Ancascocha Trail Adventure: 5 Days in the Heart of the Andes

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

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

5 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

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 - 5:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 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
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 04:30
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:30
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:30
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Tour Itinerary

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

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

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Tour 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.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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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.

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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.

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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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.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 5-Day Classic Ancascocha Adventure. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 5-Day Classic Ancascocha Adventure, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

We’ll supply the duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing with your guide, held 1-2 nights prior to the tour’s start. This allows you to familiarize yourself with the bag and pack efficiently.

The briefing covers essential trek details, such as itinerary, safety guidelines, and last-minute updates. It’s an excellent chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

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.

By following these packing guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your trekking adventure. We look forward to guiding you on this exciting journey!

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are there any safety measures in place during the trek?

Your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our guides are experienced and have received first aid and safety training. In addition, they carry a first aid kit and a satellite phone for emergency communication. We also follow strict guidelines to ensure environmental sustainability and protect the natural beauty of the trail.

Can I store my luggage at the Peru Tripper office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Peru Tripper offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

What measures does Peru Tripper take to ensure the safety of trekkers during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We prioritize the health and safety of our clients and staff. We closely follow the guidelines and recommendations provided by local and international health authorities, implementing measures such as regular sanitization of equipment, health checks for staff, and providing handwashing facilities at campsites.

How large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

How difficult is the trek?

The trek is of moderate difficulty. While no prior trekking experience is required, a good level of fitness will help in navigating the terrains and altitude.

What's the best time of year to do this trek?

The trek is accessible year-round. However, the dry season, from May to September, offers clearer skies and a lower chance of rain.

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