Walk through the 7 Lagoons of Ausangate in 1 Day

Hike to the 7 Lagoons of Ausangate

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The walk to the 7 lagoons of Ausangate shows us a set of lagoons born from the glaciers of the Ausangate mountain, in this short 1-day expedition we will make a circuit to observe its beauties and colorful waters under the mountain. We will start from our base of operations in Pacchanta at 4334 meters above sea level. In addition to the adventure, this package involves the culture, experiences, gastronomy, flora and fauna that this Ausangate environment possesses, which for a traveler like us is a jewel on short trips to take us a nice experience.

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A bit of the trip to the Ausangate lagoons

The circuit of the 7 Lagunas de Ausangate or Ausangate Full Day as it is called, first of all, is one of the complete routes for a traveler curious to learn about the culture and thus live a true adventure. This walk to the 7 Lagunas del Ausangate developed by Huillca Expedition begins with breakfast at Huillca Lodge. The team is made up of 1 trekking guide, cook, muleteer who carries the emergency horses and necessary luggage. To do this adventure, the traveler must be acclimatized for at least 2 days in Cusco or have hiked in Peru over 3,500 meters above sea level, it is a super one-day hike, where you can visit several turquoise green lagoons, part of Vilcanota mountain range and also being close to the Ausangate and Callangate mountains. It is also desired that you will be able to enjoy the relaxing hot springs of Pacchanta with a beautiful view of the mountains and local life.

Here we tell you the best about the circuit of the 7 lagoons

The best short day expedition for trekking lovers.

  • Get to know the Ausangate mountain, the fifth highest mountain in Peru, also occupying the first place in Cusco with its 6384 m.a.s.l.
  • The walk runs through the circuit of the 7 lagoons that are at the base of the Nevado del Ausangate.
  • Relaxing Pacchanta hot springs.
  • Freedom from urban pressure.

Travel Route Profile

This route of the seven lagoons of Ausangate has the following profile.

  • Distance: 17 km on foot
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Daily walking time: 17 km daily
  • Optimal season: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Maximum altitude: 4867 m.a.s.l.
  • Minimum altitude: 4334 meters above sea level.
  • Temperatures: 9-15 °C during the day
  • Path type: rough with stones
  • Being in constant physical activity.

Travel Team

These are our collaborators who will accompany you during this walk to the Ausangate lagoons.

  • Tour guide
  • transport driver
  • Muleteers
  • Chef

Our day to day walk

  • Itinerary: Day 1. Cusco, Circuit of 7 Lagoons

The day to day of the circuit 7 lagoons of the Ausagate

Day 1. Cusco, Pacchanta, Circuit 7 lagoons of Ausangate, Cusco

The Huillca Expedition team picks you up from the hotel at 4:00 in the morning, the departure is towards the town of Pacchanta, a traditional town of camelid breeders and weavers of traditional handicrafts. After the road in mobility passing the Abra Apacheta you can see a part of the Cordillera del Vilcanota (Ausangate and the Callangate), the stopping point is Tinke (a town in improvement that before in the 90s was the main starting point of the walks to Ausangate, but today there are already roads to different nearby towns, but Tinke continues to be the main market for the inhabitants of the Ausangate valley). The continuous journey towards the Pacchanta accompanied by the sun, from here you can see the majestic Nevado Ausangate on the north face with its 6,384 m at its top. The first ascent to its top was in 1953 by an Austro-German team and they reached the top on the south face. ooh! A lot of history. Finally, all the explorers will arrive at the Huillca Expedition base of operations, the team will be waiting with a welcome and breakfast ready for you to enjoy and increase your energy to live the adventure and the trek.

The walk to the 7 Lagoons of Ausangate begins ascending until reaching the first lagoon called Azulcocha 4 618 meters above sea level, we will continue ascending through the sacred lagoons of Otorongo (one of the lagoons of purification and mystical sanctifications in the Ausangate), passing these lagoons we will observe the Oq'ecocha and Pucacochas lagoons, when ascending we will reach our maximum step of the Mirador Pachaspata walk at 4 867 m from where the Jampa mountains will be observed, which are; Ausangate (6834 m.), Mariposa (5842 m.), Jampa (5500 m.), Pucapunta (5740 m.), Caracol (5625 m.), Tinke (5300 m.) and the entire Cordillera de Callangate, we will also see birds , alpacas, llamas, many vizcachas and with luck even the Andean Condor. After making a circuit we will return to Pacchanta passing through the Alqacocha and Qomercocha lagoons to enjoy the thermal waters. After a buffet lunch, we will board Cusco, arriving in the city of Cusco at approximately 6:00 p.m.

