7 Lakes Trek in Ausangate - Full-day Trip from Cusco - Orange Nation Peru

7 Lakes Trek in Ausangate – Full-day Trip from Cusco


7 Lakes Trek in Ausangate

Explore the 7 Lakes Ausangate Trek in a 1 day hike & witness dazzling glacial lakes!

Our off the beaten trek takes you to the bewildering circuit of 7 lagoons, which hugs the gigantic Apus Mountain of Ausangate (6 384m/20 945ft). We trek through the spectacular high elevation Vilcanota Mountain range, passing herds of llamas, alpacas and possibly the protected vicuñas, as well as indigenous Quechua speaking communities. The scenery is unrivaled, combining glacial peaks, rushing rivers and of cause the stunning 7 lakes all 4 500m above sea level.

To end this unique trek, we visit the soothing and medicinal hot springs in Pacchanta to soak in our tired muscles before our long drive back to Cusco. On our 7 Lakes of Ausangate Full Day Tour, we get you away from the crowds to a place where everything seems untouched and undiscovered.

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Service Level: Private transportation with chauffer. Private group chef to prepare an abundant and scrumptious breakfast and lunch.
Physical Rating: Moderate to challenging. The hike starts at a staggering 4300m/ 14208ft and maintains an average elevation of 4600m/ 15091ft. You can however hire a horse from the locals if you wish to enjoy the views without the hike.
Travel Style: Cultural immersion, trekking, hotsprings, adventure, private van, small groups
Group Size: Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 5.
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Cusco – Pacchanta – Circuit 7 Lagoons – Cusco

Our Ausangate 7 Lakes Day Hike begins with an early pick up from your hotel at 3:00 am. We then drive for 3 hours and 30 minutes to the town of Pacchanta (4 300m/ 14 108ft). Along the way, we pass small community villages and scenic views.

Once we arrive at our trailhead our chef will prepare for us a hearty breakfast, providing valuable fuel for the hike ahead. After breakfast, we suit up and start the hike to our first lake. The terrain at the moment is a gentle uphill, but it does get more challenging, so if you wish to rent a horse from the locals (roughly 100 soles), this is the spot to do it.

Throughout the hike, we will visit 7 unique glacial lakes, (hence the name of the trek!) Each of these lakes is beautiful in their own right. Some are turquoise, some deep blue. One is a muddy brown, but the sand surrounding it is pink.

Throughout the entire hike we are surrounded by the Vilcanota Mountain Range, and passing by local shepherds, herding their flocks of llamas and alpacas. Keep your eyes peeled for Condors as well!

After our full day tour to Ausangate 7 lakes and exploring this tiny slice of the longest mountain range in the world, we will return to Pacchanta town to enjoy a laidback soak in the hot springs.

After our muscles have relaxed and the warmth has reached out bones, the chef will be calling us for lunch. Finally, we drive back to Cusco, estimated arrival at 6pm.

Lakes on the 7 lake trek in Ausangate:

  • Red Lake / Hatun Puka Qocha (4 756m/ 15 604ft)
  • Lead Lake / Oqe Qocha ( 4 620m/15 157ft)
  • Female Otorongo Lake / China Uturunku Qocha (4 600m /5 092ft)
  • Chuño Lake / Ch´uñu Qocha (4 770m/ 15 650ft)
  • Male Otorongo Lake / Orqo Uturunku Qocha (4 570m/14 993ft)
  • Blue Lake/ Azul Qocha (4 550m/14 928ft)
  • Totora Lake (4 650m/15 256ft)


Price of the Ausangate 7 Lakes Day Tour

Our fantastic 1 day hike to Ausangate 7 lagoons in Cusco is organized in small groups, minimum 02 and a maximum of 12 people. Prices are per person in USD.

From US$ 160.00 per person

We can provide this in a private service please contact us for more information. This tour is available any day that suites you, as long as we have a minimum of 2 people.


What’s Included For the 7 Lakes trek in Ausangate?

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Professional English speaking Tour Guide
  • Entrance ticket to Ausangate 7 Lakes
  • Pick-up and drop-off to your hotel
  • Round trip private transportation
  • Breakfast and lunch cooked by a private cook (can accommodate a variety of dietary requirements)
  • Oxygen tank

What Is Not Included

  • Hotels
  • Dinner
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Hot springs entry fees
  • Rental horses (available from the locals for around 100 soles)
  • Water: please bring at least 1L per person
  • Tips for guide, driver and cook

What to Bring for Ausangate 7 Lakes Day Tour

  • A lightweight, waterproof day pack
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Warm clothes and hiking pants
  • Layers of clothes for variable temperatures
  • Camera
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses
  • Rain poncho.
  • Drinking water
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips, etc
  • Walking sticks if needed (rentable with ORANGE NATION)
  • Favorite snacks
  • Toilet paper
  • Swim suit
  • Cash (in small denominations of Peruvian Nuevos soles or $)
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We have become the leaders in small group adventure travel over the past three decades by consistently listening to our travelers and delivering what they desire: adaptable itineraries, the freedom to explore, smaller group sizes, safety and peace of mind, and knowledgeable local guides who provide unique insights into the destination that would be missed through any other means of travel.

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EXPERT GUIDES : Our expedition staff are experienced, enthusiastic and among the best in the industry - they are our secret to success

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OUR EXPERIENCE: With fifteen years’ experience and over 25 Packages to Machu Picchu alone, our team knows how to deliver a successful expedition.

ENVIRONMENTAL: Education and conservation are our passion. We aim to create lifelong ambassadors for the protection of all wilderness areas.

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Jun. 2023

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A great adventure!

May. 2023

We made 4D / 3N of the Inka Trail. The experience was challenging, but it was worth it. Chef Fortunato's meals and explanations of Jony and David's places were very complete. Tmb the patience to make sure we all get there on time.


Fast and friendly service

Dec. 2022

We did not get to specify the service due to the political situation in the country, however the company quickly and carefully proceeded with the return. Very good service and when the situation calms down we will resume service with them.

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