Our Ausangate 7 lagoons day hike is a beautiful day tour where you can see several turquoise-colored lakes, belonging to the Cordillera de Vilcanota, and also you will be near the mountains of Ausangate which is the 5 highest mountain in Peru. In the end you will enjoy the hot spring with a beautiful view of the mountains around you and the daily life of the farmers of the community of Pacchanta.
This trip is officially operated by Ausangate Trekking Peru, a 100% local tour operator based in Cusco.
Since 2008 and since the very first day of our operation,Ausangate Trekking Peru has been blazing new trails, new ways of experiencing in Ausangate 7 Lakes Hike. Our trailblazing is just one reason we are a uniquely qualified local company to ensure you have a trip of a lifetime.
This is a full day hike in the Ausangate Peru region. Our journey will start at 4 am. We will pick you up from your hotel and take a 3-hour drive towards Pacchanta. This place is located at 4200 meters above sea level and passes by the Tinke village. This means that temperatures will be lower than Cusco itself. Once in Pacchanta your trekking chef will cook a hot breakfast for you. All safety protocols will be met in order to guarantee everybody’s health.
After breakfast and a small break, we will start our hike towards the lakes in the Ausangate region.
The hike will be about 5 hours and will take you along the path where we will see the different lakes like Azulcocha, Otorongo, Pucacocha, Alqacocha y Q’omercocha. That’s not the only highlight; we will also view the snow covered peaks that surround this area. These include Ausangate (6834 m.), Mariposa or Butterfly (5842 m.), Jampa (5500 m.), Pucapunta ( 5740 m), Caracol or Snail mountain (5625 m.), Tinke (5300 m.) and the whole Qayangate chain of mountains.
This area is located in the Andean region which means that weather is changeable. Expect everything from cold temperatures to hot sun impact. For this reason, we advise you to bring a hat or cap and to use a good sunblock to avoid any sunburn and headaches.
Along the path we will have the chance to see the local flora and fauna. From different kinds of birds to vicuñas and llamas. The views are breathtaking, and you will have the chance to visit all of the different lakes as you return along the same pathway. The return will be easier and faster hiking towards Pacchanta again. Once you get to the trailhead your trekking chef will have a hot lunch ready for you to recover your energy.
Pacchanta has a number of hot springs that you will be able to use to relax and provide comfort to your sore muscles. This water is naturally hot and will be the perfect ending after a great hike. You can enjoy this before having your lunch and then recover yourself while having a great meal cooked just for you.
Once lunch is finished take our transportation back to Cusco and towards your hotel for you to take some well-deserved rest.
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Max Elevation: 4.850 meters / 15912 feet
Min Elevation: 4.300 metros / 14107 pies
Approx. distance: 15 km
This tour is not recommended for children because they may have trouble walking, but if the child enjoys hiking at high altitudes, they can do it.
If you have medical problems, you should consult your doctor and indicate that you want to or are planning a hike in the Peruvian Andes and the height is 4,850 m(15912 ft). above sea level. If you have medication, you must bring it with you to continue your treatment.
The higher elevation also means colder, nearly freezing temperatures, so be prepared.
If you have altitude sickness symptoms, descend as quickly as you can. It’s nothing to mess around with.
Our guide always oxygen tanks which are important as you get over 4,850 m(15912 ft). above sea level! Not all travel agencies offer this, so this is definitely something to look out for when choosing the best Ausangate tour operator.
Make sure you are acclimatized to Cusco’s altitude before you set off on your hike to the Ausangate. This is by far the best insurance of a smooth and enjoyable trip. We recommend you spend at least 3 days in Cusco prior to the excursion.
batteries tend to die due to cold — keep them in your sleeping bag.
The Ausangate 7 lakes are located in the southeastern part of Cusco, at 74 mi. / 120 km. Quispicanchis Province.
Most of these lagoons have turquoise coloration, and that is what makes them look more attractive. The melting waters wash the pulverized minerals and deposit them in the lake waters, and it never sinks at the base. This natural effect of the coloration displays better on those sunny days.
The winds, the cold, and the sun heat will also say “hi” at that high and make you good company. Weather can be friendly up there, but it soon turns either cloudy or sunny. The nighttime temperatures range between 14 ° F / -10, whereas the day temperature reaches 77 F° / 25° C.
Consider choosing months between April and November to avoid weather complications. However, keep in mind all the recommendations about packing adequate hiking gear. Have fun on your next trip!