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5-Day Classic Ancascocha Adventure

Unveil the Mysteries of Ancient Ruins and Breathtaking Landscapes in a 5-Day Expedition

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

5 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

5-Day Classic Ancascocha Adventure Overview

Discover the hidden gems of the Peruvian Andes on our signature 5-Day Classic Ancascocha Adventure with Huaynas Expeditions. This immersive journey takes you through a stunning tapestry of landscapes—from emerald lakes to towering mountain passes. Along the way, you’ll visit ancient Inca ruins that stand as sentinels to a bygone era. The tour is designed to provide an intimate connection to the natural and historical wonders of the region, guided by seasoned experts who bring each site to life.

This all-inclusive trek caters to both your adventurous spirit and your need for comfort. Our professional team takes care of every detail, from transportation to gourmet meals prepared by trekking chefs. Porters and muleteers handle all camping equipment, freeing you to focus solely on the experience. The adventure culminates in a visit to the iconic Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Come ready to explore, discover, and experience the best of what the Peruvian Andes have to offer.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Perolniyoc Waterfall, Perolniyoc Inca Ruins, Ancascocha Lake, Inca Site of Incaracay, Paucarcancha Incan Site, Classic Inca Trail at Km 82, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:30
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 04:30
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:30
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5-Day Classic Ancascocha Adventure

Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Day 1: Cusco – Socma – Perolniyoc Inca Ruins – Chacachuco Valley

Your day kicks off with an early morning pick-up from your hotel in the heart of Cusco. We embark on a scenic two-hour drive to Soqma, the starting point for this unforgettable adventure. Our dedicated team of muleteers will be ready to greet you, their mules already packed and prepared for the trek. Before we set out, you’ll enjoy a wholesome breakfast, featuring a spread of local and international favorites to fuel you for the day ahead.

The morning hike leads us through winding mountain paths, rich with flora and fauna unique to the Andean highlands. Your first spectacle is the astonishing Perolniyoc waterfall, cascading from a height to crash into a serene pool below. After capturing this magical sight on camera, we ascend to the Perolniyoc Inca ruins. Your expert guide will regale you with stories of Inca history, breathing life into the stone walls and terraces. We then proceed to a scenic lunch spot where you’ll enjoy freshly prepared meals from our trekking chefs, all while soaking in panoramic views of the valley. Post-lunch, a challenging yet rewarding hike takes us to the Kuychiccasa pass. Here, the vistas stretch from the rugged slopes of the Sacred Valley to the snow-capped peaks of the Urubamba range. As the sun sets, we make our descent to the campsite at Chacachuco. Our team will have your tents set up, and a steaming cup of tea or hot chocolate will be waiting for you, followed by a sumptuous dinner crafted by our chefs.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7-8 hours, 11 km

Rise and shine with a cup of freshly brewed tea or coffee served right at your tent’s flap. Breakfast is a hearty affair, intended to fortify you for the ascent to the Kuychiccasa Pass. Our morning trek is steep but manageable, and you’ll pass by rustic farms that offer glimpses into highland life. Every step provides a new view, framed by the towering Nevadas in the backdrop.

Reaching the summit of the Kuychiccasa Pass is an exhilarating moment. Here, the world opens up before you, offering a 360-degree panorama of the Chancachuco and Sacred Valleys. Take a moment to catch your breath and capture photos before we descend to our lunch spot in the Chancachuco Valley. With full bellies and high spirits, we continue to ascend slightly for a closer look at the magnificent Mt. Veronica, one of the highest peaks in the Urubamba range. The remainder of the day’s trek is a gentle downward slope that leads us to Ancascocha. The campsite here sits in a secluded wooded valley, with the comforting sound of a nearby stream serving as nature’s lullaby. Dinner will be served, allowing time for camaraderie and storytelling around the campfire.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7-8 hours, 12 km

The day starts early with a nutritious breakfast prepared by our trekking chefs. As you sip your morning tea or coffee, the sun will start rising, casting its first rays on the Andean peaks. Today is a challenging but rewarding day as we set off toward the Huayanay Pass, the highest point of this trek.

The morning’s hike is filled with natural wonders. Expect to see exotic birds native to the region and perhaps even a condor soaring high above. The switchback trail offers stunning vistas, including the sparkling blue Ancascocha Lake and well-preserved Inca remains. Upon reaching the Huayanay Pass, take a moment to enjoy the unparalleled views of the surrounding glaciers and valleys. Your guide will snap commemorative photos as you celebrate this trekking milestone. The descent to our lunch spot is a comfortable one and situated near the small Inca site of Incaracay, providing more historical wonders to explore.

The afternoon brings a change in landscape as we venture through the highland valley. It’s a 2-hour hike to our next campsite, Paucarcancha. Upon arrival, the team will set up camp, and you’ll have time to explore the nearby Inca site. With its ancient agricultural terraces and stone structures, it’s a perfect introduction to Inca civilization. The day wraps up with a delightful dinner, perhaps featuring local specialties such as trout or quinoa, depending on the day’s menu.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 8-9 hours, 14 km

Today marks the final day of hiking, but it’s not without its charms. After breakfast, we descend to Km 82, a section of the iconic Classic Inca Trail. The path is steeped in history, and your guide will point out several sites of interest as you trek. The trek concludes with a fulfilling lunch at Km 82, a spot renowned as the official beginning of the Classic Inca Trail.

