Get enchanted by the shimmering “Crystals of Ausangate - join our 7 lakes one-day trip!
Counting as one of the most beautiful tours of the entire Vilcanota mountain range, this unique hike to the Ausangate 7 Lakes will give us the chance to witness the imposing Ausangate, one of the five highest snow-capped mountains in Peru. We’ll contemplate a beautiful place in the Andean region of Cusco, which promises lakes of various shimmering colors and shades.
It’s the perfect option for a walk outdoors in the fresh Andean air - a one-day excursion in which you’ll also be able to meet native communities that still keep their Peruvian culture and traditions alive. On top of that, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with the purest nature, relax in the Pacchanta hot springs and enjoy a traditional lunch prepared by a local family who kindly receives us in their home. Are you ready to live the whole experience?
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Our adventure starts early in the morning, heading to the community of Pacchanta, where a local family will welcome us with a traditional and nutritious Andean breakfast. We’ll then venture into the middle of the Andes Mountains and drive along the route of the seven magnificent lakes. On our way, we’ll be enchanted by incredible views of massive glaciers like the imposing Ausangate at 6,330 meters above sea level.
Arriving at our first destination, we’ll then begin our ascent uphill to the first lagoon known as Comercocha, which, coming from the Quechua language, means the "green lagoon". Continuing our hike, we’ll pass the Patacocha, Azulcocha, and China Otorongo lagoons. The latter is considered sacred in the Andean cosmovision, especially for the low valleys near the Peruvian jungle. After approximately 15 km, we’ll come back to the Pacchanta community to savor a delicious lunch and to take advantage of the opportunity to immerse our strained bodies in the famous Pacchanta hot springs. At the end of the day, we’ll return to Cusco with unforgettable memories of a unique experience.
- Experience and enjoy the hidden wonders of the Andes.
- Travel to one of the most beautiful sections of the snow-covered Ausangate mountain route in just one day.
- Dive into the daily life of the most traditional high Andean communities of the area.
- Observe the diverse and unique flora and fauna of the region, with alpacas and llamas grazing in their natural habitat.
- Relax in the famous hot springs of Pacchanta with one of the most impressive views of Ausangate - the highest and most sacred mountain in the region of Cusco.
- Walk past the seven shimmering green and turquoise lakes, making this hike a unique and unforgettable experience.
Cusco | Ccatca - Pacchanta - Comercocha - Azulcocha - Pacchanta
Highlight of the day: We’ll hike at the foot of the imposing snow-capped mountain Ausangate and visit beautifully shimmering lakes with special features.
The crystalline jewels of the Andes!
Leaving very early for Pacchanta, we’ll enjoy a nutritious breakfast at a local family’s place before starting our Andean journey. Surrounded by a picturesque landscape, we’ll hike along the impressive mountain range and past the shimmering lakes of the area, Comercocha, Alqacocha, Patacochas, Otorongococha, Azulcocha, among others.
After the magnificent hike, we’ll descend to enjoy a well-deserved lunch and immerse ourselves in the relaxing thermal springs of Pacchanta. At the end of the day, we’ll blissfully return to Cusco with gratifying and unforgettable memories.
We’ll start the day by picking you up at your hostel to head south of the city of Cusco. While passing picturesque villages and landscapes, we’ll witness the old Peruvian culture and traditions reflected in the locals’ colorful costumes and homes. Stopping briefly in the town of Ccatcca, we’ll visit its square and some of its narrow streets that further embellish the ancient place.
We’ll continue on the interoceanic road that connects Peru with its neighboring country Brazil until we reach the municipality of Pacchanta. In the town, located more than four thousand meters above sea level, a lovely local family will welcome and invite us to their home and serve us a nutritious breakfast with Andean ingredients. After learning more about this charming place, we’ll drive to the Vilcanota mountain range, from where we can appreciate the snow-capped Ausangate, one of the most spectacular glaciers that feeds the shimmering lagoons we’ll visit during our trip.
