Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu - Via Inca Trail 5D/4N

This Ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu was designed exactly for you that don’t like crowds but you want still taste the most known trek in the world, THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU, this trek will take you in one of the most quiet treks for 3 days and one day you will be able to hike on the classic Inca trail to the end of the trek. The Ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu is a spectacular trail that remains in the mountains known also as the Hidden Inca Trail or the Super Inca Trail. It is less traveled and more rewarding path. It was listed as one of the world’s best hikes by National Geographic. Along the way you will encounter Inca ruins, villages and snowcapped mountains of both main mountain ranges of Cusco, the Vilcabamba and the Urubamba mountain range.

Overview

Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu – Overview

Day 0. Pre-departure meeting with your guide

Day 1. Cusco – Soqma – Rayan

Day 2. Rayan – Puca pujio pass – Ancasccocha

Day 3. Ancascocha – Wayanay pass – Inca Tambo (Colpa)

Day 4. Inca Tambo – Paucarcancha – Km 82 (Hike on the Inca trail)

Day 5. Machu Picchu tour

Itinerary

Ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu: Briefing

One day before, or at a pre-established time and date, your guide will meet you in your hotel in Cusco to brief you about your trek and give you the last details. Also one of the representatives of Peru by Locals will meet you to collect the rest of the balance to be paid for the trek (in cash).

Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Rayan

Early morning meeting with your guide in your hotel in Cusco for a drive to Soqma for about one and a half hours where your Ancascocha trek to machu picchu will begin. Stop at the town called Huarocondo where you can purchase the last minute supplies such as water or snacks. This town is very well known for the LECHONES (roasted pork), which is considered the best in Cusco area, so we can have a taste of that local cuisine if you are interested. Our adventure begins with one hour and half uphill, but offers you beautiful views and we will also encounter a beautiful waterfall called Perolniyoc. Your guide will show you some medicinal plants that the locals use along the way. You can collect some plants and make your own tea like locals too. From here you will continue onto the campground that will take you for couple more hours. Once you arrive to camp, you will have lunch, but before lunch you will visit this small Incan site with your guide to have a history lesson.

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered:11 km (6,8 miles)
Time:4 to 6 hours
Lowest elevation:3000m (9,843 feet)
Highest elevation:3700m (12,139 feet)
Level of difficulty:Moderate

Day 2: Rayan – Puca Pujio Pass – Ancasccocha

After waking up with a nice cup of coca tea in your tent and having a delicious breakfast, your Ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu begins towards the first pass of the trek called Kuychiccasa (4.380 m / 14,370 feet), a perfect spot for rest and photography, as you’ll be surrounded by snowcapped mountains such as Ausangate (6,300 m / 20,931 feet), Chicon (5,530 m / 18,143 feet) and others.

We trek down for one hour until we reach the lunch to Chancachuco, and then further trek on gradual downhill for another two or 3 more more hours towards the campground at Ancascocha Village (3,800 m / 12,400 feet).

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered:15 km (9,3miles)
Time:8 to 9 hours
Lowest elevation:3700m (12,139 feet)
Highest elevation:43800m (14,370 feet)
Level of difficulty:Demanding

Day 3: Ancascocha – Wayanay Pass – Inca Tambo (Colpa)

Today we undertake the long stretch, but in return you will have amazing views. You will ascent to the second pass and the highest on the trek – Wayanay pass (4,600 m / 15,090 feet) about 3 hours, and then down for one hour untill lunch at Inca racay,  finally for the next three or four hours to the next camp, viewing some waterfalls, amazing vistas  and an small Inca ruins.

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered:16 km (10 miles)
Time:8 to 10 hours
Lowest elevation:3150m (10,335 feet)
Highest elevation:4560m (14,961 feet)
Level of difficulty:Demanding

Day 4: Inca Tambo – Paucarcancha – Km 82 (Hike On The Classic Inca Trail)

Today we’ll trek down to Paucarcancha (Inca ruins) and 30 minutes Later we will join the classic Inca trail all the way to end of our journey.

This part of the Ancascocha trek to machu picchu will give us the real taste of Classic Inca trail for the last 7 ½ miles, hiking through beautiful lash valley of Cusi chaca and Sacred valley, along the way you will encounter few Inca ruins were you will stop to have history lessons with your guide, at the end of your trek you will enjoy the last trekking meal with your chef. After lunch you will take a van  to Ollantaytambo where you will catch a train to Aguas Calientes town where you will spend  the night before Machu Picchu tour.

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered:15 km (9.3 miles)
Time:8 to 9 hours
Lowest elevation:3000m (9,842 feet)
Highest elevation:4215m (13,776 feet)
Level of difficulty:Moderate

Day 5: Machu Picchu Tour

We will take an early bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to watch the spectacular sun rise over one of the most amazing places on Earth. Be prepared for a flood of emotions or goose bumps at the very least, as you gaze at the ancient city of Machu Picchu! We will visit the lost city of Machu Picchu, a World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

If you are brave and fit enough, you can hike up the steep Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain which is higher than Huayna Picchu. When you are ready to leave, you can take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes town to collect your luggage from the hotel, and enjoy a farewell lunch with the rest of the group before you return to Cusco by train in the afternoon.

