Ausangate Through the Backdoor Ausangate Through the Backdoor
Pacchanta | Ccampa Pass | Cóndor Pass | Sibinacocha Lagoon | Ccasccara Lagoon

Ausangate and Sibinacocha Lagoon

US$ 700.00 per person
7 Days & 6 Nights Duration
5,400 m / 17,716 ft Max. Altitude
3,950 m / 12,959 ft Min. Altitude
79 km / 48.9 mi Walking Distance
  • Pacchanta
  • Ccampa Pass
  • Wayraqmachay Lagoon
  • Cóndor Pass
  • Sibinacocha Lagoon
  • Ccasccara Lagoon
  • Phinaya

Ausangate Through the Backdoor

Awaken all of your senses on this alternative route that's incredibly special and unique. You'll walk on impressive trails alongside the immense, sacred mountain of Ausangate (6,372 masl / 20,900 fasl). You'll also visit authentic Andean towns, hot springs and crystal clear lagoons. This alternative circuit to the classic Ausangate route offers you the most amazing views of this sacred glacier before deviating off toward the amazing Sibinacocha Lagoon, leaving behind the hordes of tourists and entering a practically uninhabited area where you can connect with nature. Our excursion ends in Phinaya, a small, middle-of-nowhere Andean community with horses and bicycles as the only means of transportation. Without a doubt, it's an unforgettable excursion for mountain lovers who are looking for something completely different and far from the traditional tours crowded with visitors. Join AUSANGATE PERU, and get ready to live an unforgettable adventure.

Awaken all of your senses on this alternative route that's incredibly special and unique. You'll walk on impressive trails alongside the immense, sacred mountain of Ausangate (6,372 masl / 20,900 fasl). You'll also visit authentic Andean towns, hot springs and crystal clear lagoons. This alternative circuit to the classic Ausangate route offers you the most amazing views of this sacred glacier before deviating off toward the amazing Sibinacocha Lagoon, leaving behind the hordes of tourists and entering a practically uninhabited area where you can connect with nature. Our excursion ends in Phinaya, a small, middle-of-nowhere Andean community with horses and bicycles as the only means of transportation. Without a doubt, it's an unforgettable excursion for mountain lovers who are looking for something completely different and far from the traditional tours crowded with visitors. Join AUSANGATE PERU, and get ready to live an unforgettable adventure.


We will leave Cusco early in the morning and have breakfast in Ccatca after a view of the Huacarpay Lagoon. We’ll hike next to glaciers and through Andean farmlands on the way to our campsite where we can enjoy a dip in the hot springs of Pacchanta under the stars. The next day, we’ll hike through the mountains and colorful, glacial lakes of Ausangate. We will also take part in an Andean ritual among these sacred peaks at the Ccampa Pass. On day 3, we will see valleys, rivers and waterfalls along the way, as well as llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. You’ll get a view of the Rainbow Mountain from a distance and then camp next to a waterfall and have a cozy campfire with wine and sangria.

The next morning, we’ll go up to the Condor Pass at 5,400 MASL / 17,716 FASL! Leaving the highest altitude, we’ll continue down to the Sibinacocha Lagoon and have lunch next to a gorgeous waterfall before hiking on to our campsite. Next, you’ll have the treat of watching the sun rise over the lagoon and spending the morning enjoy the lake and its wildlife. After lunch, we’ll go up to Vicuña Mountain, a very windy peak with amazing landscape views. We’ll camp that night near the Ccasccara Lagoon. The last day of hiking will also include visits to local homes in the heights of the Andes! You can buy artisanal textiles from locals before we begin to hike downhill and enjoy the last glaciers, lakes and waterfalls of the trip. On the very last day of the trip, we’ll spend the morning in Phinaya until 11:00 AM when we will begin our return trip to Cusco by bus.

