Group of llamas walking the mountains with the Ausangate Glacier as backdrop

Ausangate & Sibinacocha Lagoon

7 Days & 6 Nights
Starting from US$750 per person
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5,400 m / 17,716 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate Difficulty

Ausangate + Sibinacocha Lagoon 7 days

Pacchanta – Ccampa Pass - Ausangate Camp - Wayraqmachay Lagoon - Yanamayo Camp - Cóndor Pass - Sibinacocha Lagoon - Ccasccara Lagoon - Phinaya - Santa Barbara
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5,400 m / 17,716 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate Difficulty

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 Salkantay Trekking, and get ready to live an unforgettable adventure.

Ausangate and Sibinacocha Lagoon in 7 Days (7D/6N) Map Ausangate + Sibinacocha Lagoon 7 days Map
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  • Itinerary
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  • Before You Go
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  Overview

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.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 01

    Cusco - Ocongate - Tinki - Pacchanta

    Today, we’ll leave Cusco early, have breakfast in Ccatca and then hike next to glaciers Ccolque Cruz and Caracol. After lunch, we’ll continue through Andean farmlands until reaching our campsite. At night, you can visit the Pacchanta hot springs under a starry sky.

  • Day 02

    Pacchanta / Ccampa Pass / Ausangate Camp

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

  • Day 03

    Ausangate Camp / Wayraqmachay Lagoon / Yanamayo Camp

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

  • Day 04

    Yanamayo Camp / Cóndor Pass / Sibinacocha Lagoon

    Today, we’ll pass through the highest point of the trek, 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 before continue to the campsite.

  • Day 05

    Sibinacocha Lagoon / Ccasccara Lagoon

    Today, watch the sunrise over the lake from your tent! After breakfast, we’ll walk along the banks of the lagoon, and you’ll be able to fish if you’d like. Then, we’ll ascend the windy Vicuña Mountain and then head down to our campsite near the Ccasccara Lagoon.

  • Day 06

    Ccasccara Lagoon / Phinaya

    This morning, we’ll visit the homes of some locals to learn about life more than 5,000 meters above sea level! You’ll be able to buy hand-woven garments made from the wool of the people’s very own animals. We’ll walk downhill to have lunch and then continue enjoying glaciers, rivers and waterfalls along the trail until arriving at our campsite.

  • Day 07

    Phinaya - Santa Barbara - Sicuani – Cusco Hotel

    Today, you can hike to a viewpoint of Phinaya for one last look, walk around the town and visit their school. At 11:00 AM, we’ll take a bus to Sicuani and then back to your hotel in Cusco.

What's it like

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.

Why Travel with us

  Itinerary
Day 01

Cusco - Ocongate - Tinki - Pacchanta

Highlight of the day: Get the first glance of the majestic and incredibly sacred Ausangate mountain and its glacier.

The start of something new

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Breakfast, lunch, tea time, dinner and snacks Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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12 km / 7.4 mi Walking Distance
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3,950 m / 12,959 ft Campsite Elevation

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.

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.

Day 02

Pacchanta / Ccampa Pass / Ausangate Camp

Highlight of the day: Learn about Andean culture, traditions and rituals while surrounded by the snowy peaks that inspire them.

A day of cultural awareness and connectivity

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Breakfast, lunch, tea time, dinner and snacks Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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16 km / 9.9 mi Walking Distance
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4,100 m / 13,451 ft Campsite Elevation

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.

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.

Day 03

Ausangate Camp / Wayraqmachay Lagoon / Yanamayo Camp

Highlight of the day: Spend the day among local mountain animals of the area; observe them in their natural habitat!

Take a walk in wonderland

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Breakfast, lunch, tea time, dinner and snacks Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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15 km / 9.3 mi Walking Distance
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4,000 m / 13,123 ft Campsite Elevation

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.

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.

Day 04

Yanamayo Camp / Cóndor Pass / Sibinacocha Lagoon

Highlight of the day: Conquer the Condor Pass at 5,400 meters above sea level (17,716 feet above sea level)!

Shoot for the sky

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Breakfast, lunch, tea time, dinner and snacks Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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15 km / 9.3 mi Walking Distance

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.

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.

Day 05

Sibinacocha Lagoon / Ccasccara Lagoon

Highlight of the day: Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime sunrise over the turquoise, glacial lake of Sibinacocha. The best way to start the day!

Cold hands, warm heart

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Breakfast, lunch, tea time, dinner and snacks Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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12 km / 7.4 mi Walking Distance
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5,000 m / 16,404 ft Campsite Elevation

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.

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!

Day 06

Ccasccara Lagoon / Phinaya

Highlight of the day: Meet local children of the heights, and take home one-of-a-kind, handmade, ultra colorful textiles from the townspeople.

Just another day in paradise

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Moderate Difficulty
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9 km / 5.59 mi Walking Distance
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4,700 m / 15,419 ft Campsite Elevation

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.

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.

Day 07

Phinaya - Santa Barbara - Sicuani – Cusco Hotel

Highlight of the day: Get one last look of the mountain scenery before going home rejuvenated from the experience of Ausangate.

All good things come to an end

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Breakfast and lunch. Meals

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.

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.

  Inclusions

At Salkantay Trekking, 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 be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

What Is Included?

High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure Briefing

    You’ll meet your trekking guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. There, we’ll provide you with the duffle bags, which our horses will carry. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trip begins.

  • Experienced Tour Guide

    English and spanish speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route, including leading your group in ancient ceremonies! He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!

