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7 Lakes Hike in Ausangate Full Day Tour

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Pacchanta, Ausangate lakes
Duration 1 day
Travel Style Trekking, Adventure
Difficulty challenging
Group size Min 2 - Max 8

Set out on an incredible day hike with 69 Explorer to discover the unparalleled beauty of the 7 Lakes of Ausangate. Nestled in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, this full-day tour promises an unforgettable adventure amidst some of the most stunning landscapes in the world. 

As we set off from Cusco, our comfortable private transportation will take us towards the Ausangate region, where majestic mountain vistas await. Rising to an impressive 6,384m (20,945 ft), Ausangate Mountain is not just a sacred site in Incan mythology but also a beacon for hikers and nature enthusiasts from across the globe.

Starting the Hike

Our hike begins at an altitude of 4,300m (14,107 feet), where the air is crisp and the views are awe-inspiring. We will traverse through a vivid tapestry of landscapes, each more breathtaking than the last. The highlight of our journey will be the 7 Lakes of Ausangate, each boasting its own unique hue ranging from turquoise to deep blues and vibrant greens. These glacial lakes, formed over centuries, offer a great place to rest and an opportunity for awe-inspiring photography.

Throughout the hike, we will cover a distance of approximately 17 kilometers (10.5 miles), immersing ourselves in the natural wonders of this Andean paradise. Our experienced guides will share insights into the local flora, fauna, and the rich cultural heritage of the Andean communities.

As we navigate the diverse terrain, ranging from flat plains to gentle inclines, rest assured that our team will ensure your safety and comfort. We’ll take a few rests along the way to enjoy the great views, and enjoy a hearty lunch, refueling you for the journey ahead.

This tour is more than just a hike; it’s a journey into the heart of the Andes, and an opportunity to connect with nature and witness the raw beauty of the Peruvian highlands. As we return to Cusco, the memories of the 7 Lakes of Ausangate will linger in your mind, a vivid reminder of the adventure and the splendor you experienced with 69 Explorer. 

Let’s create unforgettable memories at the 7 Lakes of Ausangate, where the mountains meet the sky, and every step is a story waiting to be told.

From US$ 34

95% of travelers recommend this experience

Important information

Includes

  • Transportation: We provide round-trip transportation. The journey begins with an early morning pickup at 4:00am from your hotel in Cusco. After the day’s adventure, we ensure a comfortable return drive back to your lodging.
  • Guided Hike: Experience a professionally guided hike to the 7 Lakes of Ausangate. Our knowledgeable guides are not only experts in navigating these trails but also provide insights into the local geography, flora, fauna, and cultural significance of the area.
  • Meals: Nutrition is vital for an physical activity and hiking is no different. We include a hearty breakfast to start your day and a delicious lunch post-hike both made from local ingredients. The meals are all part of traditional local peruvian cuisine.
  • Entry Fees: You don’t need to pay any entry fees into the park and Ausangate protected area.
  • Hot Springs: After the hike, relax in the natural mineral hot springs. This is a perfect way to unwind and soak your muscles while enjoying the stunning views of Ausangate Mountain.
  • Safety Equipment and First Aid: We prioritize your safety. Our team carries essential safety equipment and a first-aid kit to address any immediate medical needs during the hike.
  • Small Groups: Our small groups make for a more intimate experience where you get more one on one time with the guide
  • Photography Opportunities: The tour offers numerous opportunities for photography. Capture the breathtaking landscapes, vibrant colors of the lakes, and unique flora and fauna of the Andes.
  • Expert Support Team: Our support team, including drivers and guides, is committed to providing a safe, enjoyable, and informative experience. They are trained to assist you throughout the day.

Excludes

  • Travel Insurance: We recommend that all participants have personal travel insurance. This is not included in the tour package and should be arranged independently to cover any unforeseen circumstances.
  • Personal Gear: While we provide essential equipment for the hike, personal gear such as hiking boots, backpacks, walking sticks, and appropriate clothing for variable weather conditions are not included.
  • Dinner: The tour includes breakfast and lunch, but dinner is not provided. Participants will be back in Cusco in time to enjoy dinner at their own choice of restaurant.
  • Beverages: Bring your own water (2-3 liters).
  • Tips and Gratuities: Tips for our guides and support staff are not included in the tour price. While not obligatory, gratuities are always appreciated as a gesture of thanks for good service.
  • Additional Activities: Any additional activities or side trips outside of the planned itinerary are not included. This also applies to any additional transport costs associated with these activities.
  • Souvenirs and Personal Purchases: Expenses for personal purchases or souvenirs are not covered by the tour.
  • Emergency Transportation: In the unlikely event of a medical emergency, the cost of emergency evacuation or transportation is not included.
  • Hot springs: Hot spring entrance fees are not included. Make sure to bring some cash (soles).
  • Snacks and Meals not Specified: No snacks are provided the only food is breakfast and lunch.