Trip Highlights

  • Savor beautiful views of some of Peru's most marvelous snow-capped peaks, glaciers and lakes.
  • Visit stunning mountain passes, lagoons and hot springs.
  • Take advantage of an authentic trekking experience in the remote Andes.
  • Walk among Andean villages of llama herders and farmers where time seems to slow down.
  • Remote trek with few other tourists.
  • Enjoy splendid views of the Ausangate mountain (6,384 m).
  • See unique fauna such as chinchillas, condors (the largest Andean bird), vicunas (the only non-domesticated animal of the llama family) and many others.
  • Hiking in Peru is a life-changing experience. Breathtaking views, exciting physical challenges and an excellent support staff make this an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Included meals Breakfast: 7
Lunch: 7
Dinner: 6
Trip staff Explore Tour Leader
Transport Bus
Accommodation 6 nights camping
Walking grade: Moderate
Group Size: Up to 10 People
Day 1 Cusco - Ocongate - Tinki - Pacchanta
The best part of the day: Get the first glance of the majestic and incredibly sacred Ausangate mountain and its glacier.

We'll start the day today at 5:00 am. We will pick you up from your hotel and head toward the town of Tinki (3,700 masl) by private transportation. Along the way, we'll stop at the Huacarpay Lagoon viewpoint so that you can take some incredible photos of this colorful landscape. We'll continue our journey to Ccatcca where we'll fill our stomachs with a delicious breakfast while we observe, in the distance, the perpetual snows of the sacred mountain of Ausangate. An additional 1-hour drive awaits us to arrive at the starting point of the trek where you'll meet our horsemen and porters. We'll begin the hike in front of the spectacular glaciers of Ccolque Cruz and Caracol. We'll stop along the way for lunch in the company of our team and, perhaps, some local children. We'll continue the route, and, coincidentally, meet some residents who still dress traditionally in the colorful way of the Andes. You can also see herds of llamas and alpacas. Finally, at approximately 5:00 pm, we'll arrive at our first campsite. Don't worry about a thing, the tents and your luggage will be ready and waiting. Before dinner, we'll visit the famous Pacchanta hot springs where you can relax and enjoy a beautiful view of the night sky that opens up for you without reservations.

Today, we’ll leave Cusco early toward the town of Tinki and then to Ccatca to have breakfast, passing the Huacarpay Lagoon on the way for some pictures. One hour later, we’ll start hiking next to glaciers Ccolque Cruz and Caracol, have lunch, and then continue through Andean farmlands until reaching our campsite. After that, we’ll visit the Pacchanta hot springs and then get some rest.

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner Meals
  • Moderate Level of difficulty
  • 3,950 m / 12,959 ft Altitude of the campsite
  • 12 km / 7.4 miles Hiking distance
  • Sunny; Cold & dry overnight Climate
Day 2 Pacchanta / Ccampa Pass / Ausangate Camp
The best part of the day: Learn about Andean culture, traditions and rituals while surrounded by the snowy peaks that inspire them.

After breakfast, we'll start our trek uphill for 4 hours to the place where we’ll have lunch. On the way, we'll be able to see amazing glacier landscapes adorned by crystalline lagoons. Among them is Ccomerccocha, which is characterized by its green waters. During the month of August, special rituals are performed and dedicated to the Apu Ausangate and the Pachamama (Mother Earth), where Andean priests ask for their energy to heal the surrounding communities. At approximately 1:00 pm, we'll arrive at a place called Puka Mocco or Red Knee, where we'll have lunch surrounded by immense snowy peaks. Feel the love of the mountains that embrace you from all directions. Once we have all recharged, we'll continue our journey through the heart of the Andes. Open your mind and spirit to nature. Extend your arms to the sky and release any pain you may have brought here. Finally, we will reach the Ccampa Pass (5,000 m / 16,404 f) where we'll perform an Andean ritual ceremony with coca leaves in honor of these majestic, sacred mountains. Later we'll begin the descent to our campsite located right on the slopes of the Ausangate Mountain.

Today, after breakfast, we’ll start with a four-hour hike among the mountains and colorful glacial lakes. After lunch at Puka Mocco, we’ll continue trekking through the Andes to the Ccampa Pass, where we will conduct an Andean ritual with sacred coca leaves before continuing on to our campsite for the night.

