The walk from Ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu 4 days is a remarkable path that remains outside the tourist circuit with many people. It is considered within the 20 most famous National Geographic rides, in its list of the best rides in the world. This hiking route crosses traditional villages where you can observe the customs, traditions and daily life of the Andean people, Ancascocha (3,700 m / 12,136 feet). Along the way, you will enjoy beautiful scenery, including the highest point of the Huayanay Pass (4550 m), and enjoy the views of the imposing Apu Salkantay of 20,551 feet (6,266 m). And enjoy part of the classic Inca trail.
On this route you can see some gateways, unlike the classic routes here, you do not need permits or space availability by the Peruvian government offices. Ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu, it is a route that combines beautiful landscapes and incredible Inca sites, you can also see the Andes mountain range with snowy peaks along the entire sacred valley of the Incas.
Travel information :: One day before the trek, our guide will meet you at your hotel to make the last coordination of the trip, your guide will explain about the trek, ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu, all the necessary recommendations will be provided . This will take approximately 40 minutes, here you will be given a bag, where you will place all your personal things for the trip, this will be transported by our horses and muleteers.
You will have a complete information with your guide of 1 or 2 days before starting this Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make final arrangements.
*Difficulty level depends very much on your fitness and acclimatization.
- Total distance hiked: 49 km/30.5 miles
- Beginning altitude: 3,205 m / 10,512 ft
- Maximum altitude: 4,650 m/ 15,298 ft
- Overall Ancascocha trek difficulty: Challenging
- Longest Day – Day 2, approx 8 km / 13 miles
- Coldest night – 2 day around 0 degrees Celsius
- Meals – Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner
- Accommodation: Camping/ hostel
Overview Day to Day
- Day 01: CUSCO – SOQMA – RAYAN – CHANCACHUCO VALLEY.
- Day 02: CHANCACHUCO VALLEY – ANCASCOCHA – HUAYANAY PASS – MUYU MUYU
- Day 03: MUYU MUYU – PAUCARCANCHA – KM-82 – AGUAS CALIENTES
- Day 04: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Day 01: CUSCO – SOQMA – RAYAN – CHANCACHUCO VALLEY.
Ancascocha trek to machu picchu. We leave Cusco early in our private transportation, 1 hour and 45 minutes to Soqma (3,205 m / 10,512 ft). This is the starting point of our from Ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu and where we meet with our support team to accompany us during the Ancascocha trek.
We start the trek of 1 hour and a half to the viewpoint of the waterfall of Perolniyoc. This is a perfect opportunity to stop taking pictures and a snack. The waterfall that you will see in this place is impressive, we continue with this Peru hiking trail to visit the Inca site of the same name, where we will have a brief tour. A 1 hour walk is our lunch spot with spectacular views of the valley.
After an Andean lunch and rest, we begin an uphill trek of 4 hours with incredible views of the snow-capped Andes mountain range. Here we reach the Kuychicassa pass (4,450 m). From here it is a 45-minute walk downhill Easy to get to our camp.
- Meals: Lunch / Dinner
- Lowest height: 3,205 m / 10,512 feet
- Highest height: 4,450 m / 14,596 ft
- Walking distance: 18 km / 10 miles
- Approximate walking time: 9 to 10 hour
- Accommodation: camp.
- Level of difficulty: moderate
Day 02: CHANCACHUCO – ANCASCOCHA – HUAYANAY PASS – MUYU MUYU.
After a succulent breakfast We begin our Ancascocha Trek where we will be able to observe the mountains of the zone and beautiful landscapes of the place, snowy Veronica (5,822 m / 19,100 feet).
Then we have a 2 and a half hour downhill walk to reach the community of Ancascocha (3,700 m), in a small and beautiful Andean valley, where we will have a short break. From this place We will continue walking for 1 hour uphill, while enjoying views of a nearby glacier and well preserved Inca constructions. We will arrive at Lake Ancascocha where we will have our lunch.
After lunch we will continue our ascent to Paso Huayanay (4,650 m) for 2 hours, the highest point of our Ancascocha Peru hiking trail, along a steep zigzag path. Along this segment we find an original Inca Trail.
After enjoying the amazing view of the Zone, we will begin a descent of 3 and a half hours through an area of green vegetation. During this stretch of the walk we will have views of the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu that will appear in the distance, and fascinating views of the communities of the Qésqa valley. We will also pass by a small Inca construction. Then we will arrive at our camp in the Muyu Muyu community (3,850 m).
- Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
- Highest height: 4,650 m / 15,298 ft
- Campsite pitch: 3,850 m / 12,628 ft
- Walking distance: 18 km / 10 miles
- Approximate walking time: 10 hours
- Accommodation: camp.