We will take an early bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to watch the spectacular sun rise over one of the most amazing places on Earth. Be prepared for a flood of emotions or goose bumps at the very least, as you gaze at the ancient city of Machu Picchu! We will visit the lost city of Machu Picchu, a World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

If you are brave and fit enough, you can hike up the steep Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain which is higher than Huayna Picchu. When you are ready to leave, you can take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes town to collect your luggage from the hotel, and enjoy a farewell lunch with the rest of the group before you return to Cusco by train in the afternoon.

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered:Walking tour of Machu Picchu
Time:3 to 4 hours
Lowest elevation:2050m (6,726 feet)
Highest elevation:2400m (7,874 feet)
Level of difficulty:Moderate

Inclusions & exclusions

Included in the Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Transport to and from your hotel in Cusco
  • Organic meals on the Ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu tickets (does not include Huayna Picchu)
  • Horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc) from day 1 to day 3
  • Emergency horse in case we need it until day 4
  • Chef
  • Boiled drinking water from day 2 onwards to the end
  • Trekking guide, knowledgeable in history, tradition, fauna and flora
  • First aid kit, carried by your guide
  • Equipment (sleeping tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table, chairs, air mattresses)
  • Duffle bag if needed
  • Round-trip bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (expedition) – it can be upgraded to vistadome train with an extra fee
  • One night hotel (2*) accommodation in Aguas Calientes (if you have preferences of hotels, we can arrange it at an additional cost)
  • Eight kilos (17,6 pounds) free bag for the horses where you can put your personal belongins
  • Hot water bottle for the night ( you can use it as heater)

Excluded in the Ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Lunch on the last day at Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for muleteers and guides
  • Huayna Picchu tickets (it can be arranged at additional cost)

Additional options

Additional Options

1. Huayna Picchu: In order to climb Huayna Picchu, you must book well advance since permits are limited to 400 tickets per day. The cost is USD 20 per person.

2. Machu Picchu montaña: It is taller mountain than Huayna Picchu and offers you spectacular views of Machu Picchu and surroundings. Our clients said before that it is better than Huayna Picchu and to get to the top it will be about 1,5 h and another 1,5 hours back down. The tickets are asually available almost all the time and not like Huayna Picchu.

Please inform us of your choice when you book the trek with us.

3. Personal horse: You can have a horse to ride all the way from the beginning to the end of the trek. The cost is USD 40 per day.

Prices

REGULAR:

$ 710 PER PERSON

Students: Discount of $20, but you have to supply us with a copy of your ISIC card when you make the booking.

Children up to 15 years of age will be charged as students, under the condition that you supply us with a copy of the passport at the time of booking.

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What to bring

What to bring for the Ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Down sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, warm underwear, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended
  • Head lamp
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
  • Book to read (you will have some spare time at every camp to read your favorite book)
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
  • Bug repellent for Machu Picchu

The Ancaschoha trek to Machu Picchu is a remarkable trail. It is one of the best 20 hikes in the world according to the National Geographic. We have made a comfortable 5 days trek for your comfort as well as so that you can explore each and every corner of the beautiful Ancaschoha trek to Machu Picchu.

We thrive to make your experience more astounding to you. On the day before the Ancaschoha trek to Machu Picchu, you are told all about the essentials of the trek. You are well-informed about the weather conditions so that you can pack your clothes accordingly. On the very first day, your guide comes to pick you up early in the morning for the one and half hour drive to Soqma where the Ancaschoha trek actually begins. There is a halt at a town called Huarocondo where you can make a purchase of the last minute supplies such as water and snacks. This town is famous for the LECHONES which is the best in the area around. We make you taste the best cuisines of the area. Here you can experience the beautiful views and you will also encounter an amazing waterfall Perolniyoc. From here you will continue to the campground for a couple of more hours. The difficulty level of the first day is moderate and you won’t face many problems.

After having delicious breakfast, your day 2 Ancaschoha trek to Machu Picchu will begin towards the first pass of the trek which is the perfect spot for rest and photography. You will be surrounded by snowcapped mountains. Then you will trek to Chanchachuo, have lunch and then further trek down to the Ancaschoha village. This day trek is demanding.

On the third day, you will have to take a long stretch but we make sure that the rest trek will be amazing as there are some wondrous views when you will come back. You will be taken to the second pass of the trek and then down for one hour until lunch. Finally, at the comeback, you will experience some lustrous waterfalls, amazing vistas, and some Inca ruins.

On the day 4 of the Ancaschoha trek to Machu Picchu, you will trek down to Paucarcancha and after half an hour you will join the classic Inca trail all the way to end the journey. This part of the Ancascoha will actually give a taste of the Inca ruins and you will know why Inca is so famous. Here you will have a 7 and a half miles hike through the beautiful lush valleys and also on the way you will encounter few historical Inca lessons. To your relief, the level of difficulty of this day is moderate and not demanding for the past two days.

Finally, here is the last day of the trek. On this day, you will take an early bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu where you will watch the stunning sunrise over the earth. You will be lost in the beauty of the place. It is the time for you to have a city tour. There is something spectacular about the place. After a beautiful journey, you will take a bus back to Cusco.

We promise to make your experience spectacular and worth memories.

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