The Circuit 7 Lagoons of Ausangate Full day - Huillca Expedition

The Circuit 7 Lagoons of Ausangate Full Day

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The circuit 7 lagoons of Ausangate shows us a set of lagoons born from the glaciers of the Ausangate mountain, in this tour we will walk a circuit to observe its beauties and colorful waters under the mountain. We will start from our base of operations in the community of Pacchanta at 4334 m.a.s.l.

In addition to the adventure, this package that involves the culture, experiences, gastronomy, plants and animals that this Ausangate environment possesses, which for a traveler like us is a jewel on short trips, to take us a beautiful experience. If you want to know even more about this destination you can visit the blog of the seven lakes of Ausangate. Being Ausangate one of the best nature destinations in Cusco, it is recommended and necessary that we develop this trip through the Circuit of 7 lagoons of Ausangate.

Features of Circuit 7 Lagoons of Ausangate

Walking Distance: 17 km on foot
Difficulty: Moderate
Daily walking time: 05 hours on foot
Optimal season: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Maximum altitude: 4600 m.a.s.l.
Minimum altitude: 4334 meters above sea level.
Temperatures: 9-15 °C during the day

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Ausangate 7 Lake hike summary

The circuit 7 lagoons of Ausangate or Ausangate Full Day, first of all, is one of the complete routes for a traveler curious to know the culture and thus live a true adventure in an unknown town. This trek to the 7 lagoons of Ausangate developed by Huillca Expedition begins with breakfast at Huillca Lodge. The team is made up of 1 certified trekking guide, a qualified cook, a muleteer who carries emergency items and necessary luggage.

To do this adventure, the traveler must be acclimatized for at least 2 days in Cusco or have done similar treks in Peru above 3,500 meters above sea level, it is a super one-day trek, where you can visit several turquoise green lagoons, part from the Vilcanota mountain range and also be close to the mountains of Ausangate and Callangate. You can also enjoy the relaxing Pacchanta hot springs with a beautiful view of the mountains and local life. In our company you have the option of visiting our museums of native potatoes, alpaca handicrafts and Andean handicrafts.

Itinerary Summary

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

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 alpaca breeders and weavers of traditional handicrafts. After the road in mobility you will pass through the Apacheta Pass from where you can see a part of the Vilcanota Mountain Range (Ausangate and the Callangate), the stopping point is in the town of Tinke (a town in improvement that before in the 90s was the main starting point of the walks to the Ausangate, but today there are already roads to different nearby towns, but Tinke continues to be the main market of the inhabitants of the Ausangate valley).

The continuous journey towards the community of Pacchanta accompanied by the sun, from here you can see the Ausangate mountain from the north face with its 6,384 meter above sea level at its top. A fact, the first ascent to its top was in 1953 by an Austro-German team and they reached the top on the south face. 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. Where we will have the opportunity to wear the typical Ausangate clothes.

The walk of the 7 Lagoons of Ausangate begins ascending until reaching the first lagoon called blue lake 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 Oqecocha and Pucacochas lagoons. After making a circuit we will return to Pacchanta community.

In our premises you have the option to visit our museum of native potatoes, alpaca crafts and walk through our facilities.

Walking distance: 15 km on foot.
Walking time: 5 hours on foot
High elevation: 4,600 m.a.s.l.
Low elevation: 4334 m.a.s.l.
Difficulty: moderate
Lodging: Huillca Lodge (breakfast, lunch)

The walk 7 lagoons Includes

  • Online advice: you will have a totally personalized advice through the trusted platform (Meet, Zoom, WhatsApp) for the planning of the expedition and to know your interest in this destination.
  • Professional guide: the guides are accredited by MINCETUR and have experience in guiding expeditions, knowledge of the Ausangate locality, and are trained in first aid if an emergency occurs during the route. They are friendly and perfectly know the culture, experiences.
  • Private transportation: the transportation for this expedition is private that will take you from the hotel in Cusco to the Community of Pacchanta and your return. The transport is safe, it has all the necessary certifications for the transfer of passengers.
  • Lodge: we have a lodge restaurant where we develop our gastronomic activities, a warm place with a kitchen, dining room, bar and fireplace if they are cold.
  • Entrance to the museum: the company has a museum of native potatoes and handicrafts from this town in Ausangate.
  • Typical Ausangate clothing: you will have the opportunity to dress in the local Ausangate clothing, take the best souvenir photos in the very beautiful places of our town.
  • Food: we have a unique gastronomy prepared with inputs from the area, so that you can try the best dishes of Ausangate. Breakfast, lunch and snack are included.
  • Group toiletries: there are soaps, towels to be able to wash your hands before and after carrying out tourist activities.
  • Emergency logistics and first aid: we carry a first aid kit in case of any injury, headaches. We carry an oxygen during the walk to solve the problems of lack of oxygen of the passengers. If in case, there are serious emergencies, we have rescue stretchers, pneumatic splints to be able to help the patient.
  • Entrance tickets to Ausangate: the entrance ticket for activities in the circuit of the 7 lagoons of Ausangate.

