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Ausangate trek to Sibinacocha Lake – 6 Days / 5 Nights

Sibinacocha Trek 6 Days- Unfold the Andes wilderness on this 6 day adventure of Ausangate trek to Lake Sibinacocha, and explore the true beauty of the Andes of Peru with fully supported trek, next to the spectacular snow-capped “Apu” of Ausangate (6.372m/20900ft), which is the Sacred Mountain of the Incas, in Southern Cusco. This amazing Ausangate Sibinacocha trek takes you over mountain passes, awesome mountain scenery, remote Andean villages, hot springs, and turquoise lakes. Besides, the Ausangate to Laguna Sibinacocha Hike is an off-beaten route and a perfect trek for those who prefer going off the beaten path.

Come and be one of the first adventurers to make this Ausangate trek to Sibinacocha Lake with us and enjoy the most spectacular views of this sacred Andean mountain of the Cusco’s region before it deviates towards the impressive Sibinacocha Lagoon, leaving tourist crowds behind and entering an almost uninhabited area in which one has the very special impression of being in the closest contact with nature. Along your journey, you will see herds of llamas and alpacas, and wild vicuñas (the undomesticated ancestor of the alpaca), as well as condors soaring above.

This unforgettable multi-day hike to Ausangate and Sibinacocha end in Phinaya, a small and remote Andean community with just horses and bicycles as sole transportation means.

The Ausangate trek to Sibinacocha Lake is recommended for lovers of high mountain trekking searching for an intense experience in still untouched areas and wild, extreme nature. This is also one of the very few treks in the world, which allows spotting wild vicuñas in its natural habitat, abundant Andean wildlife, including geese, ducks, and maybe even flamingoes.

This is a picturesque alternative hike to the most iconic trekking route in the Ausangate and Laguna Sibinacocha, into the most pristine nature of Peru, and a great option for those searching for something different and away from the increasingly popular traditional Ausangate trek.

Laguna Sibinacocha Hike Highlights

  • Enjoy the beauty of the core pristine wilderness of the Andes, and spectacular mountain views, hot springs, and gorgeous glacial lakes.
  • Hike across remote Andean valleys and passes on the breathtaking Ausangate Trek to Laguna Sibinacocha.
  • Glimpse the high altitude Andean wildlife, including geese, ducks, alpacas, llamas and possible even vicuñas, and pastoral people living with their animals – quietly apart from the turmoil of the modern world.

Trip Details for Sibinacocha Trek 6 Days

  • Tour Name: Ausangate Trek to Sibinacocha Lake
  • Trek / Tour Duration: 6 Days/5 Nights
  • Location/Terrain: Glacial, rocky trails, snow-capped peaks and multiple high passes
  • Acclimatization: Due to the high altitude of the trek, you MUST spend at least 3 days in Cusco before embarking on our unforgettable Ausangate to Lake Sibinacocha hike
  • Accommodation: 5 nights camping facilities, we use three person tents that are shared by only two people, come with one-Inch thick foam mattress pad, and pillow. Therma-rest and sleeping bags are provided upon request.
  • Trekking & Adventure Rating ★★★★★ Very Strenuous – Challenging, lengthy and high altitude with an averaging 5221m / 17,129 ft above sea level. This trek is designed for very experience active travelers in excellent physical and health conditions. Full-day hikes (8-9 hours), mountainous, some very steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 4,000 feet) on many days, with some camping and hiking at extreme altitudes along remote mountain slopes, where you can enjoy quiet nights under a star-filled sky.
  • Activities: Hiking / Trekking, Camping Adventure
  • Altitude: 3,815m/ 12,513ft to 5221m / 17,129 ft
  • Departures: You must make your reservation a week ahead of time so that we can organize the Sibinacocha Lake tour. Not available during the rainy season (November through April)
  • Customizable: Yes! Private, custom, add-ons all available

Ausangate Hike to Sibinacocha 6 Day Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Tinqui – Pacchanta

Peru Spirit Adventure team will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 4:30 am, we then drive in a private van for 3 hours to the small village of Tinqui located at 3,815m/ 12,513ft above sea level, where the Ausangate trek to Sibinacocha Lake begins. Along the way, we will see the impressive mountain range of Vilcanota and pass through several traditional Andean villages en route and take to stop to take some photos.

