The Ausangate 7 Lakes Day Hike is a truly breathtaking experience that takes you through some of the most stunning landscapes that the Peruvian Andes have to offer. This challenging hike is not for the faint of heart, but the rewards for those who complete it are truly unforgettable
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Ausangate 7 lakes Day Hike Itinerary
Cusco – Pachanta – 7 Lakes – Pachanta – Cusco
The hike begins in the small Andean village of Tinqui, located at an altitude of 3,800 meters (12,467 feet) above sea level. From here, you will start your ascent up to the first of the seven lakes, the beautiful Laguna Kayrawiri. This lake is known for its stunning turquoise waters and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and vibrant alpine vegetation.
From Laguna Kayrawiri, you will continue on to the other six lakes, each one more beautiful than the last. The lakes are all located at altitudes above 4,000 meters (13,123 feet), and the hike can be quite challenging due to the high altitude and steep terrain. However, the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers make it all worthwhile.
One of the highlights of the hike is the stunning Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca. This mountain is famous for its vibrant colors, which are caused by the natural mineral deposits in the rock. The Rainbow Mountain is a truly unique and awe-inspiring sight, and it is well worth the extra effort to reach it.
As you hike through the stunning Andean landscapes, you will also have the opportunity to encounter the local Quechua people, who still maintain many of their traditional ways of life. You may see Quechua farmers tending their herds of llamas and alpacas, or weaving intricate textiles using traditional techniques.
The Ausangate 7 Lakes Day Hike is a challenging but rewarding experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories. The stunning landscapes, vibrant colors, and unique cultural encounters make this hike a must-do for anyone visiting the Peruvian Andes.