  • Walking distance: 17 km on foot.
  • High elevation: 4,867 m.a.s.l.
  • Low elevation: 4334 m.a.s.l.
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Walking time: 5 hours on foot

The walk 7 lagoons Includes

  • Fully personalized online advice (Meet, Zoom) for planning the expedition.
  • Previous information for the details of the trek (group).
  • Professional guide accredited by MINCETUR, with experience in hiking.
  • Private transport during the expedition.
  • Lodge services.
  • Emergency and emergency horses.
  • Team of muleteers for handling horses.
  • Cook and helper equipment for food preparation.
  • Complete feeding.
  • Emergency logistics and first aid.
  • Entrance tickets during the expedition.

The 7 lagoons walk does not include

  • Transport outside the expedition.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Costs of personal expenses.
  • Tickets to the Pacchanta Hot Springs.
  • Trekking sticks.

Additional services that you can hire:

  • Additional horse: If you have problems or are not prepared for the pace of the expedition, you can hire this service. It has a cost of *USD 20.00 per day that you require. (*Includes an emergency horse and a driving muleteer).

  • Trekking poles: the cost is $2.00 for the trek.

Recommendations to go to the Ausangate lagoons

With the experience in the trip we leave you the following recommendations that are useful in your trip:

  • Wear necessary clothing to combat the cold wind during the walk.

  • Carry cash with you that you see necessary for your personal expenses. Recommended in Soles.
  • Backpack of 20-30 liters during the route, with the necessary and useful equipment on the route. Bring belongings such as cameras, batteries, sunscreens, water, snacks, etc.
  • Bring sunscreen.
  • If your trip is with your children, it is advisable to book in the optimal season (April, May, June, July, August), you can also opt for a private trip for a good management of your itinerary.
  • Bring batteries for the electronic devices that you take for the trip or it could be a power bank.
  • Do not forget personal hygiene items and swimwear if you are going to enter the Pacchanta Hot Springs.
  • If you have a personal medical prescription you have to bring it because we will not have specific medications.

The cost of making the circuit of the 7 lagoons of Ausangate

The cost of this circuit of the 7 lagoons of Ausangate for the 2022 season is:

$80.00 for person (Includes VAT)

Other prices:

  • Personal Emergency Horse Fee: $25.00 per day (includes horse and muleteer)

  • Trekking poles: $2.00 for the trek.

Note: all our trips include VAT with legislative compliance and tax liability.

Frequently Asked Questions about the tour to the 7 lagoons of Ausangate

How long do I have to acclimatize to go to the seven lagoons of Ausangate?

Although this route is a single day, it always requires an acclimatization of 1 to 2 days at an altitude of 3,500 m.a.s.l. The maximum altitude on this hiking route to the seven lagoons of Ausangate is 4,867 meters above sea level.

What is the best travel season to Ausangate 7 Lagunas?

The best travel season recommended by our company are the months of April, May, June, July where the turquoise lagoons of Ausangate show their best colors and the splendor of Apu Ausangate.

How much luggage should I take to the 7 lagoons circuit?

On short walks we recommend you to carry a 20-liter backpack with items necessary for the walk such as sunscreens, chullos, gloves, batteries, warm clothes, waterproof layer, water to hydrate, among others.

In necessary trekking shoes?

Yes, shoes with static or high soles are recommended due to the rocky road conditions, and with high canes. Or it can also be normal running shoes are thick soles.

Can I take my baby, child to Ausangate?

The answer is YES you can take your children, but we recommend communicating to the Travel Agency so that they can review the conditions of the group. However, you can hire a riding horse for your children so they can keep up with the Group's walking pace.


Take these indications on your trip to the Ausangate lagoons

  • Indicate if you have intolerance to any food, so that our cooks take into account and anticipate the food.
  • If you have any personal medication, you have to provide yourself in Cusco, since we do not count specific medicines during the walk to the 7 lagoons of Ausangate.
  • Take all the waste or garbage that is generated during the walk, do not throw it into the environment, be responsible with our planet.
  • Respect the local culture, do not discriminate for any characteristic.

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