05 Day Ancascocha to Machu Picchu Trek
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.
05 Day Ancascocha to Machu Picchu Trek is the perfect alternative trek instead Inca Trail (becoming increasingly overrun, forcing travelers to battle stiff competition for peak season permits) the lesser-known Ancascocha Trek is quickly gaining a reputation as both a less-crowded, scenic beautiful historical trail, a good alternative to the Inca Trail. A good level of fitness is required due to the high altitude. But the extra effort pays off. The Ancascocha Trek Machu Picchu 5 days offers mind-blowing vistas and takes in a variety of ecosystems – from cloud forests and alpine peaks to glacial lakes and tropical jungles. Following in the footsteps of the highly trained Inca messengers, the four- to five-day challenge culminates at the ancient site of Machu Picchu. This trail forms part of the network of classic Inca Trail, which is linking Machu Picchu from the other towns located in the highlands. Therefore, we’ll have the chance to witness ancient Incan ruins along the path to Machu Picchu. Inca ruins that are still covered by shrubs waiting for becoming uncovered by you.
Day 1: Cusco – Socma – Perolniyoc – Rayan (L)(D)
- Lowest Elevation: 3,205 m/10,512 ft.
- Highest Elevation: 3,700 m /12,139 ft.
- Distance to walk: 8 km/4,9 miles
- Approximate walking time: 4 to 5 hours
- Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Day 2: Rayan – Chancachuco – Ancascocha (B)(L)(D)
- Highest Elevation: 3,700 m/12,139 ft.
- Campsite elevation: 4,450 m/14,599 ft.
- Distance to walk: 14 km/8,6 miles
- Approximate walking time: 8 – 10 hours
- Level of Difficulty: Challenging
Day 3: Ancascocha – Huaynay Pass – Quesqa Valley – Paucarcancha (B)(L)(D)
- Highest Elevation: 4,650 m/15,255 ft.
- Campsite elevation: 3,133 m/10,278 ft.
- Distance to walk: 15 km/ 9,3 miles
- Approximate walking time: 8 to 9 hours
- Level of Difficulty: Challenging
Day 4: Paucarcancha – Kilometer 82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (B)(L)
- Lodging: Hotel
- Highest Elevation: 3,133 m/10,278 ft.
- Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/6,692 ft.
- Distance to walk: 12 km/ 7 ½ miles
- Estimated walking time: 6 hours
- Level of Difficulty: Easy
Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco (B)
- Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
- Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft.
DAY 1: CUSCO – SOQMA – PEROLNIYOC – RAYAN
Early in the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel and travel in our private transport for approximately 2 hours to Socma (3,205 m / 10,512 feet), the starting point of our adventure, through breathtaking Andean landscapes in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
After meeting your porters and riders, and making a final equipment check, our 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 stay on the trail and take your first photos.
An hour further on, we’ll arrive at the Perolniyoc archaeological site, located on a cliff-top with spectacular views of the surrounding valley and the mountains. Your tour guide will provide you with a quick history lesson as you soak in the pictures. We will also take lunch here, and for the first time, you will sample the sumptuous cooking from our kitchen team.
After lunch, we’ll do a steep climb for approximately an hour to our campsite at Rayan (3,700 m /12,139 ft).
Clear nights in the Andes are a wonder in themselves, as we settle down to dinner you can watch the sky fill with constellations and the most fantastic display of shooting stars before retiring to your tent for a well-earned night’s sleep.
DAY 2: RAYAN – KUYCHICCASA PASS – ANCASCOCHA
We will need energy as we will start the day with a steep 3-hour ascent to the Kuychiccasa pass (4,450 m / 14,599 feet). On our way, we will pass through picturesque and rustic houses, and we will see wild alpacas or maybe even an Andean condor, always with the snow-capped peaks of the Andes accompanying us in the background.
We will not be in a kind of race or competition to reach the top; we will take a break to enjoy the 360-degree views of Chancachuco and the Sacred Valley. Then it will only be an easy walk of 1 hour to the point where we will have lunch, the Chancachuco Valley (4,312 m / 14,147 feet).
