Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days

lares trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days

The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the alternative treks available to the Machu Picchu Inca site. Along this route you will be spoilt with amazing views of native forests, crystal lakes and the Peruvian Andes. You will get the chance to meet the local Quechua people of Cuncany village, see native animals such as llamas and alpacas and sleep under the starriest skies. The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu has been specially designed for people who could not book the oversubscribed Inca Trail Peru and as a result offers a less crowded and more authentic, peaceful trekking experience.

This Lares hike 4 days is a perfect alternative route to get into the beautiful site of Machu Picchu passing through the unique and spectacular landscape of Urubamba mountain range and sacred snow peaks of Colque Cruz which are still worshipped as gods for the Quechua people.

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – Highlights

  • Amazing views of Colque Cruz peak
  • Amazing mountain ranges of Urubamba, beautiful cloud forest and lush vegetation
  • Amazing lakes of grassland
  • Llamas and alpacas
  • History and cultural immersion
  • Beautiful streams and cascades
  • Flora and fauna
  • Delicious food and traditional cuisine
  • Amazing wonder of the Lares Trek and MACHU PICCHU


Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – Sumary

  • Trip style: Adventures, History and Cultural Immersion
  • Length: Lares Trek 4 days/ 3 nights
  • Frequency: All Year Round
  • Group: 2 persons min, max 10 persons
  • Fhysical grading: Moderate, Challenging
  • Total distance hiked: 37 km /23miles
  • Beginning altitude: 3,200 m /10,100 ft
  • Maximun altitude: 4,870 m /15,725ft

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu  – Itinerary

  • Day 1: Cusco – Lares town – Hot Springs – Cuncani (Meals: L/D)
  • Day 2: Cuncany – Paqchayoc (Meals: B/L/D)
  • Day 3: Paqchayoc – Pumahuanca (Meals: B/L/D)
  • Day 4: Machu Picchu Wonder of the World – Cusco (Meals: B/ D)

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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – Detailed Itinerary

Lares trek briefing with the local guide.

Our briefing for the adventure will take place 1 or 2 days before the hike. Our local guide from the Cusco region will meet you at your hotel where youcan find out any information about the trek you may be unclear about.

Day 1: Cusco – Quishuarani – Cuncani

LaresWe will pick you up from your hotel at 5.30 am in our private tour bus and drive for approximately three hours to reach Lares town, the starting point of Lares Trek to Machu Picchu. This hike combines beautiful views of local Quechua villages, deep valleys and scenic lakes, The Lares Trek will begin at a leisurely pace with a 3 hour uphill hike to our first summit of cuncani pass from there we will spoil colque Cruz mountain and cristal lakes  below.After all those views we keep going downhill for 1 hrs to our lunch spot at yanacocha at an elevation of about 4000 m. After lunch we will continue along the mountain path downwards for another 1:30minutes stopping to take in the beautiful vistas and meet the local children. At approximately 5 pm we reach our campsite for the night, a small community run site in the remote village of Cuncani (elevation approx. 3800 m). After having a hearty dinner we will settle into our tents for the night to get some much needed sleep ahead of the following day’s early start.

  • STARTING ELEVATIOn: 3224 m / 10,853 ft
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION: 3800 m/ 13,853 ft
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast

Day 2: Cuncani – Sicllacasa – Paqchaq

Lares trekThe second day of The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu starts with an early morning wake up call at 5 am with a hot cup of coca tea followed by a filling breakfast to prepare for the day’s trekking. We set out from the foothills of the Sicllaccasa Mountain following highland trails for approximately three hours. As we traverse along the edge of spectacular mountain ridge paths we will take in the snowy mountain peaks of the Chicon mountain taking a rest next to a stunning crystal clear aquamarine mountain lake to enjoy a refueling snack. We then continue climbing upwards until we reach the Lares Trek summit of the Sicllaccasa Mountain at 4800 m, where we will stop to enjoy the incredible scenery and take advantage of this spectacular photo opportunity. We then make a short 2 km descent past mossy green mountainside and a frozen waterfall to our lunch spot. After a hearty lunch we will follow the stream downwards for another three hours until we reach out campsite. We will then enjoy a dinner together before retiring to our tents for a well earned night sleep.

