5 Day Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu through Salkantay Route
These activities are a walk in the park! You will be able to enjoy the scenery, history, and time with loved ones without exhausting yourself. You do not need any special training, gear, or acclimatization for an “Easy” trek or tour. Terrain will be generally flat and comfortable, highly traveled.
A step up from “Easy,” these tours require a little more physical effort but are still 100% manageable to anyone with or without adventure experience. Again, you do not need special training, gear, or acclimatization for a “Mild” trek or tour. Terrain is generally flat but with possible gentle up- and downhills.
Before embarking on a “Moderate” trek or tour, you should be at least partly acclimatized to the high altitude of the Andes as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. These tours are still very manageable without special training as long as you have spent a day or two at high altitude. Terrain often includes moderate up- and downhill walking with possible rough patches or infrequently-traveled sections.
“Challenging” treks or tours require that you are acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 2-3 days or more at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. You will need to be in good physical shape, and it’s recommended that you train at least some beforehand, possibly with running, biking, or strenuous workout videos. Terrain is often rough, sometimes with steep up- and downhills and often not highly traveled. Generally, these last several hours.
These “Formidable” treks are our most difficult treks and require serious effort but are also the most rewarding. It is necessary to be in pristine physical condition. Again, you must be acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 4-5 days or more if possible at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. It is important to train physically before these treks so that your body is prepared for the strenuous nature of the trip. Generally, these last at least an entire day in infrequently-traveled areas with rough paths.
DAY 1: CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA – SUYROCCOCHA (L)(D)
Today we will depart very early from Cusco, at 04:00 am, and make the roughly 3-hour journey to the town of Mollepata, the gateway to the Salkantay valley. Along the way you will experience many different micro-climates and altitudes, each with its unique agricultural essence, such as the town of Limatambo, known for its avocados. Here we will have a quick breakfast before continuing back up in elevation to the community of Soraypampa where we begin our trek. Continuing roughly 02 hours up to Salkantaypampa (4,100 meters/ 13,451 feet), we will have lunch below the massive glacier of Salkantay. After a brief rest we’ll hike a challenging, less traveled uphill path for 3 ½ hours until we arrive at our camp for the night at Pampa Japonesa (4,610m/15,124 ft.)
The campsite is located at the base of the stunning mount Salkantay and if the night is clear you will most likely see the most stunning display of stars and distant galaxies. Your chef will prepare a sumptuous and hearty dinner before we retire for the night to rest our weary limbs!
- Max Elevation: 4,600 meters / 14,336 feet
- Distance: 12km / 7,46 miles
DAY 02: PAMPA JAPONESA – INKA CHIRIASKA – MILLPO
After breakfast, with our mules, muleteers and emergency horses we start the longest and highest altitude hike of our trekking, crossing several high mountain passes. The first pass and the higuest is Inca Chiriaska (5,200 m/17,060ft), with incredible views over the amazing landscapes of the area. From here, you walk along an original section of the Inca Trail (Capac Ñan) until you arrive at the Tocto pass (4821m/15816ft), where the trail heads towards the majestic Salkantay Mountain. We continue for the next 4 hours, passing over the Calacocha pass (4667m/15,311ft), the Cruz Casa pass (4600m/15,918ft) and the Millpo Pass (4399m/14,432ft) where we descend to our campsite at Millpo. It has been a day of unbelievable views and the successful crossing of 4 mountain passes. It is time for afternoon tea and a siesta since you have earned it.
- Max Elevation: 5,200 meters / 17,060ft
- Distance: 12km / 7,46 miles
DAY 03: MILLPO – YAHUARMAKY – ANCASCOCHA
After breakfast we walk for about an hour towards the Chusqenay pass (4630m/15,190ft) and then 50 minutes to the Rumi Inca pass, continuing on upwards to the narrow Valley of Yahuarmaky in another 40 minutes. After a rest and time to enjoy the views, we start climbing again for approximately 1,5 hours until we reach the pass of Aqocasa (4686m/15374ft) . This mountain is a nice reddish sandy mountain and from the top of this pass (with help of binoculars), we get a nice view of the famous Inka trail, which leads to Machu Picchu. We can also see Salkantay, Humantay mountains and far away we’ll see Huacaywillka (Sacred Tears). We get to enjoy exploring a small archaeological site called Inca Raqay. From here the descend to Inca Rakay is about 3 hours, and then 1.5 hours climbing up again to Huayanay pass (4630m/15190ft). After a final downhill walk of 3 hours, we reach our campsite at Ancascocha, next to Ancascocha Lagoon (3700m/12139ft).
