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7-Day Ancascocha Trek & Classic Inca Trail Connection

Immerse yourself in the serene Ancascocha trek before embarking on the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

7 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

March – January

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

7-Day Ancascocha Trek & Classic Inca Trail Connection Overview

Set off on an exhilarating 7-Day Ancascocha Trek and Classic Inca Trail, a journey that weaves through the majestic Andes and unveils the rich tapestry of Inca history. This trek is a blend of adventure and cultural discovery, taking you through lush valleys, over high mountain passes, and into the heart of ancient Incan sites. Your path will lead you through diverse landscapes, from the tranquil beauty of the Ancascocha Trail to the iconic, cloud-shrouded peaks surrounding Machu Picchu.

This experience is more than a hike; it’s a journey into the past, following the footsteps of the Inca along paths carved into the mountains centuries ago. Each day offers new discoveries, from hidden Inca ruins to breathtaking vistas, culminating in the unforgettable sight of Machu Picchu at dawn. Accompanied by knowledgeable guides and supported by a team of locals, you’ll gain insights into the natural and historical wonders of Peru, making this trek not just a physical challenge but a journey of the soul.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 5:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Perolniyoc Waterfall, Rayan, Ancascocha, Huayanay Pass, Paucarcancha, Llulluchapampa, Dead Woman’s Pass, Wiñay Wayna, Sun Gate, Machu Picchu

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7-Day Ancascocha Trek & Classic Inca Trail

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 to Rayan – A Gateway to Ancient Trails

Your adventure begins with an early departure from the historic city of Cusco. Embark on a picturesque 1 hour and 45 minutes drive to Soqma (3,205 m), where a warm welcome and a hearty breakfast prepared by our expert chef await you. This is not just a meal, but a vital energy booster for the day’s hike.

The trek starts with a gentle walk towards the breathtaking Perolniyoc cascade lookout, offering a perfect opportunity for memorable photos. After relishing the stunning waterfall views, you’ll proceed to the nearby Inca site, delving into the ancient culture with a brief tour. Here, surrounded by history, you’ll enjoy a well-deserved lunch.

Post-lunch, a 45-minute ascent takes you to your first camp at Rayan (3,700 m). As you settle in for the night, you’re treated to serene views of the dry mountain landscape, a perfect end to an exhilarating day.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6 hours, 13 km

The second day starts early as you depart Rayan for a 4-hour uphill trek towards the Kuychicassa pass (4,450 m). This challenging hike rewards you with stunning vistas of snow-capped peaks, roaming llamas, and lush valleys. If luck favors, you might even spot the majestic Andean condor.

At the summit, breathtaking views of the Chancachuco and Sacred Valleys await, offering a perfect moment for rest and reflection. The journey then descends into the Chancachuco Valley for a well-earned lunch break amidst the stunning backdrop of Mt. Veronica.

Post-lunch, a 30-minute ascent by a stream leads to a 4-hour downhill walk, taking you to the picturesque community of Ancascocha (3,700 m). Here, your evening is spent in a beautifully wooded valley, with a stream adding to the tranquil ambiance, as you prepare for another night under the stars.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 8 hours, 16 km

Rise to a new day in Ancascocha and prepare for an invigorating ascent to the Huayanay Pass (4,650 m), the highest and most exhilarating point of our trek. The 4-hour climb, while demanding, offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness the raw beauty of the Andes, complete with a stunning waterfall cascading into Ancashcocha Lake.

Reaching the zenith, you’ll be rewarded with the sight of an original cobblestone-paved Inca trail, a testament to the ingenuity of ancient civilizations. The descent to the Inca site of Incarajay serves as a perfect lunch spot, allowing you to refuel and enjoy the breathtaking surroundings.

The trek continues with a descent into greener pastures, revealing views of the classic Inca trail and the charming Qésqua valley. Passing through the Muyu Muyu community, the day concludes at the beautifully restored Inca Tambo of Paucarcancha, a serene campsite nestled amidst ancient history.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7-8 hours, 16 km

The fourth day marks a significant transition as we join the classic Inca Trail. Bidding farewell to our horsemen, we welcome our team of porters who will accompany us for the remainder of the journey. From Paucarcancha, a short 25-minute descent brings us to Huayllabamba, the last village on the Inca Trail.

The path then takes us on a 4-hour hike uphill to Llulluchapampa (3,700 m). This segment of the journey is a mesmerizing walk through diverse ecosystems, including the enchanting cloud forest. Each step brings a new vista, a new sensation, and a deeper connection with the ancient path you’re traversing.

As you settle into the camp at Llulluchapampa, the quiet of the cloud forest envelops you, offering a peaceful retreat after a day of historical and natural exploration.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 4–5 hours, 11 km

Awaken to a fresh Andean morning and begin your day with a revitalizing cup of coca tea. Day 5 is challenging yet incredibly rewarding, starting with a 2-hour hike to the highest pass of the trail, Dead Woman’s Pass (4,215 meters). The effort to reach the summit is amply rewarded with stunning panoramic views and a deep sense of accomplishment.

After a brief respite at the pass, embark on a descent into the Pacaymayu Valley, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Andes. Lunch awaits in this serene spot, offering a chance to rest and rejuvenate.

The afternoon’s journey involves ascending to the second pass of the trek and visiting the small but significant Inca site of Runcu Raccay. Witness the grandeur of nature with cascading waterfalls as you continue to Sayacmarca, an ancient village offering insights into Inca architecture and culture.

