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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


Is there an age restriction on any of our trips?
There is no established rule on age with us. We gladly accept children and we have had clients from 5 years of age to over 70 years of age on our adventure trips.  When planning a trip with children, your trip should be selected according to their age. All our trips are rated based on their level of difficulty. If you have any questions respective to your physical ability or the physical ability of your children to participate in our treks and climbs based on the altitude or the length of the hiking day, please feel free to contact us. We highly recommend that each client to be well acclimatizing before attempting any of our trekking or climbing programs for your safety, well being and enjoyment, as well as that of our guides and field support team.

Can I purchase my domestic airline ticket reservations through Inkaland Treks?
Yes! We provide personalized service with your domestic flight reservations and ticketing and travel plans around Peru. If your trip itinerary requires you to fly to a further destination within Peru, please let us know and we will be pleased to arrange it for you. We work diligently to find the least expensive fares, both for groups and individual travelers. We recommend you reserve space as soon as possible to take advantage of low airfares and to assure yourself a confirmed place on the flights.

 What equipment do I need?
Inkaland Treks provides all groups camping equipment including cooking gear, tables and chairs, medical supplies, safety items, tents (personal, kitchen, dining & toilet) and foam mattresses. You are expected to bring your own protective mountaineering clothing, and other items of a personal nature. Upon receipt of your trip application and deposit, a detailed equipment list will be provided to you.  During multi-day trekking and climbing trips, we offer good quality, comfortable, multi-season tents and foam mattresses to help assure your protective rest. The really nice treat you’ll appreciate and luxuriate in, is that you’ll always have a dedicated, well trained field support team to care for and transport your personal luggage and equipment that you will not need during the hiking day and our team will set up your tents and camp before you arrive at your next camping site each afternoon and prepare for you delicious tasty meals. Prepare to be pampered.

What equipment do I need to bring for a trek?
You may elect to bring your own sleeping bag (choose a good three season bag rated down to about 10 deg C / 14 degrees F along with an extra air mattress or we can help you to arrange for the rental of both a sleeping bag and extra air mattress in Huaraz at very reasonable daily rates to avoid traveling with extra bulk gear.  Appropriate multi-layered trekking clothing and a simple day pack (30-35 liter / 2,136 sq in capacity) is all that you need to carry your small personal gear items. Our burros carry both our group trekking equipment as well as your personal gear not needed during the day while you are trekking.  A detailed equipment list and suggested trekking clothing to wear will be sent to you upon your booking confirmation.

What equipment do I need to bring for a Climbing expedition?
Inkaland Treks provides all the necessary group technical equipment including tents, ropes, ice screws, snow stakes and quick draws. However, each participant must bring their own personal climbing gear including but not limited to: climbing harness, insulated plastic climbing boots, crampons, ice axes, helmet and a headlamp. If you don’t own this equipment, you can rent it in Huaraz where there are several mountaineering shops. Please contact us for more information.

What kind of food will be available on these trips?
While we are in towns and villages, we will be eating the local cuisine. On treks and climbs in the mountains, all meals are prepared fresh daily with the highest possible degree of sanitation by our camp cooks.  We use fresh food purchased in the local markets and create a variety of different dishes from pastas to stews to tasty desserts. We take great care to ensure that all drinking water is fully purified. If you have special dietary requirements, or you are a vegetarian, let us know in advance and we will work to accommodate your dietary preferences.

What are typical temperatures and climate conditions?
Between the months of May and September (high season), Peru experiences their dry season. During these months, the climate stays surprisingly stable and predictable. In Huaraz and Cuzco, you can expect temperatures between 40 degrees Fahrenheit (at night) and 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, with occasional rain. In the mountains and at higher altitude it will be colder.

What do I need to know about altitude?
Huaraz is located at 3,052 metres (10,013 ft) and Cusco at 4300 meters (14,108 ft) above sea level.  Most people who arrive from lower elevations experience some shortness of breath, dizziness, insomnia, and a loss of appetite as their bodies adjust during the first few days. All of our guided treks and climbs require proper acclimatization prior to start of any trip to high altitudes. 

How physically fit do I need to be?
Personal physical fitness condition is necessary for our trip programs which are physically demanding and consistently requires physical effort. Our guided treks, climbing trips and hiking can be quite exhausting. The better physical condition you are in, the more you will be able to enjoy your experience. Being able to walk 4 miles in a day is the minimum requirement for all of our trips. You will never be rushed for you are our client.
 

What shall I be expected to carry during the trek?
Only the items you need during the day while trekking: Gore-Tex rain jacket/pants, polar fleece or warm wool sweater when ascending a high pass, warm winter hat and gloves, a visor cap, sunglasses, sun tan lotion, a camera, a water bottle as well as you favorite energy bars. Trekking sticks are really supportive items to bring. Your day pack should be large enough to hold these items.  Lunch is prepared, carried and served by our mountain cooks.

What kind of food will be served during the trek?
Food quality is always our primary concern. Before each trip, we stock up on plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables at the market in Huaraz. While in the mountains, we may purchase home-grown produce from the local Quechan farmers so that you can sample experience tasting other ancient Andean food varieties.  Clean food/cooking hygiene are an integral part of client-focused preparation process. The delicious food we serve provides our clients with a variety of nutritious and well-balanced meals that will restore your energy after a day of hiking at altitude. When booking with Inkaland Treks, you will specifically be asked if you prefer vegetarian meals or if you have any specific dietary requirements. By sharing you dietary preferences with us in advance, our cooks will be in an attentive position to cater to your culinary preferences.

What about water during the trek?
We always provide our clients with mineral bottle water during acclimatization hikes and carefully boiled then cooled water during our adventure treks and climbing expeditions. Good sense dictates to meticulously avoid drinking water from streams where animals graze for there is certainly a strong possibility you may come down with debilitating stomach issues.

 What are the group sizes for trips?
Guided private trips can run with group sizes between solo participants up to 10 in a group at a maximum. Our guide to client ratio depends upon specifics of trip and size. For treks up to 4 people we provide an assistant cook and assistant guide.

Do I need any vaccines before traveling to Peru?
Check with your doctor regarding what specific vaccines are currently being recommended for travelers that are headed to Peru. Your doctor will recommend specific immunizations based on the specific regions of Peru that you are traveling to since the Amazon region will have different immunization requirements then the high Andes region.  Huaraz is located in the mountain region of Peru and you will not be required to have a yellow fever vaccine for this area.  Traveling to the Amazon region typically requires a yellow fever vaccination.  We strongly urge you not to wait until the last few weeks before traveling to Peru to plan a doctor’s visit to get the required immunizations. Staying healthy while you are in Peru mostly involves drinking bottled water, eating only at recommended restaurants, and washing your hands frequently.

Is it safe to carry money, and how much should I bring?
Traveling with large amounts of cash is never recommended anywhere. In Huaraz, there are several ATM machines which accept debit cards, VISA, and MasterCard. Travelers Checks are another option, although you are limited in where and when you may cash them. While in the wilderness, all of your expenses are covered; however, you will be responsible for purchasing all of your in-town meals.

What if I don’t speak any Spanish?
As few Peruvians speak English mainly people who work in the tourism industry, it will only enhance your experience in the country to understand and speak a few Spanish words and attempt to communicate with the local people. You can study up at home before your trip, or bring along a dictionary and learn a little as you go, or take a Spanish class while you are here in Huaraz and Cuzco.  As a reassurance, many people travel in Peru without Spanish skills and get by.  You can expect English speaking Inkaland Treks’ staff person to help you with the language barrier during your time in Huaraz.  Smiles, sincerity, respect and courtesy will always carry you through.
 
How safe is Peru for foreigners?
In the last 13 years, Peru has made remarkable progress in becoming a stable and friendly place for all visitors. As a traveler, however, you will attract attention. You should be alert at all times, watch your luggage and keep your valuable items (cameras, wallets, music) on your person and as discreet as possible. We do not recommend that you wander around alone at night without your traveling group and make sure to keep your important documents, cards, and cash with you or locked up in a secure place. This is simply common traveling sense in any country you visit.

Do I need a Visa to enter Peru? How do I get a passport?
Visas are necessary to enter Peru. All you will need to have is a current Passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of your departure.

 How do I get to Huaraz, Peru?
You will have pre-arranged transportation from the Lima International Airport to Huaraz. We pre-arrange transfers with our staff to and from your hotel, airport, and bus station.  Spanish speaking ability is not required as our driver will know your trip details and ensure you are well taken care of while in the city. You can expect English speaking staff in the hotels in Lima, Cuzco and Huaraz.
There are to Options to arrive Huaraz from Lima via land by tour bus or regional flight.  When you confirm your choice of travel service from Lima to Huaraz, we will arrange the bus service which take 8.5 hours or regional flight which is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.  Traveling from Lima to Cuzco, the flight is 1hour and 20 minutes.

