Ausangate 7 Lakes

Tour Highlights

Full 2-day tour in Cordillera Vilcanota (Peruvian Andes)

1 night camping (tent) altitude approx. 4 850 m above sea level.

Trekking or horseback riding (options include: only trekking; only horseback or mixture of trekking and horseback)

The Ausangate Region is one of the most spectacular ares of the Peruvian Andes. Over the course of this tour you will spend 2 days discovering the beautiful landscapes, lagoons and snowy peaks of Ausangate, visiting hot springs, encountering native wildife including llamas and alpacas, and exploring tiny villages perched high up in the mountains. You will meet local people and experience their way of life, from their ornate and colourful textiles to their regional cuisine. Life in Ausangate runs at a different pace to the rest of Peru. This tour is perfect for those who wish to step away from the beaten tourist track and experience an authentic slice of this beautiful country!

Recommendations

Trekking in the Cordillera Vilcanota is at high altitude – from 4850 – 5000 meters above sea level. It is very important that hikers are well acclimatized to the altitude before undertaking this tour. We recommend guests to spend at least 5 days at an altitude of 3000m before beginning the Ausangate trek (by spending 5 days in Cusco, for example). We also ask guests to consult with their doctor that they are able to take medicaition to combat altitude sickness – such as sorojchi pills – in case of emergency. Chewing coca leaves is a common and traditional way to combat the effects of altitude – you may also like to check that this is ok with your doctor. (You can find information about sorojchi pills and other similar medications on the official website here: http://www.sorojchipills.com/) Also, temperatures at night can drop to as low as 0C. We will provide you with tents that are appropriate to these temperatures, but you may also like to bring warm clothes – hats, socks, scarves, gloves and extra layers – so that you are as comfortable as possible! Having a good, winter sleeping bag is also essential. From October to May it is possible that we will encounter rain and heavy winds – please pack accordingly.

Minimum number of participants: 2

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1: CUSCO TO AUSANGATE

    You will be collected via private transport from your hotel between 5 and 5:30am. After a drive of roughly 3,5 hours we will reach small, cozy town called Pacchanta where we will meet with our arriero and the horses who will be accompanying us on our trek. At this point we have time to wrap up and apply suncream before setting off on our Ausangate adventure!
    During first day we will walk around 6-7 hours to reach our base camp, stopping en route to enjoy lunch with a beautiful view of the snowy peaks of Cordillera Vilcanota in the background. Today´s trek will take us past small villages hidden in the Andes, icy mountain lakes and herds of llamas and alpacas. As we will be walking close to the Ausangate Mountain for the majority of the day there will be ample opportunity to see its majestic peak from various view points, making for some great photos! We will arrive at our base camp around 4 pm and, after a rest to recover from our walk and enjoy the views, we will eat dinner and head to bed for an early night. 

  • Day 2: AUSANGATE TO PACCHANTA

    In the morning of our second day we will enjoy breakfast with some truly stunning views of the Tres Picos mountain range in front of us! Time for a short rest and to collect our things, before walking a short distance to the mountain pass. At this point there is the opportunity to hike to the Red Lake – adding 2 hours of trekking to our day and taking up to an altitude of 5000m! Please let us know at the time of booking if this interests you). We will come back to base camp at 10, ready to set off on our trek towards Pacchanta at 11am. Today´s trek takes us along a different route, meaning that we are treated to new views and diverse landscapes. After our 5 hour trek we will reach Pacchanta at around 3 pm, where we will be met with a warm meal and the chance to visit the town´s hot springs. Our private transfer to Cusco leaves at 4:30pm and should arrive in the city at 8pm. 

 

GROUPS

Our tours are customized for small groups starting from a minimum of 2 persons. The prices given in this itinerary are applicable for groups of 2 or 3 people, and reflect the cost per person. Prices vary for groups of more than 3 people. Please inquire.

We can provide a tour guide in other languages such as French, German, Polish, etc as required.

All our tours are aimed for people in good physical and mental condition. Some tours require better physical conditions than others, please check the tour details. Before booking the tour you are obligated to mention any potential health problems you have had in the past.

TRANSPORTATION

All transportation within Peru is included in our tours. For both the “Standard” and “Premium” price of tour this involves private transfers by car (depending on the amount of participants in your group, the size of the car will differ). International flights are not included. Some domestic flights are included if the tour you choose. Please before booking your tour always carefully check the “Itinerary” tab with the “Included” or “Not Included” tab.

If you would prefer to travel by public transportation and decrease the cost of your tour we are able to accommodate this.

ACCOMMODATION

The price of the “Standard” tour includes accommodations of double rooms in hostels. Please note: hostels are not hotels.

The price of the “Premium” tour includes accommodations of double rooms in 3* hotels. Please note: 3hotels in Peru are likely to be more basic than the equivalent of European or North American standards.

Homestays are very basic and usually will not provide en suite bathrooms or hot water. Hostels in some trails/ parts of the tours are very basic but most include private bathrooms but with no hot water.

We are able to provide single rooms and a higher standard of hotel for an extra fee – please let us know at the time of booking. Where an itinerary states that you will be staying in a ´basic hostel´or ´homestay´ it is unlikely that there are other accommodation options. If you would prefer not to stay in these places then we can adjust the tour accordingly, but this will mean missing out on that particular location. Similarly, we are able to provide accommodation exclusively in hostels and homestays, which will result in a decrease of the tour fee. Please advise us of any desired changes as soon as possible before booking.

