7-Day Ancascocha and Classic Inca Trail: The Full Experience

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

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

7 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

March - January

Tour type

Adventure

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 - 5:30 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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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 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

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Tour 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.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Booking your spot on our trek is as simple as paying a deposit of 40% of the total trip cost. We use this deposit to prepare for your adventure, securing all the necessary permits and equipment.

Please make sure to pay the remaining balance 2 days before your trip starts.

Accepted Payment Methods

We want to make things easy for you! That’s why we offer a variety of payment options: bank transfer, credit card, or PayPal. Just keep in mind, depending on the payment method, there may be some additional fees.

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Late Payments

If we don’t receive your final payment by the due date, we might have to cancel your reservation and use the deposit as a cancellation fee. To avoid this, please take care to submit your payment on time.

Last-Minute Bookings
For bookings made within 15 days of the trip departure date, the full payment is required at the time of booking.

Cancellation Policy

Client Cancellations – All Sales are Final

We get it, sometimes plans change. But due to all the planning and non-refundable expenses associated with this tour, once you’ve booked and paid, we can’t provide a refund if you need to cancel. That’s why we strongly recommend getting comprehensive travel insurance that covers trip cancellations. It’s a great way to protect yourself if something unforeseen comes up.

Force Majeure

Sometimes, things beyond our control, like natural disasters or political instability, can change our plans. In such cases, we’ll work together to either reschedule your trip or offer a credit for future travel, subject to availability and at our discretion.

Travel Insurance

We always recommend going for comprehensive travel insurance to cover trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and other unexpected events. We want you to be well-protected in case of any surprises. Remember, Huaynas Expeditions isn’t responsible for any costs incurred due to trip cancellations or disruptions 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 7-Day Ancascocha Trek & Classic Inca Trail Connection. 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 7-Day Ancascocha Trek & Classic Inca Trail Connection, 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:
  • 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.

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.

What is the difficulty level of the trek?

The trek is considered challenging due to its high altitude, length, and some steep sections. It’s suitable for those who are reasonably fit and have some hiking experience.

What happens if I choose not to hire a personal porter for the trek?

If you opt not to hire a personal porter, you’ll need to carry your own gear, including your sleeping bag, clothing, and personal items. On the Salkantay section, horses will carry up to 7 kg of your gear, but on the Inca Trail section, you’ll be responsible for your belongings. It’s advisable to pack light and train with a weighted backpack for comfort and readiness. While a porter is not mandatory, hiring one can greatly ease your load and support local employment.

Can I hire a porter on the day of the trek for the Inca Trail section?

Hiring a porter on the day of the trek for the Inca Trail section is not possible. Porters are considered part of the total number of people allowed on the Inca Trail each day and count towards the permit limit. Therefore, they need to be booked in advance, ensuring that their entrance and all necessary permits are secured. We advise arranging porter services at the time of your initial booking to guarantee availability and compliance with Inca Trail regulations.

What kind of weather should I expect during the trek?

The weather on the trek can vary greatly, depending on the time of year. Expect warm and sunny conditions during the day, but it can be quite cold at night, especially at higher elevations. Rain is a possibility, particularly during the wet season (November to March). Layered clothing and waterproof gear are essential.

How far in advance should I book the trek?

It’s recommended to book the trek at least 6 months in advance, especially during the peak season (May to September), as permits for the Inca Trail are limited and can sell out quickly.

Can I store my luggage somewhere during the trek?

Yes, you can leave any excess luggage at your hotel in Cusco or with our local office. We provide a duffel bag for your personal gear to be carried by horses or porters during the trek.

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.

What are the camping facilities like during the trek?

During the trek, we provide high-quality camping facilities. This includes tents (allocated per two people), a dining tent, kitchen tent, and a toilet tent. Campsites are chosen for their scenic beauty and tranquility, providing a comfortable outdoor experience.

What happens if I am unable to complete the trek?

If you’re unable to complete the trek due to illness or other reasons, we will provide the necessary assistance to get you to the nearest medical facility or back to Cusco. Any evacuation or medical costs not covered by your insurance will be your responsibility.

Can I charge my electronic devices during the trek?

Charging facilities are extremely limited during the trek. We recommend bringing extra batteries or a portable power bank for your electronic devices.

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