Lares Trek and Machu Picchu Trek

Lares Trek and Machu Picchu Trek

From £3,125
Altitude 4,450m Grade: T4

A great alternative to the Inca Trail with a full morning tour of Machu Picchu.

The Lares trek is an excellent alternative to the Inca Trail. Still relatively unknown, this vehicle-supported trek takes you back in time, into a world little changed since the time of the Incas. Each day, as the sun rises over the hill, locals clad in hand woven red ponchos and felt hats, emerge from simple stone cottages to pasture their alpacas in the shadow of Chicon and its shrinking glacier. Our guides have been walking this trail since 2007 and struck up special relationships with the indigenous people with whom you will be able to interact during the trek. As part of this trek, we walk the last section of the main trail to Machu Picchu, km104. On our last day we will have time to explore the fascinating Incan site of Machu Picchu before returning to Cusco.

The Lares Trek will operate with 2 people. The Cusco sightseeing days before the trek are now private tours for Adventure Peaks clients. For the 5 day Lares trek + km104 of the Inca Trail, you will be joining clients from other countries and will be led by a fully qualified local Peruvian guide.

Extensions are offered for this trip - Please go to the Trip Dossier tab.

Weekly dates available from mid-March to December, please contact the office for details. We can also organise private treks on dates to suit you.

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The Ultimate Inca Trail with a full morning tour of Machu Picchu and extra time on 'the trail' staying at quieter campsites.

Dates & Prices

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Flight Inclusive
With Flight
Land Only
With Flight
21st Jun 2024 - 1st Jul 2024 Closed11 £3,125£4,225
2nd Aug 2024 - 12th Aug 2024 Spaces11 £3,125£4,225 Book Now
23rd Aug 2024 - 2nd Sep 2024 Spaces11 £3,125£4,225 Book Now
4th Oct 2024 - 14th Oct 2024 Spaces11 £3,125£4,225 Book Now
8th Nov 2024 - 18th Nov 2024 Spaces11 £3,125£4,225 Book Now
6th Dec 2024 - 16th Dec 2024 Spaces11 £3,125£4,225 Book Now

* A deposit of £400 will be required at checkout.


Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date

Climb Huayna Picchu £95
Lares single supplement £450

* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip

What's Included

  • Estimated International flights from London (flight inclusive package
  • All road transfers in country (unless stated in 'exclusions)
  • Accommodation - 5 nights in hotels, 3 nights camping
  • Meals - 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 evening meals
  • Park fees as appropriate
  • Machu Picchu and other permits
  • Local guides
  • Local trekking staff to assist (cook and driver)
  • All camping equipment (excl. personal kit)
  • Adventure Peaks kitbag. A logoed top will be substituted for returning customers and non-UK clients
  • 24hr back-up and support from our UK staff
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchases from Adventure Peaks shop

What's Excluded

  • Travel to and from UK airport
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals if not indicated in 'inclusions'
  • Personal equipment
  • Drinks and personal spending
  • Tips for local staff
  • Visas (if required)
  • Museum and monument entry fees


Day 1 Depart UK.

Day 2 On arrival from your spectacular flight along the Andes to Cusco, we transfer you to your hotel and start acclimatising to the rarefied air of this beautiful city (3326m). In the afternoon, we take a short walking tour of the centre of Cusco to familiarise you with the main sights, restaurants and a chance to stretch your legs and experience hiking at 3300m. At a convenient time you guide will arrange a full briefing for the days ahead.

Day 3 From Cusco we visit the water temple of Tambo Machay, the “Red Fort” of Pucara, the mysterious engraved  Huaca of Quenko and the impressive Sacsayhuaman, With a private expert guide and private transport, this is the best way to see the outlying Cusco ruins in just a half a day.

Day 4 The hike starts at the fascinating circular ruins of Moray. While some think it was a landing pad for alien spaceships, more likely is that the Incas built this as an experimental agricultural centre. Concentric circular terraces allowed them to simulate different facing slopes and different growing temperatures to see what crops would grow where. With a homemade picnic along the way you hike on down, past the spectacular salt pans of Maras to end in the Sacred Valley.