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner Meals
  • Moderate Level of difficulty
  • 4,100 m / 13,451 ft Altitude of the campsite
  • 16 km / 9.9 miles Hiking distance
  • Sunny; Cold & dry overnight Climate
Day 3 Ausangate Camp / Wayraqmachay Lagoon / Yanamayo Camp
The best part of the day: Spend the day among local mountain animals of the area; observe them in their natural habitat!

After enjoying a nutritious breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to the campsite with a spectacular view of the valley, the river and the falls. You’ll also be able to feel the imposing presence of the mountains and see small groups of turquoise lakes, as well as local birds: geese, seagulls and different types of ducks. After walking for 5 hours, we’ll arrive at the Pampaccawa viewpoint, where an appetizing lunch awaits us accompanied by a tea of Andean herbs that will help you with digestion. Later, we’ll have time to fish in a beautiful river and hike through a fantastic valley where we’ll observe hundreds of llamas, alpacas and sheep returning from the mountains to their pens. Also, you will be dazzled by the bright colors of the famous Rainbow Mountain in the distance. Finally, we’ll arrive at our campsite at approximately 5:00 pm. It is near the most amazing waterfall on the route, always under the watchful eye of the gigantic glaciers. After dinner, we’ll organize a campfire to enjoy some mulled wine and sangria while we contemplate the immensity of the night sky of the Andes.

Today as we hike past valleys, rivers and waterfalls, you’ll also be able to see local birds! After 5 hours of walking through these beautiful surroundings, we’ll have lunch at the Pampaccawa viewpoint. We’ll then continue hiking through a valley full of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. You’ll see the colorful Rainbow Mountain in the distance before arriving at our campsite next to an impressive waterfall and enjoying a relaxing campfire with wine and sangria.

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner Meals
  • Moderate Level of difficulty
  • 4,000 m / 13,123 ft Altitude of the campsite
  • 15 km / 9.3 miles Hiking distance
  • Sunny; Cold & dry overnight Climate
Day 4 Yanamayo Camp / Cóndor Pass / Sibinacocha Lagoon
The best part of the day: Conquer the Condor Pass at 5,400 meters above sea level (17,716 feet above sea level)!

Prepare your body and your spirit because today, we’ll reach the highest point of our excursion. After breakfast, we will start our walk at 7:30 am with a gentle ascent for 2 hours. At that time, llamas and alpacas will already be grazing. You can approach and touch them if you wish. We will continue our ascent for 1 hour on soft sand and snow. If you’re lucky, some wild vicuñas will cross your path! Later, we’ll reach the Condor Pass at 5,400 m / 17,716 f. You’ll have enough time to enjoy the incredible scenery of the other surrounding mountains. It’s a strategic place to get the best photos and awaken your senses! Our team will provide you with a hot tea of coca leaves that will help you withstand the extreme altitude.

Before continuing, we’ll thank the mountains with a brief ritual. Some people leave jewelry or clothing to receive the protection of the mountains and to enjoy an excellent climate. Please participate with respect and affection. During this section, we’ll also see herds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. We’ll have lunch right next to a beautiful waterfall and close to the famous Sibinacocha Lagoon. Here, we’ll have time to take a short nap to recover from the day. We’ll continue for two more hours until we reach our campsite at 4:30 pm. On the way, we’ll see traditional Andean houses and the funny chinchillas, Andean animals similar to squirrels.

Today, we’ll make our way to the highest point of the trek across sand and snow, the Condor Pass (5,400 m / 17,716 f)! After enjoying the scenery, taking pictures, performing a ritual and having a cup of coca tea, we’ll continue on to the Sibinacocha Lagoon and have lunch next to a waterfall. After two more hours of hiking, we’ll reach the campsite.

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner Meals
  • Moderate Level of difficulty
  • 15 km / 9.3 miles Hiking distance
  • Sunny; Cold & dry overnight Climate
Day 5 Sibinacocha Lagoon / Ccasccara Lagoon
The best part of the day: Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime sunrise over the turquoise, glacial lake of Sibinacocha. The best way to start the day!

We’ll wake you up with a delicious hot tea of coca leaves to warm the body and start the day in the best way. Take the opportunity to contemplate the beautiful sunrise over the lake and the glacier from your tent. After a tasty breakfast, we’ll start the trek at 8:30 am. We’ll walk along the banks of the Sibinacocha Lagoon, which is the most famous and most extensive body of water in the area. We’ll make several stops to watch the birds that you’ll find around there. You will also have the opportunity to fish with the permission of local people. We’ll arrive at a place to have lunch where, after satisfying your stomach, you can take a short rest. We’ll continue with a slight ascent for 2 hours to the Vicuña Mountain (5,350 m / 17,552 f). The weather changes dramatically from here. The wind blows very strongly, so it’s necessary to take some precautions. It’s essential that you don’t leave the group. From there, you can see the abundant potato crops of local farmers and strange rock formations. They enjoy a calm and full life in deep connection with nature! At approximately 4:00 pm, we’ll arrive at our campsite near the Ccasccara Lagoon (5,000 m / 16,404 f). You can relax after five days of the excursion! Some local people will come to our camp and invite you to fish alongside them. Break down the barriers of your mind, make new friends and enjoy fresh fish for dinner. This is the best camp on the route because you will sleep in front of the lagoon and the glacier. Pure magic in the middle of the Andes!

Start the day watching the sun rise over the lake and the glacier right from your tent! After breakfast, we’ll walk along the banks of the lagoon, stopping to watch the birds. You’ll have the opportunity to fish here. After lunch, we’ll ascend to Vicuña Mountain (5,350 m / 17,552 f). We’ll take some time on this windy mountain to enjoy the scenery and then head down to our campsite near the Ccasccara Lagoon.

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner Meals
  • Moderate Level of difficulty
  • 12 km / 7.4 miles Hiking distance
  • 5,000 m / 16,404 ft Altitude of the campsite
  • Sunny; Cold & dry overnight Climate
Day 6 Ccasccara Lagoon / Phinaya
The best part of the day: Meet local children of the heights, and take home one-of-a-kind, handmade, ultra colorful textiles from the townspeople.

Today we'll wake up at 7:30 am. We'll have breakfast and visit the home of local families to appreciate and understand their lifestyle at 5,000 meters above sea level: mud and stone walls, guinea pigs in the kitchen and an intimate relationship with nature. Generally, the boys and girls in this area have restricted access to education due to the remoteness of their community. Therefore, it would be a nice gesture to bring them small gifts: colored pencils, markers, paints, toys or any item that can brighten their day. Textiles are one of the main sources of income for local people due to the number of llamas, alpacas and sheep that they own. The fiber they produce is of high quality, and they use natural dyes to obtain beautiful color tones. Take this opportunity to buy beautiful hand-woven garments. In this way, you will not only take away a unique souvenir but also help the community move forward.

Once the visit is finished, we will continue our downhill hike for 3 hours to where we’ll have lunch. You'll see the last glaciers, rivers, waterfalls and red and green mountains that were once covered in white. Unfortunately, climate change is to blame for the disappearing of those perpetual snows. Perhaps when you appreciate with your own eyes the terrible impact of global warming, you'll understand the gravity of the matter. Your heart will be filled with gratitude to the Andean people who still practice ancestral rites in honor of the mountains and the Pachamama, or Mother Earth. Finally, at 3:30 pm we will arrive at our last campsite in the small community of Phinaya (4,000 m / 13,123 f) where we will have the rest of the day as free time. We'll organize some activities such as cooking classes with our chef or a visit to the community.