After lunch, we will make a short ascent of approximately one hour with beautiful views of the snowy mountain Veronica (5,822 m / 19,100 feet), then continue for 3 hours towards the community of Ancascocha (3,700 m / 12,139 feet). Our camp for tonight will be in a small but beautiful wooded valley with a stream that runs through it.
DAY 3: ANCASCOCHA – GUAYANAY PASS – QESQA COMMUNITY – PAUCARCANCHA
This third day, after a nutritious breakfast, we start the day with a climb of approximately 1 hour to the highest point of our adventure (Guayanay pass at 4,650 m/15,252 ft.), dreamed views of the nearby glaciers, well preserved Inca remains, the sparkling blue Ancascocha lake and stunning views around. 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. 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.
DAY 4: PAUCARCANCHA – KILOMETER 82 – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
We’ll take our breakfast early in the morning to hike down to km 82, this section of the trail is pretty much the section of the Classic Inca Trail, so on the path, we’ll see a lot of Inca Trail hikers who are starting their adventure. On the trail, we’ll see Llaqtapata, beautiful Incan ruins nestled in the Sacred Valley with incredible crop terracing around and other small Inca ruins. After 5 -6 hours hiking, we’ll have arrived at kilometer 82. Where we’ll have our last lunch prepared by our chef, and the place to say goodbye to our horses, muleteers, and chefs. Next, we’ll drive for 45 minutes to Ollantaytambo Inca town, a quaint town with Inca cobblestone streets. From this place, we’ll have a train to Machu Picchu Town, Aguas Calientes, for about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Lodging: Golden Sunrise *** or similar.
DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B)
This last day will start very early. We will wake up around 5:00 a.m. to have breakfast and then take one of the first buses to get to Machu Picchu. There are two good reasons to be at the entrance of Machu Picchu very early:
1.- It is worth the effort to get up first, since the Inca city is quieter in the early morning, you will also have plenty of time to take photos and enjoy the sunrise over Machu Picchu.
2.- Our guide will give you a tour of Machu Picchu of approximately 02 hours to learn about the most important history, temples, and altars. After your tour, if you still have a lot of energy, we recommend you go up to the Huayna Picchu (optional, if you have the permits or entrance tickets), from where you have an impressive and spectacular view of Machupicchu, it takes about 2 hours to climb.
From the top of Huayna Picchu, you will have a stunning and impressive view of the entire Machu Picchu area and the surrounding mountains. It will take between one hour to two hours after having enjoyed a spectacular setting, returning in a relatively shorter time. Once you feel that you have seen every corner of Machu Picchu, you will take a bus to return to Aguas Calientes for lunch.
We usually take the bus around 1:00 pm. Our guide will give you the tickets. The bus ride takes about 25 minutes, make sure that, before leaving Machu Picchu by bus, I guided you
- Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office for orientation. Here we provide you with duffle bags that will be on horseback during the trek horse-back during the trek
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
- Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
- Professional Cook
- Horses to carry all equipment and 7 kg of your ‘personal items
- Pick-up and transportation from your hotel
- Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
- 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks, and 4 Dinners. If you have a dietary request (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free, etc.) or allergy, please advise us upon booking and reconfirm the day of our briefing
- Wake up tea: Every morning our staff will bring coca tea to your tent.
- Dining tent with tables and chairs.
- Four-person tent for every two trekkers
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Golden Sunrise Machupicchu ***)
- Double thickness foam sleeping mattress
- Oxygen bottle
- First aid kit
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)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 5.
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$35.00
- Travel Insurance (We highly recommend insurance for your entire trip)
THINGS TO BRING:
- Original Passport
- Current University Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable Trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
- Insect repellant
- Toiletries and hand sanitizer
- Personal medication
- Camera and film
- Torch with spare batteries or Headlamps.
THIS TOUR RUNS ONLY AS A PRIVATE SERVICE.
****Daily Departure with at least two people****
|NUMBER OF PAXS||PRICE PER PERSON||ACTION|
|*02 people||$ 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 a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. More Information about STUDENT CARD.
|Hire of a sleeping bag – 5 season||$ 25|
|Walking stick highly recommended!||$ 15|
|Single supplement||$ 70|
|Additional night at 3-star hotel||$ 85|