What to Bring

  • Day Bag: A comfortable, lightweight backpack to carry your essentials.
  • Water Bottle or CamelBack: Bring enough water to stay hydrated throughout the hike around 2-3 liters.
  • Snacks: Pack energy-boosting snacks like nuts, fruit, or energy bars.
  • Layered Clothing: The weather can be unpredictable, so wear layers. Include a base layer, a fleece or warm mid-layer, and a waterproof and windproof outer layer.
  • Hiking Boots: Durable, comfortable hiking boots with good grip and ankle support are essential.
  • Hat and Sunglasses: A hat for sun protection and sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm: High SPF sunscreen and lip balm to protect against sun exposure.
  • Rain Gear: A rain jacket or poncho, even if the forecast is clear.
  • Warm Hat and Gloves: Especially important for early mornings and high altitudes.
  • Camera or Smartphone: For capturing photos of the stunning landscapes.
  • Personal Medication: Include any personal medication you might need, along with basic first aid supplies.
  • Headlamp or Flashlight: Useful for early mornings and late evenings.
  • Trekking Poles (optional): Can be helpful for navigating the terrain.
  • Cash: For any additional purchases, tips, or emergencies.
  • Toilet Paper and Small Towel: Handy for restroom stops and drying off after potential rain.
  • ID and Relevant Documents: Always have your identification and any necessary travel documents.

Itinerary

Embark on an exhilarating full-day trip to the 7 Lakes of Ausangate with 69 Explorer, where we will explore the heart of the Peruvian Andes in an adventure filled with stunning landscapes and cultural richness. 

The journey starts early, with a pickup from your accommodation in Cusco between 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Anticipate a scenic two-hour drive to the village of Tinki, where you’ll get your first sight of an authentic Andean village. Continuing for another hour by road, we’ll reach the hikes’ starting point, greeted by the fresh mountain air. Here we will enjoy a hearty breakfast, fueling up for the day’s adventure.

We’ll start the hike with the first rays of the sun lighting our path. The first leg of the hike is around one and a half hours up a gentle incline. After the incline we’ll arrive at the first of the seven glacial lakes, where the real magic of the Andes unfolds before our eyes. Surrounded by the majestic peaks, each lake we encounter offers a unique palette of colors and breathtaking views, creating perfect moments for photography enthusiasts.

Statistics of the first day of our trip include:

  • Total distance covered: Approximately 17 km (10.5 mi).
  • Highest altitude reached: Around 4,800 m (15,748 ft).
  • Lowest altitude at the starting point: Approximately 4,300 m (14,107 ft).
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate, with a mix of gentle inclines and flat plains.

As we weave through the landscape, the path gets much easier, with mostly downhill or flat terrain. This eases our journey as we continue to explore the remaining lakes, each revealing its own unique quality.

Post-hike, a delicious lunch awaits, offering a chance to relax and reminisce about the day’s experiences. Adding to this serene moment, we will have the opportunity to unwind in the mineral hot springs. These natural hot springs, set against the backdrop of Ausangate Mountain, offer a tranquil setting to soothe your muscles and soak in the panoramic vistas.

After soaking in the hot springs we’ll head back to Cusco, marking the end of an unforgettable day. The drive back, approximately three hours long, allows time to reflect on the day’s wonders and the majestic beauty of the 7 Lakes of Ausangate.

This full-day trip with 69 Explorer promises not just a hike, but a journey through some of the most spectacular and unspoiled landscapes Peru has to offer. Join us for an adventure that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

FAQs

A moderately difficult hike that involves high altitudes and varied terrain, it’s manageable for those with a good level of fitness and some hiking experience.

The total distance covered during the hike is approximately 17 km (10.5 mi). The duration of the hike is usually around one and a half hours uphill to the first lake, with the remaining journey mostly downhill or flat.

The highest point of the hike reaches around 4,800 m (15,748 ft). It’s important to be mindful of altitude sickness and acclimatize appropriately.

Yes, the tour includes a hearty breakfast and lunch. We ensure the meals are nutritious to keep up your energy levels for the hike.

Water is not provided on the train make sure to bring a water bottle or water bladder with 2-3 liters of water.

Dress in comfortable, layered clothing suitable for variable weather conditions. Sturdy hiking boots, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are also essential.

Facilities are minimal along the trail bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer to stay clean.

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