The Ancascocha Trek via Salkantay is an incredible adventure that combines two of the most famous treks in the Cusco region: the Ancascocha Trek and the Salkantay Trek. This 5-day journey will lead you through breathtaking landscapes, snow-capped mountains, traditional Andean villages, and the stunning Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.
You will also be able to enjoy the unique flora and fauna of the area, as well as the cultural aspects of the local communities that you will encounter along the way. You will have the opportunity to learn about the traditional Inca way of life, as well as their history, customs, and beliefs. In addition, you will have the opportunity to experience the incredible food, music, and art of the region. The Ancascocha Trek via Salkantay is a once- in-a-lifetime experience that will stay with you forever.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (4:00 am – 4:30 am).
Ancascocha Trek via Salkantay – 5 Days highlights:
A non-refundable deposit (varies depending on tour) is payable from the Client to Huaynas Expeditions when reserving any Product. If the reservation is made 7 days or fewer before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. Depending on the original booking method, the client should send the non-refundable deposit to Huaynas Expeditions or the authorized Agent through whom they made their reservation.
A pre-tour briefing is given to you, ideally two days before the start of the trek. This is comprehensive information on the tour schedule, required gear, altitude, weather, etc. Questions and concerns will be clarified so that you fully comprehend the tour schedule.
It is strongly suggested to be progressively acclimatized; thus, you should arrive in Cusco 2 days previous to trek departure. Altitude sickness causes you a headache, stomache, hands tingling, etc. There is certain medicine you may take to avoid altitude sickness, for instance acetazalomide; moreover, it is helpful to have coca tea; and hot liquids to not become dehydrated. You must descend as the ultimate emergency if you develop serious altitude sickness.
If your hotel is located in the Historical Center of Cusco, Huaynas Expeditions will pick you up there. Although your guide will schedule the pickup time during the briefing, please be aware that the pickup time could change by up to 20 minutes due to traffic.
Cusco is an ancient city, and there are lots of winding cobblestone streets there. It may be challenging to move luggage to some hotels and Airbnbs because they are situated on car-free streets or long, including inclines. Booking lodging with adequate access is something we strongly advise.
You’ll be given a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. Our horses will transport them, and the horsemen will hand them to you as you arrive at each camp. They are 60 x 24 x 22 centimetres (23.6 x 9.45 x 8.66 in).
Each duffel bag can only contain a maximum of 7 kilogrammes (15.4 lb), which includes the weight of your clothing, sleeping bag, and other personal belongings.
Strikes and demonstrations are frequent in Peru, which may stop some of our tours. Roads can be stopped, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will attempt to keep your vacation as initially planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these conditions, trips may potentially be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, our operations department will manage everything with you. Your safety is our priority, and our decisions will be taken to protect it.
Because group trips are made up of various persons, physical states and ages may differ. You acknowledge that some persons may be faster or slower than you if you choose to participate in a group trip. As a result, everyone on the road may proceed at their own speed.
It is conceivable that a group may want to change the itinerary; however, after discussing with all participants, the guide will determine if such changes are allowed.
We highly advise you to buy comprehensive travel insurance before departing. A comprehensive travel insurance coverage that covers everything from high-altitude treks to unforeseen trip adjustments is a must-have travel gear. Please remember that your standard medical insurance plan will not cover some possibilities in your own country. We suggest searching for a plan that covers the following coverage:
While we try to be understanding when situations arise, the fact is that Trip Changes and Trip Cancellation incur penalties.
To book the below things in your name, we require a photo of your passport’s bio page (Peruvian Government Requirement). Please keep in mind that each traveler must be aware of the re-entry laws for their place of residence/citizenship. Some nations require a passport valid for 6 months beyond the travel date. Please confirm that your passport is current and meets your country’s and residency standards. We can purchase your flights with an expired passport, but we will require a copy of the current passport as soon as you receive it in order to update your tickets.
Most countries are permitted to obtain a visa at the point of arrival. Only a few nations require visas to be obtained in advance. Please remember that each tourist is responsible for determining whether or not a visa is required before admission. Please remember that tourist visas are usually valid for 90 days or less and require proof of return travel.
Please be aware of where you leave your belongings, and remember to take everything with you once you leave our transportation, tents, or restaurants. You are solely responsible for your items throughout the trip.
Our objective is to provide great treks, tours, and adventure experiences while adhering to environmental, sustainable, ethical, and socially conscious travel practices. We make every effort throughout our excursions to avoid negative affects and enhance benefits to the local people and natural ecosystems we visit. We pay fair, livable rates to ensure that we employ and retain the best guides and support workers. We follow worldwide sustainable tourism criteria and have continuous community projects and charity activities that benefit four or more local Andean villages.
We take pleasure in offering five-star service before, during, and after your vacation. Huaynas Expeditions is committed to providing exceptional customer service and adventure experiences.
