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ANCASCOCHA TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 5-DAYS

Best alternative trek to Machu Picchu

Hike on the Classic Inca Trail

Remote “hidden” ancient Inca Ruins

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Overview

This 5-Day adventure allows you to experience the remote Ancascocha trail into Machu Picchu. Be prepared to challenge yourself on this hike that is ranked in the Top 20 Dream Hikes, world-wide, by National Geographic. We guide you on one of the most rewarding and scenic trails in the world. Traversing the foothills of Peru’s Cordillera Vilcabamba, provides an unforgettably beautiful trek to the fabulous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Crossing five high passes, the established trek follows sections of stone pathway created by the Incas centuries ago and provides tremendous views of spectacular forested valleys and of the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. Discover it’s secrets as you hike on the remote “hidden trail” into Machu Picchu.

 

  • Multi-Day Adventure
  • National Geographic’s top 20 Dream Hikes
  • 3 Trails – Inca, Salkantay and the “Hiddden” AncascochaTrail
  • Chinchero weaving community visit
  • Maras Salt Pans tour
  • Muyu Muyu community
  • 5 Mountain Passes
  • Wildlife encounters: llamas, alpacas, vicuñas
  • Alternative, “off the beaten path” trail
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Huayna Picchu Climb
  • Deluxe camping and hotel accommodations included

Tour price: 5-day Machu Picchu Ancascocha Trail Tour:

  • $775.00 per person
  • 25 percent deposit is required for booking

Machu Picchu Ancascocha trail
Machu Picchu Ancascocha Trekking tour

Five Day Machu Picchu Ancascocha Trail Tour:

Our 5-day Machu Picchu Ancascocha Trail Tour allows travelers to experience the isolated Ancascocha trail in Machu Picchu. Crossing 5 high passes, this established hike pursues sections of stone pavement made by the Incas centuries before and offers magnificent sights of exceptional forested valleys & the snow-covered summits of the Andes. Below mentioned is the full itinerary of our 5-day Machu Picchu Ancascocha Trek Tour:

Day 1: Cusco – Maras Salt Pans – Soqma – Rayan:

  • Highest Elevation: 3,700 m
  • Distance to walk: 8 km
  • Approximate walking time: 4 to 5 hours/moderate
  • Lodging: Deluxe Camping
  • Meals include: Lunch, dinner and snacks

We’ll pick up you from your hotel at 6:30 am sharp, then you will enjoy a drive for 1:15 hours to the mountain village of Chinchero. Along the way you’ll relish sights of the snow-covered summits of the Andes.  At Chinchero you will participate in a wool-weaving demonstration while enjoying refreshing drinks. You will have the opportunity to buy quality wool products direct from the vendors. After you will head towards the salt mines of Maras. This village is recognized as the salt generating hub, that dates back to the colonial eras. Here you can see more than 5000 salt pools that are only one in a handful of places in the world that produce pink salt. From here you will be driven to the community of Soqma. The dirt roads end here and our trail begins. Before starting our trek, you will be served a delicious lunch by our professional chef. Here you will also meet the other members of our team. The 1st part of our trek will be up a mild hill for two hours until we arrive at  Perolniyoc, a stunning  Incan complex that was  excavated recently & where archaeologists are still conducting their research. Here, atop of a lovely cascade, is where you’ll catch some fascinating sights. Following this, we proceed uphill for nearly 1:20 hours until we reach our campsite location, where our professional staff will greet you with hot beverages and an appetizing chef-cooked dinner.  You will fall fast asleep in our luxury tent camp as you will need your rest for the next day’s adventure.

Day 2: Rayan – Ancascocha – Suyrococha

  • Highest Elevation: 4,450 m
  • Distance to walk: 16 km
  • Approximate walking time: 8-9 hours/challenging
  • Lodging: Deluxe Camping
  • Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner and snacks

On day 2 you will wake up at 5:30am. You will then be served hot coca tea or coffee and a healthy breakfast to refresh yourself for the demanding trek ahead. We’ll start trekking on the part Incan trail that will be challenging to some extent. The 1st part of trail commences by moving on a steep uphill climb, for nearly two hours, until we appear at the  Kuychicassa pass. Depending on the weather, you’ll find a great opportunity to witness a vultures flying and observe the exceptional sights of several mountain glaciers.We then continue trekking downhill to the  Chancachuco valley for another two hours where you enjoy the best backdrop of the trail. We will then continue towards our lunch site at the  community of Ancascocha where you will enjoy our chef-prepared meal. In the afternoon, you will be guided to Soyrococha Lake, trekking for 2 more hours into our 2nd campground, close to the lake. Here you will enjoy an afternoon rest while soaking in the incredible sights of cascades from the adjacent mountains and glaciers. Tonight you’ll have a great opportunity to witness the Milky Way and the diverse Andean  constellations that our guide will  articulate to you as well as the secret of this “Hidden Trail”. This evening you can enjoy an appetizing buffet dinner served by our expert chef.

