop and have a relaxing dip before continuing on to our campsite at Lake Qomercocha. Throughout the day we will enjoy fantastic views of Ausangate, Santa Catalina, Maria Huamantiqlla, Pucapunta and Colquecruz towering above us and see people herding their alpacas and llamas.

Day 3: Lake Qomercocha - Yanamayo

Setting off early from our campsite we'll begin making our way up to the first pass on the trek (5080m / 16400 ft.) which takes about 3-4 hours in total. It's pretty hard going but the views along the way make it worth it. After taking in the views from the pass we'll make our way to the Ticllaqocha Lagoons, a beautiful group of little turquoise lagoons where we'll have lunch.

 

In the afternoon we'll carry on to our campsite at Yanamayo located in a valley overlooked by the impressive Tres Picos, Colquecruz and Pucapunta peaks.

Day 4: Yanamayo - Condorpaso

From Yanamayo our trek once again begins to climb as we make our way up to Lake Yanacocha (Black Water), named thanks to its dark waters. The area around the lake is rich in volcanic soils which range in color from dark red through to black and there is evidence that the area was once covered by glaciers as shown by the piles morraine dotted about.

 

From Yanacocha our path continues on up until we reach the pass (5050 m/15564 ft.) where we will have fantastic views of colored mountains, beautiful lagoons and herds of llamas and alpacas roaming below. Our destination for today is Condorpaso which lies beyond one more even higher pass (5100m/ 16728 ft.).

Day 5: Condorpaso - Lake Sibinacocha

Today we head to the highest altitude on the whole trek. About a 2 hour walk from our campsite at Condorpaso lies the next pass (5200m / 17,056ft.) from where we'll get our first views of Lake Sibinacocha and the Vilcanota mountain range. The area we are trekking in receives very few visitors and this makes it perfect for us to spot the rare and reclusive vicuña (a wild breed of camelid renowned for its fine wool).

 

From the pass it's about a 5 hour walk down to our campsite for the night on the shores of the lake. Just a short distance away from our camp is the source of the lake, a large glacier whose turquoise waters provide a sharp contrast to the dark blue of the lake.

Day 6: Lake Sibinacocha - Ccascana

Waking up by the lake we will be treated to a beautiful spectacle in the gentle dawn light, the lakes waters are perfectly still and there is not a sound to be heard other than the call of birds. It's a perfect place to enjoy our breakfast and take in the moment in the knowledge that by tomorrow we'll be back in civilisation.

 

From Lake Sibinacocha our trek takes us on to the community or Yayamari and across a plateau to our final campsite at Ccascana. Along the way we'll see hundreds of alpacas and llamas and also hopefully some vicuña. Our campsite for tonight is surrounded by impressive snow-capped peaks such as Montura and Chumpi and there are many small rural communities dotting the area showing us that we're finally getting back to civilisation.

Day 7: Ccascana - Phinaya - Cusco

The final stretch of our trek takes us down the mountain to the small community of Phinaya, a 3 and half hour walk away. This small Andean community has a beautiful little church and no presence of vehicles except bikes and horses; we'll stop here for lunch and wait for our bus to pick us up and drive us back to Cusco.

Includes

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Chef
  • Mules / Porters to carry cooking and camping equipment
  • Mules / Personal porter to carry 10kg of your personal effects
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Transportation by bus from Cusco to Tinki and from Phinaya to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Afternoon Snacks and 6 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Walking Poles

Does Not Include

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us)
  • Breakfast and lunch on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 7
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance - you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

What you need to take

  • Original Passport
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries

Private Service Prices

  • 2 people    US$865 per person
  • 3 people    US$815 per person
  • 4 people    US$765 per person
  • 5 people    US$740 per person
  • 6 people    US$715 per person
  • 7 people    US$690 per person
  • 8+ people  US$665 per person

Discounts:
Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
Under 18's Discount: US$20

 

Optional Extras:
Sleeping Bag US$35
Inflatable Mattress US$30
Single Tent Supplement US$35
Mule to carry extra 7kg of personal items US$120

Llama Path Terms and Conditions

 

DEFINITIONS: The definitions below will apply throughout these terms and conditions:

