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Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days

Created with Sketch. Ancascocha, Cusco, Peru
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4D/3N

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10 people

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Español, Ingles

Overview

Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu, The Ancascocha Trail in the Peruvian Andes is a remarkable trail that, unlike other more popular trails, remains off the beaten track and away from crowds. Yet don’t be put off by its lesser known status.

Named by National Geographic as one of 20 dream hikes on their World Best Hikes list, this stunning trek takes you past ancient Inca ruins and through traditional Andean villages such as Chillipahua and the trail’s namesake Ancascocha (3,700 m/12,136 ft). Here you may briefly share the trail with farmers, shepherds and their livestock tending to their daily lives, so far removed from the tourist crowds of Cusco.

Your fitness will be stretched as you climb a number of big passes, including the highest point at the Huayanay Pass (4,650 m/15,255 ft). The rewards for your efforts though are staggering, with panoramic views across the Andes, cascading waterfalls, crystal blue lakes and the towering 20,557 foot (6,266 m) Apu Salkantay. At all times, your guide and crew will ensure that the pace is suitable for everyone in the group, taking breaks for rest and food whenever needed.

At the end of the first 2 days of hiking, you will arrive at camp to find your high quality tent already pitched (complete with mattress and pillow), your gear in place, and your crew preparing a sumptuous dinner. After a night under the most incredible starlit skies, you will be woken right on time with a cup of steaming hot fresh coffee or tea, before sitting down for a nutritious and energizing breakfast. All you need for the days hiking ahead.

On the third day, you will spend several hours hiking a portion of the Classic Inca Trail, to the sacred valley town of Ollantytambo. This is likely to be the first time you will see other hikers!

Taking the scenic train to Aguas Caliente you will have photo opportunities galore as the train cuts along the valley floor. Your final night will be spent in a comfortable hotel with a group dinner at an excellent local restaurant (drinks not included). Rising as early as you want, your itinerary concludes with a guided tour of Machu Picchu and a ticket to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains (subject to availability). Witnessing this new wonder of the world is an incredible spectacle that will stay with you forever.

Finally, with your camera loaded with photos and your head loaded with incredible memories, you will take the train back to Cusco and a transfer back to your hotel.

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    Activities: Challenging, Trekking Adventure
    Levels of difficulty: 4 of 5
    Maximum altitude: 4450 masl. / 14599 feet
    Accommodation: 2 days of camp, 1 day of shelter
    Departure day: Daily departures.
    Includes: Train, entrance to Machupicchu
    Begins: Pick-up at your accommodation in Cusco around 4:00 AM
    Ends: Leave your accommodation in Cusco around 9:45 PM

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Rayan – Kuychiccasa Pass – Chancachuco Valley
After meeting you at your hotel, we leave Cusco early in the morning and drive 1h 45m to Soqma (3,205 m/10,512 ft). This is the starting point of our trek and where we meet the horsemen (and horses) that will be our porters during the hike.

The hike begins with a 1h 45m hour walk to the Perolniyoc cascade lookout. The waterfall is breathtaking, and you can even take the short climb down to the base of the falls for some fantastic photo opportunities (and cool down if the weather is hot)! Then, hiking for a further 45 minutes we visit the Inca site of the same name. Perched on a cliff-top with spectacular views of the surrounding valley, your guide will share some of the history of the site and the Incas and you will be free to wander through the ruins, imagining life 500 years ago.

Next we make a steep ascent for around an hour to reach our lunch spot, Rayan (3,700 m/12,139 ft). Here you will sample for the first time the incredible culinary skills of your chef, with a chance to rest, relax and refuel for the afternoon’s hiking.

The afternoon begins with a challenging 3 hour uphill hike to reach the Kuychiccasa pass (4,450 m /14,599 ft). Passing the rustic houses of the farmers, at every turn you will see sumptuous views of the snow-capped peaks of the ‘Nevadas’, wild llamas, sprawling valleys, and if we are lucky, a passing condor (the largest bird in the Andes with a wing-span of up to 10 feet across!).

As we reach the top of the pass (perhaps a little breathless) we take a break to soak in the magnificent views of the Chancachuco Valley on one side and the Sacred Valley of the Incas on the other.

From here it is an easy 45 minute downhill hike to reach our camp for the evening at the Chancachuco Valley (4,312 m / 14,147 ft). Here, with the campsite already prepared when you arrive, you can change into warmer clothing and lie back to watch the sky gradually fill with the most incredible display of stars (clouds permitting!) before joining your guide and your fellow trekkers for a well-earned, hearty dinner.

