– Multi-Day Extreme Adventure
– Hike the famous Inca Trail
– Salkantay Trail and Ancascocha Trail Trekking
– Experience cultural Cusco and Sacred Valley – Guiding Peru Exclusive
– Guided tour of Machu Picchu
– Huayna Picchu Climb
– Deluxe camping
– Hotel accommodations included
– Nutritious meals and snacks


Pricing: $2795.00/person – (25% deposit required at time of booking)


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Our 12-Day extreme-tour is a rewarding experience for those wishing to explore the hidden Ancascocha Trail, through the majestic Salkantay Mountains, leading onto the Inca Trail into Machu Picchu. This Ancascocha Trek Package is only offered by Guiding Peru because it is so off of the beaten path and is considered as one the “World’s Best Hikes” by National Geographic. This adventure is for people who really want to experience nature and the Andes at its finest, discover it’s secrets as you hike on the remote “hidden trail” into Machu Picchu.

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  • Difficulty
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On this tour you can expect extreme hiking. You should come prepared with proper equipment. Training for at least 2 months before the trek is advised. Please do not leave your sunblock and snowshoes at homes. Our guides will provide much of the equipment but please ask. Please read our booking policy before purchase.


12-day Machu Picchu Ancascocha Trail Package

Our 12-day Machu Picchu Ancascocha Trail Package brings a rewarding experience for travelers looking to discover the concealed  Ancascocha Trail, via the gallant Salkantay Mountains. Listed as one of National Geographic’s 20 Dream Hikes, Ancascocha-Salkantay Inca Trail is a challenging trek that bring travelers the ultimate adventure. Here is a brief itinerary of our 12-day Machu Picchu Ancascocha Trail Package.

Day 1: Arrival in Cusco Peru

• Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn, Cusco
• Meals include: Welcome Reception

One of our representatives will meet & greet you at the Cusco airport and then you will be transferred via our private van to the four-star Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Cusco. In the late afternoon, our guide will come to your hotel and take you on a walking tour to the beautiful  Cusco Inca Museum. Then you will get back to your hotel to savor an evening reception in the courtyard of the hotel, followed by a briefing of itinerary by our guide.

Day 2: Guided City Tour of Cusco And Sacsayhuaman Park

• Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn, Cusco
• Meals include: Buffet breakfast & deluxe picnic lunch

On day 2 your guide will pick up you from your hotel at  8:00am and start your deluxe Cusco city tour. Your tour will start in Cusco’s Plaza De Armas where our guide will articulate about the old Incan constructions & streets. Then, your next stop will be Saint Christopher Church where you will have the finest panorama of the city, before continuing to San Blas Incan urbanization.  You’ll visit the first church of Cusco and relish one of the best pulpits made from cedar wood. After exploring this holy church you’ll continue to the Temple of the Sun, Qoricancha, where you can see the clash amid Inca culture & Catholicism, and their customizations in building methods. In the after, noon following this interesting walking tour, you will be driven to Quenko, the Temple of Fertility, where you’ll enjoy a half hour private guided trip. In these incredible uplands, you will be offered with an appetizing chef-prepared picnic lunch alongside a great selection of beverages.  After some rest, you will be then offered a 2-hour private tour, walking down an age-old Inca route to the Sacsayhuaman Incan archaeological site. Your 2nd day will end here and we will drive you back to your hotel in our private van. The evening will be all yours to enjoy as you wish. Upon request, our guide can recommend a fine Cusco restaurant.

Day 3: Guided Sacred Valley Tour, Chincheros, Pisac Market, Moray-Maras, Ollantaytambo

• Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn, Cusco
• Meals include: Buffet breakfast, local village lunch and dinner

