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4 Days Hiking on the “hidden” Ancascocha Trail

3 Days Hiking on the “amazing” Salkantay Trail

National Geographic top 20 World-Wide and Ultimate Bucket List Trek

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By combining the best of both the Ancascocha Trail with the Salkantay Trail, Guiding Peru has developed a challenging new tour leading into Machu Picchu. You will enjoy 4 days of solitude on the scenic “hidden” Ancascocha, a National Geographic top 20 world wide trek followed by 3 days on the region’s most popular alternative trek, the Salkantay, a National Geographic top 20 ultimate adventure bucket list trek. With this amazing trip you no longer need to decide on which trek to choose, Guiding Peru allows for both treks in one 8 day tour.

Tour Price

Pricing: $1350.00/person

  • 25% deposit required at time of booking

Ancascocha Trail and Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Tour Details:

  • Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Perolniyoc – Rayampata – Kuychiccassa – Chancachuco
  • Day 2: Chancachuco – Ancascocha village – Huayanay pass – Incaracay
  • Day 3: Incaracay – Accoccasa pass – Quelwaccocha – Queraccasa pass – Yawarmaky
  • Day 4: Yawarmaki – Tocto – Inca Chiriaska pass – Salkantaypampa
  • Day 5: Salkantaypampa – Salkantay pass – Huayracmachay – Colpapampa
  • Day 6: Colpapampa – La playa – Lucmabamba
  • Day 7: Lucmabamba – Llactapata Inca Ruins – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 8: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Distance Trekked: 95 km – Maximum altitude: 4850m – Overall trek difficulty: Challenging

Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Chancachuco Valley

  • Highest Elevation: 4,450 m
  • Distance to walk: 11 km
  • Time: 8 to 10 hours/moderate
  • Meals: Lunch, dinner, and snacks
  • Accommodation: Deluxe Camping

You will be picked up from your Cusco hotel around 5:00 am, drive for 2 hours, until we reach the starting point for our trek, at Soqma (3,205 m). The first part of today’s hike will be on a gentle uphill section for 2 hours until you reach Perolniyoc, a recently excavated Inca site, which we will tour. Here, at the top of a beautiful waterfall, is where you will enjoy the most spectacular views of today. After this visit, we will hike uphill for another hour, until we reach the location of our lunch spot at Rayampata (3,700 meters). After a great lunch, we will continue on the challenging part of today’s expedition, the 2 hour, steep uphill trail that will take us to Kuychicassa pass(4,450 m), and then into the Chancachuco Valley. Following a rest at the summit, we hike downhill for about 45 minutes until we arrive at our first campsite, Chancachuco.

Day 2: Chancachuco – Ancascocha Village – Incaracay

  • Highest Elevation: 4,650 m
  • Distance to walk: 13 km
  • Time: 8-9 hours/challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner, and snacks
  • Accommodation: Deluxe Camping

This is when we start an amazing hike on the original Inca trail. The first section of trail is along a flat path with a few small hills, leading down to Ancascocha village. The hike from our campsite to the Ancascocha community will be about 3 hours. After Ancascocha village, we start hiking uphill to Ancascocha Lake 3,800m. We will stop here for lunch right next to the lake and the Huayanay glacier, with outstanding views of the surrounding mountains. After this incredible lunch, we will hike on the Inca trail that used to connect Cusco and the Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu. From our lunch location it is two hours until we reach the top of Huayanay pass (4,650 m). After enjoying the views at the pass we will start descending to our next camp at Incaracay (4,250m).

Day 3: Incaracay – Yawarmaki

  • High Elevation: 4640m
  • Distance to walk: 11 km
  • Time: 6-8 hours/moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner, and snacks
  • Accommodation: Deluxe Camping

Today´s hike starts with a moderate climb through the highlands until we reach the Accoccasa pass (4640m). This hike is close to snow-capped mountains and fascinating views of the last remaining glaciers in our region. After enjoying the amazing views from this pass, we will hike downhill for 1 hour to our lunch spot, Quelwaccocha. After lunch we will hike for 2 hours uphill until the second high point of today’s hike which is the Queraccasa pass. From the pass we will hike  for 1 hour until we reach our campsite at Yawarmaki (4,400m).

Day 4: Yawarmaki – Tocto – Inca Chiriaska Pass – Salkantaypampa

  • High Elevation: 4850m
  • Distance to walk: 15 km
  • Time: 8-10 hours/difficult
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner, and snacks
  • Accommodation: Deluxe Camping

We will begin the challenging portion of today’s hike with up and down sections lasting 3 hours until Tocto, where we will stop for lunch.  After lunch, a 4 hour uphill hike will lead us to Inca Chiriaska pass (4850m), This is the highest point of our entire trek from where we will have amazing views of the Salkantay, Umantay and Ausangate glaciers. After a break, we will continue on the trail downhill for two hours taking you through beautiful mountains and the grasslands of the high Andes. En route we will admire the majestic Salkantay mountain and the lakes until we reach our camp at Salkantaypampa (4100m).

