Packing List for the Lares Trek
Luggage storage and load limits
During the trek your main luggage will be stored at your hotel in Cuzco and you will receive a small duffle bag at your briefing (which will be held the evening before you start the trek) to pack clothes for 3-4 days. Your team of porters will carry these bags together with the food and equipment for the trail. Please note that you will not have access to these items until the end of each day as the porters will always be ahead of the group. You should therefore bring a day pack in which you can carry personal belongings such as your camera, water and sun screen etc. By Peruvian law the duffle bag must not weigh more than 7 kilograms (15lbs) which is to include your sleeping bag. All bags will be weighed before being accepted. If you require more than 7 kilograms, it will then be your responsibility to carry the extra amount together with your day pack.
Packing List for the Lares Trek
Please note: During the Lares trek even daytime temperatures can become extremely cold with a wind chill factor, especially on day 2 crossing the high passes.
- Sleeping bag - You will need a good warm sleeping bag. Where possible we recommend you bring your own sleeping bag, however adequate ones can be hired locally (for approx US$12) but we can take no responsibility for the standard. If you are planning to hire a bag it is a good idea to bring a silk sleeping bag liner to use inside for added warmth and comfort. A four season (or -10) bag is recommended for the winter months. At other times you will probably be fine in a 3 season (or -4/-5) bag although this depends on how much you feel the cold and is given as a guideline only. Roll mats are provided however for greater comfort and warmth, Thermorest style mattresses can also be hired in Cuzco for US$10. If you are travelling in winter and you do not wish to invest in a 4 season bag you may want to consider purchasing a 3 season bag plus a sleeping bag liner and bringing additional clothing.
- Silk sleeping bag liner – Especially recommended if you plan to hire a sleeping bag but can also give your own bag added warmth
- Well worn-in waterproof walking boots - Good quality, comfortable footwear is essential. Whatever you wear on your feet the most important thing is comfort. It is vital to ensure your boots are well worn in and lightweight. Ankle support and waterproofing is recommended but if you already have something comfortable with good grip on rocks then don’t go rushing out to buy new boots – you are better off with your well worn in pair!
- Waterproof clothing - A plastic poncho is recommended and can be purchased easily for approx US$1.
- Small lightweight umbrella – Light umbrellas which pack away to almost nothing can be useful to keep away drizzle.
- Plastic bags - to keep your belongings & clothes dry (wrap everything in plastic bags).
- Toilet paper - Most important!
- Small towel and basic personal toiletries.
- Water bottle – bring 1 large (1.5 litre) or 2/3 small water bottles which can be refilled on the trek with boiled water which will be supplied when it is possible to make camp.
- Warm clothing for nights - Fleece, long pants, woollen hat, gloves
- Thermal underwear – If trekking in winter or you feel the cold
- Walking clothing in layers – e.g. zip off trousers, fleece, T-shirts
- Personal medication and first aid kit - Band-aids, Imodium, Panadol, rehydration sachets
- Camera and spare batteries, memory cards and/or film - there are no electrical outlets on the trek so make sure you fully charge or/and have spare batteries!
- Snacks - Chocolates, chips, biscuits, energy bars.
- Torch (flash-light) - this is very important, and spare batteries.
- Sunscreen, sunglasses and sunhat
- Tropical strength insect repellant
- Antiseptic hand gel
- Swimwear for hot pools at Aguas Calientes - towels can be hired there for 3 soles.
- Flip flops / thongs / sandals / jandals – good to change into at camp.
See our Peru tours page for the full list of packages that include the Lares Trek.