Ancascocha Trek 4 Days to Machu Picchu
ANCASCOCHA HIKING TOUR TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
The 4-day Ancascocha Trail to Machu Picchu is a remarkable, off-the-beaten-path hike. Named one of National Geographic’s 20 dream hikes.
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Visitors to Peru should be in good physical shape and feel comfortable walking, for long periods of time.
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These Hiking tours demand a lot of physical and mental activity and adequate preparation and very good physical condition are required.
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Ancascocha Hiking Tour 4 Days less known Inca Trail in Peru. Experience the wonders of Peru on this off-the-beaten-track trek to Machu Picchu. Named one of 20 dream hikes by National Geographic, the Ancascocha Trail in the Peruvian Andes offers an incredible 4D/3N journey full of stunning views and unforgettable moments.
Here’s what you can look forward to
- Panoramic views across the Andes and cascading waterfalls.
- Traditional Andean villages such as Chillipahua, and Ancascocha (3,700 m/12,136 ft).
- Test your fitness on the Huayanay Pass (4,650 m/15,255 ft).
- High-quality tents with mattresses and pillows.
- Spend several hours hiking a portion of the Classic Inca Trail.
- A guided tour of Machu Picchu, one of the New Wonders of the World.
- Delicious meals prepared by your crew.
- A train ride back to Cusco.
We require that all trekkers attend a pre-trek briefing at your Hotel in Cusco. This is your opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the upcoming Ancascocha trek itinerary.
All briefings are scheduled for the day before your designated start date (unless, of course, your trek begins on a Monday—then the briefing will be held on the Saturday prior). Please make sure you factor this into travel plans and book accordingly so that you arrive in plenty of time for the mandatory meeting at 7 PM
DAY 1 - Cusco – Soqma – Rayan – Kuychiccasa Pass – Chancachuco Valley
We’ll meet you at your hotel in the morning, and then we’ll drive for 1 hour and 50 minutes to Soqma (3,205 m/10,512 ft). That’s where our trek begins–and where we’ll meet the horsemen (and horses) who will help carry our Camping gear during the hike.
After a short 1 hour and a 30-minute walk to the Perolniyoc waterfall lookout, you will see an amazing waterfall. If you’re feeling up for it and the climate conditions are right, you can even hike down to get a closer look (and maybe snap some pictures).
Continuing with the journey, we come across the Inca site of Perolniyoc. Upon reaching the top of a cliff that offers a scenic view of the valley below, your Tour guide will share stories about this historic place and interesting facts about The Incas.
After hearing all there is to know, roam around freely while taking in everything this ancient civilization had to offer Hundred years ago!
Next Destination Lunch Spot
Afterward, we hike for approximately an hour up to our lunch destination, Rayan. Here, you will get to try the delicious food made by our chef and have some time to REST. This is important so that you can save your energy for the remainder of the afternoon’s challenge hike.
Challenge Higest Pass
The afternoon adventure starts with a 3-hour, uphill hike to Kuychiccasa pass (4,450 m/14,599 ft). With every step and turn, you’ll see incredible views of the snow-capped peaks of the ‘Nevadas’, as well as wild llamas and sprawling valleys. If we’re lucky enough, we might even catch a glimpse of a condor in flight! These birds are the largest in the Andes with wing spans reaching up to 10 feet wide.
As we reach the top of our journey (perhaps feeling slightly out of breath), we’ll take some time to soak in panoramic views of Chancachuco Valley on one side and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Only 50 minutes of easy downhill hiking separates you from the Chancachuco Valley campsite (4,312 m/14,147 ft) where your guide has already set up camp for the evening. After changing into warmer clothing and lying down to watch an amazing starscape fill the sky ( provided there are no clouds), join your guide and fellow trekkers for dinner.
- Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
- Lowest Elevation: 3,205 m/10,512 ft.
- Highest Elevation: 4,450 m/14,599 ft.
- Distance: 16 km/9.9 miles
- Hiking time: 8 to 10 hours Approx
- Level of Difficulty: Challenging
DAY 2: Chancachuco Valley – Ancascocha – Huaynay Highest Pass – Quesqa Valley
Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea first thing in the morning, followed by a full breakfast to help you power through the day ahead.
Our journey begins with a peaceful 30-minute hike that rises and falls before we take a 30-minute uphill walk on a narrow trail next to a beautiful stream with Mount Veronica in the distance (5,822 m/ 19,100 ft). We then spend 2.5 hours walking downhill until we reach the small but lovely Ancascocha community nestled in a wooded valley with running water elevation (3,700 m/12,139 ft).