This morning, we’ll visit the homes of some locals to learn about life more than 5,000 meters above sea level! This remote place doesn’t have access to a lot of school supplies, so bring gifts for the children if you can. Take advantage to buy hand-woven garments made from the wool of the people’s very own animals. We’ll walk downhill for 3 hours to have lunch and then continue enjoying glaciers, rivers and waterfalls along the trail until arriving at our campsite in Phinaya and enjoying a free afternoon.

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner Meals
  • Moderate Level of difficulty
  • 9 km / 5.59 miles Hiking distance
  • 4,700 m / 15,419 ft Altitude of the campsite:
  • Sunny; Cold & dry overnight Climate
Day 7 Phinaya - Santa Barbara - Sicuani – Cusco Hotel
The best part of the day: Get one last look of the mountain scenery before going home rejuvenated from the experience of Ausangate.

Today concludes our exciting excursion through the realms of the Apu Ausangate. In the morning, we'll take an extra hike to a viewpoint from where we can see the town of Phinaya. You can decide to stay there, walk through its streets, make new friends among its residents or visit the school where boys and girls learn in their mother tongue: the ancient Quechua language. Don't forget to bring some gifts for them! At 10:30 am, we will carry out a brief ceremony for you to say goodbye to our horsemen and porters, and you'll share your last lunch with them. At 11:00 am, you'll board a bus that will take you on an unpaved road for 4 hours to the city of Sicuani. You will board another bus heading to Cusco where you will arrive between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Don't worry about a thing, and we'll leave you at the door of your hotel.

Today, you can hike to a viewpoint of Phinaya for one last look, walk around the town and visit their school. After saying goodbye to our trekking team, we’ll board a bus at 11:00 AM toward Sicuani and then back to your hotel in Cusco. You’ll arrive between 5:00 - 7:00 PM.

  • Breakfast, lunch Food included
  • Sunny; Cold & dry overnight Climate

At Ausangate Peru, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details to avoid missing anything. Some items may differ for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

What is Included?

  • High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure Briefing
    Detailed trek briefing with your Guide the day before the tour. The meeting is at 5:00 pm in our office.
  • Experienced Tour Guide
    Our official tour guides speak fluent English and Spanish, are professionally trained and certified. We choose them for their experience, responsibility, unbridled passion for exploring, and pride in sharing our culture and history. In every experience, they will keep you safe and comfortable so you can enjoy your time worry-free!
  • Private Camping Equipment
    • A spacious dining tent to enjoy your meals worry-free
    • Tables, chairs, dishware, and cooking equipment
    • A portable travel toilet
    All equipment carried by our horses.
  • One Duffle Bag
    For the trek, you’ll receive a duffle bag to pack your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15.4 lb (this weight includes your sleeping bag). The horses will carry it on the route.
  • Inflatable matress
  • Medical Kit or First AID Kit
    All Ausangate Peru guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions for them every February. Your guide will always have a first aid kit and oxygen to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers' diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.). If necessary, we'll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.
  • Extras Included in our Service
    We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You’ll receive a cover to protect your backpack on the route and a rain poncho.
  • 24/7 Customer Service
    We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication with Ausangate Peru leading up to your tour.
  • Satellite Phone
    Your tranquility is our first priority. Although our guides are prepared for emergencies in the mountains, calling a doctor, hospital, or a friend can make you feel more secure. For this reason, each Ausangate Peru guide carries a satellite phone to call any location worldwide and from anywhere on the mountain.
  • Accommodation

  • 6 Nights Accommodation in Tents
    Ausangate Peru uses the best equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Every 2 people will share a Eureka Timberline or Mountain Hardwear tent with a capacity of 4 people.
  • Meals

