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Ancascocha Trek + Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 7 Days

7 Days and 6 Nights
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Spanish, English
Departure city: Cusco, Peru
Ends in the city: Cusco, Peru
Group Size: 12 PER GROUP
Availability: Daily Departures
Trip Styles: Hiking
Max Altitude: 4800 M. / 15748 FT.
Lodging Type: Camps
Difficulty: Vigorous

Ancascocha Trek 7 Days

The 7 day ancascocha trek that also combines the classic Inca trail will take you through breathtaking scenery and rolling hills to Machu Picchu, this route was designed to further enjoy the Peruvian Andes and the wonderful Inca city of Machu Picchu. The circuit is unique because of its impressive snowy mountains and lakes where you can also see alpacas and llamas, also here we can interact with the Andean people who still have the Inca customs as traditions and colorful handmade clothing.

the Ancascocha trek is best known for its colorful and crystalline lagoon, also this route is considered as the Inca trail for its ancient paths and where you can also see archaeological centers from the Inca era. And combining the Ancascocha plus Inca trail to Machu Picchu makes this hike even more interesting and exciting, it is a complete package to learn more about the Inca culture and have an unforgettable experience in Peru.


DAY 1Cusco - Socma Village - Perolniyoc Incan Ruins - Chancacucho

Visit places
Perolniyoc waterfall
Chancachuco Valley Camp

We head out to Soqma Village (3,00 m / 9,842 ft), early in the morning, by driving for about 1 hour and 45 minutes, which is the trailhead to start our hiking. At this point we’ll meet up our horses and muleteers, get ready our hiking gears, and we’ll have our breakfast, then we’ll start hiking up following a small valley to Perolniyoq a small Incan site perched a top the mountain, but previously we’ll see a nice waterfall, a perfect place to shoot some pictures.

Once our arrival to the Incan site, you’ll have an explanation about the history of this site by our Tour Guide. We will then continue to our lunch spot for about 1 hour overlooking to a great scenery around. After the lunch, we’ll continue hiking up for about 2 hours to reach the first pass Called Kuichicasa (4,500 m / 14,764 ft), at this point we’ll have stunning vistas of the Urubamba range where some snowc

apped mountains are located, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas below us. From the pass we’ll hike downhill for 1 hour to get the first camp site called Chancachuco (4,350 m / 14,272 ft).

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Walking Distance:15 km / 9 mi
  • Starting Elevation:3,00 m / 9,842 ft
  • Highest Elevation:4,500 m / 14,764 ft.

DAY 2Chancacucho - Ancascocha Lake

Visit places
Ancascocha Lake Camp

Today’s breakfast makes us ready for a great adventure day, after having our breakfast at 6:00 am, we’ll start hiking on a highland plain with great views around, after trekking for about 3 hours we’ll arrive at next lunch spot located in Ancascocha community. After lunch we’ll hike up for about 2 hours to reach the second camp site (3,900 m / 12,795 ft), located close by to Ancascocha lagoon.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Walking Distance:12 km / 7 mi
  • Highest Elevation:4,350 m / 14,272 ft
  • Campsite elevation:3,900 m / 12,795 ft

DAY 3Ancascocha Lake - Paucarcancha

Visit places
Ancascocha Lake
Wayanay Pass
Paucarcancha Camp

We start the day having a nutritious breakfast at 6:00 am, we then start our trek, following the switchback trail up to the highest point with amazing vistas in every direction, snow-capped mountains. After 2-hour hiking, we reach the highest pass on the whole trail, Wayanay pass (4,650 m / 15,252 ft), with stunning views around, where we’ll take our snacks, before making our way to lunch spot. Next, the trail goes downhill to lunch spot for about 2 hours, on the way we’ll see a small Incan ruins, and walk close by to some alpacas.

In the afternoon, once we enjoy our meals, we’ll continue with our trek through the highland valley to the next camp site Paucarcancha (3,120 m / 10,236 ft) for 2 more hours, on this section of path we’ll walk on the ancient Inca trail which is connecting to Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley with stunning glacier peaks beyond. Close by to this camp site is located the Paucarcancha Incan Site a great place to learn about the Inca history while exploring with our Guide.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camps
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Walking Distance:14 km / 8 mi
  • Highest Elevation:4,650 m / 15,252 ft
  • Lowest Elevation:3,120 m / 10,236 ft

DAY 4Paucarcancha - Wayllabambam - Llullucha

Visit places
Llullucha Camp

Today, we will start with a 1-hour steep downhill trek to the small village of Huayllabamba where we join the classic Inca Trail. Then we will take a hike to the area called ayapata, a place we will use for our lunch. Upon our arrival we will receive with warm applause our porters, who will make their short presentation and the great work that they will play with us.
The view from which is fabulous to all the valley of Huayllabamba; to finish the day we will make a 2-hour hike to the Llullucha camp, the trail is surrounded by highland forests where it is possible to even see native species such as colle, queuña, intimpa, tasta, chachacomos, and beautiful ñuqchu flowers, which They visit many species of hummingbirds. This day will end the walk around 5:00 pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camp
  • Difficulty:Challenging
  • Walking Distance:14 km / 8 mi
  • Highest Elevation:3,750 m / 12,303 ft
  • Campsite elevation:3,750 m / 12,303 ft

