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Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu – 5 Days

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  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Difficulty: 7/10
  • Pick up: Hotel Cusco
  • Drop off: Hotel Cusco
  • Availability: Year Round
  • Tour type: Adventure

Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

This route is an entirely new Ancascocha Trek we have launched and is regarded as one of the world’s best trails chosen by National Geography. Along this Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu, you will enjoy the most spectacular views of snowy mountain peaks and crystal lakes, and you will also explore the local villages of Soqma and Ancascocha. This Alternative Trek offers the most scenic views of the Urubamba mountain range. In the stillness, when surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks and upon hearing the sounds of the natural streams, you will find peace and relaxation. On this Journey in Peru, you will also have the opportunity to hike part of the iconic Inca Trail en route to the archaeological wonder of the Machu Picchu Inca site.

Our Ancascocha Hike to Machu Picchu is highly recommended for people who love wilderness nature and get away from the touristy crowds; while Exploring the Ancascocha Trail with our tour company, we guarantee that you will have the most scenic camping site under the skylight, from where you can see stunning epic views, and many stars at night. We will also have the opportunity to walk the by old Inca path, a section that is not hiked by the others, an Inca Trail that looks like a truck road, but there are no trucks that can run by its stairs; while regarding the fauna: We will have opportunity to see the Andean fox, the majestic condors, deer, partridges, the Andean pecker, Inca complex of Paucarcancha, Patallaqta, Qhanabamba, etc.,

Departure & Return Location:

Hotel Cusco.

Departure Time:

Pick up from your hotel (4:00am – 4:30am).

Ancascocha Trek 5 Days highlights:

  • Fascinating mountain scenery
  • Interesting Inca sites and trails
  • Spectacular Mountain passes
  • Typical stone houses covered with thatched roofs
  • Authentic local people, descending of the Incas.
  • Snow-capped mountains.
  • The famous Ancascocha Lake
  • The mystical train ride.
  • Machu Picchu the lost city

Acclimatization:
We recommend you be in Cusco at least 2 days before your trek to be acclimatized to Cusco’s altitude so that you won’t have a problem during the tour.

About us:
Choquequirao Expeditions is a direct local tour operator in Cusco – Peru; we never share our tours with other companies as most of them do to minimize operating costs. We don’t work with intermediaries or have hidden prices; we have the best local guides and professionals. We guarantee that your travel expenditures will support the local economy, and improve the lives of local Peruvians, due to the simple reason we are a local business!

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Soqma - Rayan.

We come and pick up at your hotel in Cusco and travel via private vehicle through the Sacred Valley (1 hr. & 40 min), reaching the picturesque village of Soqma (Alt. 3,205 meters), which is the trailhead to start our trekking. We will meet our tour leader and staff and begin our grand adventure to Ancascocha.

We will begin with a gentle walk along the Valley (1.5 hours) until you reach the waterfall of Perolniyoc, stopping to enjoy one of the most beautiful waterfalls within the Sacred Valley. We will continue walking for an additional hour, getting to the archaeological site of Perolniyoc, perched atop the mountain. After listening to our tour leader revealing the remnants of the Inca history, we will walk for one more hour to reach our camp and have lunch. On this first day, we will have the opportunity to acclimate to the high altitude. After lunch, we can relax and rest for the next day.

Overnight camp in the village of Rayan (3,700 meters / 12.136 feet).

Day 2: Rayan - Ancascocha.

Our second day begins with a delicious breakfast prepared & served by our chef. We leave camp, hiking gently for 3 hrs., reaching the highest point into the passage of Puka Kasa (Alt. 4,450 m / 14,596 ft.).

This is the most challenging section for most individuals due to the altitude. However, it’s also the most spectacular part of the tour; you’ll enjoy the snow-covered mountains, in addition to a vista of the lower landscape of the Sacred Valley.

In reaching the peak of the mountain, you’ll have the feeling of surviving one of the highest mountain ranges. After enjoying all the fantastic and picturesque views, you’ll continue trekking to Chancachuco, hiking for one hour and a half until lunchtime.

As we continue our walk, you’ll appreciate several spectacular snow-capped peaks that you’ll enjoy throughout this hike: “Veronica” mountain (Alt. 5,950 m) until arriving at the Valley of Ancascocha. Here you’ll observe traditional small plantations by inhabitants of the area. After crossing a stream and hiking uphill for another 2 hours, you’ll finally reach our campsite, above the Ancascocha Lake (4,090 m).

Day 3: Ancascocha - Huayanay Pass - Muyu Muyu community

Today we will wake up around 5:30 am and enjoy our breakfast before starting the day’s hike.