On day 3 you’ll enjoy a full-day tour of the Sacred Valley. Guiding Peru’s exclusive schedule makes this journey unique and totally different from the others. We start driving to Chincheros at 7am, famous for its weaving and spectacularly sited at high altitude. (3,800m) We will visit a weaving house and have a demonstration on dying and weaving techniques. You will have the opportunity to purchase quality wool items direct from those who make the products  at a price much lower than the stores in Cusco. Next we will continue our drive through the Sacred Valley to the Incan Laboratory of Moray, an amazing place of experimentation of micro climates in the highlands, built in a shape of amphitheater. Continuing the tour for a few more minutes, we arrive in Maras Salt Pans, the main mine of salt production in Peru since the first civilizations in South America, and one of the most productive ones in the world. It provides pink salt and from here, you will get a great view of the area which looks like a moon landscape. After lunch we continue driving 1 hour 15 minutes to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival, your guide will tour you through Ollantaytambo for about 45 minutes explaining this City as the best example of an intact Inca village. It is charming with its waterways running through the quaint streets of the town. You will explore the archaeological site, having some free time to take pictures and to explore the town. Following this wonderful tour, we continue driving back to Cusco stopping in at the village of Pisac, where you will have some free time to wonder and shop at the local market, famous for its traditional goods and street foods. Lastly we will arrive back into Cusco to your hotel for 6pm. Tonight we include a wonderful dinner at a local restaurant in the center of the Plaza de Armas of Cusco City.

Day 4: Cusco – Soqma – Perolniyoc – Kuychicassa – Chancachuco

• Highest Elevation: 4,450 m
• Distance to walk: 11 km
• Time: 8 to 10 hours/moderate
• Meals include: Buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
• Lodging: Deluxe camping

On day 4 you will be picked up from your hotel at 5:00am, and then driven for 1:30 minutes, until we reach the commencment point of our hike, at the community of Soqma. Here’s where the dirt track ends & the trail begins. Upon arrival, our cook will serve you a hot, appetizing breakfast and where you’ll meet the rest of our team who will help and guide you along the next few days. Trained horses will carry all your personal belongings and camp gear. The 1st segment of the Day 4 trek will be a mild uphill section for almost two hours until you arrive at the peak, where  Perolniyoc, a beautiful Inca complex, is placed. Here, atop a lovely cascade, is where you’ll catch some fascinating sights. Following this, we will proceed uphill for nearly 1:20 hours until we approach our lunch site. After a refreshing lunch, we’ll continue a 2-hour uphill trail that’ll take us to  Kuychicassa pass and then into the Chancachuco Valley.  After a small break at the peak, we will trek down for nearly 40 minutes to our 1st campsite Chancachuco, where our professional staff will greet you with hot beverages and an appetizing chef-prepared dinner.

Day 5: Chancachuco – Ancascocha – Huayanay – Incaracay

• Highest Elevation: 4,650 m
• Distance to walk: 13 km
• Time: 8 to 9 hours/challenging
• Meals include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
• Lodging: Deluxe camping

You will be awakened at 6:00am on Day 5, starting with a hot cup of espresso coffee or coca tea, as you depart your campsite for incredible sights of the lovely uplands. After an appetizing breakfast, we then get ready to commence a demanding trek on one of the original Incan trails. The 1st segment of the trail will be along a plain route with a small number of hills, guiding you to the valley of Ancascocha community. Following the Ancascocha community, we begin trekking uphill to the stunning lake Soyrococha. Near the lake we’ll have lunch with exceptional sights of cascades falling from the adjacent glaciers. Following lunch, we will continue our hike to the peak, taking us 2 hours to reach the zenith of Huayanay pass. After reaching the peak, we will continue trekking down to our next campground, situated close to the Incaracay Archaeological site. After a short resting period, your guide will lead you through the site and let you know it’s significance. With temperatures below freezing, this is going to be another cold night at the camp. However, our staff will offer you adequate hot beverages & additional blankets to insure your comfort.

