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.


  • 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

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

Travel in Peru: Llama Path operates in regions where standards of accommodation, transport and services might not be those you would normally expect. However we strive, with all due care and skill, to provide the best services for our tourists. Travelling in Peru requires flexibility, patience, broad-mindedness, good humour and understanding that changes may be made without notice due to circumstances beyond our control (Force Majeure - see below). By booking any of our tours you agree to Llama Path making necessary changes without liability.


FORCE MAJEURE: This is any event that Llama Path could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. This covers events such as war or threat, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, disaster or adverse weather conditions, fire or all similar events beyond our control. In this case, Llama Path will not accept liability and reserves the right to change, postpone or even cancel the trip (this is the last option of course!).


Increments in Case of Protests, Strikes (FORCE MAJEURE): In the event of a protest / strike, which is not uncommon in Cusco, it may be necessary to leave a day or even 2 days earlier than scheduled so that we are able to comply with other services. In this case, an increment will be charged to cover costs incurred. 


Risks: By booking any of our adventure trips (Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Salkantay, Ausangate, Choquekirao, Lares, Vilcabamba, Ausangate, Cachicata trek etc.) you assume the risks associated with them. For these Llama Path accepts no responsibility.


Travel Insurance: We strongly advise you to take out travel insurance that covers accidents, medical expenses and emergency repatriation, including rescue and air ambulance. We also recommend that it covers cancellations and loss of luggage. Please forward a copy/ company name and policy number by email or bring the information when you come to our office.


Group Discounts: If there are at least 4 people in your group, you will get  a $20 per person group discount a f This discount is valid for the following adventure trips: Inca Trail 4/3 group service, Lares 4/3 and Salkantay 5/4. Please note that this discount does not apply to private treks or any other trek not mentioned here.

Note: discount does not apply if less than 4 people undertake the trek (if a group member cancels).


Holiday or Election Increments: An increment of *$35 per person is applicable for all treks (regardless of group / private option / size of group) leaving during these holidays: Christmas (Dec 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th) New Year (Dec 29th, 30th, 31st, Jan 1st).

An increment is also applicable in order to leave during election days (people are fined in Peru if they do not vote).

We use the increments to pay staff a bonus for leaving on their holiday or it is used to pay the fines.


Sending your main Departure date and back up date: By providing us with a main date and a back up date for your trek (classic Inca Trail, Lares, Salkantay, etc) you automatically authorize Llama Path to use either of these dates for your reservation. Llama Path within the next 48 hours (after you have sent us your booking form and confirm deposit was made) will send you an electronic receipt confirming your trek has been officially booked and also to confirm the exact departure date of your trek.


Sending your Personal Details for Booking: Your passport number and other information must be valid. Please advise if you change your passport number after booking the tour (especially for booking the classic Inca Trail as if we do not make a change in your official details, you may not be permitted to do the trek). Please Note changing passports' numbers requires an extra fee (we are able to change passports numbers easily on our receipt but its also extremely important that we make the changes with the Inca Trail authorities) and please is important that the information that you send need to be exactly as appear in your passport.

Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid University student card (Maximum age 25 YO) . It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Inca Trail/alternative trek (you will need to show the real University upon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).

About Inca Trail Campsites:

Please note: Campsites may change (be different from those stated in the website) depending on booking time and availability, weather conditions or on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by the Peruvian Goverment.


Making a Reservation and payment of deposit: Deposit sent is use for by Inca Trail Tickets , Machu Picchu Tickets , Porter expenses Wayna Picchu Tickets (if is applicable) and  is Non-Refundable nor transferable to any other date, person or tour (According to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Regulations).

1. For the classic Inca Trails: 2 days, 3 days, 4 days, 5 or 7 days (Group or Private Service) or for any of our Adventure treks to Machu Picchu. 

We request a $300 non-refundable deposit per person along with your personal details (full name, passport number, gender, nationality, DOB).

The deposit (Non-refundable) amount is:


Classic Inca Trails:

US$ 300 per person for any of our Classic Inca Trail (2 days, 4 days, 5 days, 7 days). Or
US$ 385 per person for any Classic Inca Trail + Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu climbing.


Please NOTE: If booking (USD 85.00 extra) a Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain climbing a 6% Pay Pal fee must be paid f or this (USD5.00). 

Please confirm if you want to climb Wayna Picchu (the 45 minute climb near Machu Picchu site) or Machu Picchu as they need to be booked well in advance too; this is US$85.00 per person there are 2 time sessions: 7 - 8am or 10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified although you need to be flexible to either time.

Please note, if you get the permits for either extra climbings you will probably have to miss/skip the Machu Picchu guided tour. 


Alternative Inca Trails:


US$ 300 per person for any of our Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu (Huchuy Qosqo, Lares, Salkantay, Cachicata, etc ). Or
US$ 325 per person for any of our Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu (Huchuy Qosqo, Lares, Salkantay, Cachicata, etc ) + Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu climbing.


Please confirm if you want to climb Wayna Picchu (the 45 minute climb near Machu Picchu site) or Machu Picchu as they need to be booked well in advance too; there are 2 time sessions: 7 - 8am or 10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified although you need to be flexible to either time. 


