The 5 day Ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu is a truly stunning trail, listed by National Geographic as one of the 20 dream hikes on the world`s best hikes list. This unique Ancascocha trek is Off the beaten track and it goes through the Peruvian Andes mountains, taking travelers by some of the traditional villages as Soqma, Rayan, Ancascocha, Qhesqa and Paucarcancha. This spectacular trekking route is the best alternative trek to the Inca Trail.
Along the Ancascocha Peru Trek , hikers will walk across high mountain passes with incredible breathtaking views, being one of those places Wayanay pass (4655m/14940ft) which is the highest point for the entire trip. From here is visible the famous Mt Salcantay (6300m/20620ft). This trek is ideal for travelers looking for the solitude and lesser traveled routes.
This path is not a popular hiking route yet; usually is done in 5 day including the final day at Machupicchu. But we also have the option for experienced people to finish everything in 4 day. On the final part of this Peru trek, we will walk on the beginning section of the Classic Inca Trail.
The best time to do this Ancasocha trek is from April to November and can be book in a private or group tour depending on the preference of the customers, the food provide by our chef is varied. But if you are vegetarian let us know at your booking time.
In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Cuzco, we then travel through the Sacred Valley 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach the picturesque village of Soqma (3,205 m / 10,512 ft), which is the trail-head for Ancascocha trek, the muleteers will be waiting for us at this village ready to join us in our adventure trip.
We begin the hike from Soqma following one of the side valleys, covering about 1 hour and a half of hiking to arrive to the waterfall of Perolniyoc, which is one of the nicest falls in the proximity of the Sacred Valley. We will continue walking for one more hour uphill to reach the archaeological site of Perolniyoc, located above the waterfall, after having the explanation of the Inca history with our guide, we will walk for one hour to arrive to our lunch spot and the campsite for the first night.
This first day you can take it as part of the acclimatization to the high altitude, so after lunch we will relax and have rest for the following days; we spend the night camping at Rayan village (3,700 meters/12,136 ft).
The second day of our trek begins with a delicious breakfast serve by our cook, we then set off from the campsite, 3 hours of slow walk will take us to the highest point of the second day hike Puka kasa pass (4,450 m /14,596 ft), for many people this is the hardest section because the altitude but is the most spectacular day, we will see many of the snow capped mountains and the Sacred Valley down below us. Once we reach the mountain top you will have the sensation of surviving one the highest passes on this mountain range. After we enjoy all the wonderful and scenic views, we will continue to Chancachuco, it will be an hour and a half gentle walk to the lunch place.
As we hike on the spectacular trail we’ll see some beautiful snow capped peaks in front of us, Veronica Mt (5,950 m/ 19,600 ft) will accompany us for many hours, after to turn some of the grassy hills we will enter in the Valley of Ancascocha, with interesting farm lands of the local people. We then go across the stream called Yawarmaki and hike uphill for another 2 hours to arrive in our campsite above Ancascocha Lake (4,090 m/13,100 ft.).
After a nutritious breakfast, we will continue with this great Tour; the morning hike is up-hill for 2 hours until we reach the highest point of the entire trek called Huayanay Pass (4,650 m/ 15,300 ft.). The views along the way are very impressive. It is amazing how the Incas managed the rugged geography of this area to build the Inca Trail which is still visible in some parts. After to enjoy the magnificent views from the pass, we will hike down into the little valley with a little Inca site called Incaraqay. Where a delicious lunch will be waiting for us. If we are lucky we will spot the Andean Condors flying around the highest point.
After a refueling lunch we will continue hiking for 3 hours downhill until to reach the community of Qesqa. On the way down, there will be constant views of Huayanay peak in the distance. Qesqa is a picturesque community where local people rise animals and it is located to the tree line, so the night here will not be too cold as the earlier two nights of Camping (3,650 m/11,910 ft).
The day 4th of the Ancascocha trek, begins with an early breakfast. We will continue descending through the valley for approx. 2 hours until we arrive to Paucarcancha, an extraordinary Inca fortress, the guide will transmit us all the history of this beautiful ruins. After 30 minutes of down-hill hike we will reach Wayllabamba Village and from here we join to the famous Inca Trail and then we walk for 4 hours until to reach Km 82, this last portion of Ancascocha trek goes on the beginning section of the Classic 4 day hike, on the way to km 82 we will stop at Willcarakay, a great Inca site, with great views to Patallaqta another remarkable Inca ruin in the lower part of the valley. We will meet many trekkers starting the four day classic Inca trek. At Piscacucho, our chef will be waiting for us with a delicious lunch.
After lunch we will be picked up by our transfer and then he will transport us to the train station at Ollantaytambo (2,792 m/9,158 ft.) from where we will have a beautiful the train ride. At your arrival you will check in to the hotel, later you can visit the Hot- spring
After breakfast we will board the bus which will take us to the Majestic lost city of the Incas. As part of our itinerary the same professional tour guide from the Ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu will teach you about all the history of this mysterious and mystical place. We will visit the Sun Temple, Royal palace, Main Temple, Three Windows Temple and Sun Dial. It will be an unforgettable experience. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore the site on your own.
Booking Wayna Picchu works only in advance, in case you have got this ticket, you need to coordinate with your guide for a private tour depending on your scheduled time to the mountain, for people not hiking any of the mountains there are some other optional treks on your own (not included in the price):
Train back to Cusco: In the afternoon you will return to the train station for the trip back to Ollantaytambo. Upon your arrival to train station you will be transferred by car to your hotel in Cuzco.
Note: for people hiking any of the alternative treks, we recommend to climb up to Wayna Picchu, but we suggest you to make your booking in advance, because the spaces sold by the government office is only for a group of 400 people per day.