When we arrive to Tinqui (our trailhead), we will meet our muleteers (horsemen) and horses, and have time to enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by our professional chef. After breakfast, we begin our hike through farming communities, enjoying the breathtaking views of the mountains and we meet some farmers wearing their typical dress, as we continue our trekking, we hike up through the highland valley inhabited by herds of llamas and alpacas – enjoying amazing views of the Ausangate mountain 6,385 m/20,948 ft, the highest peak in the Cusco region.

We will walk 3 hours until the lunch spot. After lunch, we continue for another 2 hours to arrive at our first overnight campsite, called Pacchanta located at 4,100m/ 13,448ft above sea level. Pacchanta is a rural community that boasts some well-known hot spring, at Pacchanta, we will have chance to enjoy the hot springs whose cost is 10 PEN, or just walking around trying to shoot the best sunset on incredible views of the snow-capped Ausangate range. All meals included.

  • Hiking Distance: 10 km / 6.21 miles
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours approx.
  • Minimum Altitude: 3800m (12,467 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 4100m (13,451 ft)
  • Altitude of Camp: 4100m (13,451 ft)
  • Approx. Night Temp: 0°C (32°F)

Day 2: Pacchanta – Qomerqocha Lagoon – Jampa Pampa

After an early, nutritious breakfast, we will continue our Ausangate to Laguna Sibinacocha hike with a slight climb up the Pacchanta valley, along the way, we will experience local farmers and in the company of llamas and alpacas, until we reach the lunch spot, called Ninaparayoc lagoon also called Qomercocha lagoon – this is a spectacular spot with amazing views of Ausangate, Santa Catalina, Maria Huamantiqlla, Pucapunta and Colquecruz snow-capped mountains.

Following lunch, we will continue on towards the first mountain pass of our trek, the Abra de Q’ampa (also called Jampa) located at 5080m/ 16400ft above sea level. At the top of the pass, we will be constantly rewarded with sweeping views of mount Ausangate. From there, we will continue another 2 hours until we reach Jampa or Qampa Pampa, enjoying a landscape surrounded by glaciers and filled with grazing llamas, where we set our camp in an impressive valley overlooked by the huge and awesome Tres Picos, Colquecruz and Pucapunta peaks, keeping an eye out for mountain Chinchillas (Andean rabbits), as we have entered their habitat. All meals included.

  • Hiking Distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours approx.
  • Minimum Altitude: 4100m (13,451 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 5060m (16,601 ft)
  • Altitude of Camp: 4500m (14,763 ft)
  • Approx. Night Temp: -5°C (23°F)

Day 3: Jampa Pampa – Pass of Condorpaso

This morning, we wake you up with coca tea or coffee delivered to your tent, and enjoy a delicious breakfast. In the morning we begin with a gradual climb up towards Yanaqocha lake whose dark color gives it its name (Yanaqocha means “black lake” in Quechua). In this area we can appreciate a soil of volcanic origin, its color turning to dark red and black, as well as moraines, showing the previous presence of glaciers in this region.

We will then climb Yanaqocha mountain pass located at 5050m/15564ft above sea level 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 located at 5100m/ 16728ft above sea level. In which, we will enjoy the very dramatic vistas of the mountain range. From this pass, we continue hiking for about 1hour and 30 minutes to our campsite, called Condorpaso, located very close to the mountain pass of the same name which will be our challenge for the next day. All meals included.