  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, and 6 Dinners
    Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountains. We respect all diets (vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost). Meals include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and complimentary hot drinks and snacks.
  • Water on the trail
    We'll provide you with boiled, filtered, and cooled water during your hike. For this, you need to bring a camel bag or an empty bottle, which you can refill during each meal (we recommend a capacity of 2 liters).
  • Wake up tea
    You'll wake up every morning at the camp with a cup of coca tea! It'll be brought to your tent so you can warm up before you start the day.
  • Tea Time or Happy Hour
    Every afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide you popcorn, cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won't have to wait until dinner to relax, warm-up, and enjoy a bite!
  • Daily snacks on the trail
    Every morning we’ll give you snacks so you can enjoy them during the walk. The snacks include local fruits, biscuits, chocolates, caramels, etc.
  • One cloth snack bag per person
    To avoid the use of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we'll give you a cloth bag for your snacks.
  • Hygiene Products
    We'll provide you with a small towel and soap to clean your hands before each meal.
  • Transportation

  • Private Transport
    • Day 1: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel by private transportation to Tinqui, the starting point of the trek.
    • Day 5: Once you complete the tour, we will take you back to the door of your hotel in Cusco.
  • Cargo Mules
    While trekking, cargo mules will carry all the camping equipment and your baggage allowance (7 kg / 15.4 lb). Muleteers will be responsible for your duffle bag and personal items.
  • Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entry Ticket for the Ausangate Trek
  • Entry to Pacchanta Thermal Baths

Not Included:

  • Sleeping Bag

    You can rent one from our company if you don’t own one. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect you from temperatures as low as -18ºC (0ºF). They are mummy-form and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
    • US$ 30.00 per person
  • Trekking Poles

    Trekking poles are very helpful on rough and uneven terrain. You can rent a set from our company if you'd like.
    • US$ 30.00 per person
  • Entry to Upis Thermal Baths (Day 1)

  • Day 7 Dinner

  • Personal Hiking Gear

  • Travel Insurance

  • Tips for our staff

    Tipping is usual on any excursion in Peru. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the horsemen and chefs together.
  • Additional costs or delays beyond our control

    Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemics, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, an act of God, etc.

Our Hiking Team

Our tour leader in Ausangate mountain

Our Tour Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained and highly experienced professional with a very solid guiding background, years of hiking and wilderness experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into unforgettable adventures.

Our cook in Ausangate Peru

Our Cooks

After a challenging trek we know how important a good hot meal can be to prepare your body and warm you up. That’s why on every trek with Salkantay Trekking we employ chefs with years of experience cooking on the trails so that they provide filling.

Meals: What to Expect in Ausangate

Meals: What to Expect

All of our hiking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola.

Our Horseman and Horses in Ausangate trek

Our Horseman and Horses

Our Horseman and his horses are in charge of all our gear and will always await us within the safe and comfortable camp sites.

Essential packing list for trekking

So you are planning to trek the famous Ausangate?

his Ausangate Packing List will help you to prepare for your outdoor adventure in one of the most stunning regions of South America.

In it we have provided as much detail on every piece of kit you will need for a safe and successful trekking. The packing list includes personal recommendations on gear that we own and use. We believe these recommended items of gear provide the best value for money and deliver the best performance.

Essential packing list

PACKING LIST: Duffle Bag Duffle Bag
PACKING LIST: Daypack Daypack


PACKING LIST: Original Passport Original Passport


PACKING LIST: Underwear Underwear
PACKING LIST: Base Layer Base Layer
PACKING LIST: Trekking Shirts Trekking Shirts
PACKING LIST: Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear
PACKING LIST: Insulated Jacket Insulated Jacket
PACKING LIST: Fleece Jacket Fleece Jacket
PACKING LIST: Trekking Shorts and Trousers Trekking Shorts and Trousers


PACKING LIST: Hat for Sun Protection Hat for Sun Protection
PACKING LIST: Head Band or Beanie Head Band or Beanie
PACKING LIST: Neck Gaiter or Balaclava Neck Gaiter or Balaclava


PACKING LIST: Inner Gloves Inner Gloves
PACKING LIST: Outer Gloves Outer Gloves


PACKING LIST: Hiking Boots
PACKING LIST: Trainers (Trekking shoes / sandals) Trainers (Trekking shoes / sandals)
PACKING LIST: Hiking Socks
PACKING LIST: Thermal Socks Thermal Socks
PACKING LIST: Gaiters Gaiters