DAY 04: ANCASCOCHA – CHILLCA – AGUAS CALIENTES
After a big breakfast, we walk down towards Chillca. From Ancascocha it’s about 4 hours of descent to Arequipa pampa. We pass by small villages observing Andean valleys with their typical trees and flowers, such as chachacoma, qewña, some orchids, begonias, and bromeliads that adorn the landscape. The descent becomes easier towards Camicancha (2930m/9612ft) where our car will pick us up or we will continue to descend to Chillca. We’ catch our train inb the afternoon to Aguas Calientes, where we will enjoy our dinner and spend the night in our hotel.
DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B)
This last day starts very early. We will wake you up at around 05.00 am have breakfast and then take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. There are two good reasons to be at the entrance of Machu Picchu very early:
1.- It is well worth the effort to get up early as the Inca city is quietest in the early morning and you will have plenty of time to take photos and enjoy the sun rise over Machu Picchu.
2.- Our guide will give you a tour around Machu Picchu telling you about the history of Machu Picchu and the most important temples and altars. Of course he will also take you to the classical view point (sacred Rock Hut), this vantage point offers a terrific view of the whole inkan city. After that if you still have plenty of energy you should climb Huayna Picchu Mountain. This is the steep mountain dominating the background of Machu Picchu.
From the top of Waynapichu you have an absolutely stunning and breathtaking view of the complete Machupicchu area. It takes 1 hour to climb Waynapichu and 1 to 1 ½ hours (depending if you want to make a detour to the great cavern) to return down. Once you feel that you have seen every corner of Machupicchu you will take a bus down to the village of Aguas Calientes to have lunch.
Usually we take the bus at around 1:00 pm. The bus ride takes around 25 minutes and your guides will give you the ticket. Make sure that, before you leave Machu Picchu by bus, the guides give you time and location of the restaurant where the group meets in Aguas Calientes. You will get your train and bus tickets back to Cusco in the restaurant in Aguas Calientes.
- Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. The meeting will be at 06:00 PM 01 or 02 Days before the trip begins.
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
- Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
- Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 07 kg of your personal items.
- Pick-up and transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail.
- Water (excluding the first 04 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
- 04 Breakfasts, 04 Lunches, 04 Afternoon Snacks and 04 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know (food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
- Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite, you will woken up with a cup of coca tea! Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.
- Dining tent with tables and chairs.
- 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers.
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Golden Sunrise Machupicchu *** , Hatun Samay Hotel *** ) Day 4.
- Double thickness foam sleeping mattress.
- Oxygen bottle.
- First aid kit.
- Entrance to Machu Picchu.
- Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
- Train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
- Transportation Ollantaytambo-Cusco.
- Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us). US$25.00
- Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 05.
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$35.00
- Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
THINGS TO BRING:
- Original Passport
- Current University Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable Trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
- Insect repellant
- Toiletries and hand sanitiser
- Personal medication
- Camera and film
- Torch with spare batteries or Head lamps.
THIS TOUR RUNS ONLY AS A PRIVATE SERVICE.
****Daily Departure with at least 2 people****
|NUMBER OF PAXS||PRICE PER PERSON||ACTION|
|*02 people||$ 780.00|
|*03 people||$ 750.00|
|*04 people||$ 720.00|
|*06- 08 people||$ 620.00|
- Under 18 years old: US$ 25.00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
- Student Discount (Maximum Age 25 years old): US$ 25.00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using an university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to email@example.com. More Information about STUDENT CARD.
|Hire of sleeping bag – 5 season||$ 25|
|Walking stick highly recommended!||$ 15|
|Single supplement||$ 70|
|Additional night at 3 star hotel||$ 85|