Ausangate, one the highest and most beautiful mountain in the south of Peru, with amazing landscapes on this natural Andean level call Puna, with a diversity of mountain formation make the this region unique in the world, the last volcanic activity gave colourful hills. One of them is the popular rainbow maintain, where the minerals melt in bride colours, also is the habitat of the Andean camelids as the alpaca, llama Vicuña and Huanaco (Huanaco is not often seen). You will be amaze by the people of the area and their tradition and colourful cloth. Their believes and connection with the Apus (mountains god).
This trek it a lifetime experience and challenging adventure, where you expatiation are beyond imagination of the beauty of this area. We invite you to touch the sky
Ausangate mountain, Sibinacocha lagoon, remote mountain scenery, high mountain passes location: About 4 hours drive east of Cusco, leaves from village of Tinqui. Returns from Phinaya duration: 7 days/ 6 nights level: Difficult/ challenging with some high passes adventure rating: adventurous and few visitors. You should be prepared for the cold.
Cusco – Tinqui – Pacchanta
You will be collected from your hotel in private transport and drive along the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado truck road in the direction of Tinqui (3800 m/ 12464 ft). On the way we stop in Urcos (major bus road junction) for some pictures of the colorful market. We then go on to Cattca, an agricultural and cattle raising community where we can appreciate the region’s spectacular views and finally pass through Ocongate, capital of the district with the same name and only half an hour away from our destination. After an approximated 4hrs drive, we arrive in Tinqui where we will have lunch and then start walking for 3 hours towards Pacchanta (4100 m./ 13448ft), where we stop to camp. Pacchanta is a rural community that boasts some well-known thermal baths where we can enjoy a nice dip, offering very nice views of Ausangate Mountain.
Pacchanta – Qomerqocha Lagoon
We continue our hike with a slight climb up the Pacchanta valley, having the chance to spot llamas and alpacas, until we reach the beautiful Qomercocha lagoon where we set our camp and have dinner. Our campsite is a spectacular spot with amazing views of Ausangate, Santa Catalina , Maria Huamantiqlla, Pucapunta and Colquecruz snow-capped mountains. We will camp around Qomerqocha, or a little further on.
Qomerqocha Lagoon – Yanamayo
After breakfast continue on towards the first mountain pass of our trek, the Abra de Q´ampa at 5000 m./ 16400ft, which we will reach after about 4 hours We then descend towards the Ticllaqocha Lagoons, a beautiful group of little turquoise lagoons which will be a beautiful setting for lunch. In the afternoon we continue our hike for an additional 2-3 hours until we reach Yanamayo where we set our camp in an impressive valley overlooked by the huge and awesome Tres Picos, Colquecruz and Pucapunta peaks.
Yanamayo – Condorpaso
We leave camp after breakfast and start a gradual climb up towards Yanaqocha or “Black Lagoon” its name being due to the dark color of its waters. In this area we can appreciate a soil of volcanic origin, its color turning from dark red and black, showing the previous presence of glaciers in this region. We will go over Yanaqocha mountain pass (5050 m./15564 feet) to discover a surprisingly beautiful valley with an explosion of colored mountains, three spectacular lagoons and the presence of llamas and alpacas, which we will cross to head towards our next mountain pass (5100 m./ 16728ft). From this point, another hour of hiking takes us to Condorpaso, our next campsite, located very close to the mountain pass of the same name which will be our challe nge for the next day.
Condorpaso – Source of Sibinacocha Lake
After breakfast, we continue on a gradual climb up the valley that takes us to the mountain pass Abra del Condor (5200 m./ 17056 ft) after an approximated two hour walk. From the pass, the highest point of our trek, we may not only enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range and the Sibinacocha Lagoon, our next milestone, but also hopefully see vicuas. Immediately, we continue our hike 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 and very close from its source, where an impressive glacier stands and nourishes the lake with its turquoise waters that contrast with the dark blue pure color of the lagoon. The lagoon boasts a wide bio-diversity, and with any luck we will most be able to spot Andean Coots, “Huallatas” or Andean Geese as well as Andean Ducks from our camp.
Source of Sibinacocha Lagoon – Ccascana
Today, we depart early to walk along the shores of the Sibinacocha Lagoon for 3 hours until we reach the Yayamari community, next to the mountain of the same name, an impressive rocky peak overlooking the lagoon (5500 m./ 18040 ft). We then continue crossing a pampa where we will most probably see hundreds of llamas, alpacas and hopefully vicuas, to then follow towards the Abra Ccascana at 5000 m./ 16400 ft, which will lead us to the lagoon of the same name, in which area we will set our last camp. In this spot, surrounded by impressive snow-capped peaks such as Montura and Chumpi and inhabited by small rural communities, we may have the chance to spot ¨Huallatas¨ or Andean geese and maybe even flamingos.
Ccascana – Phinaya Cusco
After our breakfast, we leave Ccascana to walk for three and a half hours towards Phinaya. This is a small Andean community with a beautiful little church and no presence of vehicles except bikes and horses, where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, we drive back to Cusco (approximately 6 hours), where we expect to arrive after dark.
The times cited in this itinerary ar approximate. Walking times depend on the group and the guide can change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group. Each guide has their own preferred route and it might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
The Ausangate region is very high, plus you are close to a snow covered massif. Temperatures are cold, and can fall well below freezing in the nights. You should travel well prepared for cold temperatures. Hire/or carry sleeping bags for temperatures less than freezing (minus 10 celsius or more). If required, riding horses or horses to carry luggage can be arranged at a reasonable daily rate.
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Price US$ 900 per person,
Price is based on 2 to 4 people.
Price US$ 800 over 5 people
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