Day 1: Cusco – Lares – Quishuarani
We leave in the early morning by private bus from Cusco and travel to the Lares Valley (3,100m/10,170ft). Here you can enjoy the hot springs or rest for approximately 90 minutes. This is also where we will have lunch.
After lunch we take a 20 minute bus ride to Pascana, the official beginning of the trek. We will hike for approximately 2.5 hours and arrive at our first campsite, Quishuarani (3,700m/12,139ft) for dinner. Here you can meet the locals “campesinos” and learn about weaving and its ancient techniques. This is a beautiful day with Andean villages, stunning views, and great landscapes along the route.
Day 2: Quishuarani – Cancha Cancha (3800 m.a.s.l.)
On Day 2 requires approximately seven hours of hiking and is the longest hiking day of the trek.
After breakfast, we start our ascent to the highest point of the circuit. The climb is difficult until the Pachacutec Pass (4,450m/14,599ft). Once you reach the pass, you will be able to enjoy incredible panoramic views of the Pitusiray, Sawasiray, and Chicon snow-capped peaks. After the pass, we descend for about 2.5 hours to our camp at Cancha Cancha (3,800m/12,497ft).
Day 3: Cancha Cancha – Huaran – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
After a delicious breakfast, we start our downhill hike for about 5 hours to Huaran. There, a vehicle will take us to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo we will transfer to the train that will take us to Aguas Calientes (2,000m/6,561ft). At Aguas Calientes, we will spend the night in a hotel.
Day 4: MachuPicchu – Cusco
We wake-up at 5:30 AM for breakfast, secure our luggage at the hotel, and take the early tourist bus to MachuPicchu. A walking tour of MachuPicchu (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide, and afterwards you can explore this mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy and have a ticket booked in advance, you can also climb HuaynaPicchu (2,720m/8,923ft). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top of HuaynaPicchu.
You will later meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch (this lunch not included in the cost of the trek) and to receive your train tickets back to Cusco. The price of the train included is Expedition (to Ollantaytambo). Once you arrive in Ollantaytambo, a private bus will take you back to Cusco.
What is included in the price?
-Professional guide fluent in English
-Private bus to the start of the trail
-Two-people tents with plenty of room for your backpacks
-Meals cooked by an experienced chef: breakfasts, lunches, dinners,
-Delicious food rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
-Vegetarian/special diet options available Weight Allowance: 5 Kilograms/10pounds per trekker (weights to be carried by horses)
-Horse (to carry tents and cooking equipment)
-Dining and kitchen tents
-First aid kit (including oxygen bottle)
-One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
-One bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to MachuPicchu
-MachuPicchu entrance fees
-Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
-Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
-Breakfast on the first morning.
-Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day
-Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles)
-Tips for the guide, cooks, and wranglers
What you need to bring:
For students: ISIC card
Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
Hat and gloves
2 pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
Long underwear for sleeping
Sun hat or cap
Water and/or water purification tablets
Camera and film
Torch or headlamp
Cash (approximately 300 Peruvian nuevo soles)
Optional items to take:
Plasters and bandages
Bathing suit for hot springs in Aguas Calientes (not included in the price )
We offer discount of US$20 to students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC),