Phoksundo Lake Trek will take you to one of the extremely isolated regions of Nepal. Phoksundo Lake is the deepest lake in the Himalayan region, located in the mid-western part of Nepal. The best part of the lake is, it falls under the Phoksundo National Park area, which is home to many endangered animals like musk deer, Tibetan wolf, and snow leopard. The trek to Phoksundo Lake will offer you breath-taking views of the Himalayan sceneries.
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This is the shortest jungle tour to the Cultural Zone of Manu Park. An excellent tour for birders.
In this tour the main activities are based on bird watching; however, there are chances to observe several species of reptiles, amphibians, monkeys and some mammals.
Day 1: Cusco – Cloud Forest – Bamboo Lodge
Departure from Cusco city very early in the morning in one of our trucks specially prepared for this road. We will pass through interesting Inter-Andean valleys and picturesque farmer communities. In the middle of the day we are going to visit the pre-Inca buried towers of Ninamarca, known as “chullpas”. After that we will arrive to Paucartambo city, which is a typical colonial town. It had a lot of importance and it still conserves it’s flavor. Continuing our trip we drive up until the Abra of Accjanaco which is found at 3850 meters over the sea. From this point we start to go down passing through the cloud forest, which is an area rich in endemic species as the spectacular “Andean Bear” (Tremarctos Ornatus) and “The Cock of the Rock” (The Peruvian National Bird), “Orquis”, “Bromelias” and “Ferns” etc. Then in the cloud forest we will visit a lek of “Cock of the Rock”, in which these birds every morning and afternoon made during a very interesting dance called “Displays”. We will spend the night at Bamboo Lodge.
Day 2: Bamboo Lodge - Atalaya – Amazonia Lodge
Before breakfast we will take a walk, along the road we will be able to do some bird watching as well as have the opportunity to see some species of small monkeys. After a two hour walk we will enjoy our deserved breakfast at Atalaya Port; from here we will continue with our tour by boat. After approximately 20minutes of boat sailing we will walk towards Machuhuasi oxbow lake; there we will have the possibilities to see several species of birds as well as have the chance to see some Capybaras and monkeys.
In the afternoon we will reach our lodge in order to have lunch and take a short break before we start our afternoon walk.
This afternoon with luck in our walk we will have a possibility to see some Monkeys, Macaws, Toucans so in the way back we will have a night walking where we can see spiders, lizards, frogs and tarantulas, also this day we will observe some birds from the top of a metal tower. After this impressive experience we go back to the lodge where our delicious dinner is waiting.
Day 3: Amazonia Lodge all day.
Our lodge has several trails to explore, this day before breakfast we will explore one of the trails having the opportunity to see several species of birds; like, tanagers, flycatchers, trogons, parrots, macaws, hawks, falcons and Manakins. Beside birds we can also see several species of monkeys, peccaries, and maybe a jaguar or puma.
Late in the afternoon we will visit a lake near to the lodge where we can observe some caimans.
Option: This day if the weather conditions are good we will visit the parrot clay lick, and in the way back to the lodge we will visit the oxbow lake of Machuhuasi where several species of birds as well as monkeys and other mammals can be observed.
Day 4: Amazonia Lodge – Macaw/Parrot Clay lick- Cusco
We will get up early to visit a parrot clay lick where we can see three types of macaws, parrots and Parakeets. This is a clay Lick wall on the riverside, where different species of parrots and macaws come down each morning to extract necessary minerals for their diet balance.
After this impressive activity we will return to Atalaya by boat where our private bus will be waiting for us in order to take us back to Cusco by the cloud forest and Paucartambo. We will arrive back in Cusco in the late afternoon.
Tour Price: The tour prices with discount listed below apply when you book two weeks in advance as minimum and are based on the number of people that books the tour together.
- Airport pickup/drop by a private vehicle
- Standard accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara including breakfast as per itinerary
- Teahouse/guest house accommodation during the trek
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek as per Teahouse/guest house menu
- All ground transportation on a private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits
- An experienced, English-speaking government-licensed guide and assistant guide
- Porter service
- Staff expenses including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
- Down jacket and sleeping bag provided by Royal Himalayan Safari Tours (to be returned after trip completion)
- Free trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map to take back with yourself
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
- Medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Other official expenses
PRICE: BIRDING MANU EXPEDITION : 2023 per person
1.- traveller $1250.00
2.- travellers $850.00
4.- travellers $700.00
6+ travellers $650.00.
18 to 25 years old: $30 USD Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card is required at booking for government approval for discount.
Under 18 years old: $30 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Under 11 years old: $40 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Group of 5 or more: $30 USD – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.
Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
Air Mattress –$20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
Walking Poles -$20 USD per pair per trek (Professional poles that can be extended)
Personal tent- $35 USD – (Tent is for single trekkers only)
Vistadome Train Upgrade –$75 USD per person (Return Only)
Huayna Picchu Mountain –$75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
Machu Picchu Mountain – $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
Single supplement-$35 USD per night (for solo travellers with single room)
**Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are optional treks within Machu Picchu Citadel which do not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.
ADDED VALUES FOR FREE
TRANSFER – from the Airport to Hotel (Cusco Only)
DUFFEL BAG AND LINER BAGS – included in the trekking price!
BOILED WATER is included along the Inca Trail
OXYGEN TANK will be available along the trek
EMERGENCY HORSE is included in the price which can be ridden if you get tired or sick
PLASTIC RAIN poncho made by Inca Land Adventures is included.
TIPS FOR OUR PORTERS
IMPORTANT: Some of the reasons that our price may be higher than that of other agencies are the following:
We ALWAYS book the maximum number of porters possible (according to Inca Trail regulations) so that our porters are not overloaded.
Also, We are the only travel operator in Peru that supplies porters with proper tents, sleeping pads and adequate food for this type of activity.
We always we take care our hosremans and horses during our alternative treks so tiping it will be the seim as for the porters
Beware of this when booking they might be cheaper because of this!
2 people (minimum group size) should have a maximum of 7 porters and 16 people (max group size) should have 22 porters.
** Tips for porters, cooks or guides are optional and are NOT included in our price. However our advice is that you tip our staff based on their performance, service and knowledge. Our guidelines for tipping our staff is the following:
Each porter gets 100 Soles, each assistant cook 150 Soles, the Main Chef gets 300 Soles.make sure to tip more if your trip it is more than 5 days or if it is luxury treks
Assistant Tour guides can be tipped collectively by the members of the group, we suggest a 5% of the total cost of the tour.
Main guides are tipped on a one on one basis and based on their performance. Tour guides are professional people who spend a lot of time training in different other fields such archaelogy, history and WFA. We suggest people to consider tipping our guide a 10% to 15% of the value of your tour.
Train included in all tours is the Expedition train (to Ollanta). Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you could take is the 2:55 PM and the 9:20 PM being the last train (high season June to September). We will organize the transport back to Cusco (by taxi or by bus).