Salkantay Trek 3 Days
Experience the majestic Salkantay Trek over 3 days and 2 nights, a breathtaking journey to Machu Picchu through the Peruvian Andes. This shorter version of the classic trek is perfect for adventurers with limited time, offering stunning mountain views, diverse ecosystems, and a challenging yet rewarding hiking experience. Trek through spectacular landscapes, from snow-capped peaks to lush cloud forests, and immerse yourself in the rich Incan culture. Our package includes experienced guides, comfortable camping accommodations, and nutritious meals to fuel your journey. Book now for an unforgettable trek on one of the world’s most scenic routes to the iconic Machu Picchu.
General Information about Ausangate Trek
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Ausangate 7 lakes day trip 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.
- Pick up from your hotel
- Round trip transportation
- Buffet lunch
- Walking stick
- Entrance fee
- Groups ranging between 10-15 people.
- professional guides English speaking.
- First-Aid equipment and oxygen bottle for emergencies
- Extra expenses not mentioned in the itinerary
- Horse riding (optional)
- Hot Springs: $3 – s/. 10
Ausangate 7 Lakes Trek Packing List
- A lightweight, waterproof day pack
- Sturdy hiking boots
- Warm clothes and hiking pants, not jeans
- Layers of clothes for variable temperatures
- Camera with extra film and batteries
- Sun protection: sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses
- Thermals, wool socks, gloves, scarf, wool hat in cold season
- Insect repellent
- Waterproof clothing and or a rain poncho
- Water bottles
- Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips
- Walking sticks if needed (rentable)
- Favorite snacksHand sanitizer
- Toilet paper
Frequently asked questions about Ausangate 7 Lakes
Where is Seven Lagoons?
The circuit of the 7 Lagoons is located in Quispicanchis, Pacchanta in the south of Cusco.
How do I get to Pacchanta?
Our agency offers transportation service to the town of Pacchanta, ask for more information.
What is the altitude of the 7 Lakes of Ausangate?
The circuit of the 7 lakes of Ausangate has an average altitude of 4500 meters above sea level.
How cold is Rainbow Mountain?
It is quite cold, it is advisable to wear warm clothes during the trip.