ANCASCOCHA TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 5DAYS/4NIGHTS

THE HIDDEN INCA TRAIL OF KINGS

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 will hike 14km / 8miles of the classic Inca Trail on day 4 which this adventure makes more amazing.

There's something so simple and meaningful about waking up in the backcountry of Ancascocha Trek. No alarm clock. No cell phone. No city or car noises. No electricity. Just wild and pure nature all around. It's something you don't even know you're missing until you're there. And then it's magical, that's why Ancascocha is the best alternative trek to Machu Picchu.

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.

Pre-Trek Briefing:

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.

Price: U.S.$ 690.00 . per Person

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  • TOUR NAME: ANCASCOCHA TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS.
  • DISTANCE: 53 km / 33 miles.
  • Day1: 12 km/7.2 miles, 6 hours approx.
  • Day2: 16 km /9.6 miles, 8 hours approx.
  • Day3: 15 km/9 miles, 8 hours approx.
  • Day4: 10 km/6 miles, 5 hours approx.
  • Day5: 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 - RAYANNIYOC

We will pick you up at 5:00 am from your hotel with our private transportation + guide, chef and porters, then we will drive into the sacred valley for 1 and half hour to get the trail head called Soccma village (the starting point of the hike 3000 m / 9,600 ft). Before hiking we will have our first delicious breakfast.

Here at Soccma you will meet your horsemen, horses, and your tour guide will introduce you all your team for this amazing journey. then you will be hiking little by little, after one hour of hiking up you will meet the beautiful waterfalls called Perolniyoc; along the way you will see and meet mostly local people which makes more amazing the hike, after the waterfalls you will keep hiking uphill to first Inca site called Qorimarca, your private tour guide will explain everything about included the Inca site, afterwards you will hike one more hour to get the first camping place called Rayanniyoc over 3700m.
In Rayanniyoc your amazing chef and porters will welcome you at first camping place. And for sure this is a good place to see the stars night sky full constellations.

Trip overview:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, Happy hour, Dinner.
  • Hot water bottles for the night.
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,200 m/ 10,512 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,700 m/ 12,136 ft
  • Distance to walk: 8 km/5 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Area: Dry Mountain

DAY 2: RAYANNIYOQ - KUYCHIQASA PASS - ANCASCOCHA.

Our porters will wake you up at 5am with room service coca tea which is the best way to get up and get ready for the amazing adventure. We depart camp at about 6:30 AM to hike for approximately 3 hours uphill where we will see amazing and incredible views of the snow-capped peaks, llamas, alpacas, valleys and much more, and if we are lucky we may see condors - the largest bird in the Andes with a wing-span of up to 10 feet across. And eventually we reach the first pass called Kuychicassa (4,450 m /14,596 ft) where we take a break and enjoy the magnificent views of the Chancachuco Valley and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. And also as first time you will be able to get the views of the highest Mountains; Veronica Mountain (5800m/18560ft), Chicon Mountain (5700m/18240ft), Pitusiray Mountain (5750m/18400ft), Huallanay Mountain (5650m/18080ft), and much more.
Then we will start our descent hike for another one hour until we reach the location of our lunch place. After lunch we ascend for 30 min with beautiful views of Mountain Veronica (5,822 m/ 19,100 ft) and then there will be 3 and half hours of hiking downhill to reach the small community called Ancascocha (3,700 m/12,136 ft)
This camp site is the amazing!

Trip overview:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, Happy hour, Dinner.
  • Hot water bottles for the night.
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,700 m/ 11,840 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,450 m/ 14,240 ft
  • Distance to walk: 16 km/10 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 8 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: challenging.
  • Area: Dry Mountain

 

DAY 3: ANCASCOCHA - HUAYANAY PASS - QESQA COMMUNITY.