After a fairly easy hike uphill for about an hour, you’ll be treated to amazing views of both the glacier and some ancient Inca ruins. Your journey will end at the gorgeous Ancascocha Lake where we’ll enjoy lunch surrounded by its mesmerizing blue waters.
We will be working our way up to the Huayanay Pass (4,650 m/15,255 ft) after lunch. This is a strenuous 2-hour climb that has many switchbacks and will take us to the highest point of our trek. For part of this journey, you’ll get to see an original section of the cobblestone-paved Inca Trail.
3 Hours Decent Connet With Inca Trail
After witnessing the stunning views from the top, it will take us 3 hours to hike back down into greener areas. This part of the journey offers a beautiful view of Machu Picchu as well as the communities in Quesqa valley. We will also pass by Incaracay, a small Inca site.
After a long journey, we will finally arrive at our campsite in the Quesqa valley. Here, your chef will serve another outstanding meal as we discuss all of the incredible things that we saw and heard during the day.
Highest Elevation: 3,700 m/12,139 ft.
Campsite elevation: 4,650 m/15,255 ft.
Distance to walk: 18 km/11.1 miles
Walking time: 10-11 hours Appox
Level of Difficulty: Challenging
Area: Dry Open and Panoramic Mountain
DAY 3: Paucarcancha – Kilometer 82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes Pueblo
On the final day of our hike, we’ll descend from Quesqa Valley to Paucarcancha (3,133 m/10,278 ft), an Inca site. Your guide will give you a comprehensive explanation of the site’s history once we arrive there.
This section of the Classic Inca Trail is an easy hike downhill for 5 hours until we reach KM 82, which is the official start of the Classic Trail. Llactapata, an Inca site, will be visible along the route. Our lunch will be served at KM 82.
Train To Aguas Calientes
Our local tour guide will pick us up after lunch and take us to Ollantaytambo in their private van. From there, we’ll catch the scenic train that will take us through Aguas Calientes. The journey itself is incredibly picturesque, offering endless opportunities for photos as we travel through valleys and green vegetation.
If you’re looking for a break after two nights in the mountains, your hotel room will be a welcome sight. The natural hot springs in town are also great places to relax if there is time before dinner. We’ll have dinner together at an extensive local restaurant with quality cuisine (drinks not included) before going back to the hotel to prepare for our early start on Machu Picchu.
Elevation: 2,040 m/6,692 ft.
Lowest Elevation: 3,850 m/12,631 ft
Distance to walk: 15 km/9.3 miles
Walking time: 7 hours Approx
DAY 4: Machu Picchu Tour – Back To Cusco
We’ll take an early morning bus up to Machu Picchu, so we can see the sun rise over this amazing Inca site. Your guide will then give you a 2-hour walking tour of the area, explaining the history and significance of this place that has been named one of the new 7 wonders of the world. The price for this trek includes your entry ticket into Machu Picchu itself.
Upon finishing your guided tour of Machu Picchu, you will have some free time to explore the area. You will then return to Aguas Calientes by bus and board the expedition train to Poroy or Ollantaytambo. A private van will take you from there back to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel. Depending on what time your train ticket is, will determine what time you arrive in Cusco.
Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/8,005 ft
Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/6,691 ft
Level of Difficulty: Easy/Challenging if Include Huynapicchu Mountain
The hiking tour to Ancascocha includes a permit to climb Huayna Pichu Mountain- an easy 2 -hour roundtrip hike. If you can’t get tickets for that (they go quickly!), don’t worry, you’ll be given permits to Machu Picchu mountain instead.
Although this ascent and descent are much longer 3 hours roundtrip -and more challenging as the steps are narrow and steep but worth it course you will see a 360* view.
OTHER PERU TREKS
How Many Days Do You Need in Order to Hike In Peru
The Classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular combined routes. Each route varies in length from one to fourteen days, depending on the demand and availability of lodging along the way. All four journeys are one-way trips. You will generally travel back to Cusco using a combination of public and private transportation, depending on which tour company you use to make your trip reservations.
The One-Day Inca Trail Hike (1-day trek)
You can see Machu Picchu in one day if you’re short on time (but be prepared to wake up early!). You’ll take the train from Cusco to Kilometer 104, which is a location on the trail. Then, you’ll hike around 15 kilometers (9 miles) through the Sun Gate until you reach the Machu Picchu sanctuary. This option is great if you want to view Machu Picchu and experience a small section of the Inca Trail trek all at once.
The Lares Trek (3-day trek)
The Lares Trek, also known as the cultural alternative to the Inca Trail, is a three-day journey into the historical weaver communities on the eastern slopes of Machu Picchu. But don’t expect it to be a trip to the museum.