  • Hiking Distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours approx.
  • Minimum Altitude: 4500m (14,763 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 4710m (15,452 ft)
  • Altitude of Camp: 4710m (15,452 ft)
  • Approx. Night Temp: -5°C (23°F)

Day 4: Condorpaso – Source of Sibinacocha Lake – Momorani

Another great day to enjoy the mind-blowing of our Ausangate to Laguna Sibinacocha trek. After breakfast, we will hike up on a switchback trail for about 3 hours to get to the mountain pass Abra del Condor or Condor Pass located 5200m/17056ft above sea level, which is the highest point on our trek. At this point, we’ll be impressed by stunning views of the Vilcanota mountain range and Sibinacocha Lagoon. With some luck, we will be able to see condors, and vicuñas.

Afterwards, we will take advantage of some great photographic opportunities and continue our hike for an additional three hours, crossing another mountain pass on the way and then descending into the valley of the Sibinacocha Lake’s source to get the campsite, a place with amazing views around of the 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 as they visit the waters near our campsite.

  • Hiking Distance: 16 km / 9.9 miles
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours approx.
  • Minimum Altitude: 4897m (16,066 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 5221m (17,129 ft)
  • Altitude of Camp: 4897m (16,066 ft)
  • Approx. Night Temp: -5°C (23°F)

Day 5: Momorani – Ccascana

Wake up hot coca tea in the morning, to have another great day, after having breakfast, we start walking along the shores of Sibinacocha Lake 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 highland valley where we will see hundreds of llamas and alpacas, and, if we’re lucky, vicuñas as well, with dramatic vistas of the Laguna Sibinacocha, until we reach the Abra Ccascana located at 5040m / 16,535 ft above sea level, surrounded by the snow-capped peaks Montura and Chumpi and inhabited by small rural communities.

Eventually, we will reach to our campsite, called Ccascana, a beautiful place next to Ccascana lagoon, where we will have a chance to see the Andean wildlife birds, including Andean geese and maybe even flamingoes, and enjoy the beautiful sunset over the mountains. All meals included.

  • Hiking Distance: 14 km / 8.6 miles
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours approx.
  • Minimum Altitude: 4900m (16,076 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 5040m (16,535ft)
  • Altitude of Camp: 4900m (16,076 ft)
  • Approx. Night Temp: -5°C (23°F)

Day 6: Ccascana – Phinaya – Back to Cusco

After breakfast, we’ll hike for about 3-4 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 enjoy our last lunch prepared by our adventure cook, and at this place we’ll say goodbye to our muleteers (horsemen), we will eventually drive back to Cusco for about 6 hours, and will drop you off at your hotel. End of our Ausangate & Laguna Sibinacocha 6 Day Hike.

  • Hiking Distance: 7 km / 4.3 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours approx.
  • Minimum Altitude: 4800m (15,748 ft) / MaximumAltitude: 4920m (16,141ft)

What’s Included For Ausangate Trek to Sibinacocha Lake – 7 Days / 6 Nights

Included on the Trail

  • Pre-trek briefing the night before starting of your trek at your hotel in Cusco
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning of the trek
  • Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to Tinqui (trailhead of the trek)
  • Entrance tickets to the Ausangate trail
  • Campsite fees
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. The tents employed for treks around the Ausangate area are DOITE -KAILAS 3. It has ventilation sleeves, reducing the condensation inside the tent. Resistant to strong winds and climates and/or frigid.)
  • One-Inch thick foam mattress sleeping pad per person, one pillow per person, and one warm blanket per person
  • Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
  • Portable toilet tent and toilet
  • English speaking professional guide
  • A professional chef and cooking equipment
  • Duffle bags for your personal stuff up to 8kg/17.6lbs
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5-afternoon snacks, and 5 dinners, all prepared by our cook. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food, please let us know
  • Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and others on request
  • Muleteers and horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment, and your 8-kg / 16-pound personal items)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank and one emergency horse to escort us during the trek (1 emergency horse every 6 people)
  • Boiled water every day on the trek to fill your water bottle every morning
  • Warm water hand washing every day
  • Private transport from Phinaya to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco
  • All Taxes included