Day 5 A scenic two hour drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes you to the start of your trek, at the small village of Totora. You follow an ancient Inca trail into a narrow canyon, where Inca tombs perch in the cliffs. Emerging from the canyon you pass through tiny rural communities before emerging to a delicious picnic lunch. Your bus then takes you to the small and very traditional community of Quishuarani, your camp for the night

Day 6 This is a stunning day hiking. You leave camp behind and climb towards the native forests that our Peruvian colleagues has been heavily involved in re-planting. These forests harbour Andean deer, vizcachas and several rare species of birds and are essential to the future of this area. A further push and you reach the stunning views from your highest pass of the trek, the Huchayccasa pass (4450m). A chain of emerald blue lakes fills the hillside below you, and in the distance rise the snow clad Urubamba Mountains. Descending through hand turned potato fields you come to the ancient community of Cuncani at (3800m). Fuelled by a hearty lunch you carry on along the valley floor to reach the once notorious village of Huacahuasi. Once home to bandits and cattle rustlers it is now a peaceful place to spend the night. You are likely to be visited by local women selling the hand woven textiles for which the area is famous and entertained by the cheery local children who accompany you as you walk.

Day 7 Another great day awaits you. This is a day filled with encounters with locals. Strong legged men head off to work in the potato fields, wooden ploughs slung over their shoulder. Rough handed women sit; legs outstretched weaving their traditional clothes on wooden looms, and small children sit motionless guarding herds of alpaca and llama, their ever faithful dog by their side. From camp you begin the ascent towards the final pass. Lying at 4200m the Ipsaycocha pass marks the border between Lares and the Patacancha Valley. You start gently and then climb one final steep section to gain the summit. If you are lucky, you will have spectacular views of Mount Veronica. You take lunch by the beautiful Ipsay Lake then follow an ancient trail to the Patacancha Valley and your final camp

Day 8 You start with a short but sharp climb to the impressive and little known ruins of Pumamarca. After visiting this extensive site, you take an Inca trail along old terraces, before winding your way through eucalyptus forests to the renowned ruins of Ollantaytambo. Enjoy lunch before exploring this charming village. This was the site of the last battle between the Incas and Spanish before the remaining Inca rebels fled into the jungles of Vilcabamba. The presence of the Incas is still evident, with most houses still containing Inca stonework and the local women still washing their clothes in the old Inca canals that run through the village. Late afternoon you catch the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo (used to be called Aguas Callientes) and your hotel for the night.

Day 9 Returning first thing in the morning we have Machu Picchu virtually to ourselves for a full guided tour, with time to climb Huayna Picchu (due to permit restrictions, please let us know when booking if you want to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain)  or else just wander through the ruins, soaking up the amazing atmosphere. In the afternoon, we board the train for an exhilarating ride along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here our waiting bus whisks us back to Cusco and our hotel. Then if we have the energy we can explore Cusco’s excellent nightlife.

Day 10 Today, we transfer to Cusco airport in time for your internal and international flights home.

Day 11 Arrive home.


It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

Adventure Peaks partners with Global Rescue to offer the world’s leading travel protection services. Medical and security emergencies happen. When they do, we rely on Global Rescue to provide our clients with medical, security, travel risk and crisis response services. Without a membership, an emergency evacuation could cost over $100,000. More than one million members trust Global Rescue to get them home safely when the unexpected happens. We highly recommend our clients enroll with Global Rescue, in particular for peaks over 7000m:

We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

Expeditions and Treks under 7000m - Campbell Irvine Direct :

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK) Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler: Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
J S Insurance: Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard: Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.: Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag: Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK): Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins: Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International: Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: (Australian clients)

You do not have to use any of the above, but if you make your own insurance arrangements documentary evidence of your own policy is required.

Please forward the details of your Insurance as soon as you have it: we need the insurance company’s name, their 24 hour emergency telephone number and your insurance policy number –


Martin T · 7 years ago ·

Well managed and professionally carried out...Jimmy [the guide] was professional and very informed. Local knowledge was exceptional. He is passionate about his country and his people...just brilliant...the trip was all fantastic.

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