The Lares trek is a two or three day moderate trek around the Andean mountains surrounding the Sacred Valley. This off the beaten track is slightly shorter and higher in altitude than the Inca Trail and is also quieter for it sees only a handful of trekkers per day compared to the hundreds of trekkers who tread the Inca Trail daily. The Lares Valley is home to many Indigenous weavers and farmers who speak Quechua – language of the Inca Empire – and still maintain very much of their traditional lifestyles. This remote and rarely visited region offers you an insight into the daily lives of the Andean natives, dressed in their traditional brightly colored ponchos. Highlights of this trek include mighty snow mountains, high passes, snow fed lagunas, river gorges, adorable llamas and alpacas and possible sighting of wild animals like chinchilla and wetland birds.
CUSCO – CALCA – LARES – HUACAWASI
Our friendly guide will pick you up from your hotel in the morning. We will drive through the Scared Valley and stop at the provincial town Calca (approx. 1 hr drive) where you can have your breakfast and buy some snacks and sweets for the village children. Thereafter we will head towards Lares town (approx. 3 hrs drive) which is the starting point of the trek (3100m). Before the trek, we will visit a hotspring located in a pretty meadow just out of town for a refreshing dip follow by a picnic lunch. Today’s trek is a gentle uphill walk to Huacawasi village (3700m) where we will set up camp for the night (approx. 12km, 4-5 hrs trek). Along the way you will be able to observe small Andean communities with thatched stone houses surrounded by herds of llamas and alpacas amid spectacular mountain landscapes. Look out for domesticated guinea pigs which are reared by the farmers as food.
Overnight: Tent with sleeping bag
HUACAWASI – LPSAYCOCHA PASS – LPSAYCOCHA LAKE
Today’s trek is short but tough (approx. 9km, 4 hrs trek). It begins with a climb up and over the Ipsaycocha Pass (4,450m) – the highest point along the trek – which takes about 3 hours, and then an hour descent to the campsite beside the pristine Ipsaycocha Lake (4200m). Along the trail, you will get to see farmers with their alpacas, llamas, and sheep, as well as local children dressed in traditional customs. Towards the pass, there is a good chance of seeing wild chinchilla (yes, the cute rodent which you keep as pet in Singapore!) whose grey and white coat forms an excellent camouflage against the mountain rocks. At Ipsaycocha Pass, you will be rewarded with amazing view of the rugged Cordillera de Vilcanota range. Look out for Andean Geese hunting fish in the Ipsaycocha Lake. The fishing enthusiast can even try to fish trouts to complement for dinner.
Overnight: Tent with sleeping bag
LIPSAYCCASA LAKE – PATACANCHA – WILLOQ – OLLANTAYTAMBO
Today’s trek is an easy one; downhill all the way (approx. 12 km, 4 hrs trek). From Ipsaycocha Lake the trail descends for 2-3 hours to the Quechua weaving community in Patacancha (3,700m). The people from this area are known as “huayruros” name of a red and black South American seed which is reminiscent of their ponchos colour. The trail then continues downhill to another traditional Quechua village called Huilloc where you will be picked up by private transport to Ollantayambo (2790m). You will have a chance to view some of the intricate and high quality knitwork produced by the villagers.
- All meals and drinks (boiled water, coffee and tea) during the trek
- All camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, sleeping bags)
- Local Peruvian trekking guide (English speaking)
- Porters for tents, sleeping bags, food and communal equipment
- Return international air ticket
- Travel insurance
- All meals not indicated
- Tips for guide and porters
- All expenses of a personal nature
Other than the basic 3D2N Lares Trek, we also offer longer (and tougher) duration treks into other parts of the Lares Valley. Our 4D3N Quishuarani-Yanahuara trek will bring you up to two high passes: Huillquijasa Pass (4200m) which overlooks Laguna Quellacocha (3900m) and Huacahuausaijasa Pass (4500m) with impressive views of Mount Pumahuanca (5300m) and Laguna Aruraycocha (4250m). The hardcore adventurer can opt for the 5-6 days Huaran-Yanahuara trek which covers a larger section of the Lares Valley and brings you to some of its remotest corners via three high passes; Pachacutec Pass (4200m) Huillquijasa Pass (4200m) and Huacahuausaijasa Pass (4500m).
TESTIMONIALSThe whole organisation was prepared smoothly prior to the trip. The ample of times attending to the enquiries and the notes given had definitely been useful. For transport, guide (and driver), food, activities, accommodation - they were pleasant. The van provided was spacious especially the legroom, and even had enough room to store our bag packs. The guide and driver were very accommodative, for an instance, stopping the van to allow us take some photos before proceeding to the trail head. Additionally, both tried their best to attempt to make conversations in English. As per food and activities, it was great. The food complimented the next activity well, an example, we were provided rice instead of noodles on the day before our summit push and back to the trail head. It was essential since we had to have plenty carbohydrates for the long trek ahead.
