Lares Trek to Machu Picchu - 4 Days

Truly an escape into magical landscapes

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu - 4 Days

Truly an escape into magical landscapes

One of the more remote routes to Machu Picchu, this trek offers amazing mountain vistas, and provides a real look into remote mountain cultures and traditions of the Andean people.

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Trip Itinerary


Distance: 7 km / 4.3 mi
Elevation: 3850 m / 12,631 ft
Hiking Time: 3 hours

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and get an early start before the 1.5-hour drive to Huran. A steep three-hour climb brings us to the isolated community of Cancha Cancha, where a lack of modern amenities make the mountain views and nighttime sky even more spectacular. Many hikers school supplies or small trinkets to pass out to children in this traditional Andean community.


Distance: 14 km / 8.7 mi
Elevation: 4650 m / 15,256 ft
Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

On our hardest day of the trek, we will traverse Huacahuasi pass, the highest point on the journey at 15,420 ft enjoying exceptional views of the Peruvian Andes. The four-hour uphill climb is accompanied by rugged valleys, rolling farmland, and steep glaciers. A stop for lunch at a glacial lake provides the perfect photo opportunity before we begin the descent toward our second campsite near the village of Mantanay.


Hiking Time:

After a gourmet breakfast provided the chef, we descend through the Yanahuara valley for about 3 hours. Today, you will see a multitude of corn and potato farms, and your guide will explain the importance these crops serve to the Andean community. Upon arrival to Ollantaytambo, we will board the train to Aguas Calientes where we will check into our accommodation for the evening.


Elevation: 2430 m / 7,972 ft

Today is the most magical day of your journey. Depending on your entrance time to Machu Picchu your guide will help you determine the best time to wake up for your tour. If you have the early entrance you will wake up around 4am to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu and see the sun rise over the ruins. If you have a later entrance you will be able to enjoy a it more sleep before taking the bus up to the ruins (entrance times will be assigned to you depending on how far in advance you book). Your guide will take about 2 hours explaining the highlights of Machu Picchu and the beautiful sites. Afterwards, if you have booked the option to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain you will have time for your hike and have free time to walk the ruins on your own. In the afternoon, you will get back on the bus and head to Aguas Calientes town. You will then board the train back to Ollantaytambo, where a private van will be waiting for your ride back to Cusco arriving between 6-8pm.

Additional Trip Info

  • Private transportation to and from your hotel in Cusco
  • All meals/drinks prepared by private cook
  • Coca tea served each morning in your tent
  • Boiled water and snacks
  • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking guide
  • All gear and camping supplies
  • Large Dining tent, table, stools, all cutlery, and kitchen tent
  • Portable toilet
  • Horseman/Pack horses to carry all of the gear
  • Duffel bag for you to pack your personal belongings into
  • Fees to access private land
  • First Aid kit including oxygen tank
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes- La Cabaña or similar
  • Train to Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance into Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour of the ruins
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Train back to Ollantaytambo at the end of your journey and the private transportation to your hotel

  • First day breakfast
  • Last day Lunch/ dunner
  • Trekking poles
  • Entrance in to Huayna Picchu (optional hike inside Machu Picchu)
  • Gratuity
  • Travel Insurance - We recommend  World Nomads, or Global Rescue


1st Layer:

  • Underware
  • Long sleeved Thermal Shirt
  • Thermal form- fitting pants

2nd Layer:

  • Polar Fleece
  • Trekking pants
  • Thick socks

3rd Layer:

  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof pants (optional)
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Scarf
  • Cold weather Hat
  • Gloves
  • Buff/ handkerchief
  • Sun hat


  • Backpack 20-30 L
  • Waterproof cover for backpack
  • Trekking shoes (waterproof and firm)
  • Sport shoes/ sandals for campsites
  • Camping pillow
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sturdy water bottle
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp
  • Plastic bags for wet items
  • Toiletry kit (toothbrush, wet wipes, etc)
  • Swimsuit/ towel
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended)
  • Sunscreen lip protector
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent


  • Personal Medications
  • Motion sickness tablets for van ride
  • Camera/ Extra battery
  • Personal snacks
  • Hand warmers (optional)
  • Leisure book for evenings
  • Cash and small coins