Day 3: Suyrococha – Incarakay – Qesqa – Paucarcancha

  • Highest Elevation: 4,650 m
  • Distance to walk: 13 km
  • Approximate walking time: 8-9hours/challenging
  • Lodging: Deluxe Camping
  • Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner and snacks

On day 3, we will wake you up at 5:30am and then offer you a yummy breakfast. Then your trekking will start to the highest peak of our trek. After arriving at the peak, we continue trekking to another Incan site – Incaracay 4,200 meters. Here you’ll relish a lunch, as our guide offers interesting info about the area. After this small break, we’ll trek for three hours to  Paucarcancha, which is a beautiful Inca site positioned where 3 diverse Inca routes join as one. These encompass:  The classic Inca trail into Machu Picchu, Inca trail from Salkantay, and  Ancascocha Inca trail. It’s pretty well maintained and you will enjoy our 3rd campsite here. After having your dinner you will sleep under our luxury tent.

Day 4: Paucarcancha – Willcaracay – Patallacata – Canabamba – Km82

  • Highest Elevation: 3,850 m
  • Distance to walk: 12 km
  • Approximate walking time: 6 hours/easy
  • Lodging: Hotel (standard) Aguas Calientes
  • Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner and snacks

On day 4 we’ll wake you up early in the morning for our final day of hiking on a subdivision of the 4-day Classic Inca Trail. Following two hours of trekking, we’ll arrive at the Wilcaracay Incan complex, the finest viewpoint, to explore incredible Patallacta. After some rest, we will continue trekking to Canabamaba, an excellent site to learn more about the Incas & their constructions. After the exploration, we’ll move towards our lunch site at km 82,  Piscacucho. Here’s where you’ll start to notice many trekkers in lines starting the popular Inca trail. Following a wholesome lunch, you will be driven to the railway station to board Peru rail train, that will depart to Aguas Calientes at 3:20pm. Upon your arrival, our guide will drive you to the hotel where you will be spending the evening.  Here you can enjoy 2 hours of rest before going for a dinner with our guide at one of Aguas Caliente’s local restaurants.

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Huayna Picchu – Inca Bridge – Cusco

  • Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft
  • Meals include: Breakfast, snacks

Day 5 will start with an early morning breakfast before enjoying your day in Machu Picchu. Your tour will start by trekking down the Inca trail that concludes at the Inca Bridge Trail, Machu Picchu. This is an interesting trek where not many visitors go. The hike will take us about 30 minutes, and is the finest way to start your exploration of this enthralling complex. Following the Inca Bridge exploration, you’ll loosen up with the finest outlook of the Citadel and your guide will talk about the mystery of Machu Picchu along the way of our 2.5 hour guided tour. Then your next mission will be the Huayna Picchu or Mount Machu Picchu climb. As soon as you finish you’ll have some spare time to stroll around on your own, take photos, shop and then proceed to by bus to Aguas Calientes, where you will have time to shop or enjoy a snack prior to boarding your return train to Cusco City. From the station, our driver will drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.

When to Travel

  • High Season (June – August): Dry season in the Andean highlands. Best time for dry conditions for hiking in the Sacred Valley and on Inca Trail.
  • Shoulder Season (September-November and March-May): Occasional rainstorms Trails are less crowded, making for ideal visits with more solitude.
  • Low Season (December to February): Rainy season. Expect persistent daily rains.
  • The Inca Trail is closed in February for trail maintenance and campsite clean up.

Suggested Packing List

  • Original passport (should passport change post booking bring both)
  • Backpack to carry your personal items
  • Comfortable trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperatures
  • Thermal underwear for cold conditions
  • Gloves or mittens, wool socks, beanie for cold conditions
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort
  • Personal medications, insect repellant
  • Flash light, head lamp and extra batteries
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Sun hat, Sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Rain jacket/pants or high quality rain poncho
  • Personal Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes
  • 2 x1 litre water bottle
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles

What is included in our 5-day Machu Picchu Ancascocha Trek Tour:

  • Native English & Spanish speaking guide
  • Breakfast, snack, lunch, tea, dinner with daily purified water
  • 4-person tent shared by two guests
  • Kitchen tent, dinning tent, toilet tent and chairs
  • Horseman, cook
  • Packhorses to carry tents, foods, trekking equipment, etc
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour to Machu Picchu
  • Mountain climb permit for Huayna Picchu or Mount Machu Picchu
  • Entry ticket and tour for Maras Salt Pans
  • Oxygen and first-aid kit
  • Trekking poles
  • Bus Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu (round trip)
  • Sleeping bag, pillow and air mattress
  • Return ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (ExpeditionTrain)
  • 1 night lodging in Aguas Calientes
  • Three-night deluxe camping
  • Dinner at local restaurant in Aguas Calientes

Options

  • Cusco Hotel
  • Travel insurance
  • Solo fee – private tent and hotel room ($75.00)
  • Tips