Ancascocha to Classic Inca Trail: A 7-Day Trekking Odyssey

Journey from the tranquil Ancascocha Trek to the renowned Classic Inca Trail, a seven-day trek filled with natural and historical marvels.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

7 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

March - January

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Venture into the heart of the Peruvian Andes on a 7-day trek that artfully combines the hidden wonders of the Ancascocha Trail with the iconic Classic Inca Trail. This trek offers an immersive experience into Peru’s diverse landscapes, from lush valleys and high mountain passes to ancient Incan ruins shrouded in mystery. Each day of this trek is a journey into the soul of the Andes, where the whispers of history and the majesty of untouched nature converge to create a tapestry of unforgettable experiences.

Set off from the ancient streets of Cusco and find yourself stepping into a world far removed from the ordinary. The trail leads you through a myriad of breathtaking scenes: serene waterfalls, towering peaks, and remnants of a civilization that once mastered these heights. Sleep under the vast Andean sky, awaken to crisp mountain air, and tread pathways laden with centuries of history. The crescendo of this odyssey is the majestic Machu Picchu, emerging with the dawn in a moment of pure, unadulterated wonder. This trek is more than a hike; it’s a foray into a world where every step is a discovery and every view, a new story waiting to be told.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 5:00 AM - 5:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Perolniyoc Waterfall, Rayan, Ancascocha, Huayanay Pass, Paucarcancha, Llulluchapampa, Dead Woman's Pass, Wiñay Wayna, Sun Gate, Machu Picchu
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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.

Embark on a remarkable journey from the historic city of Cusco to Rayan, an entry point to ancient paths. The adventure kicks off with a picturesque drive to Soqma, lasting around 1 hour and 45 minutes. Arriving in Soqma, you're greeted with a warm welcome and a hearty breakfast, expertly prepared to fuel your day's hike.

The trek begins with a leisurely walk towards the awe-inspiring Perolniyoc cascade lookout, an ideal spot for capturing unforgettable memories. Feast your eyes on the spectacular waterfall views before heading to the nearby Inca site for a captivating tour amidst historical ruins. A delicious lunch awaits, allowing you to relax and soak in the ancient atmosphere.

Your afternoon comprises a 45-minute ascent, leading to the first camp at Rayan. The serene views of the dry mountain landscape make for a tranquil end to an exciting day, setting the stage for a restful night under the stars.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6 hours, 13 km

Day 2 of your trek promises an early start from Rayan, heading towards the challenging yet rewarding Kuychicassa pass. The 4-hour uphill trek unveils a panorama of snow-capped peaks, roaming llamas, and lush valleys. Keep your eyes peeled for the Andean condor, a majestic sight if spotted.

The summit of the Kuychicassa pass, standing at 4,450 meters, offers a moment of rest and reflection, accompanied by spectacular views of the Chancachuco and Sacred Valleys. The descent into Chancachuco Valley provides a scenic backdrop for your lunch, with Mt. Veronica enhancing the natural beauty.

After lunch, a 30-minute ascent along a stream leads to a 4-hour downhill walk, culminating in the picturesque community of Ancascocha. Your evening in Ancascocha is spent in a wooded valley, complemented by the gentle sound of a stream, preparing you for another tranquil night under the stars.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 8 hours, 16 km

Awake in the serene setting of Ancascocha, ready for an exhilarating day. The highlight is the ascent to the Huayanay Pass, towering at 4,650 meters. This 4-hour climb, though demanding, offers a unique chance to immerse yourself in the Andes' raw beauty, complete with a striking waterfall flowing into Ancashcocha Lake.

Reaching the summit is a moment of triumph, greeting you with an ancient cobblestone-paved Inca trail, a symbol of the Incan ingenuity. Descend to the Incarajay Inca site, an ideal lunch spot surrounded by captivating vistas.

The afternoon's descent takes you through greener landscapes, unveiling views of the classic Inca trail and the picturesque Qésqua valley. Trek through the Muyu Muyu community, concluding your day at Paucarcancha's restored Inca Tambo. Here, camp amidst history, enveloped in the tranquility of ancient times.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7-8 hours, 16 km

The fourth day is a pivotal one as you join the Classic Inca Trail. Transitioning from horsemen to porters, this change marks a new phase of your trek. A short descent from Paucarcancha brings you to Huayllabamba, the last village on the Inca Trail, teeming with cultural richness.

The journey continues with a 4-hour hike to Llulluchapampa. This part of the trail mesmerizes with its diversity, leading you through cloud forests and ecosystems teeming with life and history. Each step is an exploration into the past, following the pathways of the Incas.