  • Private Camping Equipment

    You’ll have spacious kitchen and dining tents where you can enjoy your food comfortably. In addition, tables, chairs, and cooking equipment (all carried by our horses).

  • One Duffle Bag

    On the trek, you can carry your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15.4 lb (this weight includes your sleeping bag).

  • Medical Kit or First AID Kit

    All Salkantay Trekking guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers' diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. 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 road and a rain poncho.

  • 24/7 Customer Service

    We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication with Salkantay Trekking leading up to your trek.

  • Satellite Phone

    Our main priority will always be the tranquillity of our clients. All of our guides are prepared for emergencies in the mountains; however, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps you feel more secure. For this reason, each Salkantay Trekking guide has a satellite phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to call anywhere in the world.

Accommodation

  • Best Sleeping Tents

    Salkantay Trekking uses the best equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Every 2 people will share Eureka Timberline or Mountain Hard Wear tents with a capacity for 4 people.

Meals

  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, and 6 Dinners

    Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets (vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost), so let us know if you have any particular allergies or restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks.

  • Water on the trail

    We’ll provide you boiled, filtered, and cooled water during your trek. For this, you need to bring a camel bag or an empty bottle (we recommend a capacity of 2 liters). You’ll be able to fill your bottles during each meal.

  • Wake up tea

    Every morning at the campsite, you'll be woken up with a cup of hot coca tea. Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.

  • Tea Time or Happy Hour

    Every afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide you popcorn, biscuits/cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, 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 to eat!

  • Snacks on the trail daily

    Before starting your trekking, your tour guide will provide you a cloth bag with local fruits, cookies, chocolate, caramels, etc. Every morning, we’ll refill it so that you can enjoy your snacks during the walk.

  • One cloth snack bag per person

    To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we'll give you a cloth bag for your snacks.

  • Hygiene Products

    You’ll be provided with a small towel and soap before each meal to clean your hands.

Transportation

  • Private Transport
    • Day 1: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel by private transportation to Tinki, the starting point of the trek.
    • Day 7: Once you complete the tour, we will take you back to the door of your hotel in Cusco.
  • Cargo Mules

    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

  • Entrance for the Ausangate Trek
  • Entrance to Pacchanta Thermal Baths

What Is Not Included?

  • Extras and important equipment

    All our travelers need a sleeping bag to camp. Inflatable mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional but highly recommended. If you do not have them, don’t worry, you can rent them with Salkantay Trekking.

    • Sleeping bag: US$ 35.00
    • Inflatable mattress: US$ 35.00
    • Walking poles (pair): US$ 35.00
  • Day 7 Dinner
  • Hiking Clothes & Gear
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff

    Tipping is the norm on any hike 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, pandemia, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.

  Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as carefree as possible. In this section, you’ll find the answers to all the questions you have about traveling with Salkantay Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

Have another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line and we will get back to you asap!

How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Trek?

It’s very important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek. We recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you adjust and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek.

You might have already been in another area of Peru at a high altitude before arriving in Cusco. In that case, we still recommend you have a whole day in Cusco to rest, recover from your travel, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before departing for the trek.

Here some suggestions for activities to do in the Cusco vicinity before starting your adventure trek:

Briefing or Informative Meeting

All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Salkantay Trekking office.

Trek Balance Payment (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full at most 7.30 pm one day before your departure (generally after the briefing).

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency at our office in Cusco. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Duffel Bag or Canvas Case

You’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. Our horses will carry them, and the horsemen will hand them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 60 x 24 x 22 cm (23.6 x 9.45 x 8.66 in).

A maximum of 7 kg / 15.4 lb is allowed for each duffel bag, including the weight of your sleeping bag, sleeping mat, clothes, and other personal items.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you won’t need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests

Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historical Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.

Cusco is an old city, meaning it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route.

It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are usually common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport, tents, or restaurants. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.

  Pricing

"Ausangate & Sibinacocha Lagoon" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We don’t operate this itinerary in February because of the rainy season & maintenance of the route.

2022 Land Cost

Group Price: US$ 750.00 per person.

Required Pre-payment: US$ 400.00 per person.

Balance (Cusco): US$ 350.00 (Commonly paid in Cusco after the briefing).

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

Notice that PayPal charges a fee of 5%, which we ask the client to cover since it's due to the use of its service. This tax is just for online deposits so that you will pay the remaining in cash (the briefing day in Cusco) without charges.

Please, after your deposit, send us the transfer number to sales@salkantaytrekking.com; only after that, we'll be able to confirm your deposit and reservation.

Extensions & Offers

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

  • Rainbow Mountain:  US$ 100.00  US$ 80.00
  • Sacred Valley:  US$ 60.00  US$ 50.00
  • City Tour:  US$ 30.00 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$ 25.00
  • Inflattable mattress:  US$ 25.00
  • Walking poles (pair):  US$ 25.00

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed, we guarantee the price won’t increase, whatever the circumstances. So please, before booking, ensure you’ve read all our important tour information.

Student Discount

US$20.00 off

Student discounts apply to anyone 17-years-old or younger, and we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all documentation to sales@salkantaytrekking.com.

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Remember |  One of our Travel Experts will contact you soon to confirm the availability of the trip you chose, give you more information, and/or provide you alternative options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek. Please call us at (+51) 958 191 179 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.

Note |  Due to the rainy season and trail maintenance, we don't offer this trek during the whole month of february. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, we are working to provide you a better service!

Feel free to reach us via email at sales@salkantaytrekking.com or by calling us directly at (+51) 958 191 179

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Triunfo Street 346 - Main Square of Cusco, Peru

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