When walking over tough mountain terrain at high altitudes in unpredictable weather, it is critical to have the best equipment possible. We supply Mountain Hardwear 4-season tents (3 seasons for Inca Trail because of warmer weather), extra thick mattress mats, dry bags for your overnight gear, and other amenities to ensure a safe and enjoyable trek.
Any hike or tour can be tailored to your travel, fitness, financial, and time constraints. Do you need a journey or tour for a business or work event, a charity organization, or any significant occasion? Get in touch; we can handle everything!
As it should be, our journeys leave nothing but smiles and footprints.
We care about the environment, which is why we reduce, reuse, and recycle. Our equipment is reusable (no paper or plastic plates/cups/utensils), we buy locally and avoid paper/plastic packaging, and we recycle anything we can. This is not the norm in Peru, but we intend to make it so one day soon!
All of our staff are enthusiastic about their jobs. Who wouldn’t want to work in an office surrounded by gorgeous mountains and endless vistas? We are happy to provide our guides and employees with the highest rates in the industry.
We will pick you up from your hotel and take you in our private transport for about three hours to Mollepata (at an elevation of 2870m/9416ft). Here, we can purchase last-minute snacks and supplies before heading to Soraypampa, which is located at 3930m (12,849 ft). We will then start walking, passing through fields before arriving at Salkantaypampa, the starting point for the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu. We will keep hiking for a few hours until we reach Pampa Japonesa (4600m/15,091ft), where the snow-capped mountains Salkantay (6264m/20,551ft) and Humantay (5217m/17,116ft) are located. We will have lunch here and, after resting, go to Inka Chiriaska for 1:30hs. Inca Chiriaska is a high pass at a height of 4959m (16,269ft) and offers beautiful views of the area. Finally, we will descend to Yanaq’aya lookout, where we will set up our campsite.
Total Walking Distance: 12km
Total Walking Time: 8hs
Minimum Altitude: 3800m (12,467 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 5000m (16,404 ft)
Altitude of camp: 4750m (15,583 ft)
Approx. night temperature: -15˚C (5˚F)
After eating a nutritious breakfast to give us the energy for the day ahead, we follow the old Inca path, following in the footsteps of those who lived before us until we make it to Toqto Pass (4850m / 15,912ft). We walk for two hours until we reach Calacocha Pass (4667m / 15,311ft) and then a further hour until we get to Cruz Casa (4600m / 15,091ft) and Millpo Pass. Then we go downhill to Millpo (4399m / 14,434ft) where we will stop for lunch. From Millpo, we will ascend for an hour until we reach Qosqueñaq pass (4600m /15,091ft) and then descend to Yahuarmaky to set up camp.
Total Walking Distance: 17km
Total Walking Time: 10hs
Minimum Altitude: 3300m (10,826 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 4850m (15,912 ft)
Altitude of camp: 3300m (10,826 ft)
Approx. night temperature: -10°C (14°F)
This morning we got an early start, with a lot of ground to cover! We’ll start by heading to Chusqenay Pass (4630m / 15,191ft), then travel downward to Rumi lnca Pass and up to the narrow Yahuarmakay Valley. After that, we’ll ascend for 1.5 hours until we get to Aqocasa Pass (4686m / 15,374ft), where we can see the renowned Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! We’ll get a chance to enjoy the picturesque Salkantay, Humantay, Huayanay, and Huacaywillka (Sacred Tears) mountains, and take a look at the Incan archaeological site of Inca Raqay. After that, we go down for 3 hours to Inca Rakay, followed by a 1.5h climb to Huaynanay Pass (4630m / 15,191ft), and down once more to our campsite at Ancascocha (4400m / 14,435ft).
Total Walking Distance: 13km
Total Walking Time: 8hs
Minimum Altitude: 4000m (12,123 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 4686m (15,374 ft)
Altitude of camp: 4400m (14,435 ft)
Approx. night temperature: -7˚C (19.4˚F)
Today’s hike will be a bit of a break from the last three taxing days of high altitude trekking. Our journey will last approximately five hours as we make our way from Ancascocha to Chillca. Along the way, we will have the chance to take in the beautiful vegetation of the Andes, such as chachacoma and qeuña trees, as well as orchids, begonias, and bromeliads. As we reach Camicancha (2930m / 9612ft), the descent to Chillca will become increasingly easier. We will make it to Chillca in time to board the late afternoon train to Aguas Calientes, where we can enjoy a celebratory dinner and stay the night in a hotel.
Total Walking Distance: 11km
Total Walking Time: 6hs
Minimum Altitude: 2700m (8,858 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 4000m (13,123 ft)
Our hotel offers a great buffet or boxed breakfast to make sure we get on the bus early. It’s a 25-minute ride along a curvy road to Machu Picchu, and when the skies are clear, the views are amazing. Your guide will provide a 2-hour walking tour when you arrive, showing you one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. Afterwards, you can explore the ruins on your own. If you chose to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains (depending on availability), you can start the hike after the guided tour ends.
