Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu known as the hidden Inca Trail of Kings is a new face for trekking and a remarkable trail that remains off the beaten path. It is listed as one of the most amazing treks in the World and. Ancascocha Trek was named by National Geographic as one of 20 dream hikes on their World Best Hikes list. Also you do a little bit of the classic Inca Trail on day 3, the trail itself is just amazing.
You will hike with the best team made of our guides, chefs and porters. You will be proud of the people in our team for their hard work. We treat our team very well and provide them with everything they need to work well and respond to your needs. We have the best equipment to camp in each camping sites.
The tour guide will meet you at your hotel one day before your tour to give you a briefing. They will tell you all about your tour, and answer any questions you may have. It is important to us that you ask any questions you may have so the tour guide will get you ready for your amazing tour.
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- TOUR NAME: ANCASCOCHA TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS.
- DISTANCE: 53 km / 33 miles.
- Day1: 16 km/10 miles, 10 hours approx.
- Day2: 21 km/13 miles, 11 hours approx.
- Day3: 16 km/10 miles, 8 hours approx.
- Day4: Machu Picchu Tour and back to Cusco
- Type of trek: Nature, Cultural and history adventure and much more.
- Min. Elevation: 2000 m / 6400 ft.
- Machu Picchu tour and back to Cusco
- Max. Elevation: 4750 m / 15200 ft.
- Weather: From May to October dry season, from November to April wet season.
- Hot Spring: optional at Aguas Calientes 5 day.
- Huayna Picchu Mountain: Optional, you can climb if you book the ticket .
- Machu Picchu Mountains: optional, you can climb if you book the ticket
- Train Service: Departure of your train ticket. We will confirm with you at the office.
- Hotel: The last night hotel 3***.
- Departure Dates: Every Day.
DAY 1: CUSCO - SOCCMA - KUYCHIQASA PASS - CHANCACHUCO
After meeting you at your hotel, we leave Cusco early in the morning and drive 1h 45m to Soqma (3,205 m/10,512 ft). This is the starting point of our trek and where we meet the horsemen and horses who will be part of team during the trek. Just before hiking we have breakfast here.
The hike begins with a 1h 45m hour walk to the Perolniyoc cascade lookout. The waterfall is breathtaking, and you can even take the short climb down to the base of the falls for some fantastic photo opportunities (and cool down if the weather is hot)! Then, hiking for a further 45 minutes we visit the Inca site of the same name. Perched on a cliff-top with spectacular views of the surrounding valley, your guide will share some of the history of the site and the Incas and you will be free to wander through the ruins, imagining life 500 years ago. Then we make a steep ascent for around an hour to reach our lunch spot, Rayan (3,700 m/12,139 ft). Here you will sample for the first time the incredible culinary skills of your chef, with a chance to rest, relax and refuel for the afternoon’s hiking. The afternoon begins with a challenging 3 hour uphill hike to reach the Kuychiccasa pass (4,450 m /14,599 ft). Passing the rustic houses of the farmers, at every turn you will see sumptuous views of the snow-capped peaks of the ‘Nevadas’, wild llamas, sprawling valleys, and if we are lucky, a passing condor (the largest bird in the Andes with a wing-span of up to 10 feet across!).
As we reach the top of the pass (perhaps a little breathless) we take a break to soak in the magnificent views of the Chancachuco Valley on one side and the Sacred Valley of the Incas on the other.From here it is an easy 45 minute downhill hike to reach our camp for the evening at the Chancachuco Valley (4,312 m / 14,147 ft). Here, with the campsite already prepared when you arrive, you can change into warmer clothing and lie back to watch the sky gradually fill with the most incredible display of stars (clouds permitting!) before joining your guide and your fellow trekkers for a well-earned, hearty dinner.
- Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, Happy hour, Dinner.
- Hot water bottles for the night.