Day 6:  Incaracay – Yawarmaky

• Highest Elevation: 4,640 m
• Distance to walk: 11 km
• Time: 6 to 8 hours/moderate
• Meals include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
• Lodging: Deluxe camping

Today you will awakened at 6:00am and your trek will start at 7:00am, following a hot, nutritious breakfast. Today’s trail will be a lot easier compared to the last 2 days. After reaching the tallest point of our trek, ( Inca Chiriasca pass), we hike close to snow-covered mountains near the last leftover glaciers in our province. Today, you will discover yourself exploring a terrain that even local people don’t get to witness. We’re the only tour operator in Peru that presently uses this extraordinary isolated Incan Trail. We trek for four hours to our lunch site and then proceed for three more hours along a mild uphill route until we arrive at our campground, Yawarmaki. Tonight will be the coldest night of our tours, but you will be provided with adequate hot beverages, warm blankets and bags of hot water to keep yourself warm. Following an early dinner, you should get plenty of sleep because, tomorrow, a more challenging trek is waiting for you.

Day 7: Yawarmaki – Inca Chiriasca – Ichupata

• Highest Elevation: 4,850 m
• Distance to walk: 15 km
• Time: 8 to 10 hours/difficult
• Meals include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
• Lodging: Deluxe camping

On day 7 you have to wake up early as we must reach the highest peak of our trip at Salkantay. After having a healthy breakfast, we will start trekking to Inka Chiriasca pass. Then we’ll trek for four continuous hours, stopping for a light lunch because at altitude, digestion slows down & a lot of trekkers lose their appetites. Today we will be hiking uphill until we reach the highest pass, Inca Chiriassca, which is enclosed by an incredible panorama of ice-covered mountains. As soon as you land on the pinnacle, you’ll be treated with hot coca tea & exceptional sights of the lovely lakes, valleys and perhaps some exceptional birds such as falcons and condors. After exploring these glaciers, we start trekking downhill to our campsite in Ichupata. You will be greeted at the campsite by our porters with hot beverages and an incredibly delicious dinner. Like every night, tonight will be ideal to witness the constellations and panoramas of the Salkantay summit.

Day 8: Ichupata – Salkantay Pass – Wayracmachay – Collpapampa

• Highest Elevation: 4,650 m
• Distance to walk: 17 km
• Time: 9 to 10 hours/challenging
• Meals include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
• Lodging: Deluxe camping

Day 8 will start with a 5:00am wakeup to hot beverages in our tent. After breakfast we will start trekking downhill from Ichupata- Salkantaypampa, following the typical trail of trekkers that are completing the trek of Salkantay; this downhill trek will be 1:30 hours and then we begin trekking up to Salkantay pass until we arrive at the summit, positioned at 4650m. Here you can enjoy the best view of the trek. Then, we’ll opt for a 2-hour downhill trek to our lunch-site, known as  Wayracmachay, placed in the center of the lofty glaciers & cloud forest at 3850m. After a great lunch, we will proceed downhill into the cloud forest while enjoying amazing flora & fauna. You will enjoy your 1st warm night during this itinerary at Colpapampa.

Day 9: Collpapampa – Lucmabamba – Zipline Santa Teresa – Coffee Farm

• Highest Elevation: 2,850 m
• Distance to walk: 14 km
• Time: 5 to 6 hours/easy
• Meals include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
• Lodging: Deluxe camping

After 5 days of tiresome trekking, you can enjoy a full day of fun activities. Following an appetizing breakfast, we’ll commence Day 9 by driving about 30 minutes to the coffee farm, where you’ll find our next campsite. Coffee you will find here is of excellent quality. This land is also known for producing  lemons and avocados. After exploring the local farm, we’ll rest as soon as we finish our lunch. Then our van will take you to Santa Teresa Valley where, waiting for you, is the highest lines for zip lining in South America. After this astounding adventure we’ll enjoy the hot springs of Cocalmayu, known as the most beautiful hot spring of the Cusco province. About 6pm we will get back to the campsite where a nice surprise dinner is waiting for you.

Day 10: Lucmabamba – Llacatapata Mirador – Hidroelectric Water Falls – Aguas Calientes Hotel.