The 7 lagoons walk does not include

  • Transport outside the expedition.
  • The dinner of the expedition.
  • Costs of personal expenses.
  • Tickets to the hot springs of Pacchanta.
  • 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 21.00 (80.00 PEN), cost of a muleteer plus a horse to ride. This service can be ordered in advance by recommendation or also.

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 2023 season is:

From USD 45.00 per person

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 much time should I 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 4,650 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, August, September where the turquoise lagoons of Ausangate show their best colors and the splendor of the Ausangate mountain.

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 sunblock, chullos, gloves, batteries, warm clothing, 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 informing 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.

Can I rent a horse for horseback riding at the 7 lagoons?

If you want to go by horse you can make the request, this may be one of the difficulties you may have in developing a walk of approximately 15 km. The cost of the horseback riding service is S/. 80.00 PEN or 21.00 USD. You can hire this service at the Pacchanta place or notify the Travel Agency so that it can manage for you the day you require.

Is it advisable to take trekking poles to the circuit of the 7 lagoons?

Trekking poles are necessary because they allow us to rest part of the body, especially if you are equipped with a backpack, on the arms and thus unload the legs. They help us when walking and to be able to improve gait or prevent injuries to the lower limbs. You can take as personal equipment or you can also rent at the Agency in Pacchanta for a cost of S /. 5.00 soles.

How is the food?

Food is prepared by our chefs with local ingredients and purchased the same day. Special meals such as vegetarians, vegans, celiacs are also prepared on request at no cost.

¿Do you take emergency oxygen to the 7 lagoons trek?

Yes, the company carries emergency medicinal oxygen to prevent Soroche or also known as Altitude Sickness that originates from Hypoxia or lack of oxygen in the body due to high atmospheric pressure, because we will reach a maximum altitude of 4600 m.a.s.l. If you present this type of emergency, let the guide in charge of the group know for the corresponding support.

How much does the entrance fee to the Pacchanta hot springs cost?

The entrance to the hot springs of Pacchanta has a cost of S /. 5.00 PEN per person. The duration is approximately 2 to 3 hours.

¿Are we going to wear the typical Ausangate clothing?

Yes, all the clients that travel with Huillca Expedition will always dress.


Information about Ausangate 7 lakes

Ausangate 7 lakes data

This Ausangate 7 lakes route is located in:

  • Location: Pacchanta Community, Cusco Region
  • Elevation: Pacchanta Community (4300 masl), Ausangate 7 Lakes (4600 masl)
  • Mountain range: Cordillera Vilcanota
  • Coordinates: -13.756098, -71.222289
  • Local language: Spanish, Quechua Native
  • Local currency: PEN (Nuevos Soles)

Ausangate 7 lakes day trip route

The route of the trek to the 7 lakes of Ausangate is a route with the following characteristics:

Distance of the hike: 17 km (10 miles) during the entire hike.
Hiking time: 2.30 hours one way and 1.30 hours return.
Highest altitude of the hike: 4630 masl (Pacchanta Community)
Normal altitude of the hike: 4346 masl / 13,880 fasl
Starting point of the trek: Huillca Lodge in the community of Pacchanta.
Type of terrain of the trek: the trail is stony throughout the entire route.
Climate during the months: there are dry months (April, May, June, July, August, September and October) and rainy months (November, December, January, February, March).
The sequence of the lagoons: the first lagoon that we will visit is the Azulcocha (Blue lake) lagoon and the last one is the Pucacocha lagoon (Red lake).

The route of the trek to the 7 lakes of Ausangate

This photo indicates the type of terrain during the route.

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.

In this part we make you know the useful information that can help you on this trip to the 7 lagoons of Ausangate.