Weather in the Andes can be unpredictable ranging from hot and sunny to rain, wind and cold. Hikers should be prepared with proper gear and be ready for variable weather conditions throughout the day. Small changes in the itinerary are a possibility as well as trip cancellations due to bad weather. We reserve the right to cancel a trip prior to departing Cusco if we feel conditions are unsafe. If this happens you will be refunded your deposit in full, or have the opportunity to reschedule, however trips still depart when there is rain, snow or fog and refunds are not granted due to poor weather conditions. Temperatures can range from 0 degrees Celsius in the morning to 15 degrees Celsius in the afternoon. The sun can get intense in the afternoon and we highly recommend bringing sun protection.


Our treks take place anywhere from 10,000 feet up to 17,000 feet. It is essential to spend 2-3 days minimum in the Cusco region or similar elevation prior to taking any trek with us. We recommend staying well hydrated while you are in elevation and to get plenty of rest prior to your trek. FlashpackerConnect is not responsible if you get altitude sickness. Please consult your doctor is you are concerned with the altitude.


Our guides and staff are paid on a per trip basis based on the number of days they spend on the trail. While tipping is not required, it is a common practice in Latin America. If you feel your guide, and crew went above and beyond to make your trip special gratuity is greatly appreciated. A common tip is 10-15% of your total trip cost


We recommend booking 3-4 months prior to ensure availability. If your dates are flexible we can take reservations on short notice, however our treks tend to book out as we keep our group sizes very small. In order to book we send out an invoice for deposit via PayPal, and your final payment is due at least 30 days prior to your trip departure date.


Our treks depart everyday upon request with a minimum of 2 guests (Solo travelers can be matched up with existing groups)


We take pride in preparing a wonderful variety of food throughout your trek. You will always be served local Peruvian style dishes in a family style manner and you will never go hungry. We can cater to any dietary needs, but ask that you notify us of your request at the time of booking. If we are not informed during your booking we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate.

First Aid

Trekking in the Andes and in high altitude can be dangerous and because of this our staff always carries a proper first aid kit along with emergency oxygen for our guests to use if they are feeling ill.


All accommodation on multi-day treks is tent camping. We bring quality 4 person tents but sleep a maximum of 2 persons to each tent. For tours that require hotels, accommodation is based on double or triple occupancy. Solo travelers will be matched with another guest of the same gender unless a single supplement is paid.

Group Sizes

Our treks depart everyday with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 8 guests. We can also accommodate private trips and large group trips. Group pricing is available if your group is 4 or more people.


Travel protection is essential for your peace of mind and safety throughout the trip. Unexpected medical emergencies or illnesses prior to or during your trip could make you lose pre-paid, non-refundable payments. Emergency medical transport and air ambulances in remote locations can be extremely expensive and will probably not be covered by your medical health plan so it is compulsory that you purchase personal adequate travel insurance which is appropriate for your trip. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, air ambulance, loss of effects, repatriation costs and all other expenses which may arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience during your trip. We also suggest you purchase cancellation and curtailment insurance. When obtaining travel insurance, you must inform the insurer of the type of travel to be undertaken, especially when "adventure activities" are included in your trip. There are several insurance companies offering travel protection plans available for purchase online.

Visiting Machu Picchu

We suggest booking activities such as Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley prior to trekking the Rainbow Mountain. This will allow for proper acclamation, and prevent altitude sickness. Check out our tour packages linking the Rainbow Mountain hike with Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. If you are wanting a longer trek check out our Ausangate trek+ Rainbow mountain we offer 2,4 and 6 days options.

The Lares Valley trek is an ideal alternative for hikers looking to find breathtaking views without the crowds of other routes to Machu Picchu. The 4 day trek, which ends with a visit to the hidden archeological wonder of Machu Picchu, passes through small villages of the Lares Valley that have remained mostly unchanged for 500 years. Interacting with traditional Andean locals is one of the favorite reasons for choosing this trek, however the lush valleys, crystal clear lakes, and breathtaking passes among the snow-capped Andes will make this a trip to remember.

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