Our first part of the hike then begins with a climb of about three and a half hours to reach the Ninaparayoc viewpoint. On the way, we’ll pass Comercocha and Alqacocha - two lakes with shimmering green and turquoise water which are located at the foot of the mystical Callangate glacier. On the way back to Pacchanta, we’ll then pass by the other lagoons, Patacocha, Otorongococha and Azulcocha, where we’ll have the chance to let the beauty and power of nature work its magic on us and take some pictures.
Before diving into the famous and relaxing thermo-medicinal waters of Pacchanta, we’ll come back to our host family's house to savor a delicious lunch. After this remarkable experience, we’ll drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your hostel.
Why Travel with us
At Salkantay Trekking, 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, so you don’t miss anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.
What Is Included?
High Quality Service & Safety
You’ll meet your trekking guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. 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 Salkantay Trekking 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 Service
We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You’ll receive a pair of walking sticks (trekking poles) with rubber tips, and a rain poncho.
Customer Service 24/7
We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication with Salkantay Trekking leading up to your trek.
Breakfast & Lunch
Snacks 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.
One cloth snack bag per person
To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we'll give you a cloth bag for your snacks.
Products for hygiene
You’ll be provided with a small towel and soap before each meal to clean your hands.
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.
Permits & Entrance Tickets
Entrance Ticket to the circuit “Ausangate 7 Lakes”
What Is Not Included?
Tips for our staff
Tipping is the norm on any excursion in Peru. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do.
Additional costs or delays beyond our control
Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemia, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.
Here we leave you with a brief list of extras that you can enjoy during this package.
Huayna Picchu Mountain
Huayna Picchu is the mountain behind Machu Picchu and which can be climbed in 45 minutes. Although this excursion is up to you, our guide will take you to the place of entry. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can assure for you if we have enough time in advance.
Your entry ticket will be purchased to coincide with the dates of your excursion on the Inca Trail. The entry can be done in two shifts: from 7:00 am to 8:00 am or from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. We buy the tickets in the second shift so that our clients can fully enjoy their guided tour of Machu Picchu. Remember, the shifts only indicate the time of entry. You can go up and down Huayna Picchu without haste.
The ticket for Huayna Picchu costs US$ 75.00 per person.
Machu Picchu Mountain
Machu Picchu Mountain is another of the mountains that surround the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It offers even more incredible views than Huayna Picchu, but it takes 1.5 hours to reach the top. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can assure for you if we have time in advance.
The excursion entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain is open in two shifts as well, the first from 7:00 am to 8:00 am, and the second from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.
The ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain costs US$ 75.00 per person.
All our tours include the PeruRail Expedition train. This train leaves Aguas Calientes at 4:22 pm. The Vistadome train is a higher category service that offers more comfortable seats, a panoramic design that will allow you to see through the roof, as well as an entertainment show on board. The Vistadome train leaves Aguas Calientes at 4:43 pm and goes to Ollantaytambo train station. From there, we’ll take you on our transport to your hotel in Cusco.
You can access this service for an additional payment of US$ 45.00 per person.
We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you'll find speedy answers to all those questions you had about hiking in Peru with Salkantay Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services. Please read carefully the following information – it will help you with any questions you may have about our services.
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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 Salkantay Trekking office.
Can I store my luggage at your office?
Of course! 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
Salkantay Trekking 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 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.
Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport or restaurant. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.
The "The Ausangate 7 Lakes Hike" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.
2022 Land Cost
Group Price: US$ 100.00 per person
This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.
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Extensions & Offers
There are several extensions you can include to your Peru Adventure.
- Rainbow Mountain: US$ 100.00 US$ 80.00
- Sacred Valley: US$ 60.00 US$ 50.00
- City Tour: US$ 30.00 US$ 20.00
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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Remember | One of our Travel Experts will contact you soon to confirm the availability of the trip you chose, give you more information, and/or provide you alternative options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek. Please call us at (+51) 958 191 179 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.
Note | Due to the rainy season and trail maintenance, we don't offer this trek during the whole month of february. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, we are working to provide you a better service!