Not Included on the Trail

  • Flights
  • Hotel before/after trek
  • Entrance to hot springs on the trail
  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Rentals: Every trekker needs a sleeping bag when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional but encouraged. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
    • Sleeping Bag: $25
    • Inflatable Air Mattress: $25
    • Walking Sticks (Pair): $20
  • Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, and extra snacks
  • Tip for your guide(s) and trek staff are optional but highly encouraged if you enjoy your trek
  • Travel interruption & travel medical/evacuation insurance (required), Peru Spirit Adventure highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, lost of personal items and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.

 

Prices per person 2020 – 2021

Prices per person depend on the group size, the larger the group the lower the price per person.

Group Size

A minimum of 2 hikers required to organize the Ausangate & Laguna Sibinacocha 6 Day Hike, we are happy to arrange private/customized treks and itineraries for family groups, friend travelers, couple travelers or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our adventure to the highest trek in Peru. Prices are per person which are based on two people who might share a room/tent.

Please email us for more details at peruspiritadventure@gmail.com! specifying (Trekking program, number of people in the trek, and departure date). We guarantee that your Ausangate Trek to Sibinacocha will be limited to a maximum of 8 people (special, private party groups can exceed maximum).

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Packaging List for Ausangate Trek 7 Days

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

  • A good-quality (and small) daypack.
  • Hiking boots (waterproof).
  • Long-sleeved shirts to prevent sunburn.
  • Trekking poles.

FOR YOUR DUFFEL

NOTE: Our hired porters will carry up to 7kg of personal items using this duffel, including sleeping bag and foam mattress.  Duffel will be provided to all hikers by us.

  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature.
  • Hiking pants.
  • Warm sleeping bag.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and beanie. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping. This is a particularly cold trek, you should make sure you have a lot of very warm clothes.
  • Gloves/mittens, scarf, wool socks, woolen hat for the cold night.
  • Several pairs of hiking socks
  • A small, quick-drying towel.
  • Comfortable shoes for the campsites.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Personal toiletry items
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Personal medications (if necessary), Disinfectant, aspirin, stomach tablets, medicine to avoid altitude sickness, etc.
  • Optional: Water purifying tablets. Boiled water will be provided on the trail, in addition to the purchased bottles of water
  • Optional: Bathing clothes for hot springs
  • Optional: battery charger. There are no outlets on the trail.

FOR YOUR DAYPACK

  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning. 2-liter water bottle or backpacking camel
  • Hat to protect you from the sun
  • Rainwear or poncho for the rainy season (December to April).  Please note that it can still rain during the dry season
  • Fleece.
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out.
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Toilet paper for the trail and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra money for drinks and tips, souvenirs. We recommend having both soles and dollars, in addition to your home currency
  • Trail snacks (dry fruits, energy bars, etc)
  • Sunblock and insect repellent
  • Optional: GPS to map the trail
  • Optional: binoculars to watch the nearby birds.






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When is the best time to do the Ausangate Trek?

Like most trek in the Cusco region, the best time to do the Ausangate trek, and all Peru hiking tours, is from May and October. This is the dry season in the Andes, making for sunnier weather and clearer days to take in the beautiful scenery. The driest months of the year is between June and August. The dry season is also the high season for the area, so Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail tend to be more densely populated. Fortunately, the remote Ausangate Trek is a unique choice, making it clear of crowds year round – even during peak season.

Along the Ausangate trek, temperatures range from 10-20ºC during the day if it’s sunny, to 05-10ºC during the day if not sunny. Given the high altitude of the campsites, temperatures drop significantly in the evening and especially at night, where they may get down to -10ºC or even lower in the dry season. Warm clothes are therefore especially requested for this hike.

