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ANCASCOCHA AND INCA TRAIL TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 7-DAYS

3 Days hiking on the “classic” Inca Trail

3 Days hiking on the “hidden” Ancascocha Trail

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Overview of Ancascocha and Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu Tour:

Guiding Peru has designed the 7 day Tour and Trek program from Ancascocha and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for those visitors, tourists or guests who want to enjoy trekking on both the Ancascocha trail and the original Inca trail. The Ancascocha trail, in the Peruvian Andes, is considered a spectacular trail, off the beaten path, and is listed as one of National Geographic’s 20 Dream Hikes on their World’s Best Hikes list. On Day 4 of this tour you will get a chance to hike the Classic Inca Trail for three days. The Classic Inca trail is known for providing the best platform for enjoying an exhilarating hike in South America or perhaps the world. This impressive trail offers astounding trekking on the original paved Inca pathways where you will explore the Inca ruins along the way. On this trail, you will witness breathtaking, stunning scenery and pass through the cloud forest to arrive at the Sun Gate of the majestic Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu.

Tour Price

Pricing: $1275.00/person (personal porter included)

  • 25% deposit required at time of booking

7 Day Ancascocha and Inca Trail Trek to Machu PicchuTour Details:

Day 1 – Cusco – Soqma – Rayan  
Day 2 – Rayan – Ancascocha  
Day 3 – Ancascocha – Paucarcancha  
Day 4 – Paucarcancha – Llulluchapampa  
Day 5 – Llulluchapampa – Chaquicocha  
Day 6 – Chaquicocha – Wiñay Wayna  
Day 7 – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Distance Trekked: 77.5 km – Beginning altitude: 2,850m – Maximum altitude: 4,650m

Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Rayan (Ancascocha Trail)

Accommodation: Deluxe Camping  
Highest Elevation: 3700m  
Distance to walk: 8km  
Approximate walking time: 4 hours/moderate  
Meals: Lunch, dinner, and snacks

On the first day of our Ancascocha and Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu Tour, we will pick you up from the lobby of the hotel at 6:30 am for a drive (1:45 hours) to visit the community of Soqma, 3200m. Here, the dirt road ends and our trail begins. Prior to starting the hike, you will enjoy a light snack and will meet the rest of our staff. The first part of your hike will take you up a gentle hill for 2 hours to reach Perolniyoc, which is an amazing Incan complex that was recently excavated. Here you can see the Archaeologists who are still working. In this location you will be at the top of a beautiful waterfall providing spectacular views. This location will be our lunch site. After lunch, we continue uphill for about 1:30 hours to reach the location of our camp site. Here our staff will be waiting to serve us with hot drinks and a delicious chef-prepared dinner. At this campsite our tents will be set up, and we can enjoy a sound sleep and get prepared to tackle the next day’s hardest and steepest climb.

Day 2: Rayan – Chancachuco – Ancascocha (Ancascocha Trail)

Accommodation: Deluxe Camping  
Highest Elevation: 4450m  
Distance to walk: 16km  
Approximate walking time: 8 hours/challenging  
Meals: Lunch, dinner, and snacks

At 6 am on the second day and enjoy a warming tent service of hot coca tea or a nice cup of espresso coffee. After this we will enjoy a hot breakfast that will help us to get energized for today’s trek. We will then begin hiking on this part of the original Inca Trail which can prove to be a bit challenging, yet exciting. Our first part of the trail starts by going up the steepest hill, which we will trek for about 4 hours to reach the Kuychicassa pass 4450m. Depending on the clouds and the weather, here we will get a good chance to see a few condors flying and can observe spectacular views of many mountain glaciers. We will then take a little rest from our first ascent and continue hiking downhill along the Chancachuco Valley for another hour to reach our lunch spot. Here we will take a rest and enjoy our delicious chef-prepared meal. We also get a chance to enjoy the best scenery of the trail. After having lunch we will ascend for about 30 minutes on a narrow trail following a beautiful stream with scenic views of Mt. Veronica, which will be followed by a 4-hour walk downhill to reach the small community of Ancascocha(3700m). Here we will be greeted by our happy and cheerful team. This will be our campsite for tonight.

