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10 - Day experience

Black Diamond Trek to Machu Picchu

An advanced-level trekking journey from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco all the way to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu.

An Amazing Adventure Awaits

Seeking off-the-beaten path trails and the ultimate hiking challenge?  Join us on this unique 10-day, 75-mile trek that takes you from the heart of Cusco to Machu Picchu along less-traveled mountain paths, and through traditional villages and remote archaeological sites. Along the way we mix luxury camping & mountain lodges, with the support of experienced guides and staff.  Don’t miss the trek of a lifetime!

ITINERARY

DAY 0 CUSCO

Trip briefing in the evening: meet your guide and fellow travelers for some pre-trip details and Q&A’s.

Location: El Mercado
Calle Siete Cuartones 306, Cusco
+51 1 421-7777

  • Approximately 45 minutes.
DAY 1 PIURAY

Hike from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco to Piuray Lake. Explore the Sacsayhuaman archaeological site and enjoy a picnic lunch at Senqa Mountain en route to the Piuray campsite.

Overnight: Premium camping at Piuray Lake

  • Highest elevation: 14,600’/4,450m
  • Approximate hiking time: 8 hours
  • Difficulty level: 7
  • Distance: 8 miles/13 km
DAY 2 HUCHUYQOSQO

Early-morning kayak excursion across Piuray Lake* to begin the hike to Huchuyqosqo. After a picnic lunch and exploration of the Huchuyqosqo archaeological site, end the day with a downhill hike to Lamay Lodge in the Sacred Valley. Trip briefing and dinner at the lodge.

*Optional: Morning bike ride to Huchuyqosqo instead of the kayak excursion.

Overnight: Lamay Lodge

  • Elevation: 3,800m - 4,450m - 2950m
  • Approximate hiking time: 8 hours
  • Difficulty level: 8
  • Distance: 9 miles/14.5km
DAY 3 PISAQ

Short early-morning drive from Lamay Lodge to Ayarcancha, followed by a hike over a high mountain pass to the Pisaq archaeological site. After a guided exploration of the site, continue hiking to the Pisaq town center to meet your MLP vehicle for the drive back to Lamay Lodge. Upon arrival, the lodge staff will be waiting with a traditional Pachamanca dinner.

Overnight: Lamay Lodge

  • Highest elevation: 14,183’/4,450m
  • Approximate hiking time: 7 hours
  • Difficulty level: 6
  • Distance: 7.1 miles/11.4 km
DAY 4 CANCHA CANCHA

After an early breakfast, depart Lamay Lodge for a short drive to the town of Huaran in the Sacred Valley. From there, begin an all-day hike to the remote village of Cancha Cancha along a traditional Inca trail. Trip briefing and dinner around the campfire.

Overnight: Premium camping at Cancha Cancha

  • Elevation: 3,000 - 3,960m
  • Approximate hiking time: 6.5 hours
  • Difficulty level: 9
  • Distance: 5.4 miles/9 km
DAY 5 QUISWARANI

Begin the day with a hearty breakfast at the Cancha Cancha campsite in preparation for the morning hike up to the Pachacuteq Pass. After a picnic lunch at the pass, continue hiking down to the remote village of Quiswarani. Trip briefing and dinner around the campfire.

Overnight: Premium camping at Quiswarani

  • Elevation: 14,895’/4,540m
  • Approximate hiking time: 6 hours
  • Difficulty level: 9
  • Distance: 8 miles/13.5 km
DAY 6 HUACAHUASI

After breakfast, set out on a morning hike to the Sonqococha Lagoon, followed by a picnic lunch before continuing on to Quelquena. After a brief rest, embark on the final hike of the day to Huacahuasi Lodge.

Overnight: Huacahuasi Lodge

  • Elevation: 14,625’/4,458m
  • Approximate hiking time: 8.5 hours
  • Difficulty level: 10
  • Distance: 7.9 miles/12.7 km
DAY 7 CHOQUECANCHA - YUKU MARKA

Start the day with a visit to the village of Choquecancha, celebrated for their exquisite traditional Andean textiles, to begin a morning hike to Jaukani. After a picnic lunch, continue on to Yukumarka to explore this secluded Pre-Inca archaeological site before driving back to Huacahuasi.