The rainy season in the Andes is between November and April, with the rainiest months being January-March. During this time, especially in February, rain can be torrential, which may cause closures on the trail. It is best to stick to the dry season or the shoulder season (mixed weather) of April and October.

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To reserve any of our tours and treks services, the customer must submit his or her personal information and a deposit. The personal information we require is the following: Full name (as appears on passport), Date of Birth, Nationality, Gender, and Passport number.

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Once the customer confirms their reservation, we will send an email within 24 hours with a confirmation of their tour or trek and the deposit amount and also, details of the services included and not included in the service price. Once we send this information to the customer, if we do not receive any response from the customer it will be assumed by the company that the customer has accepted all terms and conditions. We provide a full pre-tour briefing at your hotel in Cusco. This gives the customer the chance to ask any questions they may have about the tour or trek itinerary.— ABOUT THE BRIEFING: The night before your tour or trek, there will be a pre-tour talk (briefing) at your hotel in Cusco at either 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm. (exact time will be confirmed by email). Once you receive your briefing time, if we do not hear back we will assume it is confirmed by you. Please take this into consideration when booking your travel plans to Cusco, ensuring you arrive in time for the briefing. If your tour or trek begins on a Monday then the briefing will be scheduled for the Saturday before.

  • Please note that it is difficult to change the briefing time and date at short notice. Therefore, if we receive a request for a briefing change less than 48 hours prior to the scheduled briefing, we most likely will not be able to change the briefing time or date. We will, however, do everything we can to change to try and accommodate the schedule change.

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  • For the Humantay Lake Day Trip, we require a deposit of $100 USD per person — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
  • For the Sacred Valley Tours & Trips, we require a deposit of $100 USD (for the group) — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
  • For the Cusco Half Day Tours, we require a deposit of $50 USD (for the group) — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
  • For large groups, we accept wire transfer for deposits and final balances due. If you would like more information about the wire transfer option, please email us at peruspiritadventure@gmail.com

FINAL PAYMENTS: We accept cash and PayPal for final payments. A client may not depart for the tour or trek until payment in full is received, either in cash or by PayPal.

  • Cash payments are due the day before tour or trek departure and can be paid at the pre-tour or trek briefing. We accept US dollars and Peruvian soles for cash payments. If you will pay in US dollars. Take note. The Peruvian banks are extremely strict about the “quality” of dollars they will accept. Therefore, we have to request that your bills are what they call “unbroken”. Broken bills will not be accepted. Broken means — any tear (even as small as 3 mm) or excessive wrinkling
  • PayPal payments are due one week before the tour or trek departure. a) There is an 8% fee on balance due payments using PayPal. b) If the balance via PayPal is not paid by 3 days prior to trek departure, the PayPal fee will be 10%. Our PayPal email is: info@peruspiritadventure.com
  • All banking fees will be covered by the client

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Notification

  • Notification of cancellation must always be made in writing by the person that made the booking and paid the deposit to peruspiritadventure@gmail.com.

Deposits

  • Your deposit for the tours and treks are 100% non-refundable. If you need to cancel for any reason, as you approach your tour start date, there may be additional cost due. There are no exceptions due to the fact, that PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE expends a great deal of expense purchasing permits, entrance tickets, and making deposits for reservations or services, most of which are non-changeable, non-transferable, and non-refundable by government regulation. We also do not accept medical notes of any kind, as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us.