DAY 5Lllullucha - Death woman pass - Sayacmarca - Chaquicocha

Visit places
Warmihuañusca Pass
Chaquicocha Camp

Today, we will reach the highest point on the Inca Trail (dead woman pass) (Warmihuañusca) (4,200 m / 13,776 ft). On reaching the pass we’ll stop for a short break to enjoy the views before setting off again to descend to the next valley (Pacaymayu Valley – Hidden River). It’s another hour and a half down the side of the valley to our lunch spot and a chance to refill our water bottles.
After lunch we begin ascending again to the second pass of the trek (Runkurakay) (3,970 m / 13,022 ft), stopping halfway to visit the impressive archaeological site of Runkurakay. Going over the pass, we descend toward Lake Yanacocha and enter into the cloud forest to arrive at the Sayacmarca Inca ruins (3,624 m/ 11,887 ft). Our campsite is at Chaquicocha (3,400 m / 11,154 ft).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camp
  • Difficulty:Challenging
  • Walking Distance:16 km / 9 mi
  • Highest Elevation:3,200 m / 10,498 ft
  • Campsite elevation:3,400  m / 11,15 4ft

DAY 6Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñaywayna

Visit places
Wiñaywayna Camp

Today, we will take an easy climb in the morning to the last pass with its Incan ruins of the same name (Phuyupatamarca, 3,700 m / 12,136 ft). Here, we will also have remarkable views of the Urubamba River Valley. Afterward, we go into the rain forest. We will walk downhill for 3 hours. During this stretch of the trail we will visit Inti Pata.
Along this path you will take the most beautiful pictures of the entire Inca trail. After Inti Pata it is a further 30 minutes to our campsitewe descend to the Wiñaywayna campsite (2,650 m/ 8,692 ft) and visit the archeological site there after lunch. Campsite Elevation – 2,600 m/ 8,530 ftDifficulty: Easy Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camping Area: Cloud Forest

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camp
  • Difficulty:Easy
  • Walking Distance:9 km / 5 mi
  • Highest Elevation:2,600 m / 8,530 ft
  • Campsite elevation:2,600 m / 8,530 ft

DAY 7Wiñay Wayna - Sun Gate - Machu Picchu - Cusco Hotel

Visit places
Inti Punku (Sun Gate)
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu Pueblo
Train To Ollantaytambo
Cusco Hotel

Today we arrive at the long-awaited finale of our trek, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu. After an early start to our day, we arrive at the campsite exit gate where we must wait in line until 5 AM. Subsequently, we will hike one hour until we arrive at the Sun Gate (Intipuncu) which looks down onto Machu Picchu. We will arrive early to enjoy its serenity in the soft morning light.
From there, we will walk downhill on a stone path to enter the hidden Royal Citadel of the Incas with impressive panoramic views all the way down. We will have a 2-hour guided tour through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the farming fields. Be amazed at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas which was so far ahead of their time and still partially a mystery today

When you are finished exploring the extraordinary city of Machu Picchu you will travel to Aguas Calientes by bus. You will then take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo where our van will be waiting to transport you back to Cusco. Arrival time in Cusco will according the train back Schedule we have at 14:30 pm and 19:00 pm. So the total time combining trail plus van is like 4 hours.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camp
  • Difficulty:Easy
  • Walking Distance:5 km / 3 mi
  • Highest Elevation:2,700 m / 16,77 ft
  • Campsite elevation:2,600 m / 8,530 ft
Trip Info
Packing List
Before You Go
High Quality Service & Safety
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Experienced Guide speaks English and Spanish
  • A professional cook only for our group
  • Motorola Talkabout Radio, for communication
  • Medical Kit – First Aid Kit
  • One duffle bag per person
  • Customer Service 24/7
  • Extra oxygen
Private Camping Equipment
  • We also include a large tent with table and chairs for you to enjoy your meal without worry-free, and all the cooking equipment, carried by our porters and horses
  • We also included a portable toilet
Permits & Entrance Tickets
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu Circuit (1 or 2)
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail
  • The first 3 days the horses and muleteers carry their personal items of 8 kg / 16 pounds.
  • The last 4 days on the Inca trail the porters will carry their personal items of 8 kg / 16 pounds.
  • Day 7: Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Day 7: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, and 6 Dinners
  • Meals: vegetarian and vegan
  • Water to drink on the trail every day
  • Wake up tea, every morning
  • Tea Time or Happy Hour, every afternoon
  • Snacks on the trail daily
  • Products for hygiene
  • Personal Accommodation in Private Campsites
  • 4-Person, 4-season tents, destined for 2 travelers
  • 1 Polar sheet per person
  • Pillows throughout the tour
  • Rubber warmers, for the night
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Additional Included
  • PRO Air sleeping pad, Therma-Rest brand
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking stick
What Is Not Included?
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff
  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
  • One foamy sleeping pad per person
  • Original Passport
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film with extra batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Daypack

Information Before leaving for the Ancascocha Trail

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about Ancascocha Trail 7  Days in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.
Has another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line, and we will get back to you asap!

Briefing or informative meeting

All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the (Peru Hike) offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.

Duffel bag or canvas case

ou’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and will deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm / 2 ft. Long x 36 cm / 1 ft. Wide.

A maximum of 5 kg is allowed for each duffel bag that includes the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes and other personal items.

Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests

Peru Hike Company can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Group tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.

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Kelly O

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I did the 7 day/6 night Ancascocha trek and it was absolutely stunning, so glad I did it! The scenery was spectacular with dramatic mountains and valleys, and we passed through several Incan ruins and small Quechua-speaking communities along the way. The Peru Hike staff were also great and made me feel very well taken care of. Our guide, Odón, was very experienced and could predict the weather and our hiking times with spooky accuracy. Pretty much every meal had multiple courses! Would highly recommend!

10 February, 2021
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