Day 3: Ancascocha – Huayanay Pass – Muyu Muyu – Paucarcancha (Ancascocha Trail)

Accommodation: Deluxe Camping  
Highest Elevation: 4650m  
Distance to walk: 16km  
Approximate walking time: 8 hours/challenging  
Meals: Lunch, dinner, and snacks

On the 3rd day of the tour, after enjoying a hearty chef-prepared breakfast, we will get ready for today’s challenges. We will begin our tour today by ascending towards the Huayanay Pass (4,650 m) for about 4 hours. This is considered to be the highest point of our entire 7-day trek. On an original cobblestone paved Inca trail, we will enjoy the great views of the beautiful waterfall that feeds into the Ancascocha lake. After enjoying the stunning view and a well-deserved break, we will then start descending for about 45 minutes to reach the Inca site of Incarajay to enjoy a nutritious lunch. After lunch we will then continue descending through the lush green vegetation and pass through the village of Muyu Muyu (3800m) that will give us an opportunity to visit with the locals. Here we can take a break from today’s trek and enjoy the hospitality of the locals and views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. From Muyu Muyu, we will then descend for about 2 hours to reach the campsite, which is next to the beautiful Inca remains of Paucarcancha (3,133 m). This is an amazing Inca site, which is located where three different Inca trails join as one. The three different Inca trails are: the Inca Trail from Salkantay, the classic Inca Trail into Machu Picchu, and the Ancascocha Inca Trail. The Paucarcancha site (which was multi-functional) is a very well-preserved and amazing complex. The Paucarcancha is located in a beautiful micro-climate of the cloud forest. On the 3rd day, we will enjoy our dinner and sleep in a much warmer region compared to the previous two evenings.

Day 4: Paucarcancha – Ayapata – Llulluchapampa (Classic Inca Trail)

Accommodation: Deluxe Camping  
High Altitude 3700m  
Distance to walk: 10km  
Approximate walking time: 5 hours/moderate  
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with snacks

On the fourth day of the tour, we will change the trails by leaving behind the hidden trail of Ancascocha and join the route of the world famous Classic Inca Trail. Before starting on the Classic Inca Trail, we will say goodbye to our horsemen and horses and meet our team of friendly porters. Over the next 3 days the team of porters will assist us to make the tour a smooth and convenient one. From Paucarcancha we will enjoy a hike for 30 minutes downhill to the last Incan village on the Classic Inca Trail, Huayllabamba (2,866m). After reaching here, our knowledgeable guide will explain the importance and tell the story on the history of the Inca Trail. Then we will enjoy a 4-hour uphill hike to Llulluchapampa (3,700m). On this day we will enjoy an exhilarating hike through many ecosystems (including the cloud forest). Llulluchapampa will be our campsite for the night. This site is located near Dead Woman´s Pass, where you will get a chance to enjoy the perfect views of stunning snow-capped cliffs.

Day 5: Llulluchapampa – Pacaymayo – Chaquicocha (Classic Inca Trail)

Accommodation: Deluxe Camping  
High Altitude 4215m  
Distance to walk: 16km  
Approximate walking time: 8 hours/challenging  
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with snacks

On the fifth day, we will start the tour early after having a hearty breakfast and enjoying a hot cup of Peruvian coffee or coca tea. Today will be the most difficult and challenging day of your 4-day Inca Trail trek, which begins by hiking for roughly 2 hours to Warmiwañuska pass (the Dead Woman’s Pass) at 4215m. This is considered to be the highest pass of the trek. On the trail, you will get a chance to take a break here and enjoy some cold beverages at a local village shop before reaching the pass. This beautiful trail will take us to the Pacaymayu Valley (Hidden River). From this site, the summit will be another 1.5 hours further. We will continue to hike down the side of the valley to reach the lunch spot where our porters will set up the dining tent and our chef will be ready with a spectacular lunch. After lunch, we begin climbing again to the second pass of the day that will take 2 hours of hiking and spending some time in the beautiful Inca site of Runcu Raccay. This site is located in one of the best viewpoints of the valley. We will then start descending to Sayacmarca (known as the inaccessible village) and enjoy a stop here for resting. Here we will also get the chance to enjoy an informative tour and witness the best sunset view of the trip, over the scenic Pumasillo snow-capped mountain. We will then have 30 minutes to reach our second campsite of Chaquiccocha (Dry Lake, 3600 meters). Here we will enjoy a wonderful dinner and refreshing drinks while discussing with your guide the fascinating Inca constellations in the Southern Hemisphere sky.

Day 6: Chaquiccocha – Winaywayna (Classic Inca Trail)

Accommodation: Deluxe Camping  
High Altitude 3600m  
Distance to walk: 10km  
Approximate walking time: 5 hours/easy-moderate  
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with snacks

