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Horseback Riding to Upis Lake and 7 Lakes of Ausangate 1 Day

8 to 9 hours
Horseback ride
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  • Group Horseback TourGroup Service 12 people
    Adult: $ 150 Children: $ 140
    Available: 24 seats
  • Private Horseback Tour100% Flexible in everything
    Adult: $ 180 Children: $ 170
    Available: 12 seats

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Spanish, English
Departure city: Cusco, Peru
Ends in the city: Cusco, Peru
Group Size: 12 PER GROUP
Availability: Daily Departures
Trip Styles: Horseback Tour
Max Altitude: 4800 M. / 15748 FT.
Lodging Type: Not
Difficulty: Relaxed

Horseback Riding to Upis Lake and the 7 Lakes of Ausangate 1 Day

The tour of the Upis Lake and the 7 lagoons of Ausangate is one of the most complete circuits because you will see 9 colorful lagoons, located at the base of the imposing Ausangate, also considered by the Andean people one of the highest and most important mountains in the Cusco region.
We will ride on horseback and have the best views and live a different experience where you will see herds of alpacas, vicuñas, llamas, chinchillas, and Andean birds in a dream landscape where you will be connected with nature.

The Tour of the 7 Lakes is one of the most beautiful routes in all of the Vilcanota Mountain Range; you’ll stand before the imposing Ausangate, one of the 5 highest snowcaps in Peru. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with the purest of nature and gaze upon a gorgeous place in the Andes of Cusco surrounding these multi-colored lakes.

On top of that, you’ll take a dip in the hot springs of Pacchanta to relax before enjoying a traditional lunch prepared by a local family who will cordially receive us in their home. This is a one-day excursion, within which you’ll discover indigenous communities who still keep their cultures and traditions alive today. Are you ready to live this experience?

This incredible, one-day adventure will start early, leaving Cusco in private transportation toward the community of Pacchanta. There, we’ll be received by a local family who will offer a nutritious, traditional Andean breakfast so that we can start our journey to the 7 Lakes through the Andes Mountain Range. On the way, we’ll enjoy incredible vistas of immense glaciers, including the imposing Ausangate at 6,384 meters (20,945 feet) above sea level.

We’ll start with an uphill hike to the first lake of the circuit known as Comercocha, a name originating from the Quechua language which means “green lake.” Continuing the journey, we’ll pass by other lakes: Patacocha, Azulcocha and China Otorongo, among others. After this hike of about 15 km, we’ll return to the community of Pacchanta to have lunch. If the body asks for it, we’ll take a relaxing swim in the hot springs there before returning to Cusco, finishing off this incomparable experience

Why Take the Horseback Riding to Upis Lake and the 7 Lakes of Ausangate 1 Day?

  • Ride a horse more than 22 km around the snowy Ausangate.
  • See more than 9 lakes in 1 day around Ausangate mountain.
  • Enjoy incredible views of herds of alpacas like in a paradise.
  • Live the experience of enfrenting the hidden wonders of the Andes.
  • Explore one of the most beautiful parts of the Ausangate glacier route in just one day.
  • Immerse yourself in the daily life of the most traditional communities in this area of the Andean heights.
  • Observe the diverse flora and fauna of the region. See alpacas and llamas grazing in their natural habitat.
  • Enjoy a relaxing swim in the hot springs of Pacchanta with one of the most precious views of the Ausangate glacier, the highest and most sacred in the region of Cusco.
  • Traverse the 7 green and turquoise lakes; they’ll make this hike a most unique experience.

DAY 1Cusco, Upis Lake To Ausangate 7 Lakes

Visit places
Upis Lagoon
Ausangate 7 Lakes

Our adventure begins with the pick up from your hotel, then we will travel in our private car for 3 hours to the viewpoint of Upis, where we will have breakfast and then begin the adventure on horseback to Upis Lake for 1 hour, here we will have free time to appreciate the lake and take amazing pictures.

Then we will continue on horseback for 3 hours to the 7 lagoons of Ausangate, during the ride you will have beautiful views of dreamlike landscapes, upon reaching the circuit of the 7 lagoons of Ausangate, we will begin to explore the 7 lagoons of different colors and named for the color that highlight each lagoon.

Then we will ride a flat trail for 2 hours to the town of Pacchanta during the ride you will have views of herds of Alpacas y Llamas grazing freely throughout the landscape, you will also have views of rivers and green valleys.

Arriving at the village of Pacchanta you will have plenty of time to take a relaxing bath in the hot springs.
Then we will have lunch and then board our car back to Cusco for 3 hours, our guide will drop you off at the door of your hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Difficulty:  Relaxed.
  • Horseback Distance:  22 km / 13.67
  • Activity Duration: 8-9 hours exploring
  • Minimum Elevation: 4100 m. / 13451 ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 4800 m. / 15748 ft.
Trip Info
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Before You Go

High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Experienced Guide speaks English and Spanish
  • Medical Kit – First Aid Kit
  • Customer Service 24/7

Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entrance ticket to Ausangate and 7 lakes
  • Entrance ticket to pacchanta hot springs


  • Horses trained to ride for the entire circuit
  • Private transportation from your hotel in Cusco to the start of the trek.
  • Private transportation from the end of the trek to Cusco to your hotel.


  • Meals: 1 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches
  • Meals: vegetarian and vegan
  • Water to drink on the way

Extra inclusions

  • Extra oxygen
  • trekking stick

What Is Not Included?

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff
  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
  • Original Passport
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film with extra batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Daypack

Information Before leaving for the Horseback Riding to Upis Lake and the 7 Lakes of Ausangate 1 Day

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about Horseback Riding Tour to Upis Lake and the 7 Lakes of Ausangate 1 Day in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.Has another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line, and we will get back to you asap!

Briefing or informative meeting

All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the (Peru Hike) offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.

Duffel bag or canvas case:

ou’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and will deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm / 2 ft. Long x 36 cm / 1 ft. Wide.

A maximum of 5 kg is allowed for each duffel bag that includes the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes and other personal items.

Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Storing your luggage at our Office.

Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.


Peru Hike Company can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Group tours:

Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.

Strikes and demonstrations:

Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects:

You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.

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Alexis H

Family Traveller

We did this tour from the community of Upis on horseback and we were really surprised by the views, it is really beautiful, the landscapes surrounded by green valleys and alpacas, the horseback ride is very beautiful since you were discovering this beautiful place in a more peaceful way, I recommend it to everyone .

19 December, 2023
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