- Lowest Elevation: 3,200 m/ 10,512 ft
- Highest Elevation: 4,200 m/ 13,700 ft
- Distance to walk: 16 km/ 10 miles
- Approximate walking time: 9 hours
- Level of Difficulty: Moderate
- Area: Dry Mountain
DAY 2: CHANCACHUCO - ANCASCOCHA - HUAYANAY PASS - QESQA.
You will be woken with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea, followed by a full breakfast to fuel you for the morning ahead. We begin with a 45 minute undulating hike followed by a 20 minute ascent by way of a narrow trail that follows a stream with beautiful views of Mt. Veronica (5,822 m/ 19,100 ft). We then take a 2.5 hour walk downhill to reach the small community of Ancascocha (3,700 m/12,139 ft), in a small but gorgeous wooded valley with a stream running through it. Continuing uphill for 1 hour you will enjoy views of the nearby glacier and well preserved Inca remains, before reaching the beautiful crystal blue Ancascocha Lake where we stop for lunch.
After lunch we continue our ascent towards the Huayanay Pass (4,650 m/15,255 ft). This is a strenuous 2 hour climb along a steep switchback trail which brings us to the highest point of our trek. Along this section you will see an original cobblestone paved Inca Trail. After taking time to enjoy the incredible views from the summit, we embark on a 3 hour descent into greener vegetation. Along this stretch we will have a distant vista of the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu as well as fascinating views of the communities of the Quesqa valley. We will also pass the small Inca site of Incaracay. Finally we will reach our campsite, nestled in the Quesqa valley (3,850 m/12,631 ft). Once again, your chef will serve an excellent dinner as we reflect on the sights and sounds of the day.
- Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, Happy hour, Dinner.
- Hot water bottles for the night.
- Lowest Elevation: 3,600 m/ 11,520 ft
- Highest Elevation: 4,750 m/ 15,200 ft
- Distance to walk: 21 km/13 miles
- Approximate walking time: 10 hours
- Level of Difficulty: challenging.
- Area: Dry Mountain
DAY 3: QESQA COMMUNITY - PAUCARCANCHA - KM 82 - OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES.
On our final day of trekking we descend from Quesqa Valley for 2 hours until we reach the Inca site of Paucarcancha (3,133 m/10,278 ft) where your guide will provide a comprehensive commentary about the site. We then join a section of the Classic Inca Trail and make an easy hike downhill for 5 hours until we reach Km 82, which is the official starting point of the Classic Trail. Along the way we will be able to see the Inca site of Llactapata. Lunch will be served at Km82.
After lunch we will be picked up by our private local van and transported to Ollantaytambo (2,792 m/9,160 ft) to catch the train to Aguas Calientes. There is a chance to explore Ollantaytambo town because it’s one of the Inca Towns surviving after more than 500 years since the arrival of the Spanish. Your guide will let you know to do this extra expedition. Dinner will be in Ollantaytambo as well. After Dinner we take the train for 1 hour and 45 minutes to Aguas Calientes Town. After 2 nights in the mountains, your comfortable hotel room will be a welcome sight and get ready for Machu Picchu.
- Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, Dinner.
- Lowest Elevation: 2,000 m/ 6,400 ft
- Highest Elevation: 3,8000 m/ 12,200 ft
- Distance to walk: 15 km/ 4.2 miles.
- Approximate walking time: 8 hours
- Level of Difficulty: easy.
- Area: Dry Mountain
DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - AGUAS CALIENTES - CUSCO.
The most important and magical day! You will get up and have breakfast early at your hotel, because the first bus to Machupicchu is at 5:30am. If you want to enjoy it the sunrise at Machupicchu, you have to get early that will be the only way to observe the sunrise at Machupicchu site (organize the pick-up time with your Guide). You and your guide will drive half hour to get the Inca city Machupicchu. The Inca ruins Machupicchu opens every day at 6:00am. Your guidig tour at Machupicchu will take 2 hours approximately which you will explore with your guide. After your tour, you will have free time to explore by your own so you can explore the sun gate, inca bridge, Machupicchu Mountain or Huaynapicchu Mountain etc. Once you are finished exploring Machupicchu you will meet up with your tour guide at Aguas Calientes town who will provide your train ticket (train service is at 2:55pm). These tickets may be distributed earlier while you are still at Machupicchu.