Your campsite at Llulluchapampa, nestled in the peaceful cloud forest, provides a serene end to a day filled with historical and natural exploration. It's an opportunity to relax, reflect, and prepare for the adventures that lie ahead.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 4–5 hours, 11 km

Day 5 greets you with the fresh Andean air and a cup of invigorating coca tea, setting the tone for a challenging yet rewarding day ahead. The day's adventure begins with a 2-hour hike to the trail's highest point, Dead Woman's Pass, at 4,215 meters. The climb is strenuous but the reward at the summit is unparalleled – a spectacular panorama that encapsulates the essence of the Andean majesty.

The journey then descends into the serene Pacaymayu Valley, a hidden treasure amidst the Andes, where you'll enjoy lunch and a chance to recuperate. The afternoon is marked by an ascent to the second pass of the trek and a visit to the Runcu Raccay Inca site, a testament to Incan architectural prowess.

The path leads you past cascading waterfalls and brings you to Sayacmarca, an ancient site rich in Inca history and culture. Your day concludes at the Chaquicocha campsite, a perfect spot for stargazing and sharing stories, as your guide points out Inca constellations in the night sky.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 8-10 hours, 16 km

Embark on a two-hour trek to Phuyupatamarca, the 'City in the Clouds,' one of the most well-preserved and stunning Inca ruins along the trail. Here, the breathtaking views span across Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu Mountain, and Huayna Picchu, offering a visual feast.

The trail then descends into the lush rainforest, guiding you towards Wiñay Wayna. Along the way, you'll pass by Inti Pata, a location celebrated for some of the trail's most beautiful photo opportunities. Arriving at Wiñay Wayna, set at 2,680 meters, enjoy a relaxing lunch before exploring the nearby archaeological site, famed for its terraced hillsides and spiritual aura.

Your camp at Wiñay Wayna, nestled in the high cloud forest, provides a peaceful and reflective atmosphere, perfect for your final night on this historic trail.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5 hours, 10 km

On the final day of your trek, the anticipation builds before dawn as you embark on the last leg to Machu Picchu. This early start leads you to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, where you'll arrive just in time to witness the first rays of sunlight unveiling Machu Picchu in all its glory. This moment, seeing the Lost City of the Incas bathed in morning light, is an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

After soaking in the breathtaking views, a 40-minute downhill hike takes you to the heart of Machu Picchu. Here, a comprehensive two-hour guided tour awaits, offering insights into the mysteries and architectural genius of the Incan civilization. Wander among the ancient ruins, feeling the history and culture come alive around you.

Following your immersive exploration of Machu Picchu, the journey takes you to Aguas Calientes. From here, board a scenic train ride to Ollantaytambo, a journey filled with reflective vistas of the Andean landscape. The final stretch of your adventure is a comfortable car ride back to Cusco, providing a moment to reflect on the incredible experiences and memories forged over the past week.

Accommodation: Return to Cusco
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Approx. 2 hours, 5 km

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Tour Highlights

  • Soqma and Perolniyoc Waterfall: Begin your journey with a scenic drive to Soqma and a hike to the stunning Perolniyoc Waterfall, offering breathtaking views and a picturesque start to your adventure.

  • Rayan and Kuychicassa Pass: Experience the tranquility of camping at Rayan and tackle the challenging ascent to Kuychicassa Pass, where panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks and lush valleys await.

  • Ancient Inca Trails and Ruins: Traverse ancient Inca trails and explore historical ruins along the way, including the Inca site at Incarajay, providing a unique glimpse into the past.

  • Huayanay Pass and Ancascocha Lake: Conquer the highest point of the trek at Huayanay Pass and marvel at the stunning Ancascocha Lake, a serene and picturesque spot surrounded by natural beauty.

  • Merging with the Classic Inca Trail: Join the legendary Inca Trail at Paucarcancha, experiencing the rich history and diverse ecosystems, from cloud forests to historical villages.

  • Dead Woman’s Pass and Pacaymayu Valley: Overcome the challenge of Dead Woman’s Pass, the highest pass on the trail, and descend into the serene Pacaymayu Valley, a hidden gem in the Andes.

  • Runcu Raccay and Sayacmarca: Visit the intriguing Inca sites of Runcu Raccay and Sayacmarca, offering insights into Inca architecture and culture amidst stunning natural backdrops.

  • Phuyupatamarca and Wiñay Wayna: Trek to the ‘City in the Clouds,’ Phuyupatamarca, and explore the captivating Wiñay Wayna, known for its terraced hillsides and spiritual significance.

  • Sunrise at Machu Picchu from Inti Punku: Experience the magical moment of witnessing Machu Picchu bathed in the first light of dawn from the Sun Gate, an unforgettable and awe-inspiring sight.