Shuttle to Abra Soqma: 1½ hour by bus from Cusco.
Hiking distance: 16 Km. / 9.9 mile.
Hiking time: 7½ to 8 hour approximately.
Level of Difficulty: Challenging
Climate: Cold at the beginning of the biking and very hot in the night.
Acomodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 4450 masl. / 14599 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3205 masl. / 10512 ft.
Day 2: Chancachuco Valley – Ancascocha – Huaynay Pass – Quesqa Valley
You will be woken with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea, followed by a full breakfast to fuel you for the morning ahead.

We begin with a 45 minute undulating hike followed by a 20 minute ascent by way of a narrow trail that follows a stream with beautiful views of Mt. Veronica (5,822 m/ 19,100 ft).

We then take a 2.5 hour walk downhill to reach the small community of Ancascocha (3,700 m/12,139 ft), in a small but gorgeous wooded valley with a stream running through it.

Continuing uphill for 1 hour you will enjoy views of the nearby glacier and well preserved Inca remains, before reaching the beautiful crystal blue Ancascocha Lake where we stop for lunch.

After lunch we continue our ascent towards the Huayanay Pass (4,650 m/15,255 ft). This is a strenuous 2 hour climb along a steep switchback trail which brings us to the highest point of our trek. Along this section you will see an original cobblestone paved Inca Trail.

After taking time to enjoy the incredible views from the summit, we embark on a 3 hour descent into greener vegetation. Along this stretch we will have a distant vista of the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu as well as fascinating views of the communities of the Quesqa valley. We will also pass the small Inca site of Incaracay.

Finally we will reach our campsite, nestled in the Quesqa valley (3,850 m/12,631 ft). Once again, your chef will serve an excellent dinner as we reflect on the sights and sounds of the day.


Hiking distance: 18 Km. / 11.1 mile.
Hiking time: 8½ to 9 hour approximately.
Level of Difficulty: Challenging
Climate: Cold at the beginning of the biking and very hot in the night.
Acomodation: Dry Mountain Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 4650 masl. / 15255 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3700 masl. / 12139ft.
Day 3: Valle Quesqa – Paucarcancha – Kilometro 82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
En nuestro último día de caminata descendemos del Valle de Quesqa durante 2 horas hasta llegar al sitio Inca de Paucarcancha (3,133 m / 10,278 pies) donde su guía le brindará un comentario completo sobre el sitio.

Luego nos unimos a una sección del Camino Inca Clásico y hacemos una caminata fácil cuesta abajo durante 5 horas hasta llegar al Km 82, que es el inicio oficial del Camino Clásico. En el camino podremos ver el sitio inca de Llactapata. El almuerzo se servirá en el Km82.

Después del almuerzo, nuestra camioneta privada nos recogerá y nos transportará a Ollantaytambo (2,792 m / 9,160 pies) para tomar el tren panorámico a Aguas Calientes. Las oportunidades para tomar fotos son infinitas mientras atravesamos el fondo del valle en la exuberante vegetación del área de Aguas Calientes.

Después de 2 noches en las montañas, su cómoda habitación de hotel será un espectáculo bienvenido. Las aguas termales naturales de la ciudad también son un excelente lugar para relajarse si hay tiempo antes de la cena. Cenaremos juntos en un restaurante local agradable y de calidad con un extenso menú (bebidas no incluidas) antes de retirarse al hotel para prepararse para el comienzo temprano en Machu Picchu.

Distancia de caminata: 15 km. / 9.3 millas.
Tiempo de caminata: 6½ a 7 horas aproximadamente.
Nivel de dificultad: Moderado
Clima: Frío al comienzo del ciclismo y mucho calor en la noche.
Acomodación: Hostal
Comidas: Desayuno, Almuerzo, Cena.
Altitud máxima: 3850 msnm. / 12631 pies
Altitud mínima: 2040 msnm. / 6692 pies
Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
After a very early breakfast at your hotel we take one of the first buses (5:30am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Your guide will then give a 2 hour walking tour of this breathtaking site, named as one of the new 7 wonders of the world. Your entry ticket to Machu Picchu is included in the price of the trek.

If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains you can begin the hike once your guided tour concludes. The ticket price for Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain is also included in the price of your trek. If you choose not to climb the mountain you will have plenty of free time to explore Machu Picchu before returning to Aguas Calientes by bus.

Arriving back in Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to Poroy or Ollantaytambo. From here you will travel by private van to Cusco and back to your hotel. Your arrival time in Cusco will depend on the time of your train ticket.

Distance Travelled: 8 Km. / 4.9 mile
Hiking time: 2 hour approximately.
Level of Difficulty: Easy/Challenging*
Optional: Shuttle to Machu Picchu:25 minutes from Aguas Calientes.
Machu Picchu guided tour: 2½ hour.
Climate: tropical warm.
Shuttle to Cusco:3 hours by train and bus from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast.
Maximum Altitude: 2429 masl / 7972 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2040 masl / 6692 ft.

