Ancascocha Trek 5 days is a magnificent hike that will take you along the Inca Trail and beautiful landscapes surrounded by lakes and Llamas, Alpacas. Even this hike is considered Better than the Original Inca Trail.
The Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu is a beautiful, but the lesser known route. National Geographic has included it on their list of dream hikes around the world. You will make your way through traditional villages such as Chillipahua and Ancasocha (3700m). You will reach an altitude of 4500m at Huayanay Pass and also have several breathtaking views of Apu Salkantay (6266m).
We will hike for 3 days and arrive at Machu Picchu on the fourth day. The third day we will hike for half the day on the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Ancascocha Lake (3,700 m / 12,136 feet) Where the name of this hike originates. In some places it is possible to walk on the original Inca trail, We will also pass through one of the highest places called “Paso Huayanay” that has a height of (4600m / 15091ft), from here we can appreciate the mountain of “Apu Salkantay” (20,000 feet ).
Ancascocha trek is the alternative Inca trail to Machu Picchu.This hike will take us between the mountains of the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu where we can appreciate lakes and small towns with the Quechua language and native people with handmade clothes of alpaca wool,
We pick you up from your hotel early on the first morning and drive for around 2 hours to Soqma (3,205 m / 10,512 ft), the starting point of our trek. Our vans are extremely comfortable and we provide blankets for those who would prefer to catch a little more rest during the drive.
After meeting your porters and horsemen, and making a final equipment check, the hike begins with a moderate 2 hour walk to the Perolniyoc waterfall. If the weather is warm enough you may want to make the short climb down to the base of the falls to cool off, or maybe just stay on the trail and take your first photos.
A half hour further on we arrive at the Perolniyoc Inca ruins, perched on a cliff-top with spectacular views of the surrounding valley. All of our guides are experts in Inca history and so they will provide you with a quick history lesson as you soak in the views. We will also take lunch here and for the first time you will sample the sumptuous cooking from our kitchen team. After lunch we make a steep climb for around an hour to our campsite at Rayan (3,700 meters /12,139 ft). Clear nights in the Andes are a wonder in themselves, and as we settle down to a full 3 course dinner you can watch the sky fill with constellations and the most amazing display of shooting stars before retiring to your tent for a well-earned night’s sleep.
There’s no need to set an alarm on an ATP trek, as our team will wake you gently in the morning with a freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee and hot water to wash with. Once everyone is up, we will have breakfast together and get ourselves fueled for the day ahead. You will need that fuel as we start with a steep 3 hour ascent to the Kuychiccasa pass (4,450 m /14,599 ft). On the way we will pass rustic Fincas, see wild Alpacas or maybe even a passing Condor, and always with the snow-capped peaks of the Nevadas in the background.
There is no race to reach the top though, and we will take a break together to enjoy the 360 degree views of the Chancachuco and Sacred valleys. Then, it’s just a 1 hour easy hike to our lunch stop at the Chancachuco Valley (4,312 m / 14,147 ft). After lunch we make a short climb with beautiful views of Mt. Veronica (5,822 m/ 19,100 ft) before an easy 3 hour walk downhill to the community of Ancascocha (3,700 m/12,139 ft). Our campsite for the night is in a small but gorgeous wooded valley with a stream running through it.
Once again, Day 3 starts with a climb, but this time just for 1 hour. Your reward? Stunning views of the nearby glacier, well preserved Inca remains, and the sparkling blue Ancascocha Lake. Taking a deep breath we make a strenuous 2 hour climb to the highest point of the trek, the Huayanay Pass (4,650 m/15,255 ft). Along this section you will see an original cobblestone paved Inca Trail.
After all that effort, we will take our time to enjoy the incredible views from the summit, before making an easy 45 minute walk to our lunch stop at the small Inca site of Incaracay. The afternoon’s hiking is much easier as we descend to the community of Quesqa Valley and on to the Inca site of Paucarcancha (3,133 m/10,278 ft).
At this lower elevation, the vegetation is lush and green, and we will have the chance to see a view of the Classic Inca Trail in the distance as well as the remote communities of the Quesqa valley. On arrival at Paucarcancha your guide will provide a guided tour of the site, before settling into our campsite for the evening and yet another excellent dinner.
The last day of hiking is the easiest of all as it is a 6 hour hike downhill on a section of the Classic Inca Trail to Km 82 (the official start of the Classic Trail). Lunch will be served at Km82.
After lunch we drive you to Ollantaytambo (2,792 m/9,160 ft) to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes (2,040 m/6,692 ft). The train journey provides a totally different perspective of the mountains you’ve just been hiking in, and many more photo opportunities.
Arriving in Aguas Calientes you will check-in to your nice hotel room where you can rest before dinner. Or, if you still have some energy, the natural hot springs in town are also a great place to relax. Showered and refreshed we will take dinner together at an excellent restaurant with an extensive menu (drinks not included). It’s likely to be an early night though, as our trip to Machu Picchu normally starts before sunrise!
The hotel we use provides a great buffet, or can provide a boxed breakfast, to ensure we are in the queue for the bus. It is about a 25 minute drive along the winding road to Machu Picchu, and on a clear day the views can be spectacular.
Upon arrival your guide provides a 2 hour walking tour of the site, named as one of the new 7 wonders of the world. Then you are free to wander through the ruins yourself, perhaps finding a solitary spot to reflect on this awesome achievement of the Incas, or, if you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains (subject to availability) you can begin the hike once your guided tour concludes.
Your guide will arrange the time for you to return to Aguas Calientes by bus in time to make your train connection back to Poroy or Ollantaytambo. From here you will travel by private van to Cusco and back to your hotel. Arrival times will vary depending on traffic and connections, but should be around 8pm.
|01 PERSON||PRIVATE||$900 PER PERSON||5 DAYS|
|2-4 PERSON||PRIVATE||$550 PER PERSON||5 DAYS|
|4-12 PERSON||PRIVATE||$530 PER PERSON||5 DAYS|
Our 5D/4N Ancascocha TREK includes extra horse to carry up to 7kg/16lbs of your belongings.
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