As the day ends, arrive at Chaquicocha (Dry Lake), your campsite for the night. Under the starlit sky, your guide will share stories and point out the Inca constellations, adding an astronomical dimension to your adventure.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 8-10 hours, 16 km

Embark on a two-hour trek to Phuyupatamarca (City in the Clouds), one of the most intact and stunning Inca ruins along the trail. Here, the views of Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu Mountain, and Huayna Picchu are nothing short of spectacular.

The trail then weaves its way into the rainforest, descending to Wiñay Wayna. En route, you’ll pass Inti Pata, known for some of the most beautiful photo opportunities on the Inca Trail. Arriving at Wiñay Wayna (2,680 m), you’ll enjoy lunch and then explore the nearby archaeological site, renowned for its terraced hillsides and spiritual significance.

Your camp at Wiñay Wayna, set amidst the high cloud forest, offers a tranquil and reflective atmosphere, perfect for your last night on the trail.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5 hours, 10 km

The final day of your trek begins before dawn, as you make your way to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, arriving just in time to witness the first rays of the sun illuminating the magnificent Machu Picchu. This moment, seeing the Lost City of the Incas come to life with the new day, is an experience you’ll treasure forever.

After taking in the awe-inspiring views, a 40-minute downhill hike brings you to Machu Picchu itself. Here, you’ll embark on a comprehensive two-hour tour of the city, exploring its mysteries and marveling at the ingenuity of the Incan civilization.

After immersing yourself in the magic of Machu Picchu, you’ll head to Aguas Calientes to board the train for a scenic journey to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, a comfortable car ride will take you back to Cusco. As you reflect on the incredible experiences of the past week, from high mountain passes to the iconic Lost City of the Incas, you’ll carry with you memories that will last a lifetime.

Accommodation: Return to Cusco
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Approx. 2 hours, 5 km

Tour Highlights

7-Day Ancascocha Trek & Classic Inca Trail Connection Highlights

  • Perolniyoc Waterfall: Discover the enchanting Perolniyoc Waterfall, a hidden natural wonder that sets the tone for the adventure ahead.
  • Ancient Inca Sites: Explore the rich tapestry of Inca history at various archaeological sites, including the ruins near Rayan and the ancient settlement at Paucarcancha.
  • Breathtaking Mountain Passes: Ascend to awe-inspiring mountain passes such as the Huayanay Pass, offering panoramic views of the stunning Andean landscape.
  • Diverse Ecosystems: Journey through diverse ecosystems, from arid mountain regions to verdant cloud forests, each with its unique flora and fauna.
  • Dead Woman’s Pass: Tackle the challenge and thrill of reaching Dead Woman’s Pass, the highest point on the Classic Inca Trail.
  • Wiñay Wayna: Uncover the terraced splendor of Wiñay Wayna, an important archaeological site rich in history and offering spectacular views.
  • Sun Gate and Machu Picchu: Experience the unforgettable sight of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate at sunrise, a moment that symbolizes the culmination of your trek.
  • Ancascocha Lagoon: Marvel at the tranquil beauty of the Ancascocha Lagoon, a serene high-altitude body of water surrounded by the majestic Andes.
  • Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in local Andean culture and traditions, gaining a deeper appreciation of the region and its people.
  • Expert Guidance: Learn from local guides whose expertise and insights bring to life the natural beauty and historical significance of the trail.

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.
  • Pickup and drop-off from/to your hotel in Cusco.
  • All transportation to and from trek starting and ending points.
  • 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 for 7 kg of personal gear during the Salkantay section.
  • Muleteers to manage horses.
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • Porter Service: To carry camping equipment, food, and other essentials.
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Entry tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Camping fees and permits.
  • 6 nights of camping accommodations (tents provided).
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Expedition-class train from Aguas Calientes to 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.

  • Sleeping bag (available for rent; carried by trekkers unless opting for porter service on the Inca Trail).
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 7 lunch and dinner.
  • Personal Porter Service for the Inca Trail Section: Additional charges based on requirements: Full Porter for personal gear (12kg): US$150, Half Porter for personal gear (6kg): US$75, Extra Porter for sleeping gear (4kg): US$50.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 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.
  • 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.
  • Porter for Personal Belongings on Inca Trail: A dedicated porter will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items directly to each campsite during the Inca Trail section, allowing you to trek more comfortably.
  • 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

1850

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

1900

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

1980

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

2440

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

3190

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

3600

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.
  • Walking sticks or 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:

  • Layering: Make sure to pack clothing that can be layered easily to adapt to the variable weather conditions.
  • Space: Use packing cubes or zip-lock bags to organize your gear and to maximize space in your backpack.
  • Footwear: Break in your hiking boots before the trek to avoid discomfort or blisters.
  • Dry Gear: Even if your daypack is water-resistant, consider packing your gear in dry bags or garbage bags for added protection.
  • Essentials: Keep essentials like passport, cash, and personal medication in a secure and easily accessible place.
  • Sleeping Bag: If you have not opted for the porter service during the Inca Trail section, please note that you will be responsible for carrying your own sleeping bag.
  • Lightweight: Aim to pack as light as possible, especially if you haven’t opted for a porter service. Consider your stamina and the trek’s difficulty when packing.
  • Deluxe Package: If you’ve opted for the Deluxe Package, make sure your personal belongings do not exceed the weight limit for the porter service during the Inca Trail segment.

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