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  • Cancellations made 30 days in advance have no charge (with the exception of the non-refundable deposit) with the following exception:
  • Inca Trail treks
  • In the case of cancellation, the customer will not receive a refund of their deposit
  • If the customer cancels between 30 and 10 days before their trek, they must pay 50% of the total trip cost.
  • If the customer cancels between 10 and 3 days before their trek, they must pay 80% of the total cost.
  • If the customer cancels 2 days or less before their trek, they must pay 100% of the total cost.
  • In the exceptional case that a customer decides to leave once they have started the trek, no refund will be given. The customer must also pay any additional expenses they incur such as food, lodging, and transportation. On the last day, the customer will be able to rejoin the group and participate in the Machu Picchu tour.
  • If after the tour has started a client cannot participate in the trek or tour (due to sickness, physical problems, etc.) no refund will be given. The customer must also pay any additional costs they incur for transportation, lodging, and food. On the last day, the tourist will be able to rejoin the group and participate in the Machu Picchu tour.
  • In the case of natural disaster that prevents a service being completed, the customer will receive a 50% refund.
  • In the case of a natural disaster that requires a change in the trek route, but the trek is still completed, there will be no refund.
  • In the very unlikely circumstance that your service is not completed due to a fault of Peru Spirit Adventure, you will receive a full refund (including your deposit).

INCA TRAIL TOURS

  • PERMITS: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not Peru Spirit Adventure (or any agency).
  • In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Peru Spirit Adventure will replace your trek with an alternative trek.
  • Those who booked PERMITS with a Student ID must bring that ID with them on the trek. If they fail to show this card to the Park Rangers, they will not be allowed entry onto the trail.

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  • Please note that for the Inca Trail, permits are not-changeable, not-transferable, and not-refundable. Dates can never be changed by government policy.

With the exception of the Inca Trail treks, we are generally able to change a trek date.

  • To change the date of your non-Inca Trail trek, there is a fee of US $75 per person if the change occurs more than 30 days prior to trek departure.
  • If the change occurs 21 to 30 days prior to trek departure, the fee is US $100 per person.
  • If the change occurs 10 to 20 days before trek departure, the fee is US $150 per person.
  • Changes less than 10 days prior to trek departure will have varying fees, which can be discussed at the time the change is being made.
  • Changes made must be to another group trek for a minimum of 2 individuals. If a single traveler needs to change dates, and there is not an existing option for that date, the change will not be possible.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • We highly recommend travel insurance for all of our customers.
  • Coverage should include baggage loss, accident, emergency air rescue and trip cancellation. Trip cancellation insurance should reimburse you for non-recoverable air or land expenses should you cancel your trip due to personal or family illness, as well as covering any medical or emergency evacuation expenses if you become ill during your trip.
  • In the case of illness or injury on one of our treks or tours, we are trained to provide emergency first aid and arrange transportation to a proper medical facility. However, we are not responsible for the cost of those transportation services or the cost of medical care.

ABOUT YOUR PASSPORT IN MACHU PICCHU, HUAYNA PICCHU AND ON THE INCA TRAIL:

  • Once you book your tour, we send your information immediately to “Machu Picchu Park” in order for permits to be issued as soon as possible.
  • You will need to bring your actual passport for all services. A photocopy will not be accepted.
  • The information we will to Machu Picchu Park includes your full name, passport number, nationality, gender, and age. That information cannot be modified.
    • The only exception is in the case of a changed passport number due to renewal.
      • If your passport number changes between reserving your spot and the start of your trek, you will need to bring your old as well as your new passport to the start of the Trek.
    • If any of the information on your passport does not match the information we were previously provided, you won’t be able to start the trek.
  • If you arrive in Cusco and did not advise us that you have a new passport number, and that your information has changed, Peru Spirit Adventure will not be held responsible. In this situation it will be the responsibility of the customer to pay the extra expense of returning to Cusco or Machu Picchu (transportation, food and other expenses).

TRAVEL IN PERU: Peru Spirit Adventure operates in regions, where standards of accommodation can vary. Transportation and other services might not be like those you would normally have back home. However, we strive with all due care and skill, to provide the best service for our clients. Traveling in Peru requires flexibility, patience, broad-mindedness, good humor and an understanding that changes may be made without notice due to circumstances or occurrences beyond our control. For example: a strike, protest, landslide, bad weather, etc. (Force Majeure). By booking any of our tours & treks, you agree to allow Peru Spirit Adventure to make necessary changes without liability.