Overnight: Huacahuasi Lodge

  • Elevation: 11,614’/3,540m
  • Approximate hiking time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty level: 7
  • Distance: 5.6 miles/9 km
DAY 8 OLLANTAYTAMBO

The day begins with breakfast at dawn and an early departure on a morning hike from Huacahuasi to Patacancha. Upon arrival, your MLP driver will be waiting to take you on a short scenic drive from Patacancha to Pumamarka for a picnic lunch and guided exploration of the Pumamarka archaeological site. The day ends with a hike along spectacular Inca terraces to Ollantaytambo, the oldest ‘living city’ in South America. Trip briefing and dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: El Albergue.

  • Elevation: 3,900m - 4,600m - 3,805m - 2,800m
  • Approximate hiking time: 8 hours
  • Difficulty level: 9
  • Distance: 8 miles/20 km
DAY 9 THE SUN GATE

After breakfast, catch an early-morning train from Ollantaytambo to the KM 104 marker along the rail route. After crossing the Chachabamba Bridge, you will begin a full-day hike along the classic Inca Trail through Winay Wayna to the celebrated Sun Gate entrance of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, descend along the perimeter of the citadel to catch the shuttle bus down to Aguas Calientes. at the base of Machu Picchu.

Overnight: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

  • Highest elevation: 8,858’/2,700m
  • Approximate hiking time: 6 hours
  • Difficulty level: 9
  • Distance: 7.5 miles/12 km
DAY 10 MACHU PICCHU

Breakfast at dawn followed by an early-morning guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel. After the tour, hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain*, and then return to Aguas Calientes for lunch before catching an afternoon train to Ollantaytambo to meet your MLP vehicle for the sunset drive back to Cusco.

*Note: depending on permit availability.

  • Highest elevation: 9,120’/2,780m
  • Approximate hiking time: 3.5 hours
  • Difficulty level: 7
  • Distance: 2.5 miles / 4 km

Accommodations

During the Black Diamond Trek, your accommodations will include a combination of premium camping installations, top-notch MLP-affiliate hotels, and MLP lodges with all of the comforts of home and exceptional service for which we are known.

Our Huacahuasi Lodge, an imposing structure built on the mountainside adjacent to its namesake village, was designed to showcase dramatic views of the valley and beyond with its soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows (12,599’/3,840m). Each luxury guest room is equipped with a private outdoor jacuzzi for you to relax while you take in dramatic sunsets and star-filled evening skies.

RATE
2020

$5,500

DEPARTURE DATES

2020

March 6th
April 8th
July 12th
August 12th
October 5th
November 8th

2019 DETAILS :

●10D/9N round-trip itinerary from Cusco.
● Rates are per person based on shared accommodations.
● Requested single room: 25% supplemental cost added to the standard rate.
● Single traveler willing to share: 10% supplemental cost added to the standard rate.
● A non-refundable deposit of US$500 per person is required to confirm a reservation.
●We recommend arriving in Cusco 1-2 days prior to your departure date for altitude acclimatization.

2019 SERVICES INCLUDES :

●Transportation services during the programmed itinerary.
●All lodging.
●All meals except for breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 10
●Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English) during all program days. Tours of archaeological sites are led in English.
●Entrance fees and permits to points of interest and archeological sites.
●Guided visit to Machu Picchu.
●Filtered water, tea, coffee, juice, and soft drinks at all MLP lodges (alcohol, sports drinks, and bottled water not included).
●All gratuities for the staff at all MLP lodges and in the field.*  Gratuities for the guides are not included and are at your discretion.  In general, we suggest $10 – $20/day (per person) for lead guides and $5 – $15/day (per person) for assistant guides.

*Note: Gratuities for the staff at affiliate hotels are not included.

Some terms may have changed for 2020, please check the details below.