|Range of Altitude
||3,400m to 5,200m / 11,155ft to 17,056ft
The 6D5N Ausangate Trek is a lesser-known trek that surrounds the snow-capped Sacred Mountain of Ausangate (6,372m/20,900ft), bringing hikers up and over mountain passes, local villages, hot springs, undulating meadows and turquoise lakes.
This slightly extended route of the 5D4N Ausangate Trek (see here) takes one to the gorgeous Sibinacocha Lagoon, an area that is almost uninhabited. Experience nature at its finest.
This less commonly visited trek allows one to gain a deeper, more intimate appreciation of the Andean flora and fauna, highly recommended for outdoor enthusiasts interested in something more remote and pristine.
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- We depart Cusco early in the morning by private transport for an approximately five hour drive to Pacchanta, a rural community with some well-known hot springs where we can enjoy a nice dip with amazing views of Mount Ausangate (6,372m/20,900ft)
- After lunch, we begin with a gradual climb up Pacchanta valley until we reach the beautiful Qomercocha lagoon, our first campsite of the trek
- We begin the day with a sustained climb of approximately four hours until we reach Qampa mountain pass (5,000m/16,400ft), the first pass of the trek
- We then descend towards the Ticllacocha lagoons, a group of beautiful, little turqoise lagoons next to which we will stop for lunch
- In the afternoon, we continue our hike for another two to three hours until we reach Yanamayo. Our campsite is located in a valley with peaks such as Tres Picos, Colquecruz and Puncapunta in the backdrop
- We leave camp and begin a gradual climb towards Yanaqocha (“Black Lagoon”), named for its dark-coloured waters
- We will ascend towards the Yanaqocha mountain pass (5,050m/16,564ft), where you will be presented with a beautiful valley with coloured mountains, three gorgeous lagoons and local animals such as llamas and alpacas
- After crossing the next mountain pass (5,100m/16,728ft), we will settle at Condorpaso, our next campsite, located very close to the mountain pass of the same name that will be the challenge for the next day
- After breakfast, we embark on a sustained climb up the valley for the next two hours to the mountain pass Abra del Condor (5,200m/17,056ft), the highest point of the trek. Enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range and the Sibinacocha Lagoon
- We continue our hike for another three hours, crossing another mountain pass on the way and then descending into the valley of the source of Sibinacocha Lagoon. We will camp next to the lagoon and very close to its source, where an impressive glacier stands and nourishes the lake with its turquoise waters that contrast with the dark blue colour of the lagoon
- We walk along the shores of the Sibinacocha Lagoon for three hours until we reach the Yayamari community, located next to Mount Yayamari (5,500m/18,040ft). Continue across flat plains where we will probably see hundreds of llamas, alpacas and hopefully vicuñas, towards Abra Ccascana (5,000m/16,400ft)
- We will camp at a nearby lagoon where we spend the last night
- We head towards Phinaya, arriving at this small Andean community after approximately four hours for lunch
- Our private transport will pick us up to return to Cusco, where we expect to arrive after nightfall