FORCE MAJEURE

Force Majeure is any event that PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE cannot with all due care foresee, control or avoid. This covers events such as war or threat of war, riot, civil strike, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, fire or all similar events beyond our control. In this case, PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE will not accept liability and reserves the right to change, postpone or even cancel trips. (This is a last option, of course!)

RISKS

By booking any of our adventure trips (Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Lares, Salkantay, Ausangate, Choquequirao, Rainbow Mountain trek and more) you assume the risks associated with personal accidents, medical emergencies, air travel problems etc. For these treks, PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE Agency accepts no responsibility.

FULL TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR ADVENTURE TOURS & TREKS

  • You must advise Peru Spirit Adventure of any medical problems or allergies you may have. You need to be in good physical health, and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70 years old, then you will need to present us with a current good health medical certificate.
  • You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the services of the guide or tour, please advise the guide in that moment, so that he can resolve any problems.
  • All balances need to be paid in either cash or PayPal (see “FINAL PAYMENTS” section above).
  • In order to receive a student discount, you must send your valid University ID to Peru Spirit Adventure at the time of booking. ID must have your name, photo and valid expiration date. Any card without an expiration date will not be accepted. You will then be required to bring your student card with you on the trek – they will not allow you to pass through the checkpoint without this original card.
  • You will be required to show the original passport (not a copy) that you booked with, at the checkpoint to enter the Inca Trail. If you originally booked with an old passport and then renewed your passport, you must also bring your expired passport along with your new, valid passport to permit entry or they will refuse your entrance to the trail.
  • Cancellations: Your deposit is 100% non-refundable. If you need to cancel for any reason, as you approach your tour start date, there may be additional cost due. There are absolutely no exceptions (we do not accept medical notes of any kind) as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us (see “CANCELLATION FEES” section above).
  • PERMITS: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE (or any agency).
  • All Adventure Treks include transportation to Cusco. The return train route depends on train availability.
  • If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter airlifts and medical assistance are at the expense of the trekker. If you are unable to complete the tour due to illness, we will assist you in meeting your group at Machu Picchu to recommence your tour at that point. There will be no refund of the original payment.
  • PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE will take all reasonable care in providing to our clients avoidance of accident, illness, and loss of personal property, and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. Peru Spirit Adventure cannot, however, be responsible for any action of third parties. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
  • PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE does not take responsibility for unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal ítems, etc. It is the client’s responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
  • In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Peru Spirit Adventure will replace your trek with an alternative trek.

VERY IMPORTANT:

  • We strongly suggest spending time at high altitude (above 3000 meters / 9842 feet)- in Cusco or another high altitude area for a minimum of 2- 4 days before undertaking your trip. This is in order to minimize the possible effects of altitude sickness. By drinking plenty of fluids, adding sugar to your drinks, eating food high in carbohydrates, avoiding cigarettes, alcohol, and drinking coca tea (ancient traditional leaf) will help your body acclimatize.
  • We recommend you arrive in Cusco 48 hours or more before trek departure because occasionally we need to leave earlier than scheduled in case of strikes or other events out of our control (see ‘Force Majeure’ section below)

RIGHT TO USE PICTURES

You accept and grant to Peru Spirit Adventure – Tour Operator the right to use your images, photos, and videos that show or describe during your participation in any tour, trekking or adventure, in any advertising of any type, without payment of any additional consideration.

Thanks again for choosing us and we look forward to seeing you in Cusco!

Peru Spirit Adventure Team!

Peru Spirit Adventure

Who is Peru Spirit Adventure? We are a small tour operator company owned by a local Peruvian experts with more than 10 years of experience as a guide. Our office is based in Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes and is located near the central square, Plaza del Armas. Our team is made up of knowledgeable and passionate tour guides from Cusco and Andes with many years of experience Read more

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