Your transportation back in Cusco will be by train and private van. journey from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo town will be by train which will take 1 hour and half Then you will take for 2 hours by private van from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
All transportation in Cusco or anywhere will be back to your hotel.
- Meals: Breakfast.
- Lowest Elevation: 2,000 m/ 6,400 ft.
- Highest Elevation: 2,400m/ 12,200 ft.
- Area: humid and dry Mountain
Your Journey Our Passion
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- Top Tour Guide
- Assistant Guide (for more than 9 people)
- Top chef, super Porters, super horsemen, and amazing horses
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
- Entrance fee to classic Inca Trail (on day 3)
- Guiding tour in Machu Picchu
- Pick up from your hotel(on day1)
- Transportation to the starting point of the trek and return to Cusco
- Private local van from km 82 - the end of the trek to Ollantaytambo train station. (on day3)
- Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. (on day3)
- Round trip bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town. (on day4)
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. (on day4)
- Private minivan from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.(on day4 - your hotel)
- 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 happy hours, 3 dinners
- If you have a special diet - do not worry our chefs will make it for you
- Drinking water (boiled and filtered - included during the trek)
- Small snacks on day1 - day2 - day3
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- Kitchen tent
- 4-man tent (only 2 people enter)
- Sleeping mattress (foam)
- Duffle bag for your personal gear (holds 8kg)
- First Aid kit and oxygen bottle
- Horses for our camping and cooking equipment
- Horse for emergencies in case you need it.
- Toilet tent.
- Hot water bottles for the night
- Hot water for washing.
- Pillow + blanket.
- rain poncho.
- Rain covers for your backpacks.
- Hotel santuario 3*** or similar
1: Pre-trek briefing
2: TOP TEAM
6: trekking equipment
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
- The last lunch in Aguas Calientes. (day4)
- Tips to guide, chef, porters and horsemen.
- Extra expenses.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:
- Original Passport.
- Travel insurance.
- International Student Card (if you book as a student green ISIC card).
- Immigration card.
- Sleeping bag (not included but you can rent one from us)
- Walking boots
- Walking stick
- Good backpack or daypack
- Waterproof jacket.
- Warm jacket, hat and gloves
- Recyclable water container or camel bag
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat + sunglasses
- Sun protection cream
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
- Torch or head lamp
- Personal medication
- Extra money for any emergency.
- Hiking poles U.S $20.00
- Sleeping bag US $25.00
- Inflatable Mattress US $20.00
- Private Tent U.S $30.00
- Vistadome train - US $75 (only one way per person)
- Vistadome train - US $130 (round trip per person)
- Huayna Picchu Mountain US$ 40.00
- Machu Picchu Mountain US$ 40.00
Every camping tour includes a spacious 4 man tent that will be shared by only two people so you can spread out a bit. These are all King Camp Tents made for all seasons. Our rentals are top of the line: Inflatable Mattress, Black Diamond Adjustable Walking Sticks . Sleeping Bags rented from us are mummy style down bags for -15C and liners are always included.
Every trek includes a chef that has been trained in culinary school. They have learned the magic of mountain cooking and you will be amazed. You will enjoy full breakfast, lunch and dinner all served hot and tasty. We also include Happy Hour with snacks and some hot tea before dinner. The key to feeling good on a trek like this is eating well and staying hydrated.
Meals are all served family style - large plates for everyone to take what they like. And all food restrictions are honored. No matter if you are vegetarian or gluten free, you will always be well fed.
Price: $690 USD Per person(group service).
Price: $880 USD Per person(private service ) Minimum 2people.
Price: $1100 USD Per person(private service ) single traveler.
- Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card): US$25.00
- Under 18 years will pay as student: US$25.00
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