Please note, if you get the permits for either extra climbings you will probably have to miss/skip the Machu Picchu guided tour.


IMPORTANT: Price is based on a DOUBLE room accomodation.

An aditional USD 35.00 will be charged for a Single Room if there's no one else to share a double room with or if you are travelling alone.


Payment of the deposit can be made through any of the 2 following options:


1) Paypal:

NO Transaction fees for Inca Trail and alternative treks tours from January 2nd, 2017 !!

Go to and if you have an account, enter your account information (username and password).

Choose the option ´send money´ to:   (IMPORTANT: please ensure you choose the option ‘purchase’ and ‘services’. Do not
choose the option ‘personal’).

2) By VISA Card.

NO Transaction fees for Inca Trail and alternative treks tours from January 2nd, 2017 !!

Go to the homepage on our website (, click on ‘payment options’ and follow the instructions.

At the end of the transaction, you will have a screen with an order number. Please send an email confirming deposit and the order number you
have been given.

3. Payment for Peru itineraries of 1 to 3 weeks (Incas and Mountains, Peruvian Highlands, Diverse Peru etc). To secure a reservation of a tour package, it is necessary to make a pre-payment of: 50% of TOTAL package cost, the balance must be paid 2 weeks before your tour starts by PayPal.

About the Briefing: The night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office at either 4:00pm or 5:00pm (exact time will be confirmed on your arrival or by email). Your duffle bag will be provided at this time if you have paid for an extra porter for your Inca Trail or if you are doing an alternative trek.

The Local Payment (Payment of Final Balance): We require you to pay your final balance in cash (USA dollars) in our office at least 48 hours prior to tour/trek departure (please advise if you have any delays on arrival).

The Local Payment must be paid in cash and in US dollars.

If paying in Peruvian Soles it will be applicable the Exchange Rate of the Day. ( Aprox. 3.40).



  • Deposit sent is use for by Inca Trail Tickets , Machu Picchu Tickets , Porter expenses Wayna Picchu Tickets (if is applicable) and  is Non-Refundable nor transferable to any other date, person or tour (According to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Regulations).
  • Llama Path must be notified of any changes or cancellations to your trip as soon as you are aware of them, via e-mail or fax so that we do not incur expenses not covered by deposit.
  • City Tours and Sacred Valley Tours can be cancelled with a 100% refund up to 15 days before the tour starts; 50% up to a week, 25% lose of deposit less than 5 days and 100% lose of deposit if cancellation is made with les than 48 of notice.
  • Once final balance has been paid, we will not be able to refund your trek payment in the case of cancellations. There will, however, be parts of your trip that you are able to use (Machu Picchu entrance fee, 1 train ticket, 1 bus ticket).
  • A claim letter for your insurance company can also be provided by us upon request.
  • Porter service hired can Not be cancelled (a fee is paid for booking this service).


VERY IMPORTANT (1): We strongly suggest staying at high altitude (above 3000 metres - in Cusco or another high altitude city) for 3 to 4 days (minimum) before undertaking the trip. This is in order to minimize the effects of possible altitude sickness. Also, you can help your body acclimatize by drinking plenty of liquids, adding a bit more sugar to your drinks, eating food rich in carbohydrates, avoiding cigarettes and alcohol and drinking coca (ancient traditional leaf) tea. Diamox can also be helpful - please ask your doctor about this.


VERY IMPORTANT (2): We recommend you arrive in Cusco 48 hours or more before trek departure as we may need to leave earlier than scheduled in case of strikes or other events out of our control (see Force Majeure above).






Due to New goverment regulations for the Inca Trail it will be 100% PROHIBITED to TAKE PLASTIC WATER  BOTTLES. We believe that in the first days  the new enforced regulations may NOT be 100% controlled however as the days go it will be more and more strict therefore WE KINDLY suggest you getting your aluminum plastic bottles to avoid any dissapointment at the check points along the Inca Trail and in the Machu Picchu citadel.




As a way to avoid any inconvenience with our clientes Llama Path offers 0.700ml aluminum water bottles FOR SALE at the office for as liitle as 10 Soles (USD3.00). 


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


Also, if you are still at home and ready to fly to Peru for your trek we recommend you bringing aluminum water bottles or camel bags. 


Some other reasons to travel with Llama Path:
Through this 15 years we have trained and worked with lots of guides, porters and chefs. Now a lot of our staff is exported to other companies; it’s not a surprise to ask anyone of them “who have you been working for?” And the answer comes evident: Llama Path.
Moreover a lot of our exguides set up their on companies primarily following the ideas of Sustainable Tourism we have practiced right from the beginning to these days. A few examples here:
Raúl Qolque worked as an assistant and guide for Llama Path for several years and now together with his American wife runs Alpaca Expeditions.
Miguel Góngora; one of our best guides ever runs now his own sustainable company Evolution Treks
Flavio Huamani, runs a small family responsible company mainly especilizing in Luxury Treks to Machu Pucchu.
Renzo Serrano, runs now his own company Qaypi Tours
Marco Salas, one of our most enthusiastic assistant guides and guide runs now Happy Gringo Tours travel Agency.
The list could go...
We are happy to know we are doing and leading the right way.
Thanks for choosing Llama Path. 

We hope you have a wonderful time with us !!

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