Classic Lares Trek Peru 4D

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Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Availability : Every Day
Depart: Huaran
Destination: Lares
Difficulty : ★★★ Moderate
Adventure : ★★ A little bit different
Min Age : 8
Max People : 12

Classic Lares Trek Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in local Andean culture
  • Marvel at stunning alpine lakes, mountain vistas, waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife
  • Does not include Machu Picchu, but you can add a Machu Picchu extension

About the 4-day Lares Trek

On this classic 4-day Lares trek Peru, you’ll hike past stone houses with thatched roofs, children tending herds of llamas and alpacas, and women in colorful traditional dress spinning yarn, hiking along some of the same trails and paths that the locals use every day.

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Step back in time and experience a living Inca culture! The lifestyle in the remote Andean communities on this Lares trek Peru is largely unchanged since Inca times, and on this route you will get to witness it first-hand.

The Classic Lares route starts in the heart of the Sacred Valley. After travelling about an hour and a half by car we reach Huaran, the Lares trek trailhead. From here, the trail heads up into the highlands. Over the next two days, we pass a series of stunning glacial lakes and two high passes. We’ll also trek through a number of traditional Andean villages, including Cancha Cancha, Quishuarani and Cuncani. On Day 3 we end up at the Lares hot springs for an enjoyable soak to rest our weary muscles!

This Lares trek does not include Machu Picchu. You can add on a Machu Picchu Trek Extension, or try our 4 day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu. There are also loads of opportunities for immersive cultural experiences, from an optional homestay in Chaullacocha to a pre-trek weaving tour.

How are Apus Peru's Lares Treks Unique?

Our multiple Lares trek routes are different than the norm, getting you off the beaten track. We have worked in community development in the Lares Valley communities since 2007, including supporting the local school. As a result, we have a very close relationship with the people there, many of whom work as part of our trek staff, from porters to cooks to muleteers.

Apus Peru’s sister non-profit organization, Threads of Peru, also works with the weavers of Chaullacocha. Travelers who hike many of Apus Peru’s Lares Valley Treks often get a chance to visit the school and the weaving association – this is a totally different experience than the average Lares trek!


Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private trek, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

2 people


4-6 people


7-8 people


9-12 people


High quality personalized experience

Unique, off-the-beaten track routes

Experienced staff

Verified sustainability practices

$20 of every trek donated to Threads of Peru

Important Details About the Trek

What is Included?

  • Pre-trek briefing
  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of your 4D Classic Lares Trek Peru trek departure
  • Private transport from Cusco to the trailhead and return at the end of the trek
  • Entrance to the Lares hot springs
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide, plus an assistant guide for groups over 8
  • Tent: 2 people in a 4-person tent, allowing for greater comfort and backpack storage!
  • Basic foam mattress. If you would like greater comfort during the trek we can rent you an inflatable mattress. See Optional Extras & Upgrades below.
  • Cook and cooking equipment, plus assistants for larger groups.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary. Our professional cooks prepare a combination of traditional Peruvian and Western cuisine. Talk to your guide if you have certain preferences! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. When served, salads are washed in boiled water.
  • Toilet tent
  • Horses and horsemen, who carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7kg/15lbs per person).
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if you are a little slower
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs, and kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
  • Tents, sleeping bags and mattresses for our staff to sleep in, plus a budget for their meals
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

What is Not Included?

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night
  • Sleeping bags. Available for rent if you don’t have one with you.
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Additional horses for your personal luggage

You Should Bring

Optional Extras & Upgrades

    We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trek and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.

    • Llamas to carry your own things. Note that this traditional Inca beast of burden can only carry about 7kg. The cost of hiring llamas includes a small group of 3-4 llamas and a llamero (llama driver)
    • Extra horse to carry luggage exceeding the allowed 7kg (15lbs) per person
    • Extra horse for you to ride, and horseman to lead it
    • Sleeping Bag suitable for -5˚C
    • Deluxe sleeping bag suitable for -15˚C
    • Light-weight aluminum walking stick. Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
    • Thermarest inflatable mattress
    • Thermarest inflatable pillow
    • Single-occupancy tent supplement
    • Comfort Camping Upgrade
    • Combine with a Machu Picchu Trek Extension
    • Add an extra day at the beginning of your trek and enjoy an even more culturally immersive experience with our 1D Huaran Weaving & Eco Tour


    • When calculating the cost of renting equipment, calculate using the length of the entire trip, not just the number of trekking days.
    • Please be careful with rented equipment! You are responsible for the cost of replacement if something is damaged or broken.
    • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.