Important Accessories

PACKING LIST: Sleeping Bag Sleeping Bag
PACKING LIST: Trekking Poles Trekking Poles
PACKING LIST: Sunglasses Sunglasses
PACKING LIST: Headlamp Headlamp
PACKING LIST: Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
PACKING LIST: Camera / Videocamera Camera / Videocamera
PACKING LIST: Notebook / Journal and Pen Notebook / Journal and Pen

Personal Gear and Medications

  • Trekking Towel:

    A small to medium sized hiking towel can come in great use. LifeVentures or Discovery provide good, quick-drying trekking towels.
  • Small Locks:

    To protect your belongings in your rucksack or duffle bag
  • Waterproof Ziplock Bags:

    These come in handy for storing important / valuable items like your money, a passport and electrical equipment
  • Isotonic Powder:

    Can be used to flavour your water nicely and helps replace electrolytes, improving energy levels and aiding water absorption. Here are some good Isotonic powdered drinks
  • Diamox:

    Also know as acetazolamide, is a medication that can be used as a prophylactic (preventative) solution for altitude sickness. It does not cure altitude sickness and should never therefore never be used as a method to continue ascending to high altitudes. It can however help prevent the onset of altitude sickness and is commonly used by high altitude climbers and trekkers.
  • General Medications:

    We recommend taking paracetamol or aspirin for headaches (a common altitude sickness symptom on the Salkantay Trek) and Imodium for diarrhoea (another common problem as food preparation can be a little unhygienic)
  • Basic First Aid Kit:

    If you are joining an organised trek, your guide will most likely be carrying a first aid kit. If you are hiking unsupported or independently then a first aid kit is a must. Here are some compact and good outdoor first aid kits: Outdoor First Aid Kits
  • Suncream / Lip balm:

    No one wants burnt skin or cracked lips! Be sure to bring 1 x suncream (SPF 30) and 1 x lip balm
  • Baby wipes:

    For quick and easy wet washe when no showers are in sight! bring 1 x baby wipes
  • Blister Plasters:

    The dreaded blisters! We recommend taking Compeed blister plasters
  • Hand Sanitizer:

    Great for disinfecting hands before and after eating, or when they get dirty during the hike

2021 Land Cost

The "Ausantage and Sibinacocha Lagoon" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.

Total Price per person from
US$ 700.00

Required Pre-payment: per person.
US$ 400.00

Balance (Cusco): (Commonly paid in Cusco after the briefing).
US$ 300.00

This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

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Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your Peru Adventure.

  • Rainbow Mountain: US$ 80.00
  • Sacred Valley: US$ 50.00
  • City Tour: US$ 20.00

Additional Items

There are additional items you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices.

  • Sleeping bag: US$ 20.00
  • Inflattable mattress: US$ 20.00
  • Walking poles (pair): US$ 20.00

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The Greatest Hiking Trails in Peru

Here you will find the Best Adventure Treks around Ausangate, Rainbow Mountain, and Machu Picchu.

Our collection of the most fabulous hiking trails in Peru bring you up close and very personal with the region’s most jaw-dropping highlights: from the snow-peaked Andes to turquoise lakes, waterfalls, and glaciers that seem to hang as if by magic, as well as an abundance of wildlife spotting and a breathtaking, unforgettable adventure in nature.

Ausangate Trek - Campsite
Pupolar Trek
  • 5 DAYS

Ausangate Trek Classic

Upis Hot Spring, Arapa Pass, Yanacocha, Pucacocha Lake
Ausangate Trek 5 Days, a fantastic and less-known trek are surrounding the snow-capped Sacred Mountain (“Apu”) of Ausangate (6,384 masl / 20,945 fasl) that takes you over mountain passes, impressive mountain scenery, remote Andean villages, hot springs, and turquoise lakes. Ausangate, a five-day trek, is an unforgettable hike recommended for mountain trekking lovers, searching for an intense experience in remote areas and wild nature.
  • Max group size: 12
  • 5 days trekking
  • Max altitude - 5200 metres
  • For Adventure Seekers
FROM US$ 450 View Details
Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca Cusco 1 day
  • 1 DAY


