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Ancascocha Adventure via Salkantay, 5 day

Ancascocha Adventure

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.

Ancascocha adventure hike – Highlights:

  • Amazing mountain scenery
  • High Mountain passes
  • Typical stone houses covered with thatched roofs
  • Native people, descending of the Incas.
  • Snow-capped mountains of Salkantay and Humantay.
  • Ancascocha Lake & Salkantay Lake
  • The Inca Trail and the ruins
  • Train ride to Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu the lost city of the Incas


Ancascocha adventure hike – Overview

  • First Day: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Salkantaypampa- Ichu pata
  • Second Day:Ichu pata- Inka Chiriaska – Millpo
  • Third Day: : Millpo – Yahuarmaky – Ancascocha
  • Fourth Day: Ancascocha – Chillca- Ollantaytambo
  • Fifth Day: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco


Ancascocha adventure hike – Itinerary

First day: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Salkantaypampa- Ichu pata

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).

Second day: Ichu pata- Inka Chiriaska – Millpo

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.

Third day: Millpo – Yahuarmaky – Ancascocha

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.

Fourth day: Ancascocha – Chillca- Ollantaytambo

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.

Day Five: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

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:

  1. Climb to Wayna Picchu; only available if you book in advance.
  2. Walk to Machu picchu mountain (higher than Wayna picchu)

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.


What’s included in the Ancascocha adventure hike?

  • All transfers included for Ancascocha adventure hike.
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco, the morning of Ancascocha trek departure
  • Horseman’s and horses to carry our camping and kitchen equipment
  • English Speaking Professional Guide
  • 4 Season tents, with 2 to 3 people capacity.
  • Therma-Rest self-inflating mattress
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 suppers included
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Expedition Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (day 4)
  • Return Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from the Train Station to your hotel in Cusco
  • Accommodation for one night in Aguas Calientes (last night)
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu (round trip)
  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu

Not included in the Ancascocha adventure hike:

  • Sleeping bag.( you can hire it in our office  for 30.00USD)
  • Walking poles( you can hire it in our office 25.00USD a pair )
  • Wayna Picchu ticket ($25.00 additional)
  • Breakfast on the first day morning and lunch on the final day.
  • Tips (Cook, horseman and guide)
  • Insurance of any kind, international airfares, domestic flights, Airport departure (U.S. $ 31 per person for international flights and U.S. $ 7 for national flights).

You should bring to the Ancascocha adventure hike:

  • Original Passport.
  • Walking sticks (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites).
  • Change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied.
  • Optional to bring water purifying tablets.
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to take a bath in the Hot Springs from Machu Picchu).
  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $2 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots are recommended.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you – see below).
  • Head lamp or Flash light.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
  • Sun block, Insect repellent – minimum recommended 40%.
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
  • Cash in soles for your final lunch in Aguas Calientes, tips and souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks or poles (you can hire these from us. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day).

Best time: April to November


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