  1. Client means a person who books a trip offered by Llama Path and includes all participants that person may book a trip on behalf of;
  2. Day Tour means any Trip offered by Llama Path that only lasts one day in duration;
  3. Deposit means
    1. For Treks: USD $300 per participant, per Trek, payable to Llama Path at the time of booking the Trek. If a Client wishes to do Wayna Picchu Mountain, or Machu Picchu Mountain, the deposit will be $385 for all Inca Trail treks, or $325 for any alternative treks e.g. Salkantay;
    2. For Peru Itineraries: 50% of the total itinerary price, payable to Llama Path at the time of booking the Trip.
  • For Day Tours: 50% of the total tour price, payable to Llama Path at the time of booking the Trip.
  1. Llama Path means Llama Path, a fully licensed, professional tour operator, based in Cusco, Peru and includes any employees, and associated persons of the company;
  2. Peru Itinerary means a multi-day Trip offered by Llama Path where trekking is not the main activity.
  3. Terms means these terms and conditions, as may be updated by Llama Path from time to time;
  4. Trek means a Trip where trekking is the main activity;
  5. Trip means any trip, tour or trek offered by Llama Path and booked by a Client.
  1. ACCEPTANCE: The Client agrees that the Client will be bound by these Terms upon payment of the Deposit.
  2. APPLICATION AND TERM: These Terms apply to all Trips from the date that a Deposit is paid, until the date the Trip finishes, unless the Trip is changed, cancelled or finishes earlier, in accordance with clauses 7, 8 or 9 of these Terms.
  3. PRICE: The prices of all Trips offered by Llama Path are as listed in the Llama Path offices and on the Llama Path website, and may be updated by Llama Path from time to time. All prices are based on double accommodation, an extra charge will be applied for single accommodation.
  4. PAYMENT:
  5. Deposit: the Client may pay the Deposit using one of the following two methods:
    1. PayPal: using www.paypal.com the option must be selected to ‘send money’ to the address deposits@llamapath.com, as a purchase of services, not a personal payment.
    2. Visa: follow the prompts to pay the Deposit using https://www.multimerchantvisanet.com/formularioweb/formulariopago.aspx, found on the payment section of the Llama Path website. The Client will receive an order number, and this must be sent in an email to Llama Path confirming the deposit has been paid.
  6. Balance: Following payment of the Deposit, the balance payable for a Trip is due as follows
    1. For Treks and Day Tours: no more than 48 hours before the first day of the Trek, at the Llama Path offices. Payments may be made in cash in USD or Peruvian soles (using the exchange rate on the day). If a Client is unable to comply with this clause, Llama Path must be notified at least 48 hours before the Trip, and will have full discretion as to whether late payment will be permitted.
    2. For Peru Itineraries: no less than two weeks before the start date of the Trip, using the PayPal method described in clause 5ai. If a Client is unable to comply with this clause, Llama Path must be notified at least two weeks before the Trip, and will have full discretion as to whether late payment will be permitted.
  7. AVAILABLE DATES: When a Client sends a booking enquiry to Llama Path, they must provide a range of dates that they are available to travel. Llama Path will prioritize the Client’s preferential dates, however the Client authorizes Llama Path to use any of the dates in the range provided by the Client to book a Trip.
  8. GROUP DISCOUNT: A group discount will be applied where four or more people book a Trip together, and such discount will be USD $20 per person and will only apply to the following Trips:
    1. Inca Trail 4 days/3 nights group service;
    2. Lares Trek 4 days/3 nights group service; and
    3. Salkantay Trek 5 days/4 nights group service.

Note that the group discount will not apply if a cancellation results in less than four people in the original group.