To glimpse into time-honored villages, you must earn access by obtaining passes that soar to over 15,000 feet and zigzag across Pumahuanca’s peak. On day four of your Lares trek, you may add another stop at Machu Picchu ruins.
Vilcabamba Traverse Route (1 – 2 week trek)
The trek to Machu Picchu is not for the faint of heart. At 65 kilometers long, this is regarded as one of the most difficult ways to see Machu Picchu. The route starts in Cachora and winds a mile-deep canyon to Choquequirao, or “Cradle of Gold.” The Vilcabamba Trail follows the same route that Hiram Bingham took when he rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911, albeit via more isolated towns.
The Salkantay Route (1 – 2 week trek)
The Salkantay Trek is the only Inca Trail option that lets you sleep in a comfy bed and take a hot shower at the end of every day’s hike! Though it still requires reasonably fit participants, The Lodge Trek runs along the Salkantay Trail through the Cordillera Vilcabamba mountain range but permits nightly rest at fully serviced lodges placed along the route. Machu Picchu is reached by following the trail to an elevation of 15,000 feet.
The Classic Inca Trail Route (3 – 5 day trek)
The Classic Inca Trail Hike is the most popular trek of the four alternatives described in this piece. It begins at kilometer 82 along the route, at the village of Piscacucho. The first day is a moderate hike through the Andean foothills, crossing the Urubamba River and arriving at your campsite in Huayllabamba. On the second day, you’ll ascend what’s known as “Dead Woman’s Pass,” which is the highest point of the Inca Trail Elevation at 4200 meters (13,776 feet). After that, it’s all downhill to the Pacaymayo River campsite.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
This alternative Ancascocha trip is perfect for those who want a light/moderate/challenging adventure and like to explore new things. Travelers should be in good shape since you’ll be hiking for long periods of time.
It is suggested to have walking preparation at least 2 months in advance with activities that help strengthen the muscles of the legs with a good technique to hold your breath
As this tour generally covers heights over 14,000 feet above the mountains in very rough terrain and very low temperatures as well as very high temperatures. Check this packing List
During your Pre-departure trip, we highly recommend you do some pre-trek Day tours tour in Cusco.
This trip preparation is for acclimatization purposes; there are several day tour options such as Sacred Valley, Maras Moray, Walk with llamas, and alpacas Tour. The walks will be moderately difficult with options for more strenuous hikes. You’ll also get to see numerous archaeological sites along the way.
Cusco is located at a high altitude of 11,200 feet. The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu are lower, at 9,200 and 8,000 feet respectively.
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OUR PRIVATE TEAM
Throughout this Tour, you will be accompanied by a top private Tour Leader. You will also meet local experts support 7/24
We have all of the transportation you need in Peru taken care of, as specified by your itinerary. If you want to go see something that’s not already on the agenda while you’re here, just let your private guide know. They will be more than happy to help recommend some options for getting there.
With our private tours, you get to design your dream trip – pick your departure date and we’ll do the rest. These specially crafted itineraries include guided excursions, cultural experiences, wildlife encounters, and luxurious accommodations so that you can make the most of your time abroad.
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HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS
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- 100% Operated by Tour Leaders Peru, We never mix our groups with other travel companies
- Pick up from Airport and Hotel Cusco - included
- 4-star hotels in both Lima & Cusco (apply for Peru Packages)
- Entrance Tickets to all archeological sites
- Best English Speakers Tour Leaders, We know Communication is very important in your trip
- Free and Safe Storage in Cusco.
- Private transportation
- It perfect Location For Photographers
- Oxygen Tank
- First Aid Kit
PRICE PP 940,00 - 2+GUESTS
We'd want to take the lead in your journey with Ancascocha Hiking Tour To Machu Picchu.
Minimum 2 Trekkers for this Tour
6 to 8 Price: $940.00
3 Trekker Price: $ 980
2 People Price $1,200
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Note: An initial deposit of %50 is required to reserve your spot. We require this deposit to buy train and bus tickets, entrance fees to Machu Picchu, Salkantay Trail admission ticket, and your return transportation. The remaining balance is due 21 days prior to your trek.
Please see our Terms and Conditions. Don’t miss your adventure!
100% WE COVERED MACHU PICCHU HIKE
- Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before your tour in our office or your Hotel.
- Collection from your Hotel in Cusco from (05:30 am)
- Private transportation (Start of our trek).
- Full meals for the entire tour (4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat-free, or special diets upon your request.)
- Permit and fees for the Ancascocha and Inca Trail Machu Picchu, (Request for Huayna Picchu your Entrance ticket)
- Horses to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food, and fresh vegetables).