Post-lunch, we’ll drive you to Ollantaytambo, where you’ll catch a scenic train to Aguas Calientes. The train ride itself is an experience, offering a different perspective on the landscape you’ve just hiked through. Rolling hills give way to lush, verdant scenery as you approach Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, you can either relax in your hotel room or visit the famous hot springs in town to soak your tired muscles. Dinner will be served at a carefully selected local restaurant, providing a variety of options to satisfy every palate.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5 hours, 11 km

Today is the day you’ve been waiting for—Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of the Inca Empire. After an early buffet or boxed breakfast, a 25-minute bus ride takes you up winding roads to the citadel. The first glimpse of Machu Picchu, with its intricate stone constructions set against a backdrop of emerald mountains, is an awe-inspiring sight.

Your guide will lead you through a 2-hour tour of the site, elaborating on its history, significance, and the genius behind its construction. Following the tour, you’ll have free time to explore on your own. Whether you choose to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (subject to availability), or simply wander through the ruins, you’ll be surrounded by unparalleled scenic beauty and a sense of wonder. In the afternoon, we’ll regroup for the bus ride back to Aguas Calientes. From there, you’ll catch a train to Ollantaytambo and then a private van to your hotel in Cusco, aiming to arrive around 8 pm, thus concluding your Ancascocha adventure.

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Approx. 3 hours

Tour Highlights

5-Day Classic Ancascocha Adventure Highlights

  • Perolniyoc Waterfall: Discover this hidden natural gem, perfect for photography and moments of serenity.
  • Perolniyoc Inca Ruins: Explore the ancient Incan structures high above the valley, with expert guides providing historical context.
  • Kuychiccasa and Huayanay Passes: Ascend to these remarkable mountain passes for breathtaking panoramic views of the Andean ranges.
  • Ancascocha Lake: Experience the tranquility and beauty of this high-altitude lake surrounded by mountains.
  • Highland Life: Witness traditional Andean livelihoods at rustic farms and villages along the trek.
  • Nevadas and Urubamba Peaks: Marvel at the stunning snow-capped peaks that form a dramatic backdrop to your journey.
  • Inca Site of Incaracay and Paucarcancha: Learn about the historical significance of these lesser-known but fascinating Incan sites.
  • Scenic Train Ride: Enjoy a picturesque train journey from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, offering a different perspective of the landscape.
  • Machu Picchu: Culminate your trek with a guided tour of this iconic New Seven Wonder of the World.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to trailhead.
  • Return transportation from trail’s end to Ollantaytambo.
  • 4-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Inflatable mattress.
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Professional chef and assistant chef.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water for water bottle refills.
  • Horses to carry all equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.).
  • Horse to transport 7 kg of your personal gear.
  • Muleteers to manage pack animals.
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • All necessary trekking permits.
  • Entry ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Aguas Calientes (twin bedroom with private facilities).
  • Round-trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
  • Round-trip Expedition Train tickets between Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo.
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Hotel stay in Cusco before and after the trek.
  • Sleeping bag (available for rent).
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 5 lunch and dinner.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 80 extra per person).
  • Tips for tour guides, chefs, and support staff are not included and are at your discretion.

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Emergency Horse & Handler: An extra horse and a trained handler provide added safety on the trail.
  • 3-Star Aguas Calientes Hotel: Rest and recharge in a carefully selected 3-star hotel.
  • North Face Four-Season Tents: State-of-the-art, weather-resistant tents for ultimate outdoor comfort.
  • Mountain Climbing Permits: Choose between Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Vistadome First-Class Train: Enjoy scenic travel from Aguas Calientes with panoramic windows offering spectacular views.
  • Private Van to Cusco: Enjoy a direct, comfortable transfer to Cusco post-trek.
  • Gourmet Lunch: Indulge in a gourmet dining experience at either Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping Bag: Sleep well with one premium sleeping bag per person.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Personal Duffel Bag: Use a durable duffel bag to conveniently carry your personal gear, including the sleeping bag and self-inflating pads.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

780

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

810

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

860

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

1020

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

1280

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

1420

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

*Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure – Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments – Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances – Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Huaynas Expeditions will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Huaynas Expeditions does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport & student ID (if applicable).
  • Light day pack with clothes for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots & extra socks.
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf, beanie, and thermals for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Torch/flashlight & spare batteries.
  • Camera, film & batteries.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (20% DEET minimum, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen & water for the first morning.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel/sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks/poles.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

We’ll provide a returnable duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing, held 1-2 nights before your tour. Familiarize yourself with the bag, pack efficiently, and get essential trek details, safety guidelines, and updates. It’s a great chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Our Packing Tips:

  • Adhere to the 7 kg weight limit: Keep the weight of your personal items in the duffle bag within the 7 kg limit to maintain a manageable load for the horses.
  • Place non-essential items in the duffle bag: Store items you won’t need during the day, like extra clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bags, in the duffle bag to lighten your day pack.
  • Label your duffle bag: Add a luggage tag or other identification to your duffle bag to prevent mix-ups with other trekkers’ bags.
  • Keep valuables in your day pack: Store passports, cameras, cash, and other valuable items in your day pack for added security and easy access.

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