  • Comprehensive Tour of Machu Picchu: Delve into the mysteries of Machu Picchu with a comprehensive tour, exploring its history, architecture, and the genius of the Incan civilization.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Booking your spot on our trek is as simple as paying a deposit of 40% of the total trip cost. We use this deposit to prepare for your adventure, securing all the necessary permits and equipment.

Please make sure to pay the remaining balance 2 days before your trip starts.

Accepted Payment Methods

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For bookings made within 15 days of the trip departure date, the full payment is required at the time of booking.

Cancellation Policy

Client Cancellations – All Sales are Final

We get it, sometimes plans change. But due to all the planning and non-refundable expenses associated with this tour, once you’ve booked and paid, we can’t provide a refund if you need to cancel. That’s why we strongly recommend getting comprehensive travel insurance that covers trip cancellations. It’s a great way to protect yourself if something unforeseen comes up.

Force Majeure

Sometimes, things beyond our control, like natural disasters or political instability, can change our plans. In such cases, we’ll work together to either reschedule your trip or offer a credit for future travel, subject to availability and at our discretion.

Travel Insurance

We always recommend going for comprehensive travel insurance to cover trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and other unexpected events. We want you to be well-protected in case of any surprises. Remember, Peru Tripper isn’t responsible for any costs incurred due to trip cancellations or disruptions 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 7-Day Ancascocha Trek & Classic Inca Trail Connection. 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 7-Day Ancascocha Trek & Classic Inca Trail Connection, 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:
  • Layering: Make sure to pack clothing that can be layered easily to adapt to the variable weather conditions.

  • Space: Use packing cubes or zip-lock bags to organize your gear and to maximize space in your backpack.

  • Footwear: Break in your hiking boots before the trek to avoid discomfort or blisters.

  • Dry Gear: Even if your daypack is water-resistant, consider packing your gear in dry bags or garbage bags for added protection.

  • Essentials: Keep essentials like passport, cash, and personal medication in a secure and easily accessible place.

  • Sleeping Bag: If you have not opted for the porter service during the Inca Trail section, please note that you will be responsible for carrying your own sleeping bag.

  • Lightweight: Aim to pack as light as possible, especially if you haven’t opted for a porter service. Consider your stamina and the trek’s difficulty when packing.

  • Deluxe Package: If you’ve opted for the Deluxe Package, make sure your personal belongings do not exceed the weight limit for the porter service during the Inca Trail segment.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the difficulty level of the trek?

The trek is considered challenging due to its high altitude, length, and some steep sections. It’s suitable for those who are reasonably fit and have some hiking experience.

What happens if I choose not to hire a personal porter for the trek?

If you opt not to hire a personal porter, you’ll need to carry your own gear, including your sleeping bag, clothing, and personal items. On the Salkantay section, horses will carry up to 7 kg of your gear, but on the Inca Trail section, you’ll be responsible for your belongings. It’s advisable to pack light and train with a weighted backpack for comfort and readiness. While a porter is not mandatory, hiring one can greatly ease your load and support local employment.

Can I hire a porter on the day of the trek for the Inca Trail section?

Hiring a porter on the day of the trek for the Inca Trail section is not possible. Porters are considered part of the total number of people allowed on the Inca Trail each day and count towards the permit limit. Therefore, they need to be booked in advance, ensuring that their entrance and all necessary permits are secured. We advise arranging porter services at the time of your initial booking to guarantee availability and compliance with Inca Trail regulations.

What kind of weather should I expect during the trek?

The weather on the trek can vary greatly, depending on the time of year. Expect warm and sunny conditions during the day, but it can be quite cold at night, especially at higher elevations. Rain is a possibility, particularly during the wet season (November to March). Layered clothing and waterproof gear are essential.

How far in advance should I book the trek?

It’s recommended to book the trek at least 6 months in advance, especially during the peak season (May to September), as permits for the Inca Trail are limited and can sell out quickly.

Can I store my luggage somewhere during the trek?

Yes, you can leave any excess luggage at your hotel in Cusco or with our local office. We provide a duffel bag for your personal gear to be carried by horses or porters during the trek.

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.

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.

What are the camping facilities like during the trek?

During the trek, we provide high-quality camping facilities. This includes tents (allocated per two people), a dining tent, kitchen tent, and a toilet tent. Campsites are chosen for their scenic beauty and tranquility, providing a comfortable outdoor experience.

What happens if I am unable to complete the trek?

If you’re unable to complete the trek due to illness or other reasons, we will provide the necessary assistance to get you to the nearest medical facility or back to Cusco. Any evacuation or medical costs not covered by your insurance will be your responsibility.

Can I charge my electronic devices during the trek?

Charging facilities are extremely limited during the trek. We recommend bringing extra batteries or a portable power bank for your electronic devices.

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