  1. STUDENT AND UNDER 18’S DISCOUNT: A discount will be provided to students aged 25 or under, and persons under the age of 18, at the date the Trip begins. The amount of such discount will be advised by Llama Path. Students must send a copy of a valid university identification card to Llama Path at the time of booking, the identification must be valid for the duration of the Trip, and the physical card must be presented upon arrival in Cusco.
  2. TRANSFERS: The Client is not permitted in any way whatsoever to transfer a Deposit, including to a different Trip, date, to any other person, or to the balance of another Trip or person.
  • CANCELLATION:
    1. If a Trip is cancelled or a Client wishes to leave a Trip, for any reason, the Deposit and any balance paid will not be refundable, with the sole exception of clause 10.b. If the Trip has been paid in full, there may be components that the Client can still use, such as the Machu Picchu entrance, train ticket and bus ticket.
    2. Refunds will be provided for Day Tours as follows:
      1. 100% refund of the Deposit if Llama Path receives notice of the cancellation at least 30 days before the date of the Day Tour;
      2. 50% refund of the Deposit if Llama Path receives notice of the cancellation between 15 and 29 days before the date of the Day Tour;
  • No refund of the Deposit will be provided if Llama Path receives notice of the cancellation less than 15 days before the date of the Day Tour.
  • ALTERATION BY LLAMA PATH: The Client acknowledges that travelling in Peru requires flexibility, patience, and understanding that changes may be required. Llama Path may at any time alter a Trip’s itinerary, due to any circumstances that may occur beyond its reasonable control, and will not be liable for any such change.
  1. FORCE MAJEURE: Llama Path is not responsible or liable where any force majeure event or circumstance occurs which is beyond the control of Llama Path, including but not limited to acts of God, civil or military disturbances, extreme weather, technological interruptions, labour strikes, or acts of war or terrorism. The Client recognizes that Llama Path may need to alter, or even cancel, a Trip in response to a force majeure event or circumstance, and will not be liable for any such alteration or cancellation.
  2. PROTEST OR STRIKE EARLY DEPARTURE: In the event of a protest or a strike, which may affect the itinerary of a Trip, Llama Path, at its discretion, may decide to leave early for the Trip in order to provide the best service possible. In such cases, Llama Path will charge an increment to cover the extra costs incurred, such amount as to be determined by Llama Path, depending on the circumstances.
  3. HOLIDAY OR ELECTION EXTRA CHARGE: Where a Trip takes place on one or more of any of the following days, due to reasons of public holiday, or elections in Peru, an extra charge per person, per Trip will be applied: December 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31, January 1, and any day that an election may fall on. The extra charge will be determined by Llama Path, and covers staff’s fines for missing elections, or is a bonus for staff missing a public holiday.
  • EVACUATION: If a Client is not able to complete a Trip, transport costs back to Cusco or the final destination of the Trip, in the case of medical emergency will be covered by the Client. Any other loss, damage or costs related to a Client’s evacuation from a Trip and additional emergency services will also be the Client’s responsibility. The Client agrees to abide by all Llama Path’s guides’ decisions in all circumstances where a Client needs to be evacuated for any reason from a Trip.
  1. CLIENT RESPONSIBILITIES
    1. Insurance: Llama Path strongly recommends that the Client purchases adequate travel insurance to cover any cancellations, delays, medical expenses, emergencies, interruptions due to unforeseen circumstances, and loss or damage of personal possessions or equipment that may occur in relation to a Trip. The Client acknowledges that the Client is responsible for all loss or damage suffered by the Client, except as expressly provided in these Terms.
    2. Risk: The Client acknowledges that Trips are adventurous, and inherently involve a certain amount of personal risk, especially Treks. The Client accepts responsibility for all risks associated with a Trip and agrees to neither sue, nor hold liable in any way, Llama Path, or any of its employees for any loss, damage or injury suffered by a Client in relation to a Trip.
    3. Guide authority: The Client agrees that Llama Path guides have full and final authority on all matters and decisions in relation to the Trip, and the Client will act in good faith to follow such authority and advice of Llama Path guides.
    4. Preparation: The Client acknowledges that although Llama Path will act in good faith to assist the Client during the Trip, it is the Client’s sole responsibility to ensure that the Client is adequately prepared for the Trip with the correct gear, and any special medial or dietary requirements that he or she may require.
    5. Passport Validity: The Client must ensure that their passport is valid for at least six months from the date of their arrival in Peru. This is a Peruvian government requirement, and failure to do so may result in permission being denied to enter the country.
    6. Visa to visit Peru: It is the Client’s responsibility to ensure sure they organize and fulfill the visa requirements, if any, required for their entry and stay in Peru;
    7. Acclimatization: The Client acknowledges Llama Path’s very strong recommendation that the Client stays in Cusco, or another high altitude city above 3,000 meters, for at least three days before starting a Trek. This will help minimize any possible effects of altitude sickness.
  2. GEAR: Llama Path require that an additional price be paid by the Client to hire certain gear items that a Client borrows for a Trek. Such prices are listed on the Llama Path website, and may be updated by Llama Path from time to time at its sole discretion.
  3. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Llama Path’s total liability to the Client is limited, to the maximum extent permitted by law, to the amount of money paid to Llama Path by the Client. Llama Path will be in no way liable for any further loss or damage suffered by the Client except as expressly provided in these Terms.
  4. GOVERNING LAW: These Terms shall be governed by the laws of Peru and the Client and Llama Path agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of Peru in relation to any dispute regarding these Terms.
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