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5-Day Classic Ancascocha Adventure

Embark on a five-day trek through the scenic Ancascocha trail, exploring remote Andean terrains and captivating landscapes.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

5 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

5-Day Classic Ancascocha Adventure Overview

The “5-Day Classic Ancascocha Adventure” offers a journey through the heart of the Peruvian Andes, a path less trodden but brimming with awe-inspiring beauty and rich history. This trek is an invitation to immerse in the magic of the Andes, where every turn presents a new panorama of breathtaking highland wilderness. As you traverse this spectacular route, you’ll encounter a blend of ancient history and vibrant modern Andean life, culminating in the majestic Machu Picchu.

Ranked by National Geographic as one of the top 20 dream walks in the world, the Ancascocha Trail is a serene alternative to the more frequented paths. It promises a deeply personal encounter with the untouched landscapes and hidden wonders of Peru. This trek is not just a journey; it’s an exploration of some of the most spectacular vistas on the planet, offering a unique vision that captures the essence of both the ancient and contemporary Andean spirit.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Perolniyoc Waterfall, Perolniyoc Inca Ruins, Ancascocha Lake, Inca Site of Incaracay, Paucarcancha Incan Site, Classic Inca Trail at Km 82, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:30
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5-Day Classic Ancascocha Adventure

Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Day 1: From Cusco to the Mystical Perolniyoc Inca Ruins and Chacachuco Valley

Begin your Ancascocha Trail journey with an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Cusco. A scenic drive takes you to Soqma, marking the start of an unforgettable trek. Meet our team of skilled muleteers, ready with their mules, and kick-start your adventure with a hearty breakfast that combines local and international flavors.

The day’s trek meanders through the Andean highlands, adorned with unique flora and fauna. Discover the mesmerizing Perolniyoc waterfall, a perfect spot for capturing the essence of the Andes. The ascent to the Perolniyoc Inca ruins is a journey through time, with our guides sharing captivating stories of the Inca civilization. Enjoy a scenic lunch with panoramic views of the valley, prepared fresh by our trekking chefs.

Post-lunch, embark on a hike to the Kuychiccasa pass, where the vistas span from the Sacred Valley’s rugged terrain to the snow-capped Urubamba range. As the day concludes, descend to the Chacachuco campsite, where your tents await along with a steaming cup of tea or hot chocolate, followed by a delicious dinner under the starlit sky.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7-8 hours, 11 km

Wake up to freshly brewed tea or coffee served at your tent. After a substantial breakfast, prepare for the ascent to the Kuychiccasa Pass. The morning hike, though steep, is filled with picturesque views and glimpses of traditional highland life.

Reaching the summit of the Kuychiccasa Pass is an unforgettable experience, offering a 360-degree panorama of the Chancachuco and Sacred Valleys. Capture this exhilarating moment before descending to our lunch spot in the Chancachuco Valley. The afternoon’s hike brings you closer to the majestic Mt. Veronica and then gently leads to Ancascocha. The campsite in this secluded wooded valley, accompanied by the soothing sound of a nearby stream, is the perfect setting for dinner and an evening of camaraderie around the campfire.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7-8 hours, 12 km

Start Day 3 with an invigorating breakfast amid the Andean wilderness, preparing for the trek to the Huayanay Pass, the highest and most challenging point of our journey. As the sun rises, painting the peaks in golden hues, you’ll set off on a trail rich in natural beauty.

The hike to Huayanay Pass is a journey through diverse landscapes, offering opportunities to spot exotic birds, including the majestic Andean condor. The path, lined with the pristine Ancascocha Lake and ancient Inca ruins, provides a stunning backdrop for your ascent. Reaching the summit, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of glaciers and lush valleys, capturing this moment in photos and memories.

The descent to our lunch spot near Incaracay is a gentle one, filled with historical intrigue. The afternoon’s hike takes you through varied terrains to Paucarcancha, where you can explore ancient Inca terraces and stone structures, offering insights into the Incan agricultural methods. The day concludes with a delicious dinner, possibly featuring local Andean cuisine, at our campsite.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 8-9 hours, 14 km

On the final day of hiking, after breakfast, you’ll make your way to Km 82, walking a section of the celebrated Classic Inca Trail. Your guide will highlight the historical significance of the path, dotted with ancient sites and captivating stories. Conclude your hike with a fulfilling lunch at Km 82.

Post-lunch, we transport you to Ollantaytambo, an ancient town brimming with history. Here, board a scenic train to Aguas Calientes, a journey offering a new perspective on the landscapes you’ve traversed. As you approach Aguas Calientes, the scenery transforms to lush, verdant views, signaling your arrival at the gateway to Machu Picchu.

Once in Aguas Calientes, you have the option to relax in your hotel or rejuvenate in the famous hot springs. Enjoy a carefully chosen dinner at a local restaurant, sampling a variety of dishes that cater to every palate.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5 hours, 11 km

The final day of your Ancascocha adventure culminates with the much-anticipated visit to Machu Picchu, the iconic Incan citadel. Begin your day with an early breakfast in Aguas Calientes, fueling up for the journey ahead. A short bus ride up the winding mountain roads brings you to the gates of Machu Picchu, a sight that is sure to take your breath away.

