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Martina Puma Ccama – Chaullacocha

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5 Days / 4 Nights
Availability : Any day with 2 people. A great wet season trek!
Huaran
Ollantaytambo
Difficulty : ★★★ Moderate
Adventure : ★★ A little bit different
Solitude : ★★★ Off the beaten path
Min Age : 8
Max People : 12
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Description

See all that the Lares Valley has to offer! This unique itinerary is exclusive to Apus Peru, deviating from the normal Lares trail route on Day 5 to explore the traditional Andean community of Chaullacocha. Apus Peru has been supporting community development projects in Chaullacocha since 2007, and it is also one of the weaving associations currently supported by Threads of Peru.  

This trek does not include a visit to Machu Picchu. See our Machu Picchu Extensions to include this incredible Incan citadel in your Lares Trail itinerary!

How is the Apus Peru 5D Lares Trail 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 any Lares Valley Trek with Apus Peru often get a chance to visit the school and the weaving association – this is a totally different experience than the average Lares trek! 

Please tell us at the time of booking if visiting the weaving association or school is important to you!

What to Expect on the 5D Lares Trail

Gorgeous mountain scenery, glacial lakes, crystalline waterfalls, wildlife and an immersive cultural experience all await you on our 5D Lares Trail!

Price

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

$1370

4-6 people

$805

7-8 people

$665

9-12 people

$580

Details

What is Included?

  • Pre-trek briefing
  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of your 5D Lares Trail trek departure
  • Private transport from Cusco to the trailhead and return at the end of the trek
  • Entry fees 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.
  • Your Boleto Turistico, in order to visit the Ollantaytambo ruins.
  • 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

    See What To Bring for our comprehensive recommendations on what to pack for your trek. For more great suggestions, check out our blog about How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru. You may want to bring extra cash in soles as there will be an opportunity to purchase hand-woven textiles from artisans on Day 2.

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.

    • 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 -10˚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
    • Spend the night with a local family in Chaullacocha! Check out our Homestay options.
    • Combine with a Machu Picchu Trek Extension

    Important!

    • 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. A valid student card which clearly shows the expiry date must be presented upon booking.
  • 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.

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 5D Lares Trail 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 5D Lares Trail is a great wet season trek! If you want to trek anytime between December and March, read more about our Wet Season Trekking policies.
  • One of the great things about this 5D Lares Trail is the chance to visit a living, breathing traditional Andean community. If you have your heart set on seeing a weaving demonstration or visiting a school, please tell us at booking. We otherwise can’t guarantee that these activities will be possible when you arrive at the village, as the school may not be in session (for instance, if it is a weekend or holiday), and community members may be out working in the fields.

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.

Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Huaran - Cancha Cancha

    After an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Cusco, we leave the city behind and head to Huaran, a small village in the heart of the Sacred Valley, where we will begin the hike. Passing through pretty farmland, we hike for about 4 hours, following the small river that leads from Huaran up through the mountain corridor, until we reach the traditional Quechua community of Cancha Cancha (3800m / 12, 464 ft). After passing through this small village – a windswept plain dotted with stone houses with thatched roofs – we will set up camp for the night, surrounded by impressive mountain 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 5D Lares Trail!

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    Total Walking Time – 4h
    Minimum Altitude – / Maximum Altitude – 3800m / 12,464 ft
    Altitude of camp – 3800m / 12,464 ft
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Day 2Cancha Cancha - Quishuarani

    After a hearty breakfast, we start our hike this morning walking up, past the Upper Cancha Cancha village, where we can sometimes spot children tending their herds of llamas. We continue to climb until we reach two brilliant glacial lakes with an abundance of bird-life. From these lakes, we start a steep 2.5h climb until we reach the Pachacutec Pass (4460m / 14,628 ft). As we reach the top, we will be rewarded with spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks of Pitusiray (5750m / 18,860 ft) and Chicon (5500m / 18,040 ft). From here, the path continues for about an hour along a narrow, barren ridge before dropping down into a beautiful secluded corrie filled with glacial lakes. A series of nine cascading waterfalls leads us to the village of Quishuarani (3700 m / 12,136 ft), where we will spend the night.

