5-Day Salkantay & Ancascocha to Machu Picchu: Dual Trails Adventure

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

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

5 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

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 - 4:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 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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Tour Itinerary

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

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

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)

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Tour 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.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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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.

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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.

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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Discounts

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.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 5-Day Salkantay & Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 5-Day Salkantay & Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

We’ll supply the duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing with your guide, held 1-2 nights prior to the tour’s start. This allows you to familiarize yourself with the bag and pack efficiently.

The briefing covers essential trek details, such as itinerary, safety guidelines, and last-minute updates. It’s an excellent chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

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.

By following these packing guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your trekking adventure. We look forward to guiding you on this exciting journey!

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Do I need any special physical preparation for this trek?

The 5-Day Salkantay & Ancascocha Trek is challenging due to its high altitude and rugged terrain. We recommend that participants engage in regular cardiovascular exercise, such as walking, hiking, or running, in the weeks leading up to the trek. Acclimatizing to the altitude a few days prior to the trek in Cusco or a similar elevation is also advisable.

Can I store my luggage somewhere during the trek?

Yes, you can store non-essential luggage at your hotel in Cusco or with our office. You will only need to carry a small daypack with essential items during the trek.

How do I manage my luggage during the trek?

You will be provided with a duffel bag to store your personal items, with a weight limit of 7 kg. This bag will be carried by our horses/mules. Your day pack should contain only essentials you’ll need during the day.

What happens in case of altitude sickness?

Our guides are trained to deal with altitude sickness and carry a first aid kit and emergency oxygen. If a trekker is unable to continue, arrangements will be made for their safe return to a lower altitude.

Can I visit Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu?

Yes, you can add a visit to Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu for an additional fee, subject to availability. This should be arranged at the time of booking.

How far in advance should I book the trek?

We recommend booking as far in advance as possible, especially during peak season (April to September), as permits for Machu Picchu and other sites can sell out quickly.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

Will I have cell phone reception during the trek?

Cell phone reception is sporadic and unreliable on the trek. We recommend informing family and friends that you will be out of contact during this time.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

Our chefs prepare a variety of healthy and nutritious meals including local and international cuisine. Expect a mix of soups, main courses, and desserts, all designed to provide the energy needed for the trek.

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