Hike to Ausangate red lake with Choquequirao Expeditions in 1 day; this is our new great alternative hike in Cusco for those looking for a great adventure; you will enjoy a unique chocolate color lake in addiction the majestic Ausangate Mountain.
This is the shortest route to the red lake; however, if you are thinking of hiking Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain too, we highly recommend our 2-day Ausangate Red Lake to Rainbow Mountain tour. You will camp near Vinicunca rainbow mountain, and you will be the first one at the rainbow mountain before the crowds.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (3:30am – 4:00am).
Ausangate Red Lake Tour – 1 Day highlights:
We recommend you be in Cusco at least 2 days before your trek to be acclimatized to Cusco’s altitude so that you won’t have a problem during the tour.
Choquequirao Expeditions is a direct local tour operator in Cusco – Peru; we never share our tours with other companies as most of them do to minimize operating costs. We don’t work with intermediaries or have hidden prices; we have the best local guides and professionals. We guarantee that your travel expenditures will support the local economy, and improve the lives of local Peruvians, due to the simple reason we are a local business!
At the agreed time, we will come and pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, we will drive towards the Ausangate mountain, in three hours we will arrive at Huchuy Phynaya, which is the starting point for this fantastic hike. We will enjoy our breakfast before walking towards this red lake and start walking to the Red Lake of Ausangate; it will take us about 2 hours to reach it.
We will enjoy a hike with gratifying views of the snowy landscape and wildlife of the Peruvian Andes. You will also be part of the lifestyle of those Andean men who still practice the ancient traditions of the Incas. The villages around Ausangate are one of the few communities of shepherds and breeders of llamas and alpacas left in the world. Do not miss the opportunity to take pictures with them and their colorful camelids.
Upon arrival, we will have beautiful pics of this lake and free time to explore around; our tour leader will continuously explain the importance of the mountains and the reason for the red color of the lake, which will be interesting to learn.
Finally, we return to the starting point, where we will have our lunch, and then our driver will take us back to Cusco. Our tour will end with the drop-off at your hotel between 6 and 7 p. m.
Maximum Altitude: 4.780 m.
Food: Breakfast & lunch.
Distance of walking: 12 Km.
Highlights: Ausangate Mountain, Red Lake, Vino Cocha.
We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.
Our Ausangate Red Lake Tour – 1 Day private service, includes additional items such as:
We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.
We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.
We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
What if I suffer from altitude sickness?
Our tour guide is professional; he will treat you accordingly with the oxygen tank; we always provide an oxygen tank for this tour.
What is the altitude of the Ausangate red lake?
The red lake of Ausangate is located over 4780 m.a.s.l
When is the best time to go to Ausangate red lake?
Best season: Dry season (May to October)
Is there a horse rental?
If you have trouble walking on this trek, we recommend you rent a horse (there are horses at the starting point); however, horses will only take you to the uphill section, not on downhills, since there is a risk to fall off from the horse.