Trek & Climb: Lares Valley to Glacier Velo de la Novia (5,269m)

Trek & Climb: Lares Valley to Glacier Velo de la Novia (5,269m). The Urubamba Mountain Range is part of the Central Andes of South America; home to Wakaywillke Mountain (Verónica, 5,919 masl), Sawasiray (5,810 masl), Chayñapuerto (5,610 masl) and Chicón (5,500 masl).

Likewise, the views of snow-capped mountains like the Apu Salkantay (6,272 masl), and others that make up the Vilcabamba Range will be part of this unique experience in the Peruvian Andes.

This expedition presents archaeological sites; that have a privileged view and connection with the pampas of Maras and Moray (Inca Greenhouse). You will have contact with local people who still keep their traditions and customs alive; and who will be part of this great adventure. Also; you will discover the existence of Andean deer, foxes, pumas, viscachas, condors, falcons, Andean geese, hummingbirds.

The thermo-mineral-medicinal waters, much visited by tourists and locals alike, are one of the natural attractions of this unexplored side of Lares.

You will be part of a unique expedition; since you’ll be able to practice mountain climbing at an easy level in the French scale.
IMPORTANT; (The height and distance data are referential, having a slight margin of error, because some data were taken by Google earth, GPS and barometer watches).

In the Peruvian Andes, there are a wide variety of peaks that require a good level of technique, and experience. The glacier Velo de la Novia is a great introduction to glacial climbing, it is quite a flat climb with good compact snow that make it a great first experience to this discipline. At the summit of the glacier you’ll experience clear views of the surrounding range and peaks such as the southeast view of Pumahuanca and southwest of the Sirihuani.

Sustainable tourism

So then; you can help to protect these mountains; lagoons, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and the natural environment by the way we approach the mountain climb. We take care to minimise the footprint we leave & fill ourselves with the energy existing in the Sacred Apus that traditions say are sources of immense power. Your ascension will incorporate respect for the whole environment; along with good health and your own experience of high-mountain climbs.