Your guide will make sure you get back to Aguas Calientes by bus in time to catch your train to Poroy or Ollantaytambo. From there, you’ll go by private van to Cusco and back to your hotel. The return time will vary depending on traffic and connections, but it should be around 8 pm.
Note on Itinerary: Please keep in mind that itinerary changes are possible for various reasons (safety, weather, natural phenomena, strikes, etc.). For example, if the weather is extremely bad, the trail may be unsafe, and we may be forced to cancel or change the schedule, or we may be able to substitute another trek/tour instead, depending on the conditions. And we will make it an unforgettable experience!
We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.
Our Ancascocha Trek via Salkantay – 5 Days private service, includes additional items such as:
Our prices for the Ancascocha Trek via Salkantay – 5 Days are reasonable and are in different packages with the prices that are handled in the city of Cusco, and discounts will apply automatically for groups of over 5 people when booking this tour together at the same time.
We are a local tour operator that never shares service with any other company in Cusco, most agencies in Cusco share their service to save operating costs with poor quality. We guarantee to make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
Our booking process is simple and you can secure your trip with only a 30% deposit and pay the rest at the destination.
*Remember that age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.
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You’ll pay your remaining balance once you arrive in Cusco and in cash in US dollars or soles (Peruvian currency) to the change of the day. If you prefer payment through PayPal, you’ll be charged an additional 6% due to bank commissions. It is better to pay us with cash because there is no transaction fee.
Of course! During the tour to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be stored in our office or at your hotel. Both of them are free.
Usually, it is not accepted since the permits, and the train tickets are not allowed to change the date or transfer to another name.
But if you need it, we’ll need to buy new permits and train tickets and the cost you’ll pay for it.
Yes! You must bring your original passport, which must be the same one you sent us at the booking time. Your passport will be checked at Machu Picchu checkpoint and when you board the train.
Updating passport numbers: If you are renewing your passport, go ahead and email us a copy of your old passport to book your Machu Picchu ticket. If you no longer have your old passport, any government issue ID will be accepted, as long as the name is the same. Once you receive your new passport, please email us a copy of your new passport ASAP to change the information about your permits and train tickets.
Yes, you can book your hotel. It will decrease the price of $30 per person. If you decide to book your own hotel, don’t forget to tell us where you plan to stay so our guide will take you there safely.
We receive reservations at least 1 week in advance. However, seats are limited and are always subject to availability. Both the permits for Machu Picchu and the train ticket and permits for the mountains of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are in high demand, sometimes selling out months in advance. For this reason, we recommend that you make your reservation as far in advance recommendable 2 or 3 months in advance.
The Expedition and Vistadome categories offer comfortable leather seats and include a snack and hot or cold drink per person. The first and main difference between both categories is that the Vistadome train has windows on the roof of the cars, which allows a panoramic view of the outside. The second difference is that the Vistadome train offers entertainment services on board, such as typical dances and parades.
If you want to get the student discount, the following requirements must be met:
The university card must meet the following requirements:
If you meet the requirements above, you will get the following discount:
All students have to send a copy of their passport and student card at the time of booking to get the student discount.
Tipping is not required, but it is appreciated if you are satisfied with the services. Even though it might not be familiar in your country, the people who will look after you during the tour place a lot of importance on it. Many Huaynas Expeditions’ destinations encourage top-notch service and are a foundational aspect of the travel and tourism sector. It’s up to you how much to tip based on how well you thought out the tour and how long it lasted. Remember that leaving a tip is optional and should only be done if you receive first-class service.
Yes, Huaynas Expeditions is a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator; for that, we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and appreciate the local places and their people.
Our guides make us so happy! Their English is excellent, and they are extremely professional. They have a great deal of knowledge and love for the history and heritage of the Incas. Constant professional and personal growth is a priority for our tour guides. They conduct research to make sure that the Inca and Andean cultural theories you are given are accurate and widely accepted. Our team members are smart, athletic, and fun-loving. All of them have academic backgrounds in archaeology, tourism, botany, history, or anthropology.
You should have at least 48 hours or more in Cusco. It’s recommended to enjoy these days in the city of Cusco and in the Sacred Valley.
The Ancascocha Inca Trail is cataloged from moderate to difficult trek. Due to its high elevation on the passes as Huayanay. Where you reach 4,650 m / 15,255 ft. So travelers planning to hike this trek need acclimatization to the altitude. In some sections of the Ancascocha trek, you will go uphill for 2 or 3 hours. Which means you need to be relatively fit. So you can enjoy this scenic hiking trail.
The Ancascocha trek elevation of 4,100 meters (13,451 feet) at its highest point. This trek is considered to be one of the more challenging treks in the Cusco region of Peru due to its high altitude, so it’s important to be prepared and acclimatize if you plan on taking it on.
No. Via the Salkantay route is too far to pick you up from Cusco.
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