Ausangate's Spectacular Seven: A One-Day Tour of the Seven Lakes

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.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

1 Day

Difficulty

7/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

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 - 04:30 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
Price
FromUSD 150
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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
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:00
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 07:00

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Tour Itinerary

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

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.

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Tour 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.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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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, Peru Tripper 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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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 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.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 1-Day Ausangate Seven Lakes Adventure. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 1-Day Ausangate Seven Lakes Adventure, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

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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What fitness level is required for the trek?

The trek is considered moderate in difficulty. Participants should be in good physical condition and comfortable with hiking for about 5 hours over uneven terrain.

Is there an age limit for trekkers?

While there is no strict age limit, the trek is generally not recommended for very young children or elderly individuals due to its physical demands.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

Are vegetarian or vegan meals available?

Absolutely! We offer vegetarian and vegan meal options at no extra cost. Please inform us in advance about any dietary requirements.

What happens in case of emergencies?

Your safety is our top priority. We always carry an emergency oxygen bottle and a first-aid kit. Our guides are trained in first aid and emergency response.

What is the best time of year to do this trek?

The best time for this trek is during the dry season, from April to October, when the weather is generally clearer and more stable.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

What's the policy on cancellations or changes?

Our cancellation and change policies vary depending on the notice period. We advise checking our terms and conditions or contacting our team for detailed information.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

Is it customary to tip guides and staff?

While tipping is not mandatory, it’s a kind gesture to show appreciation for the services provided. The amount is at your discretion.

Is travel insurance mandatory for the treks?

While it isn’t mandatory, we strongly recommend having comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking and potential medical emergencies.

Can I hire a horse or mule for the trek?

Yes, you have the option to hire horses or mules either through us in advance or at the start of the trek. This service is particularly helpful for uphill sections.

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