  • Climb a Glacier and experience rare views of the surrounding Urubamba Mountains.
  • Visit and adventure a unique rural area of the Sacred Valley.
  • Contribute to the region in a sustainable way.
Day 1
Cusco - Calca - Huaran - Cancha Cancha
Leaving Cusco at 5am; heading northeast for 2.5 hrs towards the entrance of the sacred valley where you'll be able to see terraces and constructions from the Inca era such as Pisaq, from one of its viewpoints. Then continuing to pass through corn plantations near the Urubamba river until reaching Calca (2,937m), where you'll go to the Central Market to interact with the local people and have breakfast. Continuing to Huaran Farm, and from there to the start of the expedition at an altitude of 3,292 meters; where our muleteer will carry our equipment on mules. You'll go through a very quiet path and ascend for around 3 hrs to Cancha Cancha (3,961m). Here you'll take lunch and rest.
  • Walking hrs: 3.
  • Distance: 7 km.
  • Maximum height: 3,961 masl.
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2
Pachacutec - Quiswarani Cancha - Pass
Today you'll start the hike at 7am, to reach the Pachacútec pass (4,680m) in 3 hrs. Then you'll descend for 2 hrs to have lunch near a lagoon used as a fish farm, at 4,237m, and finally descend for 1 hr to Quiswarani (3,942m). Passing before by the Qanchispacha waterfalls, a Quechua term that translates as 7 waterfalls, and you'll have the view of one of the Snowy Mountains called Sirihuani (5,330m) of level AD, in the French scale.
  • Walking hours: 6h.
  • Distance: 13 km.
  • Maximum height: 4,680m.
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Quiswarani - Willkiccasa Pass - Cuncani
After a good early breakfast; it will take 3 hrs to reach the Willkiccasa pass (4,210m), passing by one of the 4 lakes that you'll discover during the gradual ascent and then descending 2 hrs to Cuncani (3,868m), where you'll have lunch, and then decide whether to go to the Lares hot springs (3,233m) 2 hrs walking or by local transport in 30 minutes.
  • Walking hrs: 5 hours.
  • Distance: 11 km.
  • Maximum height: 4210m.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camp
Day 4
Cuncani - Pumawankajasa Pass - Base Camp Cuyoc
Today you'll leave early; after breakfast and with energies renewed, the ascent to the pass will take 3 hrs. During the gradual ascent we will see more lagoons and the peaks of the Snowy Chayñapuerto (5,610m), Sawasiray (5,810m), Chicón (5,500m) and once you reach the Pumawankajasa pass (4,787m), you'll have a clear view of the pampas of Maras and to the northwest the Apu Salkantay (6,272m), to the east a solitary snow-capped mountain, and an altar with a cross with offerings and flowers, a pilgrimage made every year by the inhabitants of the Urubamba. Then you'll descend for 1.5 hrs to Cuyoc (4,260 m), which will be our base camp in readiness for the climb the next day.
  • Walking hours: 5 hrs approximately.
  • Distance: 11 km.
  • Maximum height: 4,787m.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camp
Day 5
Cuyoc Base Camp - Glacier Velo De La Novia - Urubamba -Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
Today leaving very early to fulfill our objective of reaching the glacier Velo de la Novia (5,035m), starting at 3am and arriving at 6am, where you'll have a spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains, lagoons, valleys and both sides of the Urubamba mountain range. Then descending in 3.5 hrs to the district of the same name and from there taking private transportation to Ollantaytambo (2,868m), and boarding the train to the town of Aguas Calientes (2,020m)
  • Walking hours: 6 hrs approx.
  • Distance: 5-6 km.
  • Maximum height: 5,269m.
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6
Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
On the final day of this epic expedition the visit will be according to the schedule of your entrance to Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary and will be for 3-4 hrs. Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Incan citadel; located on a ridge between the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains in Peru. It sits 7,970 feet (2,430 meters) above sea level on the eastern slope of the Andes and overlooks the Urubamba River hundreds of feet below. The excellent preservation of this site; the quality of architecture; and the breath-taking mountain vista it occupies has made Machu Picchu one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world today. It’s recently been incorporated as one of the seven wonders of the world. Once you return to Ollantaytambo by train, our private transport transfer will take you back to Cusco.


• Detailed itinerary information. • Local or private transportation according to request. • 1 mountain cook-guide for 2 people. • Mountain assistant guide + 2 people. • Climbing equipment (ropes, stakes, screws, etc.) • Arriero and acémila. • Cook, for more than 2 clients • Porter, + 2 clients (camping equipment only) • Food during the expedition and ascension. • Tent. • Matra. • Hot Springs. • First aid medical kit (first aid kit, oximeter and oxygen tank)


First breakfast and last dinner. • Water, (we recommend bringing filters or purifying tablets) • Snacks. • Sleeping bag. • Inflatable matra. • Climbing equipment (crampons, ice axes, harness, helmet, climbing gloves, climbing lenses, descending gear, Atc, or an eight, rigid boots for high mountains, leggings, expedition backpack, 65-75 liters, and a attack, 45 liters, Daysi chain, safety carabiners) • Canes. • Extra carrier. • Tips.


  • Good health & experience will be required to navigate glaciers, ravines, etc.
  • Experience climbing vertical walls between 60 - 75 degrees incline.
  • Handling & use of scaling equipment by your own.
  • AGE RANGE: 16 to 65

Tour Info

Breakfast x 5
Lunch x 6
Dinner x 4
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
Muleteer & Mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Crampons, Ice Axe, Harness, Helmet (can be hired as part of trip)
Any additional extras
There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured
Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Peruvian food can be spicy, it can be strong and rich for many European diets. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, so please avoid at all costs on arrival and stick to bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request), and a mountain cook. They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude.
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru.

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  • Breakfast x 5
  • Lunch x 6
  • Dinner x 4
  • Private Transport - collection & drop-off
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Cook
  • Horsemen & mules
  • All camping & climbing equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
Not Included
  • Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
  • Extension trips to Machu Picchu
  • Tips for crew
  • Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
  • Crampons, Ice Axe, Harness, Helmet (can be hired as part of trip)
  • Any additional extras
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