The seasons to travel to the circuit of the 7 lagoons of Ausangate

To make the tour to the 7 lagoons of Ausangate there are three seasons during the year, these seasons range from rainy to dry, we explain:

  • Dry season: the dry season starts from April 15 to the end of September, it is one of the best seasons to do the tour to the 7 lagoons of Ausangate, to be able to observe the clear mountains, colorful lagoons and beautiful landscapes.
  • Varied season: it starts from the beginning of October to the end of December, it presents rains, hail, full of clouds, but they are not constant, there are days similar to the days of the dry season.
  • Rainy season: it starts from the beginning of January, February and March are months of rain, snowfall during the days. These are months in which we do not recommend traveling if we want to enjoy the mountains and the landscape.

Routes to reach the 7 lagoons

There are two walking routes to make the walk of the 7 lagoons of Ausangate. The first route is the commercial one that starts from the hot springs of Pacchanta to the 7 lagoons. The second is private from our company that starts at our Huillca Lodge house to reach the 7 lagoons of Ausangate. The difference of the routes are almost the same in the technical difficulty, the distance, but in our route there is no presence of the crowd.

Name of the 7 lagoons of Ausangate

These are the names of the 7 lagoons of Ausangate and their order of visit:

  1. Blue Lake
  2. Male Otorongo Lake
  3. Chuño Lake
  4. Femaly Otorongo Lake
  5. To lake lead
  6. Small Red Lake
  7. Big Red Lake

¿Do you want to know the meaning of these gaps? You can visit our blog 7 lagoons of Ausangate and their colors

The hot springs of Pacchanta

On this trip you can visit and bathe in the hot springs of the Pacchanta community. This place is very nice at the foot of the snowy Ausangate, has a temperature of 40 to 50 ° C that can be regulated to the taste of customers.

The hot springs of Pacchanta

Plants and animals of the Ausangate

In this beautiful route of the circuit of the 7 lakes of Ausangate we can observe a great diversity of mountain plants and animals, among them alpacas, llamas, wild ducks, vizcacha, among other animals. Likewise, there is also a great variety of flora such as yareta, small flowers, Andean grass.

Alpacas in the 7 lagoons of Ausangate hike

Alpacas in the 7 lagoons of Ausangate hike

The vizcachas in the tour to the 7 lakes of Ausangate

The vizcachas in the tour to the 7 lakes of Ausangate

The cultivation of native potatoes in Ausangate

The cultivation of native potatoes in Ausangate

Pacchanta Community

The Pacchanta community is one of the important communities and host of the 7 lagoons of Ausangate. Today it has most of the basic services such as water, roads, schools, which in its early years was one of the forgotten and distant communities of Cusco. It has friendly people dedicated to agriculture, raising alpacas and crafts.

Reservation policies for Ausangate 7 Lakes

  • The hike starts with the pick up of the passengers from their hotel (to be indicated at the time of booking).
  • The prices are per person based on 6 people per group.
  • Before booking a tour, please check the availability of the package and dates.
  • Cancellations or date changes must be made at least 1 month in advance.
  • The agency is not responsible for loss of valuables during the tour.
  • The agency is not responsible for untimely cancellation of services caused by natural phenomena or civil events (extreme snowfall, strikes, strikes, strikes, etc.).
  • The tours do not include travel insurance.

Payment and cancellation policies


  • Tour reservations are made virtually through or via email through
  • To secure the reservation it is necessary to make the payment of the tour, which can be 30% or full.
  • Minors
  • Minors are persons between 1 to 9 years of age. From 10 years of age, the adult rate applies.
  • Children under 1 year old do not have any cost in any of our tours.
  • Children must be under the responsibility of their parents until they are 18 years old.


  • All tours start with 100% payment.
  • All our operations have ticket or invoice as required.
  • Provide all required information.
  • Choose the means of payment online by credit or debit card, paypal or by bank transfer or deposit.
  • It is necessary to send proof of payment to

Date changes

  • Date changes are free of charge, as long as they are informed to your travel consultant at least 15 days in advance.
  • Date changes made within 14 days will have a cost of 15% of the total.
  • Date changes are subject to availability, we will look for a date closer to your revised trip. 


  • All cancellation requests must be reported to your travel consultant in writing via email to the consultant or to
  • All cancellations are subject to a cancellation fee of 10% of the total reservation.
  • Cancellations made 29 to 15 days prior to the service are subject to a cancellation fee of 20% of the total reservation.
  • Cancellations made 14 to 2 days prior to service are subject to a charge of 50% of the total reservation.
  • Reservations cancelled 1 day before, the same day of the service, or in case of no-show, will not be refundable.
  • For more information please contact us by cell: +51 918970611 / +51 929400856 or email:

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