– SR (Group of 5 on a 2D2N Xueshan trip in Oct 2017)
First, we would like to thank hs for coming up with the itinerary of the places that we wanted to visit and always being prompt and patient in answering our queries. This trip turned out to be one of the best trips ever! Our guide, Bayu, was simply wonderful. He speaks good English and we enjoyed our conversations with him. During the hike, he frequently stopped to ask if we were okay and if we needed a rest. He would also ask if we had any other places in mind that we would like to visit around the vicinity. In all, we felt very well-taken of throughout the entire trip. Our fondest memory was the day when we had cup noodles around a campfire together with him during the early hours of dawn at King Kong Hill. It was truly unforgettable. Bayu also offered to help us take photos during the trip and we were really thankful for that. Our driver, Bayu (same name as our guide) had superb driving skills. We were really amazed at how he was able to navigate and drive through narrow and winding roads under foggy weather conditions. Throughout the trip, both of them made us feel very safe and comfortable. We did not have to worry about anything. It was really such an enjoyable trip. A big thank you to our guide, Bayu, and our driver, Bayu! 🙂
– Eunice (Group of 2 on an 5D4N Ijen, Mt Bromo, Batu in June 2017)
We always have a wish that to have a wonderful trip with a lot of fun and laugh, and so we stop dreaming and start planning. No doubt IWT is our best choice with no regretted. First of all, we wanna thank you to our tour guide Ms Vinda, a young lady with always have a cute smiling. She is very friendly, knowledgeable, understanding and patience lady. She care a lot of us, and make sure we are not injure while hiking, but manage to reach to the top. Due to some of my friends is lack of exercise and felt exhausted, especially Ijen and Mt Bromo, she keep accompanied us and make sure 4 of us are in good condition to continue. She keep reminding us some sleepy area, and hold our hand if needed to ensure we are not fell down. She also giving us a lot of info about some interest places were going and we'll communication. She always standby to be our photographer, even some time our pose is funny. She willing to share her photos and videos with us. Thanks ya. And most importantly that she notice 1 of my friend didn't wear a suitable shoe to waterfall, she immediately take off her shoe and let my friend to wear, and help to carry my friend shoe and walk with no shoe herself...so embarrassing. She treat us ginger tea while we feel cold, Indomee after hiking and dragon fruit along the way to Surabaya. Bring us to minimart to buy our secret stuff. Lastly, we should say that~Ms Vinda, thank you so much. We are enjoyable the trip and this is really amazing. We highly recommend her as a tour guide and wish her all the best. Thumb up 👍
– May (Group of 4 on a 4D3N Ijen Crater, Mount Bromo & Batu in May 2017)
Guide Syami was amazing! Very patient and extremely helpful towards my parents (55 and 50 year old folks) . His guidance really helped my parents with their hike. Shared his knowledge on the mountain and the wildlife there. Perfect.
– Farhana (Group of 6 on an 2D1N Mt Ophir Camping Trip in Apr 2017)
Very nice group, glad I made some good friends. Thanks to the organisers who took us for dinner near a vegetarian friendly place.
– Rajan (Group of 12 on an Open Mt Ophir Trip in Mar 2017)
Coordination with IWT was a breeze. Ying was quick in responding to queries and very helpful, giving tips according to her own experience climbing Pelapah Falls. Prasanth, the driver, was on-time, friendly and skillful. Despite the hours of driving and waiting for us, he always wore a smile on his face. Nan, our guide, was very experienced. He was like a fatherly figure who knew exactly what he was doing and that brought a lot of assurance to us. Pelapah Falls has its challenges but it was such a good experience for my friends and I. We had to tread through cooling rivers, climb using ropes, avoid giant ants and manage a few leeches but the amazing and therapeutic waterfalls made it all worth it. All of us were counted as beginner hikers and we all made it. So don't worry. Just do it!
– Xiuqing (Group of 5 on a Pelepah Falls & Kota Tinggi Trip in Feb 2017)
Everything was great! From planning til the end of the trip, everything was organised. The activities were fun and itinerary was well planned. We did not feel that we were rushed at all and we get to enjoy Borobudur and Mount Bromo in our own pace. Our guide, Bayu, was very friendly and helped us a lot especially when it comes to ordering food :). This is the most relaxing, hassle-free trip I've ever had! Thanks Iwannatravel 🙂
– Sunshine (Group of 7 on a 4D3N trip to Bromo & Borobudur in Aug 2016)
I really enjoy the whole travel experience. The driver is always contactable and prompt, and transport it’s quite comfortable. The mountain guide is friendly, and is knowledgeable and ensures that the last person is not left behind, and there are 2 guides provided to us for a group of 10 which I think is quite good. The accommodation at Melaka is quite clean and it’s within the tourist attraction; Jonker Street and there’s also some free and easy time to explore with driver provided.
– Xian Ying (Group of 10 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in May 2016)
I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone's safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT's first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*
– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mt Fansipan & Halong Bay in Apr 2016)
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