- Level of difficulty: Challenging
Day 03: MUYU MUYU – PAUCARCANCHA – KM-82 – AGUAS CALIENTES.
This day we can observe the sunrise and after a delicious breakfast we will start the trek downhill and we can visit the cachiqata quarries, where the Incas extracted lithic blocks for the construction of the village of ollantaytambo, we will witness the work that the Incas could not complete due to To the Spanish conquest.
After the visit we will have a 5-hour hike up to Km 82, which is the beginning of the classic Inca trail. Along the way we can see the Inca site of Llactapata. This is the first site in the Classic Inca Trail. At 82 km we will have a typical Andean lunch. After lunch we will board the train to the town of hot waters.
When you arrive in Aguas Calientes you will be checked into your hotel room. We recommend visiting the natural hot springs of the village are very good to relax if there is time before dinner.
- Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
- Highest height: 3,850 m / 12,628 ft
- Lowest Altitude: 2,792 m / 9,158 ft
- Walking distance: 13 km / 7 ½ miles
- Approximate walking time: 7 hours
- Accommodation: Hotel.
- Level of difficulty: Easy
Day 04: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO.
Breakfast will be at the hotel, then board the bus to the Inca city of Machu Picchu (5:30). We will arrive early to the city to see a magnificent sunrise. Once there, you will have a guided tour of 2 ½ hours, after which you will have time to explore the city on your own
If you have chosen to climb the mountain Huayna Picchu will begin the trek at 10 AM. The price of the ticket for Huayna Picchu is included in the price of your adventure hiking trail. After enjoying this wonder we will return by bus to the village of hot waters.
When you arrive to Aguas Calientes, you will board the train to Ollantaytambo. From this place is included the bus service to the city of Cusco and respective transfer to your hotel.
The train service that includes all the tours (the Expedition to Ollanta) and bus to Cusco.
* If you want to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes you have to tell us in advance to arrange your hotel and change the return train service.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Maximum height: 2, 440 masl
- Difficulty: Easy.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Pre-departure information at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
- Professional bilingual guide (additional guide for groups of nine or more)
- Pick up from your hotel and transport to Soqma
- Tents of four people for every 2 people.
- Inflatable mattress
- Kitchen tent
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- Cook in charge of preparing food
- Arriero and horses to carry the whole equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
- Horse to carry 8 kg of your personal equipment
- Bag for your personal equipment
- Emergency horse in case we need it
- 03 breakfasts, 03 lunches and 03 dinners
- Water every morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
- Emergency oxygen bottle and medical equipment.
- Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Round Trip bus tickets.
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Breakfast the first day
- Sleeping bag
- Lunch last day
- Expenses extras.(tips)
** Train included in all tours is Ollanta Expeditions) the train schedule is confirmed only after payment of the full amount of the tour. The first train to be 14.55.pm and the last train at 18:20 .pm PACHA EXPEDITIONS, arrange transport back to Cusco (by taxi or bus).
WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE.
- Original passport (if you have purchased a new one after making your reservation, bring both)
- Sleeping bag synthetic or feather down (can be rented from us)
- Clothing (trekking boots, warm wool jacket, tops, some t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, long pants, gloves, poncho, waterproof jacket)
- Toiletries (toilet paper, wipes, personal towel)
- Solar block, factor 70+ recommended
- Sunglasses and sun hat
- Camera with spare batteries
- Book to read (you will have some time in each camp to read your favorite book)
- Trekking poles (especially recommended for steep descents, can be rented from us)
- Insect repellent
- * To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a university card, with current and updated date
- * If desired train back to Cusco can be upgraded to Vistadome (+$.30)
OPTIONAL ITEMS TO TAKE:
- Walking stick
- Extra money
- Bathing suit for hot springs in Santa teresa or/and in Aguas Calientes town -not included in price-
OPTIONAL SERVICES (NOT INCLUDED):
- Hire of Sleeping bag U.$20
- Daypacks U$.25
- Single Tent U$.30
Price & Add – ons
Group: U$: 690
Private: U$: 750
Group versus Private Treks: What’s the difference?
- Depending on the number of people in your booking, additional people may join the trek to make a full group.
- If you choose “private”, no additional people will be joining your group, no matter the size.
- Minimum booking size is two people; one person may book a group trek if Pacha Expeditions Travel Peru, is able to join that person with additional groups.
- Under 18 years Discount: U$: 20
- Under 07 years Discount: U$: 35
- Hiking poles – USD $15 (pair)
- Return Vistadome train – USD $50 per person
- Return Hiram Bingham train– USD $380 per person
- 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
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