LARES TREK FAQS
IS LARES TREK FOR ME?
We offer three trekking routes for Lares trek. These trekking routes were created to fit to anyone but you need acclimatize a couple of days in Cusco or anywhere over 3000m 10498 ft. especially for those people who come from see level in order to finish successfully your hiking adventure.
IS THE LARES TREK DIFFICULT?
Difficulty level: from 3 to 4 our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult. Lares trekking routes never gets over 4550m 14927ft. At this altitude you might feel slight headache, nausea and shortness of breath those symptoms are normal. Do not forget that even people who live in Cusco experience these symptoms.
WHAT TYPE OF MEALS DO YOU PROVIDE IN THE TREK?
We provide 4 types of meals during the trek. Breakfast, lunch, tea time, dinner and also snacks. Each food is proportionally balanced depending on the height where it is located. If we are in high areas the food that we will provide will be prepared with ingredients that can be digested very easily.
To make breakfasts usually we use the following ingredients: Eggs, fruits, plantain, vegetables, sausages, oats, quinoa, wheat, barley, chocolates, milk, coffee, jams, honey, butter, tea, bread, toast and local ingredients like cheese, organic potatoes, etc.
To make lunches and dinners usually we the following ingredients: beef, chicken, trout, alpaca, lots of vegetables, rice, quinoa, potatoes, pasta, cheese, avocado, yucca, etc.
Lunches are four courses: appetizer, soup, main dish and tea.
Dinners are three courses: warm soup, main dish and any kind of hot tea
Also we select the best local foods for your delight. Every one of the group are invited to enjoy the delicious meals made by our cooks. We get out of our way to accommodate all dietary requirements including vegetarian options and any food allergies.
Tea time we have every afternoon usually one hour before the dinner especially in the cold campsites. Tea time is to have on the dining table popcorn, biscuits, tequeños, chocolate, coffee, milk, coca, tea, different type of teas etc.
The snack that we provide is local fruits, biscuits, caramels, chocolate, etc.
HOW ARE THE CAMPING AND TREKKING EQUIPMENT?
Is included in the tour:
One clean and spacious 4p-capacity Tents - for each 2 people to give comfort and space for your backpack and duffel bags
One clean sleeping pad (double foam) for each person
One big pillow for each person
One sleeping bag liner, especially for those who have their own sleeping bag because we do not know about the quality of their sleeping bags
Is not included in the tour
Sleeping bag: but you can rent from us: our sleeping bag, they are very good especially for high campsite comfort: -14°C
The price to rent one sleeping bag is USD 20 for the whole trek
Trekking poles: we rent professional trekking poles; they are very light stick, and well-known brands as LEKI, BLACK DIAMOND, etc.
The price to rent a pair of trekking poles is USD 15 for the whole trek
HOW IS THE TEMPERATURE OF THE CAMPSITES IN THE LARES TREK?
Huacawasi, Patacancha, Cuncani, Canchacancha campsites have almost the same temperature because they are at the same altitude and at same type of geography. These places are at 3800m 12120ft this areas are the highest and coldest campsites of the whole Lares trek. From June to August the temperature is -1°C = 30ºF to -5°C = 23ºF during the night, during the day is warm. From September to May the temperature is 2°C = 35ºF to 7°C = 44ºF during the night, during the day is warm.
Yanahuara, huaran are usually the second campsite is located in tropical areas full of vegetation. These camps are 1000m 3280ft lower than the others campsites Yanahuara and huaran are around 2900m 9514ft approximately the weather is warm all year, is little rainy from December to March.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO THE TREK?
Please click in the next link www.lares-trek.com/info/lares-trek-packing-lists.html and check out our packing list for the lares trek
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO HIKE LARES TREK?
This questions is little hard to answer because the weather in the mountains is unpredictably but Obviously in the Andes there is only two season dry season and rainy season.
Dry season is from April to November. This mean the temperature changes drastically from the day to the night. During the day is hot especially when the sun is out but sometimes the sun is in the clouds in this case the temperature is chilly. After the sunset the temperature changes very fast to cold some nights the temperature is below zero Celsius degrees in the camps who are over 3300m. So! Dry season is perfect time to hike Lares trek. For the coldest camping site we provide you with good camping gear.
Rainy season is from December to March but the rainiest months are January and February. The rain starts little by little at the end of November and we have a little more of rain on December in this two months is still possible to do the trek because there is not too much rain and the landscape changes to greener. We got to see more vegetation, more flowers, etc. January and February are the rainiest months is watery the rivers grow more, there are many water falls. But it does not rain everyday some days in the week we might get sunny days.
If you do not have time to do the treks in the dry season we can do it in the rainy season with good rain gear. There is no bad weather; there is bad dress hiker for the weather conditions
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO IN CASE OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
Most of the people when they get to cusco feels slight headache, nausea, dizzy, a little heavier, those symptoms are normal when you are to 3300m which is the altitude of cusco after few days in cusco and drinking coca tea, water and resting a little bit the symptoms no longer feel
But very rare times some people feel strong headache, high fever, throwing up, bleeding from the nose. these is a serious problem you have to rest all the time but the best way to avoid the altitude sickness is to get to lower elevations or you may go to see the doctor. But this happens very weird times.
