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5-Day Salkantay & Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu

Experience the Salkantay and Ancascocha treks on your way to the iconic Machu Picchu.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

5 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

5-Day Salkantay & Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu Overview

Embark on a captivating 5-Day Salkantay & Ancascocha Trek, a journey that weaves through the majestic Andes en route to the iconic Machu Picchu. This trek is a blend of adventure and ancient history, offering an intimate encounter with the diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage of Peru. Each day unveils new wonders, from soaring snow-capped peaks to lush, verdant valleys, inviting you into a world where nature and history merge.

This journey is more than a trek; it’s a passage through time, marked by stunning mountain passes, remote Andean villages, and ancient Incan sites. The anticipation of reaching Machu Picchu adds a thrilling culmination to this adventure, making it not just a hike, but a pilgrimage through the heart of the Andes, filled with enduring memories and transformative experiences.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Mollepata, Soraypampa, Salkantaypampa, Pampa Japonesa, Inka Chiriaska, Yanaq’aya Lookout, Ancascocha, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
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Tour Itinerary

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

Day 1: Mollepata to Yanaq’aya Lookout – A Journey Above the Clouds

Your adventure begins with a pickup from your hotel, followed by a scenic 3-hour drive to Mollepata, perched at an elevation of 2870 meters. Here, amidst the local hustle, you can grab last-minute snacks and essentials before embarking on the trek.

The hike commences at Soraypampa (3930m), where the landscape opens up to panoramic views of fields and mountains. The trail leads you through Salkantaypampa, the gateway to the renowned Salkantay trek, unveiling the imposing Salkantay (6264m) and Humantay (5217m) mountains. Lunch at Pampa Japonesa (4600m) offers a moment to rest and absorb the magnificence of these snow-capped guardians.

Post-lunch, the trek to Inka Chiriaska (4959m) is a challenging yet rewarding 1.5-hour journey, offering spectacular vistas. The day culminates at Yanaq’aya lookout, where you set up camp amidst the breathtaking high-altitude landscape.

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

The day begins with a nourishing breakfast, fueling you for the trek ahead. Following old Inca paths, you embark on a journey through time, traversing Toqto Pass (4850m) and Calacocha Pass (4667m). The landscape unfolds as you continue to Cruz Casa and over Millpo Pass, descending to Millpo (4399m) for a well-deserved lunch.

Re-energized, you ascend to Qosqueñaq pass (4600m) and then make your way down to Yahuarmaky, where the camp is set amidst serene surroundings. This day’s trek is a blend of challenging ascents, rewarding descents, and captivating scenic beauty.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 10 hours, 17 km

Awake early for an exhilarating day filled with high passes and historical wonders. The trek starts with a climb to Chusqenay Pass (4630m), where each step takes you deeper into the heart of the Andes. Descending to Rumi Inca Pass and ascending the narrow Yahuarmaky Valley, you’re surrounded by the raw beauty of the mountains.

The ascent to Aqocasa Pass (4686m) is a journey through time, revealing views of the renowned Inca Trail and majestic mountains like Salkantay, Humantay, and Huacaywillka. Atop the pass, the breathtaking vista includes the Incan archaeological site of Inca Raqay.

Descending to Inca Rakay and climbing again to Huaynanay Pass (4630m), the day is a mix of rigorous trekking and awe-inspiring landscapes. Your campsite at Ancascocha (4400m) awaits, nestled amidst these ancient wonders, offering a serene end to a day of discovery.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 8 hours, 13 km

Awake early for an exhilarating day filled with high passes and historical wonders. The trek starts with a climb to Chusqenay Pass (4630m), where each step takes you deeper into the heart of the Andes. Descending to Rumi Inca Pass and ascending the narrow Yahuarmaky Valley, you’re surrounded by the raw beauty of the mountains.

The ascent to Aqocasa Pass (4686m) is a journey through time, revealing views of the renowned Inca Trail and majestic mountains like Salkantay, Humantay, and Huacaywillka. Atop the pass, the breathtaking vista includes the Incan archaeological site of Inca Raqay.

Descending to Inca Rakay and climbing again to Huaynanay Pass (4630m), the day is a mix of rigorous trekking and awe-inspiring landscapes. Your campsite at Ancascocha (4400m) awaits, nestled amidst these ancient wonders, offering a serene end to a day of discovery.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 8 hours, 13 km

Today’s trek offers a gentler pace, marking a transition from high-altitude trails to the lush Andean vegetation. From Ancascocha, your path weaves through a landscape dotted with chachacoma and qeuña trees, orchids, begonias, and bromeliads. The descent towards Camicancha becomes increasingly gentle, leading you to Chillca.

At Chillca, you’ll board the late afternoon train to Aguas Calientes, marking the end of your trekking journey. In Aguas Calientes, a celebratory dinner and a comfortable hotel stay await, offering a moment to relax and reflect on the journey’s experiences.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6 hours, 11 km

The final day begins with an early morning buffet or boxed breakfast at your hotel, followed by a 25-minute bus ride to Machu Picchu. The curvy road journey offers stunning views, setting the stage for your arrival at one of the new 7 Wonders of the World.

A 2-hour guided walking tour of the Machu Picchu Inca Citadel unveils its mysteries and splendors. Post-tour, explore the ruins at your own pace or embark on the climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains, if you’ve chosen this option.

Your return to Aguas Calientes is by bus, followed by a train journey to Poroy or Ollantaytambo. A private van then transports you back to Cusco, concluding your remarkable journey around 8 pm, filled with memories of an unforgettable adventure.

Accommodation: Return to Cusco
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Approx. 2 hours (exploration of Machu Picchu)

Tour Highlights

5-Day Salkantay & Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu Highlights

  • Breathtaking Scenery of the Andes: Traverse through diverse landscapes, from the rugged trails of Salkantay and Ancascocha to the lush valleys and snow-capped peaks, offering awe-inspiring views at every turn.
  • Ancient Incan Sites: Encounter the remnants of the Incan civilization, including lesser-known ruins and pathways, providing a unique glimpse into the rich history of this ancient culture.
  • Majestic Mountain Passes: Experience the thrill of crossing high-altitude passes, including the striking Salkantay Pass and Aqocasa Pass, each offering panoramic vistas and a sense of accomplishment.
  • Flora and Fauna of the Cloud Forest: Journey through the cloud forest regions, home to a variety of orchids, bromeliads, and unique wildlife, offering a change in scenery and biodiversity.
  • Cultural Immersion in Andean Villages: Visit remote villages like Yahuarmaky and Ancascocha, where you can interact with local communities and gain insight into their traditional way of life.
  • End at the Iconic Machu Picchu: The trek concludes with a visit to Machu Picchu, the renowned Inca citadel and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, promising a memorable exploration of this archaeological marvel.
  • Comfortable Accommodations: Enjoy a mix of camping under the stars in serene locations and a comfortable hotel stay in Aguas Calientes, ensuring a well-rounded and comfortable adventure.
  • Guided Exploration: Benefit from the knowledge and insights of experienced guides, fluent in multiple languages, who bring the history, culture, and natural environment of the region to life.

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 or office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to the trailhead.
  • 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.
  • 4 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 fees to Salkantay, Ancascocha, and Machu Picchu.
  • Camping spot fees at designated sites.
  • 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 1 breakfast and Day 5 lunch.
  • 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

860

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

900

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

990

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

1290

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

1450

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

1670

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

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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