Day 5: Salkantaypampa – Salkantay Pass – Colpapampa

  • High Elevation: 4,650m
  • Distance to walk: 17 km
  • Time: 9-10 hours/challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner, and snacks
  • Accommodation: Deluxe Camping

This is the day where we will join the classic Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu. We hike for 3 hours uphill to the highest point of the regular Salkantay trek, the Salkantay pass (4,650 m). Next is a 2 hour downhill hike to Huayracmachay (3,800 m), where we will have lunch. After lunch we will hike downhill for an additional 4 hours until we reach our camp for the night, Colpapampa (2,850 m). During this section, we are going to pass from the highlands to the cloud forest, finishing today in the rain forest.

DAY 6: Colpapampa – La Playa – Lucmabamba

  • High Elevation: 2,850m
  • Distance to walk: 14 km
  • Time: 5-6hours/easy
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner, and snacks
  • Accommodation: Deluxe Camping

On this day the hike is an easy 5 to 6 hours on gentle up and down segments. We will be hiking through the rain forest, following the Santa Teresa River. We will have the opportunity to visit coffee plantations, banana plantations, and fields of passion fruit while observing beautiful waterfalls. We will reach Lucmabamba, our campsite for the evening, around noon. Here we will relax and enjoy a delicious lunch! After lunch, we will participate in a coffee tour at the plantation. We will begin by browsing the fields, learning about the different types of beans, and picking our own beans. After picking the beans, we will roast them and grind them. Finally, we will brew and drink our own coffee! There are also several fields of tomatoes and avocados and we will assist our chef in picking vegetables that will be used for dinner tonight.

DAY 7: Lucmabamba – Llactapata Inca Ruins – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes

  • High Elevation: 3,100m
  • Distance to walk: 13 km
  • Time: 6-7 hours/moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner, and snacks
  • Accommodation: Deluxe Hotel in Agaus Calientes

This hike starts with a moderate 3.5 hour climb through the rain forest until we reach the Llactapata Inca site (2,700 m), where we will enjoy a guided tour. This is the location where you will have your first view of Machu Picchu. You will also view the mountain you will hike tomorrow, Huayna Picchu. Leaving Llactapata, we begin a 2.5 hour descent to the Hydroelectric Station, where we will have lunch. At 3 pm we will board the train to Aguas Calientes. On arrival at Aguas Calientes you will check into your hotel. Dinner tonight will will be at a local restaurant where our guide will discuss tomorrow’s itinerary in Machu Picchu.

DAY 8: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

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

After an early breakfast, we begin the tour to Machu Picchu. We will start along the Inca trail that ends in Machu Picchu, one of the flat stones on the edge of cliffs in the highland jungle, that is well known as the Inca Bridge Trail. This is a fascinating walk, where few people go, and will take us about 35 minutes round trip. It is the best beginning we can offer for a tour around this magical complex. After the Inca Bridge, you will relax with the best viewpoint of the Citadel and our guide will start explaining the mystery of Machu Picchu. Following his discussion, your guide will lead you on a tour of the total complex for 2-3 hours. Following the guided tour, you will be provided a light box snack and have plenty of free time to explore Machu Picchu prior to taking the Huayna Picchu Mountain climb. Following your visit to Machu Picchu, a bus will transport you back to Aguas Calientes where you will have time to shop, prior to your return train departing to Cusco. You will board the train at 4:30 pm to Cusco where the Guiding Peru van and driver will be waiting to transport you back to your Cusco hotel, arriving 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, 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
  • Large 4 man tents shared by 2 guests
  • Toilet tent, Kitchen tent, Dining tent and chairs, and private hot water shower tent
  • Cooks, assistants, horseman
  • Packhorses and Horseman (to carry the tents, food, cooking equipment, and all your personal belongs-8 kilos per person)
  • Trail permits and Machu Picchu entrance ticket
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb permit
  • First-aid kit and oxygen
  • Bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Duffel bag and hiking poles
  • Sleeping bag, air mattress, blanket and pillow
  • Radio communications
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes
  • Return transfer to Cusco hotel
  • 6 nights deluxe camping and 1 night deluxe hotel accommodation


  • Cusco Hotel
  • Travel insurance and tips
  • Solo fee – private tent and hotel room ($75.00)