The Ancascocha adventure hike is one of the lesser traveled trekking trails around Cusco, it is a great adventure hike through the Southern Peruvian Andes. The Ancascocha adventure hike, enables you solitude and quietness around Mt Salkantay. This Ancascocha Adventure hike is a truly challenging trek designed specially for those who love nature, spectacular high Mountain passes, and the best mountain scenery.
This spectacular Ancascocha adventure hike is offered only by few travel companies in Cusco, which allows travelers to encounter well preserved landscapes and stunningly gorgeous places away from any tourist throngs. Along the Ancascocha adventure hike we will see tall mountains such as: Salkantay, Humantay, Huayanay and Veronica, and some colorful lakes such as Salkantay Lake, Ancascocha Lake and others.
For Ancascocha adeventure hike, travelers will be picked up in Cusco hotels. The bus drive to Mollepata (2870m) will be for 3 hours. Where travelers can have breakfast or buy any additional supplies. From Mollepata we will drive one hour more by car until Soraypampa (3800m). This is the point where we meet our muleteers and the rest of the crew for our Ancascocha adventure hike. After 2 hours of hike we will arrive to Salkantaypampa beautiful place at the bottom of Mt Humantay, our lunch spot.
In the afternoon we hike up-hill for 2 hours to arrive to the camping place at Ichu pata. Our campsite is located close to the base of the Mt Salkantay (6300m) and there is also a great view of Mt Humantay (5217m).
After breakfast served by our chef, we will start this stunningly beautiful day. But long hiking day, which will cross several high passes. It will be 2 hours of hike to reach the first pass called Inca Chiriaska (5000m), with its great views over the spectacular landscapes of the area. After to enjoy the splendor of the outlying mountains; we will start following an original Inca Trail until to arrive to the pass called Tocto (4821m). still with astonishing views of Mt Salkantay.
To continue our trek there will be another 2 hours walk to the Kalacocha pass (4667m). From where is 1 more hour of hike to arrive to the Cruz Casa pass (4600m) and then within another hour we will reach the Millpo Pass. From here we will descend to our campsite at Millpo (4399m).
Total walking time today 8 to 9hours.
We will leave the camp after breafast. our first ascend will be for 1 hour towards the Chusqenay pass (4630m). Afterwards we will be descending for 1 hour to arrive to the pass of Rumi Inca. From here we will continue on upwards to the valley of Yahuarmaky for about 45 minutes. We then go up-hill again, for approx… A 1.5 hours until we reach the pass of Aqocasa (4686m).
This mountain has a nice reddish color and sandy rock formations around. From the summit is possible to see part of the popular Inca trail to Machupicchu in the distance. As well as the popular mountains of Salkantay, Humantay, Huayanay and far in the other side Veronica Mountain.
From here its 3 hours of descend to Inca Rakay, a beautiful small Inca site and then another 1. 5hours of ascend to reach Huayanay pass (4630m). We then go down-hill to our campsite at Ancascocha (3700m) for 3 hours.
Total walking time today 8-9hours.
Our day starts with breakfast served by our chef. We then continue with the Ancascocha adventure hike, down hill for approximately 5 hours to Chillca in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Following a beautiful Andean valley we will descend 2 hours to Arequipa pampa. We will pass by small villages observing typical vegetation of the area as Chachacomo, Qeuña, some orchids, begonias, and bromeliads. The descend becomes easier towards the village of Camicancha (2930m) where our transport will be waiting for us.
After the final lunch with our crew, we will be taken to Ollantaytambo train station. From here we will catch the train to Aguas Calientes town. In the evening dinner will be in one of the local restaurants and spend the night in a hotel.
In the morning after breakfast at the Hotel, the guide will lead you to the bus station. The bus ride will be for 30 minutes to the citadel of Machu Picchu. You will get 2 hours guided tour of the Citadel. The guide will show you the Sun Temple, the Sacred Sun Dial (Intihuatana), the Royal palace, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Main temple, Sacred Rock. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore the area on your own or you can take the hiking options:
In the afternoon at the scheduled time we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes town. After lunch we have the Train journey back to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival to the Train station of Ollantaytambo, reception and transfer to the Hotel in Cusco. The end of Ancascocha adventure hike.
Best time: April to November