- Drinkable boiled water for your container (We start filling from the second Days Morning)
7-kilogram duffle bags (per Person)
- 2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
- 2 expert gourmet mountain cooks, and assistants.
- Hot drinks every afternoon include popcorn.
- Boiled water from 2nd day.
- 2 people per tent, clean, new, spacious (4 people REI Half Dome 4 tents).
- Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress,
- Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
- Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
- Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance.
- 3-4 hours guided tour in Machupicchu
- Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Tourist train return to Poroy Station or Ollantaytambo.
- Private Bus to Cusco From The Train Station
GO SECTION OF ITEMS FOR RENT
- Sleeping bag (4 season -Minus 8ºC) (For rent in Our Office)
- Hiking Poles (For rent in Our Office)
- Tips for the trekking crew, Guides, Cooks, and Porters at your discretion.
- Flight Ticket to Cusco (Contact Us)
- Accommodation in Cusco. (see recommendation Contact US )
- Travel Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl) and (COVID-19)
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Items For Rent
- Single Tent $80 (if you wish to sleep alone)
- Sleeping Bag $30 per person (minus -3 degrees Celsius)
- Air Mattress $20 per person (REI inflatable mattress)
- Professional REI Walking Poles or other reputable Brands $20 per pair Hold Trip.
- Backpacks $40 Hold Trip
- Head Lamp $10
- Extra kilograms $10/kg (Example 5kg=$50) Per Day
INCA TRAIL PACKING LIST
This is basic information about the Clothing packing list REI and all the information Here in this linK Comple Packing List to Peru
- Long-sleeved Thermal Shirt
- Thermal form-fitting pants
- Polar Fleece
- Trekking pants
- Thick socks
- Waterproof Jacket
- Waterproof pants (optional)
- Insulated Jacket
- Cold weather Hat
- Buff/ handkerchief
- Sun hat
- Backpack 20-30 L
- Waterproof cover for backpack
- Trekking shoes (waterproof and firm)
- Sport shoes/ sandals for campsites
- Camping pillow
- Sleeping bag liner (optional)
- Sturdy water bottle
- Trekking poles
- Plastic bags for wet items
- Toiletry kit (toothbrush, wet wipes, etc)
- Swimsuit/ towel
- Sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended)
- Sunscreen lip protector
- Insect repellent
- Personal Medications
- Motion sickness tablets for the van ride
- Camera/ Extra battery
- Personal snacks
- Hand warmers (optional)
- Leisure book for evenings
- Cash and small coins
INCA TRAIL PACKING LIST
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General Information Trekking with Tour Leaders Peru
Note: The times Mentioned in this itinerary are approximations. Walking times depend on the group, and the Tour Leaders may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.
Specific Information About Trekking Luxury Ancascocha Hike?
*The Inca Trail is not open in February
Campsites or itineraries are subject to change, depending on the time of booking and availability of campsites.
The Ministry of Culture, the government institution responsible for operating the Inca Trail, allocates campsites to authorized trekking companies on a first-come, first-served basis, so we cannot guarantee that all campsites described in this itinerary will be available when you book.
Booking Anascocha Hike
We need a scanned copy of your passport and a non-refundable deposit must be provided upon booking an Inca Trail hike.
This is due to government regulations that require complete passport details and full payment of the Machu Picchu entrance fee in order to issue a permit.
*Note: Your reservation will only be confirmed when we have your entrance ticket to hold the trip in our hands.
*Note: If your passport number changes after you book, you must tell us immediately or you may lose your booking! If
*Note: If the name or number on your passport is different from the name or number on your Inca Trail, Machu Picchu entrance permit,
*Note: you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund.
You must carry your original passport with you on the trail.
If you booked an Inca Trail hike at a student rate, you must bring the required documentation on the trail with you.
If you do not present this documentation, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund, nor given an opportunity to pay the full rate.
Extras & Upgrades on the Luxury Inca Trail Hike Contact Tour Leaders Peru Please
*Note: If you’d like to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, let us know at the time of booking as it requires a separate permit.
This trek includes transportation by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo Full service (Tourist Class), or equivalent Inca Rail service, followed by private vehicle transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
NOTE: Prices are based on two people sharing a room and do not include international airfare to/from your destination or internal flights during the Peru Tours. If you’re traveling alone, prices are available upon request but additional fees will apply. For groups larger than 8, please contact us as special pricing may be available for Family and Friend groups.
Depending on the date, international and local holidays as well as festivals may result in a surcharge. All prices are subject to change and will be quoted in U.S. dollars. For more information, please consult the terms and conditions for this trip.”
This Ancascocha Tour is available year-round.
Note: Only the Classic Inca Trail is closed in February.
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