Rainbow Mountain, Warmisaya Pass
The majestic Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca or Winicunca (5,100 m / 16,732 f). On top of that, you’ll also visit the Warmisaya Pass where you’ll catch a glance of the snowcap of Ausangate in all its glory. You’ll understand why this Apu (what the locals call it) is so sacred.
  • Max group size: 12
  • 1 day trekking
  • Max altitude - 5200 metres
  • For Adventure Seekers
FROM US$ 100 View Details
Hatun Pucacocha in the Ausangate Mountain
  • 3 DAYS

Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain

Arapa Pass, Warmisaya, Red Valley
The perfect route for you to discover your ideal trek. You’ll visit the Rainbow Mountain, as well as the most highly respected glacier in the region of Cusco, Ausangate.
  • Max group size: 12
  • 3 days trekking
  • Max altitude - 5200 metres
  • For Adventure Seekers
FROM US$ 350 View Details
Machu Picchu
  • 4 DAYS

Rainbow Mountain: Imperial

City Tour, Maras Moray, Salt Mines, Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain
We’ll take you on an unmatched journey. We’ll start, first, with a City Tour, traversing the main attractions of the city in its natural form. We’ll continue exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas, enjoying the unique beauty of the fields of Andean crops in these places. We’ll also visit the enigmatic circular farming terraces of Moray and discover how, since time immemorial, salt has been extracted from Maras.
  • Max group size: 12
  • 4 days tour
  • Max altitude - 5200 metres
  • For Adventure Seekers
FROM US$ 600 View Details
Quelccaya Glacier
  • 2 DAYS

Rainbow Mountain & Quelccaya Glacier

Rainbow Mountain - Sibinacocha Lake - Quelccaya Glacier
We will start this program by heading south of the city of Cusco to reach the picturesque Rainbow Mountain. After exploring this beautiful place, we will head in our private transport to the Sibinacocha lake, the second-largest in Cusco. We will camp in the Ruita sector, from where we will be able to appreciate the great Quelccaya glacier.
  • Max group size: 12
  • 2 days trekking
  • Max altitude - 5200 metres
  • For Adventure Seekers
FROM US$ 230 View Details
Inca Trail route to Machu Picchu
  • 6 DAYS

Rainbow Mountain + Inca Trail

Rainbow Mountain - Inca Trail Classic - Machu Picchu
We want to propose a new travel option. It’s a combination of nature, culture, history and landscapes from glaciers to valleys and the cloud forest. We’ll visit these three most impactful settings of the Cusco region.
  • Max group size: 12
  • 9 days treks
  • Max altitude - 5100 metres
  • For Adventure Seekers
FROM US$ 800 View Details
7 Lakes of Ausangate Full-Day Tour
  • 1 DAY

Ausangate 7 Lakes Hike

Pacchanta - Comercocha Lagoon - Otorongococha - Azulcocha - Pacchanta Hot Springs
The Tour of the 7 Lakes is one of the most beautiful routes in all of the Vilcanota Mountain Range; you’ll stand before the imposing Ausangate, one of the 5 highest snowcaps in Peru. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with the purest of nature and gaze upon a gorgeous place in the Andes of Cusco surrounding these multi-colored lakes.
  • Max group size: 12
  • 1 day hike
  • Max altitude - 4800 metres
  • For Adventure Seekers
FROM US$ 80 View Details

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We are committed to providing world-class trekking experiences for our guests that go way above and beyond the mass-produced tours so common today.

2 days of adventures in the Andes

We did the 2-day tour through Ausangate, the rainbow mountain, and the red valley. The tour was private, the guide Jimmy was very friendly and professional, the whole trip has well organized the food was delicious during the excursion.
I thank the travel agency for this beautiful experience, and I recommend it.

-- NICHOLAS A tripadvisor


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