*The standard trek includes a permit to climb Huayna Pichu Mountain which is a fairly easy 1 hour hike. However, if no tickets are available (e.g. due to late booking) then a permit to climb Machu Picchu mountain will be issued. Note that this is a 2-3 hour strenuous climb up and down following very steep and narrow steps

Include:

  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Soqma (start of trek)
  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • High quality, 4 person tent for every 2 people
  • Inflatable Mattress and pillow
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Portable Eco-friendly toilet and toilet tent
  • Professional Chef and assistant chef
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all equipment
  • Horse to transport up to 8 kg of your personal gear
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear
  • Emergency horse (in case we need it!)
  • Four breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners
  • Hot water for washing twice daily
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy or Ollantaytambo
  • Private van transportation from Poroy or Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu

Not Included:

  • Bolsa de dormir (se puede alquilar de nosotros)
  • Bastones de trekking (se pueden alquilar de nosotros
  • Día 4 Almuerzo en Aguas Calientes
  • Consejos para la tripulación de caminata (propinas opcionales y pautas proporcionadas)
  • Seguro de viaje / salud / emergencia
  • Boleto para la montaña Huayna Picchu *
  • * En caso de que se agote la montaña Huayna Picchu, recibirá un permiso para caminar a la montaña Machu Picchu

Tour's Location

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Tour Map Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days

FAQs

What is the weather going to be like on my trek?
The weather in the region is pretty stable year-round, with the exception of rain versus dry season. Whenever your trek is, we will be able to give you advice on planning for the weather on your trek. This link on our website has lots of weather information!
What kind of rain gear should I bring?
Your best friend is the “generic” poncho. The ideal thing is a large poncho that will fit over your day pack.

You also need a rain coat. It is actually a good idea for your rain coat to be your outer shell (instead of a big winter coat). Then you can layer underneath it. We recommend this amount of rain gear even in the dry season, because it is so practical.

An umbrella is optional. If you want to bring an umbrella, and you have room for it in your duffle bag, it could be helpful to bring one.
Where should I stay in Cusco?
There are an incredible number of fantastic hotels in Cusco. No matter what your budget, you will be able to find a comfortable hotel with great service and fantastic breakfast. We will send you our Cusco hotel recommendations. There are less than 15 hotels listed on that document, and there are over 400 hotels in Cusco. So just because a hotel is not listed on our recommendations does not mean it is a bad hotel!
What about altitude sickness?
Please visit this link on our website for more information about altitude sickness.
What is food like on the treks?
It is incredible. There is plenty of food at all times and the quality is amazing. Please visit this link on our website for more information about our food
I have a dietary restriction. Is that going to be a problem?
Absolutely not. We can accommodate pretty much everything: vegetarian, gluten free, allergies and many others.
What will I do with my luggage when I am on the trek?
All hotels in Cusco offer free and secure storage for your belongings while you are on the trek.
What is the payment process?
To confirm a booking, a deposit of US $200 is required via PayPal. The remainder of the balance is not due until you arrive in Cusco for your trek.

The balance due can be paid with cash or with PayPal.

If you pay with PayPal, there is a 8% fee and the payment needs to be sent one week before your trek departs.
What is the booking process?
It is pretty simple. We just need the deposit and the following information:

Name
Nationality
Gender
Date of Birth
Passport Number
Can you guarantee me a permit for my Ancascocha + Inca Trail start date?
Yes. We will be there the day permits go on sale to get your permits.
How big is my group going to be?
The maximum group size is 12 hikers.

Our average group size is 3 to 6 trekkers. If you book a group together of 8 or more people, we will make it a private trek.
Is a permit for Huayna Picchu included in my trek price?
Huayna Picchu permits are included with all of our treks, with the exclusion of the following:

Ancascocha Trek plus Inca Trail 7 days, 6 nights
For the treks that don´t include Huayna Picchu permits, the price to hike Huayna Picchu is US $75 per person.

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  • Machu Picchu Entrance ⇨$0,00 *
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  • Return Tourist Train ⇨$0,00 *
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  • Mountain Huayna Picchu ⇨$25,00
  • Mountain Machu Picchu ⇨$25,00
  • Buffet Lunch in Machu Picchu ⇨$35,00
  • Bus Up and Down ⇨$25,00
  • Vistadome Train 360º | Return ⇨$40,00
  • Sleeping Bag & Walking Sticks ⇨$50,00
  • Private Service ⇨$250,00
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