Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N
Step out of life, and back to nature
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.
- Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Rayan – Chancachuco Valley
- Day 2: Chancachuco Valley – Ancascocha – Huaynay Pass – Quesqa Valley
- Day 3: Quesqa Valley – Paucarcancha – Kilometer 82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
- Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
You will be given a thorough briefing by your guide 1-2 days before your trek starts. Your guide will meet you at our office in Cusco to talk you through the trek itinerary, and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations. You will also be given your duffle bag so that you can pack your gear for the trek.
What is Included?
- 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
Ticket for Huayna Picchu mountain*
What is not included?
- Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
- Trekking poles (can be rented from us
- Day 4 Lunch in Aguas Calientes
- Tips for the trek crew (tipping optional and guidelines provided)
- Travel/Health/Emergency insurance
We recommend that you bring?
- Original passport (nb. if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking you MUST bring both)
- Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
- Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
- Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
- Sun block (factor 35+ recommended)
- Head lamp + batteries*
- Sunglasses and sun hat
- Camera + batteries*
- Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us) MUST have rubber tips
- Insect repellent – 15% DEET
- Snacks (while your crew will prepare the most amazing meals, everyone’s energy needs are different, particularly at altitude, and so you should pack some suitable snacks to make sure you are always fully energized)
- Hiking poles – US $20.00 (pair)
- Sleeping bag – US $25.00
- Vistadome train – USD 50
- Hiram Bingham train– USD 380
- Belmond sanctuary lodge (5-star hotel) – USD 490 Per person
- Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – USD 245 Per person
- Tierra viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – USD 50 Per person
- Private Tent – US$30.00
Departure/Return LocationLima, Perú
IncludedProfessional licensed guide fluent in English
Not Includedprivate van to trailhead at km 82
Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Rayan – Kuychiccasa Pass – Chancachuco Valley
- Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
- Lowest Elevation: 3,205 m/10,512 ft.
- Highest Elevation: 4,450 m/14,599 ft.
- Distance to walk: 16 km/9.9 miles
- Approximate walking time: 8 to 10 hours
- Level of Difficulty: Challenging
Day 2: Chancachuco Valley – Ancascocha – Huaynay Pass – Quesqa Valley
- Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
- Highest Elevation: 3,700 m/12,139 ft.
- Campsite elevation: 4,650 m/15,255 ft.
- Distance to walk: 18 km/ 11,1 miles
- Approximate walking time: 10 – 11 hours
- Level of Difficulty: Challenging
- Area: Dry Mountain
Day 3: Quesqa Valley – Paucarcancha – Kilometer 82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
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