Accommodations in Town and on the Trail
The 3 Star hotel accommodations we recommend in cities are selected for their comfortable quality, service and nearby location to the city center with the main shops and safe areas to walk so that you can experience the local culture at its best.  We offer a variety of hotel accommodation choices of mid-range 3 Star hotels with comfortable, service focused treatment for our package trip programs. We recommend these 3 Star hotels because we have been most comfortable staying there ourselves.  We will book your accommodation at any select hotel of your choice. Within one adventure trip with us, you might stay one night in a comfortable hotel, another night in a mountain lodge or at a high mountain camp. We will always provide you with specific information on the accommodations to be used on your selected adventure travel trip description.

 Who will my guide be and what about the supporting staff?
Inkaland Treks professional local trekking and climbing guides have been selected on the basis of their experience and leadership skills. Our mountain and trekking guides are member of the UIAGM (International Union International Associations de Guide de Montagne) and CEAM (Centro de Estudios de Alta Montaña) who are multi-lingual in fluently speaking Spanish, Quechua and English. No matter who your guide is, you can be certain that they will meet the high standards expected by us for our clients. Your Inkaland Treks guide is there to ensure your travel adventure experience runs safely and smoothly.
The mountaineering field staff includes our cook, an Arriero as well as porters for high mountain expeditions. All Inkaland Treks’ team is highly-experienced and is used to working together. They are client centric-focused and fully recognize and value that they are working for your safety, comfort and enhanced adventure experience. They are extremely friendly and always eager to serve you.

Am I guaranteed to get to the summit safely?
As safety is our unquestioned priority, we cannot, in any way, guarantee you will summit. Our certified mountain guides and instructors have undergone extensive skills and emergency training, and have been selected for their impeccable safety records and attention to your well being. They will act conservatively in the interest of safety over the desire to stand on top of a peak in unpredictable weather conditions. In your adventure trip application, you will be asked to read and sign an Assumption of Risk Form. Be sure to read it over carefully before signing. Contact us with any questions you have regarding the risks that you will be assuming. Ascending any peak is optional.  Descending safely and returning alive is a must.

Do I need to bring extra money for tipping staff?
It is recommend that you bring extra money for tipping kitchen and camp staff, personal porters, assistant guides, arrieros and trip guides based solely on their demonstrated outstanding client focused service to you during your trip.  We will provide you with more detailed information about tipping in our pre-trip information document.

Insurance
We strongly recommend that every client take out travel insurance, covering personal accidents, medical expenses and repatriation. Automatic coverage is provided by most credit card companies when paying for your flight with a card, but that will not cover you for potentially hazardous mountain activities.  When purchasing insurance, be diligently careful in ensuring that there are no exclusion clauses limiting protection for adventure activities. All intelligent and responsible traveling adventurist properly and adequately cover themselves with insurance. Inkaland Treks requires our clients to sign a personal liability waiver. Pragmatic, up-front, diligence on your part will avoid needless out of pocket expenses for you if any unforeseen hazardous event occurs while on an Inkaland Treks’ adventure trip.

Risks and hazards
Each Inkaland Treks’ client understands that owing to the unique nature of adventure trips, the hazards of mountainous terrain, and other factors such as travelling in remote areas, that inherent risks can occur. Inkaland Treks’ clients travel entirely at their own risk and will not hold Inkaland Treks or its employees, responsible for any accidents that may occur.

Booking Conditions
Bookings will be confirmed only upon receipt of a deposit, representing 35% of the full price of the trip. Full payment must be received by Inkaland Treks prior to the beginning of the trip. The deposit must be paid via bank transfer to our account in Peru. Unfortunately, at the moment, we do not accept credit cards.

Changes of price and itinerary
In the event of bad weather or hazardous climbing conditions, Inkaland Treks reserves the right to alter planned itineraries for the safety and comfort of our clients.  Generally, while pricing is usually stable, non-preannounced price adjustments may be necessary for reasons beyond Inkaland Treks’ control such as, but not limited to, an increase in Peru’s National Park entrance fees, transportation costs due to then current oil prices, inflation, currency fluctuations, etc. As a client-centric service company, we dislike surprising changes in costs of services beyond our immediate control, so we will advise you immediately if any such unplanned cost increases occur.

 
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