MEALS

Breakfasts are generally included in the accommodation. Unless otherwise specified in the tour itinerary, lunch and dinner are not included in the tour price.

CHANGES

Some details of the tour may change, even last minute, depending on weather conditions, physical condition of the participants and other unpredictable elements – for example: strikes, protests etc. In these cases there are no refunds.

PRICES

Our prices are “all inclusive” as much as possible. Nevertheless, some excursions, visits or activities cannot be included in order to give you more freedom and to adapt to each traveler.

Please read carefully the “Included” and “Not included” information, and consult the ´Itinerary´ tab for information about optional, non included excursions.

The prices of our tours may vary in high season (April to November) when some rates can increase.

For Machu Picchu, there is a discount of USD$20 for students who send us a scanned copy of their ISIC card via email during the booking process and who then bring the original, valid ISIC card with them for the trip (without a valid ISIC card, you would not only lose the discount but also the possibility to explore the ruins since you would not get permission to entrance). There is another discount of USD$20 for Peruvians and another USD$10 for Peruvian University students. Peruvian citizens have to indicate DNI number during booking process and to bring valid DNI for the tour. Peruvian students have to send a scan of their student card during the booking process and bring a valid document with them for the tour. In both of the above-mentioned situations, if you do not show the valid document(s) at the entrance to Machu Picchu, you will not get permission to entrance and will loose the possibility to explore the ruins.

In all of our tours, a Boleto Turistico is included. This provides access to a number of attracttions in the Cusco Region including the ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo and certain sites withing Cusco City. The boleto is valid for 10 days.

RESERVATIONS & PAYMENT

To book any tour, first we will confirm its availability for your specific date. Then we need to receive an advance payment (65% of the total price or full price) according to current price of the tour. We will also need to have your full details including your full name, surname, passport number, nationality and date of birth (no errors). If there are any errors in the above mentioned details the company is not responsible for any invalid tickets due to misinformation from the participant. This information is necessary to book the entrance tickets on your behalf and if there are any error the tickets are invalid. In order to reserve tours we need a copy of each participants passport valid for at least 6 months after the planned travel date. Please note that your reservation is not confirmed until we receive these elements.

We require clients to pay the remainder of the fee one day before the start of the tour.

CANCELLATION POLICY

From the date of payment 65% of the total price until 29 days before the tour begins: Cancellation fee of 30% of the paid amount.
From 28 days before the tour begins until 15 days before the tour begins: Cancellation fee of 60% of the paid amount.
From 14 days before the tour begins or in the case of a no- show: Cancellation fee of 100% of the paid amount.

Cancellations are deemed to be executed when a written cancellation confirmation from the agency is received. Cancellation deadlines and fees may vary depending on group size, route and dates.

Any additional charges incurred (including, among others, bank transfers of payment) will be covered by the client.

VACCINATIONS & INSURANCE

Before travelling, you should always check current information about required vaccines. We recommend you to take the vaccine against yellow fever at least one week before your travel. Please note that to participate in any of our tours you have to have valid travel insurance. Please check the regulations and exclusions of your insurance company, especially if trekking in the high mountains or planning adventure sports.

CHECK SOME IMPORTANT POINTS

Avoid unforeseen complications by arriving at the tour departure location at least one day before the beginning of the tour. Check requirements about passports and visas for entering Peru in advance.

WHAT TO BRING

Here you will find some recommendations for what kinds of items you may need on the tour:

  • A lightweight water & windproof jacket with hood
  • Sandals or thongs/ flip flops
  • Wide-brimmed hat or cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm, sun block with high UV factor
  • Antibacterial hand cleansing gel
  • Wet wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Travel plug adaptor with a USB port
  • Camera
  • Personal medication, if required
  • Insect repellent
  • Small backpack for day trips
  • Warm jacket and pullover
  • Gloves, hat and scarf
  • Comfortable trekking trousers
  • Flash light
  • Original and copy of your passport

Pricing Packs

For groups of 2 or 3 people, the price per person is $390

For larger groups the price varies – please enquire.

  • INCLUDED
  • Private transfers
  • Private, English and Spanish speaking tour guide
  • Horses to transport personal belongings and camping gear (trekkers need carry only water, snacks, rainclothes, a warm layer and any personal medication needed)
  • Extra horse in case of injury to trekker
  • Chef
  • High quality tent (3 pax)
  • Entrance to the Ausangate Park
  • Entrance to Hot Springs
  • 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner, 2 lunches (barring the first breakfast all meals are hot and include soups)
  • NOT INCLUDED
  • ⦁ Horses to ride (if you would like to complete some or all of the tour on horseback there is additional fee - please let us know at the time of enquiry
  • Extra drinks on the road (hot drinks are included as part of each meal. Extra beverages such as sodas, cold water etc. can be purchased along the route)
  • ⦁ Warm sleeping bag (suitable for temperatures as low as – 5C)
  • ⦁ Sleeping mat - if you do not own your own just let us know and we can rent one for you
  • Visas, Travel Insurance (obligatory)

Before booking any tour we require all clients to consult both the Tour Itinerary and Details tabs above for more information regarding included accommodations, meals and transport options.

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