As you step into the citadel, the intricate stonework and the harmonious blend of architecture and nature unfold before you. Your guide will lead a detailed 2-hour tour, sharing insights into the site’s historical significance and the brilliance behind its construction. After the tour, take some time to explore the ruins at your own pace. Whether you choose to climb Huayna Picchu for a bird’s-eye view of the site, or simply wander through the quieter sections of the ruins, the experience is bound to be unforgettable.

In the afternoon, regroup for the bus ride back to Aguas Calientes. Here, you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo, followed by a van transfer to Cusco. This journey back is an opportunity to reflect on the incredible experiences and memories you’ve gathered over the past five days. Your Ancascocha adventure concludes as you arrive in Cusco around 8 pm, filled with stories and awe-inspiring moments to share.

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Approx. 3 hours

Tour Highlights

5-Day Classic Ancascocha Adventure Highlights

  • Perolniyoc Waterfall and Inca Ruins: Witness the stunning Perolniyoc waterfall and explore the adjacent ancient Inca ruins, offering a blend of natural beauty and historical intrigue.
  • Kuychiccasa Pass: Experience the exhilaration of reaching the summit of the Kuychiccasa Pass, presenting breathtaking 360-degree views of the Andean landscape.
  • Chancachuco and Sacred Valleys Panorama: Marvel at the panoramic vistas of the Chancachuco and Sacred Valleys, showcasing the diverse beauty of the Peruvian highlands.
  • Ancascocha Lake: Discover the serene beauty of Ancascocha Lake, a tranquil spot nestled in the heart of the Andes.
  • Huayanay Pass: Ascend to the Huayanay Pass, the highest point of the trek, offering unparalleled views of surrounding glaciers and valleys.
  • Incaracay Inca Site: Delve into history at the Incaracay Inca site, a testament to the ancient Incan civilization.
  • Paucarcancha Inca Site: Explore Paucarcancha, known for its well-preserved Inca agricultural terraces and stone structures.
  • Classic Inca Trail to Km 82: Trek a section of the iconic Inca Trail, rich in history and natural beauty, leading to the famous Km 82.
  • Train Journey to Aguas Calientes: Enjoy a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, offering a different perspective of the Andean landscape.
  • Machu Picchu Tour: Conclude your adventure with a guided tour of Machu Picchu, the iconic Incan citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to trailhead.
  • Return transportation from trail’s end to Ollantaytambo.
  • 4-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Inflatable mattress.
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Professional chef and assistant chef.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water for water bottle refills.
  • Horses to carry all equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.).
  • Horse to transport 7 kg of your personal gear.
  • Muleteers to manage pack animals.
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • All necessary trekking permits.
  • Entry ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Aguas Calientes (twin bedroom with private facilities).
  • Round-trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
  • Round-trip Expedition Train tickets between Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo.
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Hotel stay in Cusco before and after the trek.
  • Sleeping bag (available for rent).
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 5 lunch and dinner.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 80 extra per person).
  • Tips for tour guides, chefs, and support staff are not included and are at your discretion.

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Emergency Horse & Handler: An extra horse and a trained handler provide added safety on the trail.
  • 3-Star Aguas Calientes Hotel: Rest and recharge in a carefully selected 3-star hotel.
  • North Face Four-Season Tents: State-of-the-art, weather-resistant tents for ultimate outdoor comfort.
  • Mountain Climbing Permits: Choose between Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Vistadome First-Class Train: Enjoy scenic travel from Aguas Calientes with panoramic windows offering spectacular views.
  • Private Van to Cusco: Enjoy a direct, comfortable transfer to Cusco post-trek.
  • Gourmet Lunch: Indulge in a gourmet dining experience at either Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping Bag: Sleep well with one premium sleeping bag per person.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Personal Duffel Bag: Use a durable duffel bag to conveniently carry your personal gear, including the sleeping bag and self-inflating pads.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

780

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

810

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

860

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

1020

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

1280

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

1420

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

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.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure – Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Peru Tripper accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments – Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances – Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Peru Tripper will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Peru Tripper does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport & student ID (if applicable).
  • Light day pack with clothes for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots & extra socks.
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf, beanie, and thermals for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Torch/flashlight & spare batteries.
  • Camera, film & batteries.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (20% DEET minimum, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen & water for the first morning.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel/sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks/poles.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

We’ll provide a returnable duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing, held 1-2 nights before your tour. Familiarize yourself with the bag, pack efficiently, and get essential trek details, safety guidelines, and updates. It’s a great chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Our Packing Tips:

  • Adhere to the 7 kg weight limit: Keep the weight of your personal items in the duffle bag within the 7 kg limit to maintain a manageable load for the horses.
  • Place non-essential items in the duffle bag: Store items you won’t need during the day, like extra clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bags, in the duffle bag to lighten your day pack.
  • Label your duffle bag: Add a luggage tag or other identification to your duffle bag to prevent mix-ups with other trekkers’ bags.
  • Keep valuables in your day pack: Store passports, cameras, cash, and other valuable items in your day pack for added security and easy access.

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