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Ausangate 7 Lakes Trek

The Ausangate
7 Lakes Hike

                FULL DAY TOUR | Starting from US$150 per person

Breakfast & Lunch

MEALS

Up to 10 People

GROUP SIZE

4,800 m / 15,748ft

MAX. ALTITUDE

Moderate

DIFFICULTY

URCOS - OCONGATE - TINKE - PACCHANTA - COMERCOCHA LAGOON - OTORONGOCOCHA - AZULCOCHA - PACCHANTA HOT SPRINGS

Ausangate 7 Lakes Trek

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.
On top of that, you’ll take a dip in the hot springs of Pacchanta to relax before enjoying a traditional lunch prepared by a local family who will cordially receive us in their home. This is a one-day excursion, within which you’ll discover indigenous communities who still keep their cultures and traditions alive today. Are you ready to live this experience?

This incredible, one-day adventure will start early, leaving Cusco in private transportation toward the community of Pacchanta. There, we’ll be received by a local family who will offer a nutritious, traditional Andean breakfast so that we can start our journey to the 7 Lakes through the Andes Mountain Range. On the way, we’ll enjoy incredible vistas of immense glaciers, including the imposing Ausangate at 6,384 meters (20,945 feet) above sea level.
We’ll start with an uphill hike to the first lake of the circuit known as Comercocha, a name originating from the Quechua language which means “green lake.” Continuing the journey, we’ll pass by other lakes: Patacocha, Azulcocha and China Otorongo, among others. After this hike of about 15 km, we’ll return to the community of Pacchanta to have lunch. If the body asks for it, we’ll take a relaxing swim in the hot springs there before returning to Cusco, finishing off this incomparable experience.

Highlights.

  • Live the experience of enfrenting the hidden wonders of the Andes.
  • Explore one of the most beautiful parts of the Ausangate glacier route in just one day.
  • Immerse yourself in the daily life of the most traditional communities in this area of the Andean heights.
  • Observe the diverse flora and fauna of the region. See alpacas and llamas grazing in their natural habitat.
  • Enjoy a relaxing swim in the hot springs of Pacchanta with one of the most precious views of the Ausangate glacier, the highest and most sacred in the region of Cusco.
  • Traverse the 7 green and turquoise lakes; they’ll make this hike a most unique experience.
Day 1: Cusco | Ccatca - Pacchanta - Comercocha - Azulcocha - Pacchanta

Highlight of the Day: Walk at the foot of the imposing Ausangate glacier, and explore beautiful multi-colored lakes.

Seven Lakes of Ausangate: Full-Day Tour from Cusco 2022  CIRCUITO DE LAS 7 LAGUNAS DE AUSANGATE - South America Planet Ausangate 7 Lagunas Trek - TRAVEL TO PERU

The crystal hewels of the Andes! 

We’ll start the day picking you up from your hotel and going toward the south of Cusco. We’ll pass by picturesque towns where the locals will be dressed in colorful, traditional outfits, keeping their culture and traditions alive. On the way, we’ll stop briefly in the town of Ccatcca to visit its plaza and some of the streets that make it so beautiful.

We’ll continue on the inter-ocean highway connecting Peru with our brother, Brazil, until we arrive at the community of Pacchanta, located at more than 4,100 meters (13,451 feet) above sea level. Here, a wonderful family from the town will be waiting to invite us into their home for a nutritious breakfast made of Andean ingredients. After that, we’ll go toward the Vilcanota Mountain Range, from which we can see the Ausangate glacier, one of the most spectacular whose thawing feeds the beautiful lakes we’ll visit on our hike.

Continuing on, we’ll go uphill for about three and a half hours to the viewpoint of Ninaparayoc. Along the way, we’ll pass by Comercocha and Alqacocha, lakes of blue and turquoise located at the foot of the enigmatic glacier of Callangate. Later, we’ll return to Pacchanta and, on the trail, visit the lakes of Patacocha, Otorongocha, Azulcocha and others.

Before taking a dip in the relaxing hot springs of Pacchanta, we’ll go back to our host family to enjoy a delicious lunch. Finally, satisfied with this beautiful experience, we’ll board our private transportation to return to Cusco.

At Pacha Peru Explorers, 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?

Pre-departure Briefing: You’ll meet your trekking guide and group in our office for an orientation before your tour. 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!

Medical Kit or First Aid Kit: All Pacha Peru Explorers 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 Services: We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You’ll receive a pair of walking sticks with rubber tips (for trekking poles) and a rain poncho.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.

Snack and Water: Before starting your trekking, your tour guide will provide you a cloth bag with local fruits, cookies, chocolate, caramels, etc. In addition, you'll receive a bottle of water.

Private Transport: All your transportation is included in this package. We will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the starting point of the hike. Once you complete the tour, we will take you back to the door of your hotel in Cusco.

Entrance Tickets: Entrance ticket to the  Circuit of 7 Lakes.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

Dinner.

Hiking Clothes.

Travel Insurance.

Additional costs or delays beyond our control: Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemic, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.

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 Pacha Peru Explorers in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

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 Pacha Peru Explorers 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 6% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Can I store my luggage at your office?: 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: Pacha Peru Explorers 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 or restaurants. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.

"The Ausangate 7 Lakes Hike" can leave any day of the week, from January through December.

2022 Land Cost:

Group Price: US$ 150.00 per person
Required Pre-payment: US$ 50.00 per person
Balance (Cusco): US$ 100.00 (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 6%, 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 contact@pachaperu.tours; 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$ 120.00
  • Sacred Valley: US$ 90.00
  • City Tour: US$ 60.00

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.

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Ausangate 7 Lakes Full Day US$ 150.00

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