• Highest Elevation: 3,100 m
• Distance to walk: 13 km
• Time: 6 to 7 hours/moderate
• Meals include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
• Lodging: Deluxe boutique hotel, Agaus Calientes

After an early wake up and breakfast your Day 10 adventure will start. This part is the most preserved Incan paved route that ascends to the Llactapata Incan archaeological site. You will spend three hours of trekking over the mountainside to get the finest views of Santa Teresa Valley, Sahuayaco and Santa Teresa River. As soon as we get at the top, we’ll be enclosed by so many Unkas trees and several native plants of the region. Then we will start discovering  Llactapata, a stunning Incan military sector of Machu Picchu. Here you will enjoy the 1st view of Machu Picchu as well as as the popular mountain of Huayna Picchu. After that, we begin descending to  Hidroelectrica, which will take approximately two hours. Today, you’ll enjoy a box lunch in the middle of the river Aobamba. For the final part of today, we will arrive of Aguas Calientes through the foot valley of Machu Picchu, where you’ll have a great chance to enjoy views of the city  from the Urubamba River up to Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu mountains. Finally, on your arrival into Aguas Caliente, you’ll relish a hot bath at your hotel. This evening’s dinner is reserved in one of the local restaurants in Aguas Calientes, where our tour guide will discuss tomorrow’s trip to Machu Picchu.

Day 11: Aguas Calientes – Inca Bridge – Machu Picchu – Cusco

• Meals include: Breakfast with snacks
• Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn, Cusco

Day 11 will start with an early morning breakfast prior to your day in Machu Picchu. Your tour will start by trekking down the Inca trail that concludes at the Inca Bridge Trail, Machu Picchu. This is an interesting trek where not many visitors go. The hike will take us about 30 minutes, and is the finest way to start your exploration of this enthralling complex. Following the Inca Bridge exploration, you’ll arrive to the finest outlook of the Citadel and your guide will begin your 2.5 hour tour explaining about the mystery of Machu Picchu along the way. Then, your next mission will be the Mount Machu Picchu climb. As soon as you finish, you’ll have some spare time to stroll around on your own and then enjoy an early dinner at a restaurant of your choice in Aguas Calientes (at your own expense). Finally, we will board our return train to Cusco City at 4:30pm. From the station, our driver will drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Day 12: Bye-Bye Peru

• Meals include: Breakfast buffet

After a breakfast buffet and some morning self-exploration, our private van will drive you to the Cusco airport terminal to catch your flight back home.

What’s Included in our 12-Day Extreme Trek?

  • Professional English and Spanish speaking guide
  • Return airport transport to Cusco Hotel
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Large 4 man tents (shared by 2 guests)
  • Toilet tent, Kitchen tent, Dining tent with chairs
  • Hot shower tent
  • Cooks, assistants, and horseman
  • Packhorses (to carry the tents, food, cooking equipment, and all your personal items 8 kilos per person)
  • Machu Picchu entry ticket
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb permit
  • Return transfer to hotel
  • First-aid kit and Oxygen
  • Bus Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu (round trip)
  • Duffel bag , Trekking poles
  • Sleeping bag and air mattress, blanket and pillow
  • Radio communications
  • Return train fares from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Four nights Hilton Garden Inn, Cusco
  • One night Deluxe hotel accommodations, Aguas Calientes
  • Six nights deluxe camping

Suggested Packing List

  • Original passport
  • Original ISIC international student card if applicable.
  • Daypack for personal items
  • Trekking Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, long sleeve tops, t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket, beanie)
  • Personal Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes, personal medications
  • Sun block
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Two 1 litre water bottled or 2 litre water reservoir
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Bug repellent
  • Bathing suit for hot springs
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles
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"Our guides Reuben, Marco and Celia were great. They took care of everything. I enjoyed the conversation and learning about their country. I liked the food and think the meals were well rounded. The hotels were clean and accommodating. Good team. I’d book with them again."

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"Awesome leadership, great preparation, outstanding food, a new adventure at every turn and....the contrast from 14000 ft. peaks to jungle canopy was what brought it all together....two worlds, one civilization, new friendships, and lots of fun. We'll be back!"

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"One final note - over the four days, one couldn't help looking over at the other groups of trekkers, observing and even chatting with along the trail. From groups of 2 to what looked like other groups of 30+ people, I don't think I found any group that was as well looked after as our group. You can stop looking now - go ahead and book with Guiding Peru."

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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 rain storms 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.

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