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1-Day Ausangate Seven Lakes Adventure

Discover the unparalleled beauty of the Andes in a day-long expedition, marveling at the spectacular series of seven alpine lakes nestled in the heart of the Ausangate region.


Cusco, Peru


1 Day




Year Round

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1-Day Ausangate Seven Lakes Adventure Overview

Set out on a one-of-a-kind adventure through the heart of the Ausangate region, home to some of Peru’s most breathtaking natural wonders. This exclusive one-day tour unveils the serene beauty of the Seven Lakes, a hidden treasure nestled in the Andes. Beginning in the ancient city of Cusco, you’ll traverse through ever-changing landscapes, each turn revealing a new facet of the region’s rich tapestry. The journey to Pacchanta, a quaint village perched high in the mountains, is an experience in itself, offering glimpses of rural life and the majestic Andean peaks.

Experience the allure of the high Andes as you trek along trails surrounded by an astonishing array of flora and fauna. Each of the seven alpine lakes you’ll encounter presents its own unique palette of blues and greens, reflecting the grandeur of the surrounding peaks. The tranquil waters of Azulcocha, Otorongo, Pucacocha, Alqacocha, and Q’omercocha await, with vistas so striking they seem to leap out of a painting. The hike, though challenging, rewards you with unparalleled views of Ausangate and other towering mountains, creating a backdrop you’ll remember forever. This tour is not just a hike; it’s an opportunity to connect with nature, witness local wildlife, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of these pristine waters, all within the span of a single, unforgettable day.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Seven Lakes of Ausangate (Azulcocha, Otorongo, Pucacocha, Alqacocha, Q’omercocha), Ausangate Mountain, Andean Flora and Fauna, Pacchanta Hot Springs

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
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  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:00
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1-Day Ausangate Seven Lakes

Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Cusco – Pacchanta – Circuit 7 Lagoons – Cusco

Set off on a full-day hiking adventure in the breathtaking Ausangate region of Peru. This journey starts early at 4 am, with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco. As you embark on a scenic 3-hour drive towards Pacchanta, located 4200 meters above sea level, the changing landscapes outside your window signal the start of an extraordinary day. The route takes you past the charming village of Tinke, where the crisp mountain air is noticeably cooler than in Cusco.

Upon your arrival in Pacchanta, a boxed breakfast will be provided to fuel your exploration. With energy levels topped up, you’ll begin your hike towards the Ausangate region’s remarkable lakes. Spanning approximately 5 hours, the hike leads you along a path dotted with stunning natural features, including the captivating lakes Azulcocha, Otorongo, Pucacocha, Alqacocha, and Q’omercocha.

The trail offers more than just lake views; it’s a window to some of the region’s most impressive peaks. Stand in awe of Ausangate (6834 m), Mariposa (5842 m), Jampa (5500 m), and other majestic mountains that dominate the skyline. The Andean weather, known for its unpredictability, may treat you to both cold and warm conditions, so it’s advisable to carry a hat and sunblock for protection.

This hike is not just a physical journey but also a chance to immerse yourself in the local ecosystem. The area is teeming with diverse flora and fauna, from an array of bird species to the elegant vicuñas and llamas, adding an extra layer of wonder to your experience.

The return hike to Pacchanta is both easier and faster. Here, you’ll be greeted with a boxed lunch to replenish your energy. Don’t miss the opportunity to unwind in the hot springs of Pacchanta, a natural spa that offers the perfect remedy for tired muscles. Soak in the warm, therapeutic waters and reflect on the day’s adventures.

After this restorative experience and a hearty lunch, you will be transported back to Cusco, arriving at your hotel for a well-deserved rest. This one-day excursion, filled with natural beauty and serenity, is sure to leave an indelible imprint on your memory.

Tour Highlights

1-Day Ausangate Seven Lakes Adventure Highlights

  • Early Morning Scenic Drive: Begin with a captivating 3-hour drive from Cusco to Pacchanta, passing through the charming village of Tinke. The journey unfolds a panorama of the Andes, showcasing diverse landscapes and the first light of day over the mountains.
  • Seven Alpine Lakes: Marvel at the stunning series of alpine lakes, each with its distinct shade of blue and green. The tour includes visits to Azulcocha, Otorongo, Pucacocha, Alqacocha, and Q’omercocha, offering serene and picturesque settings.
  • Majestic Mountain Vistas: Experience awe-inspiring views of some of the region’s highest peaks, including Ausangate, Mariposa, and Jampa. These towering mountains provide a breathtaking backdrop to the serene lakes.
  • Rich Andean Flora and Fauna: As you hike, observe the rich biodiversity of the area. The region is home to a variety of bird species, and you might also spot local wildlife like vicuñas and llamas.
  • Pacchanta Hot Springs: After the hike, relax and rejuvenate in the natural hot springs of Pacchanta. These therapeutic waters are the perfect way to soothe tired muscles while reflecting on the day’s adventures.
  • Cultural Immersion: Throughout the trek, gain insights into the local Andean lifestyle and the natural beauty of the Peruvian highlands. The journey offers a unique opportunity to connect with the land and its history.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel or office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • An additional guide for larger groups (more than 12 participants).
  • Convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off to ensure a hassle-free experience.
  • Efficient round-trip transportation to the trek’s starting point.
  • Entry fees to Ausangate Park.
  • Access to Pacchanta hot springs.
  • Curated boxed breakfast and lunch.
  • Vegetarian and vegan options at no extra cost.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit on standby.


Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Travel/health/emergency insurance.
  • Tips (optional and at your discretion).

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Emergency Horse & Handler: An extra horse and a trained handler provide added safety on the trail.
  • Master Chef: Enjoy meals prepared by our expert chef.
  • Dining Equipment: Portable chairs and tables for comfortable dining.
  • Buffet Lunch: Delight in a buffet lunch during the trek.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Expert Guide: Professional guide for personalized exploration.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.


Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max



Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max



Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable



Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable



Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person



Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person



Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

*Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure – Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Peru Tripper accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments – Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Peru Tripper is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Light day pack with clothes suitable for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots.
  • Camera, film, and batteries.
  • Sunblock and after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (such as biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen with water.
  • Personal medical kit (including special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel or sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks or poles.


This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

  • Pack Light: Remember that you’ll need to carry everything you bring.
  • Organize Your Pack: Use packing cubes or ziplock bags to keep your gear organized and easy to find.
  • Prepare for the Weather: The weather can change quickly, so pack for all conditions. Always have a rain jacket or poncho handy.
  • Secure Your Valuables: Keep your passport, money, and other valuables secure and on you at all times.
  • Layer Up: Dressing in layers is key. It allows you to quickly adapt to changing temperatures.
  • Waterproof Everything: Ensure that your pack is waterproof or that you have a rain cover. Keep all electronics and important documents in waterproof bags.
  • Respect the Environment: Consider using eco-friendly products and always take your trash with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

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