Available Discounts


  • Students: USD $30 off, in certain circumstances. Please enquire for details about eligibility.
  • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 5-11 years: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 0-4 years: Free. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group. This discount does not apply to train fares. Children under 2 will not be considered to occupy a seat on any train or bus, and instead must ride on a parent’s lap.
  • 5% off a day tour listed price when you also book a 3-day or longer trek operated by Apus Peru

Trekkers Wanted

    Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone! Read More about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Important Info

  • Each guide has their own preferred route and so the route you trek might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
  • The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group, and the guide may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.
  • On the Classic Lares Trek Peru you will be visiting remote, high-altitude villages. Conditions are harsh and you should be prepared for extremely cold, rustic conditions.
  • This is a great trek for its opportunities to interact with local community members – a genuine and very memorable Andean cultural experience!
  • The Classic Lares Trek Peru is a great wet season trek! If you want to trek anytime between December and March, read more about our Wet Season Trekking.

Ready to Book?

  • Does this trek sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
  • Travel insurance is a must! World Nomads offers travel insurance for adventure activities.

4-Day Classic Lares Trek Itinerary

Day 1Huaran - Cancha Cancha

    After picking you up from your hotel in the early morning, we leave Cusco behind and head to the Sacred Valley in order to start our Classic 4-day Lares Trek Peru. You’ll be left breathless as we come around a corner and you catch your first glimpse of this verdant valley, and the impressive Urubamba mountain range towering above it. After passing through Pisac, we head to Huaran where we will start our hike. We will follow a small river up through the mountain corridor, passing pretty farmland along the way. After about 4 hours, we will reach the traditional Quechua community of Cancha Cancha (3800m / 12,467ft), a highland plain scattered with stone houses. After passing the village, we will set up camp for the night, surrounded by imposing peaks.

    Interested in an even more culturally-immersive experience? Check out our 1D Huaran Weaving & Eco Tour to add an extra day at the beginning of your Classic Lares Trek Peru!

    Total Walking Distance – 11km
    Total Walking Time – 4h
    Minimum Altitude – 2900m / 9514ft / Maximum Altitude – 4000m / 13,123ft
    Altitude of camp – 4000m / 13,123ft
    Approx. night temperature – -8°C

Day 2Cancha Cancha - Quishuarani

    This morning, we start our hike passing the Upper Cancha Cancha village where children can sometimes be seen tending their herds of llamas. After a climb, we reach two brilliant glacial lakes: Suirococha and Yuraccocha. It’s not uncommon to see several bird species here, including the Andean ibis and Andean goose. From here, the trail climbs steeply upwards for about 2.5h to the first pass, Pachacutec (4700m / 15,419ft). Near the top, we are rewarded with views of the snow-capped peaks of Pitusiray (5750m / 18,864ft) and Chicon (5500m / 18,044ft).

    The path then continues for about an hour along a narrow, barren ridge before dropping down into a beautiful secluded corrie filled with glacial lakes, an area rich in bird-life. We follow a series of nine cascading waterfalls to the village of Quishuarani (3700 m / 12,139ft), where we will camp for the night.

    Total Walking Distance – 13km
    Total Walking Time – 7hs
    Minimum Altitude – 3700 m / 12,139ft / Maximum Altitude – 4700m / 15,419ft
    Altitude of camp – 3700 m / 12,139ft
    Approx. night temperature – -1°C

Day 3Quishuarani - Cuncani - Lares Hot Springs

    We will start early today and walk for about 3h, heading west up a small valley until we arrive at a lake and start a steep zig-zag climb up a narrow trail to the top of the second pass, known as the Abra Huillquijasa (4450m / 14,599ft). From the pass, we’ll feast our eyes on the incredible sapphire blue lakes below. We will continue on for about an hour to the village of Cuncani (3800m / 12,467ft), where we will have lunch. After lunch, we will descend around 2.5 to 3 hours towards the town of Lares (3100 m / 10,170ft). Half an hour before arriving at Lares, we will stop for a well-deserved soak in the famous hot springs! We will camp here for the night.

    Total Walking Distance – 16km
    Total Walking Time – 9hs
    Minimum Altitude – 3100m / 10,170ft / Maximum Altitude – 4450m / 14,599ft
    Altitude of camp – 3100m / 10,170ft
    Approx. night temperature – 4°C

Day 4Lares Hot Springs - Cusco

    After a leisurely breakfast and a last dip in the hot springs, our transport will pick us up and we will return to Cusco. Time permitting, we will stop at the ruins of Ancasmarca en route. Total travel time today is approximately 4-5 hours.

    Extend your trip by one day and visit the unparalleled Machu Picchu! Check out our Machu Picchu Extensions for more information.

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