  • WALKING DISTANCE: 10 hours
  • STARTING ELEVATIOn: 3800 m / 13,853 ft
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION: 4800 m/ 15,231 ft
  • DIFFICULTY: Challenging
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Paqchaq – Pumahuanca – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Lares valley
We wake at 6am, enjoying a lovely warm cup of coca tea and our breakfast before packing up and heading out for our last day’s adventure of The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu. We descend into the valley for approximately four hours following the stream, wandering past llamas, meeting local Quechua people and exploring Incan ruins along the way. We will reach our lunch spot at a fish farm in the town of Pumahuanca, where we will say farewell and have the opportunity to thank the fantastic porters of The lares Trek to Machu Picchu. After a satisfying lunch and a quick siesta in the sun we will take a private tour bus back to Ollantaytambo train station. From there we will continue by train along a picturesque route to Aguas Calientes town, where we check into our hotels and enjoy a final group dinner together.

  • STARTING ELEVATION: 3615 m / 11,853 ft
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION: 2815 m/ 8231 ft
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Machupicchu inca site
We wake early to catch a bus up to The Machu Picchu Inca site where we will have the chance to enjoy sunrise and experience the wonder of Machu Picchu in the morning light. You will enjoy a two hour tour from a local guide around this astonishing archeological site and then enjoy some free time to explore it further by yourself. During this time you may also opt to hike up to the Sun Gate, to the top of Huayna Picchu Mountain or to the top of Macchu Picchu Mountain, the iconic mountain peaks that surround the site of Machu Picchu. After we will return to Machu Picchu Town by bus from where we catch our train to Ollantaytambo and then onwards private bus transportation back to Cusco. You will be dropped off at your hotel at approximately 6pm.

  • STARTING ELEVATION: 2115 m / 6853 ft
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION: 2400 m/ 7231 ft
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast


The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu Includes :

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide for The Lares Trek
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Chef and Assistant Chef
  • Horseman
  • Mules to carry 7 kg of your personal items
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Private bus from your Hotel to Lares Valley
  • Train to Machu Picchu Town
  • Train back to Ollantaytambo
  • Private bus from Ollantaymbo to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the Lares Trek when you need to bring your own)
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • Kitchen tent and Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

Not Included in the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

  • Entrance fees to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain (we can make the reservation you need to add USD $25 to the original price)
  • Last Lunch in Machu Picchu
  • Shopping
  • Tips for the crew
  • Sleeping bag $20
  • Walking poles $15
  • Air mattres $15

You need to take on the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be rented from us : US$20.00)
  • Hiking poles (Can be rented from us : US$B15.00)
  • Air mattress (Can be rented from us : US$ 20.00)
  • Lunch and dinner on Day 4
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.

Packing List for Lares Trek

  • Original Passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • 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

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Lares Trek – Prices

Group Service

  • 2017 – Price per person  US$600.00 (adults)

Private Group Price

  • 2017 – Price per person US$650.00 ( adults)

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).


  • Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
  • Under 18’s Discount: US$20

Optional upgrade:

  • Sleeping Bag US$20
  • Walking Pole US$15
  • Inflatable Mattress US$20
  • Single Tent Supplement US$35

Optional upgrade (Need to book in advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing:  USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes – Cusco: USD 50.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Dependent on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance)

How to book (Group or Private Service):

You can either book by emailing us or by using the Booking form provided on this site.

By e-mail:

Send us your main Departure date and back up date: By providing us with a main date and a back up date for your Lares Trek (Classic Inca Trail, Short Inca Trail, Salkantay Trek, Ancascocha Peru Trek, Cachicata Hike, etc.) Andean Path Travel will reply to your e-mail automatically.

Send us your Personal Details for Booking: 

  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Date of Birth

Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid ISIC card. It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Inca Trail / Alternative trek (you will need to show the real ISIC card upon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).


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Payment of deposit amount is:

  • US$ 200 per person for the Lares Trek Machu Picchu
  • NOTE: If you want to climb to Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain let us know in advence please because they allow only 400 peaples for both mountains and also you need add on top Price

US$ 25.00 for Huayna Picchu or Machu picchu Mountain

There are 2 time sessions:

  • First group of 200 hikers is from 7 – 8 am
  • Second group of 200 hikers is from 10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified, although you need to be flexible to either time.

Payment of the deposit can be made through 1 following options:


  • We accept deposits through PayPal.The Paypal deposit is US $200 dollars per person. Paypal charges a fee of 6%, so the deposit will actually be US $212 dollars per person. The Paypal fee does not count toward the final Lares Trek price. Through Paypal you will send the deposit to

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