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    Minimum Altitude – / Maximum Altitude – 4460m / 14,628 ft
    Altitude of camp – 3700 m / 12,136 ft
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Day 3Quishuarani - Concani - Lares Hot Springs

    Today we head west, hiking for about 3h first through a small valley and then following a steep zig-zap climb up a narrow trail until we reach the second pass on this route, the Abra Huillquijasa (4200m / 13,776 ft). From this high pass, we’ll be treated to views of some incredible sapphire blue lakes. Afterwards, we will continue on for about an hour to the village of Concani (3750m / 12,300 ft), stopping for lunch along the way. Leaving Concani, we descend for about 2 hours to the famous Lares hot springs (3100m / 10,171 ft), where we can take a well-deserved soak before setting up our camp for the night. This is not a remote camping experience but a unique cultural one, as it is a popular Peruvian holiday spot.

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    Minimum Altitude – / Maximum Altitude – 4200m / 13,776 ft
    Altitude of camp – 3100m / 10,171 ft
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Day 4Lares Hot Springs - Huacahuasi - Chaullacocha

    This is where Apus Peru’s 5D Lares Trail itinerary deviates from the typical Lares trek, taking you off the beaten path to visit little-known and virtually untouristed Andean villages.

    Refreshed from the previous night’s dip in the hot springs, we start with a gentle walk through the pretty Trapiche River Valley, arriving at the village of Vilcabamba after about 2 hours. From here we continue another 1.5h to Huacahuasi (3700m / 12,136 ft), another traditional weaving village. Passing the community, we climb up to a 4100m / 13,451 ft mountain pass where, if it is a clear day, we will have incredible views of Mt Veronica (5750m / 18,865 ft).

    From here we have a gentle descent into the community of Chaullacocha (4100m / 13,451 ft). Apus Peru has a special relationship with Chaullacocha as many of our porters come from this village, and it is also one of the communities that Threads of Peru works with. We will spend the night here.

    For an extra-special experience, why not spend the night with a traditional Andean family? Check out our Chaullacocha Homestay add-on.

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    Minimum Altitude – / Maximum Altitude – 4100m / 13,451 ft
    Altitude of camp – 4100m / 13,451 ft
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Day 5Chaullacocha - Patacancha - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

    Fun and unique experiences are in store for us today! Thanks to our close relationship with the community of Chaullacocha, we’ll have the opportunity this morning to visit the local school (if it is a school day) before heading off on the rest of our trek. The nature of our visit depends a lot on the group, and our timing, as we don’t want to interfere too much in the children’s daily lessons. Please note that this is not a chance for you to teach the children, only to visit and observe. Also, the school is closed on the weekend (including Fridays) and during statutory holidays. Be sure to carefully check your trip itinerary to see what day you will be passing through Chaullacocha!

    We also encourage you to read about being a Responsible Tourist. You can also download our Traveler’s Code of Conduct and read about appropriate gift-giving.

    From Chaullacocha, we will have a steep climb up to the final pass of the trek, around 4300m / 14,108 ft, after which a steady 4h descent brings us to the town of Patacancha, a long-established textile community with strong ancient Quechua traditions. We will have lunch near Patacancha or in Rumira Sondormayo, another of the communities that Apus Peru supports through the NGO Threads of Peru.

    From here we will continue to the village of Ollantaytambo in our private transfer. Time permitting, you may visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo, though this will require the purchase of an additional entry ticket.

    OPTIONAL: You can also choose to visit the ruins of Pumamarca, located between Patacancha and Ollantaytambo, a site believed to have been built to protect the Sacred Valley. There may not be time to visit both Pumamarca and the Ollantaytambo ruins. Please advise us at time of booking what you would like to do.

    After arrival in Ollantaytambo, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Cusco in a private vehicle, approximately a 2h trip. Your arrival time depends on your progress and optional activities you choose during the day.

    For even more Andean adventure, 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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Matthew

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Outstanding-perfect mix of archaeological sites and modern life in Peru. Loved stopping at the elementary school.

1 April, 2011