LARES VALLEY TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU 4D/3N

CUZCO - KISWARANI - PUMAHUANCA - OLLANTAYTAMBO - MACHU PICCHU

  • Duration
  • 4days
  • High Light
  • culture, nature and adventure
  • Level
  • moderate to strenuous

A very practical alternative route for those adventure lovers who do not have much time, but, want to experience being in contact with the mountains at high elevations and drastic changes of flora and fauna, as well as going along farming communities to learn about their lifestyle, not following the same bitten path of dozens of tour groups going in one direction and destination.

DAY 1: CUZCO - KISWARANI - CUNCANI
DAY 2: CUNCANI - PUMAWANCA
DAY 3: PUMA HUANCA - OLLANTAYTAMBO - MACHU PICCHU
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO

Total walking distance: ……………………………………14 miles - 22 km
Maximum altitude point: …………………………………..15410 ft - 4670 m
Highest campsite: …………………………………………13530 ft - 4100 m
Highest lunch spot:   ………………………………………13860 ft - 4200 m

Temperature: ………………………………………….……Min (2°C) - Max(20°C)

ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUZCO - KISWARANI - CUNCANI

You leave the hotel early in the morning to be transported in three hours to the small farming community of Kiswarani (12540 ft / 3800 m), starting point of the hike. The path starts to rise for about three hours to the first mountain pass called Willkijasa (14256 ft / 4320 m), from up there you get to see snow capped mountains and many turquoise color lakes, the downhill to camp will take two hours and half, on the way down you will see herds of llamas and alpacas grazing on the green grass of the mountains. The Camping spot is located in the rural community of Cuncani (12705 ft / 3850 m).

Overnight    :  Campsite at Kiswarani
Meals          :  Lunch, afternoon tea, dinner

DAY 2: CUNCANI - PUMAWANCA

Today is the hardest and longest day of the entire hike, so you will get up early morning to start the walk before the sun comes out over the mountains.
The walk in the first five hour uphill part goes through mountains, streams and lakes to the second mountain pass called Sicllajasa or The Condor Pass (15411 ft / 4670 m), from here you can see the Sacred Valley in the distance. You will have lunch after the pass. In the afternoon you hike down for two hours to camp through a forest of native Peruvian Andean Trees (Polylepis P.) found over (13200 ft / 4000 m). The campsite is located in a lovely site in the Pumahuanca valley and it is surrounded by forest and it is next to a stream which water comes from the glaciers.

Overnight    :  Campsite at Pumawanca
Meals          :  Breakfast, Lunch, afternoon tea, dinner

DAY 3: PUMAWUANCA - OLLANTAYTAMBO - MACHU PICCHU

Today you walk for four hours along the Puma Huanca valley descending to the town of Urubamba (9570 ft / 2900 m) in the Sacred Valley. The bus waits for you at that point to transport us to Ollantaytambo train station to take the train for an hour and a half towards Aguas Calientes (6600 ft / 2000 m) where you spend the night in a hotel.

Overnight     :  Hotel in Machu Picchu on your own
Note             :  Please request us a recommended hotel list, so we can book the one you like)
Meals           :  Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO

We recommend you to wake up very early to enjoy the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Today you will visit Machu Picchu on a tour given by your Lares Trek guide, and later opt to hike up the mountain known as Huayna Picchu (which appears in all the classic photographs of Machu Picchu). Other options include the thirty-minute hike to the Inca drawbridge. In the evening you will board the train back to Cuzco.

Overnight    :  None
Meals          :  None

OUR PRICE INCLUDES:

  • A licensed professional English speaking tour guide, who will visit you at the hotel to give you a pre departure briefing
  • Duffle bag during the whole period of the trail to take all your personal staff, with no maximum weight per person
  • Collection from your hotel and transfer via private transport to Kiswarani (starting point of the trail)
  • A spacious three person tent to be used for each two people
  • A sleeping bag during the whole itinerary
  • An inflatable mattress
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Cooking tent
  • A toilet tent and portable toilet with bio chemical waste bags
  • A chef and assistant chef to cook healthy and hearty meals during the whole itinerary with fresh ingredients
  • Horsemen and horses to carry the camping equipment, cooking equipment and food
  • Accommodation for our team of workers
  • Meals described in our program itinerary
  • Snacks, everyday alter breakfast
  • Boiled cool drinking water during the whole itinerary (morning, afternoon, night)
  • First Aid medical Kit and emergency Oxygen Tank
  • Private transport from Urubamba to Ollantaytambo
  • Vistadome service round trip train ticket Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes (day 04)
  • Private transportation from Ollantaytambo station to Cusco.

OUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • First day breakfast
  • Last day lunch
  • Third day Dinner
  • Entrance to Hot Springs
  • Tips
  • All what is not specified in what the program includes

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO BRING:

  • Thermal clothing, it turns very cold alter nightfall all year round
  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots water proof
  • Sandals or slippers, to walk more comfortably at the camps sites
  • Hat for cold and Cap for the sun or it can be used during rainy days, too
  • Sleeping bag
  • Convertible pants or zip-off pants
  • Long johns
  • Sun glasses
  • A towel
  • Swim suit, you may want to go to the hot spring in Aguas Calientes town
  • Sun cream
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Snacks, we recommend to bring power bars
  • Original passport which will be used to board the trains
  • Flash light with extra batteries
  • Camera with extra batteries, batteries lose charge easy in cold weather conditions
  • A canteen, one you can use throughout the journey, so do not use plastic bottles of water that can be easily discarded. We recommend Nalgene or Camel Back bottle.
  • Cash money, Soles or US Dollars
  • Walking poles that will allow you to walk with the body upright and do not exert much pressure on your knees on downhill
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