If you have any medication for altitude sickness such as Diamox you have to start taking a couple days in advance before to start the trek in order to avoid the altitude sickness during the hike. Because if you start to take the medications when you get altitude sickness, the medications sometimes does not work, if they work just for little while that is why that you have to start taking in advance. It does not mean that you have to take the medication this is just to ensure your welfare especially if you come from see level and once in cusco you start feeling some altitude sickness is better cure the altitude sickness before to start the trek.
Once on the hike you get altitude sickness which is happens very few times. What do we do? If you do not have a serious problem, you have to rest drink a lot of water and chewing the coca leafs. It will help you. But if you have a serious altitude sickness, we take you to the lowest possible place sometimes by horse. Seldom people go back to cusco of altitude sickness
WHAT SIZES OF GROUP DO YOU HAVE TO DO THE TREK?
Max 08 people, if we have more than 08 people we split the group in two for better experience. But if you have a group of friends or a family with more than 08 members we provide two guides for the group. We considerate 08 people are a good size for better communication and attention with the guide
WHAT TYPE OF HOTEL DOES www.lares-trek.com USE IN AGUAS CALIENTES FOR THE LAST NIGHT?
Aguas Calientes town is the base town of machupicchu. Aguas calientes is a very touristy town there are many touristy services such as hotel, restaurants, bank, ATMs, café-internet, markets, shops, etc. there are different type of hotels. But www.lares-trek.com works with KANTU INN which is close to the train stations in aguas calientes and also has a good service. They provide with different types of rooms all of them with private bathrooms, and 24h hot shower, Wi-Fi service in the rooms also at the lobby, and also they provide with early buffet breakfast every morning.
NOTE: We guarantee at 100% that your accommodations is gonna be at KANTU INN if you book the trek at least 1 month in advance, but if book the trek only with days in advance you might be in KANTU INN if they have availability rooms, otherwise we book a different hotel of the same category. If you want to book a hotel in Aguas Calientes by yourselves, you get a discount from the company. If you want to upgrade the hotel in Aguas Calientes let us to know what kind of hotel you would like to book.
CAN I CHANGE MY TRAIN TICKET IF I DECIDE TO STAY ONE MORE NIGHT IN AGUAS CALIENTES?
Yes you can but it depends on the availability of the train. If you decide to stay in Aguas Calientes one night more days before you start the trek will be easier to change the ticket train, but if you decide to change your ticket train at the last moment will be difficult and you must pay the extra expenses to change your train tickets.
This is because the train company is a monopoly, they do whatever they want, and that is why we book the tren well in advance.
Our dedicated staffs are always waiting to answer any questions that you might decide to change on your trek.
Please email us to: firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
WHEN DO I HAVE TO BOOK THE TREK?
You do not need a trek permission to do the Lares trek.
Literally you show up in Cusco and decide to do the trek with days in advance
But we highly recommended booking the trek at least 1 month in advance because is complicated to book train ticket, Machu Picchu ticket at the last moment.
And also if you are thinking to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain you have to book 4 months in advance to ensure to get the tickets for those mountains because there is a limitation of people number for Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain.
For Huayna Picchu mountain 400 people per day usually you have to book 4 months in advance.
For Machu Picchu Mountain 500 people per day usually you have to book 2 weeks in advance
HOW LONG DO WE HIKE EACH DAY?
If you book a trek of 5 day, you are going hike only 4 days because the last day is going be in Machu Picchu on this case, you hike 10 to 14 km each day which takes usually 6 to 7 hour.
If you book a trek of 3 day, you are going hike only 3 days because the last day is going be in Machu Picchu on this case, you hike 10 to 14 km each day which takes usually 6 to 7 hour. Sometimes the hikers take longer because we have many things to see and also some just take their time to enjoy better the scenery and the hike.
14.WHAT KIND OF TRANSPORTATION DOES LARES TREK COMPANY USE?
We use different type of transportations such as taxi, van, bus, train, etc. when the transportation service is responsibility of LARES TREK Company all transportations are private only for our groups.
How do I know if I have altitude sickness?
15.WHAT KIND OF WATER DO YOU PROVIDE ALONG THE LARES TREK?
All water that we provide for drinking are filtered and boiled. We provide water for the water bottles, we boil it, filter it and then cool it down and finally we refill your water bottles.
Usually water that we provide for washing is warm water.
ARE THERE HOT SPRINGS AT EACH CAMP?
Not, there is not there is hot spring in Lares, this beginning of the trek, we recommended to enjoy this hot springs because is very nice place and the water has medicinal properties.
There is hot spring also in Aguas Calientes town but is smaller and crowded.
WHAT ABOUT MY LUGGAGE?
If you have extra luggage that you do not want to take to the trek you have two options
you can leave it at the office of lares trek company at the day that you start the trek, when you returned from the trek you pick it up from the office
If you staying at the same hotel in cusco when you come back from the trek is better for you to leave your luggage at the hotel usually they do not charge to storage your luggage.
WILL THERE BE PLACES WITH A POWER OUTLET TO RECHARGE SOME MINIMAL ITEMS, SUCH AS CAMERAS?
To do Lares trek you have to make sure that your cameras or phones are full of battery because the next place where you can charge your items is going be in the hotel in Aguas Calientes.