On day 3 of the Ancascocha Trek, we will enjoy the most incredible views. We will enjoy the serenity of crystal lakes and stunning peaks of the Huayunay mountains and appreciate the unique architecture of the real Incan roads that link the classical Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

After four hours of hiking followed by a further half-hour descent, we will reach our lunch spot at Inca Rakay. After lunch, we keep following the path downhill for another four hours. Along the way, we will enjoy the lush mountain forests and features of the Classic Inca Trail until we reach our campsite for the night.

Day 4: Muyu Muyu - Paucarcancha - Kilometer 82 - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

On the last day of The Ancascocha Trek, we discover the start of the Inca trail that leads to the Machu Picchu Inca site. Our hike will begin with a two-and-a-half-hour descent to the first Inca site of Paucarcancha, where we will take a break to enjoy and explore the beauty of this Incan site. We continue downwards for a further four hours through the village of Huyallabamba until we reach to following Incan site of Llaqtapata. After taking some time to explore, we continue the hike along an undulating path until we reach the beginning of the Inca Trail.

At Km 82 of the Inca trail, we will reach the end of our Ancascocha trek and enjoy our last lunch of the tour together. We will then take our private van to Ollantaytambo train station, from where we will catch our train to Machu Picchu Town. To mark the end of The Ancascocha Trek, we will celebrate with a tasty group dinner before retiring to our beds for a good night’s sleep in our hotel.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes Town - Machu Picchu - Cusco.

We wake early to catch a bus up to the Machu Picchu Inca site, where we will have the chance to enjoy sunrise and experience the wonder of Machu Picchu in the morning light. You will enjoy a two-hour tour from a local guide around this great archeological site and then enjoy some free time to explore it further by yourself.

During this time, you may also opt to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, the iconic mountain peak that overlooks the site of Machu Picchu, as well as Machu Picchu Mountain itself after we will return to Machu Picchu Town by bus, from where we catch our train to Ollantaytambo and then take a private bus back to Cusco.

Inclusions

Price Includes for Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu - 5 Days:

  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your Ancascocha Trek
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Soqma village trailhead
  • Four-person tent for every 2 people
  • Inflatable Mattress and pillow
  • Kitchen tent, Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Toilet tent
  • Professional Chef and assistant Chef
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles
  • Horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.)
  • Horse to transport 8 kg of your personal gear
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear
  • Emergency horse in case we need it
  • 5 Breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • 1-night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Roundtrip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel

Price Excludes for Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu - 5 Days:

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Trekking poles (can be rented from us)
  • Day 5 Lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Ticket for Huayna Picchu mountain $ USD 40 per person
  • Gratuity for the trek crew (guide, chef, and horsemen)
  • Travel/Health/Emergency insurance

Items to bring for Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu - 5 Days:

  • Original Passport.
  • Original Student Card (if you book as a student).
  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots are recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip-on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breathe in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films, and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain, and cold
  • Sunblock
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters, etc.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day)

Would you like Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu - 5 Days in a private service?

We also offer a special service only for you or your group; you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure; we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.

Our Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu – 5 Days private service includes additional items such as:

  • Hotel 3 Stars (At Aguas Calientes Town).
  • North Face 4 season tents.
  • Entrance to climb Huaynapicchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain.
  • Vistadome Train (First Class train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo).
  • Private Van from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Bus Round Trip (Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes).
  • Lunch in Machupicchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping Bag.
  • 02 Waking Poles per Person.
  • 1 Duffel Bag to carry all your sleeping bags, self-inflating pad as well as clothes.
  • Tour Guide to explore Machupicchu and Huaynapicchu all day. And of course, we pay a little bit more to our Staff and Guide.

Prices

We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.

We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.

We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.

LARGE GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)

USD
750
Per Person

SMALL GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: 02 Min - 08ppl Max)

USD
800
Per Person

PRIVATE GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: Upon Request)

USD
1080
Per Person

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FAQs

What is the difficulty of the Ancascocha trek?
The Ancascocha Inca Trail is catalogued from moderate to difficult trek. Due to its high elevation on the passes as Huayanay. Where you reach 4,650 m / 15,255 ft. So travellers planning to hike this trek need acclimatization to the altitude. In some sections of the Ancascocha trek, you will go uphill for 2 or 3 hours. Which means you need to be relatively fit. So you can enjoy this scenic hiking trail.

What is the elevation of the Ancascocha trek?
The start of the Ancascocha Inca Trail is 3,205 m / 10,512 ft. at the village of Soqma, and the highest elevation you get is 4,650 m / 15,255 ft. at Huayanay pass. The rest of the hike is still at a high altitude. Remember the plan B for this trek is riding a horse for the difficult parts, So you can still make it to the highest point and then continue the hike downhill.

Why travel with Choquequirao Expeditions?
  • High quality services
  • Best price guarantee!
  • Local 100% Peruvian Tour operator (Based in Cusco).
  • We never pass you on to another operator or third party.
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed!
  • TripAdvisor recommended!
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