On the day 6 we need to wake up at 6:00 am to experience and enjoy the most beautiful day on the Inca Trail. We will start hiking for about 1.25 hours in solitude, which will give us immense pleasure. In this section of the Inca Trail you will come across the most fascinating of Incan pathways, which leads us to the amazing cloud forest (more commonly known as the high jungle). As we walk on this trail, we will get the opportunity to see the sacred and majestic Salcantay mountain, which is the second highest snow-capped mountain in the region. After enjoying this incredible view, we will be at the Phuyupatamarka (3600 meters), the third pass. Here, we will come across some incredible views overlooking the Urubamba River, snow-capped mountains of the Urubamba mountain range, Machu Picchu Mountain, and the archaeological site of Puyupatamarca. From Phuyupatamarka, we will hike down for about 3 hours over 2700 steps to our last campsite- Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young). This site is the most spectacular Inca site on the trail after Machu Picchu and considered the closest campground to Machu Picchu City. Today, we will arrive early at our campsite, around 1:00 pm,to enjoy lunch. Here, we will relax the whole afternoon to recharge our energies for tomorrow’s entry into Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, we will have plenty of time (before the other groups arrive) to explore many Inca sites and the spectacular Wiñayhuayna. Your guide will give you the essential information about the significance of the sites and help in understanding the purpose of the majestic Machu Picchu. The last night of the celebration we will practice the Inca Trail tradition of reciprocity and organize a goodbye ceremony for our team of porters, cooks, and guides. Your chef will serve you a spectacular dinner presentation this evening. You need to go early to your bed in order to wake up early the next morning, to reach the Sun Gate before other groups arrive. This will help you enjoy a few minutes alone in the peace of the scenery of Machu Picchu.

Day 7: Winaywayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Meals: Breakfast, snack bag  
Walking Hours: 2 hours + 2.5 hours Machu Picchu tour and 1.5 hour Huayna Picchu Climb  
High Elevation: 2650m

On the 7th day, or the last day of the tour, we will wake up early in the morning at 4:00 am to be first in line for the checkpoint. While you are packing your bags in the tent, the porters will serve a freshly prepared hot cup of coffee or coca tea. Around 5:30 am, we will enter the last checkpoint to enjoy our hike to our first destination of the day- Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) to get the first spectacular view of Machu Picchu. While enjoying the surrounding views of this incredible valley, we will descend to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Around 7:30 am, we will reach Machu Picchu City. Here we will begin our 3-hour private guided tour through the most spectacular and important points of the complex. After the guided tour you will be provided a light boxed lunch before beginning the Huayna Picchu Mountain climb. After your visit to Machu Picchu, you will be transported back to Aguas Calientes via bus. Here you will have plenty of time to shop and enjoy a late lunch, before returning to board the train departing for Cusco. You will board the train at 4:30 pm to Poroy, where Guiding Peru’s van and driver will be waiting to provide comfortable transportation to your Cusco hotel. Your arrival time in Cusco will be at approximately 8:00 pm.

 

 

When to Travel

  • High Season (June – August): Dry season in the Andean highlands. Best time for dry conditions for hiking in the Sacred Valley and on Inca Trail.
  • Shoulder Season (September-November and March-May): Occasional rainstorms Trails are less crowded, making for ideal visits with more solitude.
  • Low Season (December to February): Rainy season. Expect persistent daily rains.
  • The Inca Trail is closed in February for trail maintenance and campsite clean up.

Suggested Packing List

  • Original passport (should passport change post booking bring both)
  • Backpack to carry your personal items 20-30l with rain-cover
  • Dry-pack for porters to carry on trail (up to8kg)
  • Comfortable trekking boots(waterproof) with good ankle support
  • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperatures
  • Thermal underwear for cold conditions
  • Gloves or mittens, wool socks, beanie for cold conditions
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort
  • Personal medications, insect repellent
  • Flash light or head lamp and extra batteries
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Sun hat, Sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Rain jacket/pants or high quality rain poncho
  • Personal Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes
  • 2 x1 litre water bottle or 1 x 2 litre water bladder for day-pack
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles

What’s Included?

* Professional English/Spanish speaking Guides having expert knowledge about the area and its customs.  
* Assistant guide(s) based on group size  
* Pre-trek briefing with lead guide, 1 day prior to trek  
* Includes breakfast, snack, lunch, tea, dinner with daily water  
* 4 man tents shared by 2 guests  
* Toilet tent, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, and private hot water shower tent  
* Cooks, assistants, horseman  
* Packhorses for Ancascocha Trail (to carry the tents, food, cooking equipment, and all your personal belongs-8 kilos per person)  
* Person porter for Inca Trail (8 kilos per person)  
* Inca Trail permit and Machu Picchu entrance ticket and guided tour
* Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb permit  
* First-aid kit and oxygen  
* Bus Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes  
* Duffel bag and hiking poles  
* Sleeping bag, air mattress, and pillow 
* Radio communications  
* Expedition train from Aguas Calientes  
* Return transfer to hotel  
* 6 nights deluxe camping

Options:

* Cusco Hotel  
* Travel insurance and tips  
* Solo fee – private tent ($40.00)