Views of a nearby glacier and lake and the well-preserved Inca trail are the highlight of this day. We will start our wake-up time with coca tea in your sleeping tent. (it will be like room service) After breakfast we get ready for this challenging day but you won't get tired of the spectacular views. We begin hiking for about 3 hours along a zigzag trail up towards the Huayanay Pass (4,750 m/ 15,200 ft) which is the highest point of our Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu. While hiking today we will find and meet one of the originals Inca trails and also on the way, we see the beautiful waterfall that feeds into the Ancascocha Lake.

After this stunning view of the highest point, we descend for 2 hour until we reach the Inca site of Incaraqay, and also we will have lunch there. At this point we will hike downhill for 1 1/2 hours into greener vegetation. During this part of the trek we will have views of the classic Inca trail to MachuPicchu from far distance, and fascinating views of the Qesqa valley. Then we'll reach our campsite called Qesqa community (3,800 m/12,200 ft).

Trip overview:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Lowest Elevation: 3800 m/ 12,200 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,700 m/ 15,200 ft
  • Distance to walk:  15 km/ 4.2 miles.
  • Approximate walking time: 8 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: easy.
  • Area: Dry Mountain

 

DAY 4: QESQA - PAUCARCANCHA - KILOMETER 82 - OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES.

From Muyu Muyu village we will descend for 1 hours until we reach the Inca site of Paucarcancha. At the Inca site your Tour Guide will provide a tour. After the tour we will hike downhill for 4 hours with little uphill until we reach Km 82, which is part of the classic Inca trail and also marks the end of our hike. Along the way we will be able to see the Inca site of Llactapata, which is the first Inca site on the Classic Inca Trail. Our chef will provide you your last delicious lunch at Kilometer 82. After lunch you will say good bye your team (chef, and porters), so this is the time where you can organize some tips for them.

And then we will drive to Ollantaytambo train station for 30minutes. Ollantaytambo is a lovely small town and if we have time we can visit the town (2,792 m/9,158 ft). After visiting the town we will have dinner in Ollantaytatambo in one of the best restaurants. Then you will catch the train to Aguas Calientes, train journey will be for one hour and 40 minutes to Aguas Calientes (train services will depend on the season but normally is expedition service from ollantaytambo to Aguas calientes). Once you reach Aguas Calientes your tour guide will take you to your hotel.

Trip overview:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,000 m/ 6,400 ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 3,800m/ 12,200 ft.
  • Approximate walking time: 8 hours
  • Area: humid Mountain

 

DAY 5: 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.


Trip overview:

  • 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?

    1: Pre-trek briefing

    2: TOP TEAM

  • Top Tour Guide
  • Assistant Guide (for more than 9 people)
  • Top chef, super Porters, super horsemen, and amazing horses

  • 3: PERMITS

  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fee to classic Inca Trail (on day 4)
  • Guiding tour in Machu Picchu

  • 4: TRANSPORTATION

  • 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 day4)
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. (on day4)
  • Round trip bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town. (on day5)
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. (on day5)
  • Private minivan from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.(on day5 - your hotel)

  • 5: FOOD

  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 happy hours, 4 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 - day4

  • 6: trekking equipment

  • 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.

  • 7: Extras

  • Hot water bottles for the night
  • Hot water for washing.
  • Pillow + blanket.
  • rain poncho.
  • Rain covers for your backpacks.

  • 8: Accommodation

  • Hotel santuario 3*** or similar

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • The last lunch in Aguas Calientes. (day5)
  • Tips to guide, chef, porters and horsemen.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

  • Original Passport.
  • 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
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat + sunglasses
  • Sun protection cream
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Torch or head lamp
  • Personal medication
  • Sandals
  • Towel
  • Extra money for any emergency.

RENTALS

  • Hiking poles U.S $20.00
  • Sleeping bag US $25.00
  • Inflatable Mattress US $20.00
  • Private Tent U.S $30.00

Upgrades

  